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CLaPorte432 01-02-2012 08:54 PM

Hello! New from Michigan...
 
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Hello! I'm Chelsea from Southwest Michigan. I'm 23 years old, going to college to be a Nurse but my real passion is for my dogs and horses. I got my first horse when I was 11 years old, and they became a huge part of my life. We added more and more, sold some, purchased more, and now we have 3 amazing horses. We purchased a new Titan horse trailer for the 2012 show season and are super excited! Only 4 months to go! I mainly ride western but I do love schooling my horses in english and lower levels of dressage for balancing my horses out. I have one horse that loves to jump so we try to pretend that we know what we're doing. But my discipline is SPEED. Barrels, Poles, Speed and Action, Kegs, Flags and Keyhole. And whatever else people want to try and best us in. Here are some pictures and descriptions underneath them.

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This is me riding Avalanche. She is a foundation quarter horse mare, around 14 years old and has been grand champion numerous times the past 8 years that she's been running. I don't own her, but will be running her in the 2012 show season because her owner is starting 2 horses on speed and doesn't have time to ride her. I've only ridden her a handful of times but she's awesome and we always place. She's a heavy mare and turns on a dime then spits you 9 cents in change so she's sometimes hard to hold off of the patterns. She knows her job and if you don't hold on, you'll be sitting on your butt in the dirt while she's running. :lol:

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This is my beautiful mare Chilly. I purchased her for $1. Yep, one dollar. She was a rescue, we weren't sure she'd make it but she pulled though. She was rescued by us at 8 months, she was underweight, overgrown hooves, had worms and lice. Yuck. She's now going on 11 years old. I've done all the training on her, from halter breaking to starting under saddle and now she's running at shows and is going to be unbeatable in 2012. I'm very proud of what she's become. She's APHA registered and I'm breeding her in a few months to a grulla AQHA stud with the absolute best disposition you've ever seen on a stallion!

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This one is Nut-Megg. He's a coming 12 year old gelding. He's a Spanish Mustang/Curly cross. Super awesome boy. The most athletic horse I've ever seen. He'll do anything from running barrels, jumping, dressage, trails. He needs an intermediate rider because he'll try and outsmart you (It's a naughty Mustang thing) As a yearling, he launched himself over a 4'6" wall. His neck was hanging over it and he did it from a standstill, and...cleared it. :shock: He's extremely intelligent, LOVES to work and loves to be challenged and think. I've owned him since he was 3 months old. He's a half brother to Jasper. (same sire)

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Jasper, is my first horse. He's almost 13 years old now. We got him when he was just a yearling. He's a Curly. He's hypoallergenic and super cool! He gets ringlike curls all over his body in the winter time and sheds out like a normal horse in the spring/summer. He keeps his Curly mane but lately he's been shedding out his tail too, which I do not like. He's a super cool horse, a babysitter type. My 6 year old niece rides him on trails and is will be showing him this summer. He's a teddy bear, a very forgiving, loving boy. We sold him awhile back which we regretted. When they contacted us to see if we wanted to buy him back, we jumped on it. Unfortunately, when he came back he wasn't the same horse. Underweight, under-muscled and stand-offish. He's now about 90% back personality wise, but see needs work on his body. He used to be a thick, well rounded, muscular boy and now he's got lean muscle, a long neck, high withers and no butt...We're getting there though...Slowly.

Any questions?! Just ask...

Country Woman 01-03-2012 01:17 AM

Hi Chelsea
nice to meet you
you have some amazing horses

Do you Barrel race

legyield768 01-03-2012 01:27 AM

Hello fellow Michigander! You have gorgeous horses.(:
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Horsecrazy4ever 01-03-2012 11:34 PM

Hi, I am very curious about your horse Nutt-Megg...

What does a Spanish Mustang act like? Do they like people or do they prefer to be by themself? Could you somewhat describe him for me? I am very interested in the breed.

By the way.. your horses are SO pretty!

countrygirl3 01-08-2012 01:28 PM

Hey Chelsea you have beautiful horses! and i also live in southwest michigan!

CLaPorte432 01-08-2012 02:13 PM

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Hi everyone! Thanks for the compliments about my horses. I think they are pretty special.

Country Woman, yes i do barrel race. Its my biggest passion.

HorseCrazy, ill be happy to answer questions about Nut. Ill tell you all about him when i get home. Cant type very well on my phone...

CountryGirl. Hi! Do you show locally? I show at KalVal in Scotts, and at Victree Ranch in Lawton. Also been to Horsemans in Centreville and was in the St Joe County Fair years ago. I live in Schoolcraft.

