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post #1 of 7 Old 06-06-2009, 08:31 PM Thread Starter
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Ahhh yes - you're going to kill me! *Long*

I had Carolina out of her pasture while I was cleaning the tack and feed shed I have. I had her saddle and gear out on the grass and she kept coming up and grabbing her bridle. I guess she figured it was a game.

She certainly has got more lively since she's been on better feed!

Since her feet have been feeling better today (no sign of ouchies at all) and she had been pacing up and down the fenceline - she even bucked and pranced til she got my attention. Which is why I got her out. She followed me around like a puppy.

Anyway - I decided to lunge her for a few minutes just to see how she would do. I lunged for 5 minutes each side and praised her, took her line off and went back to oiling her tack. She came over and picked up her bridle. I swear she even snorted at me.

So I tacked her up and lunged her five minutes each way again (only at a walk and trot) and she seemed to really enjoy it. I swear I've never met a horse before that liked attention like she does!

Thinking she did really great I got on and rode her for about 5 minutes more. OMG she has the most amazing sitting trot I've ever ridden! I just melted. She's push button! Even after 2 years of no riding she responded to cues really well.

I got off and praised her, took her for a walk to cool her off and then gave her a bath - which she absolutely loved. Put her back in her pasture - at which she promptly rolled as all freshly washed horses do. I have to say though - it's the first time since she's been home she rolled.

She's just so happy! She's amazing! It's almost like she wants to exercise and play.

Here are some pictures, I promise I won't do it often. I broke my own rules. Please don't shoot me yet.

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post #2 of 7 Old 06-06-2009, 09:48 PM
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Some horses just love to work and want a job- sounds like she's certainly one of them! She'd just going to be stunning once she muscles up. Make sure to keep posting pictures of her for us, okay?
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post #3 of 7 Old 06-06-2009, 09:51 PM
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I agree, keep the pix coming. It is great that she is such a sweetie and yes, some horses crave a job. She is definitely adorable and will be a stunner when she builds a bit more muscle. With the angles of her shoulder and croup, it is no wonder she trots like a dream. :)


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post #4 of 7 Old 06-06-2009, 10:05 PM
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Is your bit pink? o.0


Anyway, lol, she's lovely! How funny that she kept grabbing her bridle. Some horses love to please and love to work. She'll be stunning when she muscles up. You're doing such a great job with her.
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post #5 of 7 Old 06-06-2009, 10:07 PM
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she looks like a stunner! but she needs alot of muscle in her back as you already know. especially the area around the back of the saddle

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Oh yes, she absolutely needs more muscle in her back. That's why I didn't stay on longer than 5 minutes. I don't want her hurting at all.

She's going to be divine when she muscles up and has some condition. I'm just in love!

And the pink bit - got that from horseloverz. She looks good in pink lol.

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post #7 of 7 Old 06-06-2009, 10:16 PM
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Awww sounds like a young lady is telling you that she enjoys her job. Like everyone else is saying, some horses thrive on being worked. They enjoy the partnership and the praise. I personally know a horse that got very sickly before his new owner and almost died. He was depressed and gave up living... now that he's being lightly worked, he's the happiest horse around! Loves his job so much, and really gives his all when he's being worked. He's an older horse too, so his new owner didn't know whether to ride him as much as he'd like to be, but the vets have reconmended to keep him under saddle, it's what's keeping him so happy.
Keep up the pics!

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