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        01-13-2013, 02:00 PM
      #2721
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    Beautiful appies! We don't have them here in Latvia, but Snickers sometimes tries to be one in the winter, when snow sticks to his butt.

    I posted lots of new pictures in my picture thread, thought that maybe someone would enjoy seeing them. :) - Moving to a new home
         
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        01-13-2013, 02:32 PM
      #2722
    Yearling
    Absolutely LOVE some of those new pics,Saranda!

    I have some rather exciting news to share,but later this afternoon,when I have some pictures to go with the news. :)
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        01-13-2013, 02:33 PM
      #2723
    Super Moderator
    Oooh, is it a new horse, is it, is it??? :)
         
        01-13-2013, 09:39 PM
      #2724
    Yearling
    However did you guess? Lol

    Yes,I have taken a little bit of a gamble and purchased another horse.
    First,a little back story..I have always found the American Saddlebred quite fascinating;their history,charisma,personality,there's just something about them..When I was quite a bit younger,I spent time at a small barn that raised Saddlebreds and Georgian Grandes,so I got to do alot of riding and working with them.Fell in love and have wanted one ever since.A mare,with good conformation,excellent bloodlines,and the big,comfy movement that I enjoyed so much when riding them.I've been keeping my eyes open throughout the years,but of course they are EXTREMELY expensive here in AB,plus there's not alot around (although there's starting to be quite a demand for them here),so it's just been one of those things you kind of dream about,but never think will ever happen.Well,a few weeks ago,I came across an ad for a 4 yr. Old registered mare with an excellent pedigree,nicely built,and that big movement,just what I was looking for.But,price was way over the budget I had set for myself,so didn't think any more of it. Time passes,and then a girl I know who trains and shows ASBs mentions to me that she knows of a lady who had a really nice mare that she bred to a great stud a few years ago,and this lady was needing to sell the now 4 yr. Old baby due to health issues and a job change,and I could probably get a steal of a deal on this young mare.Contacted the lady,and turns out the horse for sale was the same one in the ad I had seen! So,went to see her,and bought her,for a LOT less than the asking price and what she is worth.
    Now,she has a few issues,which was the gamble part I mentioned,but hopefully my gamble will pay off with some proper training and time. The issues are mainly linked to the fact that she has never really been taught to respect people;she was the lady's "baby",and I'm guessing she's gotten away with alot of stuff that she never should have been allowed to get away with,from the way she acts.No manners,pushy,and at times gets a little aggressive if asked to do something she doesn't want to,stuff like that.She is friendly though,and seems very smart,so I'm hoping she will quickly catch on to how things should be.She's halter broke,sort of,but that's about it. She's definitely going to be a different type of challenge then what I'm used to dealing with,but hopefully it will all turn out well,and she'll turn out to be the great riding horse and broodmare that I've always wanted.


    So,meet Attache's Queen Of Hearts,or Juno.
    She's by Attache's Legacy and out of Night Ride Home,lots of great horses in those lines..Pics aren't that great;camera wasn't working properly in the cold,it was almost dark,and the lens kept fogging..
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        01-13-2013, 11:49 PM
      #2725
    Weanling
    Congrats & best of luck CountryRyder! She's a pretty girl.

    So, I've posted here once or twice but I'm all over the forum lately trying to learn everything I can... I purchased my first horse about a month ago after so many years and years and years of riding, leasing and lessons. Jax is a registered Arabian who has been used as a western pleasure (and some hunter flat) horse, showing competitively for many years before he came to me for (hopefully competitive) trails and some casual WP showing. Mostly, he's my first horse.

