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post #1 of 1306 Old 07-08-2015, 01:09 PM Thread Starter
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Adventures With Izzie And Diego

Well, I'm dreadfully bored at work, so I decided I'd make a member journal about my girly. I kind of keep quiet on the forum, so perhaps this is a way for people to get to know us a bit.

I own one very wonderful mare named Written In The Stars aka Izzie. Not the best registered name, but it was the only one we could agree on once we decided to change it from the dreadful name she used to have (OLA Shaharazaud; the OLA was given from her previous owners naming their backyard breeding operation Oak Leaf Arabians, which only bred Half Arabians). They also lied on her registration papers about when she was born. If you search OLA Shaharazaud the birth date listed is 4/21/2010, but her papers say 5/6/2010. Coincidence I sent in the deposit for her in April and picked her up May 13th of her yearling year? I think not. They hadn't registered her yet, and also did not register as PtHA as they claimed she was registered in (whatever, we've only done fairs and AHA shows).

Anyway, about Izzie! Izzie is a now 5 year old Half Arabian/Half Paint mare (pedigree here for those interested: Written In The Stars Part-bred Arab). We bought her as a fresh yearling just by seeing her picture on video of her movement. She seemed like a willing, happy filly, so we figured let's go for it! Worst case, she'd wind up a trail horse. Best case, I'd have one heck of a show horse! Well, I got both ;) She's a fun little trail horse who, while nervous sometimes, really wants to do what I ask of her. I am fair when I ask something new, but she knows she has to put forth some effort to earn a reward. This is just an example of her willingness. We had only walked in the creek one other time, and it was from the ground as a yearling or two year old: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BWHlX96Vl9g

I'll make a couple posts of her throughout the years so not as to make one enormous post
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So, this post will be here baby thread, pictures I saw of her before buying, the ones sent before buying (where I went "what in the world are we getting into???") and some throughout the first year with her.

Baby picture!


The pictures that had me sold to get her.



Picture I was sent just days before getting her. Nearly second guessed myself, but SO glad I didn't!


The first day home, settling into her new digs.



Awkward yearling phases!




And of course getting as nasty as you can in the wet Kentucky winters!
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Her two year old year! We hadn't done much really aside from some easy ground work and lots of grooming. We did learn some light lunging in her two year old year, and I did get on a handful of times to walk. Then decided better of it, got pregnant, and let her sit for another year. Sitting on her at 2 though did make getting back on in her three year old year very easy, and the super light riding absolutely did not phase her.

On our first anniversary! We both love this lady!



Some playing out in her field.




I will always love this next picture. My husband and her have always had this weird understanding. Since we brought her home she has never been opposed to him putting her in a "headlock" of sorts. Obviously if she reacted he would let go, and he's clearly not hurting her.


Still so awkward.


But such a pretty face!


Growing up and getting lighter!


And filling out nicely! (yes, that is tobacco hanging, no the horses have never ever messed with it)


Holiday pictures!

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Her three year old year! She did her first under saddle show with a friend of mine. Her exact instructions were to make it a good experience, and if she felt my horse couldn't handle it all she had to do was ask to be excused and I'd meet her at the gate. I'd had a major riding accident off this horse which was my fault. Our barn owner started a lawn mower, and she spooked hard forward and sideways. I lost my balance and fell. Tried to catch myself, and ended up severely dislocating my elbow, tearing my skin, shredding my muscles, and rupturing my brachial artery. I do not blame her nor our barn owner, but my foolishness for trying to catch myself from that fall. She has done nothing like that since.

This was from our second anniversary. Excuse the baby weight


In June, all prior to my accident.



And at her first show. You can see how this show could be overwhelming for a horse new to showing, but she did extremely well!





And total shocker, she got fifth!
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Her four year old year was a decent year as well! My friend showed her once, we had our second child, and then I showed her twice! The show my friend did was an A rated Arabian show, and the judge even commented how much she really liked my mare! Go Izzie!

The first show of the year.





My husband even showed her! Both pictures were purchased.



Then my first show!






And the last show of 2014:



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And now to 2015! This year has been our year! We've been working with instructors who are really helping us come along and really unlock Izzie's talent. I'm being told by judges who judge at Sport Horse Nationals that they REALLY like my horse, and judges who have even told me afterward that my horse really looks like a fun horse to ride!

Our first show doesn't have any pictures, but my friend's awesome dad recorded it for me! We won the class, our first earned blue ribbon!
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SdMSOkIzwjI

Our second show was again the A rated Arabian show, otherwise known as BAHA Spring Blast. This was a GOOD show! We won our first class (which sadly was not recorded; hubby dropped the ball on that) out of two, and earned bonus points for our incentive called KAHABA (Kentucky Arabian and Half Arabian Breeders Alliance which is only open to Kentucky bred Arabians and Half Arabians), took third out of three in our Native Costume class (I only do this class for fun since we'll never be competitive with our dressage way of going), went into Sport Horse In Hand where we were told we took fourth, but just recently found out we actually took second AND won reserve champion! Showed in Sport Horse Under Saddle with our worst ride of the day getting 6th out of 7, and then went into the championship class where we won it! Was a good day!

