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Granada
Feb. 18, 2008, 01:55 PM
At my barn, people look at me funny if I start bragging about my boys. So I don't. There's something to be said about being humble and discrete.

But on the other hand, I often ask others about their horses... and they're too reserved to tell me much about them. My barn just went through an 80% turnover of boarders b/c they are now only allowing students. So I miss all the former folk, and after two months, I still don't know many of the new ones.

It's good to have a healthy appreciation of our horses and ponies. It keeps us motivated and it's just plain fun!

THE POINT OF THIS THREAD: Lets celebrate our love of horses. Tell me about your horse or pony, or mule for that matter :), anything that you love about them, or something they did.

THE RULES:
1. Only one reasonable paragraph per horse.
2. Only three horses per post. (You can do multiple posts, but this is just to keep it from getting bogged down.)
3. Only link one picture per horse.
4. Feel free to comment on other's posts, but remember this thread is in the SPIRIT of MORAL BUILDING and the love of our horses. Offer constructive criticism only if the post requests it. (And request it if you want others to critique you etc.)

Reminders: Do not post an ad in any way shape or form. Do not link to an ad.

If this catches on, I'll post about mine, but I really want to know about YOUR HORSE.

CBudFrggy
Feb. 18, 2008, 01:58 PM
Why, so you can drive to Fla and steal him? :D

Granada
Feb. 18, 2008, 02:06 PM
CBF, your gray is so cute! love his expression in the pic on your profile and his stripe/ snip. :yes: I might just drive all the way across the country to steal him.

c_expresso
Feb. 18, 2008, 02:08 PM
Clover Express: My horse is an imported Irish sport horse by Clover Hill. He did the 4'6 junior jumpers in his "hay day" and worth almost as much as my house but was cast and got injured. He was given basically 3 yrs off by my sister's best friend who was given him since he was useless as a junior jumper anymore. I bought him for only 3K :) Now we event and play in the jumpers for fun. He is my big baby and I get depressed if I don't see him for a day! He comes to me in the field and is very attached to me. He did 1 novice and then moved up to training. We just got back from FL and hope to go prelim this summer. I am aiming at a 1* next spring. He is older (14) so I am trying to fit everything in before he gets too old :lol: He has so much personality. He jumps like a giraffe but has scope to burn! Well, that's my baby boy!! :cool:

http://photos-d.ak.facebook.com/photos-ak-sctm/v200/118/9/1564560192/n1564560192_30191399_9679.jpg

http://photos-192.ll.facebook.com/photos-ll-sf2p/v192/118/9/1564560192/n1564560192_30189769_4548.jpg

http://photos-a.ak.facebook.com/photos-ak-sf2p/v192/118/9/1564560192/n1564560192_30189372_6063.jpg
http://vccs.facebook.com/photo.php?pid=30189372&id=1564560192#pid=30189375

FLeckenAwesome
Feb. 18, 2008, 02:13 PM
okay... i'll play. i LOVE bragging about my ponies :)

First... Fleck aka Flecken Awesome...cause he is. This horse is my love! He is just the sweetest, goofiest, rottenest, most willing, tryingest, funnest, horse ever! I have had him for three years now.. and I'm just amazed at how much he has changed my riding and brought me along. When I bought him we were "hoping" he could maybe go training... now i'm convinced he could go prelim! not so sure about me. He's just a big goober. Aside from his talent in dressage and jumping...he's just a fun guy. Always waiting for me in the pasture, always in a good mood, always willing to hop on the trailer and go off to another adventure. Now... he is an app, so if i get too bossy we can get into it, but once i stop and apologize and ask again...he's all for it. You really have to meet him to understand. he really honestly is like a golden retriever! here's a pic!
so...this is not his best picture but it really shows off his personality!
http://i73.photobucket.com/albums/i211/FleckenAwesome/8-06roomforonemore.jpg
such a GOOBER!!!

next...miss Roany aka Kiss my grits, miss behavior, crash-n-burn, hollys' heart, etc... i couldn't decide on a show name for long. ;) She is my other love of my life...though in a different way. Roanys... well... she's a witch! really no way around it. I've had her for 17 years or so and she's just always been that way. I knew she loved me cause while she'd buck every ride she wouldn't buck me OFF... like others! and she still tries to kick and bite my hubby (supposedly) when he blankets her. she's 25!!! or so. But i love her. She was my first horse and I had a blast with her. I got to show off alot with her as... she bucked every single ride til she was 20. She's definitely not a snuggler like fleck, but i know she loves me. We have an understanding. She will be with me til the end of her time. Which...magic 8 ball said she'll live to 32. and she's grumpy enough to do it! She was perfect for me. Just when i was getting above her abilities and really wanting to do dressage (which... she was always so resistant but would have been a gorgeous mover) fleck came along and she got to retire. Still grumpy even in retirement.. and those odd days i hop on bareback, the witch still takes off with me bucking! hee hee.
here's one of my faves of her!
http://i73.photobucket.com/albums/i211/FleckenAwesome/roanyandhollytrail.jpg

whoo hoo. this was fun. i can't wait to hear about everyone elses ponies!

FLeckenAwesome
Feb. 18, 2008, 02:15 PM
c_expresso: He's gorgeous! hee hee. jumps like a giraffe!! not quite!! he does look super scopey too! Fleck jumps like a giraffe too! for real!!
very very cute!

CBudFrggy
Feb. 18, 2008, 02:19 PM
Well, Froggy is my semi-rescue, who can do it all. He's 15.3-7/8 hands, of unknown breeding with some TB thrown in there. We trail ride, camp, and recently we evented together. He's funny, brave and loves to jump and swim--hence Froggy fits! Here's a picture of us at our first event in January.

http://www.photoreflect.com/pr3/OrderPage.aspx?pi=00FD00CC0L0178&po=178

Sexy knees, huh?

No fair! C-expresso put more than one picture! Here's my favorite XC picture--remember, be nice, it's our first event! Yes--I know I'm a little perchy.

http://www.photoreflect.com/pr3/OrderPage.aspx?pi=00FD00CC0L0178&po=101

StrawberryFields
Feb. 18, 2008, 02:55 PM
I have two:

Savannah Punch aka Savannah is a 9 yr old OTTB whom I compete at the novice level. I got her when she was 6 months off the track and 5 years old. She is the most personable, non-mareish horse you will ever meet. She does everything: I can put total beginners on her and she will trot around and then I can jump on her and go school prelim fences. She will never to prelim (we think-who knows!) she is perfect for confidence and the lower levels. I plan on breeding her after I go to college to some nice stallions;) She also is trained in games, polocrosse, hunters, and driving. :D I don't have any recent photos but this is the most recent of us at waredaca going novice: http://s27.photobucket.com/albums/c172/SavannahPunch/Pics%20from%20events%2007/?action=view&current=intothewater.jpg

Landenburg aka Linus. I just bought him about 2 weeks ago. He is a 16h holsteiner gelding and 8 years old. He is super talented and I cannot wait to start working with him more. He will hopefully be my upperlevel horse(prelim :eek:) when I move up from savannah. I haven't had a horse of this caliber before so I am a little bit frightened of the future!
http://s27.photobucket.com/albums/c172/SavannahPunch/Landenburg/?action=view&current=0130081304.jpg


god that felt good! C expresso- i like your horse!

c_expresso
Feb. 18, 2008, 06:27 PM
Well, Froggy is my semi-rescue, who can do it all. He's 15.3-7/8 hands, of unknown breeding with some TB thrown in there. We trail ride, camp, and recently we evented together. He's funny, brave and loves to jump and swim--hence Froggy fits! Here's a picture of us at our first event in January.

http://www.photoreflect.com/pr3/OrderPage.aspx?pi=00FD00CC0L0178&po=178

Sexy knees, huh?

No fair! C-expresso put more than one picture! Here's my favorite XC picture--remember, be nice, it's our first event! Yes--I know I'm a little perchy.

http://www.photoreflect.com/pr3/OrderPage.aspx?pi=00FD00CC0L0178&po=101

OOPS I just saw the one link rule!! I'm sorry.

