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post #1 of 13 Old 12-15-2008, 07:48 PM Thread Starter
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my new tbs first day lunging with equipment - pic heavy

well gypsy has been doing so well with lunging lately that i decided yesterday to add a roller/surcingle into the equation and some side reins on extremely loose. for those who dont know gypsy is an ottb who had no idea how to lunge on a rope when i got her 6 weeks ago. the last couple of weeks have been spent focusing on teaching her to lunge and listen to voice commands etc she has been doing so well that i decided to take it up a step yesterday.

she did really well. at first she was a little upset about the gadgetry but she soon settled down and behaved nicely even accepting the bit here and there which is huuuuge

here are some pics. i was going to post them in the order of how it all went but i cant be bothered lol so there will be some nice ones and some misbehaving ones all over the place
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post #2 of 13 Old 12-15-2008, 07:52 PM Thread Starter
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just a few more

oh and i forgot to add to excuse her mane. im in the process of pulling it but its so long and thick that i have to do it bit by bit. i got myself one of those cool humane mane pulling thingys and its awesome. it is quicker than traditional pulling but it still takes forever. i have about an inch or two to go before im happy with it. i dont want it too short but i want it short enough that its not quite as hot for her
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She is absolutely stunning. She looks to be coming along nicely. Is the bit cinched way up in her mouth though? It looks like it is giving her the "grin"

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thank you :)

i did notice it looks like that in the pics. it is set so that there are 2 crinkles in the corner of her mouth but i do notice it looks a little high which i didnt notice on the ground though. ill have a closer look and maybe drop it a hole if need be :)

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That was the first thing I noticed as well, the bit looks like it could come down. She is really a looker, and seems to be taking to the gear.
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yeah its odd about the bit cause if you go by the rule of 2 crinkles its fine but it doesnt look that way :)

she took to the gear very well. at first i think the only thing she was put off by was the side reins but as you can see they were super loose. i wanted her to get the feel of them and build a little more muscle before i put them on what would normally be my starting length. its only 2 holes off what i would normally do. it took her a couple of minutes to stop throwing her head around and then she accepted it all pretty well. she was up and down with bit acceptance but i didnt even expect her to take to the bit at all this time around :) shes a good girl. so far she has been a dream to work with

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She is SO gorgeous, Em! It's good she's doing well, she looks great! I love her hot pink wraps too, hehe! :P Nice piccies, I'm so glad she's doing well with you!

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GORGEOUS. I love her. You're cutting her lovely flaxen mane??? She seems to be doing so well. I love the one of her standing for you. She has amazing butt muscle for a Thoroughbred. I WISH my mare had that rear end!

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pop - yeah the wraps are cute :) they are possums though. im going to make gypsys colour yellow as it stands out beautifully ;)

jubilee - im not cutting it just pulling it lol i know it will still have the same outcome...shorter :) but its is sooooo hot here right now and i live in the tropics so its incredibly humid at the moment and her mane wasnt only long but its so thick. the poor girl would be dripping with sweat underneath her mane and she has started rubbing it as a consequence. what you cant see from the pic is even i am sweating like a pig to the point where i nearly couldnt handle it. i guess she gets itchy from the sweat so i figured its best to loose a couple of inches rather than big chunks of her mane. i figure by the end of summer she will probably have regained a fair bit of that length.

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Great Work Emily. Everything is cold and frozen here...It was great to see some warm weather pictures!!!

I'm not a huge fan of TB's...Just not my thing, BUT, Gypsy is just beautiful! She could be the one to change my mind! If she comes up missing, I'm gonna blame Mike!

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