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Published on Apr 18, 2008
Aerial dressage on Ren's new pony Ok people I should of had a contest to see if any one could guess salsa problem So here goes The previous owner of Salsa was shall we say a know it all (not the breeder) and when Salsa acted up SMACK with some horses this works but she is a right brain extrovert according to Pat Pirellis system of analyzing the psychology of horses. In lay mans terms she has extremely strong survival instincts. Unlike some she does not try to punch in to the herd for protection she bolts or flees. This also applies to the bit we use , when she felt pain in her mouth she would bolt or run though the pain the more you pulled the more pain the faster she would run, we started using a bit-less bridle and this showed great improvement we are now using a soft rubber bar D-ring and to keep her head down out of the flight mode we sometimes use a German Martingale with it.
This was the first competition since we purchased her (a week prior). She had a new home, new owners, and new paddocks. For the first 3 days she ran around the paddock in fear because she had never seen trees before as she was from the desert. We have two giant trees for shade in the paddock.
She is by Musketeer (the only pony recorded in the Canadian Sport Horse stud book) and one quarter Thoroughbred so this is the side of her where she gets her fire from. Thoroughbreds typically have thin skin and short hair to shed heat faster. It was a cold and damp fall day and she was not a happy camper. Also a poster made mention that if you look at the roof of the building right in front at the beginning it looks like a tornado in the distance. That day we loaded them at 3 in the morning and she fell down on the way so we did a unload reload on the side of the highway. So folks I hope this answers the mystery.