The emails we exchanged:
I looked up the name of my new Thoroughbred, Molly's Cat, and found your video of a horse that looks exactly like mine. Her markings are the same--the stripe and connected star, the front left white spotted coronet. Are you the dressage trainer that bought her off the track and later sold her to a girl named Lindsay?? She sold Molly to me a week ago. The horse is out of Tomorrow's Cat, right? 6 years old now. Will be 7 like May 10th. Won one race. Please message me back; I'd love to know more about her history! Here's the urls of some pictures of her: http://i497.photobucket.com/albums/r...418001138a.jpg http://i497.photobucket.com/albums/r...425002049a.jpg http://i497.photobucket.com/albums/r...0425002050.jpg
I'm sorry if it's not really my horse; I just saw this horse who looked identical to my Molly's Cat and I had to ask
Hi I got your message about molly, she sure looks like the same horse, the lady I sold her to was called alicia though not lindsay see if you can take a full body shot of her from both sides
Alicia....that's the name on the proof of purchase papers, the girl who sold her to Lindsay Underwood. Alicia Daugherty? She sold Molly to Lindsay on November 22nd of 2009, according to the proof of purchase papers I was given with her registration papers. Her registration number is 0327564, if you still have a copy of her papers and can check that. I'll send you the pictures I have; she seems to have matured with a darker coat because now she's a very dark bay. I'll send a picture of her front left hoof marking, but I don't have any side views of her other than the under saddle pictures I sent you. I'll try to take some this weekend. I'll send a few other pictures in this email as well.
The reason I'm so interested in Molly's history is because Lindsay told me she was raced, then sold to a dressage trainer who sold her to Lindsay last November. Lindsay rode her before me when I went to look at her, and she only rode her at a walk and trot, claiming she (Lindsay, not the horse) just didn't like cantering. So I got on and walked and trotted her, she worked very well at those gaits with very nice turns. However, when I asked for the canter, she took off like a bullet, galloping around the arena until I slowed her back down to a walk. I didn't get how a horse that had been with a dressage trainer did not know how to canter. She had cantered okay on the lunge line, but not under saddle. I bought her a few weeks go, thinking I could teach her to slow canter. I've made some progress in the one time I've ridden her since she's been at my place. I'd like to know why she doesn't slow canter under saddle, though. It just seems odd that she would have been trained by a dressage trainer that didn't teach her to slow canter.
Yes now I have seen the pics of her leg markings its definatley the same molly that I purchased as I broodmare off the track, I am a trainer but not so much a dressage trainer, when I sold her to Alicia she was sold as a broodmare only as she had a knee injury when she came off the track and alicia told me she was planning to breed from her! Just so as you know she really cannot be jumped! I will have to go back over her paperwork and see what the injury was but a slab fracture does spring to mind, she was always sound enough to do light work with but would get sore if pushed to hard,
Through the winter molly gets really dark but her coat will bleach in the summer sun, I will have to fins the pictures I have of her here, and as for her canter work when she was with me and we did some retraining she was always great and cantered like a sweet heart, im kind of thinking that something happened to her while she was in Alicias care as she isnt the best of riders to be honest, can you tell me where are you located? If I remember rightly Alicia told me when she had sold molly on that she went to PA. What were your plans with molly?
If you can give me a while I will see what I did with all the pics I have of her here to
Kind regards Jenni
I wish I'd known about her knee injury because Lindsay said she's never had any medical problems that she knew of and that she loves jumping, so I have been jumping her! She loves going over the jumps, I didn't think anything was wrong as she doesn't favor any of her legs. We both live in NE Ohio. I was planning on using her as my show horse for some lower-level dressage and jumping at the fair (I'm 13 and in 4-H), I was actually thinking of cross country for her until you mentioned her knee injury. She currently has bursitis in her hock from kicking a stall wall at her old owner's house; she claims it should heal very soon so I'm counting on that....What kind of riding did Alicia do that would have messed up her training? Now whenever I ask for a turn by pressure on the inside rein, shifting my weight, and squeezing with my outside leg, Molly thinks it's the cue to go forward and takes off. I'll be interested in seeing some pictures; I'll wait while you try to find some
By the way, here's a video of me lunging her if you'd like to see her today
Thanks for the video clip!!! Hopefully I have attached a few pics of her out in the field with some of our other broodmares and my old eventer I also have some video somewhere to from when we first started bringing her back into work but they will have to be cut and edited as they will be too long to send, if you ever need any help with her ridden training please feel free to ask, I always thought a lot about molly as she was such a sweet mare, but I really wouldnt use her for jumping as her legs really wouldnt hold up to it for long, where in NE Ohio are you I am down in sugarcreek and if you are looking for a horse to do some eventing on I would have one here you would be more than welcome to ride.
Yep, that's her! She is such a sweetheart. When you itch that one spot on her neck she goes crazy!! Anyway, I'll steer clear of jumping with her. I'm in Medina, so it's about an hour and a half away from you....thank you for the offer to ride your eventer, though. I really wish I could be riding Molly right now, but I broke my collarbone at a track meet on tuesday and am in a sling for 10 weeks....I'm trying to convince my mom to keep Molly in shape while I'm not allowed to ride. Do you have any suggestions on how to teach her to slow canter again? I think I have to use a curb chain on her bridle which I've never done before on an English bridle.
Sorry to hear about your collar bone though I bust mine while I was still working in racing on more than one ocasion and its not fun!
Molly used to have a fantastic canter before I sold her to Alicia and was so easy to work with, she (Alicia) is no dressage trainer though and as I said before I wouldnt really class her as much of a rider either and when she bought Molly from me she wanted her for breeding not for riding, im really quite annoyed with her right now as she obviously didnt look after and ride her very well and lied to me about the whole sale of Molly but I am so glad to see she has a great home and someone that will take good care of her!!!
As for the training side of things with her I have ridden her in a curb bit (rubber pelham) and she wasnt too bad but as you have probably already found out she is or can be quite sensitive and you would need to be very careful if you have never used one before, if you would be interested you could always send her to me here while you are unable to ride and as I know the horse I would charge you a reduced board and nothing for training and help you out with her as much as possible once your back in the saddle, now I have reduced my breeding herd and only have a few at the farm I have enough time to get back into training people again and enough space to take in one for training, its just an idea but let me know if you would be interested, would also be happy to give you training on some of the other horses I have here to once your fit and well again, anyway I found the disk with the ridden vids of molly so I shorten them down enough to send to you so you can see just what she was like when she was still with me.
Hope to hear from you soon and all the best with your collar bone!!