Ana's thread - Adventures in Morgan Horse Ownership
I thought I'd start a thread about little Ana. We've had her for 5 days now. I go see her every night after work to check on her.
She's quite the little busy body. I noticed that her halter is laying in the dirt every time I stop by. I hung it back up last night and stood there talking to the BO for a minute when I saw her pick it up and throw it back in the dirt. "So that's what's been happening to my halters" said the BO :lol:
She's very interested in people. When others show up to do whatever she runs up to the fence and tries to get their attention.
I snuck into her paddock last night to check her water and she came running out of her stall like a bat out of hell to say hello.
The BO really likes her "she's the most jovial horse I've ever met" he said. I would have to agree.
Yay! I'm glad you found something. She looks like a nice horse. Very cute!
yay! congrats on the Morgan.
that's a morgan personality right there. friendly and curious.
We tried out 3 saddles 2 girths and 1 saddle pad today. The saddle pad is definitely a big score - it fits her, it looks good on her and it provides some extra cushion.
The other stuff, not so much. The hunt saddle fits her but the girth doesn't, one of the dressage saddles doesn't fit at all, one kind of fits except the billet straps are too long or the dressage girth is too short.
I lunged her today for the first time. I wouldn't call it an epic fail but I wouldn't exactly call it a success either.
She was really spunky and would only trot, canter or stop. But it was super cold out today so it might be related to that. We had some trouble with the footing. There is just so much stuff around there so you have to find just the right area to exercise. I underestimated how much lunge line she would take up so we got a little close to the tennis court and tree stump but she's a smart girl and just knew to avoid them.
She was cute though when she stopped. I told her whoa and she didn't stop right away but continued for another circle and then came to a dead stop and looked at me at which point I slowly walked up to her, petted her, moved the lunge clip to and lunged her going the other direction. She acted pretty much the same way on the other side, hurried trot, spunky canter, hurried trot, dead stop.
Lessons learned today: overestimate the amount of space you need, figure out a way to maintain control of her gait. She seems to know the word "canter" but not "walk" and I'm getting a very delayed response on "whoa". Her default gait is trot.
Well we got a lot accomplished this weekend and it's only Saturday. We tried out and returned two trial saddles. We did some lunge work. We worked with the BO to get a tack area established and moved and organized all my horse supplies.
I visited her this morning and she's doing great. She had a few strands of straw stuck to the mane on her forehead giving her that fresh "rolled out of stall" look. Should have taken a picture - it was so cute.
Now more winter weather is coming our way so I won't get a chance to do much until it clears up.
I'm planning on riding her next weekend in the Pessoa I have on loan. That should give me enough time to get her girth exchanged and soften up the stirrup leathers.
Saddle Fitting Session
Here is a picture of her trying on saddles. She was so patient standing there in the cross-ties. There was a yearling in the stall next to her and a big horse in front of her; didn't bother her one bit.
Ana in Snow
Here is a picture from Sunday :D
Oh my gosh! I think your at my old barn! I use that term loosely since we left after a couple of weeks. I had to send my horse to a trainer, but we will be back. I love that place! Shady creek, right? The BO is the best and the boarders are all very nice!
I can't wait for them to put in the arena! It's going to be fantastic. I had to take my horse to Saddleback for 30 days of training. She's a great horse, but has been in the pasture for over a year before I got her. Thinking of selling her and getting an easy going trail horse so I can board back at Shady Creek. Ditto that on the weather, it has been horrible!
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