lurath: teephs (Saber)
I know, I know: I seem to be attracted to chestnut mares now (it's parasitic, I tells you), but this mustang in the holding pen has such an expressive-looking face. And kind of a grumpy expression. Like "why the F are you chasing me around, you turds?!"

Sigh. She looks like a really nice horse. And 2-3 years old would be a great age to get a mustang.

Why can't I have money and land and the life I want right NOW already?!
lurath: teephs (Saber)
What is a Shagya?

Today’s Shagya, also called a Shagya-Arabian because of the heavy influence of Arabians on the breed, is a rare, but versatile sport horse equally at home at dressage, eventing, show jumping, hunting, endurance riding, harness, or pleasure riding.

The breed was started in 1789 when the Hungarian military set out to develop a new breed of horse that combined the very best of Bedouin Arabians: elegance, endurance, hardiness, athleticism, temperament, and devotion to their rider, but with larger size, jumping ability, and riding ease to master the rigors and versatility of a cavalry horse. The intent of the program was to develop a superior cavalry horse that was equally at home under saddle and in harness and that could be used to improve other breeds as well.

The breeding program started at the Imperial Stud at Babolna, Hungary. Desertbred Arabian stallions of the correct size and type were bred to carefully selected native southeastern European mares which in turn were largely descended from Arabian stock. Careful records were kept from the very outset, not just of the pedigree and size and performance of the individual horses, but of the breeding quality and performance of their offspring.

Right from the outset, performance testing was regarded as essential. Both mares and stallions were put through rigorous tests, including dressage, a 10-day 480 mile ride across plains, forests and mountains, 2-mile sprints, and long distance driving. Careful records were kept of the horse’s jumping, speed, condition, and disposition. New stallions were rigorously progeny tested, including breeding to 30 mares a year for 3 years, the mares differing in quality. Ten were of low quality, ten of average quality, and ten high quality. The offspring were carefully reviewed by committee, and if any did not meet the standards, the entire group was sold off. Any mare or stallion that did not meeting the high standards were culled and sold at auction, ensuring that only high performance bloodlines were used in the breeding program.

Through time, elite desertbred Arabians were carefully added to the bloodlines, and English Thoroughbreds and Lippizaners were occasionally included in the breeding mix to help improve size, movement, and riding qualities.

It was only through a controlled breeding and testing program at military studs such as Babolna as well as later at other State studs in what was the Austro-Hungarian Empire at Radautz (now Romania), Topolcianky (now Slovakia), Mangalia (now Romania), Mezohegyes (Hungary), Kabijuk (now Bulgaria), and Piber, (Austria), and rigorous selection and culling, that the desired type and character of the Shagya breed were developed and individuals would breed true to type. So successful was the breeding program that the Hapsburg’s Imperial Guard in Vienna and the Royal Guard in Budapest were mounted on Shagyas, and Shagyas were the cavalry officer’s horse of choice.

The breed’s name comes from a magnificent Bedouin stallion named Shagya, born in 1810, bred (from Kehilan and Slglavy strains) and raised by the Bani Saher tribe in Syria and obtained by Hapsburg monarchy in 1836 at age 26 to stand at stud in Babolna. This magnificent stallion was renowned in his day not only for his perfect size, type, and movement, but also for his ability as a sire to pass on these qualities to his offspring. Today, virtually every Shagya breeding line has his blood somewhere in it.

The characteristics of the Shagya are well established, and details of the desired color, conformation, gait and movement, jumping and rideability, temperament, and health are detailed in Breeding and Registration Goals. The Shagya should have the appearance of a beautiful, elegant, and harmonious riding horse with correctness of gaits and movements, who enjoys jumping and has good jumping ability, has pleasant rhythm and rideability, is trusting, good natured, and willing to learn, and has robust health, longevity, and fertility with stamina and frugality.

World War I was devastating for the breed, and the stud at Radautz was dispersed at the end of hostilities. World War II was even worse, yet the flagship stud at Bablona as well as state studs at Topolcianky (now Slovakia), Radowce and Slatina (now Romania), and Kabijuk (now Bulgaria) have managed to recover.

