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Post Little Mustang Mare (fictional story) with a few pictures.

It was a clear morning in the early summer of Alberta. Amy Martin, a dressage rider, walked into the stable. The stable was called Misty Meadows Equestrian Center and it trained grand prix level dressage horses. The stalls were filled with sleek warmbloods and a few lesson horses. The head trainer was Sandra Hider and the other trainer was Katherine McMillan.
Amy was there for a riding lesson on the large bay school horse London. London was a sixteen hand thoroughbred that was a level one dressage horse. Amy had been searching for a horse to buy for a few months but she just couldn’t find the right one. Her trainer, Katherine, wanted her to buy a type of warmblood but those breeds of horses didn’t appeal to her. She walked into the tacking area where there were five cross ties and a wall of lockers and a large tack room to the right of the lockers. It was well swept and very clean. A few large horses were standing in the crossties patiently as their riders tacked them up. Amy walked into the tack room where saddles, bridles, girths and much more tack lined the walls neatly. Tall boots, jumping boots and polo wraps were organized on the ground and brushes were all kept on a shelf in the left corner. The lesson horse halters hung on the wall beside the brushes. Amy picked up the black leather halter that had London’s name on it and went off to get London in his paddock. Most of the horses were kept alone. She brought London back and quickly brushed him and tacked him up.
As she mounted London, Katherine walked into the large riding arena with mirrors lining the walls.
“Let’s see him warmed up quickly” said Katherine as she walked away. “I’ll be back in ten minutes”
Amy brought him through a warm up routine. Circling him, bending him and stretching him out. Ten minutes later London was warm and supple and Katherine came back.
“Okay, today we are going to work on the shoulder in” said Katherine. “let me see you do a serpentine and then we can start the shoulder in”
Amy did as she was told and was a little annoyed. She wasn’t having much fun riding anymore; it was more of a chore now. She couldn’t focus and her trainer was quickly getting angry with her. Forty minutes later her aggravating lesson was over and she quickly untacked London and put him in his stall. She walked out of the barn through the lounge and looked at the bulletin board out of habit and an ad caught her eye. Money wasn’t a problem so it wasn’t the low price that caught her eye, she just really liked this little horse. She put the phone number into her phone and went home.

Mustang mare-must sell $250

Ok so this is the start. I thought I would add a picture or two for fun. The pictures are just from the internet. This story is unedited haha I don't feel like reviewing it.

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Amy called the number when she got home and a man by the name of John answered,"hello?"

"Hi, I'm Amy Martin and I'm inquiring about a grey mare I saw in an ad"

"Oh yes, Sprite. Are you interested in buying her?"

"Well', said Amy, "I'd like to know a little more about her"

"Ok, she's 14.1 hh, she's 5 years old, she's completely sound and healthy, and she is green broke"

"Is she up to date on everything?" asked Sara

"Yes, shots, teeth, farrier, coggins"

"How is her movement?" asked Amy. The man sounded like he knew what he was talking about.

"She has a very extended trot, she probably wouldn't be a good western pleasure horse, she's much suited for english riding"

"I do dressage" replied Amy. "Can I come see her right now?"

"Yes, it's the first exit off of range road 326"

"Ok, that's close, I'll see you soon"

Amy was 17 and had her own drivers license so she told her parents what she was doing and grabbed her check book. Then she drove the twenty-five minutes to see the mare.

It was a small, western ranch with round wooden fences and lots of horses. There was a man sitting on the fence on the round pen so Amy walked over to it.
"Hi" she said, "I'm looking for John"

"Hi, I'm john, Sprite is right here in the round pen" replied the man

Amy climbed on top of the round pen and watched the mare. The man handed her the vet paperwork and Amy was pleased. She was standing in the middle watching her. She was very pretty and had a long mane. She wasn't groomed very well but her coat was very shiny and her hooves were well-trimmed.
"Can I see her move?" asked Amy

"Yep" he said as he climbed down. He came up behind the mare and sent her trotting around the round pen. He waited until he walked and then said "tell me what pace you want"

"trot" said Amy and the man urged the horse faster. "Now extend it". The man urged the horse to go even fast and the horse sprang into a high stepping extended trot with her tail in the air. Wow Amy thought. "Canter now" and she watched the mare move into a well balanced canter.

