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post #1 of 554 Old 07-20-2017, 12:26 PM Thread Starter
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Journey Begins Again - On the Road to Making a Bridle Horse

Long initial post, but thought I'd document my new journey.

I never posted about this, but last year I lost my heart horse, Star, in a stable accident. It was horrific and quick and I was in shock for several weeks and then mourned for months after. I am still quite affected by it, but have gotten to the point of moving on. Right after it happened, I spent a lot of time with Pi, who was also greatly affected at losing her pasture mate, just going out on long relaxing trail rides. It was good therapy for both of us.

Immediately after it happened, like the DAY after it happened, people started offering horses to me. I politely declined as I was NOT in the mood for a strange horse coming that I would have to take care of, I WANTED to mourn for my Star and Pi had the company of the horses across the street. I knew I would eventually get another horse, but would look for another horse that could compete in cow horse when I was ready.

In the last few months, my cow horse buddies have all been looking for new horses and some have been selling horses, so the bug started growing in me. When I got Pi, I was not actively looking for another horse, but thought if one fell in my lap I'd get it. Well, Pi fell in my lap and I got her, LOL. I started recently casually looking at prospects, thinking a 2 to 4 year old would do, although some of my friends have recently got horses and are going to Snaffle Bit this year. If I got a 3 year old, it would be too late for me to go to Snaffle Bit and couldn't do Snaffle Bit on a 4 yo. So was thinking, maybe a 2 year old would work and I could go to Snaffle Bit next year.

Of course the other factor is $$. One of my friends has bred NICE horses, but she is getting out of the breeding business and is selling off her last foals now. Well, since she put a lot of time, effort, & $$ in selecting money earning mares and top stallions, her foals are way out of my price range. The one I REALLY wanted, a Spots Hot filly, was priced (and sold) for $10k. Yea, there is no way I could every justify spending that much on a filly. So I've been looking casually at some fillies, but had not gone to see any. There are some in my price range which are nicely bred and put together though.

The friend who I bought Pi from & who has Pi's older full Sister and younger full brother, recently learned she was pregnant. She has bred some of her horses, including Pi's Sister, and had a yearling (a little older than a yearling) filly that she put up on FB to sell. The pix was horrible, but I thought that of Pi too. But I liked the bloodlines .... Dam (Pi's Sister) is by Shiners Buenonic out of a Nu Cash Mare (Dots Nu Cash). Sire is by Smart Little Lena out of a Peptoboonsmal mare (Bet Yer Boons). She is a Palomino - not one of my favorite colors, but then I was not looking for a sorrel either and ended up with Pi.

I asked how much she was looking for the filly and she said because it was me she would make me a good deal. We were Best Show Buddies when she was showing and have keep in touch since then and I bought Pi from her. She sent me some other pix, which weren't that great, so I arranged to go and see her last weekend. I took my breeder friend with me to give me a unabashed critical eye.

The filly was pretty up and flighty, pretty gangly and they had not cleaned her up at all. She still looked horrible, LOL. We tried getting some confo pix, but she was not making it easy. She knows nothing, too. When I took over the lead rope I asked her to do a few things - like not run me over and move off to the side or move back a step or two - since she knew nothing, she was a big confused, but I was really happy that she actually paid attention and TRIED when she realized I was asking to do something.

She toes out in the front and seems a little light in the bones. She has some other issues conformationally that make her questionable. We got some pix and some video of her moving at liberty out in the big pen (they had no round pen) and I told my friend I'd let her know. Sent it all to my trainer and he was not real impressed with her; there are some really put together prospects out there (but of course they are pricey) and she was not one of them, LOL. But I thought she actually showed some promise and potential and that many of her problems could be corrected or lessened with some attention; and if she didn't work out, then I'd be able to sell her for close or more of what I put into her as she was more than affordable. So after all the discussing and thinking, I ended up taking her. I pick her up on 7/29.

So, here is, Scarlett (Sheza Smart Nu Ride) ...

Not sure how old she is here, but she was obviously small:


This was taken, I think, a few weeks ago:


This was taken last Sunday (7/16/17):


Her papers:


The plan is to get some good food in her, condition her, start desensitizing her to the saddle and some other things. Long term goal is to make her into a bridle horse with all the steps. The first interim goal would be to make it to Snaffle Bit (Non Pro Limited - Boxing) in 2019. If she is not going to cut it by end of NEXT year (2018), then I would sell her. I'm not getting any younger, so she may be my best chance to start one up and get ready for the big show. I do want to ride in the Snaffle Bit at least once ... it's a "bucket list" thing. Obviously I will have plenty of trainer help along the way and it most certainly will be a journey! I am excited to start and will update along the way.

