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Bridge Builders

Author’s note: I’ve been publishing my new book, JOYFull Horses in this blog.  This post is different.  July was packed with great training adventures.  I wanted to share, so this is a slight divergence from the JOYFull Horses posts.  2,790 more words

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Heidi's Strengths: She's pretty.

Heidi was advertised as 15.3. She’s maybe 14.3 on a good day. She may actually be a pony. But she’s still beautiful! She is a gray and white paint but her gray parts don’t show up unless she’s wet. 56 more words

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Heidi's Strengths: She's mellow.

Heidi is super chill. When I picked her up, she got right into the trailer despite not seeing one for about 6 months. When she had a pissy attitude about being handled, she never kicked or bit or tried to push me around on the ground. 373 more words

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Heidi's Issues: She won't go forward.

In Heidi’s sale videos, when they asked her to move forward, she resisted. She would fling her head up, move sideways, or do a mini buck. 197 more words

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Heidi's Issues: She hates everyone.

Well, she doesn’t hate everyone, but she would prefer that people leave her alone. At least that’s how she was when I got her. Heidi is my first mare and everyone told me to prepare myself. 514 more words

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Lunging - a comparison

To make sure I can see Hippach’s progress clearly my husband takes lots of pictures and sometimes videos. Before we started Straightness Training and Classical Dressage (work in hand / groundwork) I lunged him just to evaluate the way he moved and his crookedness for example. 228 more words

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First Few Days with Heidi

I drove 5 hours to pick Heidi up. We had to go through Atlanta traffic and it was hot and stressful for her. When we got home, I turned her out with my ottb gelding, Baron. 837 more words

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