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post #71 of 82 Old 05-29-2007, 06:41 AM Thread Starter
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Thank you guys! I actually think my bridle was not the cause of the rubbing now. I think it was her halter. It's a bit hard to explain without pointing to it. I figured I'd switch halters and see how it'd do. It'd be cheaper then buying a new bridle (and the bridle not even being the root of the problem!) Sweating doesn't help the rubbing either. Poor girl just drips because she's so ... fat.

I lunged Chloe (on a lunge line) for the first time Sunday. We have done plenty of round pen work before but nothing ever outside the pen on a line. It went very well. Interesting, too. She tries at least. She can have SUCH an attitude. She is the biggest show off of a horse I've ever witnessed. It will be good in the dressage arena at least. A mare was turned out near us and took off cantering. Chloe would not have any of it and HAD to out priss her. I have burns on my hands from her prancing around me. (She is a race horse, she prances quiiiite quickly.) I think Chloe is just a very proud girl and if she acted any differently it'd be due to a broken spirit. I want respect, but I don't ever want her to have a broken spirit. I won't tolerate any more rope burns, however!

And Cruiser is doing fine. His abscess that he had a bit back made part of his hoof chip. He had little pain over it but still got time off and bute. He didn't seem bothered a bit. I seemed more upset then he, but I think that's how it always goes. The only way I could tell Cruiser was off was when I was riding and really asking him to use his back end. The abscess is on his hind left and when he was asked to engage, he was a little sore. Nothing severe, just a superficial abscess. I hadn't ridden Cruiser in a little while due to being so busy with Chloe! Chloe is certainly jealous of me riding Cruiser and spied on us through the cracks of the barn the entire time I spent brushing and tacking Cruiser up. She trotted along the fence line when we headed towards the arena. She's a hand full and doesn't even know it. I wouldn't have it any other way.

Oh! I have also been using running reins while free lunging to help with Chloe accepting contact with the bit. I must say, they have made a HUGE difference. I made them myself and highly recommend them for many reasons to just about anyone.
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post #72 of 82 Old 06-05-2007, 05:00 AM Thread Starter
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I'm glad I was able to readjust my bridle. I now must buy a different saddle. I normally ride in a black saddle pad versus a white one. I finally was able to clean my white one to ride Chloe in. I looked at the sweat marks and the saddle is bridging on her back. No good. I couldn't possibly bare to ride her knowing she is uncomfortable. So, I'll have to sell my current one to buy a new one. I am watching one on ebay - a Rembrandt Integra with an adjustable tree. I def. want a saddle that is adjustable as her [fat] little back will change shape. It is in good condition and seems to be a good deal. I have 7 days to try the saddle in case it doesn't fit. I just hope it fits me as well. My thighs and inseam are extremely long.



I suppose when I wake up I'll try my jumping saddle on her. I didn't want to jump her until I got more ground work established, but we'll see. I am hoping that rather then selling my things online, I can find a tack shop locally to buy my things at fair prices.
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post #73 of 82 Old 06-06-2007, 10:08 PM Thread Starter
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I won the saddle! YAY! Retail value is $2,350.00, but I bought it for $750! When my older saddle sells, this should cover the money spent on the new one. I really hope it fits both of us.

I also was able to record a bit of Chloe on the lunge to watch her movement. I'll try to upload it once I get home.
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post #74 of 82 Old 06-18-2007, 02:36 AM Thread Starter
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I got a video of Chloe but can't figure out how to load it.

At least it's only lunging, nothing too exciting.

I'm so tired. Chandler and I have moved to a different house. I've been riding Chloe daily, doing barn work, cleaning two houses from top to bottom, packing and moving furniture and boxes, and helping my mom who is also moving at this time. Talk about busy.

I really like our new house. Hopefully it will work out better then my old one. (problems with my landlord). I'll take pictures of if when we are finished moving in!

I'm kinda stumped over my new saddle. I'm trying to perfect the sizing of the adjustable tree but it's getting a bit technical with Chloe's wide WBish back. (ugh) I like the new saddle but it's extremely different from my old one. My old saddle is like a Cadillac, it's unbelievably comfortable with large knee blocks and a gel seat. My new saddle has a much deeper seat but has smaller leg blocks making me work harder to keep my legs in place. It's more of a close contact saddle. I have such a saddle fetish...

Anyway.

