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post #21 of 39 Old 12-11-2012, 09:33 PM Thread Starter
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The one where is looks like he bucking....just imagine if he tried jumping 2 feet LOL! Anyways he is adorable and I love his markings.. I hope you get to visit him soon
Haha, Yeah hurry scurry was always hilarious cause he just flew over the jumps. The jumps from the hunter/jumper show were about 2'6" he still was over jumping as you can see. He stops over jumping at about 3 feet. ;)

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post #22 of 39 Old 12-11-2012, 09:39 PM Thread Starter
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Thought these might be funny to compare :
Jake jumping a 1.5 foot cross rail vs Jake jumping a 3'9" fence. (video stills)
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Haha those are to funny!
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Aww what a sweet adorable old boy! Where is he going?
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Aww what a sweet adorable old boy! Where is he going?
Thank you! He is now at my fathers up in Northern California so he can live the rest of his life out in a pasture.
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Thank you! He is now at my fathers up in Northern California so he can live the rest of his life out in a pasture.
Ah I see! That will be really nice for him then! I just moved my 24 year old paint mare closer to me, she went from a 12 acre pasture to a 4 acre, but I think she's ok with the smaller pen since she gets to see me every day, at least I like to think so. She nickers and comes running every time my car pulls up. He reminds me of her, only he has a lot more talent ;)
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Ah I see! That will be really nice for him then! I just moved my 24 year old paint mare closer to me, she went from a 12 acre pasture to a 4 acre, but I think she's ok with the smaller pen since she gets to see me every day, at least I like to think so. She nickers and comes running every time my car pulls up. He reminds me of her, only he has a lot more talent ;)
Even 4 acres sounds very nice. Jake is on about a 1.5-2 acre pasture. My father will give him some love almost everyday, and hopefully he'll find a boarder that wants a place for their retired horse too. That way Jake can get a buddy.

Sounds like she really likes you! Jake had a lot of athletic ability that I could barely figure out how to handle. If he had been put in good hands from the start he would have been amazing. The 10 years I've owned him, he has never done anything to show he has a mean bone in his body (towards people, kids, horses, dogs, donkeys...you name it he tolerated it) he was bomb-proof and extremely honest. Nothing scared him and he never questioned what was asked of him. He was just very hot when I got him, and I spent probably 5 years just making it worse, before I really figured out that I needed to turn things around. We fought more than we got along undersaddle, but somehow I still love him and he still greats me at the gate when I have a halter out.

Sometimes I think Jake was wasted, he could have done so much, but by the time I figured out how to work with him properly her body couldn't keep up with what we both wanted to do. A quiet-semi-retired life is never going to be in the books for him. So I had to fully retire him to keep him sound.
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Even 4 acres sounds very nice. Jake is on about a 1.5-2 acre pasture. My father will give him some love almost everyday, and hopefully he'll find a boarder that wants a place for their retired horse too. That way Jake can get a buddy.

Sounds like she really likes you! Jake had a lot of athletic ability that I could barely figure out how to handle. If he had been put in good hands from the start he would have been amazing. The 10 years I've owned him, he has never done anything to show he has a mean bone in his body (towards people, kids, horses, dogs, donkeys...you name it he tolerated it) he was bomb-proof and extremely honest. Nothing scared him and he never questioned what was asked of him. He was just very hot when I got him, and I spent probably 5 years just making it worse, before I really figured out that I needed to turn things around. We fought more than we got along undersaddle, but somehow I still love him and he still greats me at the gate when I have a halter out.

Sometimes I think Jake was wasted, he could have done so much, but by the time I figured out how to work with him properly her body couldn't keep up with what we both wanted to do. A quiet-semi-retired life is never going to be in the books for him. So I had to fully retire him to keep him sound.
That's really nice that he can go stay with your dad. He deserves a nice retired life! I still ride my mare, but I never really showed her, definitely didn't jump her. She doesn't have a good confirmation for anything. I've heard showing/eventing can be tough on their joints and everything which makes them need to be retired sooner than a farm horse.


I hear you on making him worse. My mare was the same way, super high strung and then I just added to it by running her all the time and gaming her from time to time. It has taken me years to get her to go out for a nice calm ride and walk the whole way, she would still rather run. I bet you still did good with him and he was happy! He looked amazing in those pictures of you jumping!
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That's really nice that he can go stay with your dad. He deserves a nice retired life! I still ride my mare, but I never really showed her, definitely didn't jump her. She doesn't have a good confirmation for anything. I've heard showing/eventing can be tough on their joints and everything which makes them need to be retired sooner than a farm horse.


I hear you on making him worse. My mare was the same way, super high strung and then I just added to it by running her all the time and gaming her from time to time. It has taken me years to get her to go out for a nice calm ride and walk the whole way, she would still rather run. I bet you still did good with him and he was happy! He looked amazing in those pictures of you jumping!
If they are still sound, they seem to do better with exercise anyways in my opinion. The horses that seem to do best in their old age are those that are kept in good shape and work appropriately for the age. Hmm it all depends on the care they receive. There is a forum member here that I remember from a while ago that still was eventing her 25(?) year old horse and he was perfectly healthy. I've known horses that barrel race into their late thirties and never go lame.

Sounds like my story. Jake always fights for a run, even now when I took him out for an easy trail ride. There was a long strip of sand that I ended up letting him take a canter down, he fought the whole way for a gallop, even pulling through the bit. It took quiet a bit to slow him down. I didn't really mind as I considered it our last run. Thank you though. ^-^


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