Zero The Hero & Sarah Cobos
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Last Updated by Horse+ on June 19, 2014


 
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About Trainer - Sarah Cobos: Sarah Cobos. I am 25 years old and have been riding for about 9 years and training horses for the last 5 years. I have loved and wanted horses since I can remember. Although growing up we didn't have the money for lessons or to own, my mom bought me every book or video she could find. It wasn't until October of 2006 I began my life with horses. After school one day I had been searching the internet for local boarding and lesson facilities when I came across Allison Acres webpage. First thing I saw on the home page was 'working student wanted'. I then emailed Cindi Scoleri (then is was Cindi Long) and scheduled an interview the next day and it all started. Over the years I have started around 5 horses. When I saw Horse Plus Humane Society was having another ERM competition I talked to my boss and mentor, Cindi Scoleri, and I entered. I am so very excited to be a competitor this year win or not this is the experience of a life time for me.

About Horse - Zero The Hero: Sarah says "My first meeting with the group of horses for the ERM challenge was a multitude of different feelings and emotions, some of which were, excitement, anxiety, and anticipation along with a full serving of an adrenaline rush. I walked through the herd observing the horses interactions with each other. The two who caught my eye were  very curious of me, but timid and turned away when I approached. When I first noticed Snip It[Zero] I didn't get the initial 'love at first night's feeling. It was more like (as corny as it may sound) meeting an old friend for the first time. It was something about the way he looked at me that set it in my mind that this is my horse. This little bay with hardly a mane to speak of, a gorgeous tail, with the smallest star above a well placed snip. He is shorter than what I was looking for, but his spirit and intuitive-ness that hooked me in. Right as my mentor/friend and I were about to leave he approached me out of the safety of his herd to touch his nose to my outstretched hand."

Updates: Total Points: 36

 

Video Update:  6-18-14: This is Zeros first time being riddne bareback. I was only originally going to walk around, but knowing how smooth his trot and canter are I went ahead and did a full ride! Zero's trot to lope transistions crack me up all the time. He is so animated and uses his hind end so much. He will rock back and almost looks like he is going to try and kick out but that is just his way of picking up the lop. His stops are becoming phenomenal. Im not asking for huge slides, but I feel like if I had started sooner or had more time, he could get there no problem. He uses himself so very well. If you notice around the time 13:08 I am asking for lateral flexion, but what is harder to see is I am actually unsnapping his reins from his bit. I looped them around his neck and rode him around for a nother few minutes. I was able to stop him, back him up, and circle using just my seat and the neck loop. Unfortunately my phone decided to turn my viedo off so you dont see the whole ride, but he did great like always.

 

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Video Update:  6-18-14: I have been doing lots of rides at the faster speeds with Zero. In this viedo I worked on his upward and downward transitions. He is getting better and better at picking up on my more subtle ques. I am really happy he is learning so quickly at becoming a soft, light, responsive boy. Right before the video ends I drop my reins completly and ask for a stop with just my seat and he got it perfectly!

 

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Video Update:  6-18-14: This is the part I am most proud of. At this point I have never done any of this before this video was taken. Over the past few weeks we have just become closer and closer. I totally trust him and that is the only reason why I would put myself in these dangerous spots. I dont recomend just going out and walking under your horse by any means. I just knew in that moment it was possible and he would allow me to be in this vulnerable  position. He is my boy and he has made me a very happy and proud owner and trainer.

 

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Video Update:  6-18-14: This is Zero's first ride with another horse and rider with us and also his very first time being ridden outside. Everything started off great for the first few minutes in the outdoor arena until Zero decided he would rather eat than work. When I corrected him he threw a little fit that I wasnt expecting and with him being to athletic he was out from under me in the blink of an eye and I was in the dirt. I did land on my ankle pretty hard, but that didnt stop me from getting back on. I then proceeded to take Zero out of the outdoor arena with the other rider in the lead and we went into the obstacle arena and rode around i there for the first time. I have lead Zero on the ground in here before so all of this is a new experience for him with a rider on and he did absolutely fantastic!

 

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Video Update:  6-18-14: This is Zero's first time being ridden in the big covered arena, let alone at night with the bright lights. I wanted to do a little lunging first just to kind of see where his mind was for being in the new arena. Zero is carrying a nice three piece snaffle that has a copper roller in it, but I am still only riding with the halter. He was pretty unfocused at first in the arena, but once his attention came back on me he was really quiet and relaxed. There were some ground poles out in the arena so I decided to ask him to go over them. It was his first time stepping over something with a rider on his back. I did ask him for a little trot, but not much. At this point in the roundpen I had only been doing walk and trot with a little lope at this point and I didnt want to stress him out by riding in the covered arena and ask for more speed. I think he did very well.

 

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Video Update:  6-18-14:  Here I was working on Zeros forward motion. some turning and steering along with changing direction and giving to pressure on his face. This is the second time asking for the trot and the first time I asked Zero for any canter and even though I only got a few strides he didnt put up a fight, he didnt panic, or get stressed out. He is coming along very nicely and I feel like he is going to be a very nice and quiet boy.

