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  • #81
    Originally posted by GreyDes View Post
    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!
    Thanks. I've been (virtually) drooling on Carli for a decade. Everything just kind of fell into place to make owning this one possible. He has two full siblings, both fillies, who are more Arab in type.

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    • #82
      Originally posted by mbdsea View Post
      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!
      Maybe play up the "ro" in his name? Roman? Ronin? Roquefort? 😉
      From now on, ponyfixer, i'll include foot note references.

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      • #83
        Originally posted by mbdsea View Post
        Acero is a hard name to work with for barn names - I can’t stand Ace and it doesn’t really fit him!
        Acero = Steel =

        Steely Dan ?

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        • #84
          mbdsea I like just "Ro" as a name too!

          Also I was real happy this weekend when we re-measured my girl and she's now a little over 16.1 AND no longer croup high. I knew she was growing!! (She was just barely 16 and croup high when I got her last July). Ha I don't know why but I feel so much better about her size for my long-ish legs now. She's still about as petite as 16.1 can be (the most dainty, feminine warmblood you can imagine in the barn, though she looks bigger when she moves), but at least I don't have to worry about my horse being too small for me anymore.
          Mr. Sandman
          sand me a man
          make him so sandy
          the sandiest man

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          • #85
            Had my first unintentional dismount from my baby Saturday. After our lesson, we walked the bridle path to relax and cool off. We have been many times before, but it was our first time going as lead horse, first time with a dog accompanying us, and first time we had a horse behind us that tried to go up his tail. At any rate he spooked hard; leapt up and forward and then landed with a buck. I went flying smacked sideways into a big tree and landed spread eagle on my back. Interestingly my right tall boot was pulled off during the fall and slung the opposite direction of my body. I was of course wearing my helmet. Wish I had been wearing my body protector.

            I think I am ok. Stiff and sore of course. Headed to the dr this am for x rays.

            Baby didn’t go far without me and turned around and came back for me. Which was nice of him.

            At least I don’t have to dread falling off him for the first time anymore, right?!?!

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            • #86
              Ouch lenapesadie ! I hope you're OK. Sounds like just a little too much for your guy, but at least he came back to you.

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              • #87
                Originally posted by Pony Fixer View Post

                Maybe play up the "ro" in his name? Roman? Ronin? Roquefort? 😉
                I have a friend with a horse named "Ron" - I WISH that one wasn't already taken! The challenge is that he already has a short name - but it's not really easy to coo at him with - hahahaha. I'll ponder it - maybe I should just call him Roy or something. Bob. Nick. Dave. Ken. LOL!!

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                • #88
                  Originally posted by lenapesadie View Post
                  Had my first unintentional dismount from my baby Saturday. After our lesson, we walked the bridle path to relax and cool off. We have been many times before, but it was our first time going as lead horse, first time with a dog accompanying us, and first time we had a horse behind us that tried to go up his tail. At any rate he spooked hard; leapt up and forward and then landed with a buck. I went flying smacked sideways into a big tree and landed spread eagle on my back. Interestingly my right tall boot was pulled off during the fall and slung the opposite direction of my body. I was of course wearing my helmet. Wish I had been wearing my body protector.

                  I think I am ok. Stiff and sore of course. Headed to the dr this am for x rays.

                  Baby didn’t go far without me and turned around and came back for me. Which was nice of him.

                  At least I don’t have to dread falling off him for the first time anymore, right?!?!
                  Hope you're okay - ugh babies!!

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                  • #89
                    Originally posted by Silverbridge View Post

                    Acero = Steel =

                    Steely Dan ?
                    Yep - it's steel. Maybe just Dan, though I'm not sure he seems like a Dan. I love his name - it's just not really a barn name. UGH!

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                    • #90
                      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
                      I LOVE this one - so lovely. GREAT JOB! My best horses have always been off-breeds, ones people overlook because of size or breeding (my competition horse is an Azteca - looks like nothing stanging there, but moves at a 7 or 8 - all training and temperament - I love the sleeper ones. She looks great!

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                      • #91
                        Originally posted by lenapesadie View Post
                        Had my first unintentional dismount from my baby Saturday. After our lesson, we walked the bridle path to relax and cool off. We have been many times before, but it was our first time going as lead horse, first time with a dog accompanying us, and first time we had a horse behind us that tried to go up his tail. At any rate he spooked hard; leapt up and forward and then landed with a buck. I went flying smacked sideways into a big tree and landed spread eagle on my back. Interestingly my right tall boot was pulled off during the fall and slung the opposite direction of my body. I was of course wearing my helmet. Wish I had been wearing my body protector.

                        I think I am ok. Stiff and sore of course. Headed to the dr this am for x rays.

                        Baby didn’t go far without me and turned around and came back for me. Which was nice of him.

                        At least I don’t have to dread falling off him for the first time anymore, right?!?!
                        Yea, ugh, babies. How are you feeling? I've had 2 of those. (I need a body protector. What kind do you have? Back to you...)