Everyone's horses are so cuteeeee :yes:

Firefox
Feb. 18, 2008, 07:28 PM
I love my pony or should I say my supposed to be pony who is about 16h now, he is a homebred Conn/TB 6 yr old gelding that is soooooooo much fun, we just did our first prelim
at Sporting days and he was fabulous!! here is a link to the pictures

http://hoofclix.smugmug.com/gallery/4329979_6LhkT#254074149_a9txS-L-LB

HAve fun!!

Hey Mickey
Feb. 18, 2008, 08:25 PM
ooo I'm going to play.

Hey Mickey, aka Mickey, is my 10 year old OTTB, 15'3. I've had him 4 years, got him straight off the track. I'd never been around TB's before, hadn't really trained a horse properly, ever. etc. I've done probaly 95% of his training on my own without regular lessons. So, as you can guess, its been an interesting expeireance with alot of ups and downs. But latley things have really begun to click and make since. We successfully moved up to training level last summer. I know with someone else, who knew what they were doing, he'd be so much further along, but I wouldn't trade him for the world. He's gutsy and bold, honest, calm and hot all at the same time. he'll jump the moon. One of theses days we will come intouch with our inner dresage queens (and king?), and we'll be a force to be reckoned with. (I hope)
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v507/jump4joy/114_1460.jpg

Mandy is my little NSH mare. she's like 14'3, she's extremley observant, greenbroke, pretty much my pet, because she's hopefully in foal. (due in June) to a TB. its going to be a super cool cross.
She's eventually going to event., I hope. My mom thinks she's a nut, but she's a 1 person horse, and Im that person.
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v507/jump4joy/113_1357.jpg (old pic)

Samantha37
Feb. 18, 2008, 08:33 PM
Hey all! Gorgeous horses!!

I have a 16.3+ 4 year old TB gelding- Stormin Fever out of Verreaux (we call him Verreaux- LONG story). I got him September 2007 and he has already grown almost a hand since I got him- he is a giant!! :D He is a huge lovebug, always in your pocket, nickers and comes when called, and a stubborn baby all in one! He is very quiet and I've taken him on trail rides and XC schooling and we are going to our first dressage show this Saturday (WEEE). I plan on doing dressage and eventing with him and maybe dabble in the hunters/jumpers and trails...
Do I have to pick just ONE picture? Ack this is going to be tough!!

OK this is just too darn cute not to share:
http://i145.photobucket.com/albums/r222/ssilver3722/Vereaux/AWWWWWWWWWW.jpg

jlmckinley
Feb. 18, 2008, 09:17 PM
This is fun! What beautiful horses in these postings - i love the pics!

At the barn that I board, I feel like there is balanced conversation between everyone's horses and it makes for great discussion. The good and the bad (when its bad its us venting about our own issues and not really others) :)

Perrier, (photo in my profile) my 8 y.o. dapple grey, 16.1 h, homebred danish wb x arabian gelding is certainly not perfect but is the horse of my lifetime. Peri nickers pretty much when anyone walks into the barn, but will walk up to me out in the field (looking for carrots - but hey) and more affectionately stands at the gait for minutes after I turn him back out just staring at me. As I walk away, if I turn around, he puts his ears up. He is very willing under saddle and has been very successful with dressage so far. He likes to learn new things and seems to love jumping even though he is a bit timid by nature. We went on a xc schooling day yesterday and he tackled some new fences with alot of enthusiasm so I'm really looking forward to this year and more hopefully. Some days my partnership with Peri and just knowing how everything will be alright in life once I get to the barn to see him gets me through that day.

http://pets.webshots.com/photo/2243664520092273777cDPXgm Peri - day of birth
Me laughing and Peri smiling: http://pets.webshots.com/photo/2580328200092273777OOZPpO

Caslan - Peri's dam - 22 y.o. grey, 14.3h, homebred arabian mare. The only word that accurately describes her is PISTOL. My parents had arabs when I was little so that is what I got to ride. Caslan was selected from the group (all trail horses really) because she has extremely elastic movement and is super athletic (polish/russian arab heritage) so off we went to our dressage, eventing, pony clubbing lessons. Perhaps we should have given it more thought that she put her ears back every time she was asked to canter but no big deal. Caslan packed me around several PC ratings, BLMs, horse trials, and even a few hunter shows. That mare was not an easy ride because she's ridiculously intuitive. One of those that you can't practice dressage tests on because she memorizes them. Can't really practice leg yields because she's expecting them. But she never ever refused a fence and is an ultimate lower level packer - for that I am forever grateful. She is now fully retired on my parent's farm living life to the fullest (alpha mare at 14.3 h dominating all of the (larger) hanoverians in her herd).

http://pets.webshots.com/photo/2975333630092273777TyvNae Cas and I at the beginning of our partnership - BLMs
http://pets.webshots.com/photo/2320041780092273777tEfkxR One of our last events

LookinSouth
Feb. 18, 2008, 09:25 PM
Well I love talking about my horse. Just ask my husband, he gets tired of seeing him out the window AND hearing about him every night in the house!:D It's perfectly normal for horse lovers to talk about their horseys all of the time...geesh!:winkgrin:

Lookin South is my 16 year old 16.1 1/2 APHA/TB cross (breeding stock) He came to me with a solid lower level dressage background and has really taught me a great deal about dressage. I love dressage because of him, every ride is a learning experience.
He is also a wonderful horse for lower level eventing, foxhunting and trailriding. He just has a great personality and he is so lovable, bold, athletic and sane. Everyone that gets to know him and rides him loves him.

http://good-times.webshots.com/photo/2596469570101555132ntzujM
Here he is:

FLeckenAwesome
Feb. 18, 2008, 09:45 PM
cute cute cute!!!

i must say that looking south... i LOVE that name!

jlmkinley:you reminded me that I also fell in love with dressage because of fleck :) and that second pic is AWESOME!! it looks like it should be an ad for something. you guys are just like... on target!!!

everyone has such cute ponies!!

Granada
Feb. 19, 2008, 12:00 AM
My cheeks are hurting from smiling through everyone’s posts Ok here's my two guys:

My DH and I got Felix three years ago through an auction. He is an imported 1997 Westphalian 16.2H, but he had a soft tissue injury and the story of how we found out about him is too long to tell here. Felix is an absolute doll, nickers every time he sees us, head always over his gate ready to go out for a graze or a ride. He mostly likes to do h/j but we have both schooled him xc and he even went beginner novice when Trevor got a last minute cut. He had only schooled our small water "puddle" at home, so I was really proud of him for being a great sport about the water at the event (See the smile on my face?) The dressage judge told me it looked like he was just trotting along humming a little ditty in his head... and this is how he always is. Felix is a big pig, so even though he's a bit fat (don't tell the DH) he still gets a couple handfuls of grain everyday when we feed Trevor.

http://www.mccoolphotos.com/2006_showproofs/ws_falltrials06/211/pages/_AMY8479.html

I got Trevor when I was a senior in highschool on a horse trade (one liability for another). Trevor (Bold Words) is a 1994 canadian OTTB 16H. I got him three months after he came off the track with a suspensory injury. He had 26 starts in UK and US, and one of his big wins was described in a novel by Nan Mooney! For better or worse I've done all of his training. His rehab went super! and I was able to do everything with him. I have had him for eight years now and we have a close understanding of eachother : ) He has done a little of everything, I have taken him hunting & roading as a guest, horsecamping, beachriding, h/j, event and he is super fun to gallop! The thing I love about Trevor is that he can act like a goofy crazy TB when he is laid up, or just not getting enough attention; and then with the snap of your fingers, after a week of work, he is practically bombproof (and back in shape too). He's been in regular work recently, but today we went on a hack out to the river and to get there we had to cross a bridge over a four lane busy freeway, pass cows, sheep, bicyclists, loose dogs, go under an eight lane Interstate, and pass w/in 50 yards of a recreational landing strip with biplanes taking off over head and he didn't even bat an eye... well maybe at the cows... but come on he's not a quarter horse!

http://calranunculus.wikispaces.com/space/showimage/TrevJump4.jpg

Granada
Feb. 19, 2008, 01:24 AM
Oooo that was really fun! And, I found out, that people do talk to each other at my barn... today someone asked me what kind of warmblood Trevor is, lol. She's actually a very savvy horse person, I just thought it was funny b/c I know his TB tendencies, and can't see much WB in him, personality or otherwise.

