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I "rode" my 3 y/o for the first time! UPDATE: WE TROTTED! PG 3

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  • I "rode" my 3 y/o for the first time! UPDATE: WE TROTTED! PG 3


    I got on Rex, my 3 y/o (June baby) for the first time! Yay. My boarder got on him back in May and sat on him - thats all. I have yet to do so. I had his OCD hock surgery done, recovered from that, and then we had over 57 days straight of over 90 degrees with 90% + humidity (IE over 105 heat index EVERY day) so needless to say, I was NOT working my horse in that heat.

    With crazy work schedule, surgery/CT scans, and then WEG, I havent worked with him in 3 weeks. So tonight (of course a Noreaster is blowing in so it was 78 today and quickly dropped to 60 in like 2 hours) I lunged him in full tack. First canter to the left had a little leap and bound and then a quick reminder this is not play time. Great canters after that. Then first canter to the right resulted in a HUGE buck but he did not try to run or be silly after that. Tracking right has been iffy in the past where he will stop and turn to go left. None of that and perfect verbal cues, great whoas, etc.

    I worked him just enough to see the veins popping a little and he was blowing his nostrils a TINY bit. Then I decided we would use him being tired to my advantage and just work on standing still at the mounting block. Well of course being the "been there done that" horse that he is, he was 100% perfectly still and great with me jumping around on the stool and stepping in the stirrup and laying over his back in the saddle. So when I stood up in the left stirrup, I just swung the right leg over and tada.

    Of course, TOTAL non event. He tooks a few steps backwards (which I figured would be his direction of choice) and my boarder led him by the halter (under the bridle) 1/2 way down my field and back. I was able to adjust my seat, shift the saddle to the right a little, and have good leg pressure with no problem at all. After just sitting for like 3 mins I got off b/c he was just absolutely perfect and tired. He has little topline now so just standing with a rider and saddle is a lot for him right now. But I am going to repeat this same thing this weekend to keep it fresh and positive in his mind. My girlfriend is going to come over and we are going to do pony rides.

    Two quick pics. Forewarning - sweater, jeans, and cowboy boot combo is not flattering but hey, Im on my 3 y/o for the first time!


    Last edited by KrazyTBMare; Oct. 10, 2010, 07:30 PM.

    Member of the ILMD[FN]HP Clique, The Florida Clique, OMGiH I loff my mares, and the Bareback Riders clique!

  • #2
    He is obviously very concerned with the whole process!! Congrats, I'll bet you are off to a great start!


    • Original Poster


      At least I got views.

      Member of the ILMD[FN]HP Clique, The Florida Clique, OMGiH I loff my mares, and the Bareback Riders clique!


      • #4
        Does your 'boarder' have a name? It was nice of her to hold him for you.


        • #5
          yeah! congrats!


          • #6
            Originally posted by Blue Domino View Post
            Does your 'boarder' have a name? It was nice of her to hold him for you.
            Lots of people don't like to be mentioned on such a public forum by name...what a weird comment by you.

            Congratulations. You two look happy.
            “If you are irritated by every rub, how will your mirror be polished?”
            ? Rumi


            • #7
              Time flies! I can't believe he's that old already. He's really grown up into quite the man.

              Many congrats, KTBM. Super pleased to hear it went well. How exciting. I see many happy days ahead for you two.
              "Aye God, Woodrow..."


              • #8
                congratulations!!! Glad to hear the surgery went well for him! Happy Trails!
                Humans don’t mind duress, in fact they thrive on it. What they mind is not feeling necessary. –Sebastian Junger


                • #9
                  Originally posted by Gayla View Post
                  Lots of people don't like to be mentioned on such a public forum by name...what a weird comment by you.

                  Congratulations. You two look happy.
                  Gayla, it's been my experience that people who call other people wierd, are usually the pot calling the kettle black types.

                  But I'll be polite, your'e probably just very eccentric.

                  And congratulations on backing your 3 year old. You two make a very attractive pair.


                  • #10
                    So great for you - I started riding my 3 yr old three weeks ago and did our first canter this week as well as our first ride in a dressage saddle today.

                    We have our first lesson on monday.


                    • Original Poster

                      Thanks everyone! Time really does fly. Hard to believe that last March he was a gangly 18 month old!

                      And of course my boarder has a name. What does that have to do with the post?

                      Member of the ILMD[FN]HP Clique, The Florida Clique, OMGiH I loff my mares, and the Bareback Riders clique!


                      • #12
                        Really nothing, just that having been a boarder for years, I find the term 'my boarder' offensive. I've never been a 'my' to any barn owner.

                        The boarder is not the hired help.

                        And again, what a lovely pair you and your 3 year old make. Sent my 3 year old off to the trainers this year cause I'm to old and fat to start him myself. I'm very impressed that you started your guy yourself.


                        • Original Poster

                          Well no shes not hired help. wth? She is my boarder opposed to my neighbors boarder or the barn down the street's boarder. Do you get bothered when someone calls you "my best friend" or "my coworker" etc etc?

                          He is my first green horse that I have ever owned/worked with as far as knowing how to lead/somewhat load/stand for vet/somewhat for farrier. Hes super easy which is why I love his sire as he passes that along (Routinier). If I had the money, I would def consider sending him out like you did but thats not an option and *knock on wood* hopefully it wont be a must in the future.

                          Member of the ILMD[FN]HP Clique, The Florida Clique, OMGiH I loff my mares, and the Bareback Riders clique!


                          • #14
                            Nevermind the eejit. Glad he is doing so well and you are having fun with him!
                            "Kindness is free" ~ Eurofoal
                            The CoTH CYA - please consult w/your veterinarian under any and all circumstances.


                            • #15
                              Oh, my! Rex is all grown up! Congratulations, KTBM -- he's beautiful!


                              • #16
                                It would seem we could rest easy on the notion that no one's calling Blue Domino, 'my best friend'

                                Very happy that the first 'up' on your good boy was a total nonevent. Yea.

                                I'll tell my husband, my cat, and my toothbrush all about it. Mine mine mine !!!


                                • #17
                                  Katarine Dear,

                                  DQ's don't have friends, they just have acquaintances. You'r on the dressage forum. I'm sorry to be the one to break it to you. If you want a friend, maybe the Eventing or Jumpers or Hunters would be a nice place for you.


                                  • #18
                                    This snarkiness is sooooo entertaining!!!!!!

                                    Beautiful horse!


                                    • Original Poster

                                      Originally posted by princessfluffybritches View Post
                                      This snarkiness is sooooo entertaining!!!!!!

                                      Beautiful horse!

                                      And thanks!

                                      Member of the ILMD[FN]HP Clique, The Florida Clique, OMGiH I loff my mares, and the Bareback Riders clique!


                                      • #20
                                        congratulations! Your boy is beautiful!

                                        I'm in the first 90 days on my 3yo as well. I forgot how much fun it is to start a baby
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