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Tuesday, March 13th, 2007
10:27 pm
Stolen Horses

Here are some horse that have been stolen recently. If you have any information please contact the owners.



Monday, December 25th, 2006
1:42 am
Have You Guys Seen This?!!?
BTW, here's the site: http://www.dailymotion.com/video/xqvvn_lorenzo
(forgot to poste it in my utter awe)

Current Mood: enthralled
1:40 am
Have You Guys Seen This?!!?
I dont know much about it, but Oh My God.

Current Mood: enthralled
Tuesday, August 22nd, 2006
7:24 pm
community promo - delete if this isn't allowed :)
Hey girls, I just wanted to let you know about a horse community a few of my friends and I started - it's aimed at older riders (atleast 18) who are juggling riding with work or full time course work. Hope to see some of you there!


Are you an adult rider (college grad or getting there)?
Are you still a horse crazy, pony loving kid at heart?
Would you rather go to the barn then go to work?
Do you lust over Dover catalogs and have self control problems in tack stores?
Do you love horse shows?
Have you ever been called a hunter princess or dressage diva?
Does bad grammar make you cringe?
Do you like to snark?

If so.... _hunterprincess/ wants you!  Go here and follow the instructions to join.
See you there!
Friday, June 9th, 2006
12:28 am
newbie :)

hello everyone! ive been checkin out the comm. for awhile, but tonight i just cannot sleep so i decided to join!

im 18 years old & i live in western pa. i have been riding/showing for about 11+ years...mostly hunters, then training western horses, and then hunters again. i currently (and forever will) own a registered paint X quarter horse buckskin gelding named SPICE! some of you may have seen us around in other communities!:) spice just turned 9 this month & he is amazing.

we show in gaming (for fun!!!), hunters, jumpers, and hopefully will start with eventing this year! we love trail rides & new experiences, and we love trying new things!

we have a show this weekened - its mostly western (some english, we're doing both) which will be a good introduction into our show season...

anyyawyyys. ill have pictures up later i promise!!

Tuesday, December 13th, 2005
11:20 pm
Anyone have any good tips, techniques, or drills for driving a horse while on the ground? I mean a young horse starting off in a round pen. I'm breaking my 2 yr old by round penning and I am moving on to driving on the ground. I want her to learn to turn and how her body works. Not looking for a total how to, just some tips you guys have learned! Thanks!
Monday, December 5th, 2005
12:57 am
So I noticed that a lot of you guys are in college or have been through some kind of equine program. I'm looking for some advice. I'm trying to choose between 2 colleges right now. National American University which is in Rapid City, South Dakota and Kirkwood Community College in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. NAU is a private school and has a 4 year program. Kirkwood is public and also has a 4 year program. I'm interested in a program that will prepare me to be a trainer and teach me a lot about breeding and barn management. Are there any other schools that I should consider?? I really want a 4 year program. And if you're already in or have been through an equine program in college then what should I know or consider as I'm choosing?

1:39 am
me wrecking tigger's styleCollapse )

AH ha... FIRSTLY... i would like to say that this horse is AMAZING... what a great boy... I have a copper metal on my wall from the time he started to show signs of soreness in the middle of a flat class (which i believe is from this show too...) so I glanced at my coach who told me to continue this class and that would be it... so I picked up a wee bit more contact. ( We stopped and took care of he's sore foot as soon as we walked out of the class I Swear!)Anyways... this horse had such a nice movement (and temperment) that on my worst days we still got champion...

That also will help you undertsand why... other then what you can see this is so HORRIBLE...

pinching knees... yanking hands tipping forward... asking in all the VERY wrong ways for a lead change (which is what he's in the middle of doing... )

and what caused my awefull riding... ??? (although this is no excuse) the HUGE mud puddle about a few feet out of the picture... this ground is not a level as it seems and it did collect a large amount of rain water from the previous day... for whatever reason I thought "LEADCHANGE NOW!"

anyways.... makes me smile to know nomatter what agany i was putting him through... he still perks his ears for the camera.

