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Introducing my horses, a multi-part thread

Gail P
April 21st, 2008, 01:29 PM
Sorry I'm on dial-up, so posting the multiple pics may take me a little while
Okay, first off, this is Tanner (EV Tanner), my 18 year old 7/8 Arab. I bought him as a yearling and he's been everywhere, done everything. Mostly english riding and jumping, showing, trails, parades, gaming, a foxhunt, name it

Gail P
April 21st, 2008, 01:33 PM
More Tanner

Gail P
April 21st, 2008, 01:40 PM
This is Skittles (Silhouette's Magik Skittles), an 11 year old Arab/POA

Her rider in this pic is too big, but the girl who was going to compete with her that day wasn't able to make it at the last minute. That's my boarder jumping her in this pic. They won the pony jumper class and then entered the Open Jumper. This is one game little jumping pony.

Skittles "snowpony"

Gail P
April 21st, 2008, 01:44 PM
Okay, in case by now you're thinking I have a thing for bay part-arabs, meet Jazzy, aka Princess Jasmine aka Abigail James. She's a 10 year old Arab.

Gail P
April 21st, 2008, 01:49 PM
Okay, now that you've met all my horses (except the boarders), just to make sure you were paying attention here's a pop quiz.

Guess who?

Gail P
April 21st, 2008, 01:51 PM
These are a little easier, you can see the horses faces

Our "other horses". Sadly Pongo the great dane is no longer with us.

April 21st, 2008, 08:37 PM
omg I love them !!! In the first ones , just stunning horses :cloud9: and those costumes are way too cool ! :laughing: And Pongo :lovestruck:

I wanna move to your place :sad:

April 21st, 2008, 08:46 PM
beautiful, just beautiful :lovestruck:

April 22nd, 2008, 01:23 PM
Tanner is in excellent condition . The performance photos are terrific.I have always loved Arabs. My favorite horse was aolder Polish Arab taught me how to ride.The costumes are fantastic. You have a wonderful group of talented horses.

April 22nd, 2008, 01:48 PM
Wow, stunning horses, just stunning. You are very lucky! I love the costumes! I never thought to dress horses up for Halloween, but hey why not?

And Pongo, he was gorgeous! Before I noticed he was a dog, I thought he was a little pony!

April 22nd, 2008, 01:55 PM
They are the best looking horses, both in and out of costumes :laughing:

They must be a blast!

The Grey horse is it a mini :laughing: Just kidding what a gorgeous Great Dane.:dog:

Gail P
April 22nd, 2008, 02:29 PM
Thanks everyone. The costumes were not actually for Halloween, they were for costume classes at the shows we used to go to, and the one with the pool noodles was from a rotary carnival parade with the theme "fun on the water". Some of these pictures are older, just to give you an idea, the youth rider in all the pictures except with Skittles is my daughter who is now 9. In the western lead line class where she's wearing a tan shirt and hat she was only 2, her first season showing lead line.

They're all great horses/ponies but Tanner is my special boy. I've had him so long now and trained him myself. He's a funny guy though. I use him for lessons and he acts all bored and lazy. Some riders can't even get him to trot without a crop and he tries everything to evade having to canter (pretending he's going to buck but not following through, cutting corners and jumping over a row of tires that are supposed to help guide the riders to stay to the outer edge of the ring). He'll also keep stopping to "pretend" he needs a pee break. I was even worried for a while that maybe he had a medical problem and had the vet run a urinalysis. I thought maybe he had a bladder or kidney problem and that a novice rider bumping on his back was causing him difficulty. No medical reason, he's just too smart. I can get on him to tune him up, jump him or game him and he's ripping to go. You want to RUN!!! How far??? How fast??? All out??? Wheeeee!!! :D He's still got so much spunk but he'll only turn it on for a rider experienced enough to bring it out of him. For everyone else he'll just plod, plod, plod. Very safe for the little kids though.

Since Pongo was such a hit, here's a few more of him, his sister Perdie and Noah. In the pics with Noah Pongo and Perdie were only 6 months and Noah was 8 weeks. The hallway shot the danes were probably more like 8 months. We lost Pongo to gastric torsion when he was only 2 1/2 and Perdie was on daily meds for Addison's disease. She then developed a heart condition that we weren't able to medicate for because of the other meds. She only lived about 2 years past Pongo. :sad:

April 22nd, 2008, 02:34 PM
And people say animals don't have a sense of humor.

