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post #891 of 29437 Old 03-18-2012, 06:28 PM
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Mel: so Pip is a TWH? Gorgous! I actually found some people willing to share gaited secrets online with me. Then I went to a saddle fitter who raises Peruvians. Between all these people and the TON of reading I have done (and youtube) I have gotten my horse to gait. I would much rather trot and pace, but that just means laziness since gaiting is hard work! I have been invited to go to a western dressage with gaited horses next sat. I don't know if I can go because I have a farrier coming and hubby can't hold horses and watch kids!

I looked specifically for a TWH because they are supposed to be so calm and gentle around children. Mine is gentle enough, but very spooky about everything! He does a 180 rather than looking at whatever. Sometimes there is no rhyme or reason that I can see. I hate it when he plants his feet and refuses to move! I think when my kids are old enough, I will have to look for a QH, although I am partial to the TWH now!
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post #892 of 29437 Old 03-18-2012, 06:29 PM
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I meant HE would much rather trot. His trot is aweful!
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post #893 of 29437 Old 03-18-2012, 08:24 PM
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Hoping my horse friends will keep their fingers crossed for me today. In an hour I leave to go pony-shopping about 3 hours away. He is everything I need, just hope that there is the chemistry that I want. He's a little bay quarter-pony, 12 hands, 16 years old, goes western and english, and has already raised 2 families of kids. Sound, sane, and healthy. No vices except that he plays games to be caught sometimes. He needs a new job. We've been looking for a pony for our great-nieces and -nephews to ride when they come visiting, since we have had to recently retire our 31 year old baby-sitter horse due to arthritis (she's earned her rest, don't you think?) Grandkids on the way in about 3-5 years...time to get the pony problem solved! My husband was up at 6 this morning to do his projects so that he could go with me. We're skipping church to be able to get there and back and still have a little daylight left to 'bond' with the little guy before dark. I'm trying not to get too excited but I think the fact that we're hauling the trailer is a clue.

I love going with my hubby on equine adventures So much fun and so much to talk about love it. Hope he's all that and a bag of chips
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post #894 of 29437 Old 03-18-2012, 08:56 PM
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I meant HE would much rather trot. His trot is aweful!
My mare (QH) has the bounciest trot in the world! Quite challenging for this not-so-perfect rider. Canter is lovely, however :)
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post #895 of 29437 Old 03-18-2012, 09:29 PM
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Well, back at home with the new pony. Can't get pics to upload so that's for later. He's a quarter pony/Shetland cross, looks like Shetland in the front with the lovely mane and face, but a quarter horse caboose. Dark bay with the lighter muzzle, and sturdy old-fashioned Shetland legs with feathers. No white except for a little star, and of course his "kids" named him Star 16 years ago so Star he is. His ground manners are good, and his little rider showed him off well today. His only vice is that he requires treats to be caught. Interestingly enough, he will come for one treat and stand while you halter him. So, really, it's not like the old ponies of my youth where you had to trick them. I spent some time in our arena with him, asking him to whoa and allow me to walk up without treats. If he took off, I kept his feet moving until he would stop and stand. Took about 10 times around the arena and then he stopped and turned to me and waited for me to approach. Now he's coming up to me and generally following me like a puppy most of the time, hoping for a random cookie and scratch. Eventually I expect we won't need cookies at all, as it wasn't required after the first few minutes today. He let my husband and our friend walk right up to him, no problems at all.

Tomorrow the vet comes so we'll do the vet check and get him caught up on his teeth and shots and advice on diet so he doesn't get too heavy. Now all we need is a child to ride him!
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would love to see some pictures of your horse

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post #897 of 29437 Old 03-18-2012, 09:59 PM
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Star, the Quarter Pony

Here he is, Star the quarter pony/Shetland cross. These are right after he was unloaded and introduced to the grass in the arena, not good for confo at all and not good to see his pretty face.

He has quite the hay belly, which is less noticeable when he's trotting around the arena. His coat is shedding out by the handsfuls, but what's left is silky soft. He's a cutie. Can't wait to see what the vet says tomorrow, he thinks he's coming to work on 5 horses and I need to call him to tell him to bring the shots and so forth for 6!

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post #898 of 29437 Old 03-18-2012, 10:37 PM
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He is sooooo cute!!! Sounds like he had no problems joining up with you. Doesn't sound hard to catch at all!
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post #899 of 29437 Old 03-18-2012, 10:41 PM
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Thanks, Jenny - I'm hoping that he likes me without treats, too! He had the tables turned on him today; I think in the past they've waited for him to stop. My approach is that *I* decide when he stops... You could just see the wheels turning inside that cute little head!
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post #900 of 29437 Old 03-18-2012, 11:45 PM
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He is a cutie pie.
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