So I have been working Ivy the last 45 days at least 5 days a week, we are getting ready so that when she goes to the trainers she can be as prepared as possible.
Groundwork is excellent. Lunging is still broncy at first if she's feeling great, but she gets down to business pretty quick. Her showmanship is getting pretty good with the basics, and she is packing the french link snaffle (FINALLY!) loosely bitted up comfortably.
BUT, I have been freaking out over her size. She still seems so small and narrow, and I am 5'8 and 140 lbs. 15'3 is what I need for my all-around horse on the circuit. And I seriously doubted she was going to make it... so seriously, that I decided I would not devote the winter to getting her ready for the trainers, nor spend the 90 days fee to get back a horse that simply wasn't going to be tall enough .
I started talking to local breeders about the perfect prospect, and decided to list her on equinenow and craigslist as well as put the word out locally. So I did, today.
THEN I measured her tonight after our session, as well as I could with a tape measure and a stick, with her standing on concrete- she is 61 at the withers and 63 at the hip! She has grown 3 inches in 5 months!! No wonder I am throwing feed at her and she still looks so narrow ... it doesn't help when she stands next to Whiskey, who is a tank and last measured at 15.3 though I haven't measured her since spring (she's four).
She turns 3 on Feb 21. I am feeling much more confident about her hitting 15.2 and hopeful for the magical 15.3. She'll never be a tank like Whiskey, but now I am feeling much more hopeful