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Class of 2018 - A New Thread For Our Two-Year-Olds

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    #21
    This post has made me realize I need a new confirmation shot of the "baby pony." Maybe when we can have groups out again, I can manage it.

    Turned two on the 17th of this month, and I casually took a shot of him with his blind 30-something paddock mate. Grabbed a screenshot of him from a lazy handgrazing video as well. He's Jethro Tull (I'm Special de Muse/Voltaire) x Rockstar Royale xx (Tethra/Commemorate). Wanted a jumper/eq horse to grow old(er) on, with better feet and a leveler head then my jumper (his mom).

    Jedi is taller than me at the withers, so somewhere in the 15 - 15.2 range. Sire has leveled out at 17.1, and his dam is 16.1. He is far mellower and sweeter than I expected from something out of my hot hot TB, especially considering how feisty he was in the 1 to 4 month range. He's such a good honest guy, I can't complain. Just hoping he likes to go fast once there are fun sticks in the way.

    Ground driving/long lining and learning all about weird things humans ask to be done. I won't sit on him for at least a year, and then probably just a bit of basics before going back out to grow/think over winter. A lot will depend on how he looks physically, because mentally he's pretty unflappable. He's nearly level at the moment, but we've had a lot of bum-wither seesawing over the last two years, and he's got some bone in his leg to grow into.

    Wish I could breed back for a full sibling, but Star's days of carrying are done. Still, excited for the future and thankful for what I have.

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      #22
      Miso (At The Moment, by Saketini) is doing really well. He had the month ofJuly off, and started trail walking again a couple weeks ago. On a whim, I threw him in the trailer with a couple other horses going to a XC school at the Florida Horse Park last Saturday. He was so good! Miso marched away from the trailer and left his screaming friend behind, taking on the big wide open park without a babysitter. There were dozens galloping all over, but he watched the herds of pony clubbers and took it all in stride. A kind rider gave us a lead in the water, and we ended the day trotting circles in his first-ever dressage ring. He was better behaved and more mature than 99% of the young OTTBs I've taken places in their first year!

      Super brain on this 2yo, he will be fun and easy to show in a few years. And I can't wait for my 2020 Saketini foals to grow up!
      A clever person solves a problem. A wise person avoids it.
      ? Albert Einstein

      ~AJ~

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        #23
        Awe. Yay, Miso! Sydney has been a pasture ornament all summer. She got ProStride injections in both hocks at the end of June and moved home around the same time. Then her dam shipped in from Arizona, and I had a friend bring a third filly over to complete the herd. With everything going on, plus the hot weather, I haven't been motivated to get out and do anything much with her. From the way she's tearing around the field most days, I'm confident her hocks are feeling much better. I'm hoping to start back ground driving her next month, and I'll probably hop back on her in October when the weather starts cooling off. She is scheduled to go off to "school" in January.

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          But isn’t she cute? (Pink SWAT “eye makeup” and all!)

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            Originally posted by Montanas_Girl View Post
            But isn’t she cute? (Pink SWAT “eye makeup” and all!)

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            Aww she is cute! I'm glad her hocks are doing better. Will you do follow up xrays? Do they expect to see any changes?
            A clever person solves a problem. A wise person avoids it.
            ? Albert Einstein

            ~AJ~

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              Originally posted by EventerAJ View Post
              Aww she is cute! I'm glad her hocks are doing better. Will you do follow up xrays? Do they expect to see any changes?
              Thank you! We'll do follow up x-rays next summer, assuming she doesn't give us a reason to take a look sooner. Only the lower joints of her hocks are affected so far (thank heavens for small favors!), so, while we expect the arthritis to continue progressing, at some point they'll probably fuse and cause her a lot less discomfort. We may even discuss artificial fusion in the future if indicated. For now, it's mostly a waiting game to see how she comes along.

              It's been such a roller coaster ride with this little girl, from her dam's injury in late pregnancy (meds may have contributed/caused the juvenile osteoarthritis), to Sydney's crazy fever as a weanling, and now this. I'm cautiously optimistic that she'll go on to have a healthy, if high maintenance, performance career. But I'll be watching her like a hawk for the rest of her life, I think. :/

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                #27
                Argh. I need to vent somewhere, and since the guilty party doesn't read this board...

                I don't know why, and and I don't know how many times, but it has become obvious that, while Sydney was boarded over the winter/spring, my friend/barn owner took it upon herself to "school" her Clinton Anderson style. How do I know this? Because this filly, who has known how to quietly walk/jog/halt on the end of the longe line since she was a yearling, is now a quivering, panicky mess when asked to take even a single walk step on the line. My plan for today was to do 5 minutes of gentle walk/halt transitions in big circles to start getting her brain back in work mode and gradually work back up from there. Instead, we spent 5 minutes trying to get a single "walk half a circle and stop quietly" instead of "bolt frantically for three strides and then spin to face the handler". It's CLASSIC Clinton Anderson. And I'm furious. There was NO REASON for this to happen. NONE. And the last thing I need Syd to be doing with her hock trouble is this kind of nonsense, but we certainly can't move forward with ground driving until we get past this. Sydney's smart, and I'm sure she'll figure out relatively quickly that I'm not going to yank her around, but...she was PERFECT before. She's never exhibited one ounce of fear or anxiety over anything I've done with her since she came to me as a weanling. Until now.

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                  #28
                  Montanas_Girl ugh that's awful. I hate NH type trainers working with young horses...all that circle work, stop, turn, can't be good for growing joints. Hope she settles down and lets go of the anxiety.
                  A clever person solves a problem. A wise person avoids it.
                  ? Albert Einstein

                  ~AJ~

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                    #29
                    Thank you, EventerAJ. I don't know why people can't just leave well enough alone. I have another friend's yearling filly boarded here, and the only "training" I've done on her is put a halter on and pick up her feet occasionally, because she came here basically feral and I don't want my new farrier to get killed trimming her. If her owner wants anything else done, then she can come do it herself.

                    Syd is a smart cookie; I'm sure we'll get past this. Doesn't make me any happier, though.

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                      #30
                      Just wanted to follow up and share that my girl was 95% better in remembering that longing is not a scary, stressful situation this afternoon. Whew. Thank goodness for good minded babies. I hate that she has had to go through this, but at least she's coming back to herself quickly.

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                        Click image for larger version  Name:	Smooch, October 2019.jpg Views:	0 Size:	32.2 KB ID:	10726685Otteridge Smooch taken the other day (tied to the post). Two-year-old large pony gelding, (Gayfields Way Too Cool x FM Early Easter). The outside photo is him as a yearling for comparison.
                        Randee Beckman ~Otteridge Farm, LLC (http://on.fb.me/1iJEqvR)~ Marketing Manager - The Clothes Horse & Jennifer Oliver Equine Insurance Specialist

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                          #32
                          He's adorable, VirginiaBred!

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                            #33
                            Originally posted by wsmoak View Post
                            Very timely, I just (with difficulty) got some shots of my almost two-year-old Connemara Pony! This is Henry:

                            200209_2610 by Wendy, on Flickr

                            200209_5103 by Wendy, on Flickr

                            They had been kept in for a couple of days of never-ending rain and standing still was not high on his agenda. Luckily screen grabs from a video are "good enough" for sharing on social media.

                            https://www.allbreedpedigree.com/cady+odaly+henry
                            Oooo he’s lovely!

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                              Here is my friend's 2 yr old.....he is HUGE already! He's by Grey Top out of a Fabriano mare

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                                My 2018 AQHA Click image for larger version

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