And now the fun part! What I think of your horses:

c_expresso, Clover Express is soo cute! You got a steal! Are you sure he's a horse? He looks like super-horse, needs a cape :winkgrin: luv your pink boots too!

FLeckenAwesome, luv your pic of miss Roany, almost a romantic effect with the light. I have to tell you, my DH read your post and said something to the effect that Fleck might *just might* be as cute as his horse Felix- And I've never, ever heard him say this about another horse. Felix has the retriever attitude too, he tries to follow us through human doors, and he'll even chase his jolly ball if DH throws it for him :) From your other pics, Fleck looks like a dream to ride! My good friend in highschool evented her appy/TB up to prelim, go appies!

CBudFrggy, I am so jealous your horse likes to swim! haha Froggy is a great name! You guys look great at your the event, luv your horse's expression and his front end is awesome!

~Sarah~, Savannah looks like soo much fun! luv her dapples and Luv the mid drop pic! Great turnout too, I like the teal/dark green color. How do you get her so clean? I can't get the stains off my gray's tail and knees. Your new boy looks so sweet. Looks like he has a great personality. I bet you guys are going to have a lot of fun together.

Firefox, haha he's nowhere near a pony:) I love conn/TB cross, good choice on breeding. He looks awesome in that photo! Great clip job, his lines are so straight and he is so smooth and shiny. And I love the conservative turnout colors. His form is great, and so relaxed, floppy ears, is he blinking in that photo over the log cabin jump? you guys look great together!:yes:

HMickey, Your horse Mickey is so cute. OTTBs rock! they have such great personalities just like you describe: perfect for eventing. Mickey looks like he is having fun out there:) I love your red, white, blue colors! I have a friend that wears those, actually she has red, white, blue everything, everywhere lol. You guys look great together! Mandy is super cute too! Luv her dished face and her springy trot step, Hope she and her foal do well!

Samantha37, Your gelding is so cute relaxing in the straw in the sun. LOL, I love his sleepy expression. His blaze is very cute too!

jlmckinley, Love the pic of you and Peri laughing. And your bridle is so clean! Really cute foal pic! Hopefully Caslan has passed on her athleticism to Peri, her canter is beautiful and great tight knees jumping!

LookinSouth, Great pic of you and your boy. You guys look so relaxed together, I want to hack like that! Also, love his deep red chestnut color- but I'm partial to chestnuts:winkgrin:

And after all this... my cheeks hurt even more:D You guys have great horses, and you all obviously keep them in great condition... so shiny and happy looking. Happy riding!

piaffeprincess98
Feb. 19, 2008, 07:07 AM
Sam (What the Heck) is my Irish TB. He is 14 this year. I bought him from a student of Phillip Dutton via Phillip, but he was bred by Bruce Davidson, so he's a Babamist. He's chestnut and so he's extremely sensitive. He is a big spook and often acts more like a three year old, but I enjoy it. Makes things more interesting. He used to do advanced and did a few CCI**'s, but they said he wasn't competitive enough. He is very compact and it makes doing combinations easy, but my guess is he wasn't fast enough. He is also a very careless showjumper, considering he's such a spook you'd think he was careful. We've done a ton of trainings and prelims mostly last year. My goal would be to do a CCI*. Last September he had hock surgery to remove OCD lesions which we knew he had when we bought him, but they had never bothered him until this past year. After a long recovery, we are now walk/trotting and eyeing Loudon HT's to start back up again.

Oso is my newest guy. I actually bought him from Ishi who posts regularly on here. He is an OTTB. He just turned 8 and is a very stunning black. He's a big boy, 16.3, which is mostly whithers. He feels like a boat compared to riding Sam, so it's been an interesting challenge. He is only cantering little courses right now and doing some BN cross country stuff, but I'd like to compete BN this year. I've only had him since October, so we are still getting to know each other, but he is my first OTTB and has been joy to work with. He just wants to please and really enjoys riding. If I give him a day off, he waits by the fence wondering when it's his turn, or gets into mischief like yesterday when he was racing Sam in the field and pulled a front shoe off. He's willing to try most jumps and isn't a dirty stopper. I think he is mostly enjoying being a horse now and still doesn't know quite how to act in the field. He just copies his buddies and follows them around like a puppy dog.

I've got pictures of both here -http://www.chronicleofmyhorse.com/profile/Lindsay

LookinSouth
Feb. 19, 2008, 08:55 AM
He has done a little of everything, I have taken him hunting & roading as a guest, horsecamping, beachriding, h/j, event and he is super fun to gallop! The thing I love about Trevor is that he can act like a goofy crazy TB when he is laid up, or just not getting enough attention; and then with the snap of your fingers, after a week of work, he is practically bombproof (and back in shape too). He's been in regular work recently, but today we went on a hack out to the river and to get there we had to cross a bridge over a four lane busy freeway, pass cows, sheep, bicyclists, loose dogs, go under an eight lane Interstate, and pass w/in 50 yards of a recreational landing strip with biplanes taking off over head and he didn't even bat an eye... well maybe at the cows... but come on he's not a quarter horse!



Granada- great pictures!
I especially love Trevor! He sounds alot like my own horse :)
I just love hearing that other people on this board do fun things with their horses like camping, cubbing and beach riding...oh and GALLOP! My horse is great fun to Gallop in the woods and fields too, I feel so safe on him. I could do without the snow balls and dirt hitting me in the face when I'm behind someone else but I'll put up with it cause there is nothing quite like it.:winkgrin:
South has brought smiles and giggles to others faces too when galloping....he just loves it.

Sometimes we all can get too caught up in the competition aspect of this "sport" and forget about the FUN part of horses.

Granada
Feb. 19, 2008, 11:43 AM
piaffeprincess98, Sam is so cute. I love chestnuts! Mine is sort of a goofball and sensitive too. My husband told me last year after coming home from a vet school class that the prof actually stated that "Chestnuts are genetically thinner skinned/ more sensitive than other colors" still not sure if this is true, not sure if I trust even a vet, esp research vets :lol: JK. Love his show name. His ears over the fences are so cute. And the pic of you guys over the white lattice fence is awesome! Those kind are so hard for me to jump, they're so bright and upright I can never see the distance haha, and I've never attempted one that big:)
Oso is beautiful! Stunning, like you say, great conformation! and so black! Do you use that black as night sup? Luv the pic midair into the water!

Granada
Feb. 19, 2008, 12:02 PM
Granada- great pictures!
I especially love Trevor! He sounds alot like my own horse :)
I just love hearing that other people on this board do fun things with their horses like camping, cubbing and beach riding...oh and GALLOP! My horse is great fun to Gallop in the woods and fields too, I feel so safe on him. I could do without the snow balls and dirt hitting me in the face when I'm behind someone else but I'll put up with it cause there is nothing quite like it.:winkgrin:
South has brought smiles and giggles to others faces too when galloping....he just loves it.

Sometimes we all can get too caught up in the competition aspect of this "sport" and forget about the FUN part of horses.

LS, thanks for the compliment! I am jealous of your pic in the field. Where I board we are locked in by a free way interchange (You can see the background of the freeway in some of the pics on my page) and surrounded by university land... all gated and locked with wire over the top. I didn't know plant research was so secretive;) Hence the having to go through all the crazy obstacles just to get to a levee road that is mostly compact DG and the only dirt trail around, and all the bikers and dogs on President's day LOL.

But I know just what you mean. My favorite feeling riding is encountering something 'outside the box' like non-ideal footing and steep hills on a chase, and feeling my horse take it all in stride... makes me so proud of him.

