Spending the day with his mommy

14h, 8 year old, bay pony gelding. The FLO picked this horse up from an Indian Reservation and was told that he was wild. The FLO owner decided to hold him back for now, so he halter broke him. This guy is a little resistant to having the halter put on but once it is on, he walked calmly and obediently behind him.

Spending the day with his mommy

Postby Juliane on Sun Aug 27, 2006 8:48 pm

Chelsea came up today to spend some time with Connor. She was impressed with how much he had settled in since we brought him home last week. He is much friendlier, does not appear fearful and never offered any sign of aggression.

We walked him down to my house where Chelsea tied him up to the trailer and brushed him down. He stood perfectly as she brushed him all over, including taking the braid out of his tail.

Once his tail was let out, Chelsea was able to see how long it was, so we decided to give it a blunt cut and trim it so that it hung just below his hind fetlocks. He looks like an adorable hunter/jumper pony now!

While Chelsea was grooming him, we were wondering about his age. He really doesn't look 2-3 years old, and acts much older as well. I decided to see how he'd act if I tried to look at his teeth. He was fine! And, we were able to see that he is much older than 2-3! His Galvayne’s groove hasn't started yet, but according to his tooth growth and sharp hooks, we think he is at least 8 years old!

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Once he was all cleaned up, we took him out to the round pen to see how he interacted with us. I hung back, playing photographer, while Chelsea worked on having him move out and reverse directions. Boy, this guy is the cutest mover I have ever seen! He's gorgeous! He lifts his knees up very high in a very flashy cart type movement!

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Since he was doing so good, we decided to see what he'd do if we saddled him up. Much to both of our surprise, he took it very well. We fully believe he's definitely done this before. He had no issues with the saddle pad or saddle being placed on his back, or being girthed up right away. He stood perfectly and walked fine along Chelsea with the saddle on.

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After she'd walked him around for a short bit, I tightened up the girth as much as I could and we set him loose to move out once again. He never bucked or showed any fear of the saddle on his back. He was very "ho-hum" about it! The ironic part was that both Chelsea and I noticed him having an automatic 'head-set' once tacked up! Interesting, eh?

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The fun part was occaisionally Connor would get playful with a head toss, half rear or spin in the air. It was great to see his personality come out as he played with us!

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When we checked his teeth, neither of us were able to see any wolf's teeth, so I decided to bridle him up. He did act like this had never been done before as he mouthed it almost consistently.

We continued having him work for a while but then stopped. It was pretty warm out so we didn't want to push it. I did put some pressure in the stirrups - he was ok with it. He moved away a few times, but not in a fearful way. I am pretty sure Connor is broke, or was at least started at some time!

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When we were done, Chelsea rinsed Connor off since it was so warm out. Connor again showed his hilarious personality as he drank from the hose and sprayed Chelsea a few times! This guy is awesome!

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Postby seahorse on Mon Aug 28, 2006 6:48 am

Once again Juli your pictures are incredible! I love the ones where he is playing with the saddle on......he looks like a carousel horse! It was so fun to see all of the progress you and he have made in such a short time and it is exciting to see him be so willing to work and interact with us. He was happy to ignore the mares(even Sydney in heat) and Ace and B who were very recently stallions themselves. Quite a change from the "he is not halter broke and he will strike and bite" description we got initially. I just hope he will still like us after his "brain surgery" on Wednesday! :shock:
I am again amazed at the narrow escape from slaughter on a horse with athletic ability and an incredible mind.
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Postby AgilityGal on Mon Aug 28, 2006 10:41 am

Makes you wonder, doesn't it. I don't think he was a wild reservation stallion at all. I think he's a keeper. . .always did. So happy he's got his chance!
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Postby Rachelle on Mon Aug 28, 2006 10:57 am

He was probably started at an early age and then cut loose to act like a wild reservation stallion. It's amazing the behavior they'll revert too if they're not handled and it's amazing what they'll do once they are handled again at a later date. He's going to be a great horse once he's finished.
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Postby zeesmom on Mon Aug 28, 2006 2:40 pm

OMG! He is gorgeous! I love the picture of him saddled and free lunging - his collection and extended trot - oh my! Way to go ladies. He looks awesome. :D

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Postby schwung on Mon Aug 28, 2006 2:48 pm

I think Conner would like to be a dressage horse. :)
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Postby ptownevt on Mon Aug 28, 2006 3:26 pm

I think you're right Jaime. That's a very, very nice stride for no asking and working on the relatively small circle of a round pen. In his sweet little heart of hearts he's an English show pony.
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Postby Altanera on Mon Aug 28, 2006 3:45 pm

WOW!! He is super cute!! :)
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Postby tmoore on Mon Aug 28, 2006 3:48 pm

I agree ptownevt - he has hunter pony written all over him - fancy, fancy! Chelsea, you sure picked a good one :D In fact, you seem to have a knack for picking very cool horses from the feedlot!
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Postby seahorse on Wed Aug 30, 2006 11:09 am

awww shucks :lol:
I do enjoy bringing these guys home and helping them find forever homes. The only one I "missed" with was Serenity. She is a pasture pet only as she is permanantly lame- but I do not regret saving her she is the MOST beautiful mare I have ever owned and id I have to look at a pasture ornament every day at least she is a gorgeous one! We will put my Courbette on Connor after he heals up from his "brain surgery"(castration) and then we will all be able to have the "short stirrup" vision! I am thinking by Spring we should be able to list him at some H/J shows and barns and get him an excellent show home! Good PR for CBER horses and it will let him reach his potential with someone whose ass is smaller than mine as I would crush him LOL Now I just have to not fall in love with him this winter.......then again I could hire a petite rider to show him for me.........
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Postby Foxie on Fri Sep 15, 2006 1:09 pm

Connor is just too cute for words!! :D

He has lovely movement to boot!
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