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post #1 of 6 Old 08-13-2020, 11:21 AM Thread Starter
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New and Potentially Adopting first horse!

Hi Everyone!

New to the forums, not new to horses, but about to be new to horse ownership (hopefully!)

I took a lot of lessons growing up, but kinda stopped through high school and college. I'm outta college for a couple years and started volunteering with a local horse rescue last year to try to get more hands on experience! I've ridden a handful of times since joining, and I'm starting up lessons again next week

Well I fell in love with one of the rescue horses that came to us a month ago and I officially put an application to adopt her the other day! She is a beautiful 15.3hh, 10(ish) year old Arabian. We are still assessing her to make sure she (a greener horse) is a good fit for me (an out of practice advanced-beginner rider) but it has been looking good so far!

Anyways, I'm so happy to join this forum!
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post #2 of 6 Old 08-13-2020, 11:26 AM
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Welcome! So glad to see new faces both the horsie and human kind..
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post #3 of 6 Old 08-13-2020, 01:25 PM
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Welcome! I have a 21 yr old Arabian and actually learned to ride on an Arabian too. It's safe to say I have a soft spot for this breed!

Let us know how it goes, and if you end up adopting her, we expect lots of pictures!!! :)
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post #4 of 6 Old 08-18-2020, 10:34 AM Thread Starter
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Thank all!

The adoption process is going good so far! Her name is Holly (not sure if I like it too much...) I rode her on Sunday and it went fairly well. She is a bit stubborn, and she knows I'm not the most confident rider yet. But that is something I am working on and she listened better towards the end of the ride when I was trying to be more firm and confident. I think she is a great match for me! I never felt unsafe on her.

The lady who runs the rescue said she thought the ride went well and agrees that I need more confidence, but she was never concerned during the ride.

Holly does have a weird walk, but the vet and the farrier aren't too concerned about it. She crosses her front legs like on a tight rope. She has a narrower chest which they think contribute to it. We tried a short exercise of walking her in a straight line with a pole on the ground between her legs. I plan on continuing that if I am chosen to adopt her.
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post #5 of 6 Old 08-19-2020, 11:10 AM
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Let us know if that pole thing works.
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post #6 of 6 Old 08-19-2020, 11:31 AM
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Welcome! Arabs are great horses that really connect with their person! Good luck on the lessons and adoption process!
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