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Young Horse Support Group - Dressage Prospects Unite

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  • #61
    I want to play too! Although I have another cute-but-non-traditional young horse.

    Name: Standard Bearer of PLF ("Westley")
    Age : 4 years (2015)
    Breed: Haflinger (registered)
    Height: 14.2hh

    I just love this little guy so much. I like to think of him as a small imported warmblood. OK, I imported him from the US to Canada, but he IS still imported. Many people think Haflingers are a draft breed but they actually have no draft blood in them, they are considered a warmblood.

    I have twin 5-year-old girls (hence my screen name), and wanted to find a large pony that I could train and that they will be able to ride when they're older, so I purchased Westley last year as a fun project/ family horse. He has been great! When I bought him he was already trained to drive (single & double!) and started under saddle.

    This breed apparently matures late, so I have taken it very slowly with him. I hacked him out a bit in the forest & fields last year, did some groundwork and clicker training in the Winter, hacked him out some more this year, and now we are finally starting to actually ride in an arena, and I've started dressage lessons with him!

    My girls can already safety groom him and ride him Walk-Trot. He has zero spook and is by far the easiest horse I've ever worked with.

    I would be ecstatic if we could make it to PSG some day. I've ridden at the FEI level on prior horses. I am hoping that he doesn't grow any more because I would like to do the FEI pony classes with him. If that doesn't work out I'm pretty confident he'll make an amazing all-around fun family horse for us.
    Last edited by twinmommy; Nov. 5, 2019, 11:21 AM.

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    • #62
      Originally posted by outerbanks77 View Post

      You're in luck because I came back to post pics of my read heads. :P

      I already introduced my 3 yo, but since several people are posting about their 6 year olds, I'll introduce mine too:

      She is a 15.3-ish appendix mare I've owned for 2.5 years. I'd just gotten her quite solid at training level, getting a 65% last fall, when she came up lame. Over the past year we've been dealing with a fractured coffin bone wing and then a DDFT injury. We are getting towards the light at the end of a very long tunnel, and I'm hoping to have her back in regular work in the next few months, and hopefully ready to show first level next summer.

      Here is a pic from when I bought her at age 4, and an "after" pic from her first real show last July. The other pic is my 3 yo Westfalian a couple months ago.
      Very pretty!

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      • #63
        Another slightly off breed...I rescued a 4 yr old Saddlebred, no real handling or training and very underweight 😕. I have had him 3 months so in that time I halter broke him, trimmed his feet with rasp two or three times a week until his feet didn’t look so awful (never been done prior...you can imagine how bad), saddle, bridle, lunge. He is super smart but things like entering the barn or arena, heck just going through the gate the first few times were traumatic as he had never been ‘out’ of wherever he lived. We had to put movable panels around him to push him on to trailer...so trailer training is next. As is starting undersaddle. I couldn’t tell when I got him, but it turns out he has amazing gaits
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        • #64
          Twinmommy- your halflinger is the type of pony I dreamed about as a kid! I hope your girls have a blast with him!

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          • #65
            Originally posted by LittleMare View Post
            Twinmommy- your halflinger is the type of pony I dreamed about as a kid! I hope your girls have a blast with him!
            Me too! Maybe I'm trying to relive my childhood a bit!!! Thanks for the message. My girls have no idea how lucky they are.

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            • #66
              Wincredible GOA
              Age: 1.5 yrs (2018)
              Breeding: Han (Wild Dance x Caraechstordinaire xx[Arab])
              Size: 15ish, expecting 15.3
              Origin: Golden Oaks Arabs & WB, California

              We'll be bringing up the back end of this young horse train, as my new guy is 19 months old. Learning about life as a "big horse", now that he's living with older geldings instead of other kids. Loosely planning to do some in-hand shows next year, and lots of ponying. Photo from last summer, because he's in the middle of another growth spurt and looks a bit "assembled by committee" right now.

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              • #67
                Originally posted by FlamingoRider View Post
                Wincredible GOA
                Age: 1.5 yrs (2018)
                Breeding: Han (Wild Dance x Caraechstordinaire xx[Arab])
                Size: 15ish, expecting 15.3
                Origin: Golden Oaks Arabs & WB, California

                We'll be bringing up the back end of this young horse train, as my new guy is 19 months old. Learning about life as a "big horse", now that he's living with older geldings instead of other kids. Loosely planning to do some in-hand shows next year, and lots of ponying. Photo from last summer, because he's in the middle of another growth spurt and looks a bit "assembled by committee" right now.
                Pretty boy!

