Gunnar & Megan Robson
Total Points: 254 - Audited

 

Last Updated by Horse+ on June 19, 2014

 

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About Trainer - Megan Robson: I have always loved horses for as long as I can remember, although I didn't get to work with them until I was about 16 years old. I started out around mustangs back home, getting real riding lessons and learning how to teach a horse. Since then I have gone to college and received a horse training, and ranch management degree. I have also interned at a performance ranch, and studied many other trainers philosophy's. I use the method of natural horsemanship with a variety of techniques from different trainers. I prefer starting horses, teaching them their firsts is just so much fun. I have also always been into bridle less and bareback riding. Having that bond and trust between you and a horse is beyond describable. I focus on performance riding for reined cow horse with lots of trails in-between! Always having been drawn to mustangs, my first horse I ever trained was a palomino mustang from Nevada. I look forward to seeing what I can do with a completely wild horse in the short amount of time we have!

About Horse - Gunnar: This little guy seems to have a lot of thought. He likes to watch everything you do as well as check out every weird thing. He seems to want to please and get along but there is defiantly some spunk and sass in this boy. I think he is going to be a wonderful well minded horse once he learns to trust. I see big things for this guy, and eventually a very happy owner.

Updates: Total Points: 128


Picture Update:  6-16-14
: During our Camelot visit Gunnar experience a few new things. He had never worked with tires packed with dirt so standing on one was not his first idea. He got the hang of it though and I think he started to have fun. He also experienced a trench which I have been wanting to try. At first it was scary but as I led the way on the ground for the first time he decided that it must not be a big deal if I survived it. We even let loose on the galloping track for a few strides. He was really nervous when we first showed up, it's been a while since we traveled anywhere new so letting him burn off some of those nerves seemed like a good idea. It worked as we stopped at the obstacle course entrance my normal pony was back and ready to work. Last but not least we experience jumping from water. Very shallow water I might add but still different and fun.



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Video Update: 6-16-14: Gunnar and I came down the canyon and visited the Camelot Equestrian Park this week. It's like Disney land for horse people! Gunnar got to try out a real obstacle course for the first time as well as a few jumps. He seems to be okay clearing the 18" jumps at most. Frankly since I'm not a jumper I'm good with that! He did really good with the cowboy curtain as well as the trench once I showed him that it wasn't scary as I walked through it. I'm extremely excited for finals this Sunday and I wish everyone the best!

 

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Picture Update:  6-13-14: This last weekend Gunnar went camping for the first time! He seemed to enjoy all the time eating and enjoying the company of his girlfriend Ginger. We went on a few beautiful trails up mountains in the evening when it was cooler. He enjoyed it so much he wanted to trot and lope quite a bit. Every time we hit the trails I see a whole other side of him come out, it's like pure joy. He experienced a camp fire, people with lanterns at night, and being tied for long periods. He was a champ. I'm so excited to keep this boy and enjoy a lifetime with him.


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Video Update: 6-13-14: I didn't ask too much of Gunnar this week. He isn't going to dramatically change before competition so why push him? We went back to some basics and practiced a few obstacles as well as roping and trailer loading. We have been practicing our freestyle routine getting him used to it while I try to remember all the maneuvers. He is doing great and I'm sure he is feeling even better with all the time off!

 

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Picture Update:  6-5-14: Other than the kid rides this week the only other thing Gunnar practiced was trailer loading. We've got the straight load down, but loading into a trailer without a ramp was our challenge. We worked out all the kinks within about 15 minutes, I even got him to stand facing forward in the trailer! He is enjoying the rest of his week hanging out with the mares while enjoying the pasture buffet.


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Video Update: 6-5-14:  Gunnar had most of this week off which is why our video is so short. On Monday though Gunnar proved himself a trustworthy kids horse. He had about 7 kids ride bareback, and let my niece Maddie ride him around in the pasture and up the mountain by the ranch houses, as well as down the road. He totally listens to her and never tried any funny business! I got a little nervous in the pasture as they walked away from me, but he really built my confidence as he walked calmly back keeping her safe as sound.

 

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Picture Update:  5-30-14: Gunnar also showed me that he is a champ at standing by himself. I can tell him whoa and he will stay there and just hangout until I come back from wherever. Getting him to follow me without a lead is harder, which I don't mind. Gunnar has been funny about what he remembers and when he decides to forget things since I started working with him. We have played with the tarp many times but now it's scary again so we have been working on this. He also has a nice pony spa day this week. 3 hours later and he got clipped, bathed, brushed, braided, fly sprayed and wormed. I'm sure it was boring for him but I think he enjoyed the lack of work a spa day entails. He is doing so good I'm excited, and a little nervous, for finals!

