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  • Introducing...

    Gunned Down Cold aka Corona!

    She is a coming 3 y/o almost solid black, Granddaughter of Hollywood Dun It and Shining Spark and I am long term leasing her. She just arrived today after a long wait (I got the lease approved a couple weeks before Christmas!) And so far I love her, she is fairly solid on her ground manners though done with Clinton Anderson's methods so I need to take a look at that, good with feet and being touched everywhere. She did test me a bit starting off but straightened up once I corrected her.

    She did already start to get on my bad side too. I bank my shavings in the stall, I watched her go over at my bank and roll on it and spread the shavings EVERYWHERE. Looks like I may have to rethink my shavings management now.

    I went ahead and measured her for the various things she will need. Bit:5" Blanket: 66" Halter, probably small horse or yearling? 23" nose, 10" cheek, and 34" throat latch. Those are measurements with an inch added, flush with the skin but not tight is 22, 9, and 33. The halter currently on her is "medium" sized and obviously too big. Boot wise she fits a size Small which is great because I can use Poco's boots on her.

    Pictures! Hopefully I can get some better ones on Thursday when my farrier comes out.

    Her little bit of white, Does it even count as a marking?

    Did you know, today is yesterdays tomorrow and what you would leave for tomorrow you should do today?
    I am pro-Slaughter

  • #2
    She is beautiful! What are you going to do with her?


    • Original Poster

      She will be trained for Reining, pleasure, trail classes and of course actual trail riding.
      Did you know, today is yesterdays tomorrow and what you would leave for tomorrow you should do today?
      I am pro-Slaughter


      • Original Poster

        She got "trimmed" by my farrier today, her feet were pretty good so he just clipped a couple chips off and rasped her all around. She did good, a bit wiggly with her back end but straightened up when we told her to.

        My farrier remarked "She sure is no Red!" basically comment on when he first trimmed Red it was something to remember and not in a good way!

        After that I bitted her up, pictures explain it all.
        And some pictures.

        Sucking on the bit


        Some Tongue action

        Kind of shows the bit to mouth. This is a 5" bit
        Did you know, today is yesterdays tomorrow and what you would leave for tomorrow you should do today?
        I am pro-Slaughter


        • #5
          CONGRATULATIONS ! Enjoy !

          Congratulations ! ENJOY !!!

          She looks 'personality packed' !!!

          Thanks for sharing your pictures and please return with updates ~
          Zu Zu Bailey " IT'S A WONDERFUL LIFE ! "


          • #6
            That bit actually looks almost too small for her...you might need to size up to a 5 1/4''. The quarter horse types can have tiny little heads but wide mouths...my gelding always wears his cob bridles on the smallest holes, but still needs that 5 1/4'' bit....whereas my delicate TB mare wears her cob bridles on the middle holes, but wears just a 4 3/4'' bit.

            Re: the tiny white markings: definitely have that marked down on the Coggins each year, if it sticks around! My bay mule is a very plain jane boy but with one dark "stain" on his stifle...it is my worry-wort personality, but it is my thought that if he ever goes missing, that will be the only way that I can prove that he's mine...that one unique spot on his Coggins papers!


            • Original Poster

              The bit actually has some edge to it coming from the corners of her mouth, I'd get a picture but she wasn't exactly staying still very well. All those shots were just the "good" ones i got from my iphone where i was rapid tapping the picture button hopping it got a good still moment.

              I'm looking at an O-ring now, do you think 5 1/8" would be fine or should I go up to 1/4 to be on the safe side?
              Did you know, today is yesterdays tomorrow and what you would leave for tomorrow you should do today?
              I am pro-Slaughter


              • #8
                Very cute girl!

                Off topic slightly but are you still taking lessons with the trainer you found at the clinic. Always liked reading about your lessons.

                A Wandering Albertan - NEW Africa travel blog!


                • Original Poster

                  Yep I am.

                  He has stopped hollaring at me about my position so much now which I think is great, every now and then I get the "Get your ass off the back of that saddle!" Now he says I have two main problems, I don't use my leg like I need to, I seem to be stuck in the little to no leg thing I got with Riding Poco, and I don't carry much of a plan of action when I get riding and that I'm too content to do the same thing. So I repurchased 101 Arena Exercises (for the 3rd time, it keeps walking off) and have been going through it to give myself an idea of things I can be doing instead of staying in the rut i like to fall into.

