Shakti & Ann Byrns (Bolo)
Total Points: 174 - Audited

 

Last Updated by Horse+ on June 19, 2014

 

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Points: 10  


About Trainer
- Ann Byrns: Hi, I'm Ann Byrns, Bolo's makeover coach. That's me in the photo above, in 1956, at age 4. Like my mother, I loved horses from the start, and I've been lucky to have them in my life since that picture was taken. I've been influenced by many talented trainers, but my particular favorites are Bob Sadowski and Carolyn Resnick.  Horses have taught me so much, especially Mustangs. Some of you know about my mare, Winnie, who walked beside me for 300 miles in 2009. When I adopted her in 2007, she was as wild as Bolo, but once I earned her trust, she became a wonderful partner. First she learned to pull a cart, then she wore a pack, and now she is a trail and trick horse who helps me train rescue horses. Before coming back to California last June, Winnie and I worked together for nine months at an Equine Rescue in Ohio, starting colts and helping troubled animals to calm down. More recently we've helped an abused, fifteen-year-old molly mule learn to trust people, and we expect to win Bolo's trust, too. Thank you so much for supporting our efforts, and those of Horse Plus Humane!

 

Updates: Total Points: 136


Video Update:  6-15-14: Hi Fans! This morning we practiced bending and turns. Coach Ann has been trying to teach me a new one. She said if I learn it, I could spin like a real cow horse. All those turns were starting to make me feel a little dizzy, but I got a couple of crossover steps and Ann said she was happy with that for now. Even though I didn't get an "A" for form, Ann gave me an "A" for effort! Your Rescue Makeover Mare, Shakti

 

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Picutre Update:  6-15-14: Hi Fans! Sometimes Coach Ann likes to play games with me, like "find the goodie." One evening she hid carrot chips under a green hat. I kept finding them and woofing them down. I love that game--I think it might be my favorite! When I had found all the carrots, I decided to try on the hat. It's a bit small for me, but I wore it anyway.Your Rescue Makeover Mare,Shakti.



3 points
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Video Update:  6-9-14: Hi Fans! Shakti here, reporting on an exciting Saturday, June 7, at the Paradise Horsemen's Association Ranch Hand Trail Course! Coach Ann wasn't too happy to see me come off the trailer with a gash in my cheek after the trailer ride that morning. With the help of a sweet PHA member, I was doctored up in no time, and ready to try out some of the trail challenges. Coach Ann put me over jumps for the first time and I found out jumping can be fun after all! We also did a maze, a log jumble, a water carry--and I even got to play with a giant soccer ball. In my video this week, you will get to see me try out some of the obstacles in the second set. I had so much fun that I forgot all about my busted cheek! Your Rescue Makeover Mare, Shakti

 

5 points
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Picutre Update:  6-9-14:  Hi Fans!Coach Ann had the vet out today to check on my ouchie. I am healing fine, but I have to take pills to make sure my cheek doesn't get infected. Ann disguises the bad taste by mixing the pills with some wet alfalfa cubes. The vet gave me one shot, too, for Flu-Rhino, and I did not like that except for the carrot chips that came with the poke. I am okay and Ann says we're gonna do some stuff tomorrow because I had Sunday and Monday off.Your Rescue Makeover Mare,Shakti.

3 points
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Video Update:  6-3-14: Hi Fans! This week Coach Ann wanted to canter but I wanted to gallop. We galloped in the arena, we galloped on the trail, we galloped over hill and dale. I finally slowed down a little in the round pen! Then Ann had me try a little jump. I don't like jumping very much; that's more for English horses, not Western ponies like me. I'd rather run! After all that running and jumping, Ann got so tired she had to sit in a chair. Then she started blowing up balloons. For a minute I thought it might be my birthday, but I think Ann was trying to see how high I would jump if she popped a few balloons. Like I said, I don't like jumping much! Your Makeover Rescue Mare, Shakti

 

5 points
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Picutre Update:  6-3-14: Hello Shakti Fans!I am sending all my sponsors a NOSE KISS to thank you for your support. The contest is less than three weeks away and I've been working very hard on getting my freestyle act together. Coach Ann thinks I need to stop galloping and learn to lope, but I've been watching those gymkhana horses and they really rip around! They play games that sure look fun to me. Love,Your Rescue Makeover Mare

3 points
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Video Update:  5-28-14: Hi Fans! After my last hoof trim, Coach Ann decided I needed to be more patient about holding my foot up for the farrier. She didn't think I took my last wormer tube very well, either. So in this week's video, you will see her messing around with my body parts. I didn't like some of the exercises too well, but I'm trying to cooperate, really I am! Your Makeover Rescue Mare, Shakti

