& Cindy, and everyone here at YVEC want
to say a special hello to Dale
Wallace and everyone in his unit, who
have been following Wyatt's progess from their
location in Afghanistan. Thanks so much for
all you do guys!
Day 31: Sunday,
March 13, 2011. DAY OFF
Hello, and welcome to Day 31, and the next page.
As you can see, we will be splitting Wyatt's chronicle
into 3 parts, 30 days each, leading up to the Norco
Extreme Mustang Makeover on May 13th and 14th.
On May 15th, Wyatt will be offered in the adoption
auction with all the other mustangs in the contest.
For more information on the Extreme Mustang Makeover,
see day 1 - 30. For today,
Wyatt is relaxing in the sun!
Day 32: Monday, March 14, 2011.
a light duty day for Wyatt, consisting of a grooming
and simple lunging review. Cindy used this day to
recuperate from an injury to her arms on Sunday.
Day 33: Tuesday,
March 15, 2011. REVIEW DAY
Wyatt was ridden in the round pen and the arena
today, freshening up his previous riding lessons
and getting his mind prepared for some new challenegs
Day 34: Wednesday,
March 16, 2011. WHEW!
Wednesday began like an ordinary day for Wyatt,
with some grooming and getting ready to go to the
round pen to lunge and ride. However today Cindy
asked him to carry a red cloth flag on his saddle
horn. Wyat did not like the cloth flag hanging there,
following his every move, going wherever he went!
Due to his objections, Wyatt received a
longer than normal lunging session, giving
him time to learn to accept the frightening
flag flapping around him while he moved. Eventually
he did settle in with it, so this time Cindy
repositioned it. It became a 'Super Wyatt'
cape, tied to the D-rings on each side of
his saddle and flying proudly over his back
as he lunged!
The flying cape was not quite as frightening
as the 'horn flag' had been - he got used
to the material after all that lunging. After
his workout, Wyatt got an extra good grooming,
and received his first 'tail bag'. After his
tail was washed a sock was placed over it
to keep it nice and tidy (and also just so
he could get used to another unusual object!).
Wyatt stood tied with his tail bag on while
all the day's lesson students groomed and
beautified their horses up for this weekend's
Basin Horsemen's Association PlayDay,
which Wyatt also plans on attending.
He did very well with his patience lesson and with
handling his tail bag, and was sent to bed with
the tail bag on and the hideous red flag/cape tied
to his stall front. Amazingly enough, Wyatt found
he didn't so much care about that flag once dinner
was placed in his pen!
Day 35: Thursday,
March 17, 2011. REVIEW
Today Cindy took Wyatt for a quiet ride, allowing
yesterday's lessons to sink in while he rested up
a bit from all the excitement.
Day 36: Friday,
March 18, 2011. SHOW READY
Friday was Wyatt's longest ride time to date.
In addition to his normal workout, he cantered both
ways of the arena for the first time. He also worked
on his baby slide stops, which are coming along
nicely as he is naturally inclined to stop with
his butt underneath him. He worked on turns on the
forehand and hindquarters today, and began leg yeilding.
Wyatt also got to be a 'chair' while Cindy taught
Aislinn and Mikayla's lesson, then Suzette's. he
is ready for a day at the MBHA Arena tomorrow for
the PlayDay show!
new equipment today: running martingale
The YVEC riders did very well - for many of them it
was their first show. Wyatt was allowed to stay in
the arena during the walk-trot class, so Sam and Levi
could have some company while they were judged. Wyatt
took everything in stride and all the riders who competed
should be proud!
Saturday, March 19, 2011. HORSE
SHOW! See the pictures
in the gallery
cold and a little windy, but the YVEC crew
headed out to the Morongo Basin Horsemen's
Association PlayDay. The morning classes were
gymkhana, and then they held western and English
Wyatt loaded into the trialer
like he'd been doing it all his life, and
rode well to the event. When he got there,
he acted as if it were no big deal at all!
Cindy plan was to expose him to the new situation,
and allow him to do as much as he was comfortable
with - turned out he was comfortable with
Wyatt paticiapted in all the
classes for the experience, but was not judged
Day 38: Sunday,
March 20, 2011. DAY OFF
After yesterday's stellar performance, today was
a well-deserved day off. 50 mile-per-hour winds
and cold temperatures didn't make the day inviting
Day 39: Monday,
March 21, 2011. RAINED
It never rains in California...it pours, man it
Day 40: Tuesday,
March 22, 2011. ALL TACKED
Today was Wyatt's first day with the 'big boy
saddle'! Instead of his usual little cordura saddle,
Wyat got to wear Cindy's Marshall Cutter today.
It's a larger and heavier saddle, but he did just
fine in it. He rode at all three gaits, both ways
of the big arena.