                  No longer going to be able to ride Red as his owner is taking him back, which is a shame for sure. I inquired about buying him but he was out of my price range unfortunately. But on the other hand its a good thing because I can try some of the other horses vs getting too comfortable with one.

                  When Corona is officially started (W/T/C) she will be hauled weekly to Trainer Dude's place or Trainer Dude will be coming to me. We want to start basic showing this summer (Trail Classes maybe pleasure) so I don't want to mess that up. My BO will be helping me as well when we aren't going to Trainer Dude's place.
                  Did you know, today is yesterdays tomorrow and what you would leave for tomorrow you should do today?
                  I am pro-Slaughter


                  • #10
                    She is cute!!
                    Just wondering, but why lease a 3 year old?
                    "When life gives you scurvy, make lemonade."


                    • Original Poster

                      I enjoy working with younger horses, but I don't want to buy at this point in time. Trainer Dude also wanted me to get a younger horse when I did get one, easier to put on "the bells and whistles" on a horse who hasn't been messed up by someone.

                      So now I have my younger horse I can work with (With a lot of Trainer Dude help along the way) and I still have my solid horses to ride for my own lessons with him as well. And if something happens and Corona doesn't work out or I cant continue the lease she can go back home with no worries.
                      Did you know, today is yesterdays tomorrow and what you would leave for tomorrow you should do today?
                      I am pro-Slaughter


                      • #12
                        Cute filly, Kitari! I hope that you guys do really well together. The Red you mention, this is a different Red than the one you owned?


                        • Original Poster

                          Yes, he was the gelding I was taking lessons on.
                          Did you know, today is yesterdays tomorrow and what you would leave for tomorrow you should do today?
                          I am pro-Slaughter


                          • Original Poster

                            Here is a picture (ignore my fat butt, im on the weight loss wagon now!)

                            and a picture from a video I found of him online
                            Did you know, today is yesterdays tomorrow and what you would leave for tomorrow you should do today?
                            I am pro-Slaughter


                            • #15
                              What a nice looking boy! I love a good QH. Good luck with your girl, I am sure she will look smashing in a few months time.


                              • Original Poster

                                And he was a fun ride too! Man did he get after me for the mistakes I made. He taught me A LOT and I was truly bummed that he was so far out of my price range too. But everything happens for a reason right?
                                Did you know, today is yesterdays tomorrow and what you would leave for tomorrow you should do today?
                                I am pro-Slaughter


                                • #17
                                  Regarding white spots:

                                  My gelding has white hairs exactly as your mare, he has a few more though.

                                  His AQHA papers say he has a white star but when I got him, there was NO white on his forehead. He is a blue roan, and literally changes colors with every season. One winter, the white hairs sprouted on his forehead.

                                  I know the papers go to him because his leg markings are different enough that when compared to his papers, the papers match him exactly. So no concern that I got the wrong papers.

                                  I called AQHA to explain that his papers say he has a white star, but that the hairs are around in the winter, but not in the summer (when I show of course, so they check papers!)

                                  They said the only way they would legitimately consider it a "star" would be if the skin underneath it was white.

                                  I was not shaving his forehead to find out, so I left him be. Nobody has ever put up a stink about it at shows before. I have my vet remark on his coggins that he has a varying star on his forehead!

                                  So, I guess your question about the white hairs...they don't look to me like they would constitute a white marking for paperwork in the eyes of AQHA (unless she indeed has white skin under there).
                                  "If you think nobody cares about you, try missing a couple payments..."


                                  • #18
                                    Oh, hey, look at that. I have that same bit. I love it for green horses. Where'd you get it, and do you know who makes it or what it's called?


                                    • Original Poster

                                      Its called a Rockin S Snaffle. They have a few different kinds, I have two different ones, one a smooth single joint, and one a twisted wire. They are made by Reinsman, and usually cost around $70 each. I got lucky with a tack store closing down and got one 50% off and the other 75% off.

                                      I plan on putting her in an O-Ring though when we start riding. I want her going in a show legal bit and last I checked the Rockin S isnt one.
                                      Did you know, today is yesterdays tomorrow and what you would leave for tomorrow you should do today?
                                      I am pro-Slaughter


                                      • #20
                                        Awesome, thanks for that info! I've always wondered. Got mine in a similar manner, and no info came with it. I have a sweet iron french mouth piece.