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post #1 of 5 Old 05-24-2011, 10:09 AM Thread Starter
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Sorry I have been MIA ~ Update on whats new with me and the ponies!

Why I have been MIA

Hey friends...
So I have been trying to raise my grades before applying to some Nursing programs and I think I finally did it this semester. I am waiting to find out my grade. I have been very busy with work (12 hour shifts at the hospital) and school and the horses of course. Not to mention show season started and I photograph some of the local Hunter/jumper shows in my area. So busy busy busy.....

The horses.
Well many of you all know that I decided to sell my beautiful TB mare Candi. I did so right at the end of March and her new owner really really loves her. She has nicknammed her "Candita". When she found out all of her blood lines she was over excited as she knows the sire produces excellent jumpers! She calls me every now and again to tell me about Candi and how happy she is with her.

Since Candi left I have been looking and searching for a new horse to buy. Well.....I decided not to spend the money at this time on a big fancy horse as I am hoping to get into nursing school and would rather have a lesser fancy horse to ride train and show occasionally while I work on my carrer. Sometimes I feel we have to wait to have the bigger prise. I just couldnt feel comfortable trying to maintain a real nice horse in full time training when I may not have as much time to be a part of all that while in RN school. So it makes more sense to have a lesser type horse that can go without full time training etc etc.

That being said....there is a woman at my barn who has two horses. One of them is 1/2 Lusitano and 1/2 Hanovarian. He is 6 years old and had no formal training EVER when I pulled him out of pasture a couple months ago and started working with him. His trot and canter or fine for what I am looking for but unfortunately his walk isnt that great but i can live with it.
He was broke and rideable but not so much in shape and still very green.
None-the-less I took him under my wing and started riding him and working with him on the ground. Speaking of his ground manners they were completely and totally non-existent! He was kicky when you touched his feet for picking and had never had polo's or boots on them. Never had shoes in his life and the list goes on at infinitum!

So in the past few months I have worked hard with him and he now stand quietly while tied or cross-tied and being groomed. He stands nicely for the farrier. He is quiet while haveing his legs clipped and we are working on his muzzle.

Undersaddle he has learned a ton in a short while. I ride him about 5 times a week and some days when I am unable to ride one of the 5 days my trainer rides him. I also take a couple lessons a week on him. He was so unbalanced but has come so far that I may show him in the June dressage show if they dont cancel it due to EHV-1 in the neighboring states.

I am considering purchasing him for a next to nothing price and I have already had the vet do some x-rays and I will schedule the rest of the vet check now that I am out of school. Going to college at my age and working 3 twelve hour shifts a week doesnt leave a great deal of time to schedule things...but now we can breathe a bit since college is out for the summer.

Let me load you some photos of him and I. His Name is "Zulu" He is about 16.1 and 1/2 hands. He is very willing and trainable and will make a great young riders horse in a few years when I am done with Nursing school and ready to purchase the fancy horse I have always wanted.

The first photo is about 10 days out of pasture. Needing feet trimmed and all that good stuff.
The round pen shots are from around april 21st and the riding photo is from April 6th. He has come soo very far since those photos were all taken I probably need someone to take more photos. I have some video's of him but they dont do him justice as they are from the beginging of our working together.

Well......that is the scoop with me. Sorry to have been MIA for so long but sometimes you got to "hunker down" and get the most important things done like school...haha..

I will try to get some new photo's of Zulu and I in the next few weeks.

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post #2 of 5 Old 05-24-2011, 11:06 AM
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You sure have been MIA here on HF. Glad to see you back :) You know what I already think since we talk on FB, and I love ya. <3

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post #3 of 5 Old 05-24-2011, 12:33 PM
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Yeah, I was thinking other week I havn't seen you here for quite a while. Sorry you had to sell Candi - she was a lovely mare. Hopefully new horse will work out for you wonderfully.

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post #4 of 5 Old 05-24-2011, 04:23 PM
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What a tank! great to see you back!

You know what holding off getting another horse, is the best thing I have ever done. After I sold my gelding, for quite some time I debated getting another horse, but ended up holding off. Once you get into school you will be so busy with your school work, and your other life requirements, you will then really see that holding off getting another horse was the best thing to do.

I love horses, but to be honest, I could not imagine having one again in the near future. To much time, to much work and I enjoy the extra cash I have to spend on family or many other things. We are able to go on trips and vacations and treat ourselves quite a bit and really enjoying that lifestyle.

Thats absolutely fantastic you are able to ride another horse in the mean time, one you have no official commitment over, that you can adapt to the time you want to invest in it. Keep us posted with more pictures of him. He's quite the horse!

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post #5 of 5 Old 05-25-2011, 09:01 AM Thread Starter
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I so missed being on HF I just have been sooooo insanely busy.

My2Geldings I am actually considering purchasing this gelding because he i total low maintance. I am only holding off on getting a fancy horse until I am out of college and have my nursinng degree. Sometimes we have to make sacrifices to get to the bigger goals in life and this is just a small sacrifce.

This gelding makes great sense for while I am in college. He is totally easy and wouldnt suffer dearly for missing some ride time or training sessions. Where a nice horse I plan to show through the levels would need to always be in training as would I.

So right now I am still testing him out since it costs less...haha..just holding out for a while.

The weather here cannot make up its mind as to if it wants to be spring summer or winter. The temps are so out of wack. One day its 78 and then next day it only gets to 40 and rains and snows. ARG- I am tired of it and ready for it to stay warm.

Not to mention we are going through a huge ordeal here in the west with the EHV-1 virus outbreak and many shows are either on hold or canceled.

This means I may not show in June which I am totally okay with because I think Zulu will do so much better at training level with more time....

well. off to surf HF for a while...
Thanks for reading in on what be going on with me!!
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