 

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Video Update:  4-10-14: Zero's second ride! I am absolutely amazed with this horse. It seems like leaps and bounds have been made since I first sat in the saddle. Thing that normally would have bothered him, like the rope flinging over him to my foot rubbing his butt or anything touching his butt for that matter, don't even matter in the slightest to him. We will work on steering the rest of this week and hopefully by monday we will be outbox the round pen and exploring the ranch together!

 

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Picture Update:  4-4-14:  A lot has been going on at the ranch lately....more students more clients....I find myself getting overwhelmed almost with how busy I can get. Finding time to remember to video or photograph myself with Zero has been hard. Especially since most of my work done with him I am the only one on the ranch property. Well 8 concocted a little phone/camera stand out of a little cone to be able to fit my phone into so I can video myself working with zero..... This came in handy for our first ride together! This is Zero's second ride, but first with me.... I had previously called a friend in to help me cause I had plateaued with our progress and we just weren't progressing as I had hoped. Well my friend cam out and showed me some things and to my surprise was even able to get up on him and have him take some steps across the round pen. The day after was my time with him. Everything I had been worried about previously I threw out the door and just forgot about it. So I brought him out did a little lunging then just tossed the saddle on and hopped on. I was so shocked with how well he took it I almost forgot it was our first ride together. I just love everything about this little mustang. I can't wait for what the future holds for us together as a team!

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Picture Update: 3-4-14:  With all the awesome weather we have been having here lately, I do as much as I can outside of the arena as I can. Zero stands tied like a pro! He loves being scratched with the bag on the stick and he loves my little colt Gunner. I am constantly finding them eating together and playing together. My older gelding and zero get along great as well, but has a little bit less of a play drive as Zero and Gunner do. Me and Zero definitely have a one of a kind bond. He's an amazing horse and I'm excited for him to join my herd.


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Video Update: 3-4-14: Along with jumping around Zero while being tied to desensitize him I thought it was time to get a bridle on him. This is the very first time he has worn a bridle. The bit I have chosen for him is a 3 piece snaffle bit with a copper roller with D ring so it wont pinch his mouth. He acted how I expected, totally didn't care. He chomped on the bit a little and tried to spit it out. As soon as he figured out the copper roller his mouth got soft and quiet.

 

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Video Update: 3-4-14: Zero has been so good standing tied and being saddled I thought it was time to work on desensitizing him while tied. I don't have the greatest dance skills (just like my rope handling skill, they need work) but they work enough for what I need accomplished. I'm very happy with how Zero takes everything I throw at him.

 
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Video Update: 2-22-14: This is the first time desensitizing zero to the rope with the saddle on. He could have cared less about it. I on the other hand need to work on my rope skills. I kept hitting myself in the head with the rope! Zero is such a brave boy it is hard to believe he hasn't been handled before I got him.

 

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Video Update: 2-17-14: First time I put my full weight in the saddle with Zero. He took it very well! We had some equipment failures as I was pulling myself over him more and the saddle started to slip to his side. My quick and not so graceful dismount caused him to spook. It's not perfect, but we're getting there.

 

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Video Update: 2-17-14: Now here is the video moving him around. The quality isn't great as I was taking it and trying to keep him moving at the same time. What I like about Zero is he is an amazing mover and seems to just glide over the ground. This time I asked for all three gaits and he was a total gem. He could care less about the saddle being on. I am hoping that our first ride will be within the next few days!

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Video Update: 2-17-14: Today was Zero's second time being lunged with a saddle on. This short clip shows some of my desensitization process. He's very easy going but has his moments. He is very sensitive about the space around him and its there that he usually has his panic moments, but once anything I have is on him and rubbing him he will start yawning and falling asleep as you can see in this video.

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Video Update: 2-10-14: This was Zero's first time seeing a rider on horseback. My goals for this were to have him follow at the same speed me and my horse were going. Using my horse I asked him to disengage his hind end and back up as well. Once we cantered I think Zero thought that was time to play as you can see he had a blast kicking up his heels, but always came back to my horse and I. He has a great natural stop! I can't wait to start riding him he looks like he is going to be a dream ride!

5 points
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Video Update: 1-26-14 :Here is Zero (Snip It) getting off the trailer at his new home for the training prior to the competition. Look for Extreme Rescue Makeover, Zero the Hero and Sarah on Facebook. They need sponsors!

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Letter from Sarah: On pick up day (1-26-14) I was running late leaving my home in Galt, Ca and all I could think of was Snip it[Zero] wouldn't be there when I got there. When I did arrive I was third in line and my stomach in knots fearing the worst. When it was finally my turn to go back to the barn there he was. I checked out the other horses still available, but I knew it would be Snip it[Zero]. So we moved him into the roundpen and I just watched him while we waited for our turn to load.

Finally I went to back my truck and trailer into where the squeeze was, well I attempted to back it up, but I am a novice when it comes to backing a trailer so Tawnee hopped in and backed it in for me (Thank you again!) He loaded perfectly with no problems, signed the rest of the paperwork, and off we went on the almost 2 hour drive home. He was absolutely amazing in the trailer. He didn't paw or call at all. Needless to say our journey started off without a hitch!

Thanks!
Sarah & Zero

 
 

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