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Geez, What a day...
So I have been working Ivy the last 45 days at least 5 days a week, we are getting ready so that when she goes to the trainers she can be as prepared as possible.
Groundwork is excellent. Lunging is still broncy at first if she's feeling great, but she gets down to business pretty quick. Her showmanship is getting pretty good with the basics, and she is packing the french link snaffle (FINALLY!) loosely bitted up comfortably.
BUT, I have been freaking out over her size. She still seems so small and narrow, and I am 5'8 and 140 lbs. 15'3 is what I need for my all-around horse on the circuit. And I seriously doubted she was going to make it... so seriously, that I decided I would not devote the winter to getting her ready for the trainers, nor spend the 90 days fee to get back a horse that simply wasn't going to be tall enough :-(.
I started talking to local breeders about the perfect prospect, and decided to list her on equinenow and craigslist as well as put the word out locally. So I did, today.
THEN I measured her tonight after our session, as well as I could with a tape measure and a stick, with her standing on concrete- she is 61 at the withers and 63 at the hip! She has grown 3 inches in 5 months!! No wonder I am throwing feed at her and she still looks so narrow :D... it doesn't help when she stands next to Whiskey, who is a tank and last measured at 15.3 though I haven't measured her since spring (she's four).
She turns 3 on Feb 21. I am feeling much more confident about her hitting 15.2 and hopeful for the magical 15.3. She'll never be a tank like Whiskey, but now I am feeling much more hopeful :-)
:? I cut my losses on her.
Ivy took a long time to "get" something... every new thing was very difficult for her to grasp, and we were spending a lot of time and not getting anywhere with any consistency... I was very concerned that she wasn't going to be a suitable show prospect - even if she eventually got the height, she would have still been a narrow, toed out, advanced rider's horse that was a little too quick legged for western and a little too small for english... basically, I took a gamble that she would turn out well, and it just wasn't happening... not for the level I show at.
I found Daisy - her price was great. Her bloodlines are fantastic and all of her full siblings are point earners in pleasure and halter. She had a good start and has been well cared for, already w/t/c and ready to be finished for the pen. Daisy turns 4 in April so a nice age. Nice and straight and good minded.
I love my Whiskey, even though she won't show anymore, she's still my girl, my heart horse, and my pampered pasture pet. So with Whiskey, and the kids pony George, I needed to move Ivy down the road so I could bring Daisy home - three is the maximum number of horses allowed in the barn per hubby's orders :D...
A local Craigslist add caught my eye - a local couple wanted a project horse to learn on for a trail prospect - I gave her to them ... she got a great home that is willing to let her grow up for while and then be a trail horse, and I got my new show prospect... win/win! :-)
Good luck with your little one! I also have a four yr. old just started under saddle. I look at him compared to my other horses and he still seems so small, they are still growing at four....so she may grow some more!
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