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This morning we found my Awesome Mr Gibbs had walked over the Rainbow Bridge sometime during the night. It was totally unexpected, he was only 16, and there was no sign of a struggle, he just seemed to have dropped, no signs that his back legs kicked, a couple of scuffs in the soft ground by his front. We are thinking heart attack or aneurysm are most likely.
I confess that at times when I haven't been able to find Ace, I have wondered if she had gone, she's 26, but Gibbs? he was only 16. She is missing him, keeps calling for him which doesn't help.
He was my buddy, my friend, he brought me back to riding after my accident. He went from a stand-offish totally work focused ranch horse, to a best buddy, with a huge sense of humour and devilment. I am going to miss him terribly, I have never felt like this about any horse. A few friends have said that maybe he felt that it was OK to leave me in Fergies safe hooves now, so he could move on.....I would like to think so.
I miss you...
I got another OTTB gelding
It wasn't really planning to get him, but the same connection that I got my other gelding from needed a safe and trusted home for this guy.
What do you think of him?
He's 6 yr old
Jockey club name Grand Slam Kid (Alphabet Soup grandson)
... And I didn't even post him on here. Lol.
This afternoon we drove to Skookumchuck and picked up a horse for $1100 plus GST! He's really nice imo. He's a 14.3 hh Pintabian, Bay tobiano. He's 98% Arabian and 75% Crabbet. Got a real shine to his temperament! However he isn't broke to ride and needs to be gelded, which she was gonna do but due to the huge dump of snow we had this year couldn't get out of the drive. And the vets wouldn't do it after mid March cuz hes an older stallion and his jewels apparently are too big after then. So we'll be waiting til July for that I guess. Also, the seller says he's halter broke, but I think he needs some more work in that area... Halter broke shouldn't mean able to pull him around on the end of the lead rope. Lol. His hooves need doing, but he was just de-wormed yesterday. Also, he is very compact. I was expecting a bigger, longer horse from the pictures. He had about 2 ft of extra room in our small 2 horse! I think he'll make a nice little...
But I've got to get it off my chest.
Social media is driving me nuts lately, especially Instagram. I know that I would be better off to not say anything, and I don't go about telling people they are wrong on social media sites, they can do whatever they want to do, but that doesn't mean I'm not bothered by it.
There seems to be an obsession going around that wearing a flat brim hat and having a rope tied to your saddle makes you a "buckaroo". You don't need to be able to work a cow or use that rope, just dress the part and use a hashtag! I'm not just guessing that they lack those skills either, it's people I know and/or have rode with.
I've been roping and ranching most of my life (since I was physically able to), and it bothers me when someone labels me as a "cowgirl". It seriously makes me cringe.
Whatever happened to paying your dues and earning your stripes? That was a huge part of the Vaquero traditions, they and their horses had to earn the right to so much as tie a...
We are extra super excited about this one. So far, May has been our best producer. While we LOVE the Harley May cross, we wanted to try for a full double registered.
She is bred to 10x World Champion AQHA/APHA/PtHA Living Large
And May, as usual bigger than a house
Miss crabby pants.....
And tonight... We have just started a bag in the last few days (lot bigger than last night ) so likely still 3-4 weeks out
My 5 year old TB mare has been in training for 5 weeks now. Doing good once we figured out that heat cycles are definitely not her friend at all . She is starting to really work on balance at the canter still working on relaxing and realizing that she needs to go slow before she can go fast. She needed work on keeping her shoulder in and getting her legs under herself. She still has a while to go yet til I can start getting my lessons on her and she still comes into the session tense especially to the right (her bad direction) but by the end is going good and relaxing. She is struggling with weight/muscle so I changed up her feed program and will see where we go from there.
Its taking a lot for me to sit back and chill and let things go at this slow of a pace. I'm use to a previous trainer who had another horse of mine (also green at the time) on the pattern in less than 30 days. its tough sitting back and watching the slow progress with Ivy but I keep reminding myself every horse...
Looking to see pictures from those who have had their horses from colt/filly through to adulthood. Want to see foal pictures and then adult pictures!
I haven't owned my mare from when she was a foal, I only had her a few weeks, but I knew of her as a filly. So here she is as a filly, and then as a "grownup"
Alright, I figured I would start a thread for the Level 1 Championships! I'm a little excited if you couldn't tell.
The show is happening in Las Vegas April 19-23 at South Point Casino.
I will be arriving the 17th and my horse will be in the 17th or 18th. I'm showing in Level 1 Amateur Hunter hack on the 20th and HUS and Eq (both Level 1 and Rookie) on the 21st.
Anyone else going? I know at least one or two from here is planning to attend! Share pics and which classes you're going to do if you want!
And just so everyone else doesn't feel left out, if you're doing one of the other Level 1 Championships feel free to share.
Old photo for me (my horse was 3 here) but one of the only showring photos I have.
..."Lord that is one ugly piece of work."
I'm not talking your exes new partner, I'm talking about bridles, saddles, breast collars and so on.
Hahaha I think it would be fun if everyone would share what items make them look twice and wonder "who in their right mind would buy this?"!
I'll share mine in a bit, I have a long list of "do not want" items.
so this is basically just going to be a thread about my journey with cas! i'm going to post every day, and this is basically going to be a little journal (day 1, day 2, etc.) i'm going to start today, and i'll tell what i worked on and how he responded and i'll add some pictures too!
I figured I would start this little girl her own "training" thread, so we can all watch her progress!