"Thank you" said amy "Can I ride her?"

"Sure thing, but I don't have an english saddle" replied the man.

"It's ok, i brought one". Said amy, she had brought her old dressage saddle. She went to the car and got it and then tacked up the well-behaved mare in the round pen while the man held her. She accepted the bit with little fuss and didn't mind the girth being tightened. Amy put on a helmet and mounted the mare. She started off at a walk, going left. The mare didn't understand the bit very well and wouldn't go on the bit but Amy loved this mare, she was ready to train her. Amy squeezed her up into a trot. The mare was sensitive to aids, Amy liked that. "Has she cantered yet?" asked Amy.

"A little bit" said the man, "It's safe"

Amy made a kissing noise and the mare sped up into a fast canter. She needed to work on balance. The canter was nice and smooth and Amy liked it. She dismounted and said "I'll buy her". Amy was in love with with mare. My stable is only five minutes away could you trailer her there for me for fifty dollars?

"Sure thing said the man" as Amy handed him a check of three hundred dollars. They loaded the mare easily into the trailer and brought her to the stable. The man quickly left after dropping her off saying "If you have any problems, please call me, I want her in a good home". Amy was happy this mare had had a nice owner, it meant the mare would not have trust issues. This was going to be a surprise to Amy's trainer, Amy was exited to see Sandra's reaction.

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"WHAT IS THAT THING???" Yelled Sandra.

"It's my new horse" sad Amy angrily

"No, it's not. If you want to get anywhere you need a dressage horse, not a cheap mixbreed"

"She has very nice movement and a lovely personality said Amy" She and the mare had formed an instant bond.

"ok, let's see you half pass down the diagonal" replied her trainer

"She's green" said Amy, "I'm going to start more training tomorrow.

"Well then you better find a new stable by tomorrow" said Sandra.

"WHAT?" asked Amy. "Can't I pick my own horse?"

"Not when you are a student at this stable."

"But I can train her into a good dressage horse!"

"No, you can't, now go return that ugly horse" said Sandra

"I'm leaving!" Yelled Amy. She called John, his number was on her phone. "Hi John, they won't let me keep this horse here, can I keep her and ride her at your ranch? I'll pay three hundred dollars a month"

"I'm sorry to here that Amy! Yes I'll let you keep her here, but I don't need that much for board, I'll be there in a few minutes".

Amy was so happy that John was so nice. When John arrived she loaded Sprite into the trailer and then grabbed all her tack and equipment and loaded it into the truck.

"SEE YOU AT THE NEXT SHOW" called Sandra after her. She was being very rude.

Amy drove behind the trailer on the way to the ranch and when she got there she said "Thank you so so so much John, I can't wait to meet the new people at your ranch. What are your facilities like?"

" We have a large indoor arena and an indoor round pen. We also have twenty indoor stalls, a feed room, a bathroom, a wash rack and two cross ties"

"well, it isn't as small as I you have other boarders"

"Yes, we have a reining instructor too. Indoor board in $275 per month and outdoor board is $175 per month."

"I'll take indoor board, and can I hire my own dressage trainer?"

"Yes, for sure! As long as they treat people better than those other people" he said

"Oh, I'll make sure of that" said Amy " I was getting tired of them, this was a good excuse to leave".

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Wow! that's a really good story! I can't wait until the next part! :)

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Amy was going to prove Sandra wrong. She decided not to get a trainer, but go to clinics. She had already broken a few horses and worked green horses up to higher levels.

Amy loved the look in the mares eyes, she could tell the mare had a heart. She was well built and muscular and seemed at peace. She obviously had good ground manners already. The first time the mare looked at her, Amy knew she was going to buy her. She was the most beautiful grulla Amy had ever seen.

The next day Amy started a six day per week training schedule. She decided to
lunge her two days per week and ride her four days per week. But she would always lunge her before she rode her. Today, she was going to do a one hour session as an assessment. She took the mare out of the stall she was put in for the night and brought her into the cross ties. Amy didn't like the name "Sprite" and decided to call her "Elara" and nicknamed her "Elli". Ellie picked up her feet nicely and stood still while Amy groomed her, Amy was happy with her purchase. She walked into the tack room and grabbed her dressage saddle, flash bridle, slide reins,draw reins, lunge line, lunge whip and an old pair of protective boots. She tacked up the mare and led her to the large, sixty foot round pen. Then she tightened the slide reins and sent the little mare out on a circle around her. Elli tried to fight, she wasn't used to having her head down so Amy loosened the reins. The mare relaxed a little and walked around her in a circle.