after all... he is "Kodak Momment"
Monday, November 28th, 2005
5:37 am
Nice to meet you
Hey all, I'm Sarah and I'm new! I'm 19 and a college student. I was pursuing physics but am in the middle of a transfer to National American University in Rapid City, SD. They have an awesome equine science program. I have a 2 yr old QH filly with Zippo Pine Bar, Two Eyed Jack, Iron Rebel, and Sonny Dee Bar all right on her papers. I'm in the process of breaking her out and she's ending up to be way better in all aspects than I ever expected. I'm thinking of breeding her to Zip's Chocolate Chip in a few years. I am also interested in finding a weanling stud colt out of the Zippo Pine Bar line sometime in the next 6 months. I also own a 9 year old paint gelding (looks like a QH as he's breeding stock.) He's seriously such a cool horse, anyone would be lucky to have him, I am moving in the all QH direction though and I don't want him to have the chance to get ignored. He's has a ton of experience in the show ring and would be a smart investment for any level of rider, even a beginner.
Check him out!!

Drop me a comment or contact me through the link if you are interested in my gelding. I will give a discount to 4h kids and young novice riders.
Monday, August 29th, 2005
11:15 pm
HEY! I've got a horse for sale here in Lincoln Nebraska ok so if you're looking or know someone who is looking this is the sport horse for you!
15 yr old Irish Warmblood gelding
16 hands
2nd Level Dressage
can jump at LEAST 3'6 and can go higher
chestnut with flaxen mane and tail
$6000 (neg)
he's quite a looker and he is really an exception mount. He needs some tuning up but then what horse doesn't. The only thing is that he gets a lot of pent up energy if not ridden on a regualr basis and likes to spend that pent up energy by bucking. But, that problem is completely negated if he gets regular exercise.
post to this if you're interested or send it along if you know someone else who might be interested. It would me bundles to me if you'd pass this on!
Saturday, July 30th, 2005
8:28 am
I was on the pleasurehorse.com message board when I stumbled across "worst show experiences". These are my favoriteCollapse )

Current Mood: amused
Sunday, July 24th, 2005
5:17 pm
I have a western pleasure related question.

About a year ago, I went to an AQHA show and there were three horses in a western pleasure class. One horse and rider were doing so badly they were a throwout; the other two were pretty good. The woman on the big sorrel rode her horse down the rail at a slant: they would lope down the rail with the horse's head towards the rail and his hindquarters more pointed to the center of the arena. (I think it was referred to as riding your horse at an angle or a "C".)
Kind of similar to riding your horse like this:
My trainer said you're supposed to ride your horse at a C in advanced w.p.
The other woman on a dark bay did not do this, and she won the class. She and the judge were very thin, and the woman on the sorrel must've been over 150lbs overweight. The two horses and riders were very close, and horse shows have tons of politics, so my trainer said the woman probably lost because of her size.
A couple months later I read in the American Quarter Horse Journal that you're not supposed to ride your w.p. horse at an angle.
Recently I saw a video of Zippo Can Do winning a World Championship with Cleve Wells, and he was loping at an angle.

So... Now I don't know what to believe!

My trainer IS very good: she rode with top professionals for over 20yrs and has actually ridden Zippo Can Do. Yet I'm wondering if some riding styles she's accustomed to have been deemed outdated: the AQHA recently (2 yrs ago) made a bunch of new standards for western pleasure after people were crying "abuse" (but I won't get into that...). Can Do won the World Show about 7 years ago, so the video is before all the changes.

So, I'm wondering what you guys know? Read? Seen? Heard? Thanks so much!

x-posted to _aqha, equestrian, and westernpleasure

EDIT I've heard that the point of riding your horse at an angle is to show that you can control your horse's body, like keeping the horse's head and neck on a verticle is showing that you can place the head anywhere. Western pleasure is no longer about the horses being "a pleasure to ride" as much as the athleticism and training of your horse.

Current Mood: puzzled
Saturday, July 16th, 2005
7:42 am
new to the community
I've been watching this community for awhile and finally decided to introduce myself. My name is Jessie I'm 18, and own two American Saddlebred geldings. I've been riding since I was 2 (taking lessons since I was 6) and showing since I was 8. I've had numerous horses of many different breeds and have been trained in western, hunter, driving, saddleseat, jumping, and dressage. I mainly show at the Saddlebred breed shows with my gelding Bayhead Spartan (Joey) in country pleasure hunter & western classes. My other gelding is a country pleasure hunter/driving/saddleseat prospect (he hasn't decided what he wants to do yet).

