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post #1 of 8 Old 05-31-2012, 01:41 AM Thread Starter
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April's First ride in Eleven Years

So I went up to my grandparents house and they own one of our old reining horses. You wouldn't know it to look at her now but she was a +1 in almost everything she did and was shown in a lot of Cowhorse classes too, and won a lot of buckles. She's kind of a funny looking old lady now, but she's a sweetie. That dun horse following her around was her last baby, nine years ago....She was never weaned. Yeah. She's not halter broke, me and mom took on that challenge but we couldn't even get close to her except for a brief scratch. She is essentially a wild horse right now. It sucks because she is a NICE horse. With any luck we might be bringing them both home to work with.

Anywho, April is 20 years old now, and this is essentially the "restarting" process. She came back really nicely! She developed some disrespect issues but was trained previously with a lot of NH methods so I made Mom lunge her while I video'd Her attitude adjustment was successful, then I got to get a "pony ride" and did some walking around on her. I trotted a little but I am ultra paranoid about old horses who are out of shape so it was more of a "Hey, remember when you used to be ridden all the time? Let's do some of that!"

If she does get to come back we will take them both to an arena and round pen and work on getting the baby tame and getting April back in shape, slowly. She was a little sore this morning when we left, poor old girl, but not too bad.

Oh and it was a sucky situation with the tack. I did not like the pad at all, it slipped WAY back on her, but unfortunately the only one we had in the car :( It's the one we use underneath of other pads with a horse who needs "Built up".
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Pssh.I didn't pick up the wrong lead
It's called a counter canter...
...A very advanced maneuver.

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post #2 of 8 Old 06-01-2012, 07:20 PM Thread Starter
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Bump for the frisky old lady? xD

Pssh.I didn't pick up the wrong lead
It's called a counter canter...
...A very advanced maneuver.
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post #3 of 8 Old 06-02-2012, 02:48 PM
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Looking good! That's great that you're getrine her back in shape. ...and I am totally drooling over that dun!

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post #4 of 8 Old 06-02-2012, 02:55 PM
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Oooh. That dun is pretty. I like how she's put together. And not bad at all for having been on break for 11 years!

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post #5 of 8 Old 06-02-2012, 03:19 PM
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Wow, you did really well with her. Hope you get to bring them home to work with both of them.

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post #6 of 8 Old 06-02-2012, 03:37 PM
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So glad the dun didn't do anything stupid. That's pretty scary. Would she have flipped out if someone held him nearby, or is he not able to be handled at all? I'd hate to see you get kicked because Mom gets fed up of Baby chasing her.

That colt is just gorgeous. Hopefully you can work with him and get him up to par; he looks really well put together.
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Tag-along (that's what I'm calling the Dun lol) is super cute! Too bad he's essential wild.

I hope you get to work with them, it would be a shame to waste such a nice looking horse!
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post #8 of 8 Old 06-02-2012, 07:35 PM Thread Starter
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Oh goodness, Bubbles (The ten year old "baby" >.>) is SO nicely bred and SO gorgeous. I want to bring her home so bad, and I would LOVE to get April back into shape more and show her lightly. She would be such a good backup horse for Selena.

As for tagging along....I was worried she was going to kick but it became apparant that as long as she could be with April she was fine. We tried "Weaning" her while we were there and the baby totally panicked. We put her in some seperate fencing and she tore through it. We tried putting them in stalls next to each other and the baby almost stuck her leg through a panel O.O So we let them go...Bubbles DESPERATELY needs a round pen with solid, tall walls and to be worked. We figure it we get the option we can lead April in with her, then lead her out and trap Bubbles and get her to work until she respects us and will let us near her. She's curious, just never been outside that pasture. I've never had an experience like this before so I'm just throwing stuff around right now...There's someone who I haven't talked to in year who used to half a lot of experience gentling mustangs, and I feel like that is pretty similar so I'm trying to get ahold of her.

Bubbles was never even registered....But here's the parents in case you guys wanted to see:

April's Ped: April O Ghost Paint
Junior (Sire's) Ped: El Gato Dun It Quarter Horse

We filled out the registration papers when we were up there, we picke the name "Gata Bubble Gun".

The sire of the baby was SO talented and all his siblings went on to do SO well. If I remember right his full sister showed at the NRHA Derby and placed fifth, another sister showed at worlds...The El Gato Uno babies were AMAZING but just fell into the wrong hands. They just excelled at everything...Reining, cutting, roping, barrels. I LOVED that stud. I used to visit the farm he was at when I was little. He's old, grey, and infertile now. :/

Sorry for the ramble...LOL.

Oh and to answer previous question for equiniphile, Bubbles would FREAK whenever the halter was brought near her. We tried for the amount of time we were there with little progress. Only so much we can do with what we had. :/ Good thing April isn't a kicker. She's had that baby attached to her hip since she was born....Fingers crossed my grandpa takes our offer to take them...

Pssh.I didn't pick up the wrong lead
It's called a counter canter...
...A very advanced maneuver.
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