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post #11 of 17 Old 05-31-2012, 12:50 AM
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post #12 of 17 Old 05-31-2012, 09:16 PM Thread Starter
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Today I went and rode X. He was such a good boy! He picked up his leads every time, his paces were light and floating, he was awesome! I hope he is like this at the show on Sunday, because if he is then we will kick butt! :) Well I think I'm going out to ride tomorrow, and then I have a jumping lesson on Saturday. Hopefully I'll get some pictures and put them up.

So there's this new horse at our barn. His name is Bodie and he is adorable! He is a four year old chestnut mustang/morgan cross. He has a real dark mane and tail and he is really gold/orange color. He came to our barn for training, he isn't trained to saddle yet. He is a really smart boy, the kind of horse who you can almost see thinking, you know? My trainer says he's got the most common sense of almost any other horse she's met! I'll try to get some pictures of him tomorrow and put them up.


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post #13 of 17 Old 06-01-2012, 09:38 PM Thread Starter
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The martingale came off today!

He was such a good boy! I am so proud of him! The only thing is, the forecast says rain for this weekend. So maybe no show (its outside). However, I am not that disappointed because this show was just going to be a schooling show for the two of us, since its not pointed towards the riding club that I am a member of (they have year-end awards), so its ok, I guess...
Anyway, jumping lesson tomorrow, yay!
Today I popped X over a small jump that was set up for a beginner rider's lesson. I wasn't sure what to expect, since I hadn't jumped in a few weeks. He got very excited, it was funny, I hadn't realized how much he seems to love jumping. So there were a few bucks (more than a few actually :) ). The one thing that I think I have learned the most from my three short months (almost 4!) with this horse is how to sit a buck! He bucks when he's excited, when he's mad, and when he's frustrated with me (mostly when I'm off-balance, I have a huge problem with leaning). Its good, though, he's the first horse like this that I have had the chance to ride long term, and its interesting. The bucking has improved though, its gone from the whole long side of the ring every time we cantered, to just a few good-natured bucks after a jump. :)
Hoping for sunshine for Sunday!
*does a sun-dance*
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Oh yeah, I almost forgot!
So I was watching my trainer work with Bodie, the mustang/morgan who came to the barn for saddle training, she was getting him used to the saddle. And I was wondering, how old are horses generally when you train them to be ridden?
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post #14 of 17 Old 06-02-2012, 12:11 AM
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Depends. Race horses need to broke young, because most start their first season when they're 2. But others might start getting backed and saddle broke around 2-3, depending entirely on the horse and whoever is working with them. Other horses are used for breeding their entire first half of their life, then aren't broke to be ridden 'til way later. But, in general, 2-4 is about right :)

And I'm hoping your show doesn't get rained out!

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post #15 of 17 Old 06-02-2012, 10:58 AM Thread Starter
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Ahh cool thanks I was just wondering :)
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post #16 of 17 Old 06-02-2012, 10:59 AM Thread Starter
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*sigh* both the show, and my jumping lesson got rained out . I guess that's what you get when you live in Maine during mud season!
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post #17 of 17 Old 06-02-2012, 11:44 AM
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Sorry about your show :( Think of it this way, even in California there are plenty of shows and practices that I can't go to because they get rained out, sadly, it's kinda part of riding, LOL. You'll get another chance :)

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