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We decided to get into horses for trail riding, since there are so many trails near our house. So we got one horse (Sierra). Then we figured one wasn't enough for seven people, so we got another one (Angel).

Angel's full name is El Bay Angelique, she's a purebred Arabian mare. Sierra is an Arabian/Quarter Horse mare.

Here's some pictures...


Sierra, a couple hours before we bought her. Click for full size


Sierra, watching the sunset in her new pasture. Click for full size


Angel, working in the round pen. Click for full size


Angel in the round pen. Click for full size
 

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She is very pretty. I rode an Arab when I was a teenager, this horse was the most smooth trotting horse I'd ever ridden. He was like riding a cloud, he just floated along in a trot or rocked you almost to sleep in his canter. Arabs are wonderful horses.

Currently, I have a small, gaited Paso Fino. She is tiny only about 13.3 hands, which is 55" tall. I needed a smaller, narrower and gaited horse when I began shopping to ride again, so I chose her.

Oh, and I just LOVE the blood bay coloring. It is my absolute favorite! She is also very flashy with all her 'chrome' (white markings). How old are Angel and Sierra?
*Oh, wanted to add...the QH/Arab cross are making great strides as athletic show horses in the last few years.
 

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Ohhhhh me likey! What are your plans for the beauties?
Trail riding, mostly. We haven't really considered any show business or anything, even though Angel is registered. They're pretty green broke, though, so we've been having to train them using Clinton Anderson's videos. It will be a while before we finally get to do any serious endurance riding.

Heidi n Q said:
She is very pretty. I rode an Arab when I was a teenager, this horse was the most smooth trotting horse I'd ever ridden. He was like riding a cloud, he just floated along in a trot or rocked you almost to sleep in his canter. Arabs are wonderful horses.
Yes, Angel does indeed have an extremely smooth trot. I haven't been on her yet, because she's got a problem with spooking, but I've been on Sierra and watched my sister ride Angel. All of her gaits are so smooth.

Heidi n Q said:
How old are Angel and Sierra?
Sierra is seven years old, and Angel is twelve.
 

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7 and 12 are good ages. They are just begining to get into their prime years and can still learn new things. You should have many years of enjoyment from them.

My friend in California (she breeds foundation-bred QHs) has attended several Clinton Anderson clinic-things. Even met him and had her photo taken with him. I get the impression she thinks he is like a Rock Star, she gets all giggle-y when she tells me about him. And she's 40! :lol:
 

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We just acquired a new horse, purebred Arabian Gelding. He's been undergoing Rodeo training, so he's pretty hyper. His original name was JD, we've named him Max temporarily. I'll try to get pictures as soon as I can.

In the meantime, here are some more recent pictures of our mares.

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This is me approaching a mare. This isn't our horse, this mare and her foal were at a ranch we were visiting to look at getting a new horse. (We didn't buy the horse we were looking at.)

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My brother, David, riding Angel and my sister Christina on Sierra.

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David and Angel by the Apple and Cherry trees.

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Angel and I, posing for the camera.

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Angel and I at a trot.

These two pictures are from the day after we acquired Angel.

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Sierra and Angel just getting to know each-other.

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The herd has formed!
 

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What great pictures! I loved seeing the pics of your family enjoying the horses. I think I liked your smile, best. It really shows your enjoyment.

How are hay prices in your area? Although, with all that grass, it looks like you don't need to feed hay until fall/winter. Hay is a little price-y here, but not as bad as other areas of the country. I have to buy huge (900#) round bales. My little mare is an air-fern so I keep her on the Whinney Craig program and measure her feed to her in small increments and timed amounts out on the pasture grass.
 

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The Whinney Craig program........Heidi, that cracked me up big time!!! ROFL!!!

Your place is absolutely gorgeous! And I can just tell you adore those horses, and it's wonderful! Angel is a stunning mare, and looks like she's a sweetheart too!
 

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All that grass is pretty much gone already. By the gate, there's hardly any grass there and everywhere else it's pretty well eaten down.

We loaded 160 bales for $750, however we're not sure it will last the winter.

And yes, Angel is a total sweetheart. I wish I could capture her personality on camera. She is so adorable. You can walk into her pasture and she will immediately come over and follow you around everywhere, without a halter. And she's so eager to please.
Whenever you get after her for anything, she'll hustle and do what you want and then she'll lower her head and she'll get big eyes as if she's saying, "Do you still like me?" :D

As for this new horse, he's got an endless amount of stamina. We've been running him around in the Round Pen for hours and he hasn't gotten winded. David began working him, but he tired out after an hour, so Dad came out and is currently trying to work off his energy.

Max thinks he's a stud, so we've had to keep him apart from our mares. :lol: Unfortunately, this meant we had to put Angel into the same pasture as Sierra. It's amazing how buddy sourness can totally ruin a good horse. Angel went crazy when I took her out of the pasture with Sierra just a few minutes ago, so I had to turn her over to David.
 

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Alright, the horses are coming along just fine, and now I have pictures of JD.
(We've dropped the name Max and for now are calling him JD, but we've got two names we're trying to decide to use: Maverick, and Bronco.)

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JD

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JD

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David, getting on JD.

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David, after getting off the horse. 8O Any guesses as to how he got off?
Okay, it wasn't that bad... he didn't get bucked off. JD is a very sensitive horse, so when David squeezed a little too hard, JD bolted like he thought he was supposed to.
David tried to do a "One Rein Stop", which is a method Clinton Anderson uses to keep horses in control. JD thought David wanted him to turn, as he has not been trained very well with the One Rein Stop yet. So, JD made an extremely abrupt turn, which he thought he was supposed to do, and shot right out from underneath David. David ended up in the dirt, all right, but he was okay. :D
Since then, he's bolted twice, once under David and another time under my brother Francis. They stayed on. :)
 

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Well, technically, a one-rein stop is an awfully sharp turn that'll stop your horse. So JD was doing exactly what was asked of him. ;)

Very handsome horse!
 

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Thank you for sharing all these cool photos...! Gorgeous animals!

It makes me feel like I live a really urban life :roll: all that green grass and space you have, instead of traffic and road noise outside my window. I appreciate a chance to see a bit of a whole other kind of life ...

:) Fran
 
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