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SuckerForHorses
Jul. 19, 2012, 08:16 AM
I'm just doing a little hap-hap-happy dance because FINALLY my gelding is starting to come together, he's becoming more consistent, and its a WONDERFUL feeling (especially knowing that its all my hard work with the help of a trainer once in a great while!) I'm really starting to "get it" too! :lol:

I've posted about him before, when we had a show that we were planning to go to. He came up lame, therefore, no show! :cry:

Anywho, he had from June 20th to July 11th off from work because he was lame. He blew out an abscess, and he was instantly back to 100% sound (confirmed by the vet).

Now, he is not one of those "go slow, I'm gunna just jog nicely" horses...he is bred for cutting. He moves with a mission. He actually has really nice movement, he's very long strided and floaty...but this does not make for a smooth ride. In addition, he's still pretty green, so his gaits were inconsistent AND bouncy...:eek:

This summer he has REALLY started coming together (he just turned 6 in June, I bought him as a 3 year old and they'd broke him to ride but just on trails)...we've been working on softening in the bridle, using his hind end, traveling on a correct circle (bending thru ribcage) and pushing from inside leg to outside rein, and probably some others that I'm missing. This work has resulted in a very soft horse (still more work to go, but he's like a different horse already!) who has settled nicely into a nice carriage and...A JOG I CAN SIT TO!

He really pushes from behind, which I like (I don't want a peanut pusher that is pulling its ass along...) but up until now, I really questioned how he would EVER be able to compete as a western pleasure competitor. Now mind you, we're not going to Congress, but for local shows, my guy WILL get to a point of being a pleasure to ride!

Even after a few weeks off, I've ridden him 5 times in the past week, and he's better now than he was before his "vacation"!

I am starting to finally "get it" too - I've been taking lessons with a GREAT trainer in my area, and started taking one once in a while last summer. Not regularly, just whenver we could meet up and I had the money. I took a few over the winter, and a few this summer so far. The tools she's given us in those few lessons have worked better in a shorter period of time than the "trainer" that I sent him to last spring (who did absolutely nothing except get him in better shape...he learned nothing in 45 days). My hardest challenge is remembering that I can do things with my hands and legs independant of each other...I get busy worrying about my hands and his head, and forget my legs are hanging there & I forget to use them when they are needed :D So, I'm definitely improving too...the past few rides, I've remembered that I have both arms AND legs!

Wow, this was long...

Bluey
Jul. 19, 2012, 08:26 AM
Never mind long, we love to read how people get along with their horses and progress, not just the problems they have.;)

Is great to learn more and more, look back and realize hey, this is fun, getting it better every day and even my horse is enjoying it.:cool:

No matter what disciplines and goals, sensible people enjoy the road along it as much as getting ahead.
Sound like you are one of those.:)

SuckerForHorses
Jul. 19, 2012, 08:33 AM
Yes! And he's such a willing little fella! Personally, I always found ring work BORING...I'd rather trail ride. BUT...seeing such good progress, and knowing that its because of me (and him of course, he happily tries his heart out and never grumbles!), makes it much more fun!

You're never too old to learn something new. I'm only 25, but even at 100 it's not too old!

I have been so happy with every ride this week, when it's over, I really want to cry from happiness! My SO doesn't get it, he thinks I'm crazy...my horsey girlfriends totally get it! LOL!

I'm sure we'll have our moments, everyone does, but these excellent rides make me forget all about the bad ones we've had (even when he bucked me off two years ago for no apparent reason...:lol:)

rabicon
Jul. 19, 2012, 08:34 AM
Go and have fun at your local shows. Do whats best for you horse and that's not peanut rolling and wagging IMO. Have fun and I'm sure you'll do fine.

SuckerForHorses
Jul. 19, 2012, 08:38 AM
Go and have fun at your local shows. Do whats best for you horse and that's not peanut rolling and wagging IMO. Have fun and I'm sure you'll do fine.

