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After our ride on Saturday I was hanging about in the arena with Fergie, watching someone using a gel pressure pad to check their saddle fit...so going to borrow that soon.
I was leaning against the rails, when the star teenager came through with her saddle, and starts cleaning it. I'm chatting and Fergie is looking at, kind of sniffing the saddle, not touching, not being rude just close. Star teenager then says, "do you like my new saddle?" Well had to admit I do like the look of it...then the shocker, "I have to clean it everytime I use it, its a $6500 saddle"
Fergie and I very quickly moved several steps back from this expensive thing of beauty.......my horse and saddle combined only cost a third of that
She is a great kid, and her mum works so hard to keep her and her horse in the style they have been accustomed to, but I do wonder if she NEEDS that price of a saddle. LOL, I just would be scared to leave it in the tack room, I wouldn't carry it to the arena to clean,...
So I'm a failure and a hypocrite.
Last night I was cruising on Facebook and saw a photo of a horse that I first thought was the ugliest thing I'd ever seen, and almost as fast I fell in love with him. On a feed lot in Oklahoma. I... looked at his video and he was sweet and gaited... so I bought him.
I've now contacted a hub where he will hangout till my favorite hauler can get him.
I've always told myself I would NEVER buy from a feedlot, but oh my gosh i couldn't resist! It was out of my control. He just has the kindest eyes, and seeing his personality in the video pushed me over the edge. The guy who works there said he meets him at the gate every morning and that he's just an all around sweet guy.
He will be getting a FULL vet workup ASAP. My plans for him are just to be a nice little trail horse and barn buddy for my other horses. Not a hard life lol. I can't wait to get him all cleaned up, I think he will be decent.
Name ideas are...
I found this article, it made an interesting read.
A Horse’s Sense of Fairness
A Horse’s Sense of Fairness
Published February 8, 2017 Leave a Comment
“Does my horse have a sense of fairness?” Recently, one of my Interactive Academy members asked me this question—a question that no one has ever asked me during my forty years of teaching people to ride horses. I’ve been working with this rider for a while now. She’s working through my 12-month curriculum with her horse to help improve her own horsemanship, as well as advance her horse’s training. Those endeavors involve improving your own leadership skills. Considering her leadership skills led to the question. So, does a horse have a sense of fairness?
Your horse’s point of view, on any given subject may be (and probably is) quite different than your own. What your horse views as unfair...
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...
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....
Time for a new thread as other running long! Stetson had his first show today, and WON his Junior Reining class! Trainer entered him but had the intentions of just using the grounds for exposure but ended up doing the class. Won in a 70.5 in a class of 6. Not bad!! Hes been started slow and weather has him with a month less riding then we hoped for but I cant complain. He has about 110 days on him in total under saddle if you include his breaking in. Also his first breeding season and he covered his last mare a week ago. So happy with him and looking forward to his next show in 2 weeks, then the futurity
The thread on Older horses and moral obligations made me think of one of the most frequent comments I get--
"So are you going to sell your horse/colt and buy a trail/beginner/cow horse?"
The answer to this is always "No, a lot of people donated money to help me buy her and get her home, and I promised I would be her forever home--And that goes for Quest too."
And the response is:
"Oh well, that doesn't mean anything legally!"
Well, no. I guess it doesn't. A couple of the people who donated the most money/time are on my facebook, and I post pictures and updates on there, and those people share the updates to the rest of the people (Most of whom I don't know and will never know) and they love it.
I could unfriend them on facebook, or even not, and just sell her or Quest to someone else and buy a 'better' one, and no one could ever make a stink about it. I never signed a contract. I never even met any of these people, and I do not owe them a thing--I have taken good care of her...
I'm not sure how reliable this source is, but:
"Washington – The USDA announced today that new rules prohibiting the use of padded shoes, chains, action devices, and other methods of soring horses have become law. The rule states, in part “Amend the regulations to prohibit use of pads, substances, and action devices on horses at horse shows, exhibitions, sales, and auctions…” Horse owners have 30 days to comply after publication of the final rule to cease using all action devices, except certain boots, at shows, sales or auctions. Pads and wedges are outlawed starting Jan 1, 2018."
Pads and Chains Outlawed
Everyone on my FB keeps sharing this, so I thought I'd share here.
ETA: A couple more sources:
Obama administration, USDA finalize rule to protect Tennessee walking horses
USEF Supports New USDA Soring Rules for Tennessee Walking Horses and Racking Horses
So, a friend of mine that I know from FB, does halter horses on the Amateur level, but is looking to breed "up" to the top show AQHA show levels. He's been putting feelers out there for a suitable 5 panel neg and NN stud to breed his mare too. He SPECIFIED in his post.....NO NH studs, must be World Champs with World Champ babies. So, some people post options and then 2 wannabees post that with his mare he NEEDS to breed to an NH stud to get a good baby. And if it's a show prospect then a resale, why should he care if he breeds to an NH stud...meaning why should he care if the baby is NH. I was INFURIATED!!!!
Here's the response I left and the one I got from one of the yahoos:
"Just a little saddened to see a couple people trying to talk you into an NH stud Paul. IMHO, that's irresponsible breeding.....taking the chance on perpetuating a genetic mutation. You don't need NH to have a kick ass halter horse, and don't let anyone tell you otherwise."
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I have appeared on these forums as Reinsaway, jabigail96, Belgianlover, BLMustang, and possibly others? Almost always under false pretenses that I at least partially truly believed. ( Or made myself to believe? ) I abused this amazing platform, and as I'm healing I increasingly am haunted by the crushed feeling of every time I was found out, or I realized I was blatantly creating these scenarios sometimes even involving real horses with whom I had no connection, and I feel all of you deserve an explanation. I'm not asking for sympathy, or to ever be allowed back here, I just want to make things right. (Sorry for the length)
So about three years ago now, I was in a really bad spot. The psychological abuse I have suffered since birth at the hands of my mother, and later my father and stepmom (I wont go onto details) Led to me seeking any outlet that might make me feel like I really existed, drifting into full psychosis at times.. but unfortunately this often left out any sense of...
It's funny seeing all these foals pop up "born" on January 2nd and 3rd. Seen a few cutting horses, and now American Pharoah's first born. Seems awfully close to being a 2016 baby! But you know how you can talk those mares into waiting till new year's!!
I haven't posted Fancy here in AGES and she's a chunky chubby older lady now Thought I'd see what you all think. She's been my all-arounder since I got her at coming 4. She's done lower-level H/J, Eventing, Foxhunting/Hunter Paces and lots of good trail riding and camping. Couldn't ask for a better heart horse!
Photo taken today. She's been out of work all winter through no fault of her own
I like the threads that other people have about their horse and the progress they are making throughout the year so I decided to make my own. It's probably better than making a new thread each time my horse does something good or bad haha. And that way those of you who want to follow our progress can, and those who don't care at all won't have to open this thread!
So most of you already know, but just to make this a real "progress blog" I guess I should give a bit of a background story- Rain is my mare I bought this past June. After my mom's mare came around a few years ago I said I'd never get a mare again. I prefer my gelding much more. However, Rain is from the same breeder as Sublime and I thought it was worth it to take a look at her because she was in my price range and I love this breeder's horses. I looked at Rain a year or so prior at a training facility that had her and decided she was way too much to handle for me at the time. She was in training for the ASB western...
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......
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