                        They are so powerful and don't always know what to do with it. Hoping you are okay.

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                        • #92
                          Originally posted by chantal View Post

                          Yea, ugh, babies. How are you feeling? I've had 2 of those. (I need a body protector. What kind do you have? Back to you...)

                          They are so powerful and don't always know what to do with it. Hoping you are okay.
                          I’m ok still waiting on radiologist to read x rays. Hope nothing is broken.

                          i have a Tipperary. It tends to creep up as I ride. Which is annoying. Probably need to do some more research on a better vest.

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                          • #93
                            Yikes lenapesadie! Please, please, please replace your helmet! Even if there is no outside damage that sounds like you had a winger of a fall so please toss that one out and get a new one.

                            That is my one "I hate young horses" mantra that I swore after my last one I wouldn't do this again. Unfortunately I don't have the funds for trained so young horse it was. Knock on wood I've been pretty good this year but I got pinged a couple times last year working through some mounting/standing at block issues. One separated collarbone was a "I hate young horses" moment for sure.

                            In positive news my pleas have been answered and her canter is turning back around and her front end has lifted a bit to catch up to her hind. I'm hoping this trend continues so I don't have to ride a downhill horse in the small indoor all winter.

                            With her feeling in better balance we've been able to play with a bit of lateral work here and there this weekend. A little leg-yield, some shoulder in steps out of a circle and a small look at bigger in the gaits which was super cool to feel. Definitely looking forward to next show season!

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                            • #94
                              Thank you mbdsea! My mare likely has some Andalusian in her breeding. I'm still waiting for her brain to mature, and since I don't know her birth date, she could be just five. Last winter she did launch me like a lawn dart and I now have a surgically repaired ankle. It was a surprising, one-off incident, so I hope she becomes more focused with training and maturity. She is smart and opinionated.

                              I hope people who have responded to this thread post updates. It's nice to see so much diversity in breeds.

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                              • #95
                                So, Mikey went to his 3rd hunter pace on Sunday. We had beautiful weather but he was still really up at the beginning. DH got some pics. We played with the baby XC fences at the end. Keeping him well rounded and giving him new experiences. I do need to get a protective vest.

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                                • #96
                                  Aleuronx You are absolutely correct I’m replacing that helmet. I’m a big believer in replacing helmets after every impact! I’ll be getting one of the trauma void helmets with MIPS.

                                  Dang young horses and their baby brains.

                                  Glad your girl is going so nice!

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                                  • #97
                                    I took one fall off my guy last year. At 17+ hands it was not fun and I felt every bit of my 50 years! He threw a tantrum immediately after I mounted—never before or since. I think it was my third ride on him, very uncharacteristic for his personality. I replaced that helmet even though I don’t think it touched the ground, and then went ahead and replaced my show helmet too just because it was 4 years old. Babies have too many question marks to leave your head to chance!
                                    From now on, ponyfixer, i'll include foot note references.

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                                    • #98
                                      I have a fractured rib. Getting in and out of bed is a struggle. Riding is out of the question for at least a month. I’m pretty bummed.

                                      I think I am going to take this as an opportunity to do some ground work with my boy. Desensitizing work, especially commotion behind him, in hand lateral work, and patience while being tied are the areas he needs improvement. He lunges well but we might do that twice a week for variety. He ground drives a bit as well and I can expand on that. I’d like to polish his trailer loading as well. I’ll probably play with his clicker training to teach him some tricks to keep it fun for him. I’ll use the clicker with a lot of the other activities too.

                                      Based on another thread, I am ordering some of Andrew McLean’s material and subscribing to Warwick Schiller’s YouTube. Any other suggestions for ground work educational materials?

                                      I’m trying to convince myself that 4-6 weeks off riding isn’t going to set his progress back to hard. Any thoughts on that?

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                                      • #99
                                        Originally posted by lenapesadie View Post

                                        Based on another thread, I am ordering some of Andrew McLean’s material and subscribing to Warwick Schiller’s YouTube. Any other suggestions for ground work educational materials?
                                        Tristan Tucker/TRT method. It's a one-time payment, which I did a few years ago, and you get more bonus material over time (like trailer loading, going to a show, teaching Spanish Walk) so I think it's worth it.

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                                        • Originally posted by lenapesadie View Post

                                          I’m trying to convince myself that 4-6 weeks off riding isn’t going to set his progress back to hard. Any thoughts on that?
                                          So sorry to hear about your injury. Hope your ribs start to feel better soon..

                                          I was also going to suggest Tristan Tucker although I have only watched his free Youtube videos.

                                          I don't think that 4 - 6 weeks off is that bad but you might find it hard to get going yourself after that. It might help if you have someone that can put in a weekly ride on top of all your other work.

                                          I just started long lining and am loving it. It's just like lunging but you have an outside rein and can work on suppleness,throughness etc. Might be too physical for broken ribs. I feel your pain.
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