I agree! And I don't think he's physically capable of that anyways! HAHA!

The trainer I'm working with knows her stuff...she has students that go to Congress and win. But she's not one to worry about where the head/neck are, and forget about the rest. She works on the whole horse, and once that is working properly, the rest falls into place or only requires minor tweaking. She likes well rounded horses, and her students horses are no exception.

Tee
Jul. 19, 2012, 02:39 PM
That's awesome! I had the same issues with my Morgan - he was soooo forward and fast that getting him slowed down seemed all but impossible. I think mostly time and maturity helped. We rode English for 4 years or so and then came back to trying western again and he's been great.

Sounds like your guy is doing great. I'm happy for you!

cutter99
Jul. 19, 2012, 05:37 PM
Sometimes it is hard to believe, but after some time off many horses come back even better. I wouldn't worry about being typical "western pleasure" if you are just doing local shows. I certainly wouldn't worry about rollin' peanuts! Enjoy your horse for what he is and have a good time!

How about posting a picture of him for us to see?

SuckerForHorses
Jul. 20, 2012, 09:57 AM
Sometimes it is hard to believe, but after some time off many horses come back even better. I wouldn't worry about being typical "western pleasure" if you are just doing local shows. I certainly wouldn't worry about rollin' peanuts! Enjoy your horse for what he is and have a good time!

How about posting a picture of him for us to see?

I don't have any new show pics, but here are some pics to give you an idea of the little bugger...

http://i238.photobucket.com/albums/ff2/agonyaw/Horses/Jet10-20-2009004.jpg

http://i238.photobucket.com/albums/ff2/agonyaw/Public%20Album/Jet6-13-123.jpg

http://i238.photobucket.com/albums/ff2/agonyaw/Public%20Album/Jet6-13-12.jpg

During his layup a few weeks ago: http://i238.photobucket.com/albums/ff2/agonyaw/Public%20Album/Jet6-23-20122.jpg

http://i238.photobucket.com/albums/ff2/agonyaw/Public%20Album/Jet6-23-2012.jpg

Show last year, QH halter geldings: http://i238.photobucket.com/albums/ff2/agonyaw/Public%20Album/Lyndonville7-16-20112.jpg

Tee
Jul. 20, 2012, 11:34 AM
Wow - he's gorgeous!!

SuckerForHorses
Jul. 20, 2012, 12:49 PM
Thanks!

I joke that I have a horse of a different color...many colors actually. He changes with each season.

And, I can't count the number of times I've had someone say to me "Oh, he's such a pretty gray!" :mad: If its a horse person who says this, I explain that he's a blue roan. If its a non-horsey person, I just smile and say "Thanks!"

ParadoxFarm
Jul. 20, 2012, 05:43 PM
I'm a sucker for a blue roan. He's definitely a cutey. And it just goes to show you that a few GOOD lessons can do more than weekly mediocre (or bad) ones. Sounds like fun. Enjoy. :)

cutter99
Jul. 20, 2012, 08:06 PM
Sucker, what is his pedigree? He is a VERY nice horse!

SuckerForHorses
Jul. 21, 2012, 11:16 PM
He's on allbreedpedigree.com
El Lar Bluedriftwood is his registered name. The El is a lower case L.
I'm not up to speed on QH lines but I believe he's basically some cutting lines & foundation lines. He's got nice bone, & great movement for a little guy. He is forward & floaty. A dressage rider would love him, but a dressage rider i am not ;)

Today was our show...HE WAS AWESOME! It's our first show doing rail classes, up till now I've only done halter & showmanship with him. Long story short...he handled everything like an old pro, rode very nicely & was super responsive & soft in the bridle. He had a great jog that was slow, comfortable, but a natural jog collected & driving from the motor instead of pulling from the front ;)

Our placings were:
Showmanship - 2nd place of 6 horses
Western Equitation - 2nd place of 6 horses
Western Pleasure - 3rd place out of 8 horses
Trail - 4th place of 5 horses (the "bridge" was a 1/4 sheet of plywood & so small he was like "hmmm...I don't need to walk on this when i can just step to the side & keep going...")

