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post #11 of 25 Old 02-12-2010, 12:04 AM Thread Starter
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Thanks! JustSam, You guys all got the wrong impression on me. I just like to stand by my friends that's all. I greatly take in any and all advice given to me! She really is a great mare and I had a blast with her this summer. Shes fun to have fun on. I took her swimming almost everyday this summer and would dive off her back but I need a horse that is "serious." Sure I could throw her in a pair of draw reins get a frame and call that dressage but I'm not like that. I'm all about true collection and really engaging the hind end because that ideally is the key factor in collection. I'm not like that though I won't do something unless I do it right. I've really worked with her on using her hind end and really reaching under herself but shes just not built for that strenious performance work. Sure people ride dressage and show it with drafts but I want something with better momevent and something more uphill. Something that can hold up to the performance work I ask of it. Thats the last thing I want is to have Gracie not sound because I pushed her to do something shes not made to do.
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post #12 of 25 Old 02-12-2010, 12:14 AM Thread Starter
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Not sure if you see a difference in movement between the 2nd and 3rd pic compared to the last but I'm really working on getting her to move out instead of a flat draft trot. The last pic was around when I first got her and it was at a clinic we went to and all the ones above it are more recent
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post #13 of 25 Old 02-12-2010, 02:52 AM
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I know it would be hard to sell your horse on to get another horse...I was in the same position with my mare Stoeka. She is old and small (26 years old, barely 15 hands) and I want to do show jumping. She used to do show jumping, but now she won't take me far anymore...

I was lucky because I got to keep her and get another horse to ride competitively.

If it is possible, try and keep her and see what you can do with her. Since you have had her for long and worked with her so long, it would be difficult to say goodbye.

If you have to sell her, or you have kept your mind to getting a smaller built horse, try and make it possible so you can maybe still see her once in a while. Like sell her to a friend, or to someone nearby to you.

Just a thought. Let us know what you have decided what to do.

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post #14 of 25 Old 02-12-2010, 07:34 AM Thread Starter
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Good Advice! Thanks :) I wouldnt sell her but I also have a young QH I bought when he was a baby and a year into raising him I tested him for HYPP and it came back H/N. The breeder knew the mare had HYPP but did not disclose it to me until I came to her with my horses test results. So currently I have two horses that arent what I need but I could never sell my QH Rebel. He has yet to have an HYPP attack *knock on wood* but it still needs to be monitered by diet.

Thanks for everyones advice so far!
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Good Advice! Thanks :) I wouldnt sell her but I also have a young QH I bought when he was a baby and a year into raising him I tested him for HYPP and it came back H/N. The breeder knew the mare had HYPP but did not disclose it to me until I came to her with my horses test results. So currently I have two horses that arent what I need but I could never sell my QH Rebel. He has yet to have an HYPP attack *knock on wood* but it still needs to be monitered by diet.

Thanks for everyones advice so far!
You may be lucky enough to never experience an attack!

As for your gray girl, personally I like her, and I think she's fancy enough to progress in what you want and bring you ribbons. As my old trainer says any horse can jump and does dressage (unless there are health/conformation issues). You just need to work hard. My neighbor's not nearly fancy stocky QH took prizes and beat up all fancy WBs at the dressage competitions. Granted she worked with her 7 or 8 years (since she was 3) to achieve the level. It's all about training.
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post #16 of 25 Old 02-12-2010, 03:35 PM Thread Starter
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Thanks for the advice! I'm still going to show her and train with I'm just not sure what to do. These responces have been great! It really gives me more ideas to think about!
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Thanks for the advice! I'm still going to show her and train with I'm just not sure what to do. These responces have been great! It really gives me more ideas to think about!
Have you ever discussed her future with the trainer? Good trainer usually can give you ideas about the approach, training program, and what could be best for your horse conformation-wise.
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post #18 of 25 Old 02-12-2010, 05:39 PM
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There are lot of options to choose from and of course you want the best for your horse. Do you have room to keep another horse for shows and just take Gracie on trails and such for days off?
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any horse can jump and do dressage
Very much true, but if the horse doesn't like it, why bother? I mean my boy can jump but HATES it. So I just moved to another Discipline wheres he's happy. Perhaps do the same?
Or work out a deal with your horse, so you can both do what you want. May sound silly, but sometimes it works.
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post #19 of 25 Old 02-13-2010, 01:16 AM
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May I ask Rebellion a question...where does your heart lie? Jumping or dressage? If it is dressage, try and work hard to get Gracie to do dressage, but treat her often with doing something she enjoys like show jumping and trails. If you like show jumping just as much as dressage, switch.

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post #20 of 25 Old 02-13-2010, 01:42 AM
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Matt I think you like jumping more then you do dressage honestly. Just from knowing you personally.

The 1-2 hour straight we were jumping Chance + Apollo that summer, then all the pictures and videos I've seen of you jumping. I think THATS what you really want to do but I could be wrong seeing that Im not at the same barn as u anymore. But you have a NICE jumper on your hands .. not to mention she seems to LOVE it.
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