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        03-06-2008, 11:29 PM
    Yay! That's great! Be sure to let us know what the farrier says and post some pictures asap!
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        03-06-2008, 11:44 PM
    Congrats for buying her this weekend! She's like a little pumpkin.
        03-06-2008, 11:47 PM
    That's great! Congrats! Sounds like she likes you. You guys are making a bond to the sound of me. It also sounds like your making progress. Well done! Just remember to try and end the ride on a good note. And my instructor told me a little tip. When you get on a horse, give it a good pat as you want to make it a good thing, not a bad thing.

        03-07-2008, 12:01 AM
    Hehe I went out on Thursday night to feed her, and ended up sitting there with her for an hour while she ate :) such a great boding experience!
    I'm waiting for the video to upload... it's taking so long...
        03-07-2008, 11:10 AM
    That's great JDI! Congrats on your little girl! I bet you two are going to do great together!

    BTW, I know how long it takes for a video to upload (on youtube anyways) Let us know when its all done. I look forward to seeing it!
        03-07-2008, 11:22 AM
    Do you get to ride her today?
        03-07-2008, 06:37 PM
    Congrats JDI!!! I knew she would be perfect for you! She just needed a strong personality to show her the way. She's probably so eager to please you!

    I think as horse people , we get so caught up in the "conformation" thing that we forget there is a living, breathing horse waiting to be discovered and worked with. Sometimes, for pleasure riding conformation is not everything. I'm so glad SHE found YOU! I'm a true believer that EVERYTHING happens for a reason...
        03-07-2008, 07:09 PM
    Ahearn, that was so touching, thank you! You almost brought tears to my eyes!

    FGR - I went out again this morning and rode her, she was great once again! I didn't lunge her or anything, just tacked her up and jumped on… she was a little impatient for me to get on, and kept walking forwards, but after a few firm “no”s, she got the idea and stood for me to get on. I actually rode her in the large pasture today, instead of sticking to a small pen (which I did just because I had NO idea how she would react yesterday!) Anyways, she accepted the new English stuff with absolutely no fuss. She definitely needs to be started from ground-up as far as riding goes… she turns and stops, but those are iffy at best. No idea what leg pressure means other than “go” and has no idea what rein contact is all about. But she is a sweetheart, and is very very very willing to please. I rode her around the field a few times at a walk, then asked for a trot, and kept her going for a few turns around each direction, again, she did great. No fussing at all, other than the occasional ear-pin which seemed to mean “mom, I’ve been a pasture ornament for 8 years, stop pressing my sides, I’ll go when I want to.” (JDI: um no.. you'll go now. As in now, when I ask you, not when you feel like it, silly mare.)
    I just had a short 15-minute ride, which is about all I’m going to do until her feet are done. Plus in her overweight condition, she’s going to need time to be able to keep going without passing out on me – hah. Spent about 70% of the ride walking, circling, etc, and 30% trotting. She does have a nice gait and isn’t off, which is surprising because of her feet… but hey.
    I’m excited to see what her canter feels like!

    It’s so nice to have my own horse again… I can’t believe how much I’ve missed it…
        03-07-2008, 08:47 PM
    That is great! Hopefully you can get her feet done soon so you can really start working her! Did you get pictures yet :( Don't mean to harrass you but I love pictures!

    I was actually thinking about how happy you must be to have your own horse when I was out deworming all my little brats today! I was watching them run and kick in the field and I though "JDI gets to do this with her horse now, she must be so happy!"
        03-07-2008, 08:55 PM
    I can understand how you must be excited to ride your own horse. I have been out of riding for a year and still have another year off of riding due to an injury that is still healing.

    Make sure to post more videos and photos.

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