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Date:7/10/2014 6:21:07 AM
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That's awesome that you gave Karen a good ride, Paige. I would love to ride you sometime :).......
Yesterday was a fun day!! I went over to Sharon after lunch and was there until 4. There was about 9 other people there. We did barrels, flag race, egg n spoon, and keyhole. It was too windy to do the poles :(

They weren't awarding ribbons, but Sweet Pea won FIRST PLACE in the barrel racing and in the egg n spoon!! I wasn't surprised in the barrels, but she usually does horrible in the egg n spoon. She's not the calmest horse LOL.

There was a colt there that was born the same spring as Flicka, and will be 3 in the spring. They were riding him bareback already, and cantering and everything. So what do you all think? Sharon thinks I could be riding Flicka as much as I do Sweet Pea (like every other day) on trails and stuff, but everybody else (books, magazines, etc) say wait until they are 3.

One instance I'm thinking "well, sure. I'll start her off with Kayla (60 lbs.) bareback and just stay on the property at a walk/trot."

Then the next moment, "no. She's not near big enough or strong enough to carry a rider. I should just wait until she's 3, then I don't have to be afraid of hurting her."

SOOOOO, as you can tell....I need advice. So, even if you've never started a horse before, tell me what you think!!

Would it be ok to start Kayla on her now and take it reeeeaaaalllly slow, just bareback and a snaffle, and get her used to carrying weight and staying balanced (cause I think its going to take her longer to carry herself and a rider nicely-she's so clumsy!) and go now faster than a trot....

OR

stay off of her until she's 3?

I'm looking forward to hearing what you have to say!! Also, shall I start her in a snaffle or (mechanical) hackamore?

I worked with her a little when I got home yesterday; ground-tying (GR8), trotting over poles (didn't touch them-made a clucking sound as she went over them so she learns to associate the noise w/ lifting her feet higher), and moving away from light pressure (hindquarters over, back up).

So that was my day! I hope yours was as great!!

Looking forward to your advice!!

Happy Trails,
Andrea

If you didn't already, please check out STARLIGHT's page!! I'm uploading some more pictures soon, so check back for more!

? And don't forget to vote for Cowboy & TRIGGER for jan. HOTM....?
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