Our first class (and one before it)







Our Native Costume class (video here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SLc1z7eWnr8)





The Sport Horse Under Saddle class proved hard to take pictures in, so there really aren't many of them. The Sport Horse In Hand class produced eh pictures, and no video. Here are the two videos of the Under Saddle class though:
First class: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5RAFBV9mdzw
Championship class: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ATNY19KPDDc
Just a handful of pictures:




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So now you've seen what Izzie can do show wise, and her growing up. But what earns her the title of Miss Versatile? Well, for one, she's hands down the best horse ever with my kids! As a matter of fact my oldest son (who is 2) showed her in a leadline class at the A rated show! The judge LOVED him, and everyone kept saying how they really, REALLY want to see more leadline kids! He doesn't get to ride often, but when he does he never wants to get off!







Petting is absolutely mandatory ;)


We also "pretend" to do barrels and poles, but really we aren't into that.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Xko150OVHuM
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SG5MTj0HIQs

And this was practice prior to our first Native Costume show. My friend found out her costume had bells on it, so she warned me to practice with bells. Clearly Izzie cares a lot ;)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uSsYFSRkQIM
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Obviously in watching the videos you'll see she is not very consistent in the bridle. We've had quite a few set backs, so we haven't progressed much. We are FINALLY starting to take up good, solid contact with some incosistancy. I do have to work on working more off my seat than my hands, which a lot of my issue was fear from my fall. We had a wonderful ride yesterday with very, very lovely trot work where she was really working well, lifting her back, and holding herself up (she tends to like to dive instead of doing proper turning, but we had GREAT turns yesterday!)

Sadly Kentucky is getting even more rain now, and with no indoor and a clay foundation, riding tends to get pushed out :( I pine for the day I get to have my very own indoor on our very own property.
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Ah! Almost forgot my favorite pictures! My mother in law BEGGED me to take her out to get pictures of us in the snow! We went two different days since her battery died on the first day, oops!

Day one!






Day two!







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So, MAJOR update!

Had my first lesson with a new trainer. AND I LOVE HER!! We are ditching the clinician we'd been going to in favor of her. He served his purpose to help me overcome my fear of falling again and to sit up and not clamp down. But he'd been asking us to do things I didn't agree with (IE making Izzie go from walk to canter and basically running/falling into the canter). Convinced Nick to just let me try her once and we would decide after the lesson. Well there wasn't any real decision making. We're sticking with her. She nailed exactly what I was doing wrong. Basically I found myself just becoming a passenger and letting Izzie get away with far too much (which was only worsened by this clinician who had me doing stuff that was WAY different than the formal training I had in Michigan). Yesterday, I rode. And I mean really rode. Izzie and I were very sweaty and thrilled after this ride. I had an actual stretch from her! She became so supple and I could put that inside hind leg where ever I wanted it! AND we had perfect, prompt canter departs into an extremely lovely, supple, on contact canter. I almost cried I was so happy!!

A little bit about before the ride. We were terrified trying her out. This trainer has been doing extremely well showing, and so have her students (which shows she can train as well as ride very well). She's gone to Europe at least twice that I've known of, and imported awesome horses to sell here. Her current mount apparently was for sale at one point for $300k (according to my former farrier). So we were terrified we would be out of place with our four horse, slant load, stock type trailer and my little half Arab/paint cross. We pulled in, and immediately were welcomed by one of the barn staff, and one of the other riders who told me good luck, what she seemed to be working with today, and that she will be honest but nice. And boy was she spot on!!

And here's stuff to make one's ego bigger. She complimented Izzie on all three gaits! GAH! AND said we really lucked out on how nice she is from what I said (I told her we were afraid she'd have an ugly neck and be 3 inches downhill). Said she really has a nice sport horse look to her, and was talking about eventually doing flying lead changes! That's a higher level than I ever imagined for Izzie and I! And that she reminded her of her daughter's horse who is half Arab/Hanoverian cross. She also asked us to move in with her, which I SOOO wish we could!! May take a look at our finances next year and see if we can swing having her live up there. I don't think it'll happen this year. Also, I just really liked the feeling there. The place we went for the clinic would charge to use a stall to let the horse pee after the ride. Here, we were allowed to use the wash rack, use a stall, and offered water for nothing extra. It honestly felt like I've finally found where we belong, and I couldn't be happier.

Oh, and I introduced her to KAHABA since her daughter's horse is a Kentucky bred Arab ;)

I don't think I'll be coming down off of cloud 9 for a very long time lol
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