Nice to meet you all!
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countrygirl3 01-08-2012 03:50 PM

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Originally Posted by CLaPorte432 (Post 1299095)
Hi everyone! Thanks for the compliments about my horses. I think they are pretty special.

Country Woman, yes i do barrel race. Its my biggest passion.

HorseCrazy, ill be happy to answer questions about Nut. Ill tell you all about him when i get home. Cant type very well on my phone...

CountryGirl. Hi! Do you show locally? I show at KalVal in Scotts, and at Victree Ranch in Lawton. Also been to Horsemans in Centreville and was in the St Joe County Fair years ago. I live in Schoolcraft.

Nice to meet you all!
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countrygirl3 01-08-2012 03:55 PM

I dont show. I am gettin horses pretty soon been with out horses for about 3 years. So when i get horses in the spring i will need a refresher lol and i live in constantine! You arent that far away from me!
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CLaPorte432 01-08-2012 04:29 PM

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Originally Posted by Horsecrazy4ever (Post 1292535)
What does a Spanish Mustang act like? Do they like people or do they prefer to be by themself? Could you somewhat describe him for me? I am very interested in the breed.

Okay lets see how short I can keep this...

Nut-Megg is an extremely intelligent horse. He is respectful, kind, gentle. Then he's mischievous, a pain in the butt and stubborn. He is an attention HOG. He pushes his way through my other horses so he can get all the scratching and rubbing. He'll take his head and rest it on-top of your head while you rub all over his chest and neck. (Do you know how heavy a horse head is? HEAVY!)

He can be spunky and light-hearted, but if you get after him for something, he'll pout about it. He's a super easy keeper, I have been having to put a muzzle on him during the summer time while he's turned out because my vet is worried of him foundering. He comes up to you in the pasture instantly.

He was super easy to train for us. When we sent him off to the trainer as a 2 year old, my trainer fell in love with him and his athleticism. He'll go over and through anything. He absolutely LOVE water. We went on a trail ride and he saw the lake and launched himself in. Dunking his head, pawing at it, and then he tried to roll so my mom made him get out. He stood on the shore with his butt to the water and his head turned around to face it like a little child in timeout. He was so ticked off he couldn't go back in. He sat there and pouted.

His dam was the Spanish Mustang, sire was a Curly. Dam was only 13.2 hh, and sire was 14.1, Nut turned out to be a solid 15.1, how? I have no idea. He gets many compliments where-ever we go and people mistaken him for a quarter horse all the time.

As a yearling I did so much groundwork with him, but he bored easily so I taught him to shake, bow and lie down on command. 9 years later, he's still got it all down. I rarely make him lie down anymore, but 8 months could go by, I'll go out in the pasture without any halter or lead rope and he lies down on the first try, every time. When the farrier comes out, he picks his foot up a holds it for the farrier before the farrier is even ready for it. It's quite comical. Back legs included.

He's so so so smart. As a yearling he was super mischievous and a trouble maker but he's now become a super reliable mount for just about anyone. Of course that's if he's ridden regularly. Which he isn't anymore. He'll test you a little bit when you get on him. But once he knows he can't get his way, he's surrenders and is super awesome. He LOVES jumping. Anything that he can launch over he does. I'm not a jumper by any means, but I'll let him pop over downed trees and stuff. If there is a log that's only 8 inches high, he'll over jump it by 2-3 feet. Again, comical...

He loves to be challenged and definitely has the brain power to outsmart people. But he's a great horse that is willing to do anything for me.

I have laid him down at horse shows before, and people flock over to him. He's a ham and loves it. Word gets around quickly and people now come over to visit him and watch him do his tricks.

His personality and attitude have definitely been shaped by all the training that we've done with him. When he was first halter broken, he flipped over and over and over. (I wasn't the one that first haltered him) But with grain and treats and coaxing, he came around. His dam was a pretty good trail horse, and then just became a broodmare that did nothing but have babies for years and years. She was difficult to be caught but once caught she was okay to handle.

He was taken from his mom at 8 months and brought to our place where we started his super consistent training and he's now just a wonderful boy. I know for a fact if he would have stayed with his dam, hadn't moved from that property, he never would have turned out so well. My step-aunt did nothing with her horses except have them pop out babies and put outrageous prices on them. :-x

CLaPorte432 01-08-2012 04:44 PM

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I forgot to add that he has excellent stall manners and he loves to come inside. Whenever you open the stall door he backs away and lets you come in and then he lets you dump his grain and walk out before he digs in. Same with the hay.

Here are some more pictures of him. Sorry if they are big...I tried getting some off of my old laptop, but my battery won't charge on it and it keeps shutting off. Not too happy about that because I have 2000 pictures I need to get off of it somehow. Grrr...


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