My Horse Forum
Docs Legally Blonde, aka Jessie, aka Miss Mare is going to have a big year in 2017, as am I Forewarning, I like to write and this will likely end up a novel, but I thought it would be nice to have our progress in one spot
Truth time. I have had Miss Mare since she was 5 years old, and she turns 17 in May. I was only 11 when I got her, and have spent the last few years practically starting over with her due to the "training" I instilled back then. We currently go out on trails and dabble around in a dressage arena She has a solid walk, trot, leg yield (struggles more moving left, slight bend right), start of shoulder in, yields on the forehand and hindquarters very well, solid w/t to halt and halt to w/t transitions, has a killer rein back, is usually light in the bridle, moves forward with nice energy, has been using her hind end well and reaching under herself, and is overall very responsive to light aids. She is very thick through the throatlatch, and has a...
So, i just got into a HUGE argument on facebook with a "trainer" (and i use this word in the absolute loosest of terms) Over what bits, or rather the lack thereof, i use when starting colts.
I've always been a firm believer in "less is more". I start ALL of my horses in a rope halter. Yes, they wear headstall over it to get used to the feeling of the bit, but most of the time, i will do the first several rides at least in just a halter. No matter what discipline, they all start in a halter.
This chick went in on me for not immediately starting all my horses in a bit. Like, a shanked bit.......i was like. "what??" Yeah, she said any western horse should go straight to a curb bit so they learn whats expected of them. What is that even supposed to mean? I don't know. all i know is, i will NEVER be sending her any of my horses......
So for those of you who were helping me before obviously my letter didn't work now I am pressing charges but to cover myself I will be sending out a new letter with some revisions and need feedback. I do not know what else to do in this situation. I believe I've went above and beyond my responsibility but she seems to think she is above the law.... any help would be appreciated. The letter will be notarized and sent out tomorrow as a certified letter. I'm tired of the games.
City & State
I am writing you regarding your fence, your stallions and yourself. On November 13, 2016 your stallions got out of your pasture and were trespassing onto our property trying to tear through our fence. I couldn't reach you by phone and was forced to call the police department. I ran your stallions off of our fence multiple times to no avail. You came out that night and instead of moving them or fixing the fence you...
Anyone want me to look for a horse for them?
And I'm NOT buying anything.
No, really. I'm not.
Heard that at the barn a couple of days ago when a very fresh young horse dumped his rider and ran back to his stall.
Luckily the rider has more sense than to listen to the person who offered THAT helpful piece of advice but it really does make me cringe sometimes when I hear the stuff some people come out with.
Another one came from a woman who has not been out to do anything with her horse for almost a year. "We've been remodeling our house," she explained. "And I took a class so that's had me busy."
I wanted to say, "Yes, I understand - I just finished law school and I'm studying for the bar now" but didn't bother. Why have a horse? I don't get it.
What's the most jaw-dropping bit of "helpful advice" you've heard lately?
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