I jumped Chloe today! She did so well. She certainly didn't expect it. I only did it twice - we don't have the basic groundwork I'd like to have established yet. The first time she did just fine - rounded her back and lifted her legs well. The second time she realized she didn't have to work so hard.

We've mainly worked on bending and leg yield through a circle. This is certainly a new concept to almost any race horse, so it has taken a bit more time. She has (in the past few days) now grasped the concept of bending at the trot. I'm so happy. She's being much more respectful towards my leg as well. Her attention is also improving and it's less of a challenge to keep her thoughts going in the right direction. I'm also quite impressed with how well she has grasped the sloooow down concept. She's extremely sensitive to body position and the rider's seat. If I become off balanced, she will certainly react. It's a wonderful thing but she will often times tattle on me by stopping or slowing down if I become off balanced. Speaking of which, she is also learning to stop from the seat rather the reins wonderfully.

She's improving so quickly. We no longer have space issues, she now leads properly, she isn't mouthy anymore, she is respectful at feed time, she learned to lunge, she learned voice commands, she has learned to walk, trot, bend and leg yield, she has learned 'whoa' and to pick up her feet, she has learned to have a leg restraint on, and she has improved with accepting the bit.

I love standardbreds.
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post #75 of 82 Old 07-24-2007, 05:48 PM Thread Starter
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I've got some time to kill before my friend picks me up. I might as well update.

I bought a Passier bridle not long ago. I snapped a Picture of Chloe modeling it yesterday:



Cute girl. =) (Part mule ears)

Here is a picture of me riding her the other day.



She's progressing very nicely. Lately we have worked on a steady tempo/rhythm and better, quicker transitions. My trainer is making me work on keeping a steady tempo DOWN HILL with my seat only. I'm very tired after our lessons. -nod nod-

And speaking of trainer - I now (obviously!) have one! I like her quite a bit. She's very Sally Swift and her main areas of concentration are on the riders seat. I can tell quite the difference after a few lessons. I certainly needed them after being so rusty. I haven't had a trainer (before her) in years. I had a coach, yes, but he was an older man that gave sporadic advise and was an expert in the quarter horse world - not so much of a dressage man.

Cruiser is doing fine. He had a superficial abscess which caused soreness for about a day or so. I'm glad it was superficial as he didn't seem to even notice the fact he had one. Cruiser is still being ridden by the kids as a lesson horse but has had a slow few weeks (much to his enjoyment!)

I think this suffices as an update. I'm quite hungry (big surprise). I think I'll go dig around the kitchen for a bit.
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post #76 of 82 Old 07-25-2007, 03:03 AM
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She's beautiful Kristy. You look good together.
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post #77 of 82 Old 07-25-2007, 03:10 AM Thread Starter
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Thank you Meggymoo! It's hard to believe she's so big but just a baby! (I'm 5'11). =)
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post #78 of 82 Old 07-25-2007, 10:24 AM
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5'11!! Gosh. How big is she then? Seriously though, you do look good together.

I'm only 5'4". Wish I was a bit taller.
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post #79 of 82 Old 07-25-2007, 04:45 PM Thread Starter
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Yep, I never could ride a pony - too tall!! I had ridden some 14 hand horses before and banged their elbows with my boots .. I was far too big. The owners wanted my help retraining but thought little about my height.
Chloe turned 4 a month ago. She's leggy but has a thick bone structure (thankfully). I haven't been able to stick her, but I would estimate her height at 16.2 and a half to close to 17 hands. She may grow a touch more but she will certainly begin to just now start filling out. I can always pick out her canter in the field because she is the loudest in the barn. :roll:

My gelding is actually in between 15.3 and 16 hands but is much wider then Chloe so I fit him well. He is built more so like a tank due to QH lines.

I would like to loose a couple of inches, but then again, how else would I be intimidating? Just kidding.
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post #80 of 82 Old 08-08-2007, 06:07 AM Thread Starter
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WE CANTERED!

Chloe cantered under saddle for the first time ever Sunday.

I'm such a proud mummy. I believe she really enjoyed it. I also believe she was quite surprised she didn't get punished for cantering. (She was punished as a young race horse for breaking into a canter during her training as a harness horse). She offered to canter two more separate times after the first time I asked her. It was actually very nice, too. It wasn't terribly unbalanced at all. We only managed a few strides total before she became off balance again, so I'm not sure how bouncy her canter will be. I hope it's a bit smoother then her trot. I love her trot, but lord...
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