Introduction to the snaffle!

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.

Introduction to the snaffle!

Postby Juliane on Tue Nov 14, 2006 12:31 pm

It seems like one of the most unmarketable features about Connor is that he's only been ridden in a bosal or rope halter. When Chelsea and I bridled him up, shortly after he arrived, he mouthed it like a baby and seemed to be completely perplexed, leading us both to believe he'd never worn a bit.

While we've both since learned that he is actually broke to ride, just a bit rusty, I haven't reintroduced a bit to him since then - until last night. Connor's recent vet appointment to have this teeth floated has given me the confidence to know he doesn't have any issues with his mouth. And, since I've learned he rides so well in a bosal, I figured it was time to get him going on the bit, in hopes that he will be easier to place in his own forever home.

So, last night I pulled him out of his paddock and brushed him down. He was as calm as can be, standing in the cross ties, as I took his blanket off and groomed him. He's developed some itchy spots on his chest, I assume from the blanket, that when you scratch, he just melts. He is the biggest sweetheart ever!

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After saddling him up, I bridled him with my standard snaffle. The first time we bridled him, I used a fat french link snaffle. I believe it was Pam, that mentioned a pony's mouth might not be big enough to accomidate such a larger diameter bit, which is why I chose my regular snaffle. It is still very mild and while Connor still mouthed it, it wasn't nearly as obvious as the last time.

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I took him out to the round pen and rode him around a bit. We only did walking exercises simply because it was dark and wet, and each time I pushed Connor into the trot, he'd trip or take a short step, and then immediately stop - like he was protecting me and didn't want to risk slipping. He's also due for a trim, which is possibly why he was slipping, though the ground was uneven as well.

So, we worked alot on giving to the bit pressure, doing halts, reverses, turning, etc. He was very, very good, though had the typical baby reactions to the bit - opening his mouth at any sign of pressure. The good news is that he didn't fight the bit! :)

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I was also very pleased to see that he was very well behaved as I rode in the round pen while my daughter rode her pony, Sweetie. Sweetie is a typical hormonal mare and is the only mare that Connor attempted to mount when turned out with (that didn't last long!). It was great to see that Connor knew when to work and didn't have any studly reactions riding next to, behind or in front of Sweetie.

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I think Rachel is going to be spending some time with me this weekend, so I will see if I can talk her into going on a trail ride. I see the signs right off my exit off I90 for the John Wayne trail head - maybe we can go explore! I think it's time for Connor to go on a real trail ride!
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Postby busted on Tue Nov 14, 2006 12:46 pm

Oh yeah I am up for a trail ride!

I am planning on coming up there Friday after I am done working with the horse I have in training and am staying most of the weekend up there. So we can get tons done and take some good pictures in the day light!

I am making sure I pack my rain coat, extra gloves and hats. I dont want to freeze again!
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Postby seahorse on Wed Nov 15, 2006 8:49 am

Awwww he is sooooo cute! I am happy he did so well in the snaffle! I need a Con man fix.......
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Postby cat_67 on Wed Nov 15, 2006 12:21 pm

We are having a hunter schooling show on January 27th with a pony division...I think you should bring little squirt! He's a large pony, right?

It's a schooling show...fuzzy is fine, no braiding! There is a green horse division he can cross enter into that just has x's for jumps and trotting changes are fine.

Bet he'd find a home with a nice hunter barn if you brought him out!
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Postby busted on Wed Nov 15, 2006 12:27 pm

That sounds like fun! I would love to either go and watch or take a pony. When and where??
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Postby Juliane on Wed Nov 15, 2006 12:28 pm

LOL It does sound fun! Rachel, you should get Romeo ready for it!

Everyone would have fun laughing at me! I don't know the first thing about jumping! :P
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Postby busted on Wed Nov 15, 2006 12:35 pm

Who cares if you know anything. Its a schooling show!!! Its susposed to be fun!!! I will make sure to have tons of camera on you when you jump! Just so we can have a good laugh later... :wink:

I am so gonna get Romeo ready and take Cabo! I am all excited now!!!

If you need I can see how me and Connor do and maybe ride him if Romeo isnt ready.

Oh I can see it now! We show up with a trailer full of "WILD CRAZY RESCUES" we look like dorks but we do good!

Whats the height restrictions for ponies? Cabo is about 14.2
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Postby Juliane on Wed Nov 15, 2006 12:37 pm

LOL! Dandy has jumped over logs on the trail before! Maybe I could take her :P I think a regular horse can go too, right Cat? It's just a pony division for Connor?
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Postby busted on Wed Nov 15, 2006 12:40 pm

Now I have something to work towards! WOOHOO!!! Time to get Cabo out of his winter break and start getting him in shape!

You should take Dandy! I think she would love it!
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Postby ptownevt on Wed Nov 15, 2006 6:38 pm

I think that's a great idea for Connor. I'll bet he would find a good home. If you two don't ride English, maybe you know someone who does?
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Postby cat_67 on Wed Nov 15, 2006 7:22 pm

I ride English. I'll take Connor in the x's if you want to ride him on the flat. There's no rule it has to be the same horse-rider combo to qualify for division champion/reserve or anything.

Date may change though, we just got an AQHA show for that weekend which trumps my little hunter schooling show. Could you guys make it for January 6th? :D C'mon, we're all recovered from NYE by then, right?

Ponies stick 14.2 and under, breed is irrelevant!

Plenty of divisions for big horses too. Just mentioning that we are having a pony division. In hunter shows, typically a "division" is 2 jumping classes and a flat class, so you can show in several divisions a day, no problem. Each division has champion and reserve.

We will have green horse walk-trot pleasure for someone like Romeo...if he's ready, go for it!

Plenty of solid, safe, tall stalls - ideal for horses who might be a little freaked at their first show - and we can all camp in the extra rooms here on site! It'll be like a slumber party. :D

Location is Northwest Equestrian Center in Boring - my new home base!

We're going to have a blast!
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Postby busted on Thu Nov 16, 2006 8:31 am

Thanks Cat for the info. I am excited! :D

Jan 6 is no problem for me.

I do ride english. I perfer it over western anyday. Even though I have ridden western for the last 13 years, my Arab didnt go english. :roll:

I am going to start taking jumping lessons from my training partner here soon. So I will be ready. I can bring in anyhorse to take lessons on. She is looking for more lesson people. Jumping is her fortae but she can teach anything else... Okay there was my plug for her! :oops:

I think Connor would love going to the show. I am sure he will find a home there.

I am so ready to start getting ready now!
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Postby cat_67 on Thu Nov 16, 2006 11:27 am

Yes, and any horses you guys bring who need homes, I can get video of so that can be used to market them as well. This is a great way to get them into quality homes!
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Postby busted on Thu Nov 16, 2006 11:54 am

:) Thanks Cat. Sounds like a great idea. It would be so nice to find Connor a forever home. He is such a sweet heart and diserves a loving family!
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Postby seahorse on Sat Nov 18, 2006 12:23 pm

What a great idea Cat! He may be leased to Andrea at that point but we could either "borrow" him for the weekend or have her come and show him!!
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