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    Default Star Colony does dressage (pics!)

    My Oct '12 CANTER acquisition, Star Colony a/k/a Mick a/k/a Mio, is progressing nicely in his work. Someone took these nice pics of him on Sunday at a schooling show, so...

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    This horse is a gorgeous mover, loads of suspension and really elegant. The first time I rode him, it came as a shock, because he looked like a stick insect and had the personality of a mouse. But he's very agreeable to rider input, and that combined with his natural uphill movement makes for some very pretty pictures.



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    Oo very pretty boy!

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    So glad you got him. It happened for a reason that the trainer never called me back, he was always meant to be part of your herd

    He looks fantastic! (and he texted me asking for another surprise visit with more apples, so I guess I'll have to oblige )
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    I love that you give us updates! I'm part of the unofficial Star Colony fanclub. Which, y'know, exists in my head...
    My horse is a dressage diva so I don't have to be.

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    Quote Originally Posted by netg View Post
    I love that you give us updates! I'm part of the unofficial Star Colony fanclub. Which, y'know, exists in my head...
    Same here!

    He is gorgeous and I love the new pictures. He looks so happy and handsome!



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    Quote Originally Posted by ACMEeventing View Post
    (and he texted me asking for another surprise visit with more apples, so I guess I'll have to oblige )
    On your next visit, why not take him for a test ride? He's so much fun.




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    Mick is absolutely a gem! These pics are from his first actual time in a dressage ring (show from February in semi-white-out conditions doesn't count-- although being brave about dressage ring blowing down during test was pretty cool).

    His gaits are stellar, and his jump is phenomenal. Still in a gangly stage, learning to use himself and such, but has power and presence beyond belief. He is truly a larger, chestnut, male version of Zizi. (On the list of personal favorites in the barn, JMP has Zizi ranked first, and Mick second. Kind of cool. )



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    Quote Originally Posted by JER View Post
    On your next visit, why not take him for a test ride? He's so much fun.

    Oh, twist my arm .....
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    Im heading out to ocala soon, but next week you are welcome to come ride him. I just talked w jmp and he said people can come only when I am around, and only with an appointment. Any day next week works for me, and Mio should be doing BN at Longleaf. Just let me know what you would like to do.



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    So kidnapping him is not one of my options?

    Have a great trip to Ocala!
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    Quote Originally Posted by ACMEeventing View Post
    So kidnapping him is not one of my options?
    Temperament-wise, Mick would make an excellent hostage. He's very quiet and always agreeable.

    He would not, however, be easy to hide or disguise. No one has legs that long.




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    Great, looks like professional pics, thanks for sharring with us.



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    I was just wondering how he'd been doing, and voila, there he is. You bought a black mare from Colorado a couple of years back--what happened with her?

    Great pics.



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    Oh dear. My horse at the top of the page. An old thread resurrected.

    This is what greets me when I check in from Mexico City. Maybe I should have brought Mio along -- he wouldn't look skinny next to the horses in the pentathlon pool here (which are all quite honest school types who have been greatly tolerant of their riders).

    Star Colony (Mio) went to a dressage show last week, did the Novice A test, and scored a 22.

    A 22, despite the fact that his rider went off course and was charged with an error. I was thinking that maybe I should find him a better rider, like someone with at least seven Olympic medals rather than only six. Any suggestions?



    Mio is doing very, very well. He's such a beautiful mover, and jumps just as nicely. He is, however, a real weirdo. A confirmed bachelor who must live alone, and likes his domaine just so, and wears a cribbing collar with fleece that looks kind of like a Sherlock Holmes cap. Which is not a bad comparison, because Mio is a thinker. He likes to figure things out rather than just blast away over fences.

    While he doesn't like other horses too close to him, Mio is deeply affectionate with and cares about the people in his life. He notices if you're having a bad day.

    Linda is the mare from CO. Doing great. A real work ethic, too. She's done some dressage and smaller stuff, will be doing more. We're very happy with her.

    I will try to find some recent visual media of these two.



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    We need some videos of Mio showing us A. his Sherlock Do and B. his freakishly long legs!!
    AETERNUM VALE, INVICTUS - 7/10/2012



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    No videos, but I do have a pic that shows both the chapeau and the long legs.




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