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5 points
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Picture Update:  5-28-14: Hi Fans! On Sunday I went on a trail scouting expedition with Coach Ann, her daughter, Jaya, and Jaya's son, Jakob, who brought their mares along for the ride. Ann had a GPS with her so we wouldn't get lost in the woods. I think GPS stands for "Global Positioning System." Anyway, it tells Ann where she is on Planet Earth. (I already know where I am, right here!) The day was a hot one, and I enjoyed cooling off in the stream and eating grass along the bank. My 8.1 trail miles were the most I've done on one outing so far! Your Rescue Makeover Mare, Shakti

3 points
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 Video Update:  5-21-14: Hi Fans! This week Ann has been teaching me some things she learned at Feather River College in her Western Equitation Class. Some fellow by the name of Les Vogt came up with five exercises to help Ann get control of my neck, shoulders, rib cage, hindquarters and whole body! They are pretty hard for me to do, but I'm trying. Moving to the side is kind of fun, but I sure find that "hip over" exercise annoying. I'm always glad when we finish the schooling exercises! Then Ann takes me out to the obstacle course or trail--I'm still learning but it seems a lot more fun. Your Makeover Rescue Mare, Shakti 


5 points
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 Picture Update:  5-21-14: Hi Fans! This week I worked out every day, sometimes in the round pen and sometimes out on the trail. Ann is taking me out on the trail without any other equines now, and I don't mind because I'm very brave. Before working out, Ann serves me breakfast hay, usually at 5:30 in the morning. I like to dunk my hay in the water tub. You bi-peds seem to like dunking your donuts in your coffee, or dropping crackers into your soup. It's the same idea. I like to make my grass hay taste like fresh pasture! Your Rescue Makeover Mare, Shakti

3 points
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Video Update: 5-14-14:
Hi Fans! Since it was very hot today, Coach Ann said we were NOT going to do a lot of running around the round pen. Fine with me! Instead we practiced ground tying. Ground tying is when Ann drops the lead rope or reins on the ground and says "Whoa" and I am not supposed to move my feet from that spot, no matter what. Next we practiced bending exercises, and I'm learning a new one called vertical bending. Ann says I'm supposed to lower my neck and soften on the bit. I think I'm starting to get the idea. We also practiced the line-up exercise that I learned Saturday at the trail challenge. When Ann tells me to "line-up", I'm supposed to put my body close to something Ann wants to reach, like a fence or a barrel or a gate. I sure had fun at the trail challenge, thanks to the Paradise Horsemen's Association members, who worked hard to put on this event. They're having another one on June 7 and I can't wait! Your Makeover Rescue Mare, Shakti


5 points

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Picture Update: 5-14-14: Hi Fans! Wow, I had another exciting week, especially on Saturday, when I went to the Paradise Horsemen's Association Ranch Hand Trail Course Challenge! This was my very first competition and I had a blast! I opened a gate (Ann couldn't close it, drat), but I did well backing through a chute and crossing a tarp. I attempted the pinwheel (but Ann dropped it, drat!). Some of the obstacles I completed included a walk through plastic garbage, dragging a cinder block, using a broom to push a ball through two cones, walking through a "cowboy curtain" made of pool noodles, and carrying a plastic bag full of tin cans. Thanks to Paradise Horsemen's Association for these photos, taken by Russ Mullins and Zack Hughes! Your Rescue Makeover Mare, Shakti


Shakti backs through chute, twice!

Shakti crosses a tarp without blinking an eye.

Shakti attempts the pinwheel obstacle.
3 points
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 Video Update: 5-7-14: This week Coach Ann set up a miniature obstacle course for Shakti and she enjoyed the new challenges, like crossing a rocking see-saw bridge and stepping up on a box. Ann also rode her bareback for the first time and found out Shakti has a very smooth trot!



5 points
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Picture Update: 5-7 -14: Hi Fans, This week Coach Ann worked me hard! I thought I was in boot camp or something. Today it was two hours of mostly ground work in the morning, and then at 3:00 she saddled me up for a ride to a neighbor's arena for under saddle exercises--bending, walk, trot, canter--WHEW! Then she wanted my ears up for this photo and I didn't really feel like it. Gee whiz, this Extreme Rescue Makeover thing is tough! At least Ann dropped a load of sweet-smelling cedar shavings in my paddock so I can have a decent night's sleep in a soft bed. Winnie always hogs the padded stall! One tired Rescue Makeover horse, Shakti

3 points
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Video Update:  4-30-14: This week Horse Coach Ann worked on helping Shakti understand the bit. She is learning how to soften her neck and poll, bend, turn, back-up, and steer in the direction Ann wants her to go. Shakti demonstrated some of her new skills at the Paradise Horse Festival on Sunday, her third time wearing the bit! The day before she met some of the student riders at Lightfoot Horse Farm, who had fun brushing and leading Shakti around the arena!

