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post #21 of 28 Old 07-26-2012, 04:32 AM
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Yay! Blue found a TB

I'm assuming she didn't even go off for breaking and pre-training? 15.3? Unless she's just a quick grower she'll end up a big 'un! Love a big TB
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Nope, not broke, and yeah she's quite significantly taller than my (officially measured) 15.1 1/2 gelding. And I doubt she's an exceptionally quick grower, her sire's get are known for being slow to mature.

I specifically was looking for a big TB... this one is a little younger than I ideally wanted, I was looking for 3yo+ and ended up with a long yearling, but she's so lovely, cost nothing to buy (only ongoing care costs, and transport to get her to me) and is quite well-bred... exceptionally so through the sire side. Hartley's Spirit foals are beginning to be bred to warmbloods for showjumping and eventing foals, and those that aren't being bred are beginning to do well eventing and SJ. He is a fairly young stallion so his get are all fairly young still, but they are showing promise.

And Magic is such a looker... I think once she grows out of the 2yo fuglies she will be something special.
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I'm seeing a future really nice horse there. My friend's TB was a slow maturer and kept growing til a few months ago (she's nearly 6) - still only made about 14.3hh (she was about 14.1hh at 4), but the withers caught up with then passed her butt. If yours keeps growing til 5, she'll be massive. Hoping she reaches 17hh for ya!
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Evil, me too, that's why I took her on! She's going to be a lot more work than any of the other horses I've looked at, but she's also a much much nicer horse.

And, 17hh is a bit of a stretch for me (for mounting, not for riding), but I wouldn't complain about 16.2 :)

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And, 17hh is a bit of a stretch for me (for mounting, not for riding), but I wouldn't complain about 16.2 :)
Haha, forgot about mounting! You'd need a permanent friend for leg-ups lol. But I always think 16.2 is more 'just right' than big, and anything 15-ish seems small. Not that I'm tall or anything, I generally have a friend handy to leg me up and call an ambulance when needed
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Evil, I'm a shortybum, so it's a real exercise just to ground mount my 15.1 boy if I'm riding in my jumping saddle :P can do it easy on a 16.2 horse in a dressage saddle with dressage length stirrups though... guess the difference in length is greater than the difference in height, but since I jump, I'd like to be able to mount from the ground in a jumping saddle (with more practice and flexibility of course)

...but I like big horses better than small ones, so I'll take the good with the bad.

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Evil, I'm a shortybum, so it's a real exercise just to ground mount my 15.1 boy if I'm riding in my jumping saddle :P can do it easy on a 16.2 horse in a dressage saddle with dressage length stirrups though... guess the difference in length is greater than the difference in height, but since I jump, I'd like to be able to mount from the ground in a jumping saddle (with more practice and flexibility of course)

...but I like big horses better than small ones, so I'll take the good with the bad.
Blue, I'm 5'1 (and that 1 is questionable, might involve shoes LOL), just used to big horses. I can mount my 16.1 from the ground in a dressage saddle, but I don't think I could do a 17 without a step or leg-up. But I get your point!
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wow you're even shorter than me! (I'm pushing it to be 5'2" with riding boots on)

I think with me it's more the size I'm used to, though. I haven't consistently ridden anything bigger than 15.2 in a LONG time, and back when I did regularly ride a 16hh+ mare, I was too short to mount her without help.

Going to be a while before I get on Magic's back, though, with her still so babyish in the face and in her proportions. But hopefully she'll be ready for the local show in a couple of months, to show in-hand. I might be showing a friend's first cross Andalusian, and if I can talk Mum into it I might still be showing Satin, AND I fully intend to SJ and hack Monty as well. 4 horses... going to be a mad weekend for me!

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