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post #311 of 330 Old 01-27-2019, 11:43 AM Thread Starter
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Joy looks good in all the photos. You are trying to sell yourself in this photo. Take a look at the professional photos other trainers use. I just happen to think that that photo is the one that makes you look the most professional.
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post #312 of 330 Old 02-15-2019, 02:15 PM Thread Starter
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Well I am super excited!!

Joy and I went to our first show under saddle together last weekend! She was AMAZING! I was riding another horse at the show and we got there late, so I only had time to warm up one horse. The other horse was feisty and our classes were first so I rode her. She did great - got a first, second, and third place on that horse.

Joy's classes were next. There was really no way to warm her up because they had classes going on in the arena. This particular arena causes horses to spook a LOT because there are stalls about 10 feet away from the rail on about 80% of the arena and you can see through to the aisle ways which is where people tend to hang out. I did trot her around outside for about 5 mins but it started snowing so I went in the barn aisle way.

I was SO nervous going into my first class on a horse at her first show that hadn't really even been warmed up. But she absolutely KILLED it! She was AMAZING! She stayed collected the entire time, her transitions were beautiful, and she listened to me the entire time. I almost teared up I was so proud. And she came in 2nd out of 9 or 10 horses! And most of these horses had much more time on them, I'd say she by far had less rides than any other horse there. She had about 35 rides on her at that point. Oh my gosh I was grinning from ear to ear.

Her second class didn't go as well, but it was still good. It was a green horse class and a lot of the green horses in that class were going sideways, cutting each other off, etc etc. Just green horse stuff. She gets really nervous when horses crowd her so she stopped once and her head came up a few times. Still not bad though! That's what a schooling show is for!

So yeah. I can't wait to keep showing her this year. I plan on doing as many schooling shows as I can this year. Not worried about placing or anything. It's going to be a year of light riding, exposure, and fun. Hopefully by next year she'll be a solid little dressage horse.

It's just an amazing feeling to see this horse that I've had since she was a weanling grow up into such a nice 3 year old.
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post #313 of 330 Old 02-15-2019, 04:54 PM
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Congratulations, does she get a lot of attention because she is Friesian?
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post #314 of 330 Old 02-15-2019, 06:44 PM
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Omgosh I'm so proud of you two!! It's been amazing following y'all from the beginning to this, her first ever show under saddle! And what an accomplishment for you too, considering that you started her yourself and brought her all this way! I know I'd be just about bursting with pride, lol. Good job you two! :))

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post #315 of 330 Old 03-23-2019, 02:22 PM Thread Starter
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Thank you so much! @JoBlueQuarter @whisperbaby22 yes, a lot of people came up and complimented her. There were other Friesians there though she kinda fit in. Haha.

I can't believe I haven't posted here in over a month. I just haven't really had time. My trainer is moving early April. I am trying to work out training with someone else but my schedule is filling up so much that it's getting overwhelming. Joy is coming back to my house soon which is bittersweet. There is nowhere to ride. I am just feeling like I am in a bit of a funk. Seems like nothing is working out for me timing wise and there are WAY too many details to put in my journal. I'll be sure to post anything significant that comes up...

I have been working with Joy on a couple of things. Bareback and bridleless riding (which she is awesome at!) and picking up the left lead. Thank goodness she is FINALLY starting to get it. That was a HUGE challenge.

My trainer made a video of Joy and I -

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Well, my trainer has moved away and I am currently without an internship.. I am going to resume it as soon as possible with another reputable horseman but my husband wants me to take a break for a bit to get some bills under control. It's really hard not to go to the barn every day and continue learning how to train but I am trying to be reasonable about it.

My friend did drop off her horse at my house for me to train. His name is Rusty. He is on his 4th ride w/ me. He's pretty broke as far as not being spooky or anything but knows absolutely nothing. Can't stop, turn, and didn't even lope when I got him. He is sweet though and very smart so I am excited to see what I can do with him in a few weeks.

So, @horseluvr2524 despite my original plan not to teach Joy how to rear I have started on it. LOL. ONLY because I worked with a professional liberty trainer for a year and learned how to do it correctly and safely. Not to mention, Joy just may be used for expos soon.
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Life does often make horses take a back seat, but you are so lucky to be able to do anything at all with horses, so many horse lovers just can't make it work.

Your talent will keep, opportunities will come along.
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post #318 of 330 Old 04-23-2019, 04:15 PM Thread Starter
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Life does often make horses take a back seat, but you are so lucky to be able to do anything at all with horses, so many horse lovers just can't make it work.

Your talent will keep, opportunities will come along.
This really meant a lot to me... Thank you.... I know it wasn't a long reply but it really touched me.

I need to buy a UV fly sheet for Joy. She's getting sun bleached

Rusty is doing really well. We've had a couple rough rides but that's normal when training. Honestly, considering his background, I'm surprised there hasn't been more resistance from him. I've had him less than 2 weeks and he's riding like he has closer to 30 days on him. I attached pictures. He did not lope under saddle at all when I got him.. and would only trot a couple of steps. Didn't really turn (which we are still working on)
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post #319 of 330 Old 04-30-2019, 09:05 PM Thread Starter
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I got pictures of Joy rearing! Not much height yet, but I am focusing on consistency and doing it safely right now.
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post #320 of 330 Old 04-30-2019, 10:57 PM
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Oh she looks great.
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