I'm super happy with my non-western-pleasure bred little QH! I was so happy after the pleasure class I almost cried!

SuckerForHorses
Jul. 23, 2012, 08:26 AM
There is usually a girl at the show taking pictures, that she sells after. I don't know if she was there or not, but if she was, I will be getting some pictures and will post them.

I went with a friend, and we were both in the same class, so we couldn't take pictures of each other!

OveroHunter
Jul. 23, 2012, 10:56 AM
Congrats!!

SuckerForHorses
Jul. 24, 2012, 10:59 AM
Thanks! We have another show this Sunday; I'm hoping to get some pictures!

Beverley
Jul. 24, 2012, 11:26 AM
Congrats- I am a sucker for blue roans too (well, and strawberry roans).

As has been noted, it is continually amazing how horses will be the same, often better, after a break. I think in part it's because we just try too hard and forget to relax and breathe.

As an example, a few years back a young Oldenburg just Did Not Seem To Get a basic shoulder in. So I'd ask for a couple of subpar basic reactions and then go on to something else, and then spent some time not even asking. And then, next time I asked, probably several weeks later, he not only had it, but had it very well indeed.

SuckerForHorses
Jul. 24, 2012, 01:33 PM
The only thing that annoys me about his color, is the spots that show up that look like scars, but they aren't, they are just part of his color. I can't remember what they are called. But he has a bunch of them on his right side, and they look like he got beat up by another horse but that is not the case. They have a name, I just can't remember the term right now.

I also get "I like your gray!" all the time...even from horse people. In fact, at the show on Saturday, I had one guy who was supposedly retired from showing QH's, say to me "He's an appaloosa right?" Hm, no, he's a QH!

sparkette
Jul. 26, 2012, 02:30 PM
What a pretty boy and congrats on the placings. :)

SuckerForHorses
Jul. 26, 2012, 02:32 PM
Thanks! We have another show this Sunday, I hope he does as well as he did last weekend!

SuckerForHorses
Jul. 30, 2012, 09:59 AM
1st in Equitation
1st in Pleasure
2nd in Trail
3rd in QH halter geldings
4th in Showmanship (which was my fault, I screwed up on the pattern, but he did everything I asked correctly! LOL!)

ParadoxFarm
Jul. 30, 2012, 11:30 AM
Awesome job! Congrats. :) Any pictures?

SuckerForHorses
Jul. 30, 2012, 12:10 PM
I'm waiting for my friend to send them to me, I hope she hurries!

It stinks going to a show by yourself, or when the person you go with is in the same class, because then there is nobody to take pictures!!!

ParadoxFarm
Jul. 31, 2012, 09:56 AM
Yeah, good point. Or when the one person you have with you WATCHES your class and forgets to video. ;) But I guess I'd rather have my fan than my videographer. :D

SuckerForHorses
Aug. 1, 2012, 07:49 AM
Here are the pics! I like having pictures because then I can SEE myself ride...and I need to get my shoulders back! :eek:

http://i238.photobucket.com/albums/ff2/agonyaw/VHSA%207-29-2012/Jet1.jpg

http://i238.photobucket.com/albums/ff2/agonyaw/VHSA%207-29-2012/Jet2.jpg

http://i238.photobucket.com/albums/ff2/agonyaw/VHSA%207-29-2012/Jet3.jpg

This is my favorite pic: http://i238.photobucket.com/albums/ff2/agonyaw/VHSA%207-29-2012/Jet4.jpg

Waiting for our ribbon: http://i238.photobucket.com/albums/ff2/agonyaw/VHSA%207-29-2012/Jet5.jpg

Getting our blue! http://i238.photobucket.com/albums/ff2/agonyaw/VHSA%207-29-2012/Jet6.jpg

"Okay Mom, can we go home now?" http://i238.photobucket.com/albums/ff2/agonyaw/VHSA%207-29-2012/Jet7.jpg

craz4crtrs
Aug. 1, 2012, 10:45 PM
Good job!!! I do like your guy. :) Have fun in many more shows in the future. Loved the pics.

propspony
Aug. 2, 2012, 12:00 AM
awww. These brought a big smile to my face. You guys look great. Congrats!

