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post #1 of 8 Old 10-30-2010, 10:53 AM Thread Starter
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Which direction to go?

I'm planning on putting some groundwork and selling this girl after her foal. I don't think she'll suit my breeding program as I hoped she would. I originally purchased her when I thought I was going a different direction. So I can put a foundation on her but in which discepline do you feel she'd do well.

She is a 2001 15.1? OTTB, raced lightly and late in life so sound as a bell.

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post #2 of 8 Old 10-30-2010, 04:21 PM
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I think she's got a great build for hunters, but it depends on her movement as well. It would be great to see a video of her free lunging, but in any case, if you start working toward a basic huntseat or dressage base, it would give her a jumping off point into several directions.

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post #3 of 8 Old 10-30-2010, 07:28 PM Thread Starter
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Here is a link to my website, there are more photos and a short video clip.

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post #4 of 8 Old 10-30-2010, 07:44 PM
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I think every horse benefits from dressage. Perhaps start with that and see what she has aptitude for?
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post #5 of 8 Old 10-30-2010, 07:51 PM
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Hunters maybe? :) But start with basic dressage then see where she can go.
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post #6 of 8 Old 10-31-2010, 02:37 AM
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I agree with starting her in dressage. Also I'd work her over jumps a bit too. She might even look nice in western.
My advice;
-Lots of groundwork.

-Make sure she can be handled calmly. She should be good with feet, ears, head, trailering, vet, farrier, dentist, saddles, bridles, worming, clipping, dogs, cats and anything else you can possibly think of. Expose her to cars and traffic too.

-Remember to work her outside the ring as well as in. A good trail horse is worth a lot to some people.

-Start her in dressage and low level jumping.

-Show her. Show her. Show her. It will be good for her, raise her value and help her go to a good home.
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post #7 of 8 Old 10-31-2010, 09:20 AM Thread Starter
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Thank you guys for your opinions. I think I will aim her for the hunter group.

The showing part was something I did ten years ago, a bit out of practice now :). I'll just get a nice w/t/c with maybe a crossrail on her and let the next owner work on the fun stuff.

Don't worry good home is a must for this girl. She's a nice mare and won't surprise me if she excels in whatever area she's shown.
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post #8 of 8 Old 10-31-2010, 09:31 AM
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I don't think you'll have any trouble finding her a new home. If she's as talented as she is pretty, she's got it made.

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