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post #11 of 19 Old 11-17-2012, 11:54 PM Thread Starter
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Thanks :)

I do know of the risks, Strawberry, hence, me not going for it *lol* I still hate to see a good, healthy horse going to slaughter. Ah well ... January, I'll be fully into the search (if I regain my confidence by then, if not, it'll be later in the year. But SOMEtime, I'll get my own horse...).

I have not heard of Eric Horgan before, but am looking over his website right now.

I am VERY tempted to just let a couple of thousand bucks fly to try and get to some clinic of one of the top trainers / riders of the United States, somewhere around (any Recommendations?).
Just to get a feel for: What is it now, that I am doing right, and what is it, that I am doing wrong.
My riding is messed up. 20 years I have spent learning the basics of riding in a very yo-yo way. Due to the fact that I moved house so often, I never stayed with a trainer for longer than 2 years and every 2 years, I was told to unlearn everything I had learned before. So every 2 years (roughly), I learned riding from scratch and now I am so messed up, that I don't even know anymore what's right and what's wrong...

And thanks for the confidence. I think it's not for nothing, that Germany has been mingling on the top over the last decades on every single world championship, olympic games, etc. ... but unfortunately, just becuase I was born and raised there, automatically makes me a good rider *lol* I wish it would work that easily ;)
I love the Germany style, too, and the importance they put on riding from the Core, the hips, etc. ... but it has been so long, that by now, I really don't know what to believe anymore - and that is a horribly discouraging feeling...

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post #12 of 19 Old 11-18-2012, 09:13 PM
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some of my favorite clinicians are: Lendon Gray, Eric Horgan, and Jan Ebeling. My absolute most favorite ever is Eric Horgan, and he knows it! The farm that I live on is his exclusive Maine location for all clinics. So I see him usually 6 or so times a year. Very nice guy. If you can find a dressage association that hosts clinics with him in your area I would definitely go for it. Jan Ebeling is also great, and Lendon Gray is great too. It's too bad that you're so far away, because my trainer is about as good as they come! (of course I am biased a little ) Please keep us posted on your horse search and on your training! It would be great to see your progress!
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I cannot wait to get a) more training and b) get to some clinicians. That being said, I did state I would want to wait till January and February really taking time to find "my" horse... Teehee... but didn't make the bill without my best riding friends.

On Tuesday afternoon, my BFF called me and sent me an ad to a horse 7 hours drive away from us with the words "he'd be PERFECT!"
I looked at the ad and the first thing I saw was "Arab" ... Forget it, I'm not gonna do a crazy hot head...
The second thing I read were the details:

- 2nd level Dressage
- 14 years old
- smart
- safe for intermediate rider
- temper 6/10 (yep, too hot)

So, in the end we still drove down there on Wednesday to try him out.
Well, what can I say. My trainer rode him, then I rode him, and between the three of us there was HUGE miscommunication on how to ride him.
BFF (who owns an arab) told me: Ride light, like you would ride mine. Little leg, only seat, no rein.
The horse was confused (and so was I ) and we went no where.

Then the owner let fly that he was trained by a German Dressage Rider. I started to grin. My trainer started to laugh, got back on him and rode him with everything we had (leg, seat, reins, etc.). He was rusty as he hadn't been ridden in ages but after a few moments, his ears went forward/sideways and his hole expression changed to "Thank god, she knows what she's doing, I know where I have to be now" and worked SOOOO well...

So I got back on and rode him the way I used to ride and lo and behold we got the most amazing gaits out of him.
It just flowed and we worked together

He walked after me like a puppy-dog when I led him to "dry and cool out" through the arena and then back to the pasture and is very much content to be cuddled.
Well :) in further speech I heard that he used to be a performer at "Arabian Nights", knows how to do bow on command and react to body clues ad liberty and that he was regularly dressage ridden as well.
My trainer said, there is at least a 2nd level horse in there and the way he reacted once she "figured him out" there is at least a 3rd/4th level horse in the making if age does not get in the way. He's 14 now.

This is going to be the longest week ever ! I'm bringing him home in a week and he'll be with my trainer for the first 4 weeks (the time I'll be in Europe) and she'll ride him regularly and get his stamina back up.

For your viewing experience, here is a video of my boy straight from Arabian nights:

PS: His mane and tail are naturally black - they died it for the show.
PPS: I'm considering maybe a new barn name for him (Forevernight is very cumbersome) :c) I'll gladly take ideas :c)

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post #14 of 19 Old 11-23-2012, 02:54 PM
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WOW! How cool is it to find a horse w/lots of training & knows your cues right off? I am so thrilled for you-now you will be wanting to get back home from your trip to see your new horse-LOL. He is beautiful-how long ago was the video made? You said he hadn't been ridden in awhile.

For some reason, the name Hero jumps out at me. But I'm sure there will be more suggestions soon.
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post #15 of 19 Old 11-23-2012, 03:34 PM Thread Starter
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I'm telling you, it's going to be the longest week - and then the longest month EVER ! :P *LOL* I mean .. wow...

The video was made in 2010. He had not been ridden since May this year :)
I'm so excited and can't wait to learn from and then with him ! SO counting the hours / days
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Well now I'm even more envious. Congratulations. What a lovely boy. Since I presume he's registered, do you know his pedigree. Just interested since I had Arabians, many moons ago.

By today's standards, he's still very young. My daughter just put her well over 30 year old Arabian, to sleep.

Names which came to mind, were...
Remus. (I used to ride a lovely black horse by that name in England, when I was young)

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He is beautiful!!

I think you will shorten his name all on your own, like I usually don't say Jesse Jane, we say JJ or Jess. Skippy we call skip. What about FORrest or EVan.

F.E.N. (just say Fen) could be an option too... Or Fenway (like the baseball park)
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Originally Posted by FeatheredFeet View Post
Since I presume he's registered, do you know his pedigree. Just interested since I had Arabians, many moons ago.
Haha :) No need to be envious. I promise I'll share our adventures together and report meticulously on our doings and undoings ;)

As for his pedigree - yes, he is Registered. On his Sire's side he is a Bask* / Gdansk descendant, his Dam was a Half-Saddlebred in the Sultan line. I don't have the papers with me yet, but will have them when I pick him up.

He himself is registered with the AHA as a half-arab (though he technically is 3/4) and as a National Show Horse (he is not gaited though).

Yes, Lizzy, shortening the names will most likely happen as we go along. Like with my cats. They have named themselves and are mostly called "Hey you, get away from the ham" nowadays :P ...

I just wished the time would go by faaaaaaster... *groan* ...
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post #19 of 19 Old 11-23-2012, 10:49 PM
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YAY! I'm so excited for you! What an awesome find. Arabs are lovely. Congratulations :)

I liked the suggestion of Fen for a name. Short, sweet and different *nod nod*
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