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EveningShadows 03-04-2012 11:31 PM

Progress :)
 
Just wanted to say a little hurrah for recent training hurtles...

This is Dove - 13 year old Appaloosa/Mustang mare, dam to my 7 year old Welsh Pony mare.

http://i1190.photobucket.com/albums/...897600x532.jpg

She was the very first horse I bought 10 years ago as an untrained 3 year old when I was 16 years old. I traded her to my mom after a couple years and she's been used on and off as a trail horse most of her life. Dabbled into english and some small jumps in 2008 and nothing since...until I bought her back from my mom in late December 2011!

After 3 years off completely, there was ALOT of work to do...right back to basics of leading, grooming, respect and fundamentals of riding. In 2 short months Dove has made so much progress...just look!

January

http://i1190.photobucket.com/albums/...42212865_n.jpg

http://i1190.photobucket.com/albums/...55808192_n.jpg

February

http://i1190.photobucket.com/albums/...966600x473.jpg

http://i1190.photobucket.com/albums/...935600x450.jpg

http://i1190.photobucket.com/albums/...952600x450.jpg

I've been riding her at least twice a week and have a friend part boarding her riding her 2 days a week as well, overall getting her back into a decent and healthy weight and only 5-6 rides in fairly loose draw reins has done her a world of good! These next couple pictures are from yesterday :)

http://i1190.photobucket.com/albums/...Dove/DJ008.jpg

http://i1190.photobucket.com/albums/...Dove/DJ059.jpg

http://i1190.photobucket.com/albums/...Dove/DJ007.jpg

I'm just so proud of her...this year is all about bringing her back into work, getting her in shape, and furthering her training - summer 2013 will be her debute to the show ring. Can't wait, just had to share!

CLaPorte432 03-04-2012 11:43 PM

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She looks sassy. LoL. And holy cow is she fat!

She is looking really good under saddle though!

sommsama09 03-04-2012 11:45 PM

Gorgeous! Congrats with all her/both of your achievements - shes a good mover!

EveningShadows 03-04-2012 11:47 PM

HAHAHAHA! I know...less than 15hh and a whopping 1350lbs when I brought her home in December I'm happy to say she's already down to 1200lbs just from a controlled and healthy diet instead of freefed hay! Between 1000-1100lbs is her happy zone, she's a husky mare and has always been thick, but she has a ways to go yet!

Dove is ironically one of the safest horses we have, even with the time off. Not a mean bone in her body, she's a doll and I'm so happy to have her back!

Walkamile 03-04-2012 11:51 PM

What a little power house! The last 3 pictures really show the progress. Very nice!

mom2pride 03-05-2012 03:07 AM

Nice looking mare, and you two have made amazing progress in a short time! Way to go!

EveningShadows 03-06-2012 09:30 PM

Thank you so much! She is quite the little tank :) I know there's still a looooong ways to go, but the immediate improvement in just a couple months made me really proud!

Lexiie 03-06-2012 09:34 PM

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she weights more than my 15.1 hh mare!
She is ABSOLUTELY adorable though! I love her color!

EveningShadows 03-06-2012 09:40 PM

Sadly, she weighs the same as some of the 17hh warmbloods at my barn...she's a work in progress! Haha! Diet and exersize has done her a WORLD of good, going to start some road conditioning in a month or so, LOTS of trotting! Aiming to do some endurance with her this summer :) Just a 15 miler but it's something!


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