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    02-16-2011, 10:06 AM
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what do you and your horses do?

I have a lot of horses and it's been a while since i've been in here so I thought this would be a good way to re-introduce myself and get to know all of you again/for the first time lol!

Sky - OTTB now 13 eeps though he thinks he's 3 still. He's my high energy slightly psychotic jumper that i've struggled with keeping calm and focused at shows. BRILLIANTLY talented, pulls rails bc he rushes esp over smaller stuff, but I refuse to show 4' when he's sloppy over 2'6" at shows even though he's better over bigger stuff at shows - i'm a stickler for doing things the right, slow way I know. (at home he's cake. Of course.) so OMG we found our calling. My eventer duke was sore/tired from shows so I semi-reluctantly grabbed sky for a hunter pace last fall..... fully expecting a madman in the fields, mind you I can't get him OVER any XC without a near death experience. Know what? ROCK STAR. Not a foot wrong. From 2' logs to a nearly 4' tabletop cut tree we scrambled over in the mud, to a 3'6" stonewall and 3'6" giant coop - perfect. Not bracing, 100% on point the entire pace. No stress. LOVED it. Still can't get the horse on an XC course even though some of these jumps were blatant xc jumps... go effin figure! So we're now doing small jumper shows to prep for hunter paces this year. Weird I know I swear he was just a foxhunter/steeplechaser in a past life lol!

Duke's my eventer and been awesome. His one hip is usually weaker than the other so we're working on that. He can get sluggish so I developed this nasty habit of jumping ahead last summer (eeps!) and when schooling xc to prep for a show, I was way in front of him. Ugh. Tons of eyes closed, no reins, no stirrups gymnastics and I only made so-so progress. Took him to an event and he went from sluggish to OMG OMG MOM IT IS A SHOW (same place we schooled 2 wks before like a slug). So throw out every single planned approach on how to make each fence ride easier and replace with bolting 1800 pounds of very happy very excited clyde.... good thing I had practiced w/o reins bc over one jump he got mine away from me! And add that to his all of a sudden super-forward movement and it was like um. Oh! Right. Traditional eventer safe position came riiiight back. Haven't jumped ahead since. Nothing like the fear of god in you on an xc course to fix your jumping ;) lol and since he tends to be lazy in stadium, we may do a few hunter schooling shows to neaten him up.

Soooo I have more horses but that's enough for now lol. How are you guys? What horses do you have and what riding do you do?
     
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    02-16-2011, 10:19 AM
  #2
Trained
You know very well, what Nelson and I do - even though you've been gone for quite sometime, nothing has changed in our discipline. :P

Missed ya though! Very much so!
     
    02-16-2011, 12:23 PM
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Weanling
Nice to meet you! I'm new-ish to the forum, so I look forward to getting to know others on here as well.

I only have one horse at the moment, and it's the one I've owned the longest (9 years!). She's my 11 year old American Warmblood mare named Bonita. We were showing 2nd Level Dressage and schooling 3rd. Then we both got burned out, and started jumping. Bonita LOVES it! She over-jumps 3'6" oxers, so I think she'll be good at it. I'm not quite sold on it though, but I don't want to go back to dressage either. I also thought about selling her because I could use the money, and it would be fun to get some youngsters to train... but if I'm going to continue giving jumping a shot I should keep her, because she'd be a good horse to learn it on. So I don't know what we're doing :)

Until I figure out what we're doing, I think we're going to train for a mini event in June. It will be our first one! Wish us luck!
     
    02-16-2011, 02:23 PM
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Originally Posted by petitepyromaniac    
Nice to meet you! I'm new-ish to the forum, so I look forward to getting to know others on here as well.

I only have one horse at the moment, and it's the one I've owned the longest (9 years!). She's my 11 year old American Warmblood mare named Bonita. We were showing 2nd Level Dressage and schooling 3rd. Then we both got burned out, and started jumping. Bonita LOVES it! She over-jumps 3'6" oxers, so I think she'll be good at it. I'm not quite sold on it though, but I don't want to go back to dressage either. I also thought about selling her because I could use the money, and it would be fun to get some youngsters to train... but if I'm going to continue giving jumping a shot I should keep her, because she'd be a good horse to learn it on. So I don't know what we're doing :)

Until I figure out what we're doing, I think we're going to train for a mini event in June. It will be our first one! Wish us luck!
oooh luck! Sounds fun and eventing imo is a blast. And may be right up your and your're mares alley! :)
     
    02-16-2011, 02:37 PM
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Green Broke
Hey there! Great stories of your horses, isn't it funny when they surprise you by completely exceeding your expectations? Funny and pleasing of course.

Well, my name is Sarah. I am originally from Australia where I competed in Eventing and also did some SJ and dressage although mainly as training for the real thing, you know, eventing. Ha!

My background is all things TB related: Pre training (breaking them in before track life) track riding and then re-training them after they are finished racing. Love the TB's!

Now that I am in Texas, I just have the one OTTB of my own and am doing some low level dressage with her before I point her in the direction of any fences, I have pretty strict standards of what a horse should be able to do before introducing obstacles. So I have had this girl for about 10 months just working on the basics. I don't have much time for real competing these days in between work and going to grad school so I am happy to take things slowly.

I also break and train horses for other people as time permits. Somehow got sucked into the Arabian world here in Texas and it has been quite an experience!

Cos I love to share progress pics, here is my OTTB! Her name is Bit of Energy but I call her Bobbie cos I can't handle more than two syllables. She was a mess when I bought her but is coming good now.

May:

May 2.jpg

June:

2.jpg

October:

Bobbie after.jpg

December:

December.jpg

So you can see I LOOOVE a project, the scraggier, crazier and more pitiful the better.

We are riding two Intro tests this weekend, hopefully she will do better this time, it is her second show. Sometimes she gets confused as to who is supposed to be saluting the judge, I much prefer her with all four feet on the ground at the halt.
     
    02-16-2011, 02:43 PM
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Omg hug diff sarah I love it!!!
     
    02-16-2011, 02:47 PM
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omg hug diff sarah I love it!!!
Why thankyou! But what does 'hug diff' mean? I am confuzzled!!
     
    02-16-2011, 03:00 PM
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Green Broke
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Originally Posted by sarahver    
Why thankyou! But what does 'hug diff' mean? I am confuzzled!!
The penny just dropped, you meant huge diff! Sorry I wasn't trying to be a smarty pants, I thought you were offering me some type of hug and was confused ha ha, carry on!
     
    02-16-2011, 03:08 PM
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Originally Posted by sarahver    
The penny just dropped, you meant huge diff! Sorry I wasn't trying to be a smarty pants, I thought you were offering me some type of hug and was confused ha ha, carry on!
yeah go me with my typos haha sorry!!!!
HUGE difference she looks great!
     
    02-16-2011, 08:35 PM
  #10
Weanling
Hi CJ! My name is Suzanne. I have a a 26 year old OTTB named Shasta with whom I used to event with in high school (I've had her for 15 years now!). She is now living the retirement dream though I will ride her here and there in the summer. You would have no idea that she was 26 if you saw her. I loved eventing and this forum really makes me miss it sometimes but I just don't have time for the training at this time. Thus, I am working on my dressage with two horses who are owned by my trainer and her friend. One is a 9 year old, 17h OTTB name Romeo and the other is a friesian pinto cross named Nikki! Sounds like you have a lot of experience! I look forward to learning a thing or two from you! =)
     

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