Category Archives: Training Calypso

It’s Been Too Darn Hot

It’s been too darn hot to work with Calypso here where I live.  On average, the mercury has been steadily above 95 degree’s everyday.  Last week we saw 104, 107 and 109.  Personally, I can’t do the heat at all. I start to wilt when it hits the 90’s.  I can’t imagine riding a horse in 100 degree weather, let alone put a big hot saddle on a horse in that kind of heat.  I know, I know, I’m putting human emotions into a horse.  The difference here is I can see the sweat dripping from their body after a ride in the hot weather, they have to be feeling hot.

Like I said, I wilt.  I can’t do the hot weather at all.  Every year, when the hot weather starts, I become ill with flu like symptoms for about a week.  Then I acclimate to the heat, but I still can’t go out in it. I should move somewhere cooler, like Montana.  I wish I had it in me to make a move like that.  It’s not like I have a lot of family here where I’m at.  I do, but it wouldn’t be any different living 1,000 miles away, or 10 miles away.  We text once in a while, visits are rare, so living far away really wouldn’t be any different.  This is a point I should ponder!

So, until this weather cools down I won’t be doing any work with Calypso.  She’s out there enjoying George and getting fat.  She’s happy.

Things Are Looking Up With Calypso, I Think

Things are looking up with Calypso, I think, or am I fostering false hope?  I have been swamped with appointments the last couple of days, so Calypso hasn’t had the saddle back on since the 5th.  I did separate her and George on the 6th, and George isn’t going into fits about it this time.  He keeps pulling the tarp down, just like Calypso did, but without the stepping on it, and trying to rip it, gusto that Calypso put into her work with the tarp.  I hang it back up every time he pulls it down.

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Calypso Figured It Out!

I saw the moment Calypso figured it out!  If you’ve been reading my previous blogs I’ve been working with my filly, who’s now a mare, and I have some serious back problems.  I don’t want to give up on this mare just because of my back issue, but I have for two years.  I had an incident of her rearing up, then spinning around me, that laid me up for several days, so I don’t want to do that again!

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Saddled Calypso

Like I said in my previous post, I thought it would be a good idea to have Calypso practice tying.  Today I was able to get Calypso out of the paddock and George into the paddock, not an easy task!  Calypso likes to stretch her legs in the pasture, so I let her run around for a while.

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Calypso Is Back Home

So, here we are, Calypso is in the paddock, George is in the pasture. First thing this morning I went out to feed, and those two are standing as close as the fence, and corral panels with allow.  I’m thinking, “They may as well be in the pasture together at this rate.”

After I fed, while Calypso was busy eating, I pulled out my biggest tarp (you can buy one of these behemoth tarps at that link). This thing is around 30′ x 40′, it is huge. I folded it in half length wise, then draped it along the top of the paddock panels. Being clever, as I thought I was, Calypso wouldn’t be able to see him as easily. Calypso watched my every move while she was eating.

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What To Do About Calypso

I asked anyone, and everyone, who would listen, “What would you suggest I do about these two horses?  I can’t take the one out (George) without the other (Calypso) having a fit! I have back issues, so I have to be careful about what I do. I hate to give up on her, yet.” I explained what had happened when I last took her out and she flipped out, rearing and spinning around me.  I explained how I was laid up for a week after that. But nobody had any answers.

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Some Things Good for Calypso, Some Things Not So Good

My back issues drug on for what seemed timeless.  The pain had its own schedule regardless of what I wanted scheduled.  My badgering to my daughter to do something, anything, with Calypso finally took hold. She started spending time with her.  First, lounging her in the arena, teaching her commands such as whoa, trot, etc.  Then came the saddle which Calypso wasn’t very pleased about.  She put up a bucking fit when she had it put on the first time.

My daughter had never trained a horse before, and Calypso had never been taught.  I know, I know, this was a poor combination, but there were no other options available.

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Time Passed

Apparently it takes a long time for a back to heal.  I thought a month would be plenty of time, I was wrong, again.  When I performed a task, like doing dishes, or laundry, I’d be laid up afterward for two or three days with pain. As time passed, I always had my mind on Calypso.  I knew how much she wanted human attention, but I couldn’t give it to her.  I needed to take care of myself first, then I could dedicate my all to her.

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My Filly Calypso

I began a blog about raising my new filly back in 2013.  I was excited to share the day to day pleasures, and pains, of training a young filly.

As fate would have it, I injured my back severely just a week after we got her home.  With two herniated disks (one protruding, the other partially) which allowed my L4 to slip over the L5, I was in a world of hurt.  My training program would have to be put on hold until I had healed.

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