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post #271 of 303 Old 05-20-2016, 10:13 AM
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Given that your daughter is so lacking in motivation where Harley is concerned and now you say that she's more interested in looking like an adult/like her friends riding a horse than in the actual horse/pony and she's dismissing this pony based on that then I think that loaning a horse would make far more sense right now, save yourself some money and maybe when your daughter is old enough to really understand about horse ownership and the commitment it involves you can rethink the situation
We regularly have adults on the forum asking if they're too tall to ride 13.2 ponies - height has nothing at all to do with the ability or quality of the animal.
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post #272 of 303 Old 05-23-2016, 02:35 PM Thread Starter
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Hi all! I think we found our horse! We had a whirlwind weekend and I have had no time to get on this forum to update this thread (or others for that matter!). She still has to pass the vet exam, but if she does, we're buying her! We tried her twice, Friday in an arena setting and again Saturday on a 1.5 hr trail ride (my daughter rode her for half, myself for the other half). Put her through water, brush, mud, etc., had her in front of the group and at the back, no issues. She responds well to leg cues and is very willing. But she is also really quiet and uncomplicated. Can canter circles forever, and you only need to say the word Whoa and she stops dead in her tracks! My daughter absolutely adores her. It's the first time she's felt that way about a horse since we bought Harley. I should mention that since we had to drive 2.5 hours (one way) to see this horse, we made it into a road trip and tried a bunch of other horses as well. 4 to be exact! This one was by far the best and the only one my daughter had an instant connection with.

She's a small (14.3hh) registered QH mare from western Canada and will be 10 in June so still has many good years to give us. She's submissive in a herd, so should get along splendidly with Harley. She's a pretty bay in the summer and is barefoot with excellent hooves. Owner is arranging the PPE with a provincial vet and if the horse doesn't pass, the seller pays for the PPE - if the horse passes, I pay for it.

Here are some videos!

This one was done a few days ago.

This one was done a while back, by the previous owners in Manitoba.

And another one from yesterday.

I can't wait to get her home!
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post #273 of 303 Old 05-23-2016, 03:03 PM
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She looks terrific! When do you bring her home?
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post #274 of 303 Old 05-23-2016, 03:18 PM
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Great news! She looks nice. Does she have English training too?

The fact that your daughter responded instantly to her is a big plus. Worth all that travelling and shopping around to find a horse that you both connect with.

Fingers crossed for the PPE!!

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post #275 of 303 Old 05-23-2016, 05:02 PM
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Oh I just LOVE her. She looks like a real doll. I also like that your daughter seemed to have an instant connection to her.
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post #276 of 303 Old 05-23-2016, 05:03 PM
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She is beautiful! Small @ 14.3? Ha, look at my avatar with my 14.3 plus a half inch mare. I am 5'1". I think clothes look better when they fit. The guy riding her makes her look small. I am so excited for you (love those bays)!
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post #277 of 303 Old 05-23-2016, 05:40 PM
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Nice looking mare, and she's my horse's size too! Its a good size, 14.3. Easy on, easy off!

I have to say, the mare certainly looks very forgiving. The guy riding her was doing a lot of leg bouncing, and I laughed when he literally pulled her over to the bench to get on Kinda funny! The leg bouncing would make me think she was 'dead-sided', but you said she was very responsive so that's good. Her overall attitude and demeanor seems to be very patient, willing, and forgiving. You may have struck gold!
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post #278 of 303 Old 05-23-2016, 05:45 PM
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She's so cute! I love her! I think she's my dream horse. I love the look of tall horses, but when it comes to riding and trying new things, I'm finding I'm much more confident on something smaller.

Can't wait to hear about the PPE!
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post #279 of 303 Old 05-23-2016, 05:57 PM
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I love her. She is everything I wished for you, especially the height!! I'm not quite with the american idea of big horses for little kids!! I ssoooo hope the PPE goes well. And I love her names too.

I noticed he 'nagged' at her with his legs, but mostly it was on the trail where he was probably keeping the speed up a bit, a slow walk seems a whole lot slower with a lot of space in front of you!! In the arena his legs were quieter.

Love her. Kodak. Cool
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post #280 of 303 Old 05-23-2016, 06:40 PM Thread Starter
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Thanks all! I'm so glad I didn't settle for some of those other horses we considered. It was so worth it to wait for her.

To answer your questions - we will bring her home as soon as we get the results of the PPE. Not sure when that will be, but hopefully soon. I should hear from the seller tomorrow about when she can schedule the vet.

She does not have English training so there will be an adjustment period. I spoke to my coach about it and she says she's confident we can make it work. She's transitioned several Western horses to English before, so we should be able to do it. I personally like a horse that neck reins so I may continue to ride her with a loose rein. But if my daughter is going to ride her, she'll have to adjust so we'll see...

The guy riding her was a very tall man and yes, his legs are very bouncy. He rides barrel racers so I think he likes them to walk at a pretty good clip. He may also have been doing that to keep her lively for the camera. However, both my daughter and I rode her at all the gaits and she did not require constant nagging. Basically, you put her into gear and she stays there until you tell her to go to another gait. We both found her pace at the walk to be perfect - not to fast, not too slow. Overall, we found her to be an easy horse to ride.
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