We had to teach Felix to gallop when we first got him. My whole event lesson group was laughing as he zigzagged around our polo field. He's pretty good now, but nothing compared to Trevor. Even on borrowed hunt horses I've never felt a gallop like his, I have so much confidence in him at any speed... there's something to be said about a great gallop that slaps a huge smile on your face weather you want it there or not:D

NoGreatMischief
Feb. 19, 2008, 02:38 PM
I usually am the one who can't STAND bragging (and don't do it myself really... don't have ALL that much to brag about! ;)) but I do love my horses so thought I'd chime in...

Ute (Spotless) is my now-retired 11 year old Appy gelding (the show name reasoning will become apparent when you see the picture, yes he's a full App! ;)). I've had him for almost 6 years. In 2004 we moved from a pleasure barn, where we were dabbling in dressage, to an event barn to take lessons with a new trainer. Ute is your quintessential Appy... opinionated and SMART. He wasn't the scopiest or bravest horse in the barn, and pretty much topped out at Novice, but really taught me a TON about patience and actually RIDING before I had to retire him in '06 due to advanced arthritis and other hock issues. Now he is living out his days hanging around and giving my husband riding lessons and hacking about. Mostly I love having him around because he is so darn cute, and has the BEST personality.

From our first event: http://www.photosbybailini.com/g1/2006_CheckmateHT_E/280506_9057

Echo (A Dreamer's Edition) is a 12 year old Han/TBx generously on lease to me from my coach's other half. He's a former prelim eventer who had an injury that prevented him from going any further up the levels. He is a lot like Ute, personality wise, which I love. Echo is somewhat of a schoolmaster, and is a fabulously clean jumper but is still a tricky ride... I can't take any jump for granted because while he thinks he knows it all, he's a bit of a chicken at heart and can be somewhat dirty in his evasion tactics. ;) He's really helping me learn to be more effective over fences, and he's a ton of fun on the flat and even when he's being a know-it-all, he makes me laugh. I got the lease on him just before the last show of our Ontario eventing season in 2007, here's a shot from that last event (this is about halfway through the Entry (BN) course, when he realized that these jumps were TINY and isn't this new life a fun life ;)):

http://www.mwimages.com/equestrian/070923equus3d/125/equus3d-070923-mw3-2779.htm

Can't wait to read about more beasties! :D

Granada
Feb. 19, 2008, 04:01 PM
I usually am the one who can't STAND bragging Me too. I've been conditioned by a mostly non-horsey family, non-horsey friends and co-workers. Only to my closest horsey friends do I outright brag, but even I expect them to look at me as if lobsters are crawling out of my ears;)

It's really fun to hear everyone open up about their horses, esp the little silly things!

NoGreatMischief, Ute is so cute, he's got his ears perked and he's ready to be out on course! He's so balanced! And beautiful color, I know, sounds stupid, but if there were a liver variety of brown he would be it. And is that his real tail? it's so thick! Sounds like he is enjoying retirement, and good for you for giving it to him!

Echo is very handsome too! He looks happy with his new job. I have a soft spot for injured/rehabbed horses. It's really nice to see horse owners put their time/money/effort into it without even knowing the outcome of their future months and years of hard work, and for people to give them a chance at another shot.

I've been to Guelph, ON for a meeting last Oct. Not sure if that's anywhere near you, but it was beautiful! Trevor was born in ON, so when we were driving on the highways, I mostly just daydreamed about him as a foal. LOL, Chicken genetics generally doesn't lend itself to horse talk.

ss3777
Feb. 19, 2008, 04:30 PM
OK, I can not resist anymore!!!
Flagstone Blue aka Paddy Wagon, 2000 bay OTTB. We are happily taking the slow boat to stardom. He was an angel at 4 (injury side lined him for most of the year) and 5, I thought I was going to die when he was 6 (he woke up) and at 7 we started to have fun competing at BN. In a perfect world I will “break the novice ceiling” with this one! I believe he was a grateful dead fan in his previous life.

http://good-times.webshots.com/photo/2353890080061980987DdcCRY


Chandler aka Chan the Man 1995 bay TB. He came from the show hunter world and we learned the eventing ropes together. We competed to novice, schooled training and he really was not sound enough to be remotely competitive in dressage. He is now my foxhunter and one of those horses that just melts me every time he looks me deep in the eye (um… that would be every day).

http://pets.webshots.com/photo/2144331970061980987CCltaM

Gretsky 1990 chestnut horse of no particular breed. I begged my girlfriend to let me “semi retire” him for years. This past fall she let me bring home the world’s best foxhunter for my 7 year old son. The picture says it all!!
http://good-times.webshots.com/photo/2567146760061980987oAgoAP

MKV
Feb. 19, 2008, 06:45 PM
Nice horses everyone! I have two horses, here are their stories.

Natalie is a 1996 OTTB, I bought her because I wanted to get into eventing, she had done training level with a previous owner. She was more than I could ask for. Such an awesome horse to jump with because she'll jump anything. It makes up for the fact that our dressage sucked, big time. She totally took care of me and put up with my mistakes. The farm/ranch where I boarded her has a 50 acre pasture with a river running through it. We would use it to school water. One day my friend and I were out there schooling, Natalie and I went through it but she tripped coming out. I ended up in front of the saddle, no stirrups and no reins. She just kept cantering along. I managed to shimmy back into the saddle just in time because we were heading toward a rather large hill. We went up the hill and finally go my reins back. She took it all in stride! I don't have her with me right now. I'm in school and it was hard time and money wise with two horses, so she's back at my friends place in CO helping an ex-hunter rider get back into jumping. She needed to regain confidence on a horse who wouldn't refuse....Natalie's the girl!
Here is a picture of us doing Novice at Windy Wyoming. ( so hard to pick one photo!)
http://amii.smugmug.com/gallery/1833166/2/91748786#91748786_dXDT4-L-LB

Horse #2 is Manny. I heard about him through my horse shoer. A cattle feedlot had a horse that wasn't really working out there. Shoer said "anyone want a project? The feedlot has a 5yo TB gelding, decent feet, coarse boned, bay". I was thinking about a project so I went and took a look. I pull up to see a skinny scragly horse (named Goober) in a round pen with his head in the air (didn't like the curb bit), rider was asking him to back (I think). So I watched him w/t/c. He looked decent, but what really sold me was how sweet he was. I made an offer a couple days later. After having him for a year and a half, I'm pretty sure he's not full TB. He doesn't have a tatoo, and he looks like he has some QH in him. Anyways, Manny is such an awesome horse now! He's come a long way since my first ride on him. I hope to bring him out at BN this year. I think he is a really special horse, and will have a hard time selling him (if I decide to!)
I know the rules said that we could only post one photo, but I HAVE to show the progression!
I think I had had him for a week August '06
http://good-times.webshots.com/photo/2619435160103077357laTAhB

July '07 http://good-times.webshots.com/photo/2992504730103077357JaFAnM

Nov '08
http://good-times.webshots.com/photo/2394846680103077357ihYRFW
http://good-times.webshots.com/photo/2832303080103077357oGSEIi

StrawberryFields
Feb. 19, 2008, 07:23 PM
everyones horses are so nice!!

good job everyone- keep it comin :winkgrin:

Granada
Feb. 19, 2008, 07:48 PM
I keep telling myself not to post replies... but your horses are too cute not to comment!

ss, I think you'll definitely break the 'novice ceiling' in a big way w/ paddy. He looks like a great guy! I love his classic pedigree, so much sport there and old blood up close, I love his dam sire line w/ round table. And Sire line w/ Ribot, War Admiral, My Babu... fancy fancy! Its funny you mentioned Grateful Dead. My husband whistles and hums "ripple" to our horse Felix constantly... it has become Felix's song, and I hummed it in my head during my dressage test to keep him steady which is probably why:
The dressage judge told me it looked like he was just trotting along humming a little ditty in his head
Your hunter is beautiful! So classic, such conservative awe-inspiring turnout! And Gretsky and your son look great together. You're so lucky to have him; he looks like a perfect child’s mount! Great pics!

