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Little Silic learns dressage. April 2008

Little Silic learns dressage. April 2008

 

Little Silic shows off his baby teeth. October 2007

 

 

Little Silic at home in Long Island. September 2007.

Little Silic at home in Long Island. September 2007.

 

Christmas idea for your horses from Barbara Batista:

"I can't wait to decorate their Christmas tree, we buy a real tree, and I freeze apples and carrots, my husband drills holes through the apples and carrots and we hang them on the tree in the ring for them, a great idea someone shared with me a long time ago, it's so much fun to watch them eat off the tree!! "

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Little Silic at home in Long Island. September 2007.

Little Silic at home in Long Island. September 2007.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Little Silic was a Prospect Horse For Sale in August 2007

Congratulations to Barbara Batista of Long Island, NY on the purchase of Little Silic. September 2007

 

 

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Little Silic - a Prospect Horse in 2007

Little Silic

April 3, 2008

Hi Elizabeth,
How are things in your slice of heaven? Little Silic is doing wonderful. I finally decided his barn name will be "Shaman", meaning medicine man because he has been the best medicine to help me through the profound sadness of losing my best friend Jake who I will FOREVER love and miss very much.

Little Silic has been such a blessing, he makes me smile alot. He has quite the personality. He has gained some weight, and he's still fuzzy from his winter coat. The ground was so frozen this winter so we were not able to get a lot of riding in, but ground schooling has been a lot of fun. He's incredibly smart. He has learned so much doing Natural Horsemanship, and he's great at it. All I have to do is tap the air with my finger and moves his hindquarters, etc.,

The pics I sent you are post "I'm going to roll after you spend an hour grooming me!!!" He is settling in here and he certainly enjoys being free stalled, he comes and goes whenever he pleases and plays a lot with his buddy Von. He definitly looks for me to rescue him from things he is not comfortable with which is great because he has learned that trusting me will never let him get hurt and in the end he will be okay.

Call it karma but my horse that I lost used to pick up the broom in the barn and play with it. The other day, Little Silic picked up the broom and started playing with it, coincidence or not, I feel it in my bones that he was meant to be with me. I am so grateful every day that you kept pressing his trainer and you didn't give up on him. I will keep you posted and I am looking forward to sending you pics on his progress, we may not have all the ribbons yet, but he is a very loved horse.

Sincerely, Barbara

P.S. Drop me a line and let me know if you liked the pics and what you think of him. One of my favorites is the one where he is nice and round, he is so comfortable, I feel like I'm on a cloud.

Riding Little Silic is like riding a cloud.

December 12, 2007

Hello Elizabeth, Hope all is well in your piece of paradise!! I know you are extemely busy but I need your help. Little Silic is doing great, he's put on some much needed weight, he's been very frisky with the cold weather!! I am determined to accomplish two things over the next few weeks and what better person to get the most info. from is you!!

I need to know what you think would be a good choice of western saddle for my little guy, I want to get him out on trail and I would like to try him western, he's been having a spook and buck issue and although I am a pretty good rider, I am thinking a western saddle would be a good option for me in terms of being safe until he learns this will not be accceptable, can you suggest what type of bars would best fit a TB, semi-quarter horse? Arab design for high withers? Or can you recommend another person to me that can help, I have seen a few of the horses from your website that have western saddles.

Also, I have been diligently looking fro a trailer, I know you said 4 Star's are great, but they are very expensive, Can you share with me what you think of Keifer's and Featherlite's? I want a decent trailer for my precious cargo and I don't want to buy something that won't be "safe" for him, there are no 4 Star dealers within a 200 mile radius of me even if I could afford it, so I am looking into a Keifer's and Feattherlite', Or do you recommend Sundowner etc,. I know you must have plenty of trailer experience so if you can share I would greatly appreciate it.

I am thinking a 2 horse straight load with both a rear and side ramp gooseneck, I have a Ford F-350, so a one ton shoulf have no problem pulling a GN, but I do have the short bed, 6 foot, maybe Barry can put some input in also, please let me know what trailers are decent and which ones to avoid!!

Are gooseneck's safer than bumper pulls? Your opinion is very valuable to me, and I would really appreciate your input, I can't wait to hear from you ! I will be sure to give Little Silic and big smooch for you.

I can't wait to decorate their Christmas tree, we buy a real tree, and I freeze apples and carrots, my husband drills holes through the apples and carrots and we hang them on the tree in the ring for them, a great idea someone shared with me a long time ago, it's so much fun to watch them eat off the tree!!

Thank you so much Elizabeth!!

Fondly,
Barbara

Elizabeth's Notes: Riding your Thoroughbred in a Western saddle can be fun. They don't care and if you feel safer on the trails in a Western saddle, then get one! Just make sure any saddle you put on your horse is comfortable and well fitted. See Roman Ripple's and Light Artillery's Success Stories for Thoroughbreds being ridden in a Western Saddle. Even Austin's Wolf was ridden in a Western saddle for our Halloween party.

