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    06-09-2009, 06:08 PM
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Pretty is as pretty does, his confarmation is good (as much as we can see) he seems calm and welling and does what you want him to do, I can't fault him.
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    06-09-2009, 07:24 PM
Thank you all. This is kindof an old thread and those pix are almost a year old. I need to get some current ones of him under saddle. Of course, I was raised around QHs mostly and judge everything I see by their standards. When I look at him, I see huge head, huge feet, and short everything else. LOL. However, you are all correct, he has made an amazing horse and is a decent little cow horse for as little as he has actually been rode. Right now, he has maybe 75 rides on him and is doing very well.

There are some more current pix in this thread
New pix of Koda. :)
But he was very unkept when these pix were taken.

    06-09-2009, 07:56 PM
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The big head and feet are from a draft great grand parent somewhere in the mix, but it also adds a calmness about him amd strenght. But less pounds per square inch as vs a horse of the same weight but small feet.
    06-09-2009, 08:06 PM
I completely agree. I have come to really admire the strength of mustangs and their capabilities. Neither one of mine has every taken a lame step (yet ;p). I thoroughly believe he is a Clyde decendant, whereas Dobe is Perch. Koda is maybe 15hh and wears a size 2 shoe. Built in snowshoes. :) LOL.
    06-09-2009, 08:42 PM
Wow...riding him in less that 24 hours...sounds like a dream come true! Good job! (and how do you do it that fast?!)
    06-09-2009, 09:06 PM
That is just the way that we train. Very seldom will we have a horse that is not being ridden within 2 days. My Dad's philosophy is that there isn't much point to saddling a horse you are not going to ride, so that is what we do. It is not a method for the faint of heart or those who can't read horses a little. Sometimes it does backfire but so long as you know the horse's limits, it usually works out fine. We get them giving to the bit each way, establish forward motion (lunge them for a few minutes each way. This works as a warm up too), and then step aboard and hope for the best and prepare for the worst. It has been many years since I had a horse blow up on the first few rides. They usually wait until about 2 or 3 weeks into riding when I get complacent and then suprise me. LOL
    06-09-2009, 09:23 PM
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As a Mustang lover, I'm sure you MUST have seen Wild Horse Redemption? Me and my best friend just found it and bought it a couple months ago and I swear we've watched it six dozen times already.

It just amazes me that they're able to take completely 110% wild BLM Mustangs, and have them saddled and ridden within a few days to a week, and the majority of the time with them never bucking if the ground work was done properly. It's just become my favorite movie/documentary.

For anyone who hasn't seen or heard of it, the movie is a documentary about the program involving inmates and wild Mustangs, and how they train them for sale. The guy who heads the program works very much in a natural horsemanship state of mind, so it touches on how much better it works then the old "ride the bronc out of them" mentality. I believe a Mustang with only about 30 days of riding on it was actually purchased by the border patrol and was riding in parades within days.

Anyway, it's just really amazing to me!
    06-09-2009, 09:32 PM
I have never seen that particular documentary but I have watched a lot on RFD-TV about the mustang programs that are out there. They are wonderful to watch.

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