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Okay, So I was NOT expecting to find a horse this fast! haha But you have to love it when your trainer has an eye for horses. lol!
So a small intro before this pics and videos. =)

I trainer went to the New Holland Auction on Monday but I could not go because I had school but she started texting me about a few different horses that were there and that if they were cheap enough she would try to get one for me(I would obviously have to pay her back if i liked it.). She ended seeing a chestnut mare and sent me a picture of her. She was REALLY cute. My trainer told me she was 9 and had been shown and foxhunted and VERY well taken care of just the owner lost their job and could not keep her. She is a very very prissy mare, haha! She pins her ears flat across her head whenever another horse gets within 10ft of her, but she never kicks or anything. I guess that will stop over time. My trainer forgot to ask for her name and for the previous owners number but I am going to somehow try to get a number to contact the old owners and see what they can tell me.

Also, what kind of bit do you think i should use. When she came I used a regular full cheek snaffle and the only way i could slow her down is if I did HARD half halts, she was almost uncontrollable. So last night I used the bit that i use on my pony and she did well with that but it is illegal or frowned upon in the hunter ring, is there anything I could use that is more accpeted. This is what i was using... French Link Loose Ring Elevator Snaffle Bit - Dover Saddlery.

She is a Westphalian, 9 years old, about 16.1hh mare which if some of you don't know is a pretty darn expensive warmblood. We got her for a little over $800. =))) I know they are not conformation pictures but I thought I would show them anyway. haha
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^^ That jump was literally about 6-8inches in the middle, if I didn't hold her back and make her wait, like in the movie, she would jump it like it was two feet!! haha

^^ that one is short but i think it shows her off nicely. i don't know. i like it. haha

^^ I have to get used to her downward transitions. My pony doesn't do them that well. haha But she also gets the correct lead and she knows her changes.

I love herr!!! I did not get her name, my trainer forgot to ask but I am thinking of naming her Bonnie. It means pretty lady. =)
 

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gorgeous horse ! have fun with her =]
 

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Thanks!! I am sure I will. I was not too sure about the first time i rode her as she acted more like a thoroughbred than anything but last night she was almost a completely different horse(in a good way). haha
 

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The martingale is way too long, and isnt doing much for her. I dont like the bit, but the horse is a cutie. I would see if you can get a month trial on her.
 

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She is from an auction, you only have a week and if i decided I didn't want her then my trainer would just sell her for a lot more than what I am paying. I had a feeling the martingale was kind of long but I didn't want to end up putting it too short and it just holding her head down. I would rather her learn to put her head down herself and I would actually ride without it but I am not sure he she would end up throwing her head up and hitting me in the face.

I know the but isn't good for the shows, that is why I asked if anyone had any suggestions on a different one.
 

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$800. I missed that part, good job. Is she from new holland? She should really be quarinteened for 30-60days.
I second that :shock: I cannot tell you how many horses from New Holland go home with Stangles or worse....
I used to go every Monday, the rule was you can go as long as you stip down and bleach yourself as soon as you get home! (and before you go to the barn full of healthy horses)

Just a quick tip; new horses are a ton of fun... and I know you want to learn what they know and what they can do... but until she handles a LOT better on the flat stay far away from the jumps... they wont help her lack of direction and speed control.
 

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Yes, she is from New Holland. My trainer has the horses that we got from the auction in a completely different pasture from any of the other horses. I am going to try and get the vet out soon too. There are a decent amount of horses at the barn that are from New Holland that have never had any health or soundness issues, i guess you just have to be lucky on what you get. Don't worry, if something is wrong, I will DEFINITELY get it taken care of. Lets just hope and pray she is very healthy. =) I really don't think she would have any health problems, she is in VERY good shape, her hooves are amazing and they have shoes on her so im pretty sure, she was taken care of very well, but it is always a possibility that something could be wrong.

I was told that she had fox hunted and stuff so I thought I would try jumping her and see what she did. I was actually laying in bed last night thinking about her jumping and realized I should probably just stick to ground work and going over groundpoles and stuff before really jumping her. She needs a lot of work on staying at a steady pace and staying straight. Some of that is my fault though because I am still getting used to her. Her and my pony and like complete opposites. haha!

any suggestions on different bits though?!?

Another thing....she has a VERY short coat. It literally looks like she still has her summer coat, but she wasn't clipped. There are no clip lines or the "pig" hairs on her. I have a medium weight blanket on her, but even when I take it off I never see her shiver or act like she is cold at all. It was about 17 degrees last night with the wind chill!! We are thinking she was probably kept inside with heavy blankets on all over her, but it is even that short on her legs and stuff. Any other explanations for it??
 

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I would use somthing like this if she were mine:
(All of these are from www.horseloverz.com)


Eggbutt Snaffle with Copper Mouth- $18



Eggbutt with Copper Oval Link- $36



Sweet Iron Eggbutt Snaffle Bit- $22


Go back to the basics with a freindlier bit... a bigger/stronger bit is not the answer.
 

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I do have the bottom bit in a loose ring, but I think it may be too big for her. i have to check. I think mine is a 5.5".

I also have this bit which is kind of like oval link one.... Stubben EZ Control Full Cheek Snaffle
what do you think of that one?? I am thinking the one you posted looks a little nicer though.

My trainer said when she was being rode at the auction they were using a loose ring snaffle but it was big and strong 250lb man riding her. I think i might try the snaffle again because maybe when I first rode her she was just distracted and still kind of stressed out from being at a new place and that might be why she wasnt behaving so well.

Thanks!
 

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(It dosent matter if horses are in a seperate pasute) They should no be in the same barn, ring, or in an ajoining pasture. You should not be touching another horse if you have come in contact with her. She looks healthy, great, but she could be carrying basterd stangles.
 

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wow! you are going to have fun with her! and Bonnie is a great name, suits her x
 

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Very nice mare!!! My advice on the control and speed issue: Lunge her. Re teach the basics. Also, fully tack her up and long line her (I would do this rather a lot) until she starts learning to check her speed and balance. Move down to a kinder bit, but if you think for a second that she might be dangerous without a heavy hand/harsh bit, just ground drive her in the softer bit until she gets the idea.

And yeah, sensitive horses may not be themselves after a move like that. My new mare was totally nutz for a solid week after having her trailed down. She got MUCH better, I just left her be until she settled.

I just watched the vids, and though they were short, and I may be wrong, it seemed to me that she was mostly rushing a bit in order to keep her balance. *shrugs*
 

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Congratulations on getting that horse!!
She certainly looks gorgeous!
 

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Well, yesterday she just was COMPLETELY crazy. She was fine walking but once id ask her to trot she would pin her ears flat against her head and start kicking out. Me and my trainer think it might be my saddle because my pony does the same stuff. I am going to put my saddle up for sale at a local tack shop and get a new one that will fit perfectly, i hope! I am going to give her a few days off from working incase she is sore. I rode her 3 times this week and she may not be used to that much work now.

I have started lunging her, which she already knows how to, which makes my life a million times easier. haha I hate having to teach horses how to lunge.

I am going to try a different bit, a nicer one, I just have to get it off the bridle and put it on mine. It is currently on one of my friends bridles and she doesn't even use it. Hopefully she will like it. lol

Me and my trainer gave her, her shots yesterday. We gave the 5-way, and two other ones I don't remember what they are called.
 
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