Today, Shagya breeding has expanded to include private owners throughout Europe (Germany, Austria, Hungary, Denmark, Switzerland, Slovakia, the Czech Republic, France, Norway, Sweden), the United States, and Venezuela. The International Shagya Gesellschaft e.v. (registry) has been established to preserve the goals of Shagya breeding, preserve Shagya bloodlines, and promote performance testing to preserve the essential qualities that make the Shagya the outstanding all-around horse that it is.

Although there is no longer a military need for Shagyas, all the noble qualities the breed possesses, elegance, endurance, temperament, devotion to their rider, rideability, hardiness, athleticism, size, and jumping ability make it an ideal horse for dressage, eventing, show jumping, hunting, endurance riding, harness, or pleasure riding.
lurath: teephs (Saber)
Watching Tevis rankings right now. Interesting stuff.

LV Integrity = an older Arabian horse with 34 100-mile completions for endurance.

8215 recorded miles with 12 BCs! Wowza.

He's 20 and looks incredible.

He has Bask on both sides (Deli does too, but one further generation back and only on one side) and Bay El Bey.

I'm saving this pedigree because I really want to do some research for horses that KEEP GOING. Not that I need a horse that can do that many 100 milers, but long-term soundness is a THING I WANT.

Though to be perfectly honest, Deli would probably be one of those ever-sound ponies if she didn't get in accidents. Her conformation is good enough. She's got straight legs and an incredible sporthorse shoulder/humerus combination. The only issues she's had that were not related to traumatic accidents that were 90% of the time caused by another horse has been two very minor stone bruises and one minor abscess, all of which made her off for about 3 days. Even her splint was from a kick by another horse (thank GOD it was just her splint bone that was fractured, right?!) that I SAW happen. She does have sensitive skin and reacts worse to bites and stings and flies around her eyes, so that's something. So far she has come back from all her injuries, but I think weaknesses are stacking on weaknesses now after all her injuries. Not surprising. The fact that she's HAD so many injuries and I'm still re-habbing her for more riding right now must say something about her solidness. I'm not sure what she's going to be able to do in the future, or how she will hold up to hard work now. I guess we shall see. She does seem to STAY more comfortable when she is getting good exercise and is in shape, as you would expect.
lurath: teephs (Saber)
Isn't it just nuts this is the first time I've looked at this?

I knew she had Bask... but I've never spent much time researching stallions/mares (except for Shagyas, which I've now done a TON of research on). From what I can see on her sire's side, they are VERY polish. Which is pretty obvious when you look at her.

No idea about the Saddlebred side.
lurath: teephs (Saber)
I've still been longing for my own backyard barn. Seriously. It's become somewhat of an obsession over the past year. My mind just drifts onto how wonderful it would be, and I get depressed... I'm not a very patient person to begin with, and my current unemployment and money quickly draining from my account is making these desires I have seem even more impossible.

The current barn is still fine, but there are, of course, some things that are not good. The barn owner is rather inflexible in some respects. And I'm also starting to feel taken advantage of when I'm feeding and cleaning. She will come out and be like: "oh, can you lunge my horse? Oh, can you do this chore too?" Something really annoying is that when Brian comes out to the barn with me she immediately latches onto him to perform some chore for her, like taking out her compost. I've told her that is NOT okay, but I have been doing the little side chores she asks me to do as long as they are related to the horses.

That, and the one other boarder is someone I am finding very... neurotic? Anxious? I'm not sure how to describe her. She is a beginner horse-person with a complete greenie MUSTANG. I've been very gentle with her because she takes EVERYTHING personally, but I'm a bit concerned because Deli clearly feels uneasy around her. Case and point, she comes in the other day while I was grooming Deli in the aisle x-ties. Deli gets all tense and steps away from her, but isn't fussing. Then this other boarder takes off her baseball cap and waves it violently around being like "Deli, don't you recognize me?!" Deli spooks and goes backwards, hits the ties, pauses because at this point I have put a hand on her to make her chill, but then this gal freaks out and screams and waves her hands around more, and Deli really bugs out, breaks her halter (it's a break-away), and skedaddles down to the other side of the aisle. I catch her easily and she's calm and well behaved with me, but snorting at this woman like she is crazy (I tend to agree).

