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post #1 of 14 Old 11-29-2010, 12:49 AM Thread Starter
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Hello from Indiana!

I almost put "Kentucky" because I'm from there originally and only moved to Indiana 5 1/2 months ago!

My name is Michele and I'm a new horse owner - almost. I went today to look at a prospect (after combing through countless ads online and seeing some scraggly li'l critters) and thought she was beautiful but fell in love with her trot! I hate hate hate trotting but hers was sooo smooth!

She's a 3yr old Bay Mare who's only been ridden once this year, so when I first got up on her (bareback), she started to buck. I have a broken foot (in a boot cast) and would've stayed on but thought better of it and jumped off. Unfortunately I lost my balance and fell right on my butt !! The owners were scared (for me/for themselves?) anyway. We saddled her and she was fine. Never showed any other bad habits. Stood still and let me lean right on her. Even cuddled with her head against my shoulder for a few minutes.

We're havin' her moved to my friend's house (where I'm keeping her) on Saturday. I'm SOOOOOOOOO excited. I've wanted this for so long!!

Anywhosey. Just wanted to say hello. I'll be postin' photos of her when I get her home next weekend.

Nice to meet everyone! I'll be here for advice, I'm sure, as she's my first horse!

~Michele
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post #2 of 14 Old 11-29-2010, 09:38 AM
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welcome to the forum, from a former Kentucky resident now in SC
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post #3 of 14 Old 11-29-2010, 10:00 AM
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post #4 of 14 Old 11-29-2010, 10:02 AM
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Hello from another new member from Indiana. I'm originally from Tennessee myself. I hope all goes well with your new horse.
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post #5 of 14 Old 11-29-2010, 10:22 AM
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It would be fun to see a pic of your new girl. Getting your first horse is so exciting.
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post #6 of 14 Old 11-29-2010, 11:43 AM Thread Starter
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I put a photo I took on my BB as my avatar but am going to try to upload more here in a sec. Not sure how they'll look - she had her nose buried in some corn/grain! She is definitely a piggy!!!! (But then, I've never seen a horse snub grain of any form).







This last one, they were putting the bridle on her. I looked at the bit and know it's a snaffle bit but couldn't tell much more than that. Think I'll take a photo of it when we go to pick her up. I'd rather use a Hackamore(sp?) if she'll work with it, but being so young, I'm not sure if it is a good idea or not. I hate bits. Call me a "tree hugger" if ya will but they just seem so... invasive! LOL


Isn't it odd how dark she looks in the first two photos and then not as dark in this one?? She really is a dark bay, not light like this last photo. I was just tryin' to get a pic of her chest/legs. They're thicker than they look in these photos!

AND.... does her left knee look a bit swollen/knobby(?) or is it just the photo? I will make sure to look it over on Saturday.

Michele
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post #7 of 14 Old 11-29-2010, 11:50 AM
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Hello and welcome to the forum! Congrats on your upcoming addition!!

"Riding a horse is not a gentle hobby, to be picked up and laid down like a game of solitaire. It is a grand passion. It seizes a person whole and, once it has done so, he will have to accept that his life will be radically changed." -Ralph Waldo Emerson
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post #8 of 14 Old 11-29-2010, 12:35 PM
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Welcome to the boards! I'm also in Indiana! I'm in the Northeastern corner near Fort Wayne.

*Dreams are within reach, you just have to go that extra mile to catch them*
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post #9 of 14 Old 11-29-2010, 01:01 PM
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I know what you mean about bits. I use the mildest snaffle and taught my gelding to go on a pretty loose rein. As he gets more responsive I let the rein get more loose. Even a hackamore can be harsh in the wrong hands. A bit can be used to give very gentle communication. You may want to go light on the grain, especially corn. You have a very cute girl there and you're in the right place to learn anything you want about her. There is so much to know about horses and learning is so fun. I never want to stop. Enjoy!
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post #10 of 14 Old 11-29-2010, 01:31 PM
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She's very pretty!

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