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post #21 of 32 Old 06-10-2014, 02:41 PM
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My concern would be her jumping him. As she grows she's carrying more upper body height and weight, which can overload his landings. That is what caused Christopher Reeve's mare to fall, too much upper body for the size of horse, in the forward position.
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post #22 of 32 Old 06-10-2014, 02:46 PM
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Perhaps not 6 ' but you get the idea (the icelandic horses are small)


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I love those Icelandic ponies! My SIL has one in Germany. Not sure what she does with it, but live them nonetheless. I thought Reeves rode cross country and his horse refused a jump and he went over on his head. We aren't doing all that...LoL! I talked to our instructor today. She is going to let her keep him for as long as she wants but is going to try to transition her to a larger pony during her lessons and possibly let her lease him if she shows she can handle him. Maybe fall or winter.
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That is what caused Christopher Reeve's mare to fall
Chris rode a gelding.
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I thought it was a mare as that's what I'd read. Perhaps the writer got it wrong.
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I thought it was a mare as that's what I'd read. Perhaps the writer got it wrong.
Not "perhaps" the writer got it wrong. I know/knew the horse.
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post #27 of 32 Old 06-17-2014, 11:35 AM
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I agree that the only problem is that she is too tall,and even dropping stirrups won't help alot. As you are looking for suitable lease/purchase she can still ride Rex till she finds another horse. It's hard to let go of the first horse ,but there are many more to love!!
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post #28 of 32 Old 06-17-2014, 11:35 PM
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To the OP.
You mentioned that there weren't other lease horses at your current barn, but that doesn't necessarily mean you need to jump in to ownership. Perhaps you could lease from elsewhere (with the guidance of your trainer) and board the new horse at the current stable to continue under the current instructor.
(Unless I read that all wrong, of course!)
It's hard to change mounts sometimes, but if you're staying at the same barn, you'll still be seeing the pony, won't you?
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post #29 of 32 Old 06-18-2014, 06:09 PM Thread Starter
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To the OP.
You mentioned that there weren't other lease horses at your current barn, but that doesn't necessarily mean you need to jump in to ownership. Perhaps you could lease from elsewhere (with the guidance of your trainer) and board the new horse at the current stable to continue under the current instructor.
(Unless I read that all wrong, of course!)
It's hard to change mounts sometimes, but if you're staying at the same barn, you'll still be seeing the pony, won't you?
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Right, at this time no, there aren't. However, our instructor wants to slowly change her barn into a leasing/ownership barn. Her goal is slowly dwindle her students to only those who are serious and drop some of her lesson kids who only come once a week and show little interest. The pony would stay there so we would still see him all the time. She has an appy/Arab cross that is her daughters show pony. She has never leased him out but she has seen how responsible Allie (and me) is, and how she's handled Rex. She is considering turning him over to us as a lease. Allie has ridden him a lot in the past, but not since she started leasing Rex. So in the last few lessons, she jumped on him and did fine. She needs to figure him out again, though, and work on being more assertive, which is what this horse needs, an assertive rider. So we shall see. I hope this works out because it would buy us more time before we decide to take the plunge into full fledged horse ownership.
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Oh and trying to find the right lease is hard. She is looking for a lease for another child and is having a hard time finding someone who will lease their horse off property. It seems when you lease from someone, you may as well just buy, because it seems like the cost is the same. We have a partial lease, which means that her trainer can still use him in lessons if she has to, and will pay for big catastrophic things. But I pay for his feet (he's barefoot, thank God) and shots twice a year plus $150 a month. I think I'm getting a deal but I don't have anything to compare it to.
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