SuckerForHorses
Aug. 2, 2012, 07:34 AM
Thanks!

Bluey
Aug. 2, 2012, 08:17 AM
I just saw your pictures.
Looks like both of you are having so much fun, that is great!:cool:

SuckerForHorses
Aug. 6, 2012, 07:26 AM
Turns out we got day-end Champion in our division (green horse). The show secretary e-mailed me last night.

Our first blue ribbons & first Champion ribbon in the same day! Not too shabby!

ParadoxFarm
Aug. 6, 2012, 09:12 AM
Great pictures. Super cute "pony". You two look good together. :)

rabicon
Aug. 6, 2012, 10:16 AM
Love him. Such a pretty boy love his color. Congrats

Go Fish
Aug. 6, 2012, 10:44 PM
Congratulations! You guys look amazing!

If you don't mind a word advice...pull your show halter up a hole or two. It's sitting a tad low on the head.

SuckerForHorses
Aug. 7, 2012, 07:31 AM
Congratulations! You guys look amazing!

If you don't mind a word advice...pull your show halter up a hole or two. It's sitting a tad low on the head.

Thanks! Its actually fitted correctly, maybe the picture makes it seem low on his head. The throatlatch piece is fitted exactly where it needs to be, and the nosepiece is just below the cheekbone point. If I lifted it any higher, it would be rubbing on his cheekbone.

Another show this weekend!
We've been trail riding in between shows, that's what I really like to do anyways!

I'm going to post in the Horse Care section to see if anyone has suggestions for why a barefoot horse would be fine all summer long, and now suddenly be ouchy while trail riding. He's 6 years old, never had shoes, never needed them. On a graded dirt road he may have caught a stone or two and reacted appropriately, but on ANY other footing he was 100% while going along barefoot. The lady that I ride with also has her gelding barefoot, and he's been fine too. Lately, over the past two weeks, they have both been VERY ouchy, even on trails and dirt roads that are smooth (minimal small gravel, which they were prefectly fine on before) but now they are both hop-a-longs. Any thoughts? Nothing has changed in diet, riding, farriers, nothing. The road conditions aren't any different either. What didn't bother them all summer long is now making them ouchy.:confused:

craz4crtrs
Aug. 7, 2012, 08:31 AM
Another show this weekend!
We've been trail riding in between shows, that's what I really like to do anyways!

I'm going to post in the Horse Care section to see if anyone has suggestions for why a barefoot horse would be fine all summer long, and now suddenly be ouchy while trail riding. He's 6 years old, never had shoes, never needed them. On a graded dirt road he may have caught a stone or two and reacted appropriately, but on ANY other footing he was 100% while going along barefoot. The lady that I ride with also has her gelding barefoot, and he's been fine too. Lately, over the past two weeks, they have both been VERY ouchy, even on trails and dirt roads that are smooth (minimal small gravel, which they were prefectly fine on before) but now they are both hop-a-longs. Any thoughts? Nothing has changed in diet, riding, farriers, nothing. The road conditions aren't any different either. What didn't bother them all summer long is now making them ouchy.:confused:

A thought for the hoof tenderness....the horses I have/had that had really nice feet for barefoot will get tender from super hard ground and rocks on top of that while trailriding, fine in the arena. Rocks roll under their feet etc, and also, after being ridden out regularly, they wear their feet down too short to be comfortable barefoot. Then front shoes or full shoes, or hoof boots may become necessary. :)

My little AQHA mare has a shellier foot, so can't go barefoot during the summer and I ride alot all winter, so she still has fronts on then. If we get real winter, then shoes come off.

