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        02-15-2014, 12:20 AM
    Originally Posted by Zexious    
    Poor Teddy ): Him and I are twins--accident prone twins.
    At first I had thought it was Grand who gets himself into all kinds of accidents - he had 2 lame legs, he has bite marks all over his body, he keeps loosing patches of hair on his face (scratches/bites) but suddenly it is Teddy with a worrisome "injury".

    However, Teddy is his merry self now, just disliking any touches over the electric fence at least. His owner will come today, so we see if he can catch him

    After horrible 5 h in uni listening to messy theories, I am going to see that baby horse and lose my heart all over again probably..
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        02-16-2014, 03:45 AM
    They are both so handsome! I love looking at all the pictures of them.
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        02-16-2014, 04:39 AM
    The arab youngster is very small, I haven't seen such a small horse in ages, but he should be big enough to carry me in the end, plus he is sturdy arab + Latvian horse (or angloarab, who knows).

    Looks like we probably are taking him. In spring.

    Pics will come later..

    Could not catch him to take him out of the pasture, could not really do much with him, as he was always chased away by the spoilt other horses...
    I saw one of the oldies bite the lady who runs the place, and she just asked him, why he did that... ofc, he just bit her jacket, but still...
    Basically I think there were 8 horses, all with behavioural problems due to not horse people handling them. Hopefully they will respect those ladies, but random people could get hurt there, as one of the old horses is big, pushy, and has no respect for people.
        02-16-2014, 09:26 AM
    Meh, my friend did not manage to send me the pics just yet, so next week when I am back home I can get them. I am going to visit my mother, and not taking my laptop with me.
    I am leaving 2 horses, 2 dogs and 2 cats at the care of my brother, his GF and my friend whom I ride together. They all have their own tasks, all is clear but I am still a bit worried

    But I will have lovely holidays
        03-06-2014, 06:02 AM
    Kinda abandoned this place whilst on week long holidays, and when I came back I did not really feel like writing anything.

    When visiting my mother, I also visited my friend in her stable, got to ride once, for about 30 minutes. Did great. Waiting for my friend to cut up the video, but with that horse, in a jumping saddle, which I hate, I managed to keep my legs in place, trot easily, the horse goes forwards, he was not totally in frame, as he has been ridden too much with hard hand, and I decided not to ask him to fight with me, but to try and learn, that I won't pull on him. Our canter was amazing too, managed to sit a little more extended canter, without problems, and my arms weren't flailing around as if I was about to take off in flight. So ye, proud of myself, and my friend was proud of me too.

    Last monday did a ride in the forest with Teddy, standard long trail, some trot, a little canter together with our buddy for the first time.
    Then I got ill for the week and could not ride.
    Saturday rode again, but basically just walk trot.

    Sunday went to see that angloarab pony thing, that I am considering adopting. He is tiny, but might still grow, as he is only 3. But cute as a button.
    But to get him here, first need all the ice to melt underground, so I can change fences.. and they need to sort out papers.

    Then I went to help my friends with their mares - 6 yr old lithuanian draft mare, gypsy started - so we tested if she knows what a rider is. She did great, easy to mount, easy to set to walk, good breaks, trot was harder to find, but managed, and she is extra comfy. Just want to get her on better surface to work a little more and train her to be even better for my friend.

    The other mare is 8, skinny, and needs a different saddle, but we just checked how she does things. She has a rearing issue when she wants to do smth but is not allowed to. She doesnt really rear, but attempts to. I guess if she was in better condition the rears would be bigger. (she came skinny here from old owners, my friend is slowly increasing her feed, but also making sure the other mare does not become fatter)

    Then I got to ride Teddy for the last time. Forest for about an hour, our friend decided we could canter together, but it ended up in a full out gallop. Which was a looot of fun, Picasso never got far from us, even though he is about 1 hand taller than Teddy, and theoretically in better physical condition, as he is not chubby and got worked almost all winter. But Teddy showed his speed.

    Monday Teddy left to live with his owner, because the costs are the same as they say - board at my place, plus transport to come visit, is about the same as the board there. So ye. And he wants to train in an indoor arena, get the horse ready to do things etc.

    He wants me to go visit and ride ofc, but I dunno if I have the time, and he is offering for me to start in a dressage competition in may, but I might not be able to ride enough till then.

    Since Monday Grand is alone, he spent that night neighing a lot, but has been calm lately. Just neighs every time I open the front door of the house. He wants my company. So on tuesday I took him, cleaned him, rubbed him down, massaged some spots, scratched other spots, raised front legs, checked our respect - backing up and yielding hindquarters, yielding forequarters.
    Went for a walk around our pastures to just be together and evaluate the repairs and stuff I need to do. Also picked up some rubbish that had appeared. He loved spending time with me, was very attentive, and helping me pick up things

    But yesterday I had no time for him, just fed him and talked with him around feeding times, and today cannot start working either, because the weather is wet and there is ice 10 cm underneath the surface, which means the top layer of everywhere is yukky mud that is trying to go somewhere, but cannot. So ye, no work.

    I am fine, just dealing with the aftermaths of being ill, suddenly started feeling ill today too, even though for the weekend I was fine.

    And ye, I need to start Grand (Mom now nows he is mine ... ), so I can train him to be my fantastic riding horse, also I can ride my friends mare, and train the other one too... so ye, plenty of work.

    And of course uni.
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        03-06-2014, 06:09 AM
    More of the pony

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    Some EPIC Grand shots..




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    Funny old horse, and funny pony
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    Grand was busy for a while, but when I am too busy or just lazy, I cannot be bothered to fill up all the nets, so I just need to change them...

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        03-07-2014, 03:15 AM
    Yesterday I decided I want to do some communicating with Grand, but as it is wet, we cannot do much, and I do not feel like I can take him out to the forest without a proper groundwork session to see where we are at.

    So I started with just talking to him, petting him a little, making sure he does not bite me..
    Then I chopped off his beard.
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    And then I decided to play around with his mane..

    I was impressed how still he was, standing untied when I am cutting his beard with scissors, then standing quite well untied for me to braid his mane. Ofc he did try to bother me, nibble my leg and so on, but told him off for that, and also got to clear up the bridle path, he is better at letting me touch his ears again :)

    12 braids made without having the horse tied... That does impress me at least.
    And a horrible picture to show how clean he is 30 mins after I have fully brushed him down.
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        03-07-2014, 04:26 AM
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    I hope you find a buddy for Grand soon! It is quite distressing to live alone. And I wish Teddy all the best, sure hope he's in good hands.
        03-07-2014, 04:33 AM
    Originally Posted by Saranda    
    I hope you find a buddy for Grand soon! It is quite distressing to live alone. And I wish Teddy all the best, sure hope he's in good hands.
    I have quite found a buddy. Ofc I would enjoy the costs of a boarder better, but not many want to move here Though I haven't really looked.

    Teddy has a fun life of getting his bridlepath, beard and legs shaved on the night he arrived to the new home, 10 km seaside walk the next day.... they do not let him get used to things, they just move him.
        03-07-2014, 04:41 AM
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    Well, that certainly doesn't sound nice. :( Fingers crossed that Teddy manages to accept everything well.

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