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"Josh" is now known as Dudley

"Josh" is now known as Dudley. See "Josh's" and Noshrinking Violet's Prospect Horse for Sale photos.

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Josh aka "Dudley" - One of our '25 Special Horses'

"Josh" was one of our 25 Special Horses. "Josh" was a colt who was very handsome and studly. He has been gelded and his new name is "Dudley" instead of "Studley". Laura has FOUR of our Prospect Horses for Sale. She also owns Miss With Attitude aka "Pooky", No Shrinking Violet (deceased) and Coin Maker. She also convinced her friend Angela Bliss to buy one of our 25 Special Horses - Artic Vic for her daughter Jennifer.

May 4, 2008

Josh aka "Dudley" and Coinmaker at a Poker Ride. May 4, 2008

Josh aka "Dudley" and Coin Maker at a Poker Ride for Westbrooke Farm. May 4, 2008

Josh aka "Dudley and Coinmaker at a Poker Ride. May 4, 2008

January 13, 2007

Hi Elizabeth,

I had to email and brag about Dudley - we went to the Horse Park today with Dudley, Leslie's TB from the pre-Elizabeth/Barry days and four other horses. This is only the second time we've gone to a completely different place with a bunch of horses. He trailered great and did everything - water, trails through the woods, hills, nose-to-tail, gallops across the open spaces, curbs, roads, under the bridge with cars above, over the bridge on the old CC course - I could go on. What a fabulous horse! Just wanted to let you know. I hope you guys are doing well,

Love,
Laura

June 16, 2007


Hi Elizabeth,
Here it is in writing what I was bragging to you about Dudley. The pictures are from today, which is about the fifth time I've ridden him. Our puddle is dried up, so I don't have a water picture, but he walks right over the plywood and the tarp. The last time I rode him we went up to the tarp, and he went over it like it wasn't even there. We're still working on steering, but he goes into all three gaits and gets both canter leads. He also comes back down right away when I ask him to. His gaits are all smooth and easy to ride. Considering that he was broke to ride while at Joe's but never raced and basically didn't get ridden the first year we had him, he is amazing! He comes up whenever I go outside and, as you can see from the picture, he goes into the wash rack next to whichever horse is being tacked up and just stands there waiting for a turn. The other day, I was getting ready to ride him, and I forgot to hook up the cross-ties. He just stood there, and I was tacked up before I finally realized that I hadn't actually restrained him in any way. While I was tacking up today, one of our mares who is in season was distracting him, but he never misbehaved (not like when we picked him up and he was determined to be Pretty's boyfriend). He is proof that "a good stallion makes a great gelding".
I'm sending some pictures of Leslie and Coin and of Pooky. Leslie has been gone so today was the first time we did anything with Coin. She tacked him up, and he was great with that, then just did some ground work with him. You can see in one of the pictures how he is following her around. He is very sweet also.

Hope to see you soon,
Laura

May 23, 2007

Hi Elizabeth,
Don't worry about getting the pictures up; I just wanted to make sure they got to you. The other day I finally got brave and cantered Dudley - both ways and both leads! He has a fabulous canter. Pooky's is a little more scampery.
Thanks,
Laura

Miss With Attitude and Josh aka "Dudley" May 2007.
Miss With Attitude and Josh aka "Dudley" May 18, 2007.

November 12, 2006

Josh is learning to jump!
Josh is learning to jump!

Hi Elizabeth,

I'm sending a couple more pictures; Lisa took these with my camera, and I think she is sending you some she took with her camera also. Please don't send my jumping picture to George Morris - I'm still learning!

No Shrinking Violet aka "Nellie" andLaura's daughter Leslie.
No Shrinking Violet aka "Nellie" andLaura's daughter Leslie.

Leslie and Nellie and Pooky and I are going to Ashland Farms again this Saturday for combined tests. I will bring a camera (with batteries) and send more pics after that. Please tell me how you carry your camera when you are riding; last time I tried it , and it was banging all over the place. I'm sure there's a secret that I don't know.
Thanks,
Laura

No Shrinking Violet and Leslie.

October 31, 2006

Hi Elizabeth,

We did go to the Ashland Farms Haunted Hollow Hunter Pace last weekend, and it was really fun. Maybe you guys can come next year.

I have to tell you, though, that the camera curse has not been entirely lifted. I had trouble with my battery charger before, but I thought that I had fixed it when I figured out it was unplugged (I guess an animal or someone who needed the socket). I didn't realize that the charger didn't work at all, so the "charged" batteries I put in the camera went dead pretty quickly. I'm learning! I did get a few pictures I am sending.

Artic Vic, No Shrinking Violet and Miss With Atitude - October 28, 2006
Artic Vic, No Shrinking Violet and Miss With Atitude - October 28, 2006

All three horses ( Artic Vic aka "Phillip", Miss with Attitude aka "Pooky", No Shrinking Violet aka Nellie and) did really well, especially for being in a new place doing new things with lots of new horses.

I did want to ask you - how do you carry your camera when you're riding and taking pictures? There has to be a trick to it that I don't know. I promise to do better with the camera.

Thanks,
Laura

CAMERA TIP from ELIZABETH: I carry the camera on a strap that goes across one shoulder to my hip. I slide the camera toward my back when I gallop. I sometimes have the strap under a coat so that the coat will keep it from flopping. If I have a small camera, I attach the camera case to the breast plate and pull it out when needed. I keep the camera strap connected to the breast plate even while shooting in case I need to drop the camera (or do it by accident). See the photo to the right. That way the camera will not hit the ground. Warning: I have lost one camera in the pond when Snake Proof decided to take me for a swim.

Camera techniques on horseback.

October 18. 2006

OTTB - Noshrinking Violet aka "Nellie"

Hi Elizabeth,

Believe it or not, I think I might be making progress with the camera. I took a class at the UGA Griffin campus here and, as soon as I finish picking the light fixtures for our new house, I'm going to send you some pictures. I am taking Pooky and the camera to Ashland Farms hunter pace Oct. 28th. Dudley (Josh) is doing fine. He is the sweetest thing. I rode him the other day in the dressage ring. He was a little concerned about his girlfriend in the field but did well. I will send pictures soon!

Laura

"Josh" and Noshrinking Violet with their new moms. December 2005
"Josh" and Noshrinking Violet with their new moms. - December 2005

February 6, 2006

Hi Elizabeth,

"Josh" (now known as Dudley) and Noshrinking Violet (now known as Nellie) are both doing very well.

Noshrinking Violet  

Dudley did great for his gelding and is much calmer now. When I go out to the pasture, he is vying to be first in line to get petted.

 

 

Noshrinking Violet is now known
as "Nellie".

"Nellie" is a little more reserved but is wonderful. Leslie has been working with her on the ground to get more ready to try riding eventually.

I have a new camera and I am determined to figure it out.

Noshrinking Violet

I'll take you up on your offer to help me with the computer part.

Thanks,
Laura

 

"Josh's"
Prospect Horse for Sale
photo.

"Josh's" Prospect Horse for Sale photo.

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