"Good girl" said Amy and within a few minutes the mare was completely relaxed with her head farther in . Amy tightened the reins and sent her out again. Elli was now more comfortable with them and accepted the bit, putting her head down. "That's a good girl" said Amy as she flicked the whip behind the mare. Elli moved into a smooth, easy trot to the right. Amy really liked how smart and willing Elli was, that makes a good dressage prospect. Then she brought the mare in again and tightened the reins even more. Elli curled her neck and accepted what was ask and moved around Amy at a walk. Amy flicked the whip and asked for a forward trot, and then an extended trot. The mare had beautiful movement. She asked for the canter and the mare moved into the canter, but then broke into a trot. She wasn't yet ready to canter with her head in. Amy took off the slide reins and put on the draw reins, then mounted her. She gently sponged the reins and asked for Elli's head to go down. Elli threw her head in the air and backed up and Amy flicked her butt with her dressage whip and kicked her forward, bending her to the inside. The mare gave in and put her head in. "That's a good girl" said Amy as she released. She walked on and the mare kept her head in. "Gooooooood girl Elli". Amy didn't want to ride past the walk yet so she did a few circles and then dismounted. That was a very good session. Amy un tacked her and returned her to her pasture. Then she went to the store and bought Elli some new equipment: a leather halter, a lead rope, a purple saddle pad, bell boots, jumping boots, and a full cheek snaffle.

The next part of the story will be a training journal

Day 2: I lunged Elara today. She accepted the bit very well and did walk, trot and canter. She was more relaxed at the start today. I worked on getting her more balanced and relaxed today.

Day 3: I lunged her and then rode her today. On the lunge I worked a lot on transitions and tried to get her working more forward now that she is much more relaxed. I only walked today again. I worked on bending- I did lots of circles

Day 4: It was another riding day. When I lunged her she was amazing and is listening to voice commands really well. I again worked on transitions. I only rode her at the walk today again for about ten minutes. I worked on transitions from backing up, stopping, and walking.

Day 5: I worked on the ground only today. Her transitions and voice cues are coming along nicely. I started to work on moving off of pressure. I just got her to move over off of pressure, it didn't seem new to her so I started side passing and she did great. I also did backing up. She will side pass very well and move off a flick of the whip going forward.

Day 6: Today was a riding day. On the ground before riding, I did moving off pressure and transitions again and she aced it, then I added the trot into riding. She barely needs the draw reins in the walk but they help in the trot. Her trot is very smooth. After a few minutes of trotting, I didn't really need the draw reins. I did moving off pressure while on her back so she will move forward and side ways off of pressure.

Skip to day 20: Today was a riding day. I did walk, trot and canter working a lot on bend and forwardness. I asked for different speeds at the trot and walk and for twenty meter circles at the canter. I did stop to trot and walk to canter transitions which she was awesome at. I did some leg yielding and ten meter circles at the trot.

skip to day 35: Today I worked a lot on the canter. I worked on getting her back on her haunches to slow down and come back into my hands. I did smaller circles and asked for simple changes. At the trot I did some serpentines and ten meter circles and at the walk I worked on leg yielding and shoulder in.

Skip to day 45: Today I worked on leg yielding at the walk and trot

Skip to day 60: It is two months into training now! Elara is doing amazing! She now does walk, trot, canter. She can do leg yielding and shoulder in at the walk, ten meter circles, collection, extension in the trot and has a very balanced canter that I can extend and can do simple changes.

Skip to day 90:
This was the last day of our "official training". Elli is now a level one dressage horse starting level two! I am working on shoulder in and leg yielding but most of all: collection. Our first show is tomorrow and to be safe I am doing level 1

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At the Show

Amy unloaded Elara from John's trailer and walked her to her show-stall. Beside the mare's stall, Amy had rented a stall to put tack in. She put shavings in Elli's stall and then put her in. The mare was somewhat nervous but then settled down and ate her hay. The show started the next day. Amy got all her clean tack ready for the next day and laid out all the grooming tools she would us. She had roached Elli's mane so she didn't need to braid it. She put a make-shift change room in her tack stall and hung her show cloths up for the next day and if half an hour she all ready for the show with the help of her groom, Sara. Sara was a friend from school who had experience with horses. She left the mare and went to the show office and got her number, then went home.

