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post #1 of 45 Old 06-18-2010, 01:12 AM Thread Starter
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Finally! Claymore under saddle

Hee hee note my best friend Tracie is no better at working the camera than I am!

Note my stirrups are stupidly short - I don't ride like that usually and don't bounce that much!! *lol* They are set on the highest hole for Tracie (which is still way too long for her, as you will see in the next clip). I am actually 5'9" but I don't look it with my legs all crunched up into those short stirrups! Right before the video started Claymore half fake-tripped in the weeds, which is why I am checking his front leg. My mower broke down and my pasture really needs mowed again - sour dock is taking over! His reins are flapping because I'm really just priming his leg cues and making sure he is in a listening mood before Tracie gets on.


This is my best friend Tracie riding Claymore - posted with permission. As mentioned above, even cranked up on the highest hole my stirrups are way too long for her - doesn't help she is riding in flip flops! We are currently shopping for her own saddle that suits her better and a good pair of boots. She's only ridden about, hmmm, 4 times at this point, she is doing great and already a total addict! I told her she can ride Claymore anytime she wants, but she's already started a little horse shopping for herself *lol* I removed the audio in this clip because I was telling my son off for practically running me over at one point *lol*




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He is so adorable, its hard to watch you guys ride! He goes along so nice! For a big ol drafty, he doesn't have much bounce! What a doll! You guys look great!
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He goes along so nice! For a big ol drafty, he doesn't have much bounce!
Haha that's about 6 months of very concentrated effort. When I got him he had a great big massive high-stepping cart-horse trot that would bounce you a foot out of the saddle, I don't care how well you ride! It was terrible, like riding a jack-hammer. That was one of the very first things I tackled with him, because I wasn't going to keep him if I couldn't level out that trot - it was that bad!

Hee hee thanks!


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Never realized he was that HUGE what a beauty. His markings are absolutely outstanding. I never would have guessed clyde was the draft cross in him. As for your best friend, she an absolutely natural. Other than pointy toes in the long stirrups, she was absolutely fantastic. What a good horse to be taking such good care of her as well. They looked great together.

Excited to see more videos of you guys.
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Never realized he was that HUGE what a beauty. His markings are absolutely outstanding. I never would have guessed clyde was the draft cross in him. As for your best friend, she an absolutely natural. Other than pointy toes in the long stirrups, she was absolutely fantastic. What a good horse to be taking such good care of her as well. They looked great together.

Excited to see more videos of you guys.

I know right, I always thought he looks more of a perch build, but it's just how the cross played out. His size is always deceiving in pictures - Although best estimation (tape - never sticked him) puts him somewhere between 16.2 and 16.3, he is built so heavy he looks even bigger. Thanks for the compliments on Tracie, I've told her the same thing, and once she got over being self conscious enough to let me videotape her and show it her, she is realizing she is doing better than she thought she would.


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I know right, I always thought he looks more of a perch build, but it's just how the cross played out. His size is always deceiving in pictures - Although best estimation (tape - never sticked him) puts him somewhere between 16.2 and 16.3, he is built so heavy he looks even bigger. Thanks for the compliments on Tracie, I've told her the same thing, and once she got over being self conscious enough to let me videotape her and show it her, she is realizing she is doing better than she thought she would.
Good for you for being such a good coach to though. A good friend and trainer, will make a huge difference and a rider's riding and confidence building. Videos are a great way for her to learn. Make sure to send her our compliments to her new found talent.
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I love Claymore! He definately has got the be the most unusual horse I have seen as far as color.
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Wow! I've always thought he was pretty; now I see how nice he is too.
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He looks like a solid citizen (not just in size).


I have to laugh. I just finished reading and posting in the thread about wearing a helmet and then I come here and we have people riding in flip flops.

giggle.

*Slaps Indy for her obvious bad role modeling in the area of safety.
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