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    I'm just doing a little hap-hap-happy dance because FINALLY my gelding is starting to come together, he's becoming more consistent, and its a WONDERFUL feeling (especially knowing that its all my hard work with the help of a trainer once in a great while!) I'm really starting to "get it" too!

    I've posted about him before, when we had a show that we were planning to go to. He came up lame, therefore, no show!

    Anywho, he had from June 20th to July 11th off from work because he was lame. He blew out an abscess, and he was instantly back to 100% sound (confirmed by the vet).

    Now, he is not one of those "go slow, I'm gunna just jog nicely" horses...he is bred for cutting. He moves with a mission. He actually has really nice movement, he's very long strided and floaty...but this does not make for a smooth ride. In addition, he's still pretty green, so his gaits were inconsistent AND bouncy...

    This summer he has REALLY started coming together (he just turned 6 in June, I bought him as a 3 year old and they'd broke him to ride but just on trails)...we've been working on softening in the bridle, using his hind end, traveling on a correct circle (bending thru ribcage) and pushing from inside leg to outside rein, and probably some others that I'm missing. This work has resulted in a very soft horse (still more work to go, but he's like a different horse already!) who has settled nicely into a nice carriage and...A JOG I CAN SIT TO!

    He really pushes from behind, which I like (I don't want a peanut pusher that is pulling its ass along...) but up until now, I really questioned how he would EVER be able to compete as a western pleasure competitor. Now mind you, we're not going to Congress, but for local shows, my guy WILL get to a point of being a pleasure to ride!

    Even after a few weeks off, I've ridden him 5 times in the past week, and he's better now than he was before his "vacation"!

    I am starting to finally "get it" too - I've been taking lessons with a GREAT trainer in my area, and started taking one once in a while last summer. Not regularly, just whenver we could meet up and I had the money. I took a few over the winter, and a few this summer so far. The tools she's given us in those few lessons have worked better in a shorter period of time than the "trainer" that I sent him to last spring (who did absolutely nothing except get him in better shape...he learned nothing in 45 days). My hardest challenge is remembering that I can do things with my hands and legs independant of each other...I get busy worrying about my hands and his head, and forget my legs are hanging there & I forget to use them when they are needed So, I'm definitely improving too...the past few rides, I've remembered that I have both arms AND legs!

    Wow, this was long...
    Last edited by SuckerForHorses; Aug. 1, 2012, 07:50 AM.
    "If you think nobody cares about you, try missing a couple payments..."

  • #2
    Never mind long, we love to read how people get along with their horses and progress, not just the problems they have.

    Is great to learn more and more, look back and realize hey, this is fun, getting it better every day and even my horse is enjoying it.

    No matter what disciplines and goals, sensible people enjoy the road along it as much as getting ahead.
    Sound like you are one of those.

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      Yes! And he's such a willing little fella! Personally, I always found ring work BORING...I'd rather trail ride. BUT...seeing such good progress, and knowing that its because of me (and him of course, he happily tries his heart out and never grumbles!), makes it much more fun!

      You're never too old to learn something new. I'm only 25, but even at 100 it's not too old!

      I have been so happy with every ride this week, when it's over, I really want to cry from happiness! My SO doesn't get it, he thinks I'm crazy...my horsey girlfriends totally get it! LOL!

      I'm sure we'll have our moments, everyone does, but these excellent rides make me forget all about the bad ones we've had (even when he bucked me off two years ago for no apparent reason...)
      "If you think nobody cares about you, try missing a couple payments..."

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      • #4
        Go and have fun at your local shows. Do whats best for you horse and that's not peanut rolling and wagging IMO. Have fun and I'm sure you'll do fine.
        Horses aren't our whole life, but makes our life whole

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          Originally posted by rabicon View Post
          Go and have fun at your local shows. Do whats best for you horse and that's not peanut rolling and wagging IMO. Have fun and I'm sure you'll do fine.
          I agree! And I don't think he's physically capable of that anyways! HAHA!

          The trainer I'm working with knows her stuff...she has students that go to Congress and win. But she's not one to worry about where the head/neck are, and forget about the rest. She works on the whole horse, and once that is working properly, the rest falls into place or only requires minor tweaking. She likes well rounded horses, and her students horses are no exception.
          "If you think nobody cares about you, try missing a couple payments..."

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          • #6
            That's awesome! I had the same issues with my Morgan - he was soooo forward and fast that getting him slowed down seemed all but impossible. I think mostly time and maturity helped. We rode English for 4 years or so and then came back to trying western again and he's been great.

