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New Owner & Rider
#1
Hi Everyone,

I've been going through several posts for a little while and sure am glad I found this forum. LOTS of great help and tips. Let's hit some history to tell who I am and who my girl is. I'm a new owner of an 8 year old grey tabiano paint mare, Frosty. I got her back in June of this year after playing around with my sister's horses for a bit. She wasn't actually the first horse I was looking at. The first horse was a gorgeous 4 year old gelding Curly horse. He was awesome and I felt a connection right away with him. However, being a very green rider, I felt I didn't have the necessary experience to raise him and I passed on the opportunity. I was looking at a curly because, I'm allergic to horses! [Sad]

So, Frosty came around and she was great with kids and had plenty of training. I wonder just how much now because her manners need some tweaking for sure. One thing about her is that she is VERY "wide" having foaled 3-4 times already. We're questioning whether she's preggers again, but I had a vet check and an internal said no. I dunno though. If she's not, then her rib cage never came back in after her last foal. She sure eats and eats and eats though.[cornfused

This weekend my sister and I are going to play with our girls in the arena with the weather being so nice. Part of my problem is I get annoyed because I know what she needs but I'm not sure what the heck I'm doing. The good thing is our board owner is experienced and helps us. I just need to work on Frosty's ground manners more before I get her saddled up. She bucked me skyward back in July and my back is still a bit stiff, lol. I was NOT impressed. [Sad!]

Steve
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#2
This is my girl, Frosty. This was the first day she arrived at the place where she's boarded now. The previous place was very wet and muddy. Also found that she's a roller. [Big Grin]

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#3
Hi Steve,
Welcome to this wonderful group.
I am the owner of Molly a 7 year old Belgian, needless to say my horse is also wide and just like your Frosty she loves to eat.
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#4
Welcome, Steve! Frosty is a nice looking horse! It seems like it is always the light-colored horses that like to roll in the dirt and mud the most. Makes keeping them clean quite a challenge, doesn't it?

If Frosty is 8 and has had 3 or 4 foals, you can figure that is 3 or 4 years out of her life that she probably wasn't ridden. So it is possible that she might actually have less experience under saddle than that 4-year old gelding you were considering!

It sounds as though you are doing well with her, though, I wish you continued success!

EZ2SPOT
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#5
Welcome to DE! Frosty looks like she's not missed many meals. LOL!

You mentioned she bucked you off. Can you tell us more about what led up to the buck? What sort of grain and how much is she getting? Is she turned out & if so how long?

What sort of bit are you using? How long have you had her? Did the previous owners ride her for you?

Figuring out horse behavior is sometimes done by the process of elimination. [Wink]
Karen ~ Trails  
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#6
Welcome to the Forum Steve, from a fellow Canadian in southern Ontario.

Glad to have you aboard. Frosty is a goo d looking girl. BTW we do like pictures.

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Originally posted by PaintGal

Welcome to DE! Frosty looks like she's not missed many meals. LOL!

You mentioned she bucked you off. Can you tell us more about what led up to the buck? What sort of grain and how much is she getting? Is she turned out & if so how long?

What sort of bit are you using? How long have you had her? Did the previous owners ride her for you?

Figuring out horse behavior is sometimes done by the process of elimination. [Wink]



Welllllll, I was an idiot that day. That was the day we had a vet check her and I guess I wouldn't want someone on my back either if I just had an arm up my wahoo. BUT, I led her around and played around with her afterwards and I felt that she was ok so I decided to see how she'd be riding bareback with no headgear. She didn't like it! [Tongue]

Right now she's getting decent quality hay twice a day. Given her stature, I thought grain would probably not be required. I use a 5" copper infused snaffle bit, which she takes fine. I got her in mid June of this year and rode her then as well. She was at a trainers ranch so I didn't see the actual owners. The trainers young daughters both rode Frosty and she was very good with them. Only after did I find out that her previous owner was an RCMP tyrant and tended to hit her in the face. So, she spooks easily with fast movement around her face.

EZ, you're probably right. That kind of makes me sad because I really liked Silver and Curlies are hypo-allergenic. When I went to look at him, I had my face buried in his coat and mane and didn't react at all! No meds either.
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#8
Sounds like Frosty was just having a bad day when she bucked you off, & you don't seem to really be having any major problems with her. Got to tell you, it is fairly normal for a horse to try you now & then, especially when you are still getting used to each other.

EZ2SPOT
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