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    03-12-2011, 06:41 AM
Wow! What a big boy he is, and still growing!! And your mare looks lovely. That is awesome! I am really hoping that my 14 2 little filly will get to 15 2 at least. I realize that her lack of nutrition early on may affect her size but that is okay. I have never worked with a sweeter horse, and I love my quarter horses but she is the calmest and most loving little lady that I have ever been around. I can't wait till it gets a bit warmer and we have less ice so I can really get into more ground work with her!
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    03-12-2011, 03:07 PM
Horse happy....I'll get a couple pictures of Georgia tomorrow without her blankets so you can compare your filly's development. Georgia will be 2 this summer. She has really changed a lot over the winter, she looked like a baby 5 months ago and now she looks more like a horse every day. I add milled flax their feed and it's made an incredible difference in their coat and condition.
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    03-12-2011, 03:35 PM
Thanks JennyRae! I would love to see her :) I was able to make it to the MSU stallion expo yesterday which was in Lansing Michigan and spoke with some Percheron breeders who gave me some very encouraging news. They said that I could expect my little mare to continue to grow till she is roughly seven years old and that now that she has optimum nutrition she will likely make it to 15 2 or 16 hands. What ever size she obtains I am happy with her but I have to admit that I am hoping for at least 15 2.
    03-12-2011, 03:38 PM
Oh, also JennyRae, do you plan on beginnng riding her this coming summer or will you wait until she is three...just wondering. My filly will be three in April and I have been thinking that I will do lots of ground work with my little Beauty this year and begin to ride her next spring when she will just be turning four.
    03-12-2011, 03:52 PM
I'm planning to start some ground work this summer, lots of moving her around and ponying her while I ride Mack. Then next summer I'm going to continue with the ground work and maybe sit on her but I don't think I'll start any of the under saddle work until she's 4. Everything that I've been reading has said to treat draft crosses more like drafts than like light horses so I think that giving her the extra year can only help. And what's 1 year if I've got her for 25+ years if it means she'll have a better chance at staying sound? Mack was just started under saddle at 5 and I don't think I'll start doing any jumping with him until he's closer to 7. We do lots of trotting poles and raised trotting poles but nothing that he doesn't just trot over.
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    03-12-2011, 11:35 PM
Horse happy.....Here are some pictures of Georgia without any blankets on, taken today. She's probably about 20 months right now and about 15.2hh. Such a grumpy little face (big face).....
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    03-13-2011, 05:22 PM
They're both so neat, Jenny! My perch cross gelding is from a PMU farm in Canada. He is 6 and just had another growth spurt..... he's about 18 hds., need to tape him again to see how much he weighs but it is true they continue to grow.......... we want to do some low level eventing too. He's too heavy to go beyond about 2' 6" and not be too hard on him. I started him really slowly, got on at 3 1/2, started trotting at 4, didn't canter until 5. Fantastic trail horse :) Trying to refine our canter some now, used to call it a careen rather than a canter as he didn't have a lot of control with me on him, getting better :)
    03-13-2011, 06:58 PM
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Originally Posted by JennyRae    
I've got 2 perch x, full brother and sister, coming 6 and 2 years old. They are by an arab x paint stud out of a purebred percheron mare. I purchased them both out of the meat horse part of a rural auction during Sept 2010. The first 4 pictures are of Mack (Mack Daddy) and the last one is of Little G (Sweet Georgia) who is not so little anymore. Mack is currently about 17hh and is still a little bum high so I'm expecting him to get a bit taller and then start filling out.....I'm predicting the need for a custom saddle in our future :roll: since I'm already using the XW gullets in my Bates saddles. He was barely halter broke when I got him at the auction....once you got the halter on him he was fine to lead but getting the halter on him was never boring! But once he started working on a consistant basis he learned very quickly and has been a dream to work with, I'm amazed at the progress we have made together. My plan is to use him for lower levels of eventing but probably not until 2012 so he can finish growing. He is extremely light on his feet and is a delight to ride. Little G will be 2 this summer and is probably 15.2-ish at the moment. I plan to start some ground work with her this summer and if she's anything like her big brother she'll be great to work with.
Wow, I love Mack!! He is stunning!
    03-13-2011, 08:38 PM
Thanks for posting those picks JennyRae! Georgia looks lovely :) I like the unusual markings on her face.
And thank you Danastark for your confirming what JennyRae also said about training. I felt it was the right approach to training my filly. I will do extensive ground work throughout this year and next spring when she is going into her fourth year I will start the mounted part of her training....
    03-14-2011, 12:09 AM
danastark....18hh oh my that is a BIG boy. Do you know what the perch was crossed with? Mack's steering needs work too, not because he is difficult but because it is actually difficult for him to bend on a smaller circle. He is improving though and he tries so hard. I couldn't ask for a better boy! What kind of saddle do you use on your perch cross? Mack is currently in a Bates dressage and a Bates jumping saddle both with the XW gullet (the widest one)and they fit very well now but he's going to outgrow them in a year, year and a half.

QHDragon....thank you so much . He is think people told me he wasn't worth the time, money or effort cause he was a 'meat horse'

horsehappy....I figure the more ground work you do before you ever get in the saddle the easier the under saddle work will be and that's a wonderful thing! Even though Mack is doing under saddle work now we still do about an hour of ground work stuff once a week. He likes it and it becomes kind of like play for him.

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