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    03-04-2012, 10:31 PM
Progress :)

Just wanted to say a little hurrah for recent training hurtles...

This is Dove - 13 year old Appaloosa/Mustang mare, dam to my 7 year old Welsh Pony mare.

She was the very first horse I bought 10 years ago as an untrained 3 year old when I was 16 years old. I traded her to my mom after a couple years and she's been used on and off as a trail horse most of her life. Dabbled into english and some small jumps in 2008 and nothing since...until I bought her back from my mom in late December 2011!

After 3 years off completely, there was ALOT of work to do...right back to basics of leading, grooming, respect and fundamentals of riding. In 2 short months Dove has made so much progress...just look!



I've been riding her at least twice a week and have a friend part boarding her riding her 2 days a week as well, overall getting her back into a decent and healthy weight and only 5-6 rides in fairly loose draw reins has done her a world of good! These next couple pictures are from yesterday :)

I'm just so proud of her...this year is all about bringing her back into work, getting her in shape, and furthering her training - summer 2013 will be her debute to the show ring. Can't wait, just had to share!
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    03-04-2012, 10:43 PM
She looks sassy. LoL. And holy cow is she fat!

She is looking really good under saddle though!
    03-04-2012, 10:45 PM
Gorgeous! Congrats with all her/both of your achievements - she's a good mover!
    03-04-2012, 10:47 PM
HAHAHAHA! I know...less than 15hh and a whopping 1350lbs when I brought her home in December I'm happy to say she's already down to 1200lbs just from a controlled and healthy diet instead of freefed hay! Between 1000-1100lbs is her happy zone, she's a husky mare and has always been thick, but she has a ways to go yet!

Dove is ironically one of the safest horses we have, even with the time off. Not a mean bone in her body, she's a doll and I'm so happy to have her back!
    03-04-2012, 10:51 PM
Green Broke
What a little power house! The last 3 pictures really show the progress. Very nice!
    03-05-2012, 02:07 AM
Nice looking mare, and you two have made amazing progress in a short time! Way to go!
    03-06-2012, 08:30 PM
Thank you so much! She is quite the little tank :) I know there's still a looooong ways to go, but the immediate improvement in just a couple months made me really proud!
    03-06-2012, 08:34 PM
She weights more than my 15.1 hh mare!
She is ABSOLUTELY adorable though! I love her color!
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    03-06-2012, 08:40 PM
Sadly, she weighs the same as some of the 17hh warmbloods at my barn...she's a work in progress! Haha! Diet and exersize has done her a WORLD of good, going to start some road conditioning in a month or so, LOTS of trotting! Aiming to do some endurance with her this summer :) Just a 15 miler but it's something!
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