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post #11 of 696 Old 01-28-2014, 05:55 PM
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Here are the most recent I have of Flint, learning to train in the round pen and having a blanket on for the first time. I have not string tested him yet, since I am not sure I want to know how short... I mean tall... he is going to be.
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post #12 of 696 Old 01-28-2014, 09:46 PM
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Here is Spidey's first ride.

He is 15.1 hands, strings to 16.2 and I think he'll hit it. He is a futurity horse, I am hoping to have him ready for the 2 year old HUS class at the world show this November.

He has been ridden about 10 times now ... about 20 minute each ride and the majority of it walking, giving body parts, and just being comfortable with me on his back. All our work his yearling year really paid off as he is very mellow about the whole thing. We won't ask for much until the summer - just keep it slow and easy.

And I know most on this board don't ride two year olds and so, before this thread devolves into "a 2 year old shouldn't be ridden" - Let me say - I get it, it's a good policy that helps a horse mature soundly .... However, I have started and shown many two year olds that have gone on to have long and productive careers, so am fine with it - if the horse has the strength and maturity. Many of my show buddies are already loping their prospects - I believe there is a balance.

I look forward to seeing the now two year old's in this thread as they grow, and yes, as they are started under saddle.
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post #13 of 696 Old 01-29-2014, 10:10 AM Thread Starter
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^^I agree, even for those who may not agree, let's not turn this into a debate thread. This thread is STRICTLY for sharing photos and progress of our growing youngsters.

Spidey looks amazing and so calm. I really wish that my little turd would grow enough to put a ride or two on her sometime this year....but with the way she's growing, she may be 4 before she sees any saddle time LOL.
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post #14 of 696 Old 01-30-2014, 12:40 PM
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what is a "string-test" ?
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post #15 of 696 Old 01-30-2014, 12:45 PM Thread Starter
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Mike, a string test is a test you do on a youngster to get an idea of their full adult height. There are 2 methods, both of which are explained very well on this site.
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post #16 of 696 Old 01-31-2014, 06:55 AM
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My boy turns two in August! Ashlyn Buckshot aka Denny. Some might recognise him from me asking how big he'll get. I know he looks skinny in the photo but he's not. Just awkward and growing.
Sorry if the photo goes side ways.
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post #17 of 696 Old 01-31-2014, 01:25 PM
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^^I agree, even for those who may not agree, let's not turn this into a debate thread. This thread is STRICTLY for sharing photos and progress of our growing youngsters.
Oh good, I was worried that people would flip out. All of our horses have been started at two and we've got one in the pasture going on 15 completely sound.

Like Ace and Spidey, I'm aiming to get Lily to either APHA Congress or Worlds (or both) for the 2 y/o HUS. She'll be getting a later start though, in April, when she is officially 2 (and when I've saved up enough money for the trainer xD).

This is me sitting on her for the first time last weekend:

She could've cared less. I just got back from my first week at my new job, so I'm gonna measure her again this weekend and maybe just sit on her and flex her side to side. :)
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post #18 of 696 Old 01-31-2014, 02:04 PM
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My little filly Breeze :) Just some recent pictures.
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post #19 of 696 Old 01-31-2014, 02:09 PM
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Love being able to follow these "babies" as they grow. As someone who will probably never have a foal, I love following along with what it takes to produce a happy, well-rounded adult.
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post #20 of 696 Old 01-31-2014, 02:35 PM
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Breeze--She is so cute. I love the last photo, with her cute little eye. <3
So looks so young!

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