Mustang Makeover Challenge

Kristina and Bella-Sierra placed 23rd overall in the 2009 Midwest Mustang Challenge.

Now follow Kristina and Dont SKip Cody on their Journey to the Eastern States Mustang Makeover Stampede in Murfeesburo, TN in October.

Saturday, July 25, 2009

July 25, 2009- Day Nine

Today we worked on standing tied while I picked his front feet- He has always been good about this with the exception that he soon gets tired of holding up his foot and likes to try and turn around and nip!

Today I used a hoof nife, rasp, and nippers to get his used to the feel and ounds made by easch tool. I am positive that our farrier Katie will thank me for this later! =)

I only had a small amount of time to work with Cody today due to a trip WAY up north, but will be back late afternoon tomorrow so I can saddle him up again and work on more leading.

July 24, 2009- Day Eight

I know I have hehaw-ed over what to name my exceptional mustang!!! But I have FINALLY come up with the OFFICIAL name.

Don't SKip Cody aka Cody.

He has been coming along GREAT! He hasnt been as much of a trouble maker lately so I think that he is finally settling down with his new domestication home. (Although he still likes to rub on everything and still breaks his water buckets almost daily)

Put the saddle on him and dropped the stirrups down and he looked at me like um... ok now what do you want me to do????

THEN i asked him to walk... lol and he bucked maybe two three times but other than that was HIGHLY uneventful.

Now I need to work on him holding his feet up long enough so that Katie, our farrier can trim his super long feet!!!

I also need to work a bit more on him being led so that I can work on steering with the sidepull.

Photos will be up soon!

Thursday, July 23, 2009

July 23, 2009- Day Seven

I cannot believe the week has passed so quickly!!! ALSO at how far TROUBLE has come this past week. Next week he is getting his feet trimmed. MAYBE shoes if he can handle it. Also still need to work on leading more... He gets these ideas of walking where he wants to go sometimes... lol

HOWEVER I did manage to catch him and lead him into the barn yesterday so i'd say hes coming along quite nicely. This next week I hope to borrow a sidepull and work on that.

The way he is coming along, he will be ready to be ridden when we move him to mistee oaks next friday.


Wednesday, July 22, 2009

July 22,2009-Day Six

Well I went from calling my mustang TROUBLE to pretty boy... lol
I put my saddle back on him today and changed his halter because the other one was rubbing the hair off his face. ALL with no problems. He truely is a great horse! EVEN though he can be a pain in the butt with his antics!

Alyssa and I put together the roundpen and we turned him out in it during the day. She went to bring him inside and he GOT LOOSE!!! on a 200+ acre farm. He ran around the barn a few times like a bat out of hell- but then started to graze and I was able to catch him and bring him in...

I am STILL trying to catch my breath!

Tuesday, July 21, 2009

July 21, 2009- Day Five

Well my monkey of a mustang has become quite the trouble maker... lol
he figured out how to unlatch his stall... and chewed a chunk out of Hayzle-tte's stall wall... AND managed to scratch his halter off... lol


I found a smaller halter and was wondering how long it would take to get the new halter on him... LOL it took a bit under 5 seconds!

I am thinking about just naming him FLUKE!!! HAHAHA!

He also tipped over his water trough... talk about a mess!!!

AFTER cleaning up his messes I worked with him just a few more minutes because I was short on time. HE DID GREAT!!!

I will be back to the barn later on tonight and will put the saddle on him again. Depending on his mentality tonight I will or will not finally girth him up. I may wait until tomorrow.

Monday, July 20, 2009

July 20, 2009- Day Four

This morning I was up with the sun and out at the barn earlier than usual. I brought along one of my super old tex tan reining saddles and after oiling it some so it didnt squeak too much and spook Dean, I set it aside and Lead him outside and groomed, sprayed, and ezalled him, lunged him, and then put my rope around his heart girth area to get used to the cinch. AGAIN he could care less!!!! I then put the saddle pad on him and my saddle- but did not cinch him up. THAT is for tomorrow =)

I also worked on leading... at the moment he will turn left or right with pressure but not forward. BUT I have to remain happy that he is coming along as quickly as he is!!! The great part about this journey is that I am not pushing him along faster than he wants to go- and that is the awesome part about it. I always have said that I didnt not believe in the way some trainers push their horses too far too fast for the money...

I cannot believe how quickly Dean is coming along... But honestly I feel that its more that I have an awesome horse... not that I am the awesome trainer... ha ha ha

until tomorrow!!!

July 19, 2009 - Day 3

Today I drove to the barn apprehensive about my good luck with JamesDean... but it was for naught!!!

I walked up to him and attached the leadrope and was able to rub his FOREHEAD with no prob. He is a little nippy though and I was picking out his foot and he wanted his foot back and i said just a sec! let me finish and he turned around and nipped me in the arm the brat! lol

I sprayed him down with ezall and he was sooo clean! then went and rolled! I also let him smell colt's old blue and white saddle pad and he could care less so i put it on and off of him and he stood proud! ha ha ha

We finished putting up our temp roundpen panels so that I could let him outside and work with him a bit in the pen. It took about 5 minutes for him to settle so i could catch the stinker!!!

My sister-in -law Becky Ellis os RAE Photography stopped by later on in the day and took a couple photos for me because my camera is dead!

July 18, 2009 Day 2

Today I went to the barn fully expecting to have another sierra on my hands... I walked into my mustang's stall and 1st off- hes bay... not "brown" like his coggins say! but he stood and looked at me while I walked RIGHT UP TO HIM!!! and was able to rub his neck, back, sides, and flanks!!!! I got a bit more brave and was able to touch his face, and hook a leadrope up to his halter. All while my mustang had the look on his face that he was bored... ha ha ha TYPICAL MALE!

I also taught him to pick up front feet on command.

He is soooo smart!

The names that I have put into the maybe list are:


I am leaning towards JamesDean... hmmm or MattDillion

AHHH I cant make up my mind!!!

Friday, July 17, 2009

July 17, 2009- Day 1

We were supposed to leave by 11 pm Thursday night but left at 1:30 early Friday morning for the Ewing, IL BLM holding facility. We arrives at 8 am where we met up with katie smith and her sister Maygan Nelsen. Maygan is competing with my sister Alyssa in the youth challenge.

Alyssa's mustang is an adorable yearling bay filly with a star, stripe, and snip (blaze) and two socks.

My mustang is a 3 yr old bay gelding with two hind pasterns and a star and snip. We had a minor scare while loading the two when the filly decided to go back into the chute and my gelding was trying to come out of it. He ended up walking RIGHT OVER HER! We were in shock!

However, they both trotted into the trailer and we recovered!

I am greatful that I have been given not only a gelding, but a smaller statured one than Sierra!

We are working on setting up a blog for alyssa and her mustang.