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        09-15-2012, 05:18 AM
      #2061
    Green Broke
    I don't know Nyx. Horses are weird. Rosie has random white hairs all through her coat, and a couple of really concentrated spots. Bay/brown/black horses also seem to lighten/darken with seasonal changes.
         
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        09-15-2012, 09:50 AM
      #2062
    Green Broke
    Looks like roaning to me. But usually that starts at one end I thought. I would post it in the color section so the color geniuses can help you.
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        09-15-2012, 09:52 AM
      #2063
    Weanling
    She is quite young still, right? There is a chance (though I would have thought she would be much farther along by now, if she was going to) she will completely grey out and turn into a fleabitten grey. Fleabitten greys are born darker colours (like bay or black) and every year they get progressively whiter. It's hard to say for sure, though! I'd post her in the "colours" section and see what people with more experience than me have to say!
         
        09-15-2012, 07:15 PM
      #2064
    Yearling
    Just a couple pics of the girls from a few days ago.They're getting very chubby on their new pasture.. :)
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        09-16-2012, 06:46 AM
      #2065
    nyx
    Weanling
    Hmm Yeh I posted it in there too. :) she is a weirdo and now looking at her today that dapling looks like darker hair comin through now. But I took off her coat one day and just BAM 1000 little white hairs lol
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        09-16-2012, 07:08 AM
      #2066
    Green Broke
    How is everyone today?

    I'm moving house tomorrow.
         
        09-16-2012, 09:58 AM
      #2067
    Green Broke
    Aww Country they are adorable. Your horses are so photogenic.

    Apparently I can't handle a day of easy drinking lol. Had a bachlorette party yesterday that started with the Twins baseball game then we went on a pedal pub. Started drinking at around 1-130 and by the time I made it back to the girls house at 830 I passed out. We picked up my dog on the way back so every now and then I would wake up and hear her little tags on her collar running around haha everyone loves her. It was fun though.

    Where are you moving Saskia?
         
        09-16-2012, 10:09 AM
      #2068
    Green Broke
    Just about 2km down the road. But I have to pack everything
         
        09-16-2012, 10:37 AM
      #2069
    Green Broke
    Yea I hate packing. We have to move soon now too but we have a whole apartment full of stuff to pack with furniture and everything. And trying to find an affordable place that allows dogs is not easy.
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        09-16-2012, 12:44 PM
      #2070
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    Hello, all!

    I hope your moving goes well, Saskia!

    And what lovely mares you have, countryryder! If I was to get myself a paint horse, I'd look for somebody just like them. :)

    A barnmate of mine who is a very experienced rider and often gives me good advice, rode Snickers today. She worked on impulsion and flexing laterally & at the poll. We tried an LG bridle on him for the first time (generally works like an English hackamore, but with an option to switch from a softer to a bit harsher leverage). I've been riding him mostly in a rope halter and recently more in a soft English sidepull. Wow, he did so good! He's a passive dominant type and likes being heavy against the type of pressure a sidepull or a rope halter gives, and compared with that he was so much more responsive in a hackamore!

    It really reminded on how we work from the ground - if I go for dominant pressure that is steady and gradually just increasing, he becomes heavy and passive. If, on the other hand, I go for leading pressure, giving one slight cue and after that - a quick, precise and light tap to remind him to be with me if he hasn't given me a response, he is overall responsive and light.

    My barnmate has given me the chance to use her hackamore until I get mine if I choose to. I've been thinking about a S-hackamore and I really liked how Snickers responded to the leverage, but my flatmate (a dressage rider) gave her 2 cents that I'm doing a typical "let's switch to a harsher bit!" behavior and that he will soon learn to become heavy against a hack, too. So, what are your thoughts? Should I stay with a sidepull if I see that my horse could benefit for a hack, just because switching to something harsher is not the answer, or should I switch for a while, because the harshness is in the hands, not the tools?
         

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