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You guys warned me...
#1
... and I read it over and over again, how one horse leads to another...

...and it happened to me anyway. Just a few weeks ago, I GOT ANOTHER HORSE!

As you may recall, I'm a jouster (among other things). And my dear Pepper pony has told me many times over the years that she does not want to joust. She's ok with many things, but that one isn't her cup of tea. Here's Pepper being my cowboy horse for a parade - actually she's misbehaving terribly, pawing and wanting to GET GOING but it made the picture dramatic!
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So, for the past few years I've been jousting on Bo. He belongs to a friend who does not joust and rarely rides anymore due to spine issues, but Bo LOVES to joust! He flattens his ears, bares his teeth at the opposing horse, and digs in and runs his heart out, then magically turns back into an in-your-pocket snugglebug who loves his skritches as soon as the show's over. Here's us this past summer, we're on the left in blue:
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But Bo is 28 years old, and he's slowing down. He's got shoe pads for tender feet, regular massages and chiro for his back, and supplements for his sore hocks, but there comes a time when it's all just not enough. He still perks up when the costume is put on him, but he gets tired faster and wants to quit sooner. So, it's time for him to retire and help train newbies as their steady (but mean-looking!) opponent in practices, which are shorter and less intense than a full show.

So, I got a new horse. Meet Drina (Golondrina).
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Drina is an Azteca, 15 hands high, 12 years old. She started out trained for Mexican dancing (her sire is a star performer at that), but has recently done rodeo drill team, some cow work, parades, even kid lessons, and miles and miles of trails. And she gets used to new stuff quickly. Here's a pic from when I went to try her out, showing her the noises a lance makes on a shield; I'm on her and my friend is on a mounting block holding the shield:
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Ok, she spooked a little at first, but this is one minute later, and she's mainly curious and trying to sniff at the shield. That's when I knew I wanted to buy her.

So, this winter is a training winter, for me and for a small handful of new jousters who have just gotten their first horses -- should be fun!

'plash
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#2
Hi Anne,

Thanks for posting. Every once in a while I'll see your name on an order and think to myself "She's so cool!" That sure does look like a lot of fun.
Chuck

Horse Saddle Shop

https://www.horsesaddleshop.com
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#3
Hey, 'splash!

Drina is gorgeous! Look at that beautiful neck and head. I think you've found a real gem and look forward to training updates.
Karen ~ Trails  
  &
Joe Paint Gelding
Paoli, IN

"My treasures do not sparkle or glitter, they shine in the sun and neigh in the night."
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#4
Yes Please. Like Karen said, let us follow along how you train
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#5
Well, well well! Congrats on the new horse, she is beautifulL
I've never heard of Mexican Dancing. I have some Mr Google homework to do.


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#6
Looks like you have a winner. Will be fun to train a willing horse.

So many horse out there looking for the right partner. Be strong and stop at only two horses. [Big Grin]
Hook(ed)......on Horses

"The best things in life are nearest: Breath in your nostrils, light in your eyes, flowers at your feet, duties at your hand, the path of right just before you. Then do not grasp at the stars, but do life's plain, common work as it comes, certain that daily duties and daily bread are the sweetest things in life. " Author: Robert Louis Stevenson
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#7
Mmmmm, gee, Hook, did you stop at two???? [Big Grin]

'plash
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Originally posted by puddleplasher

Mmmmm, gee, Hook, did you stop at two???? [Big Grin]

'plash



I think the most we ever had was twelve. Down to 6 and two ponys. [^]
Hook(ed)......on Horses

"The best things in life are nearest: Breath in your nostrils, light in your eyes, flowers at your feet, duties at your hand, the path of right just before you. Then do not grasp at the stars, but do life's plain, common work as it comes, certain that daily duties and daily bread are the sweetest things in life. " Author: Robert Louis Stevenson
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#9
Great to hear about your new horse, and will be looking forward to stories about her training!

EZ2SPOT
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