First is my Appy/TB mare, Lacey. She is 7 years old. I bought her as a yearling and backed and trained her myself. She's had a string of injuries along the way, so this year was our first year showing. We do dressage and also western dressage for fun.
(I hope these photos aren't too large)
This is my friend showing Lacey in the showmanship class at the local fair. My friend did a lot of sms when she was growing up, so I told her to take my mare in this calss :p
Lacey and I at our first dressage show
Vintage Lace by Nix Alba, on Flickr
And Lacey from a photoshoot I did with her and my friend's appy.
My second Appaloosa is actually co-owned with a friend of mine. We purchased him 2 months ago and had intended to use him as a stallion but we've since gelded him and he is supposed to be a resale project but we're just loving him to much... we may end up keeping him. My friend's other Appy is going to be 18 in March and my mare can only handle lower levels with her previous injuries, so Ryder is starting to look go as a replacement for our mounts ;)
Ryder is 4 yrs old. He's actually quite little, maybe 14.3 hands at most but he's smart and very brave! This photo is the first few days after he arrived on the farm.
Ryder III by Nix Alba, on Flickr
Boo-hoo... he doesn't have this "stallion" muscling anymore but putting him to work soon should build up that muscle once again.
He will be trained dressage first, then we're going to try him at anything he's willing to do. He needs to learn all sorts about how to be a riding horse, though. He wasn't taught anything at his old home. He just had his very first date with the farrier this week(yes, that's right, 4 yrs old and never had his hooves trimmed before :(). I have been on him and led around but the other guy was just get-on-and-go so Ryder really doesn't have any clue about the bit or leg/seat aids. He's learning so fast, though. His bravery helps because nothing really phases him, so we can teach and he thinks and learns.
Thanks for looking!