 

5 points
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Picture Update: 4-30 -14: WOW, I had a really exciting weekend! On Saturday, I climbed into the horse trailer with my friend, Little Thunder, and traveled to Lightfoot Horse Farm in Magalia. "Li'l T" had a bath and a shave beforehand so he would look really sharp. At Lightfoot Horse Farm, I met some of my young sponsors, who practiced leading Li'l T and me around JayaMae's arena. Then, on Sunday, I went to the Paradise Horse Festival, my very first show-and-tell-event. Coach Ann demonstrated some of the moves I've learned while announcer Stacy Mullins, of Paradise Horsemen's Association, told the audience all about the Extreme Rescue Makeover Contest and Horse Plus Humane Society! 

3 points
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Video Update: 4-23-14: Horse Coach Ann encouraged Shakti to perfect her trailer loading technique this week because we plan to travel up the hill to Magalia soon. We have been invited to meet some of our sponsors at Light Foot Horse Farm on Saturday, April 26, which is ASPCA's National "Help a Horse Day." We will be talking about the necessity for more adoptive homes for horses like Shakti. There are many horses still waiting for homes at Horse Plus Humane and other rescues all over the country. In this video, you will also see Shakti learning some new moves on the ground, and trying on a snaffle bit for the very first time!

 

5 points
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Picture Update: 4-23-14: Shakti did a good job on her first independently reined trail ride. No ponying today! She walked right out in front and Sara (a Handi-Riders volunteer I met at their event last Saturday), rode Winnie behind. We crossed the stream too. Thanks, Sara, for taking this photo for us!

3 points
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 Video Update: 4-16-14: I had an exciting week, but Coach Ann wanted me to learn how to be still and not get excited. This might have something to do with the fact I spooked and bucked her off on Sunday, which she didn't see as a good beginning to Week Five. We did all sorts of crazy things in the round pen--crinkly paper grain sacks, big rain ponchos, snakey ropes--it was really fun to see my coach jumping up and mounting from the ground, not to mention watching her run up and rub my face a few dozen times. The best part for me? All I had to do was stand there and be quiet!

 

5 points
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Picture Update: 4-16-14: Hi Shakti Fans! Ann rode me on the trail for the very first time today! She dismounted to take this photo for my scrapbook. That's her daughter, Jaya, riding Winnie, and on the right is Jake, her grandson, riding his mare, Beauty. We went all the way down to the stream and home again!


3 points
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 Video Update: 4-9-14: This week Coach Ann taught Shakti to take the weight of a rider. After some groundwork and desensitizing exercises, Ann began jumping up into the saddle stirrups and leaning weight on Shakti's back. After a day or two or this, she taught Shakti to line up to the fence to be mounted. Over the weekend, we went for our first uneventful ride in the round pen--sorry fans, no rodeo footage here!

 

5 points
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Picture Update: 4-9-14: Today turned out swell! First I had another training session with Coach Ann and found out I could trot with her sitting on my back. Then Winnie ponied me out on the trail and I crossed another rushing stream. I also saw some giant bulldozers that made me a bit nervous for a moment. Then we came home and I had my very first bath! Guess what? It felt great and I found out I liked it!


3 points
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 Video Update: 3-31-14: This week, wind, rain or shine, my coach spent a lot of time handling my feet and cleaning them. Today I found out why we did all this fancy footwork. Farrier Wayne Love came and gave me a pretty barefoot trim! Ann said she was proud of me for behaving so well. I got my first pedicure--all four feet--and Mr. Love gave me an apple cookie for being such a good girl.


5 points
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Picture Update: 3-31-14: Today I wore a saddle for the very first time! No, I did not go so crazy that I bent the gate. Josie the mule did that a long while ago. She throws a tantrum every time Winnie goes out for a ride without her. She body slams the gate that keeps her locked in the pasture.


