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Thursday, October 2, 2014

WW: Gracie Lately

So you all will see this on Thursday but for me it's still Wednesday, so it counts. :D Charles came out to the barn and took these today (Wednesday October 1st):












She's looking and feeling the best she has since the ringbone diagnosis a few weeks ago.
There's been a lot of change recently and I have several posts started in my Drafts on both Lily and Gracie; I just haven't had time to finish them! Updates to come soon! I promise.

15 comments:

  1. Pretty Mare, I just love her mane.

    (Don't know how my original comment was deleted...)

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    1. Blogger does weird things. And my phone is even worse! It has a mind of it's own when I'm commenting on the go.

      She totally naturally has that ombré look that is "in" right now!

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  2. Nnneeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeerrrrrrrrrrrrmmmmmmmmmm. Those are my sound effects for you. :-D

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  3. Your outfit and tack are coordinated to perfection! Love it :)

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    1. It's what happens when you have a lot of blue shirts and blue saddle pads! ;)

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  4. Looking forward to more updates and also a peek at the leaves eventually changing!

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    1. Yes! The trees in New England and the mountains of VA and WV are at peak right now but ours are taking their time. There will be pics when it happens! I remember how much you enjoyed them last year. :)

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  5. Gracie looks awesome in the photos. Shout out to C for the camera work. What bit are you using on her? Is it specific to gaited horses and did you pick it or did it come with her?

    You look pretty good too.

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    1. Haha thanks Karen!

      The bit is a Weymouth curb with a very low port, which I chose. I had it already in my bit arsenal. Gracie was trained with a Thom Thumb but she wasn't happy in it. When I got her, I put her in my baby mullen mouth pelham with 4" shanks and she was okay enough in it, but she would curl behind it often, which is just another evasion. I wasn't happy with my steering in that bit, so I switched her over to the Weymouth. She's quite happy in it: she chews on it and when we're doing dressagey type work she will foam. She seeks contact in it and it's easy to ride her up into engagement. You can see what I mean in the third photo from the bottom up: her entire front end is lifted as she pushes from behind.

      Why a Weymouth? I learned to ride Paso Finos in low port Weymouths just like this one, and it is the type of bit that was classically used with the Puerto Rican Paso, before the Colombians arrived with their ginormous spoon bits. Your average Paso has the same type of fire that Gracie has, and I figured it would work well for her, and it has had exactly the result I had hoped for. :) I'll go more into this in her update.

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    2. Gaaa! I think Blogger just ate my first comment. Anyway, I'm very interested to hear more about your bit choices. I've been doing some experimenting on Nimo, so I'm especially fascinated by bit info now:)

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    3. Your wish is my command! All the bit talk in my newest post. :)

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  6. She's such a TANK. I love it.

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    1. She is! She's getting beefy in a nice MUSCULAR way! Haha

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  7. Great photos!!!! She is so pretty and looks great! I love the one showing off her lateral gait!

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