My favorite horse trailer is the 4 Star as it is so well made and will hold its value. I prefer a gooseneck over a bumper pull for safety and a straight load over slant load for the horse's comfort. A standard slant load trailer is designed for horses under 16 hands. Larger horses are cramped and can get sore if travelling long distances while squished into a space that is too small for them. Avoid at all costs small trailers with mangers in front. These are way too small for a Thoroughbred and will feel like a starting gate to them so they may not load. If you are picking up a horse at the track, make sure you have a large enough trailer that is safe for the horse to travel comfortably. Read my Training Notes on "Choosing the Right Horse Trailer".

Little Silic. October 2007

October 8, 2007

Hello, Elizabeth,

By the looks of your website, I am sure you have been very busy. I wanted to send you an update about my baby!! HE IS AWESOME!!! It's been a month already and I he amazes me every day. I got on him for the first time yesterday, and WOW....... .he was perfect!! My trainer was so surprised about he good he was!! He moves off my leg, and he is actually a bit lazy!!!!! I can't believe he was a racehorse.

I have spent the last month just getting to know him, bonding with him, and I must admit it was hard at times, and the temptation was so great to just skip the ground training and just get on and ride. But my patience has really paid off, the ground work has helped tremendously and has helped me develop a relationship with him.

He was bit pushy and nippy when he first arrived, and he learned in just a few short sessions that while I smother him with love, smooches and giant hugs, he must respect me. He has also taught me a few things in the process. Trust is something we must EARN, sometimes we have to work very hard at it, but he seems alot less interested in scary things when I tell him it's okay.

OTTB - Little Silic.

He has definitly come a long way in just one month. He really came unglued the first day I opened a bag of shavings, the rustling of the paper bag excited him, so I decided to desensitize him to the noise, he now not only picks up the bag and plays with it, he lets me shake a large black garbage bag over his head and he doesn't even flinch, he stands there, puts his head down and is completely relaxed. A big accomplishment was desensitizing him to the sound of a whip, crop.

He is such a fast learner, and he is incredibly smart. I was so excited to be able to get on him and feel his trot, what a beautiful mover. He is very comfortable. His stifle is completely healed, and he is doing great. My trainer says we are going to win alot of ribbons in the dressage ring with him next year- we have alot to do.

I have not yet taken him a trail ride, but i have hand walked him in the park and he is really good. For now we will continue to ground train and take things slow, a philosophy I have always beleived in is this: The trees that grow the slowest bear the best fruit!!

I attached some pics, of course, everyone always wants to get in on the action, so a few pics are with some of his fans. He is spoiled and I really think he likes it here !! I hop eyou enjoy the pics, and I will send more soon!! P.S. When he first came, he wouldn't let anyone kiss his muzzle, now he puts his head down and loves getting kisses, he is definitly getting used to all the attention.

Thank you .....for never giving up on him with me.

Fondly,
Barbara

September 4, 2007

Hi Elizabeth,

Hope all is well on your piece of paradise!! My baby is doing good, Becky gave me a call to check in to see how he is doing. I had my vet come right after he was unloaded because he was very stiff on his hind end with some stifle swelling. Of course I immediately attributed it to the long trailer ride, as safe as we try to make them on thier journey, inevitably on a 16 hour trailer ride, he was boud to be stiff. My vet gave him a shot of Banamine and came today again to check him, the swelling has gone down and he at least picks up a trot for evaluation, yesteray he didn't want to move, neither would I after that kind of ride.

My vet says the stifle injury is not something he thinks will be long term , he is on stall rest for now, and he will come again tomorrow for evaluation. Stifle injury or not, I am so in love with him. He was soo good getting his feet played with, he is such a love muffin. He lets me touch him all over, he is not head shy and I get to give him big smooches on his little nose.

Thank you so much for all your help, and for perservering to save him from a racing life. I think he is really enjoying his calm environment. I have more pics I will send to you, and I will keep you posted on his progress.

Fondly,
Barbara

September 3, 2007

Little Silic has made it home to Long Island, NY to his new mom Barbara Batista.
Little Silic has made it home to Long Island, NY to his new mom Barbara Batista.
September 3, 2007

Hello Elizabeth,

MY BABY IS HERE!! We were up all night waiting .......He finally arrived early this morning and he is soooooo much more beautiful than I imagined, he was so good coming off the trailer and walking back to the barn, very calm, and loveable. Within minutes he had a fan club with plenty of hugs and kisses, he is so gentle. He is very cute, and loves all the attention. I will drop you a line tomorrow,

THANK YOU,
Barbara


Little Silic was a Prospect Horse For Sale in August 2007

Little Silic was a Prospect Horse For Sale in August 2007

Little Silic was a Prospect Horse For Sale in August 2007



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