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                • #68
                  Interesting to read all about everyone’s babies. I think it can be a bit of a struggle at times as they learn their jobs. My 4 year old is called Hugo, he is Oldenburg, bred in Canada and is about 16.3. His breeding is Harvard x Walldorf.

                  He is a very mellow fellow and getting him going is the biggest challenge right now, I just started long lining/double lunging him which is a learning experience for me too. We will definitely start working on some cavaletti as the winter sets in here in Canada.
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                  • #69
                    So many adorable and stunning babies!

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                    • #70
                      Thanks for starting this great discussion! Young horses have been my thing because I've never had the gumption to spend oodles of money on a horse. I've purchased and started a number of youngsters, and the mare I have now could end up being my best horse. She was found on a feedlot.

                      The photos are with my trainer, and with me at a competition. She has shown five times this year, receiving scores from the low 60's to 70%. She is a hot one, so there have been some mistakes in my rides. However, the good parts are really good. I can't wait to take her up the levels.

                      Emma Lou
                      Age: Five-ish
                      Breed: Unknown
                      Height: 14.1
                      Last edited by sparkygrace; Nov. 7, 2019, 01:06 PM.

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                      • #71
                        FlamingoRider - I remember drooling over your boy when Tamara posted him on Facebook. He looks lovely now!

                        I have two youngsters (6 & 3) by Wild Dance, so look forward to seeing your updates!

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                        • #72
                          Hello fellow COTHers.
                          This is our boy and a brief write up about us.
                          Name: Platino
                          Breed: German Riding Pony Stallion
                          Size: 14.1 1/2
                          Color: Silver Dapple
                          Age: 4
                          Bred by us in the USA

                          While our stallion will more than likely be slated for the H/J ring with his trainer, I am on a different journey with him.
                          I was in a terrible accident 13 years ago when leaving a horse show in my truck and trailer, when we were hit by a drunk driver.
                          Long story short, I was told I wouldn't be able to ride again.

                          I spent the last 13 years breeding and raising foals in our young horse program until it became apparent that my back could no longer withstand it's daily workload. We downsized and I keep our colt to develop.

                          This year he was presented and approved for his provisional breeding license through Westfalen for the GRP Studbook.

                          This year I decided, after my 13 years hiatus from riding, I wanted to be able to at least sit on my pony. Even if only at the walk. We all know how good it is for us both mentally and physically. It has been so amazing, although challenging since I am having to learn how to ride all over again with my physical limitations.

                          My pony has been a saint, taking care if me with every step.
                          I have gone from just wanting to walk, to cantering all over. So far my back has been holding up pretty well too.

                          If all continues to go well, we may make our way to the dressage ring to play but for now we are enjoying our journey together.

                          I look forward to following everyone else's journey too!
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                          • #73
                            I forgot about baby centers and how challenging I find them! I remember with Ellie I thought I would never sit her canter well at one point, but had the advantage that if I allowed it, she cantered. JJ has a way bigger canter (thanks to GPS on my fitbit, I know Ellie's medium canter is 8.2 mph, and JJ's working center gets over 12 mph), and at first I was in a light seat for it. Now she wants me much more upright in a posture encouraging uphill balance for her. I can tell it's going to be great fun, but right now she hasn't figured out how to control it into a usable gait! It is by far her largest gait, and is just taking time to develop. The biggest conflict for me in riding it is that JJ doesn't naturally want to keep cantering, so I'm learning the timing to aid a reminder without nagging Ellie, on the other hand, was born with collected canter and tempi changes.
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                            • #74
                              Originally posted by GucciCowgirl View Post
                              Who here has a young (or green) horse they are introducing to the sport? Doesn't have to be a baby age wise necessarily but this thread can be a place to bounce ideas and progress notes off eachother. it takes a village to raise a god dressage prospect, as we all know.

                              I'll start-

                              Age: 6 yrs (2013)
                              Breeding: Hanoverian (Conteur x Wolkentanz II x Alabaster/Bolero)
                              Size: 18.2
                              Origin: Germany/Belgium
                              Purchased: 2017


                              I sent my guy out for a year-long lease while I have been having some medical challenges, and he gets back in 12 weeks. I can't wait! I've decided to work towards the winter show circuit next season. Maybe not showing per se but spending the winter down south with my coach. I still can't exactly believe I have my own horse finally - he's my very first!

