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post #1 of 5 Old 08-02-2008, 08:14 PM Thread Starter
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Had a FANTASTIC Day! (horse.com refugee here)

For those who don't know me I am a horse.com refugee,There I am known as All4grace.
I own a 6yr old standardbred mare and a old as dirt donkey that my sister rescued last Oct. I live in Southern Cali with my sister and her family as I am her live in Nanny.
We have 5 horse all together.
Gracie:My 6yr old stb mare
Hazel: my sisters 12yr old stb mare
Ginger: my nephews 6yr old paint pony
Sunny: my nieces punky shetland pony
And
Hope: my old as dirt rescue donkey.


Today I got on Gracie for the first time in over a month. She has been maintaining soundness and I figured today was as good a day as any. My sister hitched Hazel up to the new cart and I saddle Grace up and gave her a quick lunge to make sure she was still sound and see her frame of mind.
Now Gracie is known to be a NOT SO GOOD trail horse. She is so excited and geared up she can be a bit of an idiot out there. Anyway, my sister waited for us out front while I check for lamness in Gracie. She gave am a little trouble with standing while I mounted but she finally stood still while I swung me leg over. At first I thought it was going to be one of our typical trail rides as Gracie wasn't walking forward and was just being a pillhead. With some encouragement she finally walked down the driveway and off we went. Within minutes she was calmly walking next to the cart on loose rein!!! Yes, I said it! LOOSE REIN!!! The entire ride she was calm and cool.

She even walked through a few puddles without doing a circus pony routine! At that I almost fell off her in pure shock!!
When my sister asked Hazel into a trot, Gracie waited for my cue and went into a pace!! WHAT WAIT! Lol
I sat back pushed her forward and got the trot back!

Apparently being out with the cart brought back memories of the track and she felt the need to pace everytime Hazel trotted! OUCH! Her pace is not comfy! But she went right back into the trot when I asked her too! She was sound, forward, on the bit and it felt INCREDIABLE!!

I also found out the my trainer expressed interest in buying Gracie if I chose to sell her. I know she will get fantastic training then be sold to a show home or at least a home where she will get consistant work.
I am hoping that tomorrow she will still be sound and therefore will eliminate the fear that my weight was the issue with her lameness.

Ok, now that I typed your ears off. I will go! But I can not contain me excitment on having such a wonderful ride on her after dealing with such a tough n go situation!

*All4grace**

In Loving memory of Leah the STB and Hope the Donkey. Hope to see you over the rainbow.
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post #2 of 5 Old 08-03-2008, 12:58 AM
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All4Grace that's awsome! I'm crossing my fingers everything looks good tomorrow.
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post #3 of 5 Old 08-03-2008, 01:05 AM
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Excellent day!!!! Sounds like it was a great one. Looking forward to hearing more of your adventures.

Unless it weighs a ton... it's just a horse. Draft horse motto.
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post #4 of 5 Old 08-03-2008, 11:08 AM
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Grace,
Sounds like a great day for you guys.
Hope all works out well for you.
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post #5 of 5 Old 08-03-2008, 12:48 PM
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That is fabulous, sounds like Grace is doing so well...and even going thru the puddles....that's awesome!! Are you really thinking of selling her?
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