Absaroka | NA Ekspertka



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  • Welcome to my scrapbook! Here at Absaroka, we breed Arabians to compete in endurance racing. We also train them in dressage in order to improve how they carry themselves, and if we feel they are skilled enough, we will also compete them in beginner levels. At present we have two competing mares.

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    A grey named Absaroka Monaco, known around the barn as Mona. She is calm and focused on the trail, but can get hot around other horses. She is a bit of a bully, but Candy holds her own. Mona is also our greatest expense because of her habit of leaning on fences. She has forced us to upgrade to reinforced fencing around the mare pastures. Before we did this she lead four escape missions, showing Candy around our poor neighbour's pear orchard.

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    And a chestnut named Absaroka Candy Apple, also known as Candy. She is an efficient mover, but spooks easily. Many a calm evening ride were ruined when a breeze caused the trees to make incredibly dangerous shadows that we MUST run away from. We are currently working on convincing her that the flapping flags that mark our route will not, in fact, torture her to death. Off the trail, she is the moderator of our mare pasture. Seeming to resolve any conflict that Mona might cause with the others.



  • I hope it's ok to comment? :) First of all, your album looks so lovely already, can't wait to see more! I really like how detailed your horses look like, and those eye lashes make them look so adorable <3



  • It's absolutely ok to comment, and thank you! I don't remember whose scrapbook I saw that put eyelashes, I've been on hiatus so long it might have been the old forum lol, but I thought it looked so nice on their horses. I still need to practice to make mine look as nice as theirs was.



  • Two beautiful mares :heart_decoration:



  • Your mares look stunning :)



  • @Lidija-Rotherford said in Absaroka | First Mares:

    Two beautiful mares :heart_decoration:

    @Serena-Bass said in Absaroka | First Mares:

    Your mares look stunning :)

    Thank you both!

    Welcome Eye of the Hurricane, a Crabbet stallion imported by Kiha Kim. He'll be the last of our foundation horses, joining the endurance team.
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    He's very high energy, which can be a problem with endurance. As he's only five, and his real endurance training is only just starting, we are hoping he will begin to mellow out.



  • What a lovely boy!



  • That stallion look so full of energy <3



  • beautiful stallion <3



  • Oooh what a movement! :yellow_heart:



  • @Jade-Nguyen said in Absaroka | Welcome Eye of the Hurricane:

    What a lovely boy!

    @Serena-Bass said in Absaroka | Welcome Eye of the Hurricane:

    That stallion look so full of energy <3

    @Nina-Ricchi said in Absaroka | Welcome Eye of the Hurricane:

    beautiful stallion <3

    @Luna-Andrews said in Absaroka | Welcome Eye of the Hurricane:

    Oooh what a movement! :yellow_heart:

    Thank you all!



  • One of my favourite pastimes is just sitting by the pastures and watching our horses interact. Here's a picture of Mona in one of her moods, like 'zoomies' for a dog. Candy just looks on, she's got much more important grass to munch.

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  • Here's introducing our staff, more are to come eventually.

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  • Here's my first little attempt at a story. I hope it works, I wouldn't exactly call myself a storyteller.

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    Max had already tacked the horses up when I arrived.
    “I got ‘em warmed up a bit too, so we can skip the arena warm-up.” Max shouted as I walked towards her.
    She always was impatient.
    “Right on, let’s go!” I replied. I figured if I pretended to be happy long enough about being dragged out of my warm bed to go on a maintenance run when it’s 10 degrees out, eventually I’d actually believe it. At least soon, even Max will agree it’s too cold to train outdoors, and we’ll finally get to focus on my favorite: dressage in an indoor arena. Still, until then, it’s long conditioning rides every Friday. I suppress a groan.

    We mount up and set off down our trail.

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    Edit: that is supposed to say sunrise, not sunset, whoops!



  • Pff, conditionin rides are very important :P Well, maybe not so early in the morning though haha :D



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  • I applied for Zahid's brumby clinic, you can read my application, and a bit about a new staff member, here

    Let’s pretend that I got Ekspertka when it was still warm and summery because I didn’t want this set in winter, mmkay?

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    Our newest arrival is a Polish Arabian imported by @Breanna-Fahnestock. Her name is NA Ekspertka. She’s been spending the last two weeks in the quarantine barn and is starting to settle in to life at Absaroka.
    “She’s gorgeous, Maxine. You made a great choice” Brooke was standing on the fence, gushing over our new arrival.
    “Glad to hear you like her, I’m not so sure.” Max simply leaned against the fence, and watched the mare trot along in her turnout pen.
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    “What do you mean?”
    “Look at how she moves Brooke, she’ll never be able to calm that down enough to do well.” Brooke’s smile faltered. Max was right, she was awfully flashy for endurance.

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    “Yeah… I guess so.” Brooke stared at the ground. Since she’d arrived, Brooke had been head over heels for Ekspertka. But now it seems that Max may not be keeping her. Maxine looked up at her dejected friend and employee.
    “Now, I suppose I did promise you free boarding for one horse of your own. So uh…” Max offered, not quite sure how to say she was giving the mare to Brooke. Brooke looked up, eyes wide and mouth open.
    “Really!” She smiled
    “Really”
    “Oh Max, she’ll do fantastic with me in dressage. You’ll see!”
    “I can imagine, especially with you as her trainer”
    “I don’t know how to thank you, this is more than I could have ever imagined!”



  • I love your arabians, they're really stunning :)
    Ekspertka is probably my favorite.



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