I'm sorry about Pongo and Perdie. They were gorgeous dogs! I know GD's are big but you can't appreciate how big they are until you see them next to someone.

April 22nd, 2008, 02:48 PM
They really are gorgeous, I know at my end of the view I have a 1.8 lb puppy right now, but I really do have a special place in my heart for large breeds, I too am really sorry for your loss. :sorry:

I wish there were more studies in the animal medical area, so we can save the lives of the creatures that matter most. We demand and they simply and nicely ask for love in this world and yet it is only the good that die young....:cry:

April 22nd, 2008, 04:24 PM
I am so very sorry about your loss of Pongo and Perdie. They are missed, I am sure.
Tanner sounds like a very smart guy. Most horses figure us out before we figure them out.. Our horses have us trained very well.

April 23rd, 2008, 05:26 PM
Your horses and photos are gorgeous! My pop was a farrier. He used to be the stand-by farrier at Arab shows in the Monterey Peninsula years ago. He even sponsored some of the trophies. The competition was amazing! Especially the arab costumes with colorful veils, even chariots like right out of "Ben Hur". Your dogs were truly special too. I've noticed that large dogs and horses sometime seem to have an affinity with each other.

Gail P
April 24th, 2008, 11:12 AM
Thanks again everyone, for the complements and condolences. Here are a few more shots I dug up.

Perdie at 8 weeks. Both pups liked to lay under that bench, for as long as they could fit (which wasn't very long). They doubled their weight in the first month we had them and then almost doubled it again in the second month.

Pongo hooked up to a borrowed sled (before we had our own)

and of course more Tanner :p It's an oldie but goodie

Gail P
April 24th, 2008, 11:19 AM
Ah! I was just looking back through older ones and found these, Tanner's baby pictures :lovestruck: The first one was taken by the people we got him from so I'm not exactly sure of his age in it. The second was when I had just arranged to buy him as a yearling, but he hadn't yet come home with me.

April 24th, 2008, 02:00 PM
Awww, baby Tanner.:lovestruck:

April 25th, 2008, 02:17 PM
Beautiful, beautiful horses. :lovestruck: :lovestruck:

And Pongo & Perdie were gorgeous....I don't think I've ever seen danes that colour. :cloud9:

Gail P
April 26th, 2008, 11:17 AM
Beautiful, beautiful horses. :lovestruck: :lovestruck:

And Pongo & Perdie were gorgeous....I don't think I've ever seen danes that colour. :cloud9:

That colour is called blue merle. Basically it's an offshoot of the harlequin breeding and is considered to be pet quality. When we got ours we had been on a waiting list with a breeder to get a blue pup (solid steel grey/blue). We didn't hear anything for so long that we assumed for some reason our application had been denied. Then we did a bad thing and called an ad in the paper :o They had bred a blue merle female to a black male, and had an even split of puppies in the litter, half merles, half black with white markings. The "breeder" made it sound like their litter was accidental and they weren't planning on doing any more breeding. Normally with a good harlequin breeding you may get some harlequin puppies, possibly some mismarked or piebald pups, mantles (also called boston - black with white markings on legs, face, tail tip, chest and collar - like a boston terrier or border collie), merles and if you're lucky maybe one or more show quality harlequins. As we learned more about the breed we found out that we should have run from a breeder who intentionally bred a merle. We do know the bloodlines that Pongo and Perdie's mom came from, she was from a good quality breeder with healthy long-lived dogs and who shows her dogs to their championships before breeding (we actually went and visited with her and her dogs and she was very upset to find out that the merle female she sold as pet quality had been bred). We didn't know anything about the sire of the litter though, other than getting to meet him. Maybe that's why we ended up with the health problems, maybe it was something in his background. :shrug:

April 26th, 2008, 06:13 PM
OMG...what an absolutely ge_org_ious horse!!! You have every right to be proud!

Gail P
April 26th, 2008, 11:12 PM
OMG...what an absolutely ge_org_ious horse!!! You have every right to be proud!

Awww, thanks :goodvibes: Here are a couple more shots. Unfortunately the winter one is quite dark, I was using my junky old camera that can't seem to take a good picture for anything, but Tanner was having fun out in the snow. That was early this winter. The next shot is an old one from our local fair's versatility class. It's a 3 part class that involved riding english, western and then ground driving a pattern. I've got some other nice pics someone emailed me that I've never uploaded to photobucket. I should get them on there and then I can share them too.