MKV, I love your story about nearly falling in the river and then barely hanging on, IMO, everyone needs a good hair raising ride once in a while to keep their heart pounding:winkgrin: Natalie looks great in your pic, knees up, ears perked, bold and ready to go! How did you not get scraped off by all those branches? And, Wow! What a turnaround you have done w/ Manny. It takes a good eye to find and act on a horse like that... you obviously have it:yes: Looks like he has many years of fun ahead of him!

Ok... I'm not trying to sound overly enthusiastic, it's just coming out that way b/c all the pics and descriptions are so much fun to look at : )

ss3777
Feb. 19, 2008, 08:17 PM
Granada-you may be my new best friend :)

many thanks!!

PnkPanthr
Feb. 19, 2008, 08:33 PM
Yay! Now I have bragging rights!

A Little Tricky a.k.a Jester So I bought Jester on December 28, 2007(yup ive only had him for like 2 months). We bought him off of a race trainer in Elkton, MD. He won two races, one at Pimlico, and once at Delaware park(I have pictures if anyone is interested).He is 8 years old and my baby boy. Although he is 8, he has a baby face, and has the personality of a 4 year old because he really has never been handled all that much. Everything is new for him. We just started cantering like 2 weeks ago, and hope to take him to his first show in April, and possibly his first event July-Augustish. My oh my, can that horse buck....;). I love him so much. It is impossible to explain. Everyone knows the story about what my vet thought of him, but we have already proved him so very wrong! So anyway, withought further ado, let me introduce my handsome boy(please ignore my hair in this pic:lol:)

http://i144.photobucket.com/albums/r165/PnkPanthr/A%20Little%20Tricky/01120817121.jpg

There was also a special horse in my life that CookiePony and Flecken all know about. He was never actually mine, but he still meant the world to me. I cant talk about him a whole lot still because of how emotional i get, but If you want to know more about him look up my thread "I Miss Him".

That was fun!!:)

MIsMyName
Feb. 19, 2008, 08:37 PM
I don't mind bragging about my guy. He was well worth the loooong wait and will be my partner forever. Besides being handsome, he is funny, flirty, and incredibly gentle with my kids. He has a great canter and is quiet to the fences.

Here he is as a 3 yo.

http://i48.photobucket.com/albums/f207/mlrostick/NobleCompanion.jpg

http://i48.photobucket.com/albums/f207/mlrostick/Schickte06.jpg

and quite the dare devil too.

http://i48.photobucket.com/albums/f207/mlrostick/hescrazy.jpg

AnsleyGrace
Feb. 19, 2008, 09:10 PM
This is a great idea! My girl Grace (Amazing Grace / Social Graces) has become my once in a lifetime horse that came from very humble origins. She is a 15.1 hand, 16 yr old TB/Lippizan/TWH cross (Yeah, it's weird, but somehow it worked out okay). My trainer bred her and they could never quite see eye to eye so she became a pasture ornament/companion for quite a few years. Three years ago this month my trainer offered her to me when I was horseless. Since then this tempermental little mare has surprised me everyday and has yet to say no. This horse (that until two years ago had never cantered under saddle) and I have competed successfully in Eventing, Dressage and even dabbled in Equitation. Rarely do I have a lesson where I don't yell to my trainer "I love this horse!!"

I can't pick just one, so here are two pictures from the past weekend where we won out first Beg Novice event on our best ever dressage score.

http://photos-c.ak.facebook.com/photos-ak-sf2p/v196/15/14/740452058/n740452058_674962_4394.jpg
http://photos-b.ak.facebook.com/photos-ak-sf2p/v196/15/14/740452058/n740452058_674989_1487.jpg

jlmckinley
Feb. 19, 2008, 09:55 PM
This is one of the best threads I've read on COTH really because we can learn about each other, our loved ones (horses and humans), and its all positive.

Now I can't wait to read all of the ones posted since last night! Man I love the pics too. Definitely keep them coming.

FLeckenAwesome
Feb. 19, 2008, 10:58 PM
awww so glad you started this thread granada!
and... that's so awesome to hear! fleck and your guy do sound very similar. i bet they'd have alot of fun playing together. I think poor fleck gets bored cause he lives with two old grumpy girls who Do not Play! ;)

hee hee.

but yes... great thread! EVERYONE has such GORGEOUS horses! and it's so great to hear about all their little personalities. i think that's what is so great about eventing... you really have to know your horse!

keep em' coming everyone!

Threedaydream
Feb. 19, 2008, 11:12 PM
HEY!!!! How are you? This is Maddy.
Haha, what a small world!
I should be doing homework right now, but I'll type up something about Bernie tomorrow.

For now I can just brag and say that he was awesome at Ram Tap last weekend!
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v204/maderina1/bernierolltop1.jpg
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v204/maderina1/berniecabin1.jpg

Granada
Feb. 20, 2008, 12:04 AM
Hey! Our tack room is empty and lonely now (really, there's like four dusty tack trunks left)... so I started horse chatting here:yes: I knew you post on COTH cuz I was googling Trevor a while ago and saw you had said something about his race record...and I was like... how does she know about my horse!? LOL...

I taught ThreeDayDream everything she knows...:lol: JK I haven't taught her in years. She's too good for me now! And TDD, your position makes me want to go set up a grid and jump w/o stirrups! Tell us about Bernie:winkgrin:

Threedaydream
Feb. 20, 2008, 12:10 AM
Aw thanks! :D You did teach me a lot of what I know!!

That's sad... aren't there new boarders there yet?

Granada
Feb. 20, 2008, 12:55 AM
Maddy, I sent you a PM : )

PnkPanthr, LOL, you're like me, you need a new camera. Mine will not take a sharp pic for anything. but for a blurry pic, the one of him in the barn isle posing for the photo w/ ears pricked is adorable! I looked at your profile for sharper ones and Jester (great name!) is a very cute boy! Have fun! OTTBs are just all around special:winkgrin:

MIsMyName, love the pic on the cliff! That is such a neat idea. Did you make it? My husband grew up in Marin and is a big mountainbiker, though not for racing, just for fun;) Your boy is so handsome, he looks easygoing, what breed?

AnsleyGrace, Wow! looks like her breeding is a great combination! Is she a cream? Love her expression over fences, you guys look great together! I love your release in the stadium pic, you and Grace look "right on key" in that photo. Its funny how sometimes the right horse just seems to find you and not the other way around... which is why it's so darn difficult to go horse hunting- Its like looking for a needle in a straw bedded stall... which is extremely difficult in my experience;)

piaffeprincess98
Feb. 20, 2008, 07:36 AM
piaffeprincess98, Sam is so cute. I love chestnuts! Mine is sort of a goofball and sensitive too. My husband told me last year after coming home from a vet school class that the prof actually stated that "Chestnuts are genetically thinner skinned/ more sensitive than other colors" still not sure if this is true, not sure if I trust even a vet, esp research vets :lol: JK. Love his show name. His ears over the fences are so cute. And the pic of you guys over the white lattice fence is awesome! Those kind are so hard for me to jump, they're so bright and upright I can never see the distance haha, and I've never attempted one that big:)
Oso is beautiful! Stunning, like you say, great conformation! and so black! Do you use that black as night sup? Luv the pic midair into the water!

Thanks! I've never had a black before, actually just chestnuts up until this point, so I might try that Black as Knight stuff this summer. He will be living in a fly sheet at least to prevent bleaching. He already looks weird from clipping, kind of a brownish black.