3 points
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Video Update: 3-26-14: My coach created this video of my efforts in makeover school. This week I found out it's against the rules to threaten to kick your coach, even if she is poking your side. She told me pokes are friendly on Facebook and in horse school, too, and even if I don't understand my Coach's request at first, I should NEVER, EVER kick out at her. Now I understand that she wanted me to move my hip over. Okay, got it. It's not all right to nip your Coach, either, even if she does want to pick up your front foot, and you're feeling irritable. Coach Ann made me memorize this rhyme so I won't forget the rules: No nippy, No bite-y. No kick-y, No fight-y. Except for a couple of mistakes in manners, I did pretty well this week. You can see I'm really getting the hang of off-side leading now!

 

 5 points
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Picture Update: 3-25-14: Yesterday was a big day for me. Veterinarian Dawn Alves came and floated my teeth. I had several sharp edges that needed filing down. Good thing Dr. Alves gave me some feel good medicine before she started that procedure! I also had my eyes washed and got two shots. I tried to be brave for all of it.

3 points
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Video Update: 3-19-14: During week one, I learned to give Coach Ann a bit more space while leading. I also learned to lead with her standing on my right side. That felt really weird at first, but then I got the hang of it! That's me saying hello to the camera at the beginning. At the end, that's our little bow. I hope you like my very first video! Yours forever, SHAKTI.


 5 points
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Picture Update: 3-17-14: Hi Everyone! Shakti here, wishing you a happy St. Patrick's Day! I've been having fun with Coach Ann Byrns, Winnie (the Head Mare), Little Thunder (the Mini gelding), and Josie--that funny looking girl with the very long ears. I came to Wild Winnie's farm last Thursday night to get ready for the EXTREME RESCUE MAKEOVER sponsored by Horse Plus Humane Society. I'm really excited to be in the contest and promise to do my very best!

3 points
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Picture Update: 3-12-14: Does it look like I'm on the move? Yes! My coach told me today that I will be going to a sanctuary in Nevada where I can freely run with my friends! Ann says she will be training another horse for the Rescue Makeover, since I am not in danger of becoming homeless. Please keep checking this page, because soon you will see a new equine face here! Thank you to my supporters at Lightfoot Horse Farm and a big horsie smootch to all my fans!!!

3 points
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Video Update: 3-2-14: This week Northern California got more rain and who is complaining? Weather conditions meant fewer training sessions, however! Bolo, still fearful, is a "touch me not" horse, particularly on his right side. Coach Ann decided he cannot move on until he gets past this discomfort, so she introduced him to pole training. Touching Bolo with the pole allows Ann to keep a safe distance while she works with him.


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Picture Update: 2-26-14: From the Desk of Bolo: Every morning, my coach comes into my run-in shed to share breakfast with me. Ann sits in a folding chair, eating oatmeal and sipping tea while I munch on delicious California hay. Sometimes I get a bowl of beet pulp mixed with grain. I really like that and will come close to Ann to get a taste of that delicious mixture! I can't say why, but Ann likes to snap photos of me when I am eating. She calls this collection "Breakfast with Bolo."

3 points
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Video Update: 2-23-14: During Bolo's third week of training, we played rope entanglement games. Bolo had to come closer to me so I could help him out of the puzzles he found himself in! I also introduced him to some scary items in the round pen: a banner, fluttering flags, and a tarp blowing in the wind.  
5 points

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Video Update: 2-17-14: Bolo's second week of training had some gaps due to RAIN, but we needed every drop. During the 3-day deluge, we hung out together in his run-in shed. Now I share time with him every morning and call it, "Breakfast with Bolo." Bolo is on the shy side, and jumpy when approached by humans. He is still timid about being touched, so I introduced him to flagging and continued desensitizing exercises with ropes.

 5 points
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Video Update: 2-6-14: Bolo arrived at Wild Winnie's farm on the evening of Thursday, January 30. The very next day he seemed calm enough for Horse Coach, Ann Byrns, to begin working with him. By his second training session, he allowed Ann to touch him on the face. In subsequent play sessions during the rest of the week, Ann worked on getting him used to the touch of a rope on his back and around his middle. He is still very nervous about being touched. Ann has been scratching him first with a soft stick, and when Bolo seems calm, she asks him to accept a scratch from her hand. By week's end, he is willing to move a few steps closer and is beginning to lead.  5 points
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Picture Update: 2-3-14:

Bolo has had five days of training so far.  First, he learned to drag a lead rope. He had a little workout in the round pen, too. By Day 2, Bolo let "horse coach Ann" pet him on the face. On Day 3, we did some rubbing on the withers, back, and hindquarters with a soft stick to help him get used to being touched. On Day 4, we did more rope work with a rope tossed around his girth area and began playing follow-the-leader. On Day 5, Bolo let Ann pet him on his left side, neck, face, shoulder, and withers!
3 points
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