Annwylid Dare to Dream

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Annwylid Dare to Dream

Postby exvet » Sun Aug 20, 2017 10:39 pm

I feel like I'm finally starting to get back into 'my groove' again. Though I had not given up on the whole dressage thing, the stinker pony got injured and the mustang is just too dang good of a trail horse and not one bit interested in dressage; so, there I waited for Jr to come of age. My last riding lesson was back in January on the stinker who is now retired. With Jr, I've been doing my usual program of in hand training, tons of ground work, ground driving and long lining along with some lounging. I've mounted him hundreds of times, sat on him just hanging out and finally we started the pony rides. We're getting the steering from the back/saddle down, finally getting the idea of moving off the leg and developing forward without a Yahoo! forward. Trotting under saddle will come next and soon; but, for now I thought I'd share the 3 days, 3 weeks, 3 months and 3 years to under saddle. For those who don't remember, Annwylid Dare to Dream (aks Jr) is by my former stallion, who my daughter now owns, and out of another stinker pony (section C welsh cob mare) that was given to me as a result of her 'dubious' past. The cross turned out so nice the first time that I repeated it and this is THE one I kept. I hope to be able to get some video at some point because I'm very happy with this movement; but, even if I wasn't I'm thrilled with his disposition.......or at least how it turned out. This is the little guy who at 5 months kicked me in the face, shattering my check, brow and nose. Thankfully I healed and he grew up to be a very level headed, people-oriented pony.



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Re: Annwylid Dare to Dream

Postby piedmontfields » Mon Aug 21, 2017 1:06 am

Wow--what an update! I am very sad to hear about stinker pony. Is it something where you might check back after piles of turnout or truly over for work? You work with him was amazing and he was lucky to have landed with you understanding his needs/demons.

Mr Dare to Dream is truly handsome. Wishing you joy on this next journey.

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Postby Josette » Mon Aug 21, 2017 12:06 pm

Oh my, JR has grown up so fast! He is a handsome boy. Set backs are very hard but time moves on and it looks like you will be busy training this youngster. I'm very sorry to hear about stinker pony - I enjoyed your journey with him.

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Re: Annwylid Dare to Dream

Postby exvet » Mon Aug 21, 2017 12:32 pm

Thank you both. Stinker was injured in turn out by Jr and rough play. I'm not sure if in time he'll be able to resume trail riding or possibly we'll see if he'll let us try to drive him (which is what he was bred for). Either way he's the perfect babysitter and pet so while we won't be working on dressage any more, he'll always have a home with me. Jr is in desperate need of a job; so, the focus was going to shift sooner or later just wished it wasn't a need and would have rather it had been a 'want' if you know what I mean.

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Postby Josette » Mon Aug 21, 2017 1:53 pm

I so understand about the circumstances. Years ago, I had to retire my PT/QH due to navicular (tried injections, various shoes, barefoot). What a wonderful mind he had for dressage - loved the ring work and good on trails. He looks more like a spotted Lippizan as he is built up hill in front, large shoulders and butt at 15.1 hands. Big gaits with extended trot and rolling canter. German clinicians really impressed with his work ethic and really liked him. However, little feet on big horses do not end well. :(

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Re: Annwylid Dare to Dream

Postby khall » Mon Aug 21, 2017 7:31 pm

I'm so sorry about Stinker Pony exvet, good on you with Jr though! Much farther along than I am with my 3 yr old. Is he still a stallion? I hope his training as a eventual dressage pony is smooth and uneventful.

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Re: Annwylid Dare to Dream

Postby quinta » Mon Aug 21, 2017 8:13 pm

So much personality in that face! Sorry about stinker, but love seeing the progress with Jr. Tell him his red cousin says 'hi' from Canada!

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Re: Annwylid Dare to Dream

Postby exvet » Tue Aug 22, 2017 12:38 am

Yes, quinta, he's a true welsh cob and typical in terms of that pony character. I'll say hi for Autumn and please give her a hug from us. khall, the nice thing about 3 year olds is that you really don't have to do too much with them. It's really at age 4 that they start to develop and the catch-up time is like nothing. I just need something to work with and he's starting to mature enough to get it started; otherwise, waiting a few more months until he's 4 wouldn't hurt anyone or hold us back. Thank you for the well wishes on the training too.

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Postby demi » Tue Aug 22, 2017 3:24 pm

Glad to hear you're getting back into your groove. Jr is a neat, neat pony and it will be enjoyable to watch him progress. We will see not just his own progress, but the results of all of your experience before him. Sorry to hear about the stinker pony but glad to know he always has a home with you.

I especially like being able to watch Jr's progress from just a 3 week old baby. All the things you are doing with him right now are so important to his future as a dressage horse. It is easy to forget that dressage involves so much more than gaits and movements in a 20X60 m arena. We know that Jr was bred carefully for temperament, but that temperament has to be carefully developed and it starts when they are foals. Personally, I love the journey. Not just my own, but other's journeys as well.

Thanks for sharing!

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Re: Annwylid Dare to Dream

Postby exvet » Wed Aug 23, 2017 12:41 pm

I appreciate all that has been said and it is so true about being careful especially with the ones that seem born broke. I too cherish the training process and journey especially from the beginning. The woman who bought one of my 2012 babies (one of the twisted sista's for those who remember) commented on how she had to be careful starting her because she was so easy and so willing. It is still so easy to overface her. She has grown into a very nice mare and mount for her owner. This guy is similar. Like many horses welsh cobs never forget and that's both the good and the bad. It's going to be fun developing this guy. This winter we'll be focusing on trail riding. I will be moving in a little over a month (keeping this house for my son to live in until he's done with school) to a horse property that is only 0.3 miles from a preserve with endless well maintained trails. My plan is relatively unchanged from how I've done this before but to be sure, this guy like those before him will test my tool box, probably not in a bad way; but, each one gives me new tools to add........LOL.....