She came to the show grounds early in the morning, at six thirty and groomed her mare for the show. She bushed out her tail which was braided overnight and she sprayed her with show sheen. Then she took out her clippers and did last minute touch ups as well as polishing her hooves. Then she put on a surcingle and slide reins and brought her to one of the warm up arenas. There were only one other horse in the warm up ring. She lunged the mare for fifteen minutes to get her calm and focused. Then she walked her around the show grounds to get her used it it for about forty-five minutes.

Amy's first class was at ten-o'clock, she had lots of time so she focused on relaxing Elara. She let Elara graze a little bit and gave her some water. At eight fifteen she started to get ready. She dressed in her show cloths and put on her shiny, tall boots. Then she and Sara groomed Elara one last time and put some more show sheen on her. They tacked her up and then Amy brought her to the warm up ring. She lunged her again for fifteen minutes and then got on. She practiced the movements on the test and got Elli moving relaxed and supple on the bit. She did lots of circles, leg yielding, extending, and free walking. She gave her a thirty minute break until it was 9:20 and then she worked her for another fifteen minutes to get her relaxed, and ready to do the test. She was called to ride first. She heard her class called to the ring and she rode to it. She waited for ten minutes and then heard the bell. She trotted in and halted at X and then continued her test. She finished, quite happy even though she had a few mistakes. She ended up with a 55.75% and placed fifth. Amy was very happy with that. She had her second class in thirty minutes in a different ring. It was another first level test. She also had one in the afternoon and then two in the morning the next day. They were all tests, she wasn't going to do any freestyles until the next show.

She placed fourth in her next class and fifth in her afternoon class. The next day, in her first classed she placed sixth and then placed third in her last class. Elara was doing very well and Amy had another show the next weekend.

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Amy was happy and tired at the end of the show. She packed up all her stuff and loaded it into John's trailer to bring Ellie home. The mare had been calm the whole time, you wouldn't think it was her first show. At the next show, she was going to compete in the five -year-old division and at first level.

Amy gave Amy a break day after the show but went out to visit her. She went into Elli's large, grassy paddock. There were trees in the far right corner with full green foliage that gave shade to Ellie. Amy saw the mare standing under the trees eating grass. Her grulla coat was shiny and her tail was full and curly; she had a roached mane. She stood silently at the gate and watched her mare eat peacefully. The mare had a very well-muscled neck and back now from all her training. She didn't look full mustang to Amy, she was going to ask John about that. She also had too much fetlock to be full mustang-Amy had to keep clipping it off. It was fairly early in the morning so the sun wasn't high in the sky and it was cool. The fences of the ranch were wood, which Amy liked. Love filled Amy, she felt she had chosen the perfect horse. She walked over to Elara and she looked up, chomping on some grass. She gave a quiet nicker and continued eating. Amy brushed her hand along her smooth coat. The mare snorted, she was content. It was moments like this that Amy loved best. As she stood there, the question hit her: Why do I compete with her in dressage? Why do I compete in dressage? What is the point? Amy thought about this. I do it because I want to show people that I can do what though? Be better than them? I only started because Sandra made me, it was at that stable I lost that love for riding. Maybe I don't want to compete. I know how good we can be and I want to prove to Sandra that Elara doesn't suck. But what do I want to do? I want to just be with Elara, treat her fairly, communicate with her...naturally. Do I want to do natural horsemanship? No, not really, I want to ride her. Ahhhhhhhhhhhhaaaaaaaa! I know!!! It was something Amy never realized before.

Next part coming soon...probably with pictures too! So far it's about 3700 words.

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So now I've put it in a word document and I'm setting it out in chapters. When the story is done I'll post it from the beginning, edited with chapters.Photo's will be coming soon in the next part of the story. It's now about 4700 words. I'm going to start making it a better quality of writing too. I've sort of been slacking off

Amy did not want to do competitive dressage anymore. She knew she could bring Elara to higher levels and she didn't want to do something just to spite Sandra; she wanted to do what she really wanted to do: classical dressage. Amy did not know of any classical dressage trainers in Alberta, never mind Canada; or even in North America. Maybe she could go to a few clinics if any trainers came near. It would have to be a learning experience for both her and Elara.

