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Starting early this year. The first PK shot is due the end of this month. Third foal out of this mare due the end of March/beginning April.
Polar Phlox "Bindi"
Thoroughbred 83 starts 7 wins 90,000 earnings. Retired at age 8 and retrained for barrel racing and pole bending. First foal was a Thoroughbred colt by Ecclesiastic that was euthanized at 2 months old due to pasture accident. Second foal is Appendix filly that's a yearling this year. She was checked with twins and pinched one she was checked again with a healthy single pregnancy at 47 days and now we wait....
This is Bindi for those that arnt familiar with her....
She is bred to the Thoroughbred stallion, Mad Flatter. Champion miler by the stallion Flatter out of Ms Pangea. His first foals hit the track this year and his first to go through 2 year old sale had one of the fastest works for the sale. Unfortunately this will be his last foal crop he was euthanized towards the end of breeding season due...
That, my friends, is my completed entry form for my First Ever 2 phase event!
Now, it hasn't been handed in yet, mostly because the day that it runs (Sept 18) is my only nephew's first birthday and I don't want to be the only family member who can't go to the party until the evening. That being said, it's my only opportunity to do this until next summer, and my only show of this year. Anyway. Whatever.
The fact of the matter is... THIS MAY ACTUALLY HAPPEN. An EVENT. With me doing XC. And a dressage test! (Help!) I've never shown other than hunters or jumpers, and after my accident in 2009, I was resigned that I would never get up the courage to ride an event. It was this spring's fox hunt that changed everything, and now I've just decided to buck up and get 'er done!
We've been out schooling the course where this event will be held numerous times, although most of the jumps are closed off when events are not in progress. However Vesper is an absolute tank on the XC field (no...
First lesson in AGES today! And it went really, really well! Pictures hopefully later, teacher took a few on her phone, said she would send them.
Successfully walked in a circle.
Steered around three different obstacles.
Sat a trot (not gracefully)
Did two point (did a good job at this!)
Trotted while doing two point! (Did a very good job at this!)
Walked at two point (did not do so well at this, couldn't balance and the horse kept stopping)
POSTED. SO EXCITING. (Did. . . Okay. It is super hard)
Walked down the road, and turned TWO corners.
My horse was called Will, and he was a giant white (probably gray) thing, and Irish Sport Horse is what she said he was. He was very good. The only thing is he stops when he feels me wobble, and I wobble a LOT. My balance is awful.
I got a few of these very common expressions that every time I hear one, I have to stop myself from cringing.
The one I hear most often Is : "Not a Problem".
Well, I wouldn't figure it WOULD be a problem, to ask a person who is stocking shelves at Walmart, what aisle the peanut butter is on. Would you?
I know, I know, it's just a common reply when you ask a question, but it seems to have come into popularity in the last twenty-thirty years and has always seemed to me to be a nonsensical response~!!
Then there's "or whatnot". Well, that's an oldie and I thought that one went out with my gramma's generation, but nope. Someone's talking about an event in their day and "or whatnot" comes into it. Just makes me roll my eyes, for some reason that I can't actually pin-point.
And the killer is "Good Jawwwwwwwb~!! What ya talkin' 'bout? The kid just put his book bag where you told him to put it. How is that a "job"? He didn't earn any money for it. Wouldn't...
It doesn't seem possible, but Helo just turned five last week. His sire grew five inches after he turned five, so I'm hoping Helo does the same thing and balances out. If you string test, either of the popular ways, he measures in at should be 15.3 hands. He is just 14.2, so yeah. Lol
Anyways, sorry he isn't all cleaned up but I just grabbed a few pictures to see what people think. I know there are some things I would tweak if I could. And his movement some days gives me hope, other days not so much. Nikao wanted to help out, and I'm not sure what my cell camera did to his back legs, but here ya go.
For those who don't know. Helo is my dunskin could be registered Curly. He is by Prairie Hawk Apache Dun, a purebred Curly, and is supposed to be out of a Quarter Horse Arabian cross. No proof on that. I got him as an underfed yearling, and he has played a good amount of catchup since.
I'd love to get opinions on owning a horse with Impressive bloodlines and HYPP. Based on the looks of the horse I am on trial with, my vet highly suggested I get him genetically tested to find out if he is related to Impressive or if he has any HYPP genes. I find out the test results on Friday.
My question is have you ever owned a horse with HYPP or would you ever? This is my first experience with it and I don't want to rule the horse out based off of this possibility. I have done my research on it and based off of what my plans are with riding, I don't see it as necessarily being a deal breaker.
Opinions are welcome, but please keep it friendly - I am posting this simply to get perspectives from others in the horse world. Thank you!
Back story: I sold my barrel horse and tried to go horse free, but it didn't work.
My mare went to a great home where she is being shown by a 14yr old. They get along really well and Foxy is the perfect horse for her. I'm glad b/c she is a perfect youth horse. She just isn't the caliber of horse that I want so I made the choice, though it wasn't easy. I bought her as a yearling and she is now 9. It's always a tough decision to sell one you have had a long time and that you really like. But, on to new and exciting things!