                              I wish he would stop growing, though. Who else has a giant? When do they stop growing finally?
                              Holy moses, that is a big boy! He is lovely! Mine isn't a giant but had to comment. Congrats!
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                              • #75
                                Originally posted by sparkygrace View Post
                                Thanks for starting this great discussion! Young horses have been my thing because I've never had the gumption to spend oodles of money on a horse. I've purchased and started a number of youngsters, and the mare I have now could end up being my best horse. She was found on a feedlot.

                                The photos are with my trainer, and with me at a competition. She has shown five times this year, receiving scores from the low 60's to 70%. She is a hot one, so there have been some mistakes in my rides. However, the good parts are really good. I can't wait to take her up the levels.

                                Emma Lou
                                Age: Five-ish
                                Breed: Unknown
                                Height: 14.1
                                Ha! from Feedlot to Fabulous good on you!!

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                                • #76
                                  Originally posted by Lostcoast View Post
                                  Another slightly off breed...I rescued a 4 yr old Saddlebred, no real handling or training and very underweight 😕. I have had him 3 months so in that time I halter broke him, trimmed his feet with rasp two or three times a week until his feet didn’t look so awful (never been done prior...you can imagine how bad), saddle, bridle, lunge. He is super smart but things like entering the barn or arena, heck just going through the gate the first few times were traumatic as he had never been ‘out’ of wherever he lived. We had to put movable panels around him to push him on to trailer...so trailer training is next. As is starting undersaddle. I couldn’t tell when I got him, but it turns out he has amazing gaits
                                  Oh fun! I grew up eventing saddlebreds. Love the breed, beautiful horses!

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                                  • #77
                                    Originally posted by alliekat View Post
                                    Hello fellow COTHers.
                                    This is our boy and a brief write up about us.
                                    Name: Platino
                                    Breed: German Riding Pony Stallion
                                    Size: 14.1 1/2
                                    Color: Silver Dapple
                                    Age: 4
                                    Bred by us in the USA

                                    While our stallion will more than likely be slated for the H/J ring with his trainer, I am on a different journey with him.
                                    I was in a terrible accident 13 years ago when leaving a horse show in my truck and trailer, when we were hit by a drunk driver.
                                    Long story short, I was told I wouldn't be able to ride again.

                                    I spent the last 13 years breeding and raising foals in our young horse program until it became apparent that my back could no longer withstand it's daily workload. We downsized and I keep our colt to develop.

                                    This year he was presented and approved for his provisional breeding license through Westfalen for the GRP Studbook.

                                    This year I decided, after my 13 years hiatus from riding, I wanted to be able to at least sit on my pony. Even if only at the walk. We all know how good it is for us both mentally and physically. It has been so amazing, although challenging since I am having to learn how to ride all over again with my physical limitations.

                                    My pony has been a saint, taking care if me with every step.
                                    I have gone from just wanting to walk, to cantering all over. So far my back has been holding up pretty well too.

                                    If all continues to go well, we may make our way to the dressage ring to play but for now we are enjoying our journey together.

                                    I look forward to following everyone else's journey too!
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                                    Oh my gosh, he is absolutely gorgeous! And how amazing that you are back to riding with him!!

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                                    • #78
                                      I’ve got one! “VA Acero”

                                      Age: 2.5
                                      Breed: Andalusian
                                      Sire: VA Manolete’s Hijo Amado
                                      Dam: VMF Valencia
                                      Origin: Valhalla Andalusians in Canada

                                      I bought my guy as a weanling because I own his cousin (and compete him at 4th) and I know his full brother (mine is a clone). Acero had some Andalusian halter training and was shown - I didn’t know they only lunge to the LEFT. Going to the right...he was like “?” Lol. But once he understood, it stuck - which is typical for these guys (can be good OR bad). He chilled at the breeder’s until age 2 and then was gelded. I mess with him for maybe 10 mins 2-3x per week. He learned to wear a blanket in one try (smart smart smart). He’ll be a little big for me at 16h+ already, so I’m hoping his back stays shorter and his legs stay long. I love this breed and this particular breeder’s horses so so much - I always had warmbloods before and I’m a convert to the Spanish sorts. 😊

                                      Acero will be started lightly in the spring with an eventer - he needs to be long, long, long since he’s naturally uphill and compact. No need for a frame. Barn name has been hard - Ace has been tossed around but I don’t love it!

                                      Babies are fun but a bit nerve wracking!

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                                      • #79
                                        mbdsea, what about "Arrow" as a call name. Maybe you are old enough to remember the Nilson song "Me and My Arrow"?

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                                        • #80
                                          MsM - I don’t know the song but I’ll look it up! Acero is a hard name to work with for barn names - I can’t stand Ace and it doesn’t really fit him!

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