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post #11 of 14 Old 02-26-2011, 12:11 PM
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Use the gelding! He'll make you a better rider(:
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post #12 of 14 Old 02-27-2011, 09:13 AM
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I say, just go and ride both of them. Get a feel for them and take a couple lessons on each. Then make your decision. You never know what either horse can offer you until you've been on them and experienced them.

If you have ridden them, then ignore my post :P

What does your Coach/Trainer say?

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post #13 of 14 Old 02-27-2011, 05:02 PM Thread Starter
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Thanks for all of the replies!

I'll try to answer everyone's questions!

First, I have ridden both. The mare and I have ridden together many times and have a good bond; the gelding and I haven't ridden together as much, but he's a sweetheart (and I completely agree with the poster who mentioned making him bombproof in general. He needs some confidence boosting!)

The mare has a weak stifle, or at least that was the initial diagnosis awhile back. I'd love to have a vet out to see her, but we're both at the mercy of our barn owner who pays the bills. Since I'm not interested in competing, I don't mind the way the gait looks as much as I want to be sure that I'm not hurting her when I ride. We'd definitely do a lot of stifle strengthening work. There's a nice hill on the property for walks, and we also can build up to lots of leg yields, reinbacks and work over cavalettis at the w/t.

I actually decided to go with the mare. With Dutch, I know when I'm doing a proper leg yield or shoulder in because she responds; when my aids are off, she comes off the bit until I fix them. At this point, I want to have a stronger seat and better instinctual responses; I need a horse that can teach me to reach the next level. I learn a lot every time I ride her. To develop his own form and confidence, King needs more than I can offer him at this point. King will be a wonderful prospect when I'm ready to teach the horse. Poor guy hasn't had a half leaser in the history of his time at the barn, so he'll probably be waiting for me.

I'll let you know how things go. Thanks again, everyone! It is so very appreciated.
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post #14 of 14 Old 02-28-2011, 11:22 AM
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Nelson has a weak stifle too! So I am in the same boat :) The great news is that is can be helped through - as you already know and stated - lots of conditioning work to get it strengthened.

Right now I am doing a lot of trot work in the snow, I am taking full advantage of the snow right now :) Trot poles as well, but raised so that he has to lift that hind leg. And tons of strait work *no circles*.

I'll be taking him back to the equine lameness specialist to do a set of injections in his stifles this spring.

I know you are at the mercy of the barn owner who pays the bills. Tough situation to be in eh! If you can have her on full turn out, that would be the best scenario for her - the more she's out, the better for that stifle.

I think you made a great choice! I look forward to seeing pics of the two of you together! All the best and keep us posted on your progression together!

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