12-03-2007, 10:43 PM
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I have read a little bit about spur training...the spur stop? It seemed to be quite a controversial topic (negative effects if used/taught incorrectly).
He is starting to understand the idea of self carriage and getting light on the front...so I suppose that is a start. He is just a very lazy boy, and would prefer to exert the least amount of energy possible :) I have to really build it into habit with him (hours and hours of practice and conditioning I think) to make it a well developed habit so that he won't default to moving heaving on the front and leaning on the bit.
Dez goes back to Skipa star, Three Bars (in many places :)), Skipper W, and Leo.
We bred him for a spring baby to our Doc bar, Docs cutty sark, dry doc, poco lena/poco bueno mare.
I suppose a lot of those are cow/halter lines (Skipa Star), but I do dabble in WP :) Though I am getting very interested in reining, stock horse, etc, so both of them, and the baby seem well fitted. Headset and carriage are as important in Reining and such as in WP anyway, so either way I have something to work at!
What are some of the better WP lines when it comes to paint breeding? Is your paint mostly white? :) Is that your paint in your avatar, or a different horse?If so, what fun that must be to keep clean :) I complain about white stockings.
I wish I could go to the 08 paint congress! But, sadly that would be a very long and expensive trip for me to make from Alaska, so I would have to really plan ahead (haul horses in and out with my own to make gas money), and I will want him to be really finished before I take such a pricey and time consuming trip. The good thing is that I am a teacher, so I have summers available to make such a long trip possible, but isn't paint congress later in the year? Oh well, hopefully in the next few years...my boy is only five yet :)