Actually, Ishi took those photos of Oso jumping. She did a great job. The one going down the bank into water was his first time and he was so good.

eSpresso
Feb. 20, 2008, 09:11 AM
Espresso aka Fei
http://i186.photobucket.com/albums/x194/HahaHillary/Fei/File0003.jpg
1988 bay thoroughbred mare. My sister bought her 7 years ago, hopeing she would be a good hunter. Well, being the hot blooded thoroughbred that she is, it didn't work out for her, so she turned to eventing, because her previous owner had done foxhunting with her. When my sister went toff to college I took over riding her, until she was sold, because at that time Fei would be 'too much' for me (I was maybe 11 at this time?) (She had bucked my sister off a few times when people came to look at her.) When I had first gotten on her when my sister left, my dad was scared and told me not to canter her, because I had never done it on her before, and if I did, he wouldn't let me ride her anymore. I told him it was okay, and cantered on her, and she was so good for me. She's taught me so many things in the years I've been riding her (one thing being how to stick like glue). She was my first fall after 7 years of riding, and she ran away with me on numerous occasions. I eventually figured her out, and how to ride her well, and began eventing. In '06 we went to the AEC's and had the best time, going for the experience, not the competition (at least that time). This year, I plan on moving up to training with her, and hopefully AEC's again? Who knows.

c_expresso
Feb. 20, 2008, 09:37 AM
Your horse is PRECIOUS! My horse's nickname is Expresso, haha since his name is Express.


Espresso aka Fei
http://i186.photobucket.com/albums/x194/HahaHillary/Fei/File0003.jpg
1988 bay thoroughbred mare. My sister bought her 7 years ago, hopeing she would be a good hunter. Well, being the hot blooded thoroughbred that she is, it didn't work out for her, so she turned to eventing, because her previous owner had done foxhunting with her. When my sister went toff to college I took over riding her, until she was sold, because at that time Fei would be 'too much' for me (I was maybe 11 at this time?) (She had bucked my sister off a few times when people came to look at her.) When I had first gotten on her when my sister left, my dad was scared and told me not to canter her, because I had never done it on her before, and if I did, he wouldn't let me ride her anymore. I told him it was okay, and cantered on her, and she was so good for me. She's taught me so many things in the years I've been riding her (one thing being how to stick like glue). She was my first fall after 7 years of riding, and she ran away with me on numerous occasions. I eventually figured her out, and how to ride her well, and began eventing. In '06 we went to the AEC's and had the best time, going for the experience, not the competition (at least that time). This year, I plan on moving up to training with her, and hopefully AEC's again? Who knows.

mjrtango93
Feb. 20, 2008, 09:54 AM
So I found a picture of my boy online, so thank you whoever took it!

Anyway this is Tango, my once in a lifetime boy. We bought him from a show jumper in England when he was 6, he had evented a bit with Leslie before we bought him. He is 7/8 draft 1/8 TB so they didn't think he would be fast enough to make time. My first year we went prelim through advanced with young riders and a 2 star thrown in. He ended up taking me to Fair Hill, Foxhall and Rolex in '03. We retired him just before Rolex in '04 at the ripe age of 11 as he is sick. Not really sure what, and UC Davis kind of gave up. He is happily packing around a young girl at home, but isn't allowed to event anymore. Also think Leslie had to eat his words on the not fast enough thing, I was 14 seconds fast on steeplechase with trying to slow down most of the second loop! Still almost made time cross country even though we had a slide into the farmyard corner (note bigger studs are a good idea!). Anyway this is him landing off the footbridge at Rolex.
http://pets.webshots.com/photo/1071152115010808187TRBUuH


And then there was Owen. Bought him December '06 about 2 weeks under saddle as a late 4 year old. He went through training last year, and being the dork he is took a header in turn out one night and got a couple months off for that one. This was him last spring at his first training. He should be quite entertaining at Twin Rivers coming up! Owen is about the biggest goofball you could ever hope to own, and Tango's polar opposite.
http://www.mccoolphotos.com/_appFile.cfm?pg=riderGallery&riderid=1960

Granada
Feb. 20, 2008, 03:05 PM
I love reading this thread on my lunch break. It makes me want the next four hours to speed by so I can get out to the ponies!

I feel guilty for leaving this guy out, so I have to add one more:

Mr. Wonderful (aka Wonder Pony) is my first horse. I got him in 96 when I turned 13 and he was about 15 then, so he's nearing 30 now. We got Wonder a few weeks after he passed through the Norco auction, where he didn't sell because his previous owners had been kind enough to put a $700 hold on him so that the meat buyers wouldn't buy him. He was a complete unknown, underweight to the point where his head looked huge on his body, and he didn't come with a name. He's the only horse I've named myself, and needless to say, when the boys at school found out they had a lot of fun teasing me:sadsmile: Wonder and I went on all sorts of adventures together. And it didn't take us long to learn to jump anything and everything, our favorites were tumbleweeds! I could fill a book full of stories about him, chased him up trails on more than one occasion LOL. I'm still proud to this day that I taught him not to bolt on trails by riding the gallop all the way home and then cropping him out into the fields and up the hills, it was the only thing that finally worked! He was my pony club horse and took me all the way through my B, I would have trailered him to my HA too just for good luck if I could've :) After I went to school, my mom hunted him, which he loved... but he never got over jumping the bushes. She said it was like riding a line of x bounces if she didn't steer around LOL. He has stayed very healthy, and has taught many young riders a thing or two, which I think he knows is his niche in life :) Truly, you can practically see the smile on his face when he is carrying a young horse enthusiast! Now he has a great feed lease with a pony clubber who gives him the babying he deserves.

Sorry, that was really long... There's nothing quite like a first horse;) Here's two pics of him after winning a hunter pace w/ my mom. (I know, I'm breaking my own rule!)

http://calranunculus.wikispaces.com/space/showimage/Wonder4.jpg

http://calranunculus.wikispaces.com/space/showimage/Wonder2.jpg

eSpresso
Feb. 20, 2008, 06:57 PM
Your horse is PRECIOUS!
More like devil... I still have yet to get a picture of her bucking and/or being a complete jerk.
I could go on and on about the stories about how she got the stitches in her bum, what happened 5 days before area championships, the day I tried to lunge her, our explosive dressage tests, and the numerous occasions in warm up when I get the 'Oh the young horses' comment (Although she'll be 20 at the end of March! :eek: ) .


My horse's nickname is Expresso, haha since his name is Express.
I chose my username because at events, the announcer ALWAYS calls out Expresso, instead of Espresso. It makes me silly. I've even capitalized it on entry forms, but I don't think it really gets the message through...



And mjrtango93 your horse Owen is so pretty! I've decided when I get a job and eventually save the money for my OTTB, and it's a gelding, his name will be Owen. Such an awesome name.

Edit:
I didn't find any pictures of Fei being a turd, but I remembered that I posted one on youtube a while ago!

The reason behind her acting crazy at the event was the year before at the same event we were doing novice, and we got eliminated because she wouldn't go over the jump where the green and grey fence is right by the start &finish flags were. so earlier last year, I go in, trying again (at BN, because of a lameness issue over the winter). I don't know what it is with that area, but last fall we went to the HT again, at Novice and got over a fence about where the green one was. I figured out to just let the reins go and she went. but for the video...
http://youtube.com/watch?v=myrKEEfYc6M

HappyHoppingHaffy
Feb. 20, 2008, 07:26 PM
Sorry, guys, I taught mine to speak. Should the day job not work out we're going to become carnies.

We don't have too many bragging rights, yet. We did get second place at the Grafton Land Trust Hunter Pace.

Look for us to be tearin' up BN in Area I this spring! (Hopefully, tearin' up in a good way and not a bad "ambulance" way!)

Here's us scaling a death-defying jump at the hunter pace!

http://pets.webshots.com/photo/2940198370103083329CrRWhW

:)

HappyHoppingHaffy
Feb. 20, 2008, 07:33 PM
eSpresso:
"Edit:
I didn't find any pictures of Fei being a turd, but I remembered that I posted one on youtube a while ago!

