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Wednesday, August 25 - Final Update
Earl and I didn't make it to the Challenge because we were taking care of the missing roof on the horse shed and the lien that blew down in the Aug 13 storm. Earl is doing nicely though. We have been riding over and around obstacles, trimming his feet, clipping his whiskers and ears, bathing him, spraying with bug spray, trailer loading. Earl is a quiet horse, still a bit skeptical of what us humans are really up to but he more and more curious of people coming to say hi and greet him. He leads anywhere, under anything, over anything- well within reason of course- he is a very sweet guy that anyone can fall in love with. He will need someone to continue showing him humans are ok and he can trust them, take things slow, teach him what they want him to as he will do it once he understands. Someone with a softer, gentle touch but confident to help him build his confidence. He has come along way and is very deserving of a good home. I am impressed with his willingness to try and his response to kindness. I guarantee you will fall in love with him when you meet him!
Sunday, July 25
We have been playing more and more with Earl. We even participated in some of the activity during our Wednesday evening Saddle Club Riding. I wasn't sure how he would do with the other horses or obstacles, but he did fairly well. Couldn't figure out what monster was going to eat him, but he did his best to stay calm. I am still working with the self-preservation instincts. Quick or more insistent cues tend to elicit a "have to save my life" emotion in Earl yet. And when others are near, either horses or humans, Earl tends to stay closer to me. So his trust in me is building. Saddle Club was helpful though and we'll be there next week too. Oh and by the way, we had Earl trotting into the trailer this week, he's come a long way!
Thursday, July 8
Earl is coming along nicely. From the very strong self-preservation instinct that kept us from handling his feet, to standing quietly to have his hooves trimmed and putting them up on a stand. Especially his hind feet that were ready to defend or get out of Dodge. I had taken a 10 day trip to Texas so Earl had some time off. But he didn't forget anything he learn previously. We saddled up and headed out to play and ride around obstacles, like a our mound and stairs, to the bridge, and around and thru obstacles. He did great! Never missed a beat and did it all calmly and quietly. He even enjoyed trotting around the other horses who decided to join us! Earl is a smart, sweet guy. Just look at he cute little face!
Thursday, June 22
Hi everyone! A quick update on Earl. Our little guy is learning how to be a horse in the human world. He's not always sure he'll fit in but he tries hard. He is overcoming some of his shyness and is being friendly with more people as they come to visit. He lifts all four feet to be trimmed and has had his first bath today! By the time we were done he was, like alot of horses, drinking the water from the hose! Riding is taking a bit longer to get use to. The saddle no problem, but it's hard for him to be as sure of himself with someone on his back yet. And he is getting a bit "fat" should I say, from that scrawny little thing he was - how good food can be!
Thursday, May 27
Hi, Earl is doing fine. We have ridden a few times now and he stays pretty quiet. He's still wondering why I'm up there on his back! LOL. We are also working on gaining confidence with people and all the noise and commotion we humans can make. Oh, and Earl is a daddy to Sunny's new filly. They were from the same rescue case. She a cutie! Till next update!
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About Jodine Rothstein: Hi, I'm Jodine Rothstein. I have a horse farm north of St Cloud, MN. I have had horses most of my life and have spent most of my time learning as much as I can about them. I have worked with many Trainers, like John Lyons, Jack Leiser, Lee Smith, Richard Shrake, Parelli Instructors, and a number of others. I love working with the horses that come here. Some have had bad experiences that they need help overcoming, others in need of being started under saddle, refining, getting rid of bad habits or filling in holes in their foundation training.
I also give lessons to the owners to help them have a better relationship with their horses. Training and instructing, to me, is more than just accomplishing a goal with the horses, but finding out where they are mentally and emotionally, then helping them to progress or overcome to be the best they can be. My Trainer's Challenge horse is Earl. We thought he was a yearling, but turns out once we could handle him and get a look at his teeth, he is about 5 yrs old. Our Vet - Nicole Eller-Medina - thinks he is a mustang. He hasn't had much handling and is very skeptical of people so we have lots of work ahead. But I look forward to it!