I spend about two seconds with the baseball cap and Deli (and waving it around over her head, whacking her with it, etc.) and Deli is totally fine with me. Knowing my horse, this woman giving off anxious feelings all the time is making Deli wary and ready for attack, leading to anxious behavior in my horse.

To top it off, when Deli sat back on the x-ties she stomped down on my foot really badly. walking has been agony for the past couple days when I'm wearing shoes. Which means I haven't been able to do much working out. I really need to get back into regular exercise but things keep happening to make that difficult. It's all very frustrating.

Anyway, the woman was freaked out that the halter was broken. I seriously reassured her that it wasn't a big deal, I had extra breakaway tabs, etc. She went to take care of her horse, and once out of sight Deli was totally calm again. I saddled her intending to do a quick ride. I hopped on and she was going fine, if wiggly and rushy (normal for out of shape Deli). Then the woman walks by without her horse and Deli starts being a complete loon, very tense, nervous, not wanting to turn her back to the woman at all. We did some lateral work to try and focus her. I was able to school her into good attentive behavior, but she remained tense whenever this gal was around, with or without her horse (Deli is buddies with the horse, but it did not feel like herd bound behavior at all). We ended up having a longer ride than planned, and by that time I was nearly passing out from the pain in my foot. Deli basically put all her weight on the very top of my foot where it attaches to my ankle, making putting my heels down (which I do more of when she's being nuts, because I ride with deeper seat then) while wearing shoes agony. If it had been my toes they would have been broken for sure.

The barn owner has suggested I give her lessons, which I am in favor of. My specialty when I was teaching was anxious lacking-confidence adults, and we have an old steady schoolie to use. Of course, the barn also also suggested I give lessons to her for FREE, which I am not okay with given my current financial state. Does $20 for 30 minutes riding sound fair to you guys?

Anyway. There are other annoying things, but those are the big ones this week. Mostly it feels like I am being taken advantage of by the barn owner (also, she borrowed my nibblenet when I first moved in and has yet to return it! WTF) and the other boarder makes me uncomfortable. Particularly since she is handling my horse a lot, and Deli still seem more anxious at this barn than she did in say, Templeton.

I want my own place. I really don't like handling other people's horses much, because I feel all the time I put into training them to behave is wasted. And quite frankly, nobody has the same standards for behavior that I do, and that's annoying. Deli's ground manners had seriously devolved with me being gone most of the time during bar study. They were all amazed with how much better she was within a couple days of me seeing her every day. Well, yes, because clearly nobody else gives a shit about ground manners! Deli is so freaking easy because she's so submissive. One correction with something she already knows she should be doing and she's a perfect angel. And doing all this barn work for OTHER people means less time with Deli.

Luckily her weight is near ideal now. I love seeing rounded-off hip bones!

It is retarded that after visiting my parents and seeing how their whole neighborhood is riddled with trails AND how they live only two miles from my best friend (who I rode with - on a MFT!), AND only 20 minutes from the ocean, their hints that I should move down there are somewhat tempting. Their new house is lovely, and they have a fruit orchard now. Though the idea of living with them is HORRORible, and I hate Southern California. And I would need to take the California bar. If I got a great job down there though, the decision would be easy. Maybe they could build Brian and I a "mother in law" cottage and buy the empty lot above them. They have enough room on their property for some paddocks and run-in sheds, but probably no more than 2 horses. They do live right across the street from a nice boarding barn with a lovely arena though, and there is so much trail access I would never hurt for areas to ride...

lurath: teephs (mustang high five)
Here is what I have so far. Because I'm strange I took photos BEFORE washing stuff that needed it. I'm washing things now, though, that need it (everything is at least a little dusty!). Pictures behind the cut (though I must say the colors are not very true in the photos).