“We’re gunna try something new Ellie” said Amy. “Now I’m going to go ask John your real breed.”

Chapter Seven:

Amy walked over the the ranch house where John was. She knocked on the door and John answered.

“Oh, Hi Amy!” he said

“Hi John, can I talk to you about Elara? She asked.

“Ya, sure come on it” He replied, quite confused by this. Amy walked into the small living room and sat down on the couch. “So what is it you would like to know?” he asked.

“Is Elara full mustang?” she asked.

“I’m not sure, it’s what she looks like to me, but I’m no specialist on breeds. I thought that brand she had was a mustang brand” said John.
“Where did you get her?” asked Amy, she was now more convinced that Elara wasn’t a mustang at all.

“I got her at an auction for $200 along with a gelding last year” he said.

“So there isn’t really a way to find out, unless that brand can tell us, do you know anyone who knows a lot about branding?” she asked.

“Yes, I’ll call him up right now, he lives only ten minutes away” Said John as he grabbed the phone. As he was dialling the number he said to Amy “I never though of checking into her breed”. He called his friend Doug Millar to come over and in a few minutes he was driving up the drive way. He was in an old, green pick up truck that he had to slam the door to close.

“Hey John!” he said.

“Hey Doug, Amy’s just gone to get her horse, we’d like you to have a look at her brand”Said John.

“ Well I sure do know a lot about brands” he replied.

Amy brought her mare over and introduced herself. Then Doug looked at the brand for a good two minutes, as if he was trying to remember something.

He said “Why Amy, you’ve got yourself a fine horse. She’s got Spanish bloodlines straight from Spain. She may only be half, but she looks full Andalusian to me. I’d say she’s registered full andalusian. She’s worth over twenty thousand dollars, this brand is from one of the best breeders in Spain. “ said John.

“But I thought that andalusians didn’t come in Grulla” said amy

“She is no grulla, she is grey. She has no dorsal stripe and her ears are light” said Doug. “How did you get your hands on her John?.

John was staring at Doug with his mouth gaping open is surprise. “Well I-I g-got her at an auction for two hundred dollars”

“Ya cudda made lotsa money of this one. Amy you’re very lucky to have this horse”. Said Doug

When Amy got home she told her parents about the news and that she was going to do Classical dressage and that it was perfect. She was overjoyed and exited. As she was telling them in the living room she saw that something was wrong. They were just looking at her and as she looked at them she saw them look down.

“What’s wrong?” Amy asked. She was very alarmed. “Mom, Dad what’s wrong??”
“We are very disappointed in you Amy. How could you take advantage of John like that? We could have paid full price for that horse. He just called and told use about this little scheme you had to get her for such a low price”

“What???” yelled Amy. “I Bought her thinking she was a poorly bred mustang! I still have the ad with me. I’ll go get it”

She went to the room and got the ad and showed it to her parents and said “I seriously thought she was a mustang. John is the one who is lying, he just wants the money from this mare because he wasn’t smart enough to check her brand. If I could afford her why wouldn’t I pay for it? You trust me more than that..don’t you?”

“Amy” said her mom, “we believe you, I’m sorry we doubted you. I see what is going on now and I want you and your horse to move stables immediately”.

Amy was both angry and relieved. She was glad her parents believed her but she couldn’t believe what John was doing.

“I’ll go look at some stables right now” said Amy.

Chapter Eight:

Amy searched for stables in her area, hopefully one that was still close to home. She was on her laptop in her bedroom. She found a few stables that she liked called Stony Brook Farms and Pine Ridge Stables. She had already heard about these stables, they were quite nice but they were really big, lesson stables that were farther north near the city. She really liked small private stables. Amy lived out of the city in a very large house and she had acres and acres of land. That was when the thought hit her, why shouldn’t she just keep the mare on her land. She could buy a few retired horses and keep them as buddies for Elara, or maybe even another horse to train-maybe a few rescues.

She jumped up from her chair and yelled “MOM! DAD! Can I keep her here?”

“What is that stable called?” Her mom replied from the kitchen.

“No, HERE, on our property!” said Amy.

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