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  1. Thanks everyone! Though on a sad note, I found out tonight that Johnny passed. Such a nice horse too.
  2. He is a 5 month old Stud colt, SON of Hangon Johnny (If you know anything about RIDs, Johnny is sought after- a lot) and a purebred colored mare (not RID, but purebred ID). I talked to the owner and found out she did not want to trade horses. Sigh. It was expected but I took the chance and got the answer I expected. Anyhow, after chatting with the owner and sharing our pony-tude experiences we found that we both wanted to start driving horses. I have the cart dreams are made of, she has the horse built for the sport (the colts mother). Turns out, I wanted the colt more than the cart and she wants a good home for him more than cash- SOOOO we are trading this week later!!! This is a breed I have been researching for 5 years and trying to save up for, with the intentions of buying or breeding a much lesser quality purebred than that of what I am getting. I expected another 5 years minimum before I could afford a ID or RID mare to breed, or buy a foal outright. I found a picture of his Sire standing up for conformation (I think it is the ONLY one taken this way) and compared them side by side. They look like they could have been the same horse! Wanted to post a picture and let you all look. Sorry the picture is a little distorted. Tell me what you think- **Note, I do not own, nor claim to own the sire. (His picture is on the left)**
  3. Impulsion, And Higher Level Dressage Movements?

    I would LOVE to know how to get a horse to hit the target. My sister trains dogs for agility and uses a technique in which she rewards the dog for offering behaviors. However, dogs are much much more food driven most of the time. How do you use that in a horse? I would be able to get from B (expanding after the horse knows to smack said target, then removing targets slowly) to C, but getting from A (connecting a treat with smacking the target) to B is the part that loses me. Here is a scenario with the whip methods, mostly I have heard to scratch the inside of the horses knee. She will offer one of two behaviors- #1 being that she will push her knee forward and attempt to scratch the "itch" (whip) with her face. #2 being that she will pick up her foot. Do I have that right so far? IF she chooses #2, I assume I reward and then pester her into bigger movements until I get what I want, one foot at a time. However, knowing my filly, she would choose #1. Do I just continue to pester until she provides a different action? I understand these things with dogs, but most horses are never TAUGHT to offer behaviors without a precise cue. For example, you want them to pick up a trot, you give them cue until they do it, the repeat. (and yes, most animals have to be taught to offer behaviors until they get the one that rewards them, it is not usually a natural thing to come by) With dogs, it is much easier, because they REALLLLLY want that food, horses don't always. Any suggestions on building food drive in a horse? Thanks again, you are all being very helpful!!
  4. Impulsion, And Higher Level Dressage Movements?

    Bah, I knew I had the name wrong... Passage, Piaffe, same difference (wait until I get slaughtered by the Dressage competitors over that statement) Thanks Nick!
  5. I recently watched a video of a pony who was adorable, off lead (or at liberty), and completely without a pen. He would chase his owner, stop, backup, SIDEpass, and do the trot-almost-in-place (I can't remember the name of the movement right now), and the Spanish Walk. All for treats, his owner was not tethered to him, and there was no fencing. There is almost no way that particular owner could have trained him to do such by riding him, he as TINY (maybe 13hh if I had to guess) and she was not! I was curious if anyone has any ideas on how to train such movements from the ground, or even just start me off with learning to teach impulsion. I have not the slightest clue as to how to go about this from the ground! I just barely know the basics of engaging the hind end/lifting the front from the saddle. I can collect a trot, or extend, but have not quite figured out the (dare I try to put a name on it) passage I think it's called. I was hoping to start teaching a horse of mine, and once I get it figured out I would use the correct or working methods on the horse I actually WANT to use for this. I know it sounds silly, but my "guinea pig" pony is very happy to learn and forgiving if I get it wrong. Learning on her makes it easier to transfer whatever lesson to another horse. I've heard clicker and treat training work, I get that. Reward after said move is performed. BUT how do I get said move to occur, in order to treat? ANY help or advice would be nice, I am willing to try multiple methods.
  6. Critique A Freisian?

    Thank you Goldentoes! You pretty much pegged his movement. He is gorgeous to watch, but dissecting him in action, he has a nice round front, beautiful knees, great reach... But the hind end needs work. I will get some newer photos when I get the chance to line him up proper. Though that won't be for a month or two >.> LassieLu, his neck is short in this photo. More recently he has a super long neck. He has more "swan" to him than even my Arabian (who was built and bred for conformation/halter). All in all, thank you for the information. I am using what I can gather about his own build to train him proper and really get him going nicely under saddle.
  7. Critique A Freisian?

    -bump- Anybody?
  8. Is This Saddle "legal" At Rated Shows?

    Thanks, I have been looking into Thorowgoods and Wintec, I have to say I have never owned a wintec english saddle. Western ones, sure and they held up ok, but were not "straight" one side was longer than the other, or you could feel yourself sitting "off kilter". I have never had a Thorowgood, but so far I have not seen a single complaint. If anybody knows of one for sale; 18" or larger (seat), and preferably one of the changeable gullets I would love to talk to the owner. I am not fond of CL, or ebay but am willing to take that gamble if needed.
  9. Is This Saddle "legal" At Rated Shows?

