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post #131 of 303 Old 05-03-2016, 06:41 PM
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Me neither.
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post #132 of 303 Old 05-03-2016, 06:45 PM
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Unfortunately it seems to be yet another glitch in the system that they're having to work on. Sorry guys.
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post #133 of 303 Old 05-04-2016, 06:24 AM
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I'm 5ft3 and my thoroughbreds are 16.1 and 16.3 i have a great bond with both and trust them to keep me safe never had any issues, I says thumbs up too you! The Horse sounds great!!
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post #134 of 303 Old 05-04-2016, 09:39 AM
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Darn... I wanted to see the pictures. That glitch kind of is a conversation killer isn't it......

I'm a mid-lifer finally making time for horses... Having a blast, but there's soooo much to learn -
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post #135 of 303 Old 05-04-2016, 10:21 AM
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Me too I wanted to see pics! I am a huge paint fan! As for easy keepers we have 2 - so lots of dry lot time for them.
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post #136 of 303 Old 05-04-2016, 11:17 AM
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Can't see the pic either, I've tried all three versions of the site but no good. You're trying him this afternoon aren't you? Hope he's a success!
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post #137 of 303 Old 05-04-2016, 12:17 PM Thread Starter
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Can't see the pic either, I've tried all three versions of the site but no good. You're trying him this afternoon aren't you? Hope he's a success!
Tonight, at 6 pm. Will take pics, but probably won't be able to post them. I'm hoping my daughter will like him and that he is as good as he sounds. But the weight issue has me a little worried. What if he's an amazing horse and we find out there's something really wrong with him from the PPE? I guess then we'll pass and give the results to the owner who will at least know what she's dealing with.

I haven't updated the QH rescue situation in a while either. This one hadn't been ridden in a couple of years, was also a bit chunky, and had, at one point, been a lesson/trail horse. I've been writing to the rescue operator and they haven't even tried him under saddle yet so that one remains a very big question mark. The rescue is busy putting up some new round pens and paddocks so not much time to work with him. Not saying I wouldn't consider him, but I need to know he's good under saddle before even thinking about him.
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post #138 of 303 Old 05-04-2016, 05:19 PM
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I can't wait to hear all about it!
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post #139 of 303 Old 05-04-2016, 07:56 PM Thread Starter
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Had a lovely ride on the paint tonight! We got him out of the paddock and groomed and tacked him. The owner asked my daughter if she'd rather ride in a fenced-in area or an open area and we opted for an open area. I figured we should see him at his worst. Walked him over to a big open field and she rode him for a while at walk, trot AND canter without any issues in BOTH directions. He even picked up the right lead every time. I hopped on next and he was fine with me too. Now obviously he's a different horse than Harley and we need to get to know each other a little more. Harley's so sensitive that I just think of turning and he turns, but with this guy, I had to clearly ask. He doesn't have all the buttons Harley has. But for a rock-solid trail horse and all-around family horse, I can't imagine a better horse. And who knows, we may lean him up and turn him into a jumper yet!

What else can I say about him? He's sensible, but not a total dead head. He's interested in what's going on (I'm pretty sure that when I hopped on, he was turning his head to get a better look at me) and wants to go! But he's responsive and has an excellent whoa. My daughter had no trouble getting him to stop the canter, even though he clearly wanted to go. And a lovely canter he had as well! Easy to ride, comfortable... probably hasn't done a ton of arena work, but had no issues when we made him go around in circles and tried very hard to do what my daughter was asking of him. For example, when she asked him to trot initially, he was a bit sluggish so she would push him with his legs and he would want to break into a slow canter. She would pull back and get him trotting again. After a few times, he sort of understood what she wanted and she managed to keep him trotting at a steady rhythm without breaking into a canter.

She raved on and on about him in the car on the way home and told me she thought he was THE ONE. I like his face - it looks like he's always smiling. He's kind on the ground as well. He's big (not just fat, but really built stocky), but even my daughter looked fine on him (he's 15.2 but requires an extra-wide saddle). And he would be the kind of person a bigger adult (like my husband) could ride as well. And the kind of horse you could put a total beginner on without any worries.

I asked the owner whether she'd tried to get him to lose weight and she admitted that she's over-feeding him (or she wants me to think so, who knows). He will need to be worked, but I relish the idea of taking him out for a daily trail ride and putting him through his paces. At one point, he was near the road and a very loud motorcycle flew by. He glanced at it, but there was absolutely no spook.

So I think I'm getting a PPE done! Will sleep on it, but honestly, I don't know how we could pass on this guy. If he's this easy to ride after being a pasture puff for a year, imagine what he could be like ridden regularly! I wish I could show you pictures. :(
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post #140 of 303 Old 05-04-2016, 08:55 PM
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I was able to see the first picture of him. He is a big boy, but he's very cute. :) I'm happy for you; he sounds great!
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