Horse lovers?

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  1. Brattina88

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    I co-own Trace (of Red)... this isn't a very good picture... but you get the idea. It was taken last summer
    I gentled him myself, he's just for pleasure / fun, but we've gotten a couple bucks off of him giving rides to the kids :p
     
  2. Jordz

    Jordz ~*The Horse Girl*~

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    Everyone is so lucky *stares longingly* Someday...someday.

    I just love jumping, and hope to try dressage someday. Any form of riding I can get I'll do :)
     
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    I love horses:) :)

    and hopefully am getting one next year:D
     
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    PixieSticksandTricks Athletic Labs. They Exist

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    I love horses too. I have an 19 year old Mustang gelding Delsin i have had for about 7 years. Unfortunatly he is not even in the state anymore and is being boarded at my cousins. I miss him alot but its hard for me to get there to see him too often.
     
  5. Snark

    Snark Mutts to you

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    She is a cutie! (I'm a pushover for bays) How tall is she?
     
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    Snark Mutts to you

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    Thanks! Chance's neck filled out a lot more than I thought it would, now I just have to get the rest of him in shape (he's got bad hooves and needed/still needs chiropractic work). Even though he's stiff on one side (we're working on that), he just flows over the ground at a trot or canter.

    Heehee! I had to hang onto Rocket alright! Sometimes he'd kick at the jump on his way over and then, I swear, he'd land on all four feet right on the other side of the jump. We got laughed at by more than a few jump judges. His favorite jumps were bank jumps (I also think he liked to scare the bejesus outta me when he'd fling himself out into space and I'm sure he was yelling, 'Wheeee!' while he did it. Lol!) I ought to dig up one of his schooling pics where he tried to live up to his name and post it.

    Yup, it's hard to resist the beasties, isn't it? Although I don't think I could work with one and then sell him, I'd get too attached (and worried about whether his new owner was taking good care of him). Have you ever tried eventing?
     
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    Never done eventing. Of course I've galloped many a times through a field, and we had obstacles set up through out but I never showed. I was never into dressage enough for it, loved show jumping, loved the cross country but was never one for dressage.

    I spend at least 4-5 months with my guys, I get them around 3 or 4, usually they're green broke and I just fine tune them. I know where they all go and I reccomend a few months of lessons with me because my horses seem to have a lot of quirks. LOL. Good quirks though, lots of bend, great with leg aids, super soft mouths, I train for the frame a bit differently, I use more of a western technique.. etc.

    I don't train them for anything big, pleasure and mainly hunter/jumper schooling shows to start. I know one of my girlies, Maple, may be going into children's hunter at the Trillium level by next year. We'll have to see.

    I'd love to see more pics of you with Rocket, it looks like both of you have great form! :D
     
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    I don't know for sure - tiny! I think she is expected to stay a pony.
     
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    Two more pictures, because I can't resist. The first is Tristan at his first ever h/j show (with a trainer friend of mine on board). I know, tiny fence, but this is a horse who stepped over or plowed through every jump you pointed him at as a youngster. He also hadn't jumped a fence in five months or so before the show. I was so proud that he just went out and played "hunters".
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    The second is me with the love of my (equine) life, Boston. It's not the most flattering picture of him, but the only one I have on the computer. This guy raced for 3 years, did the hunters in Florida, had a life-threatening bone infection, came back and did the big eq for over 10 years on both coasts, took a bunch of kids to Madison Square Garden, including a second in the Maclay final one year, had life-threatening colic surgery, took me from barely jumping to showing in the 3'3" stuff, suffered what should have been a career-ending suspensory injury, and, at 33 years old, is still teaching. The coolest horse ever.
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    Jordz ~*The Horse Girl*~

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    Boston is gorgeous! He looks like he loves to jump :)

    I just got back from a lesson and rode a Thoroughbred named Blossom. We rode outside since it was so nice, and she was a brat! I had to circle her constantly while we were cantering to keep her under control. And on the way up to the barn, the horse in front of us spooked at an open gate, and then of course Blossom thought "Hmm, I guess that gate is scary!" So she spooked too. I honestly thought she was going to rear, because she kept raising her forelegs and prancing alot. Oh well, thats what Thoroughbreds do!

    She's a dream to jump though. At our last show we got 1st place in both of our jump classes! Also, she automatically does flying changes, so I don't have to check her lead as much!
     
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    I love schoolies, they are the *best*!

    I use Riley with my 8 year old niece and he's such a doll.

    Jordz- Circling's a good tactic for slowing them down and balancing them. Another thing I do is just canter, let them go as fast as they want, they get tired quick, and if they try to break keep them cantering. Don't push them though, let them go at their own pace. I assume this THB was off the track?

    With my old girl Penny, that's what worked best after tonnes of circles to get her balanced. It teaches them that they can relax at the canter, they don't always have to be going full out.

    Automatic leads are the best! My fat QH was awesome at them, it was unfortuante though when it came to counter canters... He'd listen to my cue and pick up the "wrong" lead but switch back right away! LOL, like, "Ah hello up there? I'm on the wrong lead thanks.." LMAO
     
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    Nic pics, BostonBanker! That's great that Boston is still teaching - I hope he goes as long as a friend's Morgan (she rode him until he was 46, he retired from eventing at 40 but still showed on the flat and taught her nieces to ride).
    Hey Roxy! Here's that pic of Rocket launching himself - it's not the greatest pic, but you'll get the idea. We were at a local park, schooling over the Novice fences and he didn't like the look of this one. He overjumped every time I took him over. (This was at the beginning of our eventing career, many years ago.)

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    OMG!!! Your pretty much standing straight up!! LOL, and he looks like he's rearing not jumping! LOL

    Your form is very nice considering the circumstances too! LOL ;)

    *drools* Look at those knees! Wow, perfectly square and tucked up neatly. That's another reason I never could've gone into eventing. Riley had horrible form. Extremely flat, he'd only exert himself to the minimum! LOL, but hey that's a Western Pleasure confirmation QH for you! Ha ha! We were SSOO in the wrong sport! LMAO

    Did I miss what breed Rocket was?
    Edit: Yes I did, he's a Morgan?

    I had a Morgan, well worked with a Morgan last year, Bella. Her trot was SOOO smooth! It was actually work to post it. Much easier to sit there like a sack of potatoes! LOL

    Are you out of eventing now? Just relax and take your time or still up there at breakneck speed? LOL
     
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    He was a Morgan... not particularly typy and actually, he was gaited. Couldn't jog to save his life, he'd single-foot instead but he also had a great trot - when he was collected, he'd have that moment of suspension between strides so it felt like we were floating along.
     
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    Pretty much out of it. Rocket blew the suspensory ligament capsule in his hindleg and that pretty much ended his jumping career. After he recovered, we just hit the trails. Each year, he wore less and less - I usually rode him bareback with a jumping hackamore and we'd mosey along, probably could have used a halter and done just as well. I did break him to drive at age nineteen and I kept him 'til he died (three years ago, this past April).
    Don't know if Chance likes to jump or not, and he's pretty much of a sissy boy about wide open spaces - likes being in a nice, safe, enclosed ring or paddock. Lol! I'm thinking he was probably a Park Pleasure horse, he'll park out at the drop of a hat and he'd rather sleep in a stall with nice clean shavings. Such a city boy! :D
     

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