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Ide's Pride and her new mom Kacy LaBerge of Georgia, VT. July 28, 2007

Ides Pride and her new mom Kacy LaBerge of Georgia, VT. July 28, 2007

 

Ides Pride and Kacy. July 12, 2007

Ides Pride and Kacy. July 12, 2007

 

 

 

Ides Pride was a Prospect Horse For Sale in June 2007.

Ides Pride was a Prospect Horse For Sale in June 2007. Click here to see her Prospect Horse For Sale photos.

 

 

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Ides Pride aka "Seary"

October 1, 2007

Hello Elizabeth,
I wanted to give you and update on Seary's progress. She is doing great, she has been in professional training for almost 60 days now. She can walk, trot & canter both directions quietly. I think that whoa is her favorite word, because she would prefer to walk and doesn't see the sense in going any faster. We have done a lot of circle work to get her balanced and to teach her to bend. It was a tough first 30 days as she did not want to bend to the left. Her only protest was popping her head up to avoid using her body.

She has never attempted anything naughty under saddle, she is so sweet. She stands quietly to be mounted and remains still until I ask her to go. We are working on her leads right now as she is having a hard time with the left lead. She has shown that with practice she can do anything. I also read your training notes on worming and she has finally started to pick up weight. You can just barely see her ribs at this point. My trainer also suggested a rice bran that has also helped out tremendously. Her feet are being done again next week and they are looking more and more like horse feet every time! I am working on getting you a video and more photos to post.

I couldn't be happier and I am so excited. I plan on keeping her in training thru the winter and possible taking her to a few events in the spring. We will probably start her over fences in a month or two, but that is really up to her and what she is ready for. I am taking my time with her because I really am about the end result and to me that is a well rounded horse!

I am planning on taking her out on a few trail rides this week as Bow hunting season starts this weekend so it becomes to dangerous to trail ride up here at that time of year.

I hope all is well with you and the farm and I look forward to future training notes!

Thanks,
Kacy & Seary

Elizabeth's Training Note:
Getting the horse to bend to the right is very common problem. Right or left, the method to correct this problem is the same. You cannot pull the horse around with the inside rein or they will drop their shoulder and fall inward - or make a 180 turn. You must instead PUSH the horse, with your inside leg, into the outside supporting rein. Open and raise the inside rein. A short crop tapped on the inside shoulder helps to push the horse upright and into the outside rein and not allow the horse to drop the shoulder and collapse to the inside. Better explanations may be found in many dressage books.

August 10, 2007

Ides Pride at the GMHA horse show.
Ides Pride at the GMHA horse show.

July 12, 2007

Ides Pride and Kacy. July 12, 2007

Hello Elizabeth,

Hope all is well with you.

So today we had our first bending lesson. I was very impressed with her willingness. Not only does she love to work but she wants to please. We walked over ground polls and between cones. She is pretty much unflappable so far. My last OTTB was more resistant to the long and low thing. Seary seems to prefer it and naturally knows how.

When I was teaching her to lounge I was once again surprised that she preferred going to the right... my past experience was the opposite.

She is not very fond of mane pulling or banding for that matter. I am trying to train her mane to be on the right side and she really does not enjoy the process. We have also been working with clippers about every other day. She has no issues with her legs or her bridle path.. just the ears and nose. I am sure she will eventually trust me enough to allow me to do it.. until then we do a little at a time.

So that's our update for now. We have another 2-3 weeks before my trainer is fully recovered from having her first child...then its off to boot camp!!

Kacy & Seary

June 29, 2007

Former Prospect Horse For Sale - Ide's Pride and her new mom Kacy LaBerge of Georgia, VT. July 28, 2007

MY trainer is very impressed and thinks that she will be a great re-school! Although I must tell you the majority of my barn is Quarter horse people... so they all picked on me last night and couldn't believe I haven't learned my lesson.
I guess for me its about giving something back to an animal that for my entire life has given me so much.... joy, pain, confidence and companionship!!
Thanks again!
Kacy

June 28, 2007

Elizabeth,
She arrived on our farm today in good shape. She came of the trailer with no issues and did the normal where am I!! She is very nice definitely in heat but for the most part she is sweet. I am sure she will settle more as time goes on. I was a bit surprised to find that she wasn't as big as I thought. I think she is just shy of 16 hands, beautiful all the same! I will keep you posted as we go along and as she settles into her new routine!

Thank you again for all of your help, I am so excited for the future !!

Thanks,
Kacy & Seary

SOLD! Congratulations to Kacy LaBerge of Georgia, Vermont

Ides Pride was a Prospect Horse For Sale in June 2007. Click here to see her Prospect Horse For Sale photos.

Ides Pride was a Prospect Horse For Sale in June 2007.


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