My name is Andrea, I used to work at Ride Every Stride and looked after Queenie when I was there(you used to help me out with my riding quite a bit!). I have requested to add you as a friend because I'm wondering if you have any information about coaches.
thank you for the link, Queenrider-I will have to get one of the books, looks like a good read! I can't seem to find any Equalizer anywhere, so will try to find something equivalent-I'm trying to follow your advice on Bismarks weight-by looking at your horse, it's very obvious you know what you're talking about! thanks as always!
I've noticed that with Bis, too-he's so much like a kid, pushes me from time to time, and he does respond to my tone of voice-sometimes he'll nip, and as soon as he does, he yanks that head back and looks at me with wide open eyes, he knows he wasn't supposed to do that, but usually I just scold him and he settles down. He goes nuts over peppermint, too-lol. thank you for your input about everything, including how to register him in my name.I'm so glad I found some other owners of these little marvels!
that is a neat story! I had bought a quarter horse last feb., and kept him at the same farm where Bismark was-everybody was afraid of him, because he was kinda scary looking, I guess, you know how they have that overwhelming appearance, an he was just being friendly, but he was kinda pushy. His previous rider, a high school girl, had not been riding him in a long while (going to college). Bismark would interfere so much when I was with my quarter horse, that I had to take the time to teach him not to be pushy, and the more I fooled with him, the more I came to love him. I thought he was a little Friesian,a breed I always dreamed of owning-lol. Anyway, I told the farm owner that if she ever heard of them wanting to sell him, please let me know, although I figured I'd have to sell a kidney to afford him! It wasn't a week until I got a call from the owners-they were making me a really good price to begin with, they mainly wanted someone to baby him, and keep him where they could visit him. Long story short, I donated my quarter horse to a drug prevention program for youths, and a couple weeks later, the folks gave me Bis on my birthday! I loved my quarter horse, but the interaction wasn't there like it is with Bismark. He fascinates me!
Thanks for posting the info about the John Lasseter clinic. He is a wonderful coach... we really enjoyed auditing the clinic on the days that we went. It would be great if you could post again when he is coming back for another clinic. I would definitely be interested in bringing 'The Squirt' (who is soon going to need a new nickname *lol*) for some long-lining work, and possibly borrow a more experienced horse to bring to ride... assuming that I can arrange trailering etc.
Hi! It sounds like you are going to have to invent some fun for Scooter so that he doesn't get bored, eh?! ;) My lad is the same way... he wants to have something to do. He made quite a fuss in his stall the one day of the show that he only had one class... but once he got out and was worked, then he'd settle down nicely. He does occasionally test what he can get away with though, little stinker. He also seems to have quite a sense of humour!
We plan to wait until our wee lad is four before we start any serious work with him too. I want him to finish most of his growing and find his own balance before doing too much with a rider on him. In the meantime, there are plenty of "monsters" to conquer... the latest was the wrapper from a pack of dog treats! Tarps, balls, bags, flags... no problem... crinkly foil wrapper, eeek! He also still doesn't fully trust umbrellas... he gives them the "stink eye". *lol*