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        04-29-2009, 10:12 PM
      #11
    Weanling
    I rode a different horse in my last lesson then I had in the previous two lessons. She was a little appy mare who was not much to look at, but she was great to ride. She had the same appy mare personality of all the others I have meet. Ears pinned back unless you are giving her a treat. :) She is only 14.2, but broad and has big movement, so it does not seem like your riding a small horse. It was so much fun to ride her because I could really feel it when she was in a frame. I could feel her engage her hauches and get round. I can't wait to jump her. My trainer said that is where she really shines.
         
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        07-03-2009, 10:38 PM
      #12
    Weanling
    I have been riding more lately, but have not been on the forum in a while. I have been riding the appy mare and my trainer's OTTB gelding. He is fun to ride, but a lot of work. I am going to ride the appy mare in a up coming dressage clinic.

    Today, my trainer took me with her to get a new mare. She is a Andalusian Thoroughbred cross. She was broodmare for a few years, then she has been on pasture for a year and had nothing done with her. Needless to say she is pretty over weight. Before her life of leisure she had a few years of dressage training. She has good pretty good conformation under all that fat. She has the nice Andalusian roman nose that I love. She also has a Thoroughbred mane and tail, which I much prefer to all that Andalusian hair.

    She has a crack in her front right hoof and the farrier that had been working on her cut her too short. So she is a little sore on it. We are going to let her take a few weeks to drop some weight and heal that hoof a bit, before we try her out.

    We also took a bit of a break from the dressage today and did a jump course. It was a ton of fun. I really like the dressage and have learned a lot doing it, but nothing compares to the jumpers.
         
        07-08-2009, 04:32 PM
      #13
    Foal
    Sounds like you are having fun :) I love doing dressage but your right there is nothing like going over a jump course. :)
         
        07-08-2009, 05:07 PM
      #14
    Weanling
    I think I am going to get to actually start on phase 1 of getting our property ready for horses. I have broken up our plan into three phases. The first being fencing in the 2 acre paddock and build the loafing shed. The loafing shed is going to be 12x36. Only one 12x12 section is going to be open to the paddock. The other two sections are going to be a temporary tack room and hay storage. In the 2nd phase we are going to fence in the larger field and build the tack room and hay storage portions of the future barn. Phase three is adding 3 stalls to the barn and building the arena.

    I have broken it up this way so that we can have horses when phase one is done and do all of this with out breaking the bank. We are also planning on doing all the building ourselves, so starting with a loafing shed, then moving up from there will give us some time to learn.
         
        07-09-2009, 04:47 PM
      #15
    Foal
    :) awesome, so lucky you have property!! We have to sell our house. I love our house but we need way more room, for the horses dogs and cats. :p

    Good luck :)
         
        10-20-2009, 10:59 AM
      #16
    Weanling
    A lot has happened

    Well, I have been really busy and have not been on the forum much, but so much has happened.

    Phase one is complete out at our place and I have two horses. We built the loafing shed and fenced in the paddock back in August. I moved my new little paint mare out here in the beginning of Sept. She was given to me by a friend who was boarding her but the owner had not paid her board or was able to be contacted for the entire 6 months she had been staying there. So I got a free horse. Her name is Rain and is green broke at best, but is learning quickly. You would not think much of her to look at her, she is 14.1 and a little cow-hocked and straight shouldered, but she is quite the mover and I think she will work out to be a really nice little dressage and jumper pony.

    Several months ago my uncle got sick and I had a feeling I would end up taking care of his horse too. After much waffling on my family's part and some rather difficult interactions with the lady who was boarding her (I could rant about that for quite a while), my uncle asked me to take care of her, so at the beginning of Oct I went and brought her up to my place. I will keep her as long as he wants me too. She is a nice retired cutting horse that my uncle got for trails. She has some soundness issues but is now doing quite well.

    Since it has been raining so much lately and she was not quite sound when I got her I just rode her for the first time the other day. She neck rains and will got into the western type of frame. She does that little western pleasure jog, so I think she will be nice to ride on the trails. I need to ride her more so that her muscles will stay strong to support her joints.

    It is funny because the two horses I have ended up with at my place are almost the opposite of what I always said I wanted. I did not want a pony, I have always stayed away from colored horses because so many people breed for color only, and I was never a fan of western. Now I have a paint pony and a western trained appaloosa mare. It is funny how things work out.
         

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