 

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Video Update: 5-30-14: This weeks focus was flying lead changes. I think the only reason we started to lose them was because I was trying too hard for them. As soon as I quit asking, he would do a flying lead without any issues. I have also been working on our bridle less riding. I really enjoy having that trust between myself and my horse and knowing we can do just about anything. He is such a smart boy he picks up my different cues for bareback and bridle less pretty quickly. We didn't have any ropes or anything around his neck this time, I'm very proud of him.

 

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Picture Update:  5-26-14:Gunnar had one of his sponsors out to visit him this week. Heather brought him a wonderful assortment of carrots and apples, he was one happy horse! We also went swimming this week, he loves to paw and splash around as soon as he sees the water. I rode him in the water for the first time as well, he got a little excited at first but then he calmed down and enjoyed it with me. He participated in a driving clinic this week as well. Gunnar picked it up really fast as got many compliments from the instructor. I on the other hand need to work on my coordination skills.


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Video Update: 5-26-14: Gunnar had a relatively easy week. The heat is daunting during the day so we work a bit later in the evening. In this video he showed of his trust and skills by being ridden brideless. He does pretty darn good listening to me, this was actually his first time loping without the bridle. So I am very proud if him to say the least.

 
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Picture Update: 5-15-14: During the week we went on a trail ride solo. He took such good care of me, never once spooked or had an issue. He really seems to enjoy going out on his own and exploring new places! This boy is so fearless. This week we also drug tarps, logs, and a (little) person lol. I'm so proud of his confidence.

 

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Video Update: 5-15-14: Gunnar had quite a week. We participated in our first show. He placed third in halter geldings, and did wonderful in walk trot, as well as western pleasure. Even though the judge said we wouldn't place if we used a bosal I'm proud of his performance. We also worked on the tarp this week. I haven't done anything but have him walk over it since he started under saddle. To my surprise he let me drag it, let it fly around behind him, and even let my friend sit on the tarp as he drug it. To end our week we had out final day of class. He performed a single pattern that he did pretty good with.

 
 5 points
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Picture Update:  5-9-14: Gunnar had a wonderful week. On Wednesday he had his second acupressure session by Susan Holmes with Heavens Gate Equine Acupressure. Gunnar really enjoys acupressure, it's my first time having this done to a horse and I can clearly see the difference. He relaxes on a whole new level. We worked in much bigger arenas this week and made lots of progress. I'm starting to realize he doesn't need to be babied as much as I have been. He shows me every day how incredibly smart and trusting he is, this horse is special and is going places.

 
3 points
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Video Update:  5-9-14: I have been working on loping and stops this week. It's not that Gunnar and I don't practice them but I haven't focused too much on keeping a pace like a trot or lope for long and he lost his good stops for a while so I left it alone. As you can see from the video, by not pushing him on these things he has actually progressed and taken the little training I have given him this week and excelled incredibly. His last stop in that video was so good he left almost 3 foot track marks and I was really not prepared for it. It launched me from me seat just a little. He is feeling so good under saddle it's incredible.

 
 5 points
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Picture Update: 5-5-14: I have discovered that along with Gunnar lack of caring if I stand in the saddle he also doesn't care about dogs up there either! Such a brave little pony! We really worked on refining some of our skills this week, some of that would be rollbacks, stops, collection, and roping. We also explored a new trail. It was beautiful while we climbed the hill. His stamina is really up because he rarely ever sweats and can just keep going without pressure.

 

3 points
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Video Update: 5-5-14: I spent more time with Gunnar than usual this week. I'm trying to get him ready for competition but fine tuning his moves and making sure he is totally bombproof. He is making big strides with the rope. This week was the first time I drug anything off of him while I was in the saddle. I also stood up on him for the first time and he didn't care one bit. Lastly I am also getting Gunnar used to other people being up in the saddle. So my friend Natalie rode him around in the round pen for a bit.

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Picture Update:  4-28-14: This week I decided that it is time to really work Gunnar more and start to fine tune his moves before competition. He didn't have to work too many days but he did have some quality rides. I'm starting to teach Gunnar a few tricks which has been very exciting. We have been working on lead changes this week. I have been able to successful get consistent flying lead changes from him. It's amazing how fast he picks something up when he learns a move. We have ridden brideless this week, I have stood on him, have his first kids ride, and completed an obstacle course. I hosted an obstacle clinic this week for the High Mountain Riders. He was a wonderful example for some other horses as so how calm a hose should react. It's makes me so proud when my 3 month under saddle 2 year old acts better than a barn born handled ten year old. I got really lucky ending up with Gunnar.