Hope this helps.

SuckerForHorses
Aug. 7, 2012, 09:06 AM
Thanks!

His foot structure holds up well, they are not brittle, cracking, peeling, etc. Nice hard feet. They were fine last summer and the summer before riding barefoot all summer long. I am trying a new farrier on Friday, and am going to ask him what he thinks.

craz4crtrs
Aug. 7, 2012, 10:35 AM
Ask the farrier about sole depth, if he has too much retained sole, it makes his foot too flat and can cause tenderness. Also, the bars, same thing. Can cause discomfort if the bars are too long. A good bare foot should have concavity to the sole, and the horse shouldn't be walking on the soles of his feet. If the walls are smooth but worn to short, that can cause the horse to be on the sole.

I am sure you will get more why's and because's on your other post. :) Don't be surprised if the farrier recommends at least front shoes. You have been doing a lot of riding and that really wears their feet down. Shoes aren't a bad thing in an active horse.

SuckerForHorses
Aug. 7, 2012, 11:24 AM
That would make sense because the farrier doesn't take off any sole/bar material. His underside does not appear as concave as it used to be.

I mentioned this in the other thread. Thank you for mentioning that! I'm moderately educated when it comes to feet (enough to know when I see soemthing that doesn't look right, but am not familiar with the terminology).

I will also mention this to the *new* farrier on Friday.

Flash44
Aug. 18, 2012, 07:52 AM
About the feet - wet weather can make them soft, and dry conditions can result in hard ground and bruising. You may have to put front shoes on him; that shortened stride due to ouchy feet can cause more problems higher up in his shoulders and back. Your horse is SO cute! Good luck and have fun!

SuckerForHorses
Aug. 26, 2012, 06:56 PM
We've had super dry :-/

I did put front shoes on him. I hated to do it, but he is a lot more comfortable with them.

Thanks! We are having a lot of fun at the shows! Well, I am anyways...LOL!

SuckerForHorses
Aug. 28, 2012, 12:50 PM
Whooped butt at the show on 8/12! Just love him!

http://i238.photobucket.com/albums/ff2/agonyaw/VHSA%20Bradford%2008122012/Intheribbons.jpg

http://i238.photobucket.com/albums/ff2/agonyaw/VHSA%20Bradford%2008122012/SAM_0864.jpg

http://i238.photobucket.com/albums/ff2/agonyaw/VHSA%20Bradford%2008122012/SAM_0849.jpg

http://i238.photobucket.com/albums/ff2/agonyaw/VHSA%20Bradford%2008122012/Jet1.jpg

http://i238.photobucket.com/albums/ff2/agonyaw/VHSA%20Bradford%2008122012/Jet2.jpg

http://i238.photobucket.com/albums/ff2/agonyaw/VHSA%20Bradford%2008122012/SAM_0811.jpg

http://i238.photobucket.com/albums/ff2/agonyaw/VHSA%20Bradford%2008122012/SAM_0822.jpg

http://i238.photobucket.com/albums/ff2/agonyaw/VHSA%20Bradford%2008122012/224642_483547018323372_1664725381_n.jpg

ParadoxFarm
Aug. 28, 2012, 03:20 PM
Very impressive. You guys look great!

SuckerForHorses
Aug. 28, 2012, 03:47 PM
I wish there was a way to keep his black mane black!

Well, there is...but I don't keep them in stalls, and I don't use fly sheets! LOL!

I have a hard time justifying keeping him in a stall during the day, when they have access to pasture 24/7 and that means no cleaning stalls, no buying shavings, and no feeding hay! :lol:

IrishWillow
Aug. 28, 2012, 04:29 PM
Very cute guy!