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Postby StraightForward » Sun Aug 05, 2018 2:06 pm

I did not want another 2 year old!

But, I got an offer to trade Pickle for this one, so here we are. :lol: We spent all day on the road yesterday to meet halfway between Boise and Spokane to make this horse swap.

This is Tesla - so named because my husband saw the video and said he liked the Tesla logo on her face. She is registered with Westphalen, by Don Deluxe out of a Weltmeyer mare, and is pretty much a baby giraffe (16.2 and measuring to fit a 75" blanket) at this point and won't be doing much before next summer. She was lightly backed a few weeks ago and has worn a big western saddle, so at least we have a good idea that she will handle that OK.

She was understandably a ball of nerves when she finally got off the trailer last night, but she was settling in nicely when I went to check her about 2 hours later. No spooking, no screaming or carrying on and seemed to enjoy my company already.

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Postby musical comedy » Sun Aug 05, 2018 3:25 pm

A big congratulations to you SF. What plans do they have for Pickle, do you know? New mare looks like a very nice mover. Best wishes.

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Postby StraightForward » Sun Aug 05, 2018 3:31 pm

musical comedy wrote:A big congratulations to you SF. What plans do they have for Pickle, do you know? New mare looks like a very nice mover. Best wishes.


Pickle will be used as a broodmare.
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Postby Tsavo » Sun Aug 05, 2018 4:21 pm

Congratulations on your lovely baby mare!

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Postby Bip » Sun Aug 05, 2018 7:27 pm

She is beautiful, congrats!

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Postby Moutaineer » Sun Aug 05, 2018 9:02 pm

Oooh, she's nice! Very elegant.

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Postby KathyK » Sun Aug 05, 2018 11:51 pm

Very exciting! She's lovely.

I'm hoping to have a big announcement within the week. Stay tuned...

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Postby StraightForward » Mon Aug 06, 2018 2:23 am

KathyK wrote:I'm hoping to have a big announcement within the week. Stay tuned...


Exciting Kathy, I will keep my fingers crossed for you!
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Postby Chisamba » Mon Aug 06, 2018 3:42 am

Congratulations

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Postby PaulaO » Mon Aug 06, 2018 12:50 pm

Can't beat a red headed mare! LOL She has a wonderful floaty trot. Congratulations! I love her name.

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Postby Rosie B » Mon Aug 06, 2018 2:46 pm

She's stunning SF!!! Wishing you sunshine, rainbows, and an easy path forward with her. You deserve it.

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Postby demi » Mon Aug 06, 2018 4:21 pm

What a fun announcement, SF! She is an elegant young mare.

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Postby Sue B » Mon Aug 06, 2018 4:36 pm

Holy Cow! Congratulations!!!

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Postby Koolkat » Mon Aug 06, 2018 4:59 pm

She's still a bit of the gangly teenager, she's going to be big! And beautiful! Congrats!

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Postby Ponichiwa » Mon Aug 06, 2018 8:34 pm

Congratulations! What exciting times.

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Postby khall » Mon Aug 06, 2018 9:19 pm

Very nice SF! Glad you found a solution for Pickles.

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Postby Moutaineer » Mon Aug 06, 2018 10:17 pm

khall wrote:Very nice SF! Glad you found a solution for Pickles.


Yes, that must be a huge relief. It's so darned stressful when you have one that isn't working out and you are trying to do right by it, but, frankly, also get it off the payroll.

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Postby Flight » Mon Aug 06, 2018 11:55 pm

She looks really nice, great that you have found something for Pickle too.

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Postby piedmontfields » Tue Aug 07, 2018 1:45 am

I think you may have gotten the good end of the deal! She looks quite lovely even during the "awkward" year. I look forward to more updates. And she sort of "matches" Anna (in a giant way).

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Postby StraightForward » Tue Aug 07, 2018 2:19 am

Moutaineer, yes, it's a relief quite honestly, to have her gone. I told my husband I must have shed all my tears for that horse because I didn't even feel sad as we drove away. I do hope I get to see what she produces.

piedmontfields wrote:I think you may have gotten the good end of the deal! She looks quite lovely even during the "awkward" year. I look forward to more updates. And she sort of "matches" Anna (in a giant way).


Well, I hope so anyway! She is pretty much all knees and elbows right now, but I think she'll start looking quite nice next year. :)

I didn't notice until I saw the second photo in larger format, but Annabelle is photo-bombing quite perfectly just over her back. I daresay she is wondering who this interloper is.

