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Another baby update... Not so baby-ish anymore!

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  • Another baby update... Not so baby-ish anymore!

    Since Sept seems to be the month to update on babies...

    I've got one more to share with you.

    This is Solitaire AKA Ollie, when I first met him....

    And here he is this month....


    and here:


    He's 3 and learning his flat work. He's so extremely cautious about poles and shadows and even tire tracks in the arena footing that he's on the slow track for jumping. He has mastered a single pole on the ground and a little xrail (say 18 inches) but with this one I will be holding off for a while on teaching him any more about jumping.

    He's beginning to look like a dressage prospect much to my dismay.
    Stoneybrook Farm Afton TN

  • #2
    WOW! I looked at that first pictures and lets just say I was completely unprepared for the horse in your second and third picture. I am always shocked by how much bone and size some horses add while others just seem to grow straight up and stop. He would be such a fun dressage prospect. Talk about a true showstopper when that guy goes into the ring...


    • #3
      Originally posted by tidy rabbit View Post
      He's beginning to look like a dressage prospect much to my dismay.
      And much to the delight of others.
      Donald Trump - proven liar, cheat, traitor and sexual predator! Hillary Clinton won in 2016, but we have all lost.


      • #4
        Very nice! You may be surprised, I find that those really careful ones make the best jumpers as long as you take the time to develop them slowly and not scare them, which I am sure you won't. Once they learn their job the don't EVER touch a pole! I had one the same way years ago, he spooked at EVERYTHING as we trotted in for our jumping rounds, but once he was on course, he never looked just was VERY VERY careful, I honestly only remember one time poles coming down, and that was poles, horse and rider! I rode him to a TERRIBLE distance and he still tried to do it!


        • #5
          What breed(s) of horse is he?

          He's definitely turned into quite the handsome fella! The first thing I thought was "if he doesn't like jumping he'd make a good dressage horse with an uphill build like that"

          Either way I'm sure he'll make a good impression in whatever show ring he decides to step foot in. Lovely boy!


          • #6
            He's beautiful. Looking at the 2nd and 3rd picture I would have guessed he was older than 3. VERY nice.
            “Be yourself; everyone else is already taken.”
            ¯ Oscar Wilde


            • #7
              Originally posted by shawneeAcres View Post
              Very nice! You may be surprised, I find that those really careful ones make the best jumpers as long as you take the time to develop them slowly and not scare them, which I am sure you won't. Once they learn their job the don't EVER touch a pole!
              snork snicker, I just inhaled a starburst.

              This phrase read opposite for me.

              for me, it reads:
              ...as long as you take the time to develop him slowly, which I'm sure you won't.

              I hope it was either a joke or just written incorrectly--or read incorrectly! But you know we are always soooo nice to each other.

              As always, I thank the BB for my morning laugh.
              Horses are amazing athletes and make no mistake -- they are the stars of the show!


              • #8
                I am SORRRRRYYYY! I meant I was sure the OP would NOT RUSH THE HORSE and scare him!


                • Original Poster

                  LOL, I read it the way it was intended.

                  Ollie is registered Oldenburg NA

                  Here is his pedigree which if you look back on the dam's line you will see Seabuiscut. LOL. When he runs around like a nut job in his field I holler "GO SEABUISCUT GO!"

                  He's taking things much slower than the other horses have. He trail rides, has spent a week at a big show at the KHP and does his dressage lessons with our coach. I ride him maybe 1 to 3 days a week depending.

                  And no, he's not related at all to the other 2 pinto horses.

                  He's so mature looking, probably, because he still has his junk. ;-)
                  Stoneybrook Farm Afton TN


                  • #10
                    Ooh I do like his breeding!

                    I would also like to add that with the information given he's going to make a horrible jumper and not be good at anything. Yep, he's useless to you. You're in luck though, I happen to take pity on such creatures and will take him off of your hands for free! Deal of the century I say.

                    Just kidding of course