            Sounds like your guy is doing great. I'm happy for you!

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            • #7
              Sometimes it is hard to believe, but after some time off many horses come back even better. I wouldn't worry about being typical "western pleasure" if you are just doing local shows. I certainly wouldn't worry about rollin' peanuts! Enjoy your horse for what he is and have a good time!

              How about posting a picture of him for us to see?
              "You can't fix stupid"- Ron White

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                Originally posted by cutter99 View Post
                Sometimes it is hard to believe, but after some time off many horses come back even better. I wouldn't worry about being typical "western pleasure" if you are just doing local shows. I certainly wouldn't worry about rollin' peanuts! Enjoy your horse for what he is and have a good time!

                How about posting a picture of him for us to see?
                I don't have any new show pics, but here are some pics to give you an idea of the little bugger...







                During his layup a few weeks ago:



                Show last year, QH halter geldings:
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                • #9
                  Wow - he's gorgeous!!

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                    #10
                    Thanks!

                    I joke that I have a horse of a different color...many colors actually. He changes with each season.

                    And, I can't count the number of times I've had someone say to me "Oh, he's such a pretty gray!" If its a horse person who says this, I explain that he's a blue roan. If its a non-horsey person, I just smile and say "Thanks!"
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                    • #11
                      I'm a sucker for a blue roan. He's definitely a cutey. And it just goes to show you that a few GOOD lessons can do more than weekly mediocre (or bad) ones. Sounds like fun. Enjoy.
                      “Be yourself; everyone else is already taken.”
                      ¯ Oscar Wilde

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                      • #12
                        Sucker, what is his pedigree? He is a VERY nice horse!
                        "You can't fix stupid"- Ron White

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                          #13
                          I'm not up to speed on QH lines but I believe he's basically some cutting lines & foundation lines. He's got nice bone, & great movement for a little guy. He is forward & floaty. A dressage rider would love him, but a dressage rider i am not

                          Today was our show...HE WAS AWESOME! It's our first show doing rail classes, up till now I've only done halter & showmanship with him. Long story short...he handled everything like an old pro, rode very nicely & was super responsive & soft in the bridle. He had a great jog that was slow, comfortable, but a natural jog collected & driving from the motor instead of pulling from the front

                          Our placings were:
                          Showmanship - 2nd place of 6 horses
                          Western Equitation - 2nd place of 6 horses
                          Western Pleasure - 3rd place out of 8 horses
                          Trail - 4th place of 5 horses (the "bridge" was a 1/4 sheet of plywood & so small he was like "hmmm...I don't need to walk on this when i can just step to the side & keep going...")

                          I'm super happy with my non-western-pleasure bred little QH! I was so happy after the pleasure class I almost cried!
                          Last edited by SuckerForHorses; Jul. 1, 2016, 11:05 AM.
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                            #14
                            There is usually a girl at the show taking pictures, that she sells after. I don't know if she was there or not, but if she was, I will be getting some pictures and will post them.

                            I went with a friend, and we were both in the same class, so we couldn't take pictures of each other!
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                              Congrats!!
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                                #16
                                Thanks! We have another show this Sunday; I'm hoping to get some pictures!
                                "If you think nobody cares about you, try missing a couple payments..."

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                                  Congrats- I am a sucker for blue roans too (well, and strawberry roans).

                                  As has been noted, it is continually amazing how horses will be the same, often better, after a break. I think in part it's because we just try too hard and forget to relax and breathe.

                                  As an example, a few years back a young Oldenburg just Did Not Seem To Get a basic shoulder in. So I'd ask for a couple of subpar basic reactions and then go on to something else, and then spent some time not even asking. And then, next time I asked, probably several weeks later, he not only had it, but had it very well indeed.

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                                    The only thing that annoys me about his color, is the spots that show up that look like scars, but they aren't, they are just part of his color. I can't remember what they are called. But he has a bunch of them on his right side, and they look like he got beat up by another horse but that is not the case. They have a name, I just can't remember the term right now.

                                    I also get "I like your gray!" all the time...even from horse people. In fact, at the show on Saturday, I had one guy who was supposedly retired from showing QH's, say to me "He's an appaloosa right?" Hm, no, he's a QH!
                                    "If you think nobody cares about you, try missing a couple payments..."

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                                    • #19
                                      What a pretty boy and congrats on the placings.
                                      We could all take a lesson from crayons some are sharp, some are beautiful, some have weird names, and all are different colors, but they still learn to live in the same box. Unknown.

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                                        #20
                                        Thanks! We have another show this Sunday, I hope he does as well as he did last weekend!
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