I think I've sorted out her feed situation, and she was set to get some solo turnout time this afternoon. I don't mind that she's a touch underweight given her size, but I wouldn't mind if she puts on a few before winter and gets a little bloom to her coat. Next up is a bath and getting her feet in order. I took off the worst of the chips off one front this morning, but she wasn't too keen on standing still with all the barn activities going on. So I'm working out just how well she ties, handles her feet and all that.
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Postby Tuddy » Tue Aug 07, 2018 1:43 pm

She is gorgeous!

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Postby Kelo » Tue Aug 07, 2018 7:59 pm

Pretty! Congrats!

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Postby heddylamar » Tue Aug 07, 2018 11:13 pm

WOW she's lanky! Congrats!

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Postby Silverado » Wed Aug 08, 2018 2:37 am

Gorgeous!!!! Congrats!!! She is lovely!!!

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Postby Kyra's Mom » Wed Aug 08, 2018 4:45 am

Well, to be fair, pics are from her just off the trailer after what, 12hrs? on the road.

I would be teaching the head down cue pretty darn fast ;) .

Can't wait to see her in person.

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Postby redsoxluvr » Thu Aug 09, 2018 4:40 am

Congrats, and best wshes!

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Postby Xanthoria » Thu Aug 09, 2018 4:57 pm

Congratulations!!!

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Postby chantal » Thu Aug 09, 2018 9:49 pm

She's really pretty, and I love the name Tesla. Full disclosure, it's our dog's name. :)

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Postby Chisamba » Thu Aug 09, 2018 11:40 pm

I found a vid of her as a foal on Facebook, joke...https://m.facebook.com/story.php?story_ ... =746169174

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Postby StraightForward » Fri Aug 10, 2018 3:47 am

Aww, Chisamba, the link didn't work. :(

I think I am going to like this girl. She seems to love all the attention she is getting, and is turning into a love bug. It's kind of hard to get photos of her because she's always sidling up to me.

Yesterday she got a bath, which she handled quite well, and today her personalized Hybrid Halter arrived and is perfect on her (thanks Susan for the recommendation). Now we can start a little bit of ground work - I have a membership to Tristan Tucker's program since I was trying to help Pickle out using his techniques. I plan to review the videos and start on some of the basics this weekend.

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Postby Kyra's Mom » Fri Aug 10, 2018 4:17 am

She is looking better already after that long haul (rehydrated and a little meat on). LOVE the halter. Now I have to get one. Well, a leather one. I already have a nylon one and love it.

She does look like a love. She has a soft but curious eye.

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Postby StraightForward » Fri Aug 10, 2018 4:48 am

Since the leather one qualified for free shipping, the cost wasn't much different. I'm glad I was able to see that Kyra is in an Average, so she definitely needed a Large. I can actually squeeze her into Annabelle's cob halter, but this one leaves her room to grow a little more.

I might need to get one for Annabelle - she has been kind of rude and bargey lately. :roll:
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Postby Chisamba » Fri Aug 10, 2018 10:25 am

https://youtu.be/Uahi2RQ2tt0
Sorry I looked on you tube maybe this one will.

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Postby Chisamba » Fri Aug 10, 2018 10:27 am

She is looking more filled already, and she looks kind.

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Postby Rosie B » Fri Aug 10, 2018 11:59 am

LOL Chisamba that video was great.

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Postby StraightForward » Fri Aug 10, 2018 12:56 pm

Chisamba wrote:https://youtu.be/Uahi2RQ2tt0
Sorry I looked on you tube maybe this one will.


LOL, probably not far off. Cute!
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Postby Koolkat » Fri Aug 10, 2018 5:40 pm

Chisamba wrote:https://youtu.be/Uahi2RQ2tt0
Sorry I looked on you tube maybe this one will.


Now that's an uphill mover!!


OMG, so cute. I want one!

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Postby StraightForward » Sat Oct 06, 2018 3:03 am

Baby Giraffe was quite full of it today. She is usually a pretty mellow girl, but between lack of turnout while they finish the final pasture irrigation of the year, and the cooler weather, she was ready to go tonight. I don't usually encourage her to run around in the arena, but today I'd pulled Annabelle's saddle and left her in the arena, went and grabbed Tesla and tossed her out there. She immediately ran over and kicked Annabelle in the stifle :shock: After holding her leg in the air for a couple minutes, Annabelle seemed to be fine, so I promptly put her away and encouraged Baby G to burn off her naughtier inclinations. I will not be turning them out together again before the show next weekend!

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Postby Silverado » Sun Oct 07, 2018 4:37 pm

Love her!!! She is stunning!!!


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