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And I really didn't need another horse but I'm a sucker and they all see me coming. She's a grade mostly blind 8yo mare that I picked up from a KB in IL. Super nice looking mare and smart. I literally have no expectations from her other than basic ground manners. She can stand around and be eye candy for all I care. Fencing is all blind horse friendly and I, unfortunately, have experience managing horses with moonblindness. First things first is to give her a few days to relax and acclimate to her new surroundings before I have the vet out for an overall assessment then go from there... I'd like to buddy her up with Morgan who is low man on the totem pole and mellow but we'll play it by ear. So this is either Helen or Violet... I haven't decided which yet
See the guilty face? On a normal day, no loose horses allowed in the arena. Buuuuut.....with snow and the freezing temps, there hadn't been a warm body (including my own after 3 hours out there) all afternoon.
So I grabbed some pictures .
Please critique. She's a bit of a mutt- Fjord/Morgan cross, but a very willing heart, and legs like cast iron!
I've been lurking and reading threads and have seen a LOT of posts and comments of people firmly saying to NEVER EVER run a horse "home" when out on hacks.
I want to break this down and really understand the meaning and reasoning in this.
Of course I've heard this lots and it was the golden rule in my childhood years on lesson horses.
It's also a "rule" that I stopped obeying many years ago.
I "run"my horses home. Sometimes. Not always. It all depends on the overall speed and tone of the ride. My horses are boarded , but the stable is a 15 minute ride from an entire,MASSIVE mountain trail system. Some days I go for a 20 minute hack on the shoulder of the road, some days it's 5 hours of bush and mountain bike tracks. Either way... if I'm out on a faster paced ride I'm not walking the entire way back the second I turn around. That's not feasible on long mountain rides. And if I go out to do a long loose trot on the road shoulder I'll do it part of the way back too ( walk long enough...
Just purchased this OTTB as an event prospect
What are your thoughts?
Any critiques on his confirmation or pedigree?
15.1 HH 5 yr old gelding
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Day before yesterday, one of the women at the barn had a bad fall and hit her head hard on the pavement. I still haven't heard how she's doing.
She was riding a horse for a friend who was sick. The horse is a 5-year-old Haffie and he's known to be a little rat. The woman who bought him got him out of state and I personally think she was lied to about his training. He's too much horse for her and of course he's strong. He's gotten her off a few times now and has learned he can get away with it. [side note - I've always felt the old axiom that you need to get right back on after a fall was not so much to keep yourself from losing your nerve but to let the horse know "we don't do that!"]
Anyway, this other woman who is quite experienced offered to ride him. He took off with her and before she could get him under control, he threw her. I wasn't there so I don't know all the details but she landed hard and hit her head. Not sure if she was wearing a helmet but I imagine she was....
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