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Video Update: 4-28-14: During my obstacle clinic that I hosted Gunnar served as a wonderful bombproof example. It's amazing how far he has come and how much he trusts me. He learned to walk over mattresses, teeters, trotting over poles in a circle, standing on a bridge... The list of his accomplishments this week is long. I couldn't be more proud.

 

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Picture Update:  4-28-14: Gunnar had an easy week this week. We tried out English for the first time. I'm taking it up a bit to improve my seat and balance. He tried so hard for me I couldn't be happier. He is even starting to learn to jump a little bit. I think I'm more nervous than he is! I'm starting to have other people ride Gunnar, my friend hopped on him bareback and took him for a soon. He was great with her once he discovered he couldn't be any sassier with her than me.

3 points
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Video Update:  4-28-14: This week I decided to tack Gunnar up English and give that a whirl. He looked so spiffy in the smaller tack. Once he discovered that close contact and more bit contact was okay he responded very well the the change. Backing up was the hardest change because the English saddle had knee guards and I use my knees as part of my backup cue.

 

5 points
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Picture Update:  4-15-14: Gunnar didn't have to do too much work this week. He got his second bath and took it like a broke pony. He's starting to look so good for a two year old! I'm beginning to kid proof him, so he met my niece a 7 year old horse crazy kid. He just couldn't get enough if her! I also bought Gunnar a bosal, he's doing just fine in a bit but I wanted to see if he would be softer in the bosal. It seems to be just what he needed, he gives to it very nicely. We also began semi swimming! The weather has been hot so I decided to see how he would feel about deeper water. He was a bit nervous at first but once his buddy went in, he followed. He was up to his chest in water and didn't seem to mind! This summer sure will be fun!

3 points
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Picture Update:  4-4-14: This week Gunnar and I attended a horsemanship clinic hosted by Gene Armstrong. The biggest thing that I keep reminding myself from the clinic is that he is in fact only a 2 year old. What was great about the clinic is that the first half that we attended had only other 2 year olds, so everyone was more or less on the same page. Gene reminded us that we can accomplish a lot with colts but we can not have big expectations and we cannot push them too far too fast. Shorter, quality rides produce better colts. Anyways Gunnar was absolutely wonderful at the clinic (we didn't get picked on! Lol) he is much more refined in moving different parts if his body now. Not to mention our new awesome back up!

3 points
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Video Update: 4-4 -14: This week we really got some arena time in. On Monday when we recorded this video, I decided to start asking for collection for the first time. He didn't like the pressure on the bit, so it is deffinaty still a work in progress. I also decided to start teaching Gunnar how to side pass. He is picking up moving the different parts of his body but counter flexion is something he doesn't quite understand yet. Gunnar was also introduced to a rope for the first time as well. He didn't seem to mind it much, I touched him all over with it later, and pulled it on parts of his body. He is really coming along.  

 

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Picture Update: 3-28-14: Gunnar really is making large strides as he makes his way to being a broke pony. This week he experienced an indoor arena for the first time. This particular arena has glass windows that go into offices which usually scare horses pretty bad. He never once spooked in the indoor in fact he acted like he had done it many times before. We then proceeded to try and pony for the first time ever. The horse on the other end didn't want to lead, and Gunnar was not going to have that. He stayed with her weight and pushed forward like an old roping horse. He handled the 2 year old like a pro. We then proceeded to walk down a trail that goes right behind a baseball field. As they played he continued walking like nothing was going on. In fact at the creek he took the 2 year old in again, ponying her around for her first time in the water. I'm astonished at times, what he will handle for me.


3 points
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Video Update:  3-28-14: Gunnar got a good week off from working while I took a vacation. He had 5 days to himself getting fat and hanging out with his new companion Kaydence. When I got back I learned that Gunnar regresses without a daily routine or visit. So in this video we set up the obstacle course at NE Ranch and added a few new toys to the bunch. It was really beneficial for him to get a refresher on ground work as well as bomb proofing. He learned how to start jumping as well as walked across a teeter for the first time. He is making large strides, I'm very proud of him.

