All About Indie -- Progress Journal
So, a brief introduction to this journal:
I've been riding for seven and a half years, and throughout those seven and a half years.. I've been showing for four, and leasing for three.
After deciding that Major wasn't the horse for me, and after convincing my dad to buy me my first horse.. I started checking the horse classifieds daily in hopes of finding a horse. I was being pretty specific: mare, Thoroughbred, at least 16hh, English-trained, forward thinking, and preferably, with a bit of chrome.
I found maybe three or four horses, none were in my dad's travel distance.. so I kept searching.
There was one ad that I constantly skipped over. An ad for a ten year old OTTB mare who was used as a broodmare for a few years (producing one Thoroughbred/Oldenburg cross colt) and just now getting back into work. I was a bit put off at first because of her age and the fact that she was off the track and used as a broodmare. After awhile, I decided I'd inquire to the seller.. and that began it all.
On a very nice Saturday afternoon, we headed out to see the mare known as "Honey". The barn was located out in the middle of nowhere and there were flies everywhere! The seller greeted us and led us back to Honey's stall where I saw a tall and lanky chestnut mare gazing through the bars at us. Once she was on the cross ties, I looked her over.
The seller explained that she was a bit of a hard keeper and that she cribbed, hence the cribbing collar. She told us a bit about her history before tacking Honey up and heading down to the ring.
Honey definitely needed a bit of work, but I liked her. She was incredibly sweet and good-natured. After talking about her a little bit more, we left and the next day, I asked about coming down the following Sunday.
This visit, Honey (who I secretly renamed Indie), went incredibly well. She was rounded and much more engaged. I decided then and there that she was perfect. She was incredibly affectionate as the seller and I talked more about diet and her particular needs.
On the way home, I convinced my dad to let us make an offer on her. The seller accepted and once she cleared the vet check and we finalized everything, she'd be on her way home and she'd officially belong to me.
As of today, August 30, and a nice long discussion with the vet.. we've decided that Indie is the one for us. We're going to be getting a x-ray on her fetlock just for piece of mind.. but we've decided on her. The vet suggested a joint supplement so hopefully she'll strive on it and we'll go on to have great times together and really form a bond.
My next post will likely be about bringing her home!
Here's a thread that documents about the final details:
And this is my first, less than pretty ride on her:
September 7, 2012
Just a quick summary of last night because my keyboard is acting up some.
I spent around four and a half hours at the barn last night after school just trying to get Indie settled in. I rode her walk/trot just because she was still getting used to the barn and it was her first time in the ring. She didn't even flinch when the pigeons were flying around making noise, which my lease horse has quite a few times.
She's incredibly patient and sweet, although a bit pushy. While riding, she was a bit antsy at first but after awhile, she calmed down and was able to keep a rhythm. I admit that I was a bit stressed out, so I'm thinking that today will be much better. :)
Congratulations on inquiring Indie
She is a looker :-)
You both look good.
Maybe try lowering your bit a little. I know, I know, everyone as it high because everyone has it high.
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Thanks everyone! She appears to have a slight allergy to bug bites, but my instructor is putting some stuff into her feed that is supposed to help. Once we get the bug bites minimalized, and we get some weight and muscle on her.. she's going to be stunning! :) I'll try lowering her bit some, thanks! I had some difficult adjusting it but I'm going to clean it tomorrow so I'll change it then.
September 8, 2012
I headed to the barn at 8:30 this morning, and got home at about 1:45.. so it was a relatively long morning.
When I first got there, she was eating her very large breakfast so I decided to get the polos re-rolled while she ate.. after she was done, I brought her out onto the cross ties and tried to wrap her legs. I got three legs done pretty well, except when it came time to re-do the front right.. she seemed to be a bit restless. Eventually, she kept her leg down long enough for me to get it wrapped nicely. Indie is the most patient, yet impatient horse, I've met.. which is somewhat contradicting but it's true. She was awfully glad when I finally put her bridle on.. she shook her head about five times before convincing me that I may have adopted a special needs horse haha. :)
Our ride started out frustrating to say the least.. the stirrups were killing my feet and she kept trying to trot off with even the slightest leg pressure. I'm trying to teach her to differentiate when I mean change gait and just when I'm keeping a bit of lower leg on. I remembered my instructor always saying, "when you have difficulty with a gait, work on whatever leads up to it", so we worked on stopping and walking for a good forty minutes. By the end, she would stand for ten to fifteen seconds while I was on her back with a loose rein and she'd walk a few circles on a loose rein with no attempts at trotting off.. so I stopped it there. :) We walked around the arena a few times practicing standing still until we headed up.
I untacked her and hosed her off until all her joints were cool to the touch and then I brought her in to rub her legs down and put fly spray on her. After I let her eat some grass outside, I put her in her stall to finish her grain and munch on hay. I also tried the anti-cribbing spray and she didn't try grabbing the stall gate.. maybe it was just a coincidence though, we'll see!
While giving her a break from the cross ties, I rolled up my polo wraps and cleaned out my supply box. I really hope the stuff from Schneider's soon because I'd like to have a fly sheet on her as soon as possible.. plus her halter and cribbing collar are a bit old and not too nice looking.
Then, I brought her out again to check her joints and I hosed them all off again just to be safe.. since I knew she'd be in her stall again for the afternoon. There's another mare in a stall across from her, because she had thrown a shoe so she was waiting for the farrier to come.. so at least Indie has company. :) We walked around the dooryard to stretch out her legs and I let her munch on some grass. I think she's a true grassaholic, I don't think I've ever seen another horse eat grass that fast haha.. so I would take her for a lap around the driveway in between every few bites. She ended up pulling the root up with a patch of grass so she continued to shake it around until the bottom fell off.. I thought it was pretty funny. :)
So needless to say, our day started out a bit rough but it ended on a wonderful note. :) I'm just hoping I can get a ride over tomorrow!
I also managed to get a hornet stuck under the collar of my jacket which resulted in two stings.. I was just fastening Indie's cribbing collar and all of a sudden, I had the worst feeling in the side of my neck. I guess I'll just be grateful that it was me and not Indie!
Also, here's another picture from last night..
I love how you go into detail about everything you did with her. It's exciting to hear about a person getting a new horse, but not many people tell what happens after that. I may start one of these for my horse :)
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Oh, and sorry to double post, but she is SO gorgeous!!
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Thanks! I'm completely biased, but I agree. :) She's basically that perfect shade of chestnut.. not too red, not too brown. Even my mom loves her! I'm so excited to see her with more weight on her and her new halter, she'll be the envy of the barn! The only negative thing my instructor has really talked about is her "race horse legs".. but the vet said most of what's there is simply "cosmetic" so to speak, and she said Indie should be good to go so I'm hoping she was right. I've become pretty vigilant about her joints though.
And that's why I wanted to make one. I had started one back in December 2010 for my lease horse but only made a few entries. I figure that since Indie is actually mine, I should write everything down so that I can go back and compare her progress. :)
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