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post #1 of 10 Old 04-20-2010, 01:20 PM Thread Starter
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New Horse - AQHA Mare

I'm usually just a lurker and reader. I enjoy looking at everyones photos and reading the threads in Horse Breeds, the Photos, and the Riding. So, I thought I'd share my new horse. I've been trying to get my friend to take some photos, she's got this high powered digital camera, but we have just been unable to meet. So I finally took some myself with my old poor quality really slow digital camera and by myself on top of it. It's quite hard to take the photo and shake the grain can at the same time.

Here's a little about Dandy. I purchased Dandy, (Dandy's Lil Jewel Dandys Lil Jewel Quarter Horse ) in February. She had previously been shown in the Western classes and had some beginnings of reining training. Dandy is a just turned 7yr. old appendix quarterhorse, 16.2Hs. She's a real sweety, loves to be loved on. Starting in the fall/early winter of this year, I'm going to start working on her doing English and Hunter/Jumper. I'm not ready to get in the English saddle on her, yet. She has a particular avoidance technic that can be a little disturbing. When she gets mad or frustrated she likes to rear straight up in the air (no curve in her back bone) about 3 times in a row and if that doesn't get her point across, she goes for crow hopping. That's why she was reasonably priced.
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post #2 of 10 Old 04-20-2010, 02:36 PM
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Oh, she's lovely! She looks like she will go English very well. I hear you on the, that's not funny in an English saddle. Not really in Western, either. I hope you get it figured out!

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post #3 of 10 Old 04-20-2010, 02:37 PM
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shes a nice looking girl. scarry problem though..... good luck with her

quarter horses.....simply the best
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post #4 of 10 Old 04-20-2010, 03:03 PM
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She looks so beautiful. Concrats with the new mare.
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Yes the rearing was a problem for the previous owner, not that it isn't for me as well. So far we've only had the rearing episode once. I was standing on the ground for that one and told her, her belly button was cute, but I didn't want to see it again from that angle. This happened the first time I took her out on a trail ride. She had never been trail ridden before and she was very stressed about going out alone. I have friends that ride, but it is so hard to get them to confirm a trail ride, that I often go out alone, leaving my husband a map and directions of where I've gone and when I'll be back. Unfortunately where I live, cell phone reception is hit and miss, so taking a cell phone along is questionable.

Anyway thank you for the compliments and I'm sure I will be posting updates of her as we go along. If I could get better pics of her, I would post her in the thread "Breeding Quality" just for fun. The person doing the critics was very good. I don't plan on breeding her, because I have a 2yr. old now and with a horses life expectancy right around 30+ years, should nothing bad happen, that would put me well into my 80's.
Of course I hope to still be doing the horse thing then, but health wise for me who knows. So, I think we will just stick with Pistol.
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post #6 of 10 Old 04-20-2010, 05:37 PM
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Very cute mare! Congrats!
The rearing thing is quite scary, but what's worked for me on a couple of horses is to ride with a crop, grip it about in the middle, and when she rears BOP her between the ears. She'll think she's hit the ceiling and will be hesitant to go up again. Also, have her back checked - sometime chiro work is borderline miraculous! Good luck with her!  907
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post #7 of 10 Old 04-20-2010, 05:47 PM
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WOW!! She looks a lot like my mare. Mine's a little musclier though, but almost a spitting image. Of course you know what I'm going to say about her haha...she's absolutely gorgious!!

And yes...I hope she stops rearing for you, I hate that with a passion! I've never tried that method as dantexeventer stated, but it makes a LOT of sense, and if I were you, I would definately give it a shot. If I ever come across a horse that rears, I'm going to try what dantexeventer said!

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post #8 of 10 Old 04-21-2010, 11:16 AM Thread Starter
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Thanks Dantexeventer and Pechos. I'll try that trick with her. Like I said, she's been really good, except for that first time. I think since she is such a green horse, that she needed someone to be the leader and she was getting that previously, so she decided she would be the leader.

I've had her out on the trail in a group and also by herself. We are up to 6 trail rides now. We probably won't get to many more in until fall, cause show season is upon us. We need to practice, practice, practice.

The trainer that Dandy was with prior to my purchasing, was speechless when I brought her out for a lesson. He couldn't get over how great her coat looked and that she had packed on a few pounds. When I got her, she almost appeared "ewe" necked, because she was under weight. I think she looks great now and we are going to try to keep her at this weight. I was told that when she really starts being used, she drops her weight pretty rapidly, but we'll see what happens.
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post #9 of 10 Old 04-21-2010, 12:27 PM
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She is gorgeous! I love her pretty face, and it seems she got the best of both the QH and TB breeding. I'm sure you will overcome the rearing problem. Keep us posted!

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post #10 of 10 Old 04-22-2010, 04:02 PM Thread Starter
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Thanks She'sinthebarn! Dandy did get the best of both. She's actually got a beautiful face and she has a small dip. Since the rest of my horses are Arabs. we told her that is the only reason we let her on the place.
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