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post #21 of 34 Old 09-18-2017, 11:27 AM
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Looks like she has dapples, so happy for you.
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post #22 of 34 Old 09-19-2017, 12:54 AM Thread Starter
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Looks like she has dapples, so happy for you.
Thanks! Yes, she does have dapples.

Gottatrot, I'll keep you posted on the jumping.
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post #23 of 34 Old 09-19-2017, 05:44 AM
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Thanks! Yes, she does have dapples.

Gottatrot, I'll keep you posted on the jumping.
I found some pictures online of some neat little Morgans jumping. Have to say they do it cuter than TBs.
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post #24 of 34 Old 09-19-2017, 04:07 PM Thread Starter
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Nice pic.

Well, I know jumping is not *all* about size/height, but Sunshine is not a little Morgan at 16hh. At this stage in my life, I doubt I'd jump anything more than 3'2" anyway. I'm a long way from there at the moment.

I'm especially happy that she was originally purchased for an 8-yr-old as a Western show horse. The girl was too timid, which is why the mom sold the mare. She is great with kids and my 7-yr-old loves her. Perhaps next year he'll start taking lessons. Right now it's all about me.
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post #25 of 34 Old 09-19-2017, 04:29 PM
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She is beautiful. Congrats on her!
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post #26 of 34 Old 09-22-2017, 04:52 PM Thread Starter
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Thank you.

We are getting on well.

I could tell my trainer was dying to get on Sunshine. Her first response was: "she has a beautiful posting trot!" We are both smitten with her.
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post #27 of 34 Old 09-22-2017, 07:41 PM
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What a true beauty....

Enjoy your journey together now started...

No matter what you decide to do, you will have much envy as a riding pair extraordinaire.
Enjoy... do be selfish and keep her for "you"....
She is your horse and it is you who should ride her....

When your child is ready to start lessons, have those basics learned on a school horse and keep this horse for a more advanced rider...YOU!!
You are the rider, you are the owner and you, remember you owe no one riding rights, no reason to lend to others or feel the pressure of "sharing"....
Yours, Yours, YOURS....
Learn the word "NO" too....no you may not borrow her, not ride her, not use her for others lessons or showing..."No, NO, NO!
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yup, jmo...
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The worst day is instantly better when shared with my horse.....
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post #28 of 34 Old 09-25-2017, 02:28 AM Thread Starter
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What a true beauty....
Enjoy... do be selfish and keep her for "you"....
She is your horse and it is you who should ride her....

When your child is ready to start lessons, have those basics learned on a school horse and keep this horse for a more advanced rider...YOU!!
You are the rider, you are the owner and you, remember you owe no one riding rights, no reason to lend to others or feel the pressure of "sharing"....
Yours, Yours, YOURS....
Learn the word "NO" too....no you may not borrow her, not ride her, not use her for others lessons or showing..."No, NO, NO!
.....
yup, jmo...
Thanks, Horselovinguy.

I have already had to say no to two people who offered to exercise her for me. My instructor offered her show jumping daughter as someone who could "help" me work with Sunshine over jumps (help me by riding her, not helping me learn to jump). I said no to that too.

I have indeed informed my son that he will learn on a school horse. He wasn't entirely pleased.

Who knew I'd have to work so hard to make something all about me.
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post #29 of 34 Old 10-17-2017, 02:21 PM
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I whole heartedly think you need this time for yourself so that you two can work on being a team but I would actually reconsider your instructor's offer concerning jumping. You don't want to learn or relearn to jump on a horse that there is a question about. I don't remember reading if that was part of her career pre injury or not. Either way it may be worth it to see a good, experienced (currently) rider take her over a few for an evaluation by you and your instructor if she has been jumped before or by a good, experienced rider capable of teaching a horse to jump if she hasn't under your instructor with you there. Does your instructor train as well as instruct rider's? What is her level or is she that confident in her daughter and her experience that it would be a good fit to see what your mare can do? When you are both comfortable with you and the horse's ability then move forward and jump together. I have seen some disaster's (like call the ambulance and person is hospitalized with serious injuries) with riders that aren't ready on horses that don't really know what they are doing but they were adamant that they wanted to be a "bonded" pair so no one else was allowed on the horse. This wasn't on jumps over 3 foot. They were under.

I don't know if your month is up but if it isn't then evaluating this and then seeing how she responds physically in the event she does come up lame from it as long as you have a return guarantee would be worth doing. Unless you have decided that even if she weren't able you would still want her for trails or ring work.

She's beautiful.
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post #30 of 34 Old 10-17-2017, 02:25 PM
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It will be wonderful when your son is riding and you can share that experience.
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