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  • (update) thought I'd share with those who'd appreciate...

    This is a photo on the day she was purchased last January (at 7 months old, and 14ish hands) and now at 19 months and almost 16.1. Too fun to see how much she's idea how big she's going to finish out but I think she's going to be bigger than we all thought.

    It has been quite an experience! Hard to imagine this time 12 months from now, will be the year we can think about saddles. She is the most kindhearted, tolerant filly and I'm lucky with her, even though she's nothing 'special'.

    Have enjoyed my experience with her, and enjoyed lurking around here and reading everyone ELSE's viewpoints and thoughts on bringing up babies
    Last edited by irkenequine; Jan. 13, 2012, 12:26 AM.

  • #2
    She is getting so big. Congrats
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    • #3
      Oh my she is going to be big! Congratualtions on a beautiful girl!

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      • Original Poster

        Thank you. I know its probably not as amazing for people who raise multiple babies year after year, but watching her grow before my eyes, and watching her learn, has been a trip.


        • #5
          I raise babies every year and I am still fascinated by their growth and development. Even the ones that don't belong me.
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          • #6
            I'm with Alliekat. Every one is special and keeping up with all of them is REALLY fun. Good luck with your girl!


            • Original Poster

              This post is an update one whole year later!

              Really just for me more than anyone else as, like I said last year, people here breed dozens of horses every year of MUCH higher calibur than mine; but she's only the 2nd kid I've ever raised, and the only one I've ever 'picked' myself so this has been a wonderful journey. I thank COTH for answering many of my silly questions.

              Pictured the day I bought her as a 7 month old, a long yearling, and now a 2 1/2 year old.


              Next year, I'll take the picture on her back


              • #8
                My oh my, such a beautiful girl! I'm just going to say one thing I hope you don't take offense to. That's a big girl and so when she starts work keep an eye on those feet. Toe looking a bit long and could cause her some problems.

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                "I need your grace to remind me to find my own." Snow Patrol-Chasing Cars. This line reminds me why I have horses.


                • #9
                  I take no offense at all, and you're right, they were. She was trimmed yesterday. Farrier and I are watching her closely because she does have relatively tiny feet for her size and she's not the most conformationally sound, so we want to stave off issues as soon as possible. Although this farrier keeps her lower in the heels than I would like in general despite a few comments about it...I've been picking around for a new one but as I'm just one horse wayyy out in the middle of nowhere (don't care for the other boarder's farrier) its hard to find someone willing to make the hike.

                  And she's not fancy, or well bred, but she was a good find for less than 800 bucks, and the bond you have raising a baby has been very rewarding for me.

                  Input always appreciated!


                  • #10
                    Look it, stop those comments about her not being fancy bred and a lot of money. That's one happy filly who is absolutely gorgeous and has a great owner. No horse knows what they cost and not everyone has to buy a youngster with an Olympic pedigree to still have decent competition results. I'd be every bit as proud to own her myself. I can't wait to see you riding her!

                    I was a foot idiot for a very long time until I realised the person I was paying had little interest in doing the right things for my horses feet. If I asked questions I got, "here's the rasp, why don't you show me." Then I figured it was wrong to ask questions and upset God (my blacksmith). I only wanted to learn. Finally found someone who shows me how and why he does things and asks for feedback. So now I get to learn too.

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                    • #11
                      What a doll!!

                      Congrats on finding a great friend and future partner!


                      • #12
                        You shrunk!!

                        I agree I love watching them grow up. Pretty sweet girl!
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                        • Original Poster

                          Thanks Terri. I am cautious just because of the calibur of horse you see here is phenomenal and almost daunting. I'm not ashamed of her; I just have to remind myself the level I NEED in a horse isn't a Baloubet or Quaterback...its this big fat lazy kid I already have.

                          Thanks folks! She's a good kid. It has been fun so far.


                          • #14
                            I am a total sucker for her face-love her!
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                            • #15
                              I think your filly is lovely. Do you know what bloodlines she has? She looks like a warmblood to me. Maybe she doesn't have the brand on her that says she is from the European fine stock. But she looks fine to me. You can learn to trim feet correctly. I read everything I could get about horse foot care. I did my own trims and even got to where I could shoe my own. But in my old age my back could not take it any more. I used what is called keg shoes.
                              They are softer than the kind they use on the hot forge. But they worked OK for me. Just make sure you understand what you do to the hoof will reflect in how the horse travels. I got some really smart mouthed guys that seemed to love to insult women that pretended to be farriers. I did find one that was a short stout Russian fellow that did wonderful work on my horses.
                              He was a treasure. But he retired and is out of it now.
                              Hang in there. You will find a good farrier eventually.
                              Enjoy this lovely filly and have lots of fun with her.


                              • Original Poster

                                Thank you! Dad was an unregistered son of State of the Art and mom was a belgian/tb, off of a farm filled frankly with just PMU mares that they turned a few studs out on. I acquired her indirectly from someone about an hour away when she was a weanling as they assumed she had a knee injury that would leave her forever unsound. She's never taken a wrong step on it and she xrays wonderfully, got very lucky.

                                Sadlmakr thanks for the kind compliments. I am one who loves to learn things on their own but there's two things I almost REFUSE to learn: trimming and saddle fitting. I understand a great deal about both but when it actually comes down to it, I will forever leave it to an expert. I'm too afraid of doing it wrong.


                                • #17
                                  I can def see the draft blood in her! Her markings are neat too =) It is so clever of you to wear the same sweatshirt each time...makes for a fun lineup! Congrats on her progress and good luck finding a great farrier. It took me a couple tries but I positively adore mine, and they make SUCH a difference.

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                                    Originally posted by pony grandma View Post
                                    You shrunk!!

                                    I agree I love watching them grow up. Pretty sweet girl!


                                    • #19
                                      She looks like a good solid reliable citizen. Even the top riders want that you know?

                                      Congrats! She's looking great
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                                      • #20
                                        Very clever photo sequence. Same clothes, same stance, etc. Cool!

                                        Do it again next year too (if the sweatshirt is still around by then) - then you'll have a total set from babay to adult. Very very clever.

                                        Your filly is exactly what you need. A perfect match.