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The local level, open show, 4-H horses.

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  • The local level, open show, 4-H horses.

    Was at a local show this morning, one of the first of the season and it made me miss my childhood horse! He was a plain old grey QH, old school foundation style. Not fancy enough to do the circuit stuff but rock solid at the local level. We had so much fun! I have so many fond memories of him and all the 4-H and fairs and local shows we went to.

    There's something to be said for those good citizens. Maybe not the best movers, maybe won't jump over 2'6, but how many of us out there love and appreciate those guys...
    We couldn't all be cowboys, so some of us are clowns.

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    I do! That's how I got started as a teenager and young adult, and I bet almost everyone here did the same.
    There are friends and faces that may be forgotten, but there are horses that never will be. - Andy Adams

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    • #3
      Me too! Those horses were awsome. They did a little of everything, nothing fazed them and you didn't have to worry about screwing them up... ah the good ole' days...

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      • #4
        Those horses really are the backbone of the sport!! I have several in my barn, they are SOLID as a ROCK. They aren't "fancy" but you know, they bring home the ribbons and HUGE grins on the kids faces. Not to mention, you can TRUST them! In our state 4-H at the state competition level is VERY competitive, yet these steady eddies all go and win their share everytime out. One of my kids, 9 yr old student, rides a foundation registered 18 yr old QH mare, and she goes to the "C" level shows and kicks butt! Here she is:

        http://community.webshots.com/album/579963492BrwWJN

        I started riding on a "grade" gelding who had who knows WHAT in him. He did it all for me, western, hunters, jumpers, eventing, dressage and would go all day on a trail. Fancy is nice, but solid and reliable rocks my boat!
        www.shawneeacres.net

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          #5
          Aww that mare is so cute SA! Are those pics recent? She looks super for 18!

          My current gelding was also one of those good, kind souls that did the local thing for years. He's been pretty much retired since coming to me but I know he did his duty for a lot of years carting kids around the local shows and 4-H.

          It was a balmy 18 degrees today and the show was supposed to be in and out but everything was run inside. So there were horses, kids and people everywhere and all the ponies were sooo good!
          We couldn't all be cowboys, so some of us are clowns.

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            Originally posted by FlashGordon View Post
            Aww that mare is so cute SA! Are those pics recent? She looks super for 18!

            My current gelding was also one of those good, kind souls that did the local thing for years. He's been pretty much retired since coming to me but I know he did his duty for a lot of years carting kids around the local shows and 4-H.

            It was a balmy 18 degrees today and the show was supposed to be in and out but everything was run inside. So there were horses, kids and people everywhere and all the ponies were sooo good!
            Yep! The first two are at my farm in a lesson in January and the show pic was February of this year. THis mare is fabulous, doesn't even get any joint injections or even supplements! Sound as a dollar! Here is a video in a lesson in January, I think the same day as the first two pics were taken: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EfBt1frYFsQ

            We have a 26 yr old large and 23 yr old SS "hony" showing as well and you'd never guess they were that old!
            www.shawneeacres.net

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              Shawnee- that little girl is wonderful and her pony is absolutely adorable!

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                Originally posted by Crown Royal View Post
                Shawnee- that little girl is wonderful and her pony is absolutely adorable!
                ABSOLUTELY. Lovely riding, lovely pony!!!!
                "The standard you walk by is the standard you accept."--Lt. Gen. David Morrison, Austalian Army Chief

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                  Thanks! She has been riding with me for about 5 yrs now, but got her age wrong, she is 10 not 9 (she'd KILL me if she thought I said 9! LOL)
                  www.shawneeacres.net

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                    Agree! They are an adorable pair, SA!

                    Wonder how many of these types are QHs and QHs crosses. I know there are always a few older TBs kicking around too.
                    We couldn't all be cowboys, so some of us are clowns.

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                      This particular mare is a registered foundation QH. We have an AWESOME guy we got recently, a 13 yr old DEFINITELY QH, somehow papers have gotten lost along the way. Just a super packer up to 2'6". Have a QH/welsh 26 yr old pony that the younger sister of the kid above shows. Have a QH/app (registered app) 23 yr old that another one of my students shows, great "Starter" 2' horse. I love my QH and crosses! And I ahve a 17.2 hand guy that everyone thinks is a WB, but he is a registered Appendix QH. Nearly all of my students are showing QH's or crosses.
                      www.shawneeacres.net

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                        I always owned, leased and rode QHs growing up and then as an adult preferred TBs.

                        After having a baby and spending 18 months out of the saddle I'm starting to get the itch to ride again.... and a nice, half dead, broke to death 15hh QH is looking REALLY good right now!!
                        We couldn't all be cowboys, so some of us are clowns.

