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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....
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!!
Figured I should do a quick update on my new girl.
So I bought her as a 7 y/o fixing to turn 8 year old 14.2 hony, and found out she was a recently turned 6 y/o 15hh horse.
Once she cleared her vet visit and all that other stuff I was cleared to move her into the barn. Did intros over the fence and all that fun stuff in an adjoining paddock. Initial turn out went very well, a bit of running around on her part, minimal drama when the others approached. Appeared to be a pretty smooth transition. Then someone went and bit her in the lady parts a few days later right after evening turnout. So we kept her in at night the last couple of nights, which she is fine with except during turnout when she decided she was going to go out and jumped the stall door. A scrape but otherwise fine. Now her window gets closed. Aside from evening turnout she is quite content to stand and eat hay, and suffer me treating her lady parts. She takes that as well as can be I suppose, doesn't offer to kick,...
I wanted to make a thread about my horse Flash, as he grows and eventually something to follow once I start breaking him. He is a Dutch Harness Horse and my main focus for him will be dressage. I tend to get pic heavy in the spring/summer so most of my updating will be then I'm sure!
Here are some pics starting when I first got him at 6 months old - he is now over a year and half.
He has gone through some pretty wonky growth spurts lol
So far I have handled him a lot this past summer. Mostly grooming, a little bit in hand (walk, trot, whoa beside me), introductions to tarp, and he loves swimming! He's great with dogs, I bring my shepherd out to the farm with me and play with his "chuck it" while Flash grazes so he got pretty used to me throwing balls over his head, back etc and crazy dogs running around him I've walked him all around the property and in the farmers field next door, he definitely prefers being outdoors, nothing bothers him!
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......
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.
This year, I unknowingly bought a pregnant mare.
I didn't find out about it until two months before she foaled.
Today I sat down and sorted out a bunch of my vet bills to put in her folder, and added it up.
JUST FOR THE VET BILLS RELATED TO THE PREGNANCY AND DELIVERY
That does not include feed. It does not include any pregnant mare vaccines or ultrasounds, it does not include the meds or vet calls for her foal when he got pnemonia.
Something to chew on.
Was thinking about this because someone suggested I could sell my (grade, unknown bReed foal out of an unproven grade mystery breed mare) and "get my money back"
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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