She'sa 2012 AQHA mare registered as "SH Casually Hip". Purchased for $550 as a yearling. I spelled it wrong when I entered it into All Breed and lost my login information.... my bad! Sh Caually Hip Quarter Horse
She was born and raised to be a ranch horse, and that's exactly what she is going to be (for now). Eventually I wouldn't mind getting her into team roping and if she shows an aptitude for it, barrels.
I'm going to post TONS of pictures and videos if I can!
I'm gonna keep the blabbering short and get right into it!
The day she came home:
A very awkward 2yo pic:
Her first ride (she was a real rank one). As a 3 year old:
And I was really busy so I don't really have much on her until the fall of her 3 year old year and her 4yo year.
I was away at school the fall of her 3yo year, so my mom was actually riding her and took her out for some roundups! She did get extremely...
We're a little over a month out from her 'due' date, so I figured I'd go ahead and get her foaling thread up!
Marvel (Pretty Baby Bo) is 'due' April 16th (Easter Sunday!). This is her first foal (and my first personal foal), so I'd like to think we're both pretty excited .
Sire is Cruze Mode:
Post your crosses and unknown origin horses here!
I'll start. This is my horse that as best I can tell is mainly QH/Arabian with a possible dash of Appy. You can't see it here but she does have some random pick patches of skin and striped hooves like an App.
She adores rolling. This picture is from a year or two ago. She is approx. 21 now. I was never sure of her age. The idiots I got her from couldn't be relied on for accurate information. She could have been anywhere from 3-7. She was malnourished and majorly mishandled. It's taken a long time to work out her issues.
Well I wanted to jump on this foaling band wagon!!! My mare Cash N Chexx aka Bea is a maiden mare and is at 317 days today. She is bred to a little dun reigning stallion named Dun Walla Walla. DNA test show that the only color combination possible from this cross is a Bay or a Dun. I am personally hoping for a dun colt with some white if the stars align. Mare does have a star and a coronet band, stud only has a crooked little snip. In the past few days there have been some HUGE changes in Bea. First off the baby finally dropped and is hanging low instead of high and tight like it has for the whole pregnancy. Her udder has ballooned and all the right places are loose and ready. Her vulva has also doubled in size seemingly over night. Now enough of my talking and here are the pictures!
Today day 317
Udder today 317
And the sire Dun Walla Walla
Why is it important to ask the horse to engage his/her core and lift their back ? Why is important to ride in a particular way, to ask the horse to carry themselves in a particular way, and to examine your own position and core strength? Why create space between the vertebrae and flexibility both longitudinally and latitudinally ?
Farasi is at 304 days today and boy is she uncomfortable!
She is in foal to Fiontar Mac Tire, a Double Dilute Perlino Connemara
She is a maiden mare but has been massive for months. Even at 4 month along my vet and I could tell she was pregnant, at 9 months she looked like she should have been due any day. This poor mare is going to have one big baby! (She was checked for twins by my vet)
She has had a very small yet consistent bag for almost 2 weeks now (it went down a bit yesterday) and her muscles have been slowly relaxing for over 2 weeks as well.
She is finally losing her ultra witchy attitude towards the other horses that started a few months after being bred...though truly I think its more about her trying to be careful then not wanting to chase them
Don't worry, I'll post current pictures from my phone in a minute...
Figured I'd start her foaling thread now that we are getting closer and getting bag development.
Calypso is bred to Pale Face Dunnit. Yes originally it was supposed to be V but we ran into complications after trying for a few months, so as a last attempt at not losing the breeding I switched to Calypso with vet's agreement.
Foal will be AQHA/APHA. PFD is a dunalino ee AA and calypso is EE AA, so only colors possible is bay, bay dun, dunskin, or buckskin. She foaled 340 last pregnancy, but seems to be ahead of her pattern from last time, this year.
With last foal by different sire.
Boobage yesterday at 293
Me and my boyfriend left Friday around noon for our trip from San Antonio, Texas to Phoenix, Arizona to get my new horse. It was a 1007 mile drive one way. We made it there Saturday just before 1 pm.
I tried out the horse..... And loved her! She's so sweet. No buck, kick, bite, rear, nothing.
Her only bad habits that I could find are that she doesn't stand still when held or tied. She doesn't pull back, but she paces. And she sticks her tongue out constantly plays with the bit no matter what.
Both things can easily be fixed though, so no worries about that.
She was bred as a 3 yo to the biggest stud the people could find at the time and the baby was so big it had to be cut out of her. She's nearly 7 now and is perfectly healthy. She just needs a couple stitches so she doesn't make noise when she runs. And if we ever choose to breed her, some other stitches need to be removed first.
I'm not into the breeding thing, so she will most likely never be bred. But my boyfriend knows about...
I don't even have my 2017 foal born yet, but Chloe is being bred again. I have a sort of relative thread on this, but this one will be the official one.
A little history, I won a breeding at a benefit auction to Copy Cat. Copy Cat is a clone of High Brow Cat. CC is unshown, but is broke to ride, he's unshown because he's worth more as a breeding stallion than a competition horse.
To start my 2017 breeding journey, I was put in contact with a guy in Ocala Florida who does the mare care and foaling out for some friends, he also works in conjunction with a very good repro vet. I took Chloe to Florida February 26th, she was checked the following day but was in her transitional heat. I got a phone call this morning saying she'd been checked and the semen has been ordered, Chloe will be bred tomorrow!!!!!!.
I could barely finish my work, I was so excited!!! This will be an embryo transfer also, as I have...
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