Mighty Misty

Meet Misty, of Twisted Oak Ranch.

Heavy

Misty belongs to the barn.  She’s Nancy’s PMU rescue draft (cross?) baby.  Although not exactly a baby any more – she’s all grown up.

Makes Valiosa look like a pony.

Hello

I hopped on the chance to ride her – she by far qualifies as the widest horse ridden so far.

draft mare

Misty hasn’t had a chance for much limelight yet.  Despite being very broke and a true attention lover.

draft dressage

So today – giving her a well-earned 15 seconds of fame on the blog.

Go Misty!

She is so.  Wide.  I can’t even.

riding wide horses

With no dressage education to speak of, she’s a bit like a wall to ride, if that makes sense.  A very kind, warm, and quick to stop, sort of wall.

PMU Dressage

It’s a joint workout and a stretch, riding her.

Misty of Twisted Oak Ranch

You?  Tried something new lately?

25 thoughts on “Mighty Misty

    1. Yep. Streeeetch. Hm…
      It’s funny, how different it suddenly positions everything. Going from riding smallish horses most of the time, where it’s very easy to feel like a bean pole sort of – with the upper body (sort of leaning or flailing more easily), then to a horse like this, where you feel like there’s just not ENOUGH of you to hold it all together. I ran out of both legs and upperbody length 🙂

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      1. Yes, interesting comment. On my pony I often feel like my upper body has TOO much influence. The slightest tilt and I can screw him up, in other words. My weight – and leverage – are exaggerated compared to his. Even though I don’t weigh all that much, it’s just that he’s pretty small. On a big horse it’s all a lot more stable. So with a really small horse or pony, you have to be that much more confirmed in everything, so sometimes I wish he were bigger so my mistakes wouldn’t be so darn amplified. On the other hand, he is easy to stop, start, and turn, which is awfully convenient in a crowded warmup arena. A huge horse like Misty can be a lot to maneuver (I remember, I’ve ridden horses like that). Not to mention the STRETCH in the thighs. I think your Valiosa looks to be just the right size, actually. Compact enough to be maneuverable and light to ride, but big enough to carry you well.

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        1. You’ve confirmed exactly how I feel when riding smaller sized horses – the upper body simply feels too long sometimes. I would imagine it takes A LOT of control to get as far as you have with Finn. I tend to collapse the inside ribs a bit too much, sigh…
          I DO hope Valiosa will turn out to be just the right size for me – she feels great already!

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          1. You two look very much in synch already. I think it’s going to be a great partnership! As for Finn, I am discovering I need to work harder to get my core in shape. A stable core is that much more important on a small guy like him…three weeks until the championships and I’m kind of motivated to do those planks!

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          2. Oh yeah, I have plenty of those days. I’m continually impressed by your posts where you are riding all kinds of horses (remembering that WIDE one especially!), and you always look very fit and strong. I, on the other hand, have succumbed to late middle age sag. Blaaaaaah. So it must be opposed strenuously. Ugg. I think I’ll have some more coffee now. Wish I had a donut to go with it.

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          3. Ahhhh, Thank You!! Trying to keep my old long distance body intact. An increasing challenge.
            By the way, I am now scheduled to be sitting with the judge scribing on September 17th at CDS. The entire morning shift until 2 pm. Hoping hoping you will be there! It would be so fun to meet. Leaving town Friday through Sunday so will sadly miss all the other action…

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          4. I’m trailering in on 9/17, planning to arrive mid-morning, so I hope we can meet! Let me know which judge you are scribing for (when they tell you) and I will try to catch you at the lunch break. You can go find Finn in his stall, too 🙂 I’ll let you know where he’ll be staying. We probably don’t show until Sat/Sun, so you won’t see us ride, but I’ll likely blog about it. Hopefully it will be a good experience. Undoubtedly it will be a LEARNING experience 🙂

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          5. Oh how fun!! We’ll find each other there, one way or another. Filll you in on details about my location once they tell me!
            If anything I’ll head over to his stall during lunch break.
            I may toss mountain bike in car to bring – saves a lot of time on the showgrounds!

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          6. Yikes, the grounds are that big??? I did look at the map provided on the website but I just can’t wrap my head around it. Praying for cool weather…but I know it’s likely to be HOT. I know you’re used to it, but I’m a wimp who thinks anything over 85 is miserable.

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          7. Nah, it’s not that huge. I just know from experience that if I need to move more than twice from one extreme end to the other, it is a huge waste of time to just be hoofing it 🙂
            Most likely you will be able to walk just fine from trailer parking – stalls and then to practice arenas. No worries. But yes, most likely it will absolutely be above 85. We ARE going to be cooling off in the morning hours though by mid Sept – you can do this!
            Bring loose sundress to change into – does wonders for post ride clammy skin 🙂

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          8. Excellent idea! Loose sundress sounds nice and cooling. Damp breeches and sports bra are so nasty to wear for hours (and of course I’ve done it). I wear all kinds of tech fabric but still…I’m excited to be there but very nervous about the show. Check out the funny video I posted…oh wait, I think I might have put it on my FB page. I’ll post it to Horsesage, too. It’s priceless.

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          9. Love the Schramm video! Now that’s the right attitude! Go to the show, be a star, make some tiny mistakes, but mostly do extremely well, and then congratulate yourself on making it to such a prestigous show!!!
            It will be awesome!

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          10. “Givin’ the judge some chills…” (or words to that effect – of course I forget the words!). I am definitely going to watch it again so I can giggle to imagine it in my head and have a good giggle just before I hit the centerline. You have to laugh at yourself a little and not take it TOO seriously. Now if only I had those cool (not) sunglasses…

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  1. I feel for you. We have our own “Misty” at Willow Tree except her name is Penny. Nice big hunk of bay draft cross, complete with the same wavy tail. And the 747 wide body. I’m only 5’2″ so sitting on that wideness is quite a stretch for me, too.

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        1. Yes. My teenage days of being able to pull off pretty much anything are over.
          I never really remember getting sore from anything back then.
          Now I almost only have to look at the pitchfork and my shoulders ache; )

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    1. She’s very kind and has never offered to come up with any naughtiness with me. She’ll try her very best to do what’s asked of her, and being that she doesn’t get ridden all that often – she usually comes out very happy to get to do some work.
      I ride her bareback because I feel she moves out better – she’s absolutely huge over the shoulders and most saddle trees would be too narrow for her. That said – she goes just fine in a saddle too of course.

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