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post #11 of 39 Old 07-10-2012, 12:48 AM
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Definately BEN
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post #12 of 39 Old 07-10-2012, 12:54 AM Thread Starter
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Aghhh, I just don't know...Emmy is a keeper, that is for sure, but I thinks NEEDS to get out and have someone else work with her, she is to reactive for me.

All this is complicated by the fact that I am going to be laid up for a while after the middle of next month with knee surgery
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post #13 of 39 Old 07-10-2012, 12:58 AM
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I wish I were there, I'd ride a girl for ya! I'm adding Canada to the short list on my moving out of this steam bath called Louisiana.
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I also would say to stick with Ben. If the trainer wants Willow she can buy her. I don't think either mare has any more potential than Ben other than being prettier. I actually think typey horses have more trouble in Dressage than the big guys as they lack the carrying power behind. In the end that means a lot more than pretty.
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ROFL, Cakemom, it is HOT up here to, but not as bad as you guys, and probably less humidity
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I don't think that keeping the horse that fits you now resigns you to staying at the weight you're at. It doesn't matter what horse you ride, you always feel that you look better when you're slimmer (at least, I do!).

Try thinking of it like this: You buy a wedding dress 4 sizes too small, intending to go on a massive diet. Life gets in the way, surgery means no exercise, etc. Not only do you feel bad because you can't wear the dress you spent so much money on, now you have to buy a new dress. But if you buy a dress that fits you now, and you lose a bunch of weight, you're still going to look fantastic because the money you already planned to invest in your tailoring is going to make the dress fit you like a glove!

So the horse that fits you now, will fit you just as well, and have the training you already planned to invest in if you lose the weight. No guilt if you don't, because the horse will fit you better after the trainer, regardless of your size.
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post #18 of 39 Old 07-10-2012, 11:11 AM Thread Starter
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There is also the fact that Ben knows zero squat nothing....

I think that for now I can keep them all, it's just trying to decide who will benefit most, and who will give me the best return on the training investment...

Ben, really needs a couple of months, get him going and usable, at the moment he is barely started.

Emmy, just needs a refresher and exposure to some new stuff.

Willow is ready to rock and roll, so doesn't come into the trainer equation.
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post #19 of 39 Old 07-10-2012, 11:25 AM
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Losing the lbs can take years but isnt impossible. I used myfitnesspal its an app on my iphone and helps track calories. It was a blessing! I also did some Cardio, which really helped too.
Can't you send Ben to the trainer? I sent my boy for 45 days and he is a whole new horse. He knows a whole lot more and it was well worth the money.
I really like Ben but if you know you can lose that weight and your motivated enough for willow then put your effort into her.
Best of luck:)
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post #20 of 39 Old 07-10-2012, 11:56 AM
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Personally, to me, I think you look as great on Willow as you do on Ben. She doesn't look to small for you to me. She looks like she's maybe a slimmer build with a shorter back than Ben? Looking at the video and the picture Willow only looks a little bit smaller than Ben when undersaddle. The way you look on a horse isn't the be all and end all...I'm 5'11" with a solid build and I rode my 14.2 (ish) pony for the longest time and we competed successfully. I was always told that we couldn't work because I didn't fit on him. We did FEI Juniors and up to 4th level together into the 60 % range. If you are comfortable on the horse, don't let someone tell you that you aren't matched well! A good trainer should be willing to work with any size, shape, breed of horse you present them with I think.

It sounds like you really feel that Ben would benefit from the trainer the most, but it also sounds like the trainer wants Willow more which is holding you back. Maybe I'm wrong though. I agree that what you learn on Ben from the trainer can be applied to both Willow and Emmy, you might just have to tweak it for them!

I read that Emmy needs a couple refresher miles, and that Willow is basically good to go as well but that Ben is the greenie of the bunch. I would suggest keeping the two you are most comfortable on for now, and sending the one you are least confident on to the trainer. Or, if you can be confident on the greener horse and are looking to make a turn around on the training investment by selling the horse to take the one with the most promise to the trainer and allow her to make a more sellable horse (if this is what you are wanting to do).
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