Post by Laura Quest on Apr 30, 2020 14:06:46 GMT -6
Training Day ~ Part 3 Starring QST BayBee, QST Edelweiss, & QST Odd EyeWhile horses of quite a few different breeds have come to boast the QST prefix, our main breed always has been and always will be the humble Standardbred. Today's post highlights the training sessions of the three Standies who call Quest Stables their home!
So, obviously, Bee was training on some jumps. Nothing major, just some bounce jumps to work on balance. She went over the first one perfectly fine but, when she got ready to do the second one, I remember thinking "Hmm, this take-off seems a bit excessive" and well...
Apparently she decided that the jumps were an oxer. I won't write exactly what was said, just know that the shock caused several expletives to fly out of my mouth. Can't even be mad at Bee though, I mean, she did the jump. I may have almost had a heart attack, but she did the jump!
In contrast to Bee, Edelweiss had at least one hoof on the ground at all times during his session (anybody who followed him on the old forum probably knows why) The main focus of his training was extension, gotta keep those old bones limber, I say, despite the fact that Edel is barely 10 (Look, if you don't tease your greyed-out horses about being old and, well, grey, at least once a week, then you're doing something wrong)
In a complete 180 from Edel's extension training, Oddball's session focused on collection. Oddy's always kind of struggled with gait collection (he's a very exuberant, all-or-nothing kind of horse who isn't exactly the smartest cookie in the jar) but I've found that using ground poles as a part of his training regimen has really helped!
REPLIESSadie Woodson - Oh yeah, they've definitely found their post-track careers! And I swear that Val is secretly a gangly 3-year-old trapped in a 10-year-old's body (he's got a lot of heart though, so it's alright)
Marla Maibach - Thank you from both me and the dogs❤️ And I agree, Joker actually tends to photograph really well!
Post by Laura Quest on May 3, 2020 11:30:05 GMT -6
Training Day ~ Part 4 (Finale) Starring QST Diamond Sky, QST I Can't Stand The Rain, QST Winter Wonderland, & introducing RLEC Carolina's Wildflower Welp, here are the last of the pictures taken during our little training day. This portion of the day was actually very...interesting, since the four horses in these photos are still fairly early in their training. There were definitely some mishaps, but overall things went decently...Sort of.
I haven't posted about her much on this forum yet, but Miss Sky is coming along quite well and is possibly going to be making an Eventing debut once she finishes her training (not overly surprising, she's a tough little thing who fears absolutely nothing, if that doesn't sound like a good Eventer then I don't know what does)
Sky isn't the only one who's doing well in her training, Rain's also been doing remarkably well under-saddle! I'm currently working on Dressage with her since, in my opinion, rudimentary Dressage knowledge tends to be a great asset for a horse to have, no matter the discipline.
I still can't believe that Winnie, our little Christmas surprise, is 3-years-old now! However, she hasn't quite outgrown her cheeky side, as evidenced by this picture, which was taken after she pulled the lead she was on out of my hand and began prancing around the arena. She managed to evade me for 7 minutes...She did get right back to work once I caught her, though.
So I haven't actually formally introduced the newest member of the gang. Everybody, this is RLEC Carolina's Wildflower (Flower for short,) a 3-year-old Thoroughbred mare who I plan on Show Jumping with. The key word being "plan." We uhh, we have some work to do, as you can see. She's a big sweetie though (emphasis on BIG, 17hh at 3 years, the only one of my horses that's bigger is Joker) and I think she'll do pretty well once she gets used to everything!
Post by Laura Quest on May 16, 2020 15:18:01 GMT -6
So I was going through some old things of mine and I found some photos of a certain someone that I thought I'd post. Here they are!
Hmm, this little guy looks awfully familiar. Is his name Edelweiss, perhaps? I think it is, I'd know that face anywhere! Here, Edel was about two weeks old, Gerald the Giraffe was still in mint condition, and I definitely didn't sneak out to the stables to go see him the night this picture was taken
Oh look, it's little me running around with 2-month-old Edel while his mom dam was working in the arena. If I remember correctly, I tried to teach him how to play tag around this time. It didn't work well for me, he always won
And here's our final picture for the day. Judging by how I look, I'd say I was about 15 or 16 and Edel about 5 or 6 and starting to look like the grey old man we all know today!
Replies Claire Hohenfeld - I suppose they all have their moments of beauty...sometimes😂 Thank you❤️❤️❤️