    It looked comfy, but after reading a bit more about the brand, and stores selling it- I think I will first try to find a different saddle... Use that as a last resort. I found a few good looking Jumper saddles with changeable gullets, up to 10". But I have yet to find that in Dressage, used, AND under 700-1400. Im thinking I may need to break into the savings for once. I may have to wait until spring, but it looks like it might be worth the wait.
  10. I am looking at a Draft mare; 1/2 Shire 1/4 Freisian 1/4 Holsteiner. She is rather large at 5 years old, sticking at 17.1hh... Barefoot. I expect she will possibly grow another inch or two, but here is where I am in the dark- I have no idea how to go about guessing a horses shoulders/gullet needs. All of my horses are high withered, or wear a thick pad with a narrow saddle. I usually train Drafts and other wide horses in Western, or trail. I have a saddle that fits most of them, but it is not english! Now since this mare would be a Hunter/Jumper and Eventing horse, I don't know what to do about the saddle... She is not currently under saddle, so I can't rely on the seller for advice. Anybody have some wisdom as to 8-10 (or bigger if there is such a thing) inch gullets? And is there a major difference in Jumping saddles, vs Dressage saddles gullets?
  11. I am looking at a Draft mare, and also having more frequent Draft owners bring horses for training. I would like to buy a "Draft" saddle, but one I can use not only in training, also for showing. In the next couple of years I am going to start moving up from showing in schooling shows, and I have no idea what is "legal" in rated shows. Here is the saddle- It is an Ascot Draft Horse Icelandic Endurance saddle (what a mouthful!). I supposedly will fit the mare I am looking at, but I will have to see about legalities before BUYING it. Anybody know the answer?
  12. He is about 6 years old, but I think this particular picture is from his 4 year old year. He has both Baroque and Sport breeding, his father being Anne340 (Sport Type and his mother Odalien (Baroque Type). He is a little stunted, only about 15.1 give or take, but I would like an overview of his conformation from someone who knows what to look for. I know he moves nice, and is appealing to the eye, but that is about all I know. I am new to the world of owning a Freisian. I could not get the picture to load, so I am hoping the link will work... Sorry the picture is blurry, I will try to take new ones in the next month or two!
  13. Dressage Trainers In Mo

    Central, I am about 3 hours from her, but it may be worth it for once a month. I found her website, will try to contact her and find out some details. Thanks! Any others? ETA: Does she have an email? I did find her website, but no email. If not, that is ok. I can try to give her a call this weekend.
  14. Dressage Trainers In Mo

    Let me start by saying, I never thought I would do Dressage... You guys have no excitement in bends ;) I have been riding Jumper for the past 5-6 years and have recently realized, while I can sit on a horse, I cannot ride like I should be able to after this long. I started riding at age 9, taught myself until I was 16. Basically, a recipe for bucking queen, but disaster-rider in the ring. I started taking lessons from a podunk trainer when I turned 15 (I think). She continued teaching me, and I must say I did learn a lot. Just not the basics. I can now jump 3'6" without falling off, survive a buck in midair, and land turning. However, I cannot for the life of me, use my legs. They are non-existent. I have used a few different trainers here and there, but most are too interested in getting me in the ring and winning some speed ribbons to bother with helping my seat/leg aids. I was injured 2 years ago, only just recovering from a severed ACL last summer. I have not been training a whole lot due to life in general, but I am fully capable of training and riding again. I recently went to a show, and decided I was going to look for a trainer. Because my horses have been trained by me, they don't notice my lack of legs aids. But here in a year or two, I am going to start trying for eventing, training my own colt. Thus, I need serious help. Not only in learning to use my aids, but learning HOW and WHAT those aids are. I never have learned exactly how to pick up a particular lead, nor have I learned properly how to post. My weak knees are only making it harder to learn on my own. I am really hoping someone here will point me to a trainer, maybe not even dressage, but someone who has experience with physical therapy and/or injury recovery. I need to be riding someone elses seasoned horse, one who won't just "go with" my lack of aids, but one that will teach me what I am supposed to be doing. I may be looking for years at this point, because I don't know of many trainers who are capable, much less willing, to help in this case. If I had the ability to do this for someone else, I'm not sure I would. I know it is a lot of work. I am hoping someone is willing to at least try. Thank you sincerely. (PS you don't have to be dressage, I just assumed Dressage would be the best for my lack of balance and aids. You could be western for all I care, I just need help learning before I mess it all up, I have a chance to start from scratch and I'd like to do it right this time)
  15. Update On The Super Pony!

    Lol, it is a skirt, called a "riding' skirt. Basically very very baggy pants. I show in Jumpers, and when I can get away with it, Dressage or Hunters. Barrel and Poles are very open about the dress code so I do them as well. Not to mention it really gives me an advantage when my Jumper can spin on one hind leg instead of going a 5 stride circle. As for her breeding, who knows... Spotted something, 13.2hh and approx 800lbs, and still bulking out as she is only 4.Very refined legs but the barrel and neck of a full bodied Appaloosa.