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Story #2 is...difficult. It didn't used to be. But now it is. Sigh. On the plus side, I figured some things out today. I figured out a technical detail that I must not try to slide by without proper knowledge so the significant detail is correct. Yes, it matters. And it's not one of those things I can just ask Weatherdude about. It's not physics. I already asked all the physics questions I needed to. I was all out of sorts and had to be pushed and prodded into evening horse work. It wasn't the right words before or after, but yes, it makes a difference. Working takes you out of yourself. So does sleeping, but animals always come before sleep, as children do.

So there's another photo of Judy on Capria and me on Pandora, but this is the one I want to blog. Stacey taught me to do ground work with Pandora and I was practicing that tonight. What was fascinating and really took me out of myself was that Tia decided she wanted to mirror what Pandora was doing, on my other side. At first I wasn't sure what she was up to and I worried that she would upset Pandora. But she didn't. She was thinking and trying to learn and Pandora respected that, clearly. Here I am, between the two of them and only Pandora has a bridle on. But Tia walked as if she wore one too. When the time comes and she has her growth, she's going to be all ready to go under saddle. When this photo was taken Pandora was saddled and this was the second time Tia shadowed us. She did it before Pandora was saddled, when I was walking her on her halter.


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Sep. 20th, 2009 05:06 am (UTC)
Tia is a damn cool horse. She was born ready to be ridden, I think.
Sep. 20th, 2009 05:12 am (UTC)
Last week she shadowed me while I rode Capria--did all the figures and transitions to my verbal command. Very deliberately, and several times in sequence. It wasn't a fluke.

The fact she did it with another human/horse pair blows me away. She studies Capria, sees how Capria shares and teaches, and she's bound and determined to be Just Like That.
Sep. 20th, 2009 05:30 am (UTC)
I read this and thought damn - what a special girl. because yes, to do it with you is one thing, and an amazing one at that. But to do it with someone else? well, yes. Blown away about covers it.
Sep. 20th, 2009 11:50 am (UTC)
What an a amazing animal. Tia seems to think that working with humans is fun, and she wants to be in on the fun.

And Pandora, of course, seems to be the greatest horse.
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Sep. 20th, 2009 04:19 pm (UTC)
Tia is not the daughter of either of these horses. JJ, my young girl (see Icon) used to LOVE watching the adult horses have their lessons, though she never went so far as Tia's shadowing - perhaps because I never gave her the opportunity. But horses learn through mimicry, and so it makes some sense. Which doesn't change the fact that Tia.
Sep. 20th, 2009 04:21 pm (UTC)
is special, I meant to finish with.
Sep. 20th, 2009 04:30 pm (UTC)
I learned today that Pandora only has one daughter. I already knew she lives in Virginia (road trip!) and had been almost feral. The people who had Pandora before thought she was too large to be bred. Pandora loves Pooka, the stallion here, but her uterus is not quite right. She still goes into heat, but can't catch the times Judy tried.

Capria has been Judy's mare for 17 years. Carrma (Traci's horse) is Pooka's mother. Ephiny and Tia are sisters out of Gabriella and not closely related to Pooka. Pandora is a relative outsider. Khep, the gelding is out of Capria. Camilla is Pooka's full sister, I believe. So Tia is working with 2 horses she's not related to, but admires and wants to emulate. Judy says that Tia has informed her she will be Capria's replacement for Judy some day and Pooka's alpha mare, queen of all she surveys. At the moment, she's almost the bottom of the herd, a kid.

The scorecard to keep your players straight: http://www.sff.net/people/judith-tarr/dhf.html

I met Tia when she was pretty young and not in her 'brat' phase yet. Just full of baloney. And now she's learning to be a young lady, taking lessons from two very experienced horses.
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Sep. 20th, 2009 04:56 pm (UTC)
Yes, it's a Lipizzan thing. Everyone is 'white' right now except Tia. Ephiny is a bit on the gray side, but much less gray than when I met her in 2007. But look at what Pooka looked like as a baby! He's shiny-white now.
Sep. 20th, 2009 09:22 pm (UTC)
It's Lipp thing, but also an "all grey horses" thing. Grey (which is white except when it is cremello or albino but those are outside our scope) is a dilution gene when it comes to horse colors. It is also dominant - if one parent is grey, the baby will be grey for sure. So the baby is born with colored hair, but over time the grey gene causes the color to 'wash out' of the hair, and the horse gets greyer (this is when the grey gene is over black, usually) and then whiter over time. The exact speed of the greying out process, and the exact pattern, varies by horse and gene pool and sometimes breed.

Shaughns is my arab in the icon. She's fleabitten grey,and in her case, the grey gene is affecting a chestnut base coat, and is leaving dots of the chestnut color as it greys her out. Tia has a black base coat, and is greying out in a more 'traditional' way.

Grey is the most common lipp color (though there are Bay lipps!), but the grey gene is also common in arabs,and other breeds, too.

There is some more info on color coat genetics here: http://www.uky.edu/Ag/Horsemap/hgpcoatcolor.html.

Finally, indigo_room, a baby horse is a foal until it is 1 year old, regardless of sex. A young horse from birth to four years of age is known as a colt if a boy. and a filly if a girl. After four years, they are called stallions if left intact, geldings if neutered boys, and mares. Hope that helps!
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Sep. 21st, 2009 12:24 am (UTC)
when the urge becomes overwhelming, you know we have the place for you, just waiting....
Sep. 23rd, 2009 02:05 pm (UTC)
Tia, Pandora and you!!
Loved the photo of you three, and could see the beauty of the view you walked toward. How I envy you being there with those beautiful animals!!
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