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nyaps 10-16-2012 06:32 PM

Just wanting to gush about my newish horse!
After one 'bad' horse, Odie, (who is now chilling in the pasture, but we have a prospective buyer. He came to us underweight and he's now a good weight and healthy! yay), I finally have the perfect horse. Well, in my eyes, he's the perfect horse. His name is Diamond and he's a 12 year old chestnut arabian. He was trained English, but he can be ridden western and I plan on riding him in a western saddle until I get used to riding again and then possibly picking up English.

So far, he's great though. He's sweet and obviously very well trained! He's been very forgiving of me getting nervous and probably making some mistakes. However, he's hard for me to stop in the canter and will ignore me during the canter, but listens very well otherwise. I just need to work on being firmer, I guess (I am working with an instructor. He didn't take off or anything, just slowly cantered). But other than that, he's been a lot of fun. And I love just hanging with him on the ground. And he's so cute and sweet!

Here's some pictures! :D

PS: I know Odie's dirty, but he really is too much for me (which is why we're selling him) and he would not let me catch him to groom him. :\ I walked around after him and he ended up rearing and bucking in my direction and I just gave up on it that day because I really didn't want to deal with him. Also the farrier has been here since those pictures.

Country Woman 10-16-2012 06:40 PM

I love Arabs
good luck with him and good luck with selling Odie

nyaps 10-16-2012 07:03 PM

Thank you! :D

Also, when he refuses to stop, he canters to the barn where his buddy is. He doesn't take off into a run or anything, just slowly canters there and basically stops. What can I do to stop him from that? Other than just learning to be firmer.

Country Woman 10-16-2012 09:08 PM

I would get off your horse and lead him to the barn for the first while
but that is just me

nyaps 10-16-2012 09:11 PM

well, when my instructor gives me riding lessons, it's in the pasture. But the other horse is stalled and everything and there are no loose horses running around. When I try cantering him, I canter him in the opposite direction of the barn, but then he won't stop and circles all the way around the pasture to get to the barn. Then he stops outside of it and waits.

Editing to add that he is completely fine at the walk and trot (he did take me a bit longer to stop at the trot at first, but I can stop him fine now). He doesn't even call back to Odie who's in the barn.

Country Woman 10-16-2012 09:19 PM

I hope you figure this out

nyaps 10-16-2012 09:20 PM

Thank you! :D I probably should just learn to be firmer or something. I don't know.

Country Woman 10-16-2012 09:25 PM

just listen to what your trainer says and suggests what you should do

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