Here's a link to my webshots alblums that have photos of both horses... http://comminuty.webshots.com/user/wcforme414

Current Mood: cheerful
Monday, July 4th, 2005
9:38 pm

Well I took Joggy to our first show together, he's a dartmoor, very lazy, and likes to bronc if anyone comes behind him, so you can imagine the go round is very eventful!

Anyway we WON our class (Bob Templeton Ridden Mountain and Moorland) and qualified for the National Pony Society Championships, so here are some pictures :D

More behind the cut...Collapse )

Current Mood: tired

Thursday, June 23rd, 2005
5:36 pm
I got this in a chain letter... I love it! Way too funny.

Clinic JunkieCollapse )

Current Mood: giggly
Tuesday, May 31st, 2005
5:56 pm
Hey guys :] I just found this community. While some of you will recognize my username from the other horse-related communities i'm in, some of you may not. >]

My family owns 2 American Saddlebred show horses, that we show in Saddleseat. My current horse, is He's Come Undone aka Phantom, i show him in Juvenile 5 Gaited classes. The other horse my family owns is my sisters current Country Pleasure Horse, Just Stylish aka Justin, who actually was my 2nd horse >D

Justin is the horse that really taught me how to show, and how to ride. I catch rode him as a 10 year old for a lady named Kathy that owned him, because she couldn't go to Louisville (world champs) .. We got 3rd in the 11 & Under Show PLeasure class - which if you didn't know, ,is a big deal. Since then Justin has turned into my sister's Country Pleasure horse, after her horse, Sox, tragically died last year.

Phantom is my baby. He's a 6 year old 5 gaited horse, that i'll be showing until i go to college in Junior Exhibitor classes. So far this year, we've shown in 2 shows - our 1st show, and 1st class Phantom blew off his feet trotting, so we didn't get a ribbon. In the championship, we didn't quite get forgiven for our qualifying mistake, and the judge gave me a pretty pink 5th.

From there, i've been to one other show, Mid South. Although the smallest show we go to during the year, i'm still so proud of my wins at this show. I beat 2 other horses in both classes, BUT at the same time, had 2 clean rides, and 2 good "showing" rides. Does that make sense?

Attached are some pictures - Oh yeah, did i mention i'm big into Horse show photography? I've been taking pictures for a year now at horse shows and giving them to people that i take them of..
My next show is Germantown Charity, and unfortunately most of the saddlebred classes are at night - its too dark at Germantown to take p ictures at night >/ So ...I'll still be taking Hutnseat/Jumping pictures during the day. If anyone here is going to Germantown, please just lemme know - and i'd be more than happy to take pictures of you and your horse >D

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10:02 am
Tuesday, April 26th, 2005
10:04 am
Gymkhana Pictures
Here are the picture from this last weekend at my horse show .

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Sunday, March 6th, 2005
8:32 pm
I have been showing since I was 8 years old, and have taken high point at least once in every category I've competed in except for showmanship.

So, it's kind of unfortunate that I have a show in 11 days, and the only class I'm doing is showmanship with my 2 year old appendix Quarter Horse gelding.

I'm training him with a mentor and she is helping me a lot, but there are little things that she does that I know are incorrect, and as little as I do know, I'm kind of worried.

What he's trained to do so far: set up, hind haunch turn on both right and left side, backing, walking, trotting, and A LITTLE BIT of forehand turning. All of those maneuvers will be needing major brushing up before the show, but I'm working on it.

Anyway, I was wondering if anyone could give me some pointers. This is for a high school Equestrian Team show, so it's not like it's major or anything, but it's my first show with my new gelding and the only horses I have shown are very seasoned, very broke Quarter Horses, paints and arabs. This will be Chase's (my gelding) first show, and just practicing showmanship in the parking lot at my barn got him distracted. Yet beforehand I will work him out a lot. My class is at 8AM.

Also, links to training websites are appreciated. I found lots of H&R articles, which are very helpful.

Thanks so much! sorry for x-post
Wednesday, March 2nd, 2005
11:38 am

Hello everyone, first show of the season so look out for many more of these...

Show Report and Pictures!


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