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post #1 of 17 Old 09-07-2012, 08:06 PM Thread Starter
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The long awaited picture thread! [Jore's Indie]

I'm sure a lot of you have read my "Heard back from my instructor" thread, so you likely know that Indie was coming home today.

The seller could only bring her at 1:30, and my mom wouldn't let me miss school (as I had English 112 and Chemistry 112).. so my dad and instructor were at the barn to welcome her home. My instructor said she was pretty relaxed and didn't even glance twice at the alpacas.. except she thinks she may have a bit of a cold, so she's staying in the stall for a couple days until my instructor is certain that she's okay. I'd prefer her to just be out to pasture by herself.. because it seems that her legs get "stocked up" when she's cooped up too long. Her legs were kind of puffy before I rode, but they looked pretty good when I was done, thankfully.

We were at the barn for four and a half hours, because I had to give her a quick trim and trim her whiskers as well as groom her.. then I needed to put on some polo wraps, figure out which saddle fit.. etc. She was so patient with all of it, even though I was getting a bit anxious/frustrated.

The ride went pretty well though, I walked her around the ring by hand for about five or so laps just until she relaxed a bit.. then I hopped on. She ended up walking away as I got on, which I expected, but I ended up having to adjust my stirrups anyways so I took the opportunity to get off again and try getting on. She stood still! So she got a big rub and some verbal praise. She was pretty out of rhythm at first, but she got much better at the end. I don't think she's ever been over a pole before.. she was a bit hesitant at first and did more of a hop when we trotted over it, by the third time, she was just trotting right over it. :) Even though we can't jump, I think we'll do lots of pole work to get her striding a bit better.

All in all, she's a project horse for sure.. but once she gets some weight on, plus some muscle, she's be gorgeous! (even though she already is) My instructor said she liked how dainty her face was, as it's pretty feminine. She wasn't a fan of her legs, but she didn't see them after I rode. I also need to work on wrapping the polos.. but I can get lots of practice. :) As for feed, we have her on a mix of her new and old food, rice bran oil (1/4 cup) and then the Recovery EQ. She's just super sweet and patient, although there were times when she got pushy.

I only have one picture on right now, but my mom has more she's uploading so I'll update the thread after.

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post #2 of 17 Old 09-07-2012, 08:17 PM
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Congratulations on your pretty new girl! I hope you have lots of good times together and she fulfills all of your dreams - i know you will fulfil hers!!!

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Pretty!!

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Yay! She has such a calm eye! Can't wait to see more photos!

She may have a runny nose due to allergies...its changing seasons. But its not uncommon to quarantine a new horse just in case. One of my horses had constantly runny nose. He was healthy and never had any respiratory problems though.

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Congrats, Jore! I read your other thread and am so happy you have your new girl home. I'm a relatively new horse owner too, so can completely relate to your excitement :) Can't wait to see more pictures of Indie.
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Thanks everyone! And yes, she definitely has a really calm eye.. in the pictures of me adjusting her bridle, her eyes are basically closed and her ears are pricked forward. It took me a good ten minutes to fix it, so she was pretty patient.. not to mention that she spent like three hours on the cross ties.

That could be it, the vet said that her respiratory system sounded normal and her only comments were the allergic reaction to bug bites. I'd say you're right about it. I was slightly worried about her legs at first, but I was feeling better after I rode her. The turn out and getting ridden regularly will help a lot with it. :)

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That's a few more for now, my mom's facebook uploader is being a bit wonky. Don't mind my horrid posture, that was before I adjusted my stirrups and while I was adjusting my reins. Plus my expressions are a tad odd haha!

ETA: Her new halter hasn't come in yet, so that halter is only temporary! She'll soon be wearing a nice turquoise zebra print one. :)
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You guys look lovely!

Don't worry about your posture. Absolutely NO ONE has correct posture, ever. Its theoretical and its what we aspire for, but even the olympic riders have their faults.

You will get better at wrapping polos. Just remember that the velcro should always end up at the top, that way you know you've wrapped evenly throughout the leg. It took me a good while to figure polos out. No one showed me. I would come to class and the instructor would tell me what I did wrong. If they were TOO wrong, I would get off and re-do them. But normally it was a "This should be that way, remember that for next time" kind of thing.

She does look flashy in turquoise! Can't wait to see her more decked out in the color!

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Thanks! :)

I hope I do, my instructor told me to try to get it to the top again so I'll try to space my layers out a bit more when I do it. I had to re-do the first one because it looked absolutely horrid but we only did walk/trot work so I think they worked just fine. I'm going back down tomorrow morning so we'll try out a canter then. :)

I think so too! Schneider's said that her fly sheet/blanket/cribbing collar should be here in four days.. so I'm hoping that my order from Chick's Saddlery will get here soon.

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Thanks! :)

I hope I do, my instructor told me to try to get it to the top again so I'll try to space my layers out a bit more when I do it. I had to re-do the first one because it looked absolutely horrid but we only did walk/trot work so I think they worked just fine. I'm going back down tomorrow morning so we'll try out a canter then. :)

I think so too! Schneider's said that her fly sheet/blanket/cribbing collar should be here in four days.. so I'm hoping that my order from Chick's Saddlery will get here soon.
polos should always be wrapped tendon in to prevent bowed tendons...right legs counterclock wise...left clock wise..just noticed Indies rt rear is wrapped clockwise....she already has legs issues don't want you to unknowingly add to them :) congrats....wonderful to hear how happy you are!!

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