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Re: Annwylid Dare to Dream

Postby Chisamba » Fri Aug 25, 2017 2:51 pm

I think there is definitely a certain temperament of horse that needs to work sooner rather than later. People forget that if and when horses were wild or feral, they covered many many miles over varied terrein from birth to adulthood. Yes, putting weight on their back changes that, but if you only have a few acres of paddock, keeping young horses without getting some miles on them does no good, in fact i have grown to believe it does harm.

i am a proponent of ponying young horses for miles if you can, and if you cannot, start to leg them up sooner rather than later. human athletes train from a young age, but some how we expect horses to turn from fat pasture baggage to athletes at a certain age. peculiar are we

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Re: Annwylid Dare to Dream

Postby Chisamba » Fri Aug 25, 2017 2:53 pm

PS, i think he looks very handsome, and remarkably balanced at three

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Re: Annwylid Dare to Dream

Postby exvet » Sat Aug 26, 2017 1:43 pm

I agree with you Chisamba, particularly for horses raised in this part of the country. The youngstock I've produced by this stallion have all been well balanced throughout their 'growing' years. The stallion was similar. I'm waiting to see how much he fills out because right now he's still on the 'puny' side of true 'welshcobdom' LOL.

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Re: Annwylid Dare to Dream

Postby exvet » Sat Aug 26, 2017 5:36 pm

Rode Jr. today and he continues to pick up new things well and progress. I'm so grateful that he's willing to try and answer most questions immediately when asked. We may try trotting under saddle tomorrow. We'll have to see but today I almost did it. He had already tackled new topics without issue that I decided to end on a good note and move on to the mustang who is a hole 'nuther story - not bad, and actually that one keeps me giggling - but a totally 'different' mind. Thought I'd throw in some pictures of Jr at 3 days of age (He looks so sweet but his mother earned the medal of sainthood with this one LOL) and now (taken last weekend).

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Re: Annwylid Dare to Dream

Postby exvet » Sun Aug 27, 2017 4:41 pm

Woo Hoo! and NO YaHOO! LOL..........We managed trotting under saddle today and Jr was pretty darn good. This guy has such a pleasant attitude and brain. He really thinks things out. In another couple of months I think we'll be able to join in on the training threads :) :) :)

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Re: Annwylid Dare to Dream

Postby khall » Mon Aug 28, 2017 12:20 am

Way cool!! Good boy JR!

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Re: Annwylid Dare to Dream

Postby Sue B » Mon Aug 28, 2017 3:16 pm

Congratulations exvet! It's so exciting to see your baby progressing.

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Re: Annwylid Dare to Dream

Postby piedmontfields » Tue Aug 29, 2017 1:39 am

Such a great update! I'm very happy for young JR and hope your new home treats you well.

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Re: Annwylid Dare to Dream

Postby exvet » Tue Aug 29, 2017 1:03 pm

Thank you y'all. I may have my 'big' trailer sold today. If the cash comes through then it's a brand new (to me) 2 horse. Once Jr has graduated to trail riding and is taking that in stride I'll be ready for regular lessons again. Definitely looking forward to it; but, for now we'll take it easy in this 110 degree heat.

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Re: Annwylid Dare to Dream

Postby Tuddy » Tue Aug 29, 2017 4:21 pm

Love this! Thanks for sharing!

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Re: Annwylid Dare to Dream

Postby exvet » Wed Aug 30, 2017 1:17 am

Thank you for the support Tuddy. Well as a further update, big 4 horse trailer is sold and just bought a 2-horse trailer. Should be picking it up on Tuesday so now the wheels have been secured, just need a little more time and a lot more patience (because I don't want to push him too far too fast and he's got the personality that would allow it) and in due time we'll be heading on that training path to as far as it takes us.

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Re: Annwylid Dare to Dream

Postby Anne » Thu Aug 31, 2017 5:39 am

Yay for the trailer 'swap' (hopefully with $$ in your direction), and super to see Jr's progress (I remember your post about him doing a job on your face, glad he his manners have since improved!). Hope that you can get out on the trails riding the mustang and ponying Jr? I agree with Chisamba that miles of walking off a pony-horse would probably be *really* good for him. Good luck and keep us updated!

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Re: Annwylid Dare to Dream

Postby exvet » Sun Sep 03, 2017 9:07 pm

I'm not sure the Mustang will relish the idea of ponying Jr. I'd be much more likely to have success with him ponying the stinker pony; but, I agree if I could pull it off safely I'm sure it would do wonders. Jr is progressing nicely (and slowly) under saddle. I hope to be able to get him out on the trails by the time the weather really starts to cool off here, although, it will likely be with me on his back. I was getting ready to tack him up this morning when it became apparent that he's overcome his fear of tarps. I caught him chewing on it this morning. Use to be he wouldn't get near it. Then he stole a carrot when I turned to get his bridle......and he was so sure he was hiding it well too......LOL. You can't see it. I couldn't see it; but, the sucking noise gave it away as well as the fact that it was gone, gone, gone.....

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Re: Annwylid Dare to Dream

Postby khall » Mon Sep 04, 2017 7:26 pm

LOL! exvet, too funny. My DS had that exact same look when he was hiding a large snail in his pocket. No he was not allowed to bring it home!

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Re: Annwylid Dare to Dream

Postby Ryeissa » Wed Sep 13, 2017 8:51 pm

Awwww I'm happy for you and Jr! :)


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