This will be Sugar Bear's thread where we will keep any updates and/or new photos. Date of arrival to MHWF: 10/07/2011 Sugar Bear (Cant Skip LIL Sis) - 7 yrs. $500 - Sugar Bear is a 7 year old registered QH mare. Her sire is Zippo Leo King and her dam is Champs Bad Ant Jule, with lots of Skipper, Zipper and Bonanza in her bloodlines. She is sound and healthy, broke to ride and current on all her shots and wormings. Sugar Bear has had one owner her entire life and is a very sweet, laid back gal who takes everything in stride. She has been ridden Western and English and has done trail rides, been ridden in traffic, and went through 180 days of reining training. She knows sliding stops, flying lead changes and all the cool reining tricks. She also has been training for Hunter Under Saddle. This is an exceptional mare with really well rounded training and experience. She loads, leads, ties, is good for the vet and farrier and has no bad habits. Sugar Bear stands at 14.3 hands tall. We will add more info on her as we get more time to know her and test ride her. Update: 10/11/2011 We took advantage of the nice weather on Monday evening and test rode Sugar Bear. She was taken from walk to trot and to the canter, then back down again. She did pretty well, especially for a horse that is only 7 and has not been ridden in 2 years. She stayed very calm and paid good attention to her rider. She transitioned through walk, trot, canter with no problems and came back down very nicely. Her only real issue that we could see was that she tossed her head any time there was contact with her mouth. That could be just about anything and we will get it solved soon. As far as the reining stuff, we could not get her to do any of that. Whether she has forgotten it or what we can only guess. Regardless, she is a very sweet mare, nice and calm and will make someone a wonderful partner. Attached Images
Wow! What a fantastic horse she is.
Wow...lots of training, and lots of eye appeal!
Holy crap! This is a heck of a horse!!! Wow!
That's a lot of talent for $500. She's well-rounded and good looking.
And has a neck that's based low on her shoulders so she'll ride the trails with her head down and see all the rocks and not trip over them. Best QH at MHWF since Pete.
Wow, I really try not to look at the new arrivals anymore, but dang can't keep away! Sure wouldn't mind adding her to the pasture here, as you said, Ken and Jenni, that's alot of training and talent!
Update: 10/11/2011 We took advantage of the nice weather on Monday evening and test rode Sugar Bear. She was taken from walk to trot and to the canter, then back down again. She did pretty well, especially for a horse that is only 7 and has not been ridden in 2 years. She stayed very calm and paid good attention to her rider. She transitioned through walk, trot, canter with no problems and came back down very nicely. Her only real issue that we could see was that she tossed her head any time there was contact with her mouth. That could be just about anything and we will get it solved soon. As far as the reining stuff, we could not get her to do any of that. Whether she has forgotten it or what we can only guess. Regardless, she is a very sweet mare, nice and calm and will make someone a wonderful partner.
She sure is a good looking horse! Maybe the head tossing is a habit or maybe teeth? Am sure you will figure it out :)
I'm gonna guess with the head tossing that they did in fact try to make Sugar Bear a reining horse but they didn't take the finesse approach. It doesn't take many slams with a curb bit to get a horse tossing it's head. Could be a tooth problem but I think more likey too much bit and/or too heavy hands on the part of whoever was riding her.
I'm going to agree with Ken on the head tossing. My barn owner picked up a little mare that had had reining training previously and the first ride when the barn owner would pick up the reins at all, Honey would toss her head, like actually fling it up pretty anxiously and even almost get light on her front end. All it took was a few nice calm rides where the barn owner wouldn't react to the head tossing, just show Honey that the bump in the mouth she was anticipating wasn't coming. She kept her hands nice and light and ignored the freak out reaction. After that, Honey settled right down and now rides out sweet as can be with no head tossing at all. It seemed like a pretty easy fix for that particular horse :) She just had to learn that picking up the reins, adding contact does not need to equal painful bumps in the mouth.
She is by far my favorite horse here...she is so cute and perfect for what I want I am suprised someone is not all over her :)
Looks like congratulations could be in order soon!
Congratulations is in order for Sugar Bear and Donna! Donna adopted Sugar Bear last week and just needed to arrange a ride, and her friend Laurie came with today and picked up Sugar Bear (10/27/2011).
Everyone please welcome Donna to the forum, and to being owned by a horse, this is Donna's very first horse of her own. :) We are very excited both for Donna and for Sugar Bear and we really look forward to hearing updates and seeing pictures of the two of them. Thank you so much for choosing adoption Donna, and congratulations! Here are a couple of pictures from adoption day, 10/27/2011, of Donna and her Sugar Bear. Attached Images
Congratulations, Donna! She sure looks like she lives up to her name. And you both have the same hair color! It was meant to be...
Congratulations Donna. *Sugar Bear* sure has a pretty face, and she looks nice. This has to be a VERY exciting day for you, being your FIRST horse. Wow, the fun you will have. Hope you bring the updates and stories of your new BEST BUD!!
Woohoo! Congrats to Donna and Sugar Bear and welcome to the forum!!
Congratulations Donna!! Your first horse - how exciting!!
Congratulations to Donna and Sugar Bear! That smiling face just says it all! Another beautiful adoption picture Karen.
Congratulations Sugar Bear & Donna! Donna, welcome to the wonderful world of horses!!
Congrats to Sugar Bear and Donna!! :D I love the second photo, they BOTH look so happy!
Congratulations and Welcome! hope to see updates and pictures soon!
We made it home last night at 6:45. Sugar Bear was wonderful the whole trip. We stopped to check on her in Wausau and she was calm as could be, munching her hay. She unloaded perfectly, backed out nice and slow, and it was dark. Walked right in the barn calmly, and into her stall nice and calm and acted like she had been there before. Loved, loved, loved the attention, didn't want Donna to leave the stall. They are going to be a great pair! :)
Wendy W - WI
Congratulations Donna! Your 1st horse. Did you get any sleep last night? :o) Looking forward to hearing about your new adventures.