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                          You CANNOT beat the QH mind and atheletic ability! My favorites are the appendix horses.
                          www.shawneeacres.net

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                            SA I too love your kiddie and the pony! What a nice pair they are! You can't beat a good schoolie. We have a bunch of them in our barn as well. There's a local schooling jumper series that our kids do every winter that finished a couple of weeks ago. When all the points from each show were tallied, we had 4 of the top 7 horses. Not because they're the fanciest, but because they're safe and teach our kids to really RIDE.

                            My goal for my personal horse is to be like one of them . Give me a good schoolie over a fancy show horse any day!
                            I love my Econo-Nag!

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                              SA: Love your girls! We have the Buckskin twin of her for a LS adult, the best doer in the barn. I just love this type of horse, you have to love them for what they ARE not what they AREN'T

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                                Just 2 horses ago, I had one of those. Bought him at 15. I kept refusing to even look at him, because he was "too old". The barn owner kept bugging me and my trainer about going to see him and my trainer said, "Why don't we go see him and just shut her up?" I agreed and he was the first thing I had looked at that I wanted to see twice. A little (he was about 15.3, of course, we were told he was 16.2!) non registered QH/TB. A bad mover with a bit of a short stride, but great jumper. Knew it all! I showed him the 3ft. locally for several years, until he just didn't want to jump 3ft., anymore. He would still do it, but it was obvious he really had trouble getting down the lines, so we decided he didn't want to do the bigger ones, anymore. He was the funniest horse, because he didn't want to be TOLD what to do. He LOVED a beginner, who would just sit down and hang on and let him do his job perfectly. When you thought you knew how to ride and started trying to tell him what to do, he could get a little aggravated and get strong. I swear that horse knew the courses once he had done them once, because he was the greatest packer and I think was Limit Equitation Champion like 3 years in a row. My trainer's daughter, who is now a professional, showed him as an 8 year old Limit Eq rider after I had bought a new horse and he became the GREATEST school horse for the rest of his life! It was the perfect job for him and he loved it. Taught a bunch of kids to ride. He is buried in the woods out at my barn. I think he'd be about 37 by now. I've been very blessed, not having had a lot of horses, but to have had all great ones. Not all the fanciest, like Irish, but truly great souls. Irish's replacement was a perfect WB mare, a bit fancier, but still not a good mover, that I still have in retirement at nearly 22, and I am now riding her daughter who is quite fancy and absolutley the most perfect horse ever! I not only bred and raised this one myself, but broke her, too. She amazes me how much she has figured out and how wonderful she goes with basically, just me being her rider. She hasn't had a lot of professional rides.

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                                  Shawnee, what a nice video of your kiddo and that mare clocking along.

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                                    Originally posted by shawneeAcres View Post
                                    You CANNOT beat the QH mind and atheletic ability! My favorites are the appendix horses.
                                    Me too! One of the best, most useful horses I rode as a kid was an Appendix. Not enough stride, but pretty, sane and very kind. He was gelded late, but he was not too much for a kid to ride. It was nice being on a fancy-looking black horse with a little chutzpah and enough athleticism and "rideabliity" to get the job done.

                                    When I bred my own DWB, I really thought all horses should be something like those "jack of all trades" horses I showed as a kid. I looked for a good mind in both the mare and stallion. But really, I just *assumed* that a good show hunter would roll with the punches at shows (or moving cattle, or hunter paces, or swimming) like the horses of my childhood did. I didn't know any better.

                                    Now that this one is semi-retired and sometimes teaches kids in the ring but *only* hacks out with me, I'm glad I was ignorant. He's a useful, fun horse to be around just like that Appendix.
                                    The armchair saddler
                                    Politically Pro-Cat

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                                      And another thing....

                                      When I was a kid, rich old ladies showed their field hunters in the AOs.

                                      Some horses showed in all three divisions.

                                      Everyone just worshipped these multipurpose horses.
                                      The armchair saddler
                                      Politically Pro-Cat

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                                        #20
                                        The jack of all trades, multi-purpose ones are the best.

                                        We used to do the local show circuit, trail ride for hours, did clinics and games, I even took him to camp with me each summer. My little sister rode him in the W/T divisions, my non-horsey mom even took lessons on him.

                                        I was just telling my husband last night how I didn't appreciate the horse when I had him-- I just thought they were all like that! I remember as I outgrew him, wanting something younger and fancier. Now I'd trade my left arm for something like him again.

                                        I'm hoping when I'm in the market again, maybe in a year or two, I'll be able to find a horse that some kid has done just about everything with and then outgrown. No better way to bombproof a horse than to let a 13 year old do whatever they want with it!
                                        We couldn't all be cowboys, so some of us are clowns.

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