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post #281 of 303 Old 05-23-2016, 05:55 PM
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The two horses we leased had not be ridden English before, and they were fine w/ it. They didn't even really notice the difference much. Now granted we were not going for high-level English riding, but I don't think that's what you'd be using this horse for.
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post #282 of 303 Old 05-23-2016, 06:25 PM
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^I always chuckle a bit inwardly when I hear people say that the horse will take an english or western saddle. Not that they have both types of training, just that they will take both types of tack. I'm not sure it really matters to the horse what type of saddle he has on, as long as it fits well. I'm sure they feel for the most part the same!

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post #283 of 303 Old 05-23-2016, 06:38 PM
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I would think she'd move more willingly with your daughter who probably weighs half of what that guy weighs!!
She looks really nice and has a kind face and enthusiastic look about her attitude to work
Tall horses are fine for situations that might call for one when height gives you an edge but for trail riding I'm always putting being able to get on easily without having to search for a high spot as one of my priorities these days
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post #284 of 303 Old 05-23-2016, 06:39 PM
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I think it would be easier to move a horse from western to English than the other way around. The horse at least should have been broke with a snaffle and direct rein cues. He should still remember that training.

Both of the horses I used to own were western only (as far as I know), one was a backyard horse and the other was an ex-cutting horse. They both did fine switching back and forth between western and English. They were both fine with light contact, and I even did some jumping with each of them.

I don't expect you to have any trouble filling in any holes in the training that you find.
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I think it would be easier to move a horse from western to English than the other way around. The horse at least should have been broke with a snaffle and direct rein cues. He should still remember that training.

Both of the horses I used to own were western only (as far as I know), one was a backyard horse and the other was an ex-cutting horse. They both did fine switching back and forth between western and English. They were both fine with light contact, and I even did some jumping with each of them.

I don't expect you to have any trouble filling in any holes in the training that you find.
In the second video she is being ridden in a snaffle so it should be fine. And Jan is correct - it's unlikely we will be doing any high level shows with her. Though we may see if she'll jump a little. I think that with the coach's guidance, we'll be able to figure it out.
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She is a cutie. The horse n my avatar was 14.3H with a boat load of stamina.

I know the man riding her had to be six feet or better, lol lol. He climbs on a horse bareback the same way I do, lollol

The look to her reminds me of my Joker. His ears are always up, he is a happy-go-lucky, very compliant horse. Even on his most painful days, he still tries to give 100% to whatever I ask of him.

She just has that same peaceable & happy look to her. Joker has always been at the tail of the pecking order and you say this mare seems to also not have desire to play King of the Hill.

I hope she passes the PPE:)

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post #287 of 303 Old 05-24-2016, 10:07 AM
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Artist I am so happy for you and your daughter! I love the looks of this horse and have to say that I just purchased a 14.1 H Fox Trotter - I am 5'8" and have been told by everyone that I look good on her. My gelding was 16.2H so I went down considerably in horse height when I had to replace him. The main thing is that you were both happy and felt safe on the mare - I love a pretty bay horse and she is gorgeous!
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post #288 of 303 Old 05-24-2016, 10:15 AM Thread Starter
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PPE is set for tomorrow, with results of blood work coming in Thursday so I will know by the end of the week! I hope she passes with flying colours, but at this point, have no reason to suspect she won't.
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I really like the look of her! She reminded me a great deal of my mare in the videos (not color, but demeanor) - the alert, interested, but gentle expression. I think with my mare it's a combination of her natural temperament, plus the patient and 'correct' early training she had, plus the fact that she appears to have been gently and respectfully handled her entire life, so she trusts people and seems to truly want to please us (most of the time, lol - she still has a brain). She is also 14.3 hh and that's such a luxury - I don't even think twice about hopping off and on to open gates etc like I do when on a taller horse. I think of it as having a combination Roadster/Jeep instead of a Cadillac/hummer.

I have fallen head over heals in love with my girl after 4 months - I wish you the same!

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Kodak is coming home!!! She passed the PPE - the vet even remarked in her report that she was very quiet and cooperative for the whole thing. Blood work was normal. A stone bruise on a heel and a crack in the hoof were noted, but she's being ridden on rocky terrain right now and is barefoot, so while this is something I will discuss with my trimmer, neither was severe enough to cause significant pain or lameness.

Unfortunately, I just spoke to my electrician and he says they won't have the barn wired until sometime late next week. :( So I spoke to the seller and they have no problem holding onto Kodak for another week for us. They may even be able to deliver her to us. I asked that we put that off until after Harley's show on June 4th. Some of you may have read my other thread regarding that issue. My daughter and Harley are showing for the first time on June 4th so moving the horses to our property a day or two before the show is just cutting things too close. The seller agreed to deliver the horse (assuming their truck is fixed by them - they had a bit of a breakdown) June 5th. If they don't have the ability to deliver her that day, I will get someone else to go get her. So for now, the date for both horses to come home is set for June 5th!

I wish we could do it sooner, but this will give me a few extra days to finish the barn properly and have everything set up so it's safe and functional.

I haven't told my daughter yet. She will be excited that Kodak is coming home, but disappointed that she has to wait another week. But maybe it will help her focus on getting ready for her show. Gosh, this horse buying business is hard on the nerves!
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