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Michelle | 21 | New Zealand.
Follow my story of creating a successful competition horse out of a race track reject. Meet Sydney, A 16.2 hh off the track thoroughbred.
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So pissed. I have Surgery that’s now just been booked in for  3 days before Sydney’s first registered show in Waimate. So mad. I really want to dose up on painkillers and try to do it anyway but I run the risk of pulling stitches out and/or hemorrhaging. Farrrkkk

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looking for new horse blogs to follow.

painting-the-course:

reblog/like this if you’re 75%+ equine pictures and I’ll probably follow you!

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The season is here!!

Ignore my highlighting - I’m undecided on which classes to enter!

The season is here!!

Ignore my highlighting - I’m undecided on which classes to enter!

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horse-q-uo-t-e-s:

Your horse can only be as brave as you are. - Unknown
*I OWN EVERYTHING EXCEPT FOR THE PICTURE*

horse-q-uo-t-e-s:

Your horse can only be as brave as you are. - Unknown

*I OWN EVERYTHING EXCEPT FOR THE PICTURE*

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Sydney over achieving as per usual. Although had an off day today. Loud speakers on the other side of those trees totally threw him off his game. I’m quite worried how he’s going to cope at the big shows this season :/

Sydney over achieving as per usual. Although had an off day today. Loud speakers on the other side of those trees totally threw him off his game. I’m quite worried how he’s going to cope at the big shows this season :/

I have an ex racer much the same as Sydney, and watching your video's, they are almost exactly the same :) I know how hard they can get, but you're doing a fabulous job :)

Hey! Oh come off anon - I’d love to see photos of your OTTB! They are definitely hard work, its easy to get a bit down when you have bad days for sure! - e.g Took Sydney out jump training today and there was a ODE happening next door and the loud speaker totally threw him  :( siiiigh. He was completely off his game today. but oh well. onward and upward right! :)

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Hello! I have recently got an OTTB and everyone has given me a hard time about her because she's been lame and difficult. Anyway I'm doing dressage with her and a tiny bit of jumping and I was wondering if there were any tips you have about how to get tbs off the forehand ready for jumping. She seems to be built downhill :( also you're awesome

Hey! So glad you have an OTTB too! they are awesome! DW I still get a hard time with Sydney. A lot of people think he’s crazy/dangerous but he’s not, he just has racing “baggage” and people who have never had an OTTB don’t understand that. I’m so pleased he’s finally shutting people up and proving them wrong! I had a Thoroughbred before Sydney who was very naturally on the forehand and I found a lot of schooling and training with half halts and LOTS of transitions! really beneficial :) And for jumping use lots of grids, bounces, short striding, get her light and uphill :) Hope that helps! And with my very downhill horse I actually did up to elementary/ level 3 dressage on him successfully too, he just had to work a bit harder than the naturally uphill ones! :)

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What happened (the blood on your breeches??)

We took a tumble in the practice ring as i was next to go into the ring! A pony came yahooing over the jump toward Sydney and it caught him completely off guard. I came off, got tangled amongst his martingale and landed awkwardly and smashed my elbow into the gravel - But the show goes on!

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Sydney and I after 110m show jumping. This is a brilliant photo. See all those spots on my breeches and saddle blanket - thats blood. 

Sydney and I after 110m show jumping. This is a brilliant photo. See all those spots on my breeches and saddle blanket - thats blood. 

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Ahh thats one nice looking thoroughbred

Ahh thats one nice looking thoroughbred

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I’m find a bunch of photos of Sydney on my boyfriends iMac. Sydney spammmmmm! 

I’m find a bunch of photos of Sydney on my boyfriends iMac. Sydney spammmmmm! 

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Just chilling

Just chilling

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A comfort zone is a beautiful place, but nothing ever grows there.

- (via psych-facts)
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<3

<3

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joe-bellamy:

So close to just throwing it all away and giving up riding altogether. I’m so tired of being put down constantly and no one approving of how much passion I have for this sport.
It just feels like such a massive waste of time now.

I believe in you frand! Look how amazing you are at riding - and how far Joe has come - He was a average old pony club horse when you got him. I advised you not to get him cause he looked about 30yo! But the work you have put into him and now hes a superstar! I don’t know who’s putting you down but they have no reason too! You will prove them wrong I’m sure when you start cleaning up in the Pro Am series! Definitely not a waste of time!