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Her 1st Ride

PostPosted: Wed Apr 04, 2007 4:02 pm
by Juliane
Class had her first ride under saddle (we think) last September when I stopped by Trish's facility. Since it's been 6 months, alot of the details are fuzzy :P But I remember Class being very easy going to work with. She is not spooky or fearful. She is laidback, willing and very sweet. While she enjoyes testing her boundaries, she is also very much a pocket pony.

Class had no issues with being tacked up - in fact, I bet she's been saddled many times prior to being ridden that day. She didn't brace or try to move away. I tacked her up and then did a bit of groundwork with her, asking her to give to pressure. She was very good and responsive, so I moved on to ground driving her. Again, perfect! She didn't spook at the ropes touching her hind legs, which many horses do.

After the ground work, I free lunged her, hoping to get any hops or bucks out of her. She loves to run and play, so ripped around the arena a few times, but never offered to buck. Hmmm....

Since she still has her wolf teeth (she'll be getting those removed shortly), I rode her in a Parelli rope halter. She was quiet and solid when I mounted and stood still until I asked her to move out. She didn't seem to understand what I was asking of her, which led me to believe she hadn't been ridden before. However, she did understand giving to pressure and soon understood to move off my leg and voice cues.

I only rode her for a short bit around the arena at a walk. I was able to steer and whoa and felt that was a good enough start, being the first real opportunity to work with her. Now that she is with me, I plan to get her going as soon as possible. She's a beautiful mare and with the weather turning nice, I am sure she will be able to have her pick of adoptive homes!

These pics are from September 7th, 2006:

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PostPosted: Thu Apr 05, 2007 9:07 am
by cat_67
I agree - she is so cute, if she's quiet too, it won't take much to find her a good home. Does she stick under 14.2? Is she a legal pony?

PostPosted: Fri Apr 06, 2007 8:51 pm
by Juliane
I measured Class tonight and she sticks at just a hair over 14.1hh. So, yep, she's legally a 'pony' :)

PostPosted: Fri Apr 06, 2007 10:03 pm
by cat_67
Ooooh! Another hunter pony!!! :D

Next hunter schooling show, May 26th!

PostPosted: Sun Apr 08, 2007 3:22 pm
by tmoore
I can't believe all this time I had a pony! No wonder I kept thinking she looked small for 14.2 :lol: I didn't have a stick to use and it's been 20+ years since I have had a pony, so I just figured 14.2 was smaller than I remembered....yikes, I'm gettin' old!

PostPosted: Sun Apr 08, 2007 6:01 pm
by cat_67
She would be a cute hunter pony. She reminds me of one of my AQHA pony hunters from the past...this is Annie

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PostPosted: Sun Apr 08, 2007 7:41 pm
by tmoore
Cat - I love that picture! Is that you riding? If so, your smile says it all....riding pony hunters was so much fun!! I miss those days :D I always thought her stride/build was more of a western pleasure type horse, but now that she measures as a large pony and seeing that picture, I can see her being a pony hunter - how cool!!