I bought a couple projects.
1.) 10 yr old AQHA gelding. He is very broke. He just needs put in shape and started on the barrel pattern. He is nothing fancy looks or pedigree wise, but my cousin has owned 3 of his half siblings and all of them were 1/2D horses. I have high hopes for this guy, even though he's a little older than I wanted. He has been owned by my uncle and mainly just been a trail horse.
Jackpots Revenu Star aka J.R.
2.) A pony. Yes, a...
Not my circus. Not my monkeys. This is what I keep telling myself, but I need to get this off my chest before I explode!
Let me tell y'all a story. There is a lady, lets call her, Cindy. Cindy is an Equine Touch specialist (NOOOOT to be confused with equine message! This is equine chiropractics voodoo cousin.) Cindy considers herself a horse expert. Cindy is also a naturalist. No horse should ever have shoes or pads, get joint supplements or injections, etc. She is also a horse nutritionist. Cindy likes to feed her horses a cup of this, an ounce of that and stir it all together and add a little bit of water to it and hand feed it. Cindy then wonders why her horses look like poo poo. It must because they're out on pasture. They need to be kept up during the day so they don't stand out in the sun. The sun must be to blame for her horses terrible coats.
CINDY DRIVES ME CRAZY!!!!
I don't have many pet peeves. But my one pet peeve is that as a horse owner, you pay $20/bag of horse...
Some of you might have seen her pics in the 2016 foal thread, but I just picked her up today and am on my way home with her right now.
This is Heart (named after the band and because it's always been my dream to own a black splash filly!). She AQHA/APHA "Fun and Flirty", pleasure bred black splash white 1 filly (going to test but 99.9% sure she's homozygous splash). She's being a saint for traveling and is such a sweet doll.
DISCLAIMERS: Not my horse. I Do have permission to post photos. A Friend just recently bought this stud and has asked for critiques. Horse is scheduled to be gelded so comments about him not being stallion quality are not needed.
Unfortunately, these pics were all I was able to really get at the moment, he was being a bit antsy and wiggling a lot and needs some good ground work sessions under his belt.
I read that comment this morning, and have been thinking about it ever since...and I still disagree.
As you know, dressage is my thing, so 99% of my riding is thinking about riding for show, being very accurate in my changes, making sure my geometry is good etc etc, BUT equally I am learning to ride for good effect. Yesterday when I finally beat the demon in the scary end of the school, I was using the aids that I need for show, to keep her straight and engaged, and concentrating on me, while I am concentrating on a far point, and just ride past the invisible dragon.
The types of showing that I have been involved in, are only possible when you have the ability to ride for effect, but in a pretty manner The time we spend learning to sit deep and balanced means that those sudden and explosive change in direction means that you think sit back, sit deep, and ride out of this.
I never have like the "Just a trail rider" thing, and not something that I ever say, but by...
There's a guy at my barn who has his horse trained to paw beautifully. So well that the horse has made a divot in the concrete aisle outside his stall. I used to be at this barn before stabled near him and had noticed it then but he's really got it dialed in now.
He ties the horse outside the stall and the horse begins to paw. The owner rushes to get his bucket ready, all the while reassuring the horse that "I'm coming!" The horse continues to paw, more and more insistently, as the guy hurries still more and finally rushes over to the horse to deliver the bucket, horse pawing madly right up until it's in front of him.
It's really a work of art. He could give lessons.
What bad habits have you watched people train?
I don't want to take the brain chain thread of topic again, but I feel like this subject could discussed further and hopefully civilly.
So many here say it's not the bit but the person using it that makes it cruel. Which, I happen to agree with. But then other throw up the twisted wires are evil flag. Which, they can be. They can also be incredibly useful in the right hands. I have a couple twisted wires. I like them. I don't use them every ride, but as they are intended for, as a training tool.
Others say you should be able to ride every horse in just a snaffle. I say it depends. It depends on what you are trying to accomplish. What your discipline is. How your horse is trained. My three year old is still in a snaffle. She isn't ready to move up yet. In time, she will be. But not yet. I personally don't consider a horse finished in a snaffle. But thats because of how I ride and what I like to do. Every horse is different. My old cutting mare likes a medium port with...
I introduced him over in Chat but this belongs here.....
Boomer has horrible feet, but they are on the way to better He came from a horrible situation and his feet reflect that but they can be fixed.....
In addition to the typical long toes, rolled bars and high, unbalanced heels, Boomer has a whopper of a crack on his left front The former owner has no idea how it happened and it was there when she rescued him back in early April. The past doesn't matter. All that matters now is getting this poor, sweet guy comfortable and healed up.
We brought him home on July 2 and on July 3 started work on his feet. I won't lie, it's tough. He is young (6) and antsy still on crossties. He is also in pain in both front feet (left front due to crack and right front due to compensation). He also lacks muscle so standing on 3 legs under good conditions would be a little tough for him - under these conditions it's tougher. We've been working with handling his feet and patience a little...
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