I DO have Paypal, which would be preferred. However, from my friends here I would take check or cash in the mail. Shipping costs paid by you! And I really am willing to take offers. Some of this stuff I am very flexible on the price, other things I am not. I'll keep this page updated, as I know I have more things to drag out of storage. For example, I have more standing wraps and polo wraps and blanket things.

Riders Rasp (as seen here: Used only a couple times, perfectly sharp (and this is the one where you can replace the blades). Great for touch-ups on the barefoot horse. $30 obo.

Simple cordura dressage girth, size 22”. Roller buckles w/o elastic. Well used but still usable! $10 obo.

Fleece with elastic English girth. I think the size says 36” (tag is faded), unsure of brand. Used but in good condition, elastic not stretched out, hardware all in good condition. $25 obo.

Toklat Originals fleece breastplate (convertible to breastcollar), horse sized. Lightly used, still in superb condition. $30 obo.

Green fleece tail wrap. Used but in great condition – fleece isn’t pilled, Velcro in superb condition. $15 obo.

Shires Typhoon High neck medium weight blanket, size 72” (though I would say this would fit a 74” or a bigger-bodied 72” horse, as it is too big/long for my 72” horse). Only used for two weeks last winter, and in perfect condition except for mud on the outside and some hair on the inside (can wash). It’s like this one: . No tears or damage, all hardware intact. $80 obo.

Professional Choice Velcro bell boots, size medium/horse. Used, velcro still in good condition though well-used. $5 obo.

Professional Choice splint boots (horse sized). Neoprene with felted green outer and off-white protection. Dusty, but still very usable with good velcro. $15 obo.

Sleezy Sleepware shoulder guard, medium/horse sized. Used a couple days under a blanket, still in good condition. Royal blue. Identical to this one: . $20 obo.

Matching set of a Roma sweat-wicking square dressage pad and 4 polo wraps. DARK navy with pink ribbon detail. The pad has a fancy “diamond pattern”, and is most like the one found here: , but is a special edition. The pad was used about 10 times, and the polo wraps were used once and stored in a shoebox since then. $40 obo for the set of pad + polos.

Toklat Originals fleece bareback pad in black. Used but still has many years left. Comes with “medium” length fleece and nylon girth/cinch. $20 obo.

Riders International anti-pill and breathable fleece cooler, Size 72”. Dark green. Good condition (used as blanket liner for about a week), but has a small (easy to repair) tear on the front buckle attachment (see photo). Has belly strap and hardware to attach leg straps if wanted. $30.

White felt western/square pad, ¾ inch thickness. Awesome pad, used under an English saddle for a couple months, wicks sweat. $20 obo.

Dover brand thick cotton-with-fill square pad. This is a discontinued version of the Poly Pad ( Lightly used and kind of a dark purple with navy trim color. $30 obo.

A pair of thick standing wrap pillows, light blue colored. Used once. $20 obo.

Ovation half-chaps, size large. Used condition, zippers still work great (washing them now, too!). $25 obo.

Two green wool-blend coolers, size 80”. Used, good quality. There is one high-neck (browband style) with white trim and a slightly thicker low-neck style with green trim. Neither would be appropriate as blanket liners, as they only have buckles/attachments in the front and tail cords. $15 each or $30 for both.

Size #1 WIDE Easyboot Glove. Used Once. $50.

I also have access to several regular #1.5 Easyboot gloves and #1.5 regular Easyboot glove parts – please ask for details.

NEW with tags white full seat breeches. Size 16 (still need to get pictures). $40.

Loose ring rubber mullen. Size 4.5-75” - $15
Full cheek w/ copper mouth. Size 5” - $20
Korsteel eggbutt french link snaffle, w/ curved mouth. Size 5” - $30

Read more... )
lurath: teephs (chestnut mare)
Anyone interested in forming a snarky horse-centric commentary blog (re: fugly, but better)? I have some other people that are interested.