 

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Picture Update: 3-23-14: This week was a bit slower for Gunnar. Since we have the fundamentals down I'm trying to give him more days off since he is not even three yet. He has been enjoying the pasture on his days off with the mares and his new buddy Kaydence. When we did ride this week it was mostly trails. Sunday we went to Sloat and he was amazing. On Thursday we planned to ride in class but their schedule wasn't going to work for us. So to take advantage of already being at school I decided to see how Gunnar would feel about going on a trail alone, in a new place none the less. He took me down to the river with no issues, he crossed it alone in multiple areas, and we loped up on the top flat part of the trail. He was quite enjoying himself. I then decided to push him a little bit and see if he would follow the river back. It was weird for him at first but once he figured out there was no land to get out on to, off he went. We walked through the river for a good 15 minutes back, some parts went up to his stomach and he handled it like a champ, all by himself. I love this pony!


3 points

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Video Update: 3-23-14: This week was mostly trail riding. We went up to Sloat in this video. It was the most beautiful ride, and Gunnar did fabulous. We decided to try loping on the trail for the first time and he was so great! He didn't want to take off and as soon as I leaned forward to stop he put on the brakes. We even decided to let the horses go into a full out run. Gunnar as I had not done that at all before and as soon as he realized I wasn't going to make him slow down he seemed to relax and enjoy himself. This horse is going to take me anywhere he has such a great mind.

 

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Picture Update: 3-14-14: This week was a good one! He is very comfortable when I ride him bareback, no need for the arena anymore. I can climb all over him and he could care less. We really worked on speed transitions this week. Going from walk to trot to lope to trot to walk to stop. Lots of practicing patience with this boy and getting some brakes on him. He already has a great stop but we were at the point that he either moved or stopped only. Anyways he is doing wonderful on trail! Always the more reliable horse that doesn't really spook. He experienced cars going by him on the road and bicycles this week and took it like a champ! He was also visited by my vet this week and was given a couple more vaccines that he didn't have and was also checked out. He was aged correctly at 2 1/2 and has promising signs of growth, so I won't have a pony for long! Lastly he got his first pasture turnout! He got to visit with the mares and loved the freedom!


3 points

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Video Update: 3-14-14: This week I got a video while I was riding Gunnar at college. During that class we focused on direction and speed transitions. First we had to make one big circle and keep space between us and the horse in front. Then someone would zig zag in between the rest of us. This helped Gunnar learn to slow down instead of just stopping. Then we broke up into two groups and had to make one circle to the inside of the arena and another on the outside. First Gunnar had a hard time with his buddy Rio being in the opposite circle of him. Once he became comfortable in that circle we usually had to switch and he didn't understand this concept. So it was good for both of us to work together on this and have him listen more to me than try and do what he wanted and what was more comfortable. In the end he was trotting freely and I had my "slow down button" it was really good for him to work on these simple things. 

 

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Picture Update: 3-5-14:   Even through all the rain this week, we have had a few accomplishments! Gunnar got his first hoof trim, which went extremely well. All four feet got worked on, and there is a noticeable difference in his mood and conformation since! This week we have graduated to standing tied in the straight load with the divider in and closed, without issue with just the strap behind him. We also had an awesome couple of rides in between the bad weather. He gave me a stop this week that astounded me, as well as learned to use his front end for turns. I also rode him bareback for the first time this week. All went great, Gunnar was more concerned with eating the alfalfa around him. I was able to mount and dismount on both sides, he will line up to just about anything to be mounted. I'm hoping for some good weather and great rides in the next few weeks!


3 points
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Video Update: 3-5-14: We did not get to ride and work a bunch this week due to the weather. Boy do I wish for an indoor arena! This is a video taken during a short training session with Gunnar. I was working on being able to move over his shoulders. I began asking for this by starting with a turnaround. As you can see it took quite a bit of practice for him to understand what I was asking but by the time we finished (not in the video) he was crossing over in both directions. The next day when we practiced this, he picked it up immediately, no longer needing to start the turnaround first.

 

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Picture Update: 2-26-14:   This week I really worked on picking up and picking out his hooves. Gunnar has his first appointment with my farrier this coming Friday and I want it to go as smooth as possible. My friend Melissa was nice enough to help me test how Gunnar would feel about other people picking up his feet too. We are just about ready, time to test exactly how he will feel about a hoof stand on Thursday! I'm also glad to announce that he is doing ten times better in the trailer. I have a straight load which is much harder for horses to understand, but I can tie him inside, he backs out, loads much easier, and doesn't have a problem with the driving. I would also like to thank my sponsors for all the help you have provided both Gunnar and I! I was able to purchase him a blanket since we may be seeing snow in the next couple weeks, as well as a better saddle pad, so he is much more comfortable now. Thank you so very much for believing in us and helping to support this dream!