After his workout he spend some time hanging out
in Jesster's indoor barn stall while Jesster spent
some time eating weeds in an outdoor paddock.
Day 41: Wednesday,
March 23, 2011. WHAT A
Today Wyatt was 'drag man' on a trail
ride of eight horses! It was his second time out
on the trails, and he rode last in the group which
consisted of boarders and friends. After his trail
ride, wyatt got to rest up for a bit while other
horses got ready for their lessons, then it was
back to work for him!
Cindy took Wyatt out to the arena to do double
duty as a chair while she taught lessons, and to
review his arena work once more. He is really developing
patience and versatility!
Day 42: Thursday, March 24,
2011. ALL DRESSED UP
See the pictures
in the gallery
Wyatt got his
normal arena workout today, followed by a
full afternoon of beauty! It was his first
day with the clippers, and he received a bridle
path and had all his whiskers trimmed neatly.
He looks very handsome all slicked up!
After his trim, Wyatt was introduced to a
nice blue sheet. He met it lying on the ground,
spent some time walking around and over it,
and when he realized it was no big deal, he
got to wear it! He wore the sheet overnight
in his pen, and it stayed clean and un-tattered
by the next morning! Cindy concluded he had
good dress manners. We are glad to know he
is not a blanket-abuser, as some horses turn
out to be!
Day 43: Friday,
March 25, 2011. ROLLER
Wyatt's new toy, a 40" bright
green play ball, arrived today! The weather was
windy and uncooperative, but Wyatt still got a chance
to go into the round pen with his new toy for a
bit. He enjoyed playing with it very much - until
he decided to lay over it!
He climbed and the ball, sat on the
ball, then laid over it. Unfortunately he wasn't
quite centered, and the ball rolled out from under
him, dumping him on the sand! He seemed a littel
confused by that, but he still payed with it even
after being thrown. He just didn't climb on it again
Day 44: Saturday,
March 26, 2011. ALL BY
Another big day for Wyatt. After his
normal arena workout, Wyatt and Cindy took a mini-trail
ride today - all alone! It was Wyatt's first time
out on the trial without the comfort of another
horse, and he did very well. He'll progress gradually
to longer rides as his comfort level increases.
Day 45: Sunday,
March 27, 2011. DAY OFF
Sunday rest day - it was a lovely,
Day 46: Monday,
March 28, 2011. FLYIN' THE FLAG See
in the gallery
Today was a day for flags, wagons,
and the big ball! Wyatt started out his session
by taking a walk with Slim, who was working with
the flag of spring - a bright pink and yellow fluttery
thing. He kept his eye on that flag, but in general
didn't think it was too bad. He walked up and down
the aisle a few times, did a couple turns, and was
ready to walk on his own.
Wyatt thought that was fine,
too, then Cindy had the nerve to let the flag
TOUCH him! Yikes. Cindy brought him back to
the large pen where they could safely work
on moving with the flag and allowing it to
touch him. He didn't mind it being near his
face very much, but it took some getting used
to for him to allow it to be on his hindquarters!
Next up was the wagon. The little metal Radio
Flyer got towed along next to him, and it
rattled! However, Wyatt soon discovered that
wagon actually had a bit of grain and hay
on it - suddenly it wasn't a problem at all!
He had no trouble pulling that one along!
His last fun for the day was to play
with his ball in the roundpen. While he didn't jump
on it today, he did use it as a rolling buddy to
lay next to, and he kicked it around a bit. When
he was done playing, Wyatt was caught and led by
Amanda, so he could learn to accept new handlers.
Cindy pulled the wagon with the ball, and Amanda
and Wyatt followed it home. A fun day!
Day 47: Tuesday,
March 29, 2011. NEW FACES
New face day! After his normal
ride, Cindy brought Wyat to the round pen
where Amanda got to ride him! This is the
first time anyone but Cindy has been on his
back, and he adapted very well.
Amanda worked at the walk and trot in the
round pen, which is a good start with a new
rider to listen to.
We all love it when we see Wyatt having fun,
pulling things and walking over bridges and
being clever - all those things are important
for a well-rounded horse and good for his
training. But let's face it - THIS is really
what it's all about!
Wyatt's ability to accept a new rider with a completely
different style of riding (communicating), at only
47 days of training, is his real test. That's 47
days out of the BLM holding facility. He was gathered
from the wild on September 25th, 2010 - so that's
almost exactly six months from free ranging mustang
to well-adjusted, sound-minded, versatile young
Sure, he has much more to learn - but under Cindy's
guidance he's certainly proving himself to be a
special little horse!