The reason behind her acting crazy at the event was the year before at the same event we were doing novice, and we got eliminated because she wouldn't go over the jump where the green and grey fence is right by the start &finish flags were. so earlier last year, I go in, trying again (at BN, because of a lameness issue over the winter). I don't know what it is with that area, but last fall we went to the HT again, at Novice and got over a fence about where the green one was. I figured out to just let the reins go and she went. but for the video...
http://youtube.com/watch?v=myrKEEfYc6M[/QUOTE]"

Oh, my God! I love your family's comments! I hope you didn't make her into kielbasa!!!
Just remember to pat her neck next time she's being bad and it will all go well again! :lol: So funny!!

eSpresso
Feb. 20, 2008, 07:41 PM
Nope, she's in the barn, muching some hay. :D

PnkPanthr
Feb. 20, 2008, 08:02 PM
Granada- I agree with you totally. The picture was actually taken from my phone. I should show you the original...my hair is STRAIGHT UP like Alfalfa. But I sort of edited so it doesnt stick up as much:lol:

MIsMyName
Feb. 20, 2008, 09:53 PM
Maddy, I sent you a PM : )

MIsMyName, love the pic on the cliff! That is such a neat idea. Did you make it? My husband grew up in Marin and is a big mountainbiker, though not for racing, just for fun;) Your boy is so handsome, he looks easygoing, what breed?



I did make that photo on the cliff. That is probably the only way I could get myself that close to the edge of a cliff.:lol:

Schickte is an oldenburg/thoroughbred cross. I just love him to death. He is very easygoing and nothing seems to bother him much. However, he does know how to keep himself entertained. Apparently, he and a pasture buddy used to jump the fence to get into the next pasture. Shortly thereafter he was gelded I was told. And more recently I heard (again, before he was mine I must add) he stripped the hair off the tails of two poor ponies he shared a field with. I almost couldn't believe it but then he does like to put things in his mouth. I keep saying he needs a horse pacifier. He is very respectful of your space though. Everyone laughs at him and his current pasture buddy because when I call Schickte in, his friend in protest will grab his tail and walk behind him (tail in mouth) all the way to the gate. It makes you think of the way elephants do this to each other.

Let's see what else...

I have ridden him in rain, snow and strong winds with jumps blowing down and just did his job unfazed. Now he isn't fond of deer jumping in front of him, but with that, he has only spooked/shuffled in place. The coolest thing is how he is when my youngest daughter is on him. She has only walked him but you would think he was carrying crystal on his back he was so careful.

I have to say that everyone here has beautiful horses and I love hearing their stories. Awesome photos. This was a great idea:yes:

spirithorse22
Feb. 20, 2008, 10:12 PM
Ok, I'll play!

Whitaker- I put him down a year this December. He was really quirky. Even Jimmy Wofford couldn't fix his quirks! :lol: So, if you pointed him at something, he'd jump it...his own way. If you tried to mess with him too much, the jump came down/he dove down and ignored you. I got him when he was half retired, after a career at prelim with a previous owner. I remember riding him down the lane at our first recognized trial and having people stop me to say, "Is that Whitty?" He was pretty unique, I was devasted when I had to put him down, esp. since it was hock infection that brought about his demise.

Our last out of state competition: http://good-times.webshots.com/photo/2355685330099709404CGBVUI

Tricky Crossing, AKA Justin- my 'new guy'. I've had him a year this December. I actually found him the week I was scheduled to put down Whit. He was a semi-rescue. I say that b/c he was under weight and malnourished, but a really lovely couple had taken him in for about a week and had already started to 'bring him back'. Everyone knew I was looking for a 'big horse' and since the lady who had him was pregnant, she was too concerned about his height/unknown temperament to really bring him into undersaddle work. So, long story short, I went out, rode him, fell in love with him that day, brought him home that afternoon...he's that special, special horse. Maybe that once in a lifetime horse, we'll see. He's been out for half this year w/ a tendon injury.

A six month anniversary shot: http://good-times.webshots.com/photo/2868313690099709404DCLfvp

AnsleyGrace
Feb. 20, 2008, 10:19 PM
AnsleyGrace, Wow! looks like her breeding is a great combination! Is she a cream? Love her expression over fences, you guys look great together! I love your release in the stadium pic, you and Grace look "right on key" in that photo. Its funny how sometimes the right horse just seems to find you and not the other way around... which is why it's so darn difficult to go horse hunting- Its like looking for a needle in a straw bedded stall... which is extremely difficult in my experience;)

Yeah her breeding gets us a lot of funny looks. I call her a North GA Warmblood and most people are like "Oh, that's very nice" as if I have a very rare breed they must pretend they've heard of. She's actually BRIGHT white, but she lives outside and is pretty hairy. I washed her, but some of the stains were a little stubborn. As for that jump, I came out of the arena grinning just because of it! :D

MIsMyName
Feb. 20, 2008, 10:19 PM
Here is a horse worth bragging about...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=teHfyby_veU

Can you imagine taking your horse out for burgers ... at a drive thru ... in your car?

Granada
Feb. 21, 2008, 01:53 AM
MIsMyName, haha that youtube vid is hilarious, and Schickte sounds like he's full of personality! He looks like he could stand on the side of a cliff if you asked him :lol:

JRey, The Man is so cute! Totally game over that oxer! and luv the ears on his dressage photo... Looks like he just needed a step back w/ the right rider to make a big splash again:yes: and The Girl (luv the names, is that what you call them?) is super cute too... luv her sex crosses to both Bold Ruler and Raise A Native. My boy has a them too. Who are you gonna breed her to? a TB/WB/other?

eSpresso, You crack me up:
she ran away with me on numerous occasions. this is why I love eventers: Love how excited you sound about this! Forward is always good :lol: You guys look like a great team in your pics... and the bad vid LOL

mjrtango93, Tango is really draft?! You must've put out a lot of effort to get him in that kind of shape:
I was 14 seconds fast on steeplechase with trying to slow down most of the second loop! Hope he's enjoying his new job! and Owen looks great in the photos...go chestnuts!

HoppingHaffy, no way! you taught your's to speak, haha. I don't think you'll have any need of an ambulance.

spirithorse22, Whitty sounds like he was the kind of horse that leaves a long impression. He's lucky he had you to understand all his quirks. Justin is very handsome. Looks like a fun ride! I like your pedquerry update too, did you know you can link a URL pic? Ok. I have to mention this. Justin has Dumpty Humpty (Rock Sand) in his pedigree and I just think that is the funniest name. Who names a TB stud that?

AnsleyGrace,
She's actually BRIGHT white haha, she looked so clean, and she has no fleabitten spots. Along with her exotic breed, you could make up a new exotic color too. :yes:, that looks like a jump that could stick with you for a while : )

Love hearing everyone's stories. All the ponies are so unique:winkgrin:

mjrtango93
Feb. 21, 2008, 09:40 AM
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mjrtango93, Tango is really draft?! You must've put out a lot of effort to get him in that kind of shape: Hope he's enjoying his new job! and Owen looks great in the photos...go chestnuts!
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Actually he's a freak of nature and gets fit at the drop of a hat and keeps it, he's also incredibly fast naturally. Definately not your typical Irish Draught, he is hot, light, and forward! Owen is a cutie he had just turned 4 a couple months prior to those photos. He's more of the typical Irish personality though, kind of a funny goofball.

Granada since your at UCD you might have already seen a photo of Tango, Marc used to shoe him for me and there is a photo of him jumping out of the coffin hanging on the wall in the shoeing shack.

MajMeadowMorgans
Feb. 21, 2008, 09:44 AM
Pure Arrogance aka Duckie
My former saddleseat horse who started jumping everything in sight! Pasture fences, wheelbarrows, you name it. We played around in the jumpers and then moved to eventing. Have done some BN stuff and hope to move up to N soon :) Maybe the link will work, it is a pic of us schooling at Poplar when I worked there. And he's a Liver, body clipped in the pic. Everyone says he looks blue :D






http://collect.myspace.com/reloc.cfm?c=18&fuseaction=viewImage&imageID=3578639&friendID=209751264&id=

Samantha37
Feb. 21, 2008, 10:07 AM
Ok, more bragging? :D
I just wanted to post another pic (or two hehe)
Us at a fundraiser trail ride (it was SO cold- I have on winter breeches under my jeans!!!)
http://i145.photobucket.com/albums/r222/ssilver3722/Vereaux/Millstone%2007/Verreaux1.jpg

And just warming up, walking:
http://i145.photobucket.com/albums/r222/ssilver3722/Vereaux/Pony%20rides/verreauxme.jpg

eventingmom
Feb. 21, 2008, 01:01 PM
Since my daughter is a working student with no access to the internet, I'll brag about her "kids" for her. Besides, it's a mom's right to brag right?

