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post #1 of 11 Old 04-24-2010, 07:23 PM Thread Starter
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Great Lesson! :) (and a quick rant)

Well I had a private lesson today, and my instructor wanted me to try Thumper in a pelham bit. He has a super hard mouth from the bit his breeders rode him in, although he's been getting better. Anyway, we flatted in his normal copper oval-mouth eggbut snaffle and then switched to the pelham for jumping. We won't use it all the time, just for shows when he gets a bit strong and every once in a while to make sure that I'm still able to ride in it correctly (as in on the snaffle rein the majority of the time). He didn't rush at all, because I was able to just check him once before each jump and then just ride, instead of half-halting hard every two strides.

So that went really well, and then I also found out that Thumper's jumped 3'6", which I'm thankful for because my trainer will be able to give him a refresher over higher jumps while I work up to that height, as I'm definitely not ready for 3'6" yet!

*This part is a rant*: Okay well Thumper is a TB/Mini cross. My trainer gave me a ride home, and on the way she said that they had got him directly from the breeders, and it definitely WAS an intentional breeding. They stand Miniature Horse stallions at stud and breed them to TB mares, in order to "create a smaller horse for women to ride". That's pretty much their belief, sadly enough :S. And not only that, but they rode him in a corkscrew snaffle every single day and then switched to a pelham for showing. And I now know the reason for his near-bomb-proof-ness: they had chickens running around in the arena. When my trainer asked about this, they responded, "Oh, it's okay, he's used to it." and then said, "They'll get out of your way!" What I don't understand is why they would intentionally breed a TB/Mini cross. There are enough unwanted horses out there, and I'm sure most people would just pass over an ad for one of these crosses in an instant. Granted, Thumper does have decent conformation (he just won first in halter two weeks ago) and is balanced overall, so I'm thankful for that... okay rant over! :)

Oh and if you read all of this, thank you .


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post #2 of 11 Old 04-24-2010, 07:29 PM
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WHAOO I've never heard of a TB/mini cross! That's pretty cool. But I do agree, They probably shouldnt be breeding them.
Glad your lessons are going well though!

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Yeah, l can't see that kind of cross being all that popular... but hey, if they didn't breed them, l would never have my Thumper :). L'm hoping to show 2'9"/3' later this year, because l'll be spending every day of every week at the barn working and riding, so l'll probably be improving a lot faster :).


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I need to see conformation pictures of your horse. Like, yesterday.
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I don't have any recent ones... sorry! His conformation isn't amazing, but it's not horrific, either. Nothing spectacular. L think I posted him for critiques a while back? Search conformation/Thumper or something like that and it'll probably come up :). And just a side note: the halter class was very small, so it's not saying much, before anyone comments on the judges poor judging skills or whatever :P. But it shows that he's not a conformational nightmare ;).



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and every once in a while to make sure that I'm still able to ride in it correctly (as in on the snaffle rein the majority of the time).
I just want to say - Hurray for someone using a pelham properly! No roundings! Two reins! Predominantly snaffle rein!

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I need to see conformation pictures of your horse. Like, yesterday.
Yes, me too.
TB/Mini has got to be the weirdest cross I have ever heard of.

But yay for your lesson going well!
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I'm jumping on the "weird cross" bandwagon...
I don't think it's something that should be intentionally bred...

Good on you for having a great lesson! I just love those days that come along every once in a while and you're so thrilled with how it all went :)
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I just want to say - Hurray for someone using a pelham properly! No roundings! Two reins! Predominantly snaffle rein!
haha thanks :). My instructor is big on snaffles and really stresses using any 'training' aids or stronger bits, etc. correctly- she really made sure to stress that the second rein is only to check him every once in a while if necessary. Otherwise, always ride on the snaffle rein. And I'm going out to ride today- I might be able to get a couple conformation shots. I'll try :).


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I might be able to get a couple conformation shots. I'll try :).
I really want to see them!
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