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    06-26-2010, 10:47 PM
First English lesson!

Today I went to check on my TB mare in training and her trainer gave me a lesson as well! I just switched from Western to English and am going to get lessons from her every week. She lives an hour and a half away, but it's worth it!

I started out on her huge GORGEOUS 4-yr old Warnblood. He jumps 5' with ease but she hasn't tried him higher as he's still growing. He's part Clydesdale, part Hackney, and part Standardbred. All amazing . Jenni had me using my leg and seat aids more consistently and taught me how to know what diagonal I should post on at the trot. She said my posture was perfect, especially for just starting English. She also told me how to get the horse to turn by turning my head towards where I want to go, etc. The biggest thing I need to work on is keeping contact on the reins. I'm used to western with loose reins loose reins loose reins, and I always felt like the reins were too tight but I guess I just have to get used to English

Then I hopped on my TB in training. She used to belong to this trainer and she sold her to someone who ruined her, so I bought her and put her in training with her old owner and trainer. She used to take off at a full gallop whenever she was asked for the canter from the second owner messing her up so bad. She used to be perfect......Jenni said she thinks the second owner reprimanded her when she did something wrong by kicking her sides. Ugh. We've got a long way to go with her training....anyway, I hopped on her today after Jenni and she was better already, you just couldn't even touch her sides with your lower legs or she would try to canter. But it's a lot better than she used to be!

Anyway, I'm pretty happy after my first English lesson. I love her warmblood! Lol
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    06-27-2010, 04:08 AM
Originally Posted by equiniphile    
I started out on her huge GORGEOUS 4-yr old Warnblood. He jumps 5' with ease but she hasn't tried him higher as he's still growing. He's part Clydesdale, part Hackney, and part Standardbred.
I'm so confused How is he a warmblood and all those things? Five feet to start while still growing?! Is that a typo?!
    06-27-2010, 11:46 AM
Green Broke
^nope, they do that. It's not that unusual.

Yeahhhhh!!!!!!!!! You're joining the eventing clubola!!!!!! Yeah!! Remeber,you can always have short reins and move your shoulders and arms to allow the horse movement.
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    06-28-2010, 01:11 AM
Deerly--she calls him a warmblood, technically he's not but he has the same build lol. I know he's not though. He free jumps in the pasture at 4'11" (not while free lungeing, just on his own for fun LOL) but will go over ANYthing. Jenni only jumps him under saddle over small jumps as he's still growing, though. He's nearing 5 years old.

SB--Yep I've wanted to do eventing for a while, I'm just looking for a horse! My mare in training had a slab fracture on the track so her knees collapse when she jumps. No eventing career in her future haha! Jenni has a TB for sale who hasn't been off the track for long, but I'm keeping my options open. She bought him for eventing but is cutting down on her horses because of tight finances. I'm skeptical as he's only been off the track for 4 months or so, but I'm going to try him just for the heck of it. Maybe he'll turn out to be a great horse.

Haha I know my arms can still move freely, it's just different. I feel like I'm being a constant bother on his mouth . But Jenni says he should always know I'm there.

I really like riding English! She has a dressage saddle for sale she would offer me for $150 that's in mint condition, she's only selling because she got a new Wintec and doesn't need two dressage saddles. She also wants my Welsh stallion to use for teasing mares, she offered $1000, and I think I'm going to offer her the stallion for her saddle + lessons once a week or once every two weeks. It would work out for both of us, and I'd get a saddle for the dressage part of eventing.
    06-28-2010, 06:33 PM
Green Broke
What you need is a packer that will take you around XC without any issue and won't get in trouble if you make a mistake. I would look for a school master whose gone around training level or novice level that can take you up through the levels. It will also give YOU the chance to learn insted of you having to teach the horse everything. In some cases you and your horse learning together is good, but XC is dangerous, and having a fresh horse and rider could be disastorous.
    06-28-2010, 09:44 PM
^Agreed 100%. It's hard to find one for under 3k though, so I'm still searching
    06-28-2010, 09:49 PM
Green Broke
Here, I LOVE!
    06-28-2010, 10:01 PM
^Haha I check it every day!
    06-29-2010, 10:18 AM
My boy is only 4 months off the track, and has been a dream to have. I've only ridden him twice as he's been "coming down" so to speak. In fact, he only learned how to graze 2 weeks ago! Yes, that's right...he didn't know how to graze. He'd just stand in the pasture and watch the horses in the next pasture. It finally "clicked" and he started gaining weight very well. He's finally at a weight where I'd consider riding him a few times a week lightly. (I taped him at 994 lbs yesterday when I wormed him...he's come up almost 200 lbs)

If you are interested in her OTTB, it can be a GREAT mix. My boy is 7, ran for 5 years, but was owned by his trainer, who took things slow and easy and as a result, he was never injured. His legs are clean, fracture free, and the tendons are fine. He does have an ulcer, though, and is treated with 10 zantac pills a day (crushed and added to his feed). Once we started treating him for the ulcer the weight gain picked up and he's just taken off. He's a GREAT boy. I love him dearly. Since I have limited XC experience, I'll have our trainer take him and work with him for me over the XC fences before I start working on them. So, if you want this guy, that might be an option as well: have her spend a significant amt of time training him XC before you start on him.

GL in what ever you decide!

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