It would be nice to have a group of people with vastly different backgrounds. I could supply legal commentary on the horse slaughter issue, for example, or commentary on exploring barefoot trimming (and snarking about the extreme people in that group).

We could also set up a GoogleAdSense account so there could be some potential to make a small bit of money. Or quite a bit of money if it became popular.

I'm considering inviting an actual equine lawyer, too, if this is something I can rassle up some interest for.
lurath: teephs (Default)
This is for work.

I knew they were bad, obviously.

Yes, these are from an animal welfare organization. But the videos DO speak for themselves. And I've dug into SHARK (the organization) and they are legit. Aggressive, but legit.

Part 1:

Part 2:

Just so you know, looking at Rodeo guidelines -- a lot of the things you see (particularly with the calves) are AGAINST them.
lurath: teephs (chestnut mare)
Now I'm waffling. I had my eyes on the Zilco Marathon. It's still my top contender because I love how adjustable it is, and it would match my breast plate. I could also turn it into a RATHER tame halter side-pull as they have pictured here. I was thinking about getting the sheepskin nose cover anyway, because the Zilco straps are pretty thin and I'd worry they would irritate Deli.

However, this RJ halter-bridle combination is much cheaper, and looks more comfortable. It does not look like the nose-band piece is adjustable though, which could be an issue due to Deli's thick nose. I tend to keep my noseband looser on trails so she can eat more freely, but she still needs something there since she will gap her mouth to avoid the bit if she is being really bad. This company also makes an attractive side pull that I THINK I could attach bit hangers to, which they also sell separately (you see that upper ring? Would that be too high to attach a bit?).

I started looking at the RJ rope tack because I found their reins to be just what I was looking for. I'll probably be getting those whether I get I get the Zilco or the RJ bridle.

So, if cost, comfort (for Deli), adjust-ability, ease-of-use and style were what you were concerned about, which would you go for? I can afford to get the Zilco at this point, but spending less would be better for my overall finances. They both come in royal blue, so that's less of an issue. I am planning on getting bit guards for Deli's trail bridle since I could only find loose-ring versions of the sweet iron french link I got her. That bit should be more comfy for long rides than her dressage bridle, and she usually seems more willing to drink with the bit in if it's copper or sweet iron.

I have my SnugPax pommel bag picked out for purchase too. She is going to look smashing all in blue with her dark dark red coat.
lurath: teephs (mustang high five)
I probably haven't mentioned it, but back when I as looking at competitive lines, I fell in love with KB Omega Fahim. He remains my favorite stud two years later, AND he's an approved Shagya Arabian stud.

I hope he is still producing foals when it comes time for me to buy one -- I'd like one of of his Shagya babies!
lurath: teephs (chestnut mare)
I wanted to amend my desire to find a Dee ring sweet iron french link bit and say that a drop-cheek or baucher/fillis bit french link might work well for my trail bridle too. Or maybe I should think about getting a new leather or synthetic leather bridle for use all the time, since my focus with Deli is definitely going to shift to more trail riding with a dressage base. Someone said this bit + a drop nose band would be ideal for Deli and her face shape, and it will still have some of the qualities I like from the dee ring -- as in putting pressure on the cheeks and not sliding through the mouth.

When Deli was first being ridden she would gape her mouth a LOT, but I've been loosening her noseband lately and have not noticed her gaping at all, so I think it was just her early bit-avoidance. For trails I have been leaving it on it's loosest setting (fitting 3 fingers under it) so she can eat more easily.

Reading Sustainable Dressage makes me think this might be true. BUT the bridle I'm getting for the trails does not have a nose band per say, just the underlying halter whose cheek pieces are not adjustable.

Here is the trail bridle I want, by the way. I need to figure out the color combination I'm going to do. Her color is royal blue so either the halter or headstall needs to be that color. I'm just debating whether the other part should be navy or electric blue.

Either way I'm not going to buy this until I 1. have a summer job and 2. know I'll be able to ride Deli regularly over the summer.

Has anyone used a baucher bit before? Thoughts?

