61 Photos - Oct 4, 2011
Photo: She's got amazing markings. Although she looks kinda dorky here. :PPhoto: Sassy, - already developing a beautiful balanced walk on a loose rein.Photo: Working on a nice jog- this required some more muscle to keep up- you can see the change in her neckPhoto: Showing offPhoto: beginning of a nice extended trotPhoto: Sassy- end of lesson two- already improvingPhoto: She's a beautiful silver grulla, foundation / King bred QH mare. oh, and sweaty. Very sweaty.Photo: Taking a tight  turn around Mom (she was not amused)Photo: Photo: Very delicate head.Photo: Photo: Sassy  playing around in the pasturePhoto: Mastering the nice walk at an early lesson, she's a very quick learner. she looks reddish because of the sunsetPhoto: Beautiful comfortable trotPhoto: extended walkPhoto: Nice throat, intelligent large eyes and large nostrils are all marks of a good working horsePhoto: Sweaty but still gorgeous!Photo: Photo: Sassy and BrassyPhoto: Sassy and Sammy, sadly there is no amount of food or supplements that will ever make him look like that, then again he's not a QH.I still wish he'd  get a butt.Photo: Sassy and Nora were racingPhoto: Our very first training lesson: no idea what I'm asking for. Also with no muscle/tone. An unbalanced trot is not comfy and she kept trying to cut the corners and go back to the barn constantly. By the end she wouldn't even look at the barn or other horses during lessons.Photo: Her dreadful early headset, she'd never been taught how to yield or collect then.Photo: She was very confused and unhappy. Once she knew what I wanted and how to learn things, she was a much much happier horse when ridden. This is just an example of how a horse can be 'broke' but not 'trained'.Photo: And Sassy entering a September or august lesson.Photo: Once Sassy started to know what I was asking her to do, she was more than willing to preform.Photo: Standing nicely and politely while working on posing for picturesPhoto: Sassy: October update. Sassy will now do this and stop and back using a halter and lead rope.Photo: It was impossible to get her all squared up for the picture, as soon as she'd be standing squared we back away and she'd think she should follow us! Also that's not dirt on her that's her coat coloringPhoto: Cantering from her hindquarters and getting  lead change going- getting some power going!Photo: A beautiful balanced trot! And less of a hay belly!Photo: Look at that color! what a goofballPhoto: When I got her she didn't neck rein at all, she didn't stand for mounting or under saddle, she tossed her head, swished her tail constantly, cut corners and sidestepped, she didn't back to know leg cues at all, she'd never collected or been ridden bareback. Now look at her, I'm very proud of her and would be amazed to see her at a professional.Photo: Just loving on SassyPhoto: Sassy in the fall. We give our horses diatomaceous earth and it's made all of their coats nicer, and mane, tail and forlocks longer!Photo: I wish our pasture was bigger so I could actually open her up! Once her engine finally gets revved up she can really go!Photo: Photo: Turning in to mom for a good shot.Photo: Foundation bred all the wayPhoto: Our big girl (I'm 5'7'')Photo: Photo: Photo: This sums up what sassy knew  when I got herPhoto: Sassy during lesson twoPhoto: Sassy a month or two inPhoto: Extended stridesPhoto: I vetoed this head set immediately,  once she learned a new way she was much happierPhoto: She also had no idea what standing nicely without being held meant.Photo: A week or so in just  doing some laps to build musclePhoto: One pretty ladyPhoto: Standing and waiting for ordersPhoto: My hat kept threatening to fly offPhoto: Having fun blowing off some steam during a cooler lesson.Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Going though the cones in a barrel patternPhoto: Photo: Sweaty girl focused during a lessonPhoto: During the training and conditioning process. Getting rid of that hay belly and developing some muscles! (And learning how to stand squared) Sweaty and tired but proudPhoto: Oh hey! What are you doing over there?