3 points
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Video Update: 2-26-14: This is our first actual video update on Gunnar's riding abilities. In my opinion, with this being his 12th ride, I think he is doing amazingly! He picks up on my cues relatively quickly, and I'm starting to learn that I need to trust him more. This ride is also the first time loping alone in the big arena as well as directing where I wanted him to go. Up until that day I had just been happy that he loped when I asked rather than how he did it or where he went. As you can see he not only loped freely but he listened to me the entire time and even gave me a simple lead change! I'm pretty proud of this boy.

 

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Picture Update: 2-19-14: This week as been awesome with Mr Gunnar. We have gone on two trail rides this week with no issues. We also started trailering to different places which gives Gunnar the opportunity to learn to trailer and now tie while trailering. I focus on a lot of bomb proofing to avoid accidents and scares in the future, I like a calm confident horse. He has proven his smarts with all these obstacles and "scary" things all week long. He even had the opportunity to experience a fire pit!


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Video Update: 2-19-14: This week we visited New England Ranch and I decided to set up the obstacle course and see how Gunnar would handle all the "scary" objects as well as a bunch of other riders. He is such a smart boy that he reacted to the course like a dude horse. As long as I let him smell everything first he would either go through it or over it for me. This was also the first time being in such a large arena and with other riders. He never once got sassy, in fact at one point we were at a full out run with another horse and as soon as I leaned forward in the saddle he slowed to a walk and then stopped before I even touched the bit. He is turning into such a brave amazing little mustang.

 

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Picture Update: 2-12-14: Since our first ride on Monday we have also learned how to tie. He never once had a freak out about being tied. He is the first horse that I actually saw look at me tie the rope and stand there knowing what was going on. We even graduated to being tied with a clip to the horse trailer. This week we also learned to load in my straight load trailer. It only took about 5 minutes and bribery with grain to get him fully inside. We walked in and out several times and are still learning to back out. Wednesday was our second ride in which we walked, trotted and loped. Still no bucking or bad reactions. If anything my boy is lazy. He even showed his smarts by not spooking when a branch smacked against the shelter making a loud bang.


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Video Update: 2-12-14: This week went fantastically! I can't believe how far he has come in this short amount if time. This week we had our first ride. I did everything I could think of to prepare him for it and it deffinatly paid off. We had to ride in my hay barn, as I did not have an indoor arena and it was pouring out. So we only had enough room to walk and trot. He let me mount without moving, I moved around in the saddle to let him know I was up there, and off we went. No bucking, rearing, or kicking. He is smooth as butter and walked and trotted around with no problems I was very proud of him.

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Video Update: 2-5-14: This week was a very successful one for Mr Gunnar. I have been working on really desensitizing him to my touch before I try to push him further. As of now i can rub all over his face, neck, chest, stomach and rump. His has been taking it all in stride. I really worked on getting him to hook up this week and as of Wednesday I was able to unhook his lead line when i left because he now approaches me. I also flagged him this week, he became desensitized to that while I was also able to get his front crossing over and correct lunging from him. The biggest event of the week was the saddling. He had a minor bucking fit as I cinched him up, but not twenty seconds later did he stop and let me tighten everything up. After i sent him off again he had no problem with the saddle. This guy has a good mind when he thinks about things.  
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Video Update: 1-30-14: I decided to try a slower more calm way of introducing myself to Gunnar. I would hangout and read in his round pen and he would eventually get curious about me and my stuff and come sniff me and check it all out. He also eventually learned that the scary human reading has a tasty treat they call carrots. Gunnar was very interested if these carrots were involved. Eventually he was eating grass from my hand and letting me touch his nose. He is very sensitive to touch but his curiosity always seems to get the best of him, as well as his appetite!  5 points
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Picture Update: 1-29-14:
Gunnar arrived home with no problems, he hauled better that a lot of broke horses do. The first thing he got introduced to was the wheel barrel and rake, which if it was a few feet from me, he was all into checking it out. Very curious this guy is, if I turn my back while poop scooping he will try and sneak up to get a smell of me. We have made some major progress this week from eating grass from my hands to being able to brush him from mane to his rump. His understanding of leading off a feel is fantastic as well. He's a smart little guy, I see big things happening in the next few weeks!



3 points

 
 

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