I was also thinking I could just get THIS french-link and slap those hideous ribber bit guards on it. I imagine they will give some rubbery cheek pressure and then Deli's lips will be protected. Plus, it's a cheap bit!

I've only ridden one horse with the rubber guards. No idea if that will work the way I want.

EDIT: OMG! You can gt those bit guards in royal blue! EVERYTHING WOULD MATCH. Here is the a link for future reference. Horse tack-searching is so much more interesting than everything else in my life. Even when I haven't been able to ride her much at all because of the weather!
lurath: teephs (Default)
If anyone finds a 5 inch D-ring sweet iron french link (ideally with a horizontal link) bit for sale online somewhere PLEASE let me know. Medium thickness with curved bars preferred.

I've found some loose rings, but that's it.
lurath: teephs (Deliasnine)
But this month I've had Deli for 5 years.

Hard to believe.

I can still vividly remember that terrible first day she was mine.

On the other hand, look how far we've come! Plus, she's the one that makes me believe in love at first sight. I love that I get to brag about her. She's no schoolmaster but we definitely have a rapport that makes all the ladies at the barn jealous. Although in all honesty, being able to turn herself around on the lunge line by a verbal isn't THAT amazing, but they don't have her juicy big brain to work with.

Also, Leah? I don't think I ever properly thanked you for being so awesome and supportive that first year. So, thanks!
lurath: teephs (chestnut mare)
This is what I need:
"I was wondering if you could suggest a horse organization or two that has basic horse care on their website. We are looking for organizations who are the gold standard in what is good horse care and could be cited to in our legislation as authority as to the basic care a horse needs, which people could not disagree with."

I'm thinking the Humane Society of America and the American Veterinary Medical Association for starters.
lurath: teephs (Default)
These Cavallo pastern wraps might solve my problem if I add the gel pads to the bottom. It doesn't look like they would be affected by her fetlock scar either.

EGADS, what keeps EXPLODING in my neighborhood? 4th of July is long over, Portland-people.
lurath: teephs (Default)
Someone recommended Crazy Ropes to me for a cheap but quality bosals/side pull combination.

When Deli is a BAD BAD girl on the trails I'm not sure having a bit would help (since it's mostly avoidance, balking) and I would love to make it easier for her to eat on the go, too.

I don't particularly like the Dr. Cook bridles and how tight the noseband has to be for them. Deli first trainer said she would ALWAYS need a noseband, but I think that is less true now. I have been leaving my noseband super loose lately to see what she thinks and she has liked it.

I may attach some lead ropes to her rope halter and see how steering works with just that before I decide.

Thoughts? Experiences?
lurath: teephs (chestnut mare)
From Fall 2010

It's been a whirlwind of a week. She's there, she's safe. There are still a number of things making me anxious. I hope I'm overreacting (I usually do when it comes to the safety and well being of my beloved hawk-mare).

More updates and a blog update later when I take my study break. I am DETERMINED to get school work done today so the rest of my week will be more productive and less stressful.

Oh, and I did take her out on the trails today (in hand) and she LOVED THEM.
lurath: teephs (chestnut mare)
Thanks for all your input!

The blog is now live at Red Mare Running, so check it out, comment, follow, whatever.
lurath: teephs (Bigwig)
I want to move to this barn:

But it's too far away. Of course!


There is also a barn that is within reasonable driving distance that supposedly has lots of trails, a dressage trainer, etc. There are two issues: box stalls (big ones) only and it's $500 a month. I think I'm going to go check it out anyway even though I told myself $450 would be the top of my budget — if I get an excellent vibe AND they would be willing to work with me so Deli gets more turnout with other horses... maybe.

I'm disenchanted though and just want to have my pony in my backyard, even if it means no trails or no arena! Meh.
lurath: teephs (mustang high five)
Also, what the hell is it with all these lovely bomb-proof beginner-friendly trail and all-around horses being up on for cheap? It's a serious tease. Most of them even appear to have good conformation!

I hope that means that when I get to go horse shopping again for Brian it will be easy to find him a partner.


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