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post #1 of 17 Old 01-26-2010, 06:36 PM Thread Starter
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RAFE!!! And his first experience with the bit.

Hey all. I have been chewed a couple times for not updating pix of Rafe so here they are. I just got a wild hair and decided to give the bridle a shot for the fun of it.







Lots of chewing in these pix. It's a little unnerving to consider that it is a 5 inch bit on that bridle and it's not that much too big for him . I only had to take the bridle up 2 holes from where I have it for Dobe. LOL.
















After the photoshoot, I spent a few minutes just working with him on giving to pressure. He finally kinda got the idea and he will give to each side and I did manage to get a couple of tuck-nosed backward steps out of him. That satisfied me for today.

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post #2 of 17 Old 01-26-2010, 06:43 PM
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Smrobs..this is just not funny. I tried a bridle with Lillie and a 5 inch is too big and I had to add holes in the headstall for it to fit and she's almost TWO!!!

I will admit that Rafe is adorable in a bridle!

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post #3 of 17 Old 01-26-2010, 06:54 PM
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Please package Rafe right up and send him to me!! Thank you!


What a cutie! Doesn't seem terribly fussed, does he? You're going to have a huge horse on your hands...


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Haha, PD, I will gladly send you some of his size to give to Lillie. I don't want him to be so big. LOL.

Allie, he doesn't seem to get fussed about anything I have done to him so far. I think he might have his momma's temperment (if the ears hanging out to the side are any indication ;p). He just did a lot of playing and chewing just like any other horse that's never had a bit before. Though he was remarkably easy to get the bridle on. He just stood there, never raised his head or anything.

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awww what a cutie!

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awwwwwwwwwwwww. He's going to be huge!
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Lol, I decided to put a bridle on my mare today for the first time too. She's weird though. She actually did very little chewing, she spent most of her time with pursed lips refusing to open her mouth for fear of the weird thing sitting in it lol. She did the same thing the first time I buted her with paste bute. She didn't swallow or try to spit it out. Just stood with pursed lips. Unfortunately my cob size bridle is a bit big even on the last holes. I just wanted to see if it would fit, and as she still has her wolf teeth, I didn't do anything other than have her stand there with it on. He's a cute guy, and he's going to be big. At least he seems to be quite good natured.
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soo cute!, love the moehawk mane!.

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Absolutely freaking adorable! It's terrifying how much of a grown horse he looks like with the bridle on, haha! I'm sure you'll be thankful for his laid back nature when he's a 2 year old! I absolutely love his face, he's almost beyond cute at this point and just has this very regal presence about him. I cannot WAIT to see how he matures!

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How tall do you think he will mature? Very nice!! Must be the name, we've got a "Raf" (Rafiki :P) and he is 16.2hh at 2 and still very bum high with enormous joints!!
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