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  • I LOVE this horse!

    I just needed to get that off my chest

    My Buddy. He's my little rock star. After being out of the riding game for about 7 years, I bought him as a long yearling and eventually started him myself. Once I felt we were ready to start jumping I started trailering him to lessons. He's six now.

    Last year we were demolishing cross rail courses together. We worked oh so hard all winter to get our act together and it has paid off. Went to our first schooling show of the year today. There was no head tossing, running away or getting peaved off at each other and having a pulling match. We've been through many a bit and noseband to find one that would slow him down, stop the resistance etc, but are content now in a happy mouth mullen and plain old cavesson

    I just wanted to tell the world how very very much I love this boy. Even had someone today mention what a sweetheart he was and how he obviously took such good care of me out there. Six months ago I'd never have imagined someone would say such a thing about my guy

    The jumps aren't big, he's got plenty of power and I can't wait to move up a couple divisions on him.

    Video isn't great quality so i'd suggest watching it on the higher resolution http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eF3C7WXceDE

  • #2
    Awww congrats! He's a little cutie patootie!

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    • #3
      Yeah! Good for you! Your horse looks like he's enjoying himself too. Isn't it great when everything comes together? I'm starting to feel like this with my new horse after having him for four months..we are 'getting' each other. That's why we do this every day! The payoff is huge.

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      • #4
        16.2 and a qh ! Yeah !

        You are both great !

        Love your rust & navy on him. What state are you in - it looks nice w. the tall pines.

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        • #5
          Love it!!!!! You both look relaxed and happy. I have always thought that there is no better cross than TB/QH. The rust breeches look great, too. I hope you 2 have many happy years together.

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          • #6
            Great job! Your guy looks so interested and relaxed - you're a great team! And...he is very handsome. Keep at it!
            No hour of life is wasted that is spent in the saddle. ~Winston Churchill

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            • #7
              nice job, lovely horse, great ride!

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              • #8
                What a wonderful team you two make! Congrats, and keep up the good work!
                Atlas: Jag älskar min häst!

                "Without leaps of imagination, or dreaming, we lose the excitement of possibilities. Dreaming, after all, is a form of planning."

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                • #9
                  He's gorgeous! And, I bet he does well in the hack as well. You definitely look like a team.
                  pace, path, balance, impulsion and ??

                  Don't panic! Ralph Leroy Hill

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                  • #10
                    What a good boy You make a great team, congrats!

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                    • #11
                      Very pretty! I love how well you work together.
                      Proud member of the Snort and Blow Clique

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                      • #12
                        Can you find me one just like him

                        You guys look great together, and you both look like you're having fun!

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                        • #13
                          What a * nice* job you have done with this horse... You deserve to be proud, of both of you!
                          "Kindness is free" ~ Eurofoal
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                          The CoTH CYA - please consult w/your veterinarian under any and all circumstances.

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                          • #14
                            Overall great job, my thoughts are, if you care, if not don't read.
                            Loved the approach to the first jump, what was up with pulling right rein over it?, just wait till you land.
                            The second jump, someone said leg, when you need just to sit up and wait, that's what I'd say about most of the course, you have too much weight in your hands and not enough in your seat, I really liked the 3rd jump, oxer going home I think, and the 2 jumps going away right after that, let him jump up to you.
                            Relax and try not to lean around the corner, think about adding extra strides in the corners to achieve that.
                            You and he did great!!! congrats! Love how relaxed he is and willing!
                            http://community.webshots.com/user/summitspringsfarm

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                            • #15
                              He's SIX??? I didn't read the post before watching the video (bad me) and I thought he looked awesome, like he knew exactly what he was doing! I'm not even exaggerating, I actually thought to myself "THAT is what I want my first horse to be like." So I guess that tells you my opinion.
                              "Things turn out best for the people who make the best of the way things turn out." ~John Wooden

                              Phoenix Animal Rescue

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                              • #16
                                very nice horse! I can see why you like him so much.

                                One small comment----

                                Watch the tendency to throw haunches to the right on the long stretches between jumps.

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                                • #17
                                  I have a Buddy too that I raised from a baby... YAY. Your Buddy is SOOOO cute! I am soo happy to have made it to this point. I know how it feels and it's a long journey. I see you are doing jumpers; but you know he would make a "lovely" Hunter! Just sayin -
                                  Live in the sunshine.
                                  Swim in the sea.
                                  Drink the wild air.

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                                  • #18
                                    Very nice job and lots of potential here! Love me some racing bred QH's, I have an awesome one!
                                    www.shawneeacres.net

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                                      Thanks everyone! I just took my other 6 y.o. to a hunter show this morning and did the 2'9s with him and he was equally wonderful. I wish I had a video of his rounds today. He's a grey appendix and absolutely has an amazing jump on him.

                                      It's our first weekend out this year and I'm truly flabbergasted at how far they've come over the winter. I'm in shock. The weather has been so miserable that we haven't had much time in the outdoor rings. But now that we actually have room to 'move' I'm really seeing the difference in them

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                                      • #20
                                        Terrific video, my favorite kind where everybody is having a ball. Your adorable horse looks just like my Mojo only with a blaze. Hope you keep posting pics as he progresses.
                                        Mon Ogon (Mo) and Those Wer the Days (Derby)

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