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Mr Peponita Colonel - Peponita Flo x Miss Colonel Boon

Foaled March 5th 2002, 14.2 hands, $6,500.

His mother was purchased as a broodmare prospect, and he came along, "onboard". We want to enlarge more on our own breeding - he hasn't got *any* of that in him, and counting those just turned two there are ten studs on the place. So, he's looking for a new home. By the way, he is not in shape in these pictures - hasn't done any work for maybe 7 months before they were taken.

Photo taken Aug. 30/05


The pedigree reads like this:

Looking at that, notice that he is a 3/4 brother of Shakin Flo, winner of $429,106 NCHA dollars.
This guy also has some moves

But, he knows very little under saddle and we work him rarely.
These are stills from video, linked below on this page. Probably September or November '05.

He's working barefoot, by the way, no plates.

More photos from Aug. 30/05

Caroline sent him out to be started as a 2 year old, visited him at 30 days into training and what she saw at that point looked okay. Home again after 90 days, we discovered a *complete* lack of basics in him - okay to get on and go, but that was it - otherwise, a totally untrained colt who had discovered that he was a stud. You can imagine...

We've done a little to put some fundamental know-how in him, he's coming along with minimal effort on our part. Anyone deserving the name "horseman" can handle him with fair ease, but I *did* say "deserving" the name. My 70 year old mother can take him in a fair fight, but I could name a "professional" trainer who obviously couldn't... So there you have it.

Photos below taken on Sept. 01/05

Photos/discussion/video below from Feb 2006
I am told the video is *much* better if seen in
Media Player, much worse quality in Explorer

Above, I mentioned "basics". Video is the best possible aid for conversation about that in general, or this animal in particular. For instance, it is "basic" that any horse, but especially a stud, have good manners around other horses.

But - my videos are a deadly slow download. So, if you have big fat DSL-type bandwidth, have a look -it's 9.6MB, and plays a minute & 15 seconds. Fairly nice quality.

If you have cruddy dialup like mine, 9.6 megs is truly unrealistic, though if determined, you might consider getting lunch, turning the drums on your truck and cleaning the garage while it loads in.

There are suggestions for successful download & best viewing on his video page - it also offers the same links, text & photos as here. The videos should display about 5 inches wide, if not, tinker with your viewer settings - far more is revealed at the larger size.

This video has some revealing details.

Throughout, he works his ears a lot, and much of the time is tracking me with his left ear, either "general awareness" or pinpoint on me - that focus is a good early step toward him becoming a "pro".

At the moment on the right he's instructed to come away, and it takes several discreet but firm nudges. He is decent, but this must improve before he should consider live cover. *

* Sometimes a mare is receptive until the last moment - he rears up, and she chickens. A stud not trained to come away instantly is a bad risk for getting kicked, perhaps seriously injured.

One sequence plays out so fast it needs a close look to see what really happened.

He comes away, and I take in the rope so quickly it might look as if I pulled him the whole way. Not so: There is just a *little* slack in it through the entire move. As in most of the video, if looking closely. I absolutely expect a horse to be a light touch and "with" me, responsive to any small cue.

At the time I did this page he was still mouthy enough to annoy - an overture typical of a stud who wishes to interact, but does not know where he stands or what reception he can expect. Not inherently hostile, but exploratory, an insecure "inquiry". A stupid person would whack him every time for that, teaching him to knock it off, and teach him a lingering hostility and resentment.Win the war and lose the peace.

Here, he immediately dodges back from the warning "finger of impending doom", and with repetition, he fell into better habits. I gave him more lattitude earlier because he came back from "training" totally alienated and pretty rank. It was a fine line - teaching a horse to feel at ease and give him confidence while simultaneously having to get tough and hammer down the rougher edges. He's made enough progress now that he can (and does) live with a bunch, he feels at ease with me, and is a very friendly willing guy.
A lack of confidence was driving at least 80 percent of all questionable behavior on his part, so I went easy when possible, and I'd venture to say it paid off very nicely. Parenthetically, I've noticed that maybe the single biggest difference between those who make winners and those who ruin potential is knowing when and why to whack and when to not whack. (Not that I've got much record to run on, but have been around enough to have some sense of which is which.)

-And yes, I realize full well - there is a contingent out there who will read this and think "Oh, a problem animal - damaged goods". (Let alone what the bleeding hearts think about how I fixed it.) I most sincerly invite them to head on back to their own hopeless little world. Apart from rare clinical conditions affecting behavior there are no problem animals; only problem people, speaking of damaged goods. As suggested above, understanding the obvious allows for appropriate responses, as opposed to stupidly causing and/or perpetuating trouble needlessly. Some pay the dues necessary to understand this about life, some won't, and never will.

The video with saddle:
This is also linked on his video page
Taken Sept/November(?) 2005
I really hated to cut out as much as I did, but to get it down to just over 3MB filesize, a lot had to go. He moves nicely, and maybe I'll do more video one day, having finally gone modern with DVD. I never could convert VHS to look good in digital, and this one is especially gray and grainy, but it clearly establishes that this colt could earn some dollars provided the right training. Have a look - when fully loaded (eventually) this one should play for one minute 10 seconds.

It pretty much speaks for itself except to mention that he's a little hesitant to approach at the end because I pushed him more than I normally do. The day was fading, we had little tape remaining, and I wanted to prove what he can do before running out. As mentioned above, he's not entirely sure where he stands with people, so he wasn't too sure just what this meant. He's actually a fairly brave guy, and even with doubts, will usually face things rather than run from them.


Caroline can be contacted at caroline@redshift.com or 831-659-3355 mid-mornings/early afternoons. Some e-mail problems, if no timely reply, try me - galen@haystackhill.net, or leave a message on the machine at 831-659-2625 any time.


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