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Becca Wernette (Al's owner) is known for browsing the internet looking for cheap horses. In February 2013 she found Cora. After negotiating with the current owner, Cora came to live at Cedar Lodge just before Valentines Day.
Cora is a beautiful imported Westphalian warmblood. She is fairly small (short legs) standing 15.2 hands. She was born in 1995, and has a heart shaped star that stands out against her blood bay color.
Cora's history said that she had bounced around from farm to farm and owner to owner. She had a great education, but some not so happy homes along the way. When she came to Cedar Lodge she was underweight and defensive. Every ride she expected to fight, and was often very strong. Throughout the rest of the winter, and into Spring Kali, Kendra, Becca, and Ashley gave her happy rides. They worked on letting her settle, and never picking a fight. They were diligent, as they all knew there was a good, talented horse underneath the anger. After a couple months of constant flat work, cross rails were introduced, and another battle insued. Cora had learned to jump in a way to guard herself against bad spots, poor releases, and fast courses. Cora's jump was HUGE. For months she took cross rails like they were three foot goblins, and could not trot a fence. On top of her jumping the fences big, her natural bascule made the fences feel even bigger often giving her rider air between them and the saddle.
She attended a schooling show with Kali in May where the cross rails became goblins again, but by the time camp rolled around in June Cora had settled into her new life. She was quiet, happy, on her her way to being fat.
Cora has learned to trot fences, but she is a mare that is adamant that she knows her job better than you. She is a favorite at IEA shows, and a fantastic show team horse with all the poise needed to get you noticed in the ring. Her jump has greatly improved, and the good, talented horse that we saw early on has had a chance to shine again.
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