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post #1 of 7 Old 04-06-2009, 11:53 PM Thread Starter
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Woo Hoo, new training project!!!

Okay, so I was riding Dobe around town the other day and I passed by my friend's house. He came running out the front door trying to stop me as I rode past. Anyway, he asked how much I would charge to start his 3yo paint filly. So, She came to Dad's yesterday but it was too cold and windy to mess with her. I went out today and put a saddle on a bitted her then worked with her flexing until she was nice and supple then lunged her for a while until she was comfortable under saddle. I plan to ride her tomorrow (if I can find a smaller cinch anyway). She is kinda on the long and VERY lean side. I had my cinch pulled up almost to the d-rings on both sides and it was still loose. Turns out that she is a whole lot smaller than my 1200 lb mustang.....................hmmm. :) If it had been tight, I would have rode her today. I am anxious and just a touch nervous because I have been around a lot of horses bred like she is and none of them have been easy to train, most of them are really touchy and tend to buck regardless what methods you use. I intend to just take it slow and easy and not push her too hard. She is the prettiest little roan sorrel paint with a flaxen mane and tail. I will get some pix tomorrow as it is dark here right now and will try to get some video of her riding. Wish me luck that she doesn't poot me off in the dirt. LOL :)

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post #2 of 7 Old 04-07-2009, 10:19 AM
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Sounds like fun! Hopefully she will prove you wrong and you wont have a hard time training her. Cant wait to see pics, she sounds very pretty.
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Okay, so I rode her for the first time today and she did wonderfully. She never even acted like she wanted to bow up let alone buck. She is gonna be a really nice horse. I am so proud. My friend was worried that she would carry her head really high cause that is how she is conformed but I think she did okay for her first ride. I had to stop about 30 minutes into it because it was starting to get dark but I am looking forward to tomorrow. Anyway, without further ado. Here are some of her pix.

Oh, and I know that I am looking down but that is only because she is young and it is much easier to ride a buck if you are looking at their neck. I live by the old saying "If you look at the ground, that is where you will end up."










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Nice job! A little tip - when I get on a new horse or a young one, I always have a night latch on my saddle. In the even that they explode, it will hold you in the saddle much more securely then holding the horn.
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Hey you two are looking good for a first ride! That mare is gorgeous, I love her coloring.
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Thanks for the tip iride. But I have been riding with nothing but the horn to grab for so long I would forget it is there. :) My brother used to keep one on his saddle when he was riding the horses in the wild horse race at ranch rodeos. And thank you too CopperHorse, she is a big sweetie. We went to the country yesterday and once she figured out that she could lope under saddle, she just moved right on out. She has got such a nice long flat lope. A real pleasure to ride and her mouth is so soft, I barely have to touch the reins. I am looking forward to riding her again today.

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Nice job! A little tip - when I get on a new horse or a young one, I always have a night latch on my saddle. In the even that they explode, it will hold you in the saddle much more securely then holding the horn.
Cowboy Night Latch I use an old strap but some friends use dog collars instead of rope because it is easier to grab in case you need to.
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