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post #11 of 30 Old 09-21-2017, 03:04 PM
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You may want to start with a dressage coach even if jumping is the actual goal. There are more dressage than jumper barns in eastern Nebraska, and it will give your daughter a good foundation that will help her whether she wants to continue with dressage or jump or run barrels. Don't take this wrong, but from the pic you posted, I would start her in dressage until she has a proper seat and balance, before worrying about jumping-- that's a long way off. A jumper barn will start her the same way a dressage barn will-- learning balance and a correct seat and alignment. As an added bonus, once you're in a good lesson program, it's often easier to get into another, especially if her current coach can recommend someone to you who otherwise may not be taking new clients, or recommend your daughter as a good client.

I like the new horse! He looks like a solid citizen.

When looking for hay, don't discount quality hay in the big round bales. Even if you want to hand-feed, it's easy to use a pitchfork and peel off layers (set the bale on end) and much, much cheaper than square bales in this part of the country.
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post #12 of 30 Old 09-21-2017, 03:20 PM Thread Starter
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from the pic you posted, I would start her in dressage until she has a proper seat and balance
Yeah, that photo doesn't do her justice. That paddock was very uneven with some big dips, and I think I just captured her at a bad moment. She does have pretty good form already after several years of lessons.

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When looking for hay, don't discount quality hay in the big round bales. Even if you want to hand-feed, it's easy to use a pitchfork and peel off layers (set the bale on end) and much, much cheaper than square bales in this part of the country.
Unfortunately, my tractor isn't big enough to move round bales. I've tried peeling them apart with a pitchfork before, and it's frustratingly difficult. I also don't have anywhere to store big rounds out of the weather right now. I think I'm going to have to stick with small squares.

We got a late start on baling our pastures this year because the new barn wasn't ready to house the hay. Next year, we should be able to get a full winter's hay off our own property without buying any. <fingers crossed>
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post #13 of 30 Old 09-21-2017, 03:28 PM
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Congrats on the new horse!
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post #14 of 30 Old 09-21-2017, 04:06 PM
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Good looking horse! You have a keeper there. He might be able to jump too; he is built well. Your DD and he make a nice pair.

The color is flea-bitten grey, and it is a stage of the greying process. Dapple grey is seen earlier, when the horse first begins to grey.

I adore the name Frostbite! Frosty for short of course, lol.

Try texting the instructor; seems to be the only way to reach people anymore.
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post #15 of 30 Old 09-21-2017, 04:10 PM
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Another local trainer recommended Sybil, too. I can't get her to answer her email or phone, though. As best I can tell, she's the more expensive of only two jumping trainers in the Lincoln area.

There's lots of dressage trainers that don't jump.

We'll keep trying.
I would also try contacting via FB, she updates the page regularly and it's how a lot of trainers are conducting business nowadays. Good luck in your search!

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post #16 of 30 Old 09-22-2017, 03:37 PM
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Congrats on your new horse. How exciting! He is handsome!
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post #17 of 30 Old 09-24-2017, 03:45 PM
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I was thinking the same. Unless there is some hidden issue he should at the very least be able to handle low level jumps. As they are starting out together maybe having the trainer take him over a few to see how he does and then let them work together on moving from up from there. Nice looking pair!
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post #18 of 30 Old 09-24-2017, 09:40 PM
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For years we've bought red angus feeder calves from a farm which treats their cows and calves as pets. They all come to us with names although I never remember them as they all look the same in the feed lot. The only name I ever remembered was Chili which was a calf born during a particularly cold spell who had frost bitten ears. Chili was tame and my kids played with him despite me reminding them not to play with their food. Chili spent his time with us and moved on.
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post #19 of 30 Old 09-24-2017, 09:54 PM
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Sweet horse! I love the name Frosty!

My daughter's Arab is a flea-bitten grey, and a real gem of a horse too. He's her jumper! Hope you can find a good jumping coach soon. While it's true that a good position is a good position, hunter/jumper position is very different than dressage. My daughter has done both. I think that once a rider has acquired a solid base, it's best to stick with one discipline for a while.

Enjoy Frostbite and best of luck finding a jumper!
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post #20 of 30 Old 09-25-2017, 01:56 PM Thread Starter
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OK, we brought him home on Saturday. A friend was kind enough to loan us his F350 and 3-horse trailer for the trip. He loaded easily enough after we set a bucket of grain in the front of the trailer. He got impatient when we made a quick stop for lunch, and was pretty happy to get out of the trailer when we got home nearly two hours after we loaded him. We stayed off him the rest of Saturday, just to get him comfortable with his new surroundings. He's virtually oblivious to any commotion that's happened so far. I think he misses his old pasture buddies, though, because he called out repeatedly that first evening.

He's quite affectionate. If a group of people are standing near him, he'll make the rounds nosing everybody to see who will scratch his ears next. Out in the pasture, he doesn't come when called yet, but if you walk out to him, he'll walk toward you when you get close. With a few tugs on his halter, he'll usually follow you back to the barn without needing to hold him.

My daughter decided to name him Cochise, so Frostbite is out.

He doesn't like treats. We've tried apples, carrots, and some horse cookies that my daughter made from oats, apples, carrots, bananas, and molasses. The only goodies he likes are grain and the freshly-spouted grass that I'm trying to grow on an embankment in his pasture. I had to run a new electric fence yesterday to keep him out of the young grass until it matures a little.

He isn't wild about bathing. My daughter spent 30 minutes washing him, then turned him loose in the corral, where this sopping wet horse promptly lay down and rolled on his back in the dirt. So, she got to spend another 30 minutes washing all the mud off him. He really got impatient after being tied up & bathed for an hour (total). The second time, we left him tied up while I blow-dried him with a box fan, which he seemed to enjoy. We then led him out to the pasture & locked the corral behind him to keep him out of the dirt, just in case.

He doesn't like the torrential rain we're getting today. That surprises me, because he lived the last few months in an open pasture with no man-made cover. The only trees in our pasture are still too small to offer any cover, and I haven't finished building the stalls in the barn yet. My wife says he's huddled up next to the barn, which offers no production due to the wind direction.

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Good looking horse! You have a keeper there. He might be able to jump too; he is built well. Your DD and he make a nice pair.
No, I don't think he's our jumper, for several reasons. First, he's got flat feet that need some extended attention from a farrier.

Second, numerous people have told me that we don't want to train the horse & rider at the same time. An inexperienced (jumping) rider needs a horse with jumping experience.

Third, my daughter saddled Cochise up yesterday and rode him around the pasture. He took a lot of coaxing to make him move at any speed she wanted (walk/trot/canter). She couldn't get him to canter for more than a few seconds at a time. My daughter's newbie friend could hardly get him to walk at all. I'm sure he'll loosen up with more daily riding, since he's only been ridden slowly once a week, at best, for the last few months, and just walked down trails at a kids Bible camp all summer. He still doesn't strike me as having a jumper mentality, though. That's OK, because it's not why we bought him.
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