Day 48: Wednesday,
March 30, 2011. KEEP WORKING
Today was a review and normal ride
in the smaller wood arena. Wyatt also learned to
combine his stall toys - he pushes his hanging plastic
apple into the pair of hanging rain pants so the
pants rattle and flap around. He enjoys it and does
it over and over. The more 'civilized' horses worry
about it and think he's a little bit of a nut!
Day 49: Thursday,
March 31, 2011. WORK &
Today Cinday and Wyatt worked on everything
every where. The session started with a ride in
the large jump arena while Amanda had her lesson,
and from there moved to the smaller wood arena during
Today was Wyatt's first day in the
wash rack, a narrow metal 'stall' of sorts for horses
to stand in while being bathed. He walked in very
willingly even though it is a narrow space! He is
still is bit mistrustful of his hose-downs, so Cindy
decided to remove him from the rack for that part
of his clean-up, so the experience of loading in
the wash rack wouldn't be associated with the bath
until he is more comfortable.
Wyatt practiced his patience by standing
and drying during Megan's lesson. He's becoming
quite the grown-up boy!
Day 50: Friday,
April 1, 2011. NO APRIL
Today was a straight-up riding day,
no fools involved!
Day 51: Saturday,
April 2, 2011. REVIEW
Saturday was a review of previous
arena work, and time spent being a chair during
Day 52: Sunday,
April 3, 2011. SLEEPOVER!
See the pictures
of Sunday and Monday in the gallery
A lot of new experiences for
Wyatt this weekend! Today he loaded up and
went to Steve and CIndy's Water Canyon Ranch
in Pioneertown for a sleepover.
He started off his adventure
playing with T-Bone, the big paint, in the
arena. Then Steve and Cindy saddled them up
and took them out for a ride in Water Canyon
Wash. Wyatt got to work near a road for the
first time, seeing trucks and cars fly by.
He also got to work on some big hills, both
going up and coming down. He met the neighbors,
and worked over both rocks and brush. He did
a fabulous job before returning to Water Canyon
for the night. Be sure to check out the pictures
- some of them are intentionally larger than
normal, for a good view of the scenery!
Day 53: Monday,
April 4, 2011. PIONEERTOWN
TOUR GUIDE See the pictures
of Sunday and Monday in the gallery
Today Wyatt was trailered
itself. The Mane Street of Pioneertown is
reserved for horse and foot traffic only,
and has historic buildings that have been
used as movie locations for plenty of westerns,
including some of Gene Autry's movies. For
more information please visit the Pioneertown
Wyatt took a tour of all the old buildings
in town first, then he headed out all alone
for the ride back to Water Canyon Ranch from
Pioneertown. Cindy rode back over rocky but
gorgeous terrian for about 35 minutes, arriving
back at the ranch safe and sound and happy!
After his adventures, Wyatt returned to Yucca
Valley Equestrian Center so he could play
with his hanging rain pants again!
Day 54: Tuesday,
April 5, 2011. REVIEW
A review day for Wyatt and Cindy,
with a normal arena ride topped off by work with
the rain pant and the Flag of Spring! Wyatt endured
being flapped at by that little baby chick on the
pink flag once again, and is improving each time.
Day 55: Wednesday,
April 6, 2011. REVIEW
A review ride snuck in before the
really nasty weather made its way up into Yucca
Day 56: Thursday,
April 7, 2011. RAIN
A sad rain-out day. Also a day that
saw the temperature here go from spring right back
down to winter, with overnight lows in the 30s again.
Day 57: Friday,
April 8, 2011. WIND
And as the rain moves out, the 60
mile per hour winds push on through! Another good
day to take a day off!
Day 58: Saturday,
April 9, 2011. ACCESSORIZING
Despite the snowflakes drifting down,
Wyatt and Cindy were able to get a workout in today!
Today was a review ride, but Wyatt
got some important accessories today - he was ridden
while carrying saddle bags, and a coiled lariat.
He did very well with his new finery. Maybe soon
he'll be roping things!
Day 59: Sunday,
April 10, 2011. DAY OFF
After a good ride yesterday, Wyatt
and Cindy took today off!
Day 60: Monday,
April 11, 2011. RAISING THE FLAG
We all knew he could do it, and he
did! Today Wyatt carried the chick flag of spring
with Cindy aboard. If you'll remember, Wyatt has
some issues with this flag at first, but he's over
it now. In addition to his flag carrying and normal
ride, Cindy worked with Wyatt again on taking the
rain coat off the fence and putting it on and off.
Such a smart boy!
Today marks the end of Wyatt's second
30 days of training. Be sure to follow along for
his last 30 days on the next page!
Wyatt has ninety days to go from
wild to wonderful - follow his progress through
days 31 - 60, then 61 - 90 on the next pages!