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        09-26-2010, 11:56 PM
      #31
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    Originally Posted by Deerly    
    Me too! I'm happy that someone believed in and loved that horse enough to invest the time and money and training to take it to that level! It makes me smile all over!
    Just for your information ...the horse I posted was bought for $250.00 as a 2 1/2 year old and sold to me because it wasn't "fiery" enough. Of course if they fed it and looked after it it would have looked better than the scrawny underweight, 14.2 neglected thing it was. The person's idea of trimming its feet was to use a pair of commercial pliers and as a result suffered from seedy toe all its life.

    They couldn't wait to get rid of it to get something "good".
         
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        09-27-2010, 09:00 AM
      #32
    Weanling
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    Originally Posted by spirithorse8    
    The movements of dressage are physically done by unschooled unridden horses. The ancient cavalry riders developed signals to give to the horses in order for them to perform the movements in unison and with precision in battles.

    Any horse of any breed can do dressage, even the biggest Shire
    True but competing is a whole different story. My show jumper was a 14.1 HH quarter pony, she easily did temp changes, pirouettes, and a lot of high level movements, but was not an ideal dressage horse due to her movement, plus she preferred jumping. =)

    When you watch horses play you see a lot of the movements we strive to teach them to do on cue.
         
        09-27-2010, 09:31 AM
      #33
    Showing
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    Originally Posted by spirithorse8    
    Any horse of any breed can do dressage, even the biggest Shire
    Dressage as "basic". I highly doubt though that say my qh will be able to do piaffe ever. She just doesn't have a conformation for that.
         
        09-27-2010, 12:43 PM
      #34
    Foal
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    Originally Posted by Spyder    
    Just for your information ...the horse I posted was bought for $250.00 as a 2 1/2 year old and sold to me because it wasn't "fiery" enough. Of course if they fed it and looked after it it would have looked better than the scrawny underweight, 14.2 neglected thing it was. The person's idea of trimming its feet was to use a pair of commercial pliers and as a result suffered from seedy toe all its life.

    They couldn't wait to get rid of it to get something "good".

    You proably saved that horse's life! KUDOS!
         
        09-28-2010, 02:47 AM
      #35
    Yearling
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by Spyder    
    Just for your information ...the horse I posted was bought for $250.00 as a 2 1/2 year old and sold to me because it wasn't "fiery" enough. Of course if they fed it and looked after it it would have looked better than the scrawny underweight, 14.2 neglected thing it was. The person's idea of trimming its feet was to use a pair of commercial pliers and as a result suffered from seedy toe all its life.

    They couldn't wait to get rid of it to get something "good".
    I don't understand your post if it's directed at me. My comment was only about the appy who was posted in the first post.

    I don't know what that has to do with neglected horses I was having warm fuzzies about unconventional horses doing awesome things and now I'm confused.
         
        09-28-2010, 09:09 AM
      #36
    Weanling
    I think it was an FYI for all of us. Just saying that the horse we're slobbering over came from a less than desirable past because it was deemed not worthy and have since been proven wrong.
         
        09-28-2010, 09:29 AM
      #37
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    Originally Posted by Deerly    
    I don't understand your post if it's directed at me. My comment was only about the appy who was posted in the first post.

    I don't know what that has to do with neglected horses I was having warm fuzzies about unconventional horses doing awesome things and now I'm confused.

    Deerly, I was simply agreeing with you and pointing out others ( and in this case from personal experience) have made a swan out of an ugly duckling.( or something less than ideal).

    It should be an inspiration to others that don't feel they have "the perfect horse" can still do something worthwhile with it.
         

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