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    10-28-2013, 01:05 PM
  #11
Green Broke
I don't know what it is about this horse and cantering photos! At a trot she is gorgeous, at a canter she morphs into the worlds most difficult horse to photograph
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    12-26-2013, 05:27 PM
  #12
Green Broke
And...her training screeched to a halt. Badly sprained ankle + extremely green 3 year old = no riding aside from that, the snow is very deep and crusty, so she'll have to wait till spring. On the plus side, she is a happy fuzz ball, and I have photographic proof that she can indeed go faster than a (lovely) trot and not look like she is about to fall over



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    03-17-2014, 02:33 PM
  #13
Green Broke
Finally an update!

A week and a half ago I brought her in, did some flexes and a basic "pre flight" lunging session, and went for a slow ride in a slushy arena. She did great. The conditions deteriorated into an ice/slush mess(welcome to march), so She was left for a week, and then the road was dry! Most of the gravel was pushed off, so we tacked up, went through our green horse attitude check session, then went for a two mile ride w/t. It was her first ride with other horses, her first ride out of the arena, and her second ride this year. Not sure if I was brave, stupid or just really confident in her personality.

It was her 5th ride with a saddle on, 2nd this year, and she tolerated wind, dogs bouncing around, several cars passing us, slush, mud, walked through standing and running water. A+. I have her up for sale and I'll work on her till she sells, no hurry. Very cool mare
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    03-17-2014, 06:18 PM
  #14
Showing
Yep, that right there will make her worth a pretty penny. The fact that she's well bred and gorgeous will only add to it .
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    03-18-2014, 11:27 AM
  #15
Green Broke
Thanks smrobs I feel like I'm just bragging now, but I took her on her 6th saddled ride ever yesterday. Arena is still a disaster, so we went down the rode again(2 miles). It was very windy and cool, we had two dogs escape their yards and run at us, trees blowing all over, air brakes on the highway, traffic driving by, and she was AWESOME. The thoroughbred we were with was prancing and dancing all over the place like a maniac, and she was walking and trotting along on a loose rein. What a lovely mare to train.
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    05-08-2014, 12:15 PM
  #16
Green Broke
Weathers been so up and down, I haven't been able to do much because of the mud. Well, it was finally dry enough yesterday, so I look her with a few friends for a ride. Two were on young thoroughbreds, one was a young rider on a 'beginners' horse. The two thoroughbred riders decided to go for a run(NOT something I want to try on a horse I have yet to lope) and I stayed with the beginners horse for a good trot. Unfortunately the beginners horse was having a very frisky day, and kept trying to pick up the pace(unusual for this particular horse, I guess he was feeling really good) so his rider kept having to circle him to get him listening, so pickles and I were basically on our own.

And she was in heat. And had attitude. And was AWESOME. I'm so impressed. Up and down hills for the first time, leading on the trail, at the back and middle of the line, watching her buddies canter/gallop off, TWICE(not overly happy with them, but any how), dogs, cars, birds flying up, fantastic. And that was after having two weeks completely off, and no lunging or ground work before. We did about 3-4 km at mostly a good working trot, and she was still very forward and willing at the end. I was very impressed. Might have to hang onto her for a while.
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    05-10-2014, 01:06 AM
  #17
Green Broke
First lope!!! And it was perfect. I'm so happy with this horse. Here are a few pictures I took when a friend hopped on for me.


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    05-10-2014, 09:55 PM
  #18
Showing
Wow, what a mover. Congrats on the first uneventful lope!!
     
    06-12-2014, 02:02 AM
  #19
Green Broke
Not much to report. Her version of a spook is a snort and side pass. She goes over, through or past everything I point her at. I wish I could claim some magical skills in the training department, but I swear this horse was born trained.

I'm awaiting a new saddle, so mainly riding bareback. Snapped a few pictures at liberty today, and HOLY TROT! I'm so happy with how she's doing and maturing. Still waiting for her to try something like most young horses do. We'll see.


     
    06-12-2014, 06:23 PM
  #20
Showing
Oh, I'm loving her spots!
     

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