    After a not-so-great ride yesterday, we had a FANTASTIC ride today and I decided that we would ride a short trail around the property as a reward. Well, we are just coming up to the road to our barn and suddenly, Jax picks up a trot. He doesn't usually rush home, but thinking that's what it was, I asked him to "ho," which he did, but only with a little dancing in place. Out in AZ I am always paranoid about cacti, so I hop off and he is antsy but holds still just long enough for me to feel his legs... nothing wrong... I make my way around to his off-side and lo-and-behold, there is a piece of Cholla cactus the size of my fist stuck on his flank! Aaaand because we were just doing the loop around the property, I didn't bring my bag, ie. No comb!

    Well, this being my first cactus-in-the-flank, at first I tried to pick it off and that didn't go well for either of us; he threw a little kick and trotted off away from me back down the trail, I yell at him to "ho" and he turns around with this "mooooom help me!" look, so we hand-walk back to the barn while he is throwing trot-bucks at this cactus every once in a while in frustration. Finally we get back, and I stand back and after three swipes with the comb (and a few avoided mini-kicks) it comes off and he lets me pick out the remaining spines like nothing ever happened. I felt so bad for my boy! But after his misbehaving for a few days, I was so relieved that he looked to me for help and actually behaved quite well, considering. I was mostly glad that he wouldn't buck or kick with me on his back, and that he let me look after him when he was in pain.

    Tldr; cacti suck and I'm a mushy new horse mom!
         
        01-14-2013, 12:38 AM
      #2726
    Yearling
    Yikes,glad I don't have to deal with cacti where I ride,that stuff's nasty!
    Sounds like your boy is learning to trust you pretty well though.. :)
         
        01-14-2013, 10:26 AM
      #2727
    Foal
    Saranda. Your horse is so beautiful and I love the riding gear. Very elegant.

    Countryryder congrats on the new horse looking forward to hear about her training.


    Its been slow in Pennsylvania with all this rain and no riding. BUT I got this Antill saddle I want to try on my mare and I hope its not to small for me. I ride in my sister/moms saddles all the time which are mainly 17.5 or so but this is like a 16 so im hoping it will fit me since the 17 is a bit big for me. Ill have to post pics later. Arwin my chubby mare needs to gain some muscle so im hoping this saddle will work for us. I've been looking for one for way to long and I still would like to get a wintec jumping saddle for her in the long run. I love synthetic saddles and because of the lack of space in my room I rather have them stay at the barn and be an easy clean.

    Hope everyone is well and has better weather than im getting.
         
        01-14-2013, 11:28 AM
      #2728
    Weanling
    I'm so excited my horse is getting 30 days and being trailered down to me at college from a close friend. And he bought me a round alfalfa bail to bring me too. So lucky:) and I'm going to start ranch rodeo team too, eee
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        01-14-2013, 01:03 PM
      #2729
    Foal
    Ah I just had to say how fun that there's a whole thread for 20 somethings! I usually end up feeling too old or too young on other forums...LOL.

    Really like that Saddlebred mare, countryryder! She looks like a blast!
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        01-14-2013, 04:11 PM
      #2730
    Yearling
    Thanks,Silhuette! She's got some issues,but she is one nice mare!

    I seem to be having a population explosion of horses lately! First Missy came home,and then I buy Lena so she'll have a buddy and because I was looking for a good trail horse/broodmare for further down the road,and I like to raise and train them myself.Then I bought Juno when I wasn't planning on another horse at that particular time,but hey,couldn't pass on that when who knows if I'd ever get another chance.And now,I got a phone call this morning from my old boss,at the horse ranch where I used to work.It's been a few years since I worked there,but they still owed me a decent amount in wages. They've been having financial issues,among other things,and I knew that,so I wasn't too sure if I'd ever get paid or not. So,he says that they don't have the cash to settle up with me,but they would do a free breeding to my Paint mare,plus give me a weanling filly,in payment instead! Suddenly I have horses coming out my ears,lol. Thank God I ordered extra hay this year,and my parents and the neighbors are good about letting me use/rent some of their pasture. Come summer,I'll have to sell somebody,but I'll make that decision later.So,yeah,horsey explosion! :)
         

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