First there is Cagney. She is a 19 year 15.3 H NSH. She is Robyn's first love. We bought Cagney for Robyn for her 13th birthday, when she had only been riding for less than a year, but she was already in love with the feisty little mare. Cagney has done it all - she placed consistently on the Ontario Arabian show circuit for many years; she drives and used to do driving competitions; she placed consistenly in hunter shows around the region; and evented to the Canadian equivalent of novice (pre-training) with my daughter. They did 9 events in 2005, won 2, were in the top three in 8, and 4th in the other. For the last couple of years, Cagney was Robyn's field hunting partner. Everyone thought she was brave and crazy to hunt a half-Arab who didn't like to follow the leader. Cagney is the ultimate "chestnut mare", but has a huge heart and is still going strong.
http://pets.webshots.com/photo/1464306685079042734kYMrxU
http://pets.webshots.com/photo/1464306949079042734guvWqI

And now there is Beau Dacious. He is an 11 year old 17 H Hano/TB cross. One day in the fall of 2005, Robyn's coach invited us to come along to the broker to see what a broker facility is like (ya right). There was a big, skinny grey gelding, who was about as obnoxious, rude and bratty as could be. Robyn rode him, just for fun (ya right), and the match was absolutely perfect. He had only done low level hunter, had never seen a cross-country course and had been standing in a field for a year. Two weeks later, he won his first entry level event. Now they are eventing at Prelim, and plan to move to Intermediate this summer. They did their first CCI* in September last year and were 16th. They had an awesome season last year at prelim, winning two, and in the top 10 in the rest. She is so proud of her boy, and we are so proud of what she has done with him. He is still so totally an adolescent boy, trying anything he thinks he might get away with, but we love him.
http://pets.webshots.com/photo/2853487590079042734qViZDQ
http://pets.webshots.com/photo/2705168390079042734QlrMGe

Granada
Feb. 21, 2008, 07:44 PM
mjrtango93,
he's a freak of nature and gets fit at the drop of a hat Wow! That's amazing, luv those kind! I'll stop by and look for the photo, I'm around there all the time anyways : )

MajMeadowMorgans, Duckie (love the name!) sounds like so much fun! The pic link didn't work for me, can you post it again? Don't know if I've ever noticed what a liver looks like clipped.

eventingmom, I got my first horse for my 13th bday too, must be the year where parents just can't handle their horse crazy kid constantly asking any longer. LOL Cagney is so cute! She looks like the successful product of a well loved first horse! There's nothing quite like the one you try anything and do everything with. Beau Dacious looks like a great competitor! Congrats on her completing her first one star, that's awesome, so much hard work goes into that. Just curious, how did Beau Dacious get his name? its very cool sounding and it reminds me of the TB stud Beau Genius.

Samantha37, love the pic on the trail, your boy looks like a solid citizen. It's nice to see him standing up : ) Do you own his mom? Is she the 93 model? Would love to see a pic of her, she has a very neat pedigree. not that I'm an expert, just that I love to look at them LOL.

eventingmom
Feb. 21, 2008, 10:26 PM
Thanks for the nice comments Granada. In response to your question about Beau's name - it was the funniest thing.

I said that he was the baddest biggest brat when we first saw him. After she rode him I told my daughter, "If we buy him, let's change his show name to Beau Dacious. Because he really is big and bad and bodacious"

When we did buy him and got his passport, we opened it up to see that his show name was "Beau Dacious". It was meant to be.

Have you ever heard the Primus Song"The Ballad of Bodacious" It's about a bull, but the chorus is perfect for Robyn's big brat. "Who's gonna ride Bodacious"

krobert
Feb. 22, 2008, 02:20 AM
I recently returned to Australia (after 3 yrs in the USA) and couldn't stay horseless for long. I went and got myself a very cute 4yr OTTB last week. His race name was "Kojo Park" but the trainer took to calling him "Slow Jo Park", he raced the weekend before and came 14th out of 14 :D His stable name is Jack.

So far he is an absolute superstar and I am having so much fun with him. He hasn't put a foot wrong and tries really hard.

http://www.facebook.com/photo.php?pid=904700&l=e582e&id=500776135
http://www.facebook.com/photo.php?pid=907192&l=39175&id=500776135

Well technically I wasn't actually horseless I still have my horse I left with a pro rider when I went to the USA, but he is now **star and the rider still wants him, he is also on the other side of the country to where I am living now (quite a bit of desert between the two of us).
This is "Costalot" stable name Forest.

http://www.facebook.com/photo.php?pid=376175&l=a456a&id=500776135
http://www.facebook.com/photo.php?pid=376208&l=d5aaf&id=500776135

Farnfield_Dressage
Feb. 22, 2008, 12:05 PM
Well Im a dressage rider but my horse is a former eventer. I'll mention his stats here lol.

He competed through prelim at age 6 in Canada. Pony Clubbed through 'A' level at age 7- imported to america and competed through training/prelim at Millbrook and Stuart horse trials, placing in top 3, often winning dressage. His first rider a JR/YR, is now longlisted for the canadian team. My horse is now ready to go 2nd level with a new JR- me! So a great history on this guy.

pwynnnorman
Feb. 24, 2008, 09:55 AM
Ohhh, the thread's dying and I only just got these pictures!

Kevlar:
http://api.ning.com/files/t8YvbAvnRKgDBsiW2C6V18GfbUWt9mB*yq8Q-XhXDGo_/kevcompsitejump.JPG (http://api.ning.com/files/t8YvbAvnRKgDBsiW2C6V18GfbUWt9mB*yq8Q-XhXDGo_/kevcompsitejump.JPG)

http://api.ning.com/files/t8YvbAvnRKg*T0R6ZmOjLuB1aZvfNRYN1z4Nt8e3Lhc_/kevwheelbarrowsm.JPG (http://api.ning.com/files/t8YvbAvnRKg*T0R6ZmOjLuB1aZvfNRYN1z4Nt8e3Lhc_/kevwheelbarrowsm.JPG)

Cliche:
http://api.ning.com/files/t2nCRxBSyRen3FMFtZr0NxWdSPWYOnSXLp6wiVK2ot8_/cleelaurenheadsoverjump.JPG (http://api.ning.com/files/t2nCRxBSyRen3FMFtZr0NxWdSPWYOnSXLp6wiVK2ot8_/cleelaurenheadsoverjump.JPG)

http://api.ning.com/files/t2nCRxBSyRfiXbfZcERxYkUIBjxviNs-UhJ8y2bToT0_/cleejumpsequence.JPG (http://api.ning.com/files/t2nCRxBSyRfiXbfZcERxYkUIBjxviNs-UhJ8y2bToT0_/cleejumpsequence.JPG)

Kunichiwa:
http://api.ning.com/files/t2nCRxBSyRf3HGOdux99Xu0wFKq4Lcz0GBhjznvKPeE_/kunitrottoward.JPG (http://api.ning.com/files/t2nCRxBSyRf3HGOdux99Xu0wFKq4Lcz0GBhjznvKPeE_/kunitrottoward.JPG)

JackPot
Feb. 24, 2008, 10:49 AM
Jack is an extremely silly 8 year old OTTB who loves dressage, jumping, and carrots. Especially carrots. He's been the perfect first horse for me because for a TB he's suprisingly chill. We're taking it slow, we placed 2nd at our first event at Waradeca :) Planning on going BN novice this year, working our way up to novice toward the end of the eventing season. We're finally figuring each other out and I'm so happy to have such a great partner!

http://www.photoreflect.com/pr3/OrderPage.aspx?pi=08JQ010K000075&po=75

Granada
Feb. 24, 2008, 05:16 PM
Ohhh, the thread's dying and I only just got these pictures!

Pwyn... I don't know about everyone else, but I still love reading this thread and looking at the pics! All the horses are so cute!

So if anyone wants to brag about their horse... tell us a story and post a pic. It's my favorite uplifting reading of the day LOL.