Thanks for those who got through the novel, LOL ...
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I forgot how much work a 2nd horse is, LOL! Started Sunday prepping the corral for Scarlett. That means dragging the 11 12' corral panels into the pen I want to keep her in and deciding where they would go. Not an easy feat for me, LOL, but it got done! Now just need to put them up and clamp them together and to the existing telephone poles in the ground that the prior fence was attached to; I'll do that tonight. Getting new corner plastic feeders for her and Pi and adding a few minor additions to "update" the corral. Plus we got some new hay; good thing I bought Scarlett before we got our hay, otherwise I would have gotten enough for both horses for the year. Not a horrible thing, but something that I don't have to worry about now. Need some time to ride Pi, but maybe tomorrow ...
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Scarlett is home! Got up to Madera about 10:30-ish on Saturday and unfortunately they did not have a chance to clean her up at all. My friend has a carcass pick-up service and had a few calls before I got there plus one of their horses coliced and had to be taken to the vet. My friend got Scarlett separated and in a stall and then we went to lunch. Got back to her place and her boyfriend led her out to load up. I was parked on the road. She really doesn't know much, barely how to lead, but he's a big guy and she followed him easily enough. She loaded right up but was NOT happy about being in the trailer alone. We left her loose with the halter and lead on. She travelled really well home, except when I stopped for a bathroom break or gas, then she started pawing at the trailer.

Close to home I called my trainer and asked if he was available to come and help me unload her as my property is not fully fenced and I was afraid of her getting away from me. So he met me at my house (we got home about 5 pm) with 3 of his kids and got the lead rope through the door, we opened it and ... she stepped nice and calmly out, LOL. But being the trainer he started her lessons right off the bat ("Let the Learning begin!"), keeping her off of him and bending her. She caught on pretty quick and has not really tried to crowd you like she did before. He got her leading up and bending nicely in both directions and then put his kids on her, LOL. She was fine with them ... They just sat on her a few minutes. Then off they came.




Pi was SOOO excited to have another horse there she was RUNNING, and BUCKING and REARING, LOL. But she stopped by the time I got the camera out. My trainer said to leave her halter on for now and just go down and catch her up a few times a day (she's not good to catch), so I did that few more times that night. And had more to do on her stall, so was out there well past dark.

Sunday I did even MORE work on the corral and caught her up a few times before company came. She actually came up to me on her own at least once. Friends came over to see Scarlett and I caught her up then too. She's friendly to people, but has not had that much exposure to alot of them. Still a little skittish and will try to pull back/escape, but when she hits pressure, she gives and she'll stand quietly. After company left it was more catching up and bending (I spend about 5-10 minutes at a time doing that) and more work out in the corral (the entire corral was fenced with smooth wire; I put up pipe corral on the inside and took that off [which was a laborious process]). I dribbled the hose on her since it was stinking hot; she was not very appreciative of it, LOL, but ended up standing quietly even when I put it over her back. I left her go and she promptly rolled:




Monday (7/31) I had off as I am having my house painted & the painter had to get into the dog area, so had to be there to contain the dogs in the house. That gave me time to finish Scarlett's corral and run all the wire to the dump. Working on her corral gave her the chance to just hang out with me, even if it was while I was banging way at things, LOL. The farrier came last night to trim her feet. He agrees her right front is turned out some but he did not seem to think it would affect her future performance. He did not know if it would correct with better hoof care, but we'll give it a shot and then work with what we get. She was pretty good for him, but would pull her feet away from him if he holding it too long for her tastes. He was very patient with her though, so it was a good experience.

All in all, I am very happy with her so far and with how quickly she has settled in. She has called for her herd a few times, but it hasn't been excessive. She called out once and Pi answered and then the horse across the street chimed in and Pi looked at him like, "I wasn't asking for YOUR opinion." LOL ... Now that I am done with the corral work, I am looking forward to doing some other, different stuff with her.
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Love! the pic of her rolling!
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Congratulations! She sounds like a good-minded horse, and quite nicely put together. The expression on your trainer's face was priceless; he likes this little mare!
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Love! the pic of her rolling!
Thanks @carshon ! I loved that she felt comfortable enough to roll and really get into it, LOL.

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Congratulations! She sounds like a good-minded horse, and quite nicely put together. The expression on your trainer's face was priceless; he likes this little mare!
Thanks @AnitaAnne . She seems to have a good mind and I'm really happy about that. Yea, my trainer did not like her much from her pix & video (had picked out 3-4 things he didn't like), but liked her A LOT better in person (all but one of those issues were gone, LOL). He was still concerned about her turned out right front, and still is, but is on the "wait and see" band wagon now since he likes her.
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What a gorgeous girl!
Congratulations on your purchase!!

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Thanks @Zexious . Never thought I'd own a palomino (not one of my favorite colors), but never thought I'd get a sorrel either, and ended up with Pi. She is a cute little thing and should develop into the cowhorse she's bred to be. But until she does, I'll definitely have fun playing with her and getting her prepared for her future job.
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Last night was good for Scarlett! We worked a little more on leading and bending. I also put the hose on her with a strong mist which she tolerated and then seemed to really enjoy (it was hot and humid out!). I even "misted" her head and she was curious enough to lip the misting water. I am pleased with her progress and hope to be taking off the halter in her pen soon. Weather was threatening to thunder storm, but in the end bypassed us. Some pix from last night (hard to get one of her on lead since she is in my face when the camera is up, LOL), the weather light made her particularly golden:




You can see her in the lower right corner ...
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She is a beauty and going to be a remarkable horse...
Let time and nature with some small human tweaking work on "fixing", strengthening any issues...
Lena horses are tough...

Now that name, "Scarlett" is perfect...
Such a hidden gem...
Enjoy her and hugs for the hole you still have from losing your other...
We never forget, but time has a way of allowing us to love again fiercely...
It is your time.
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