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    01-26-2012, 11:04 AM
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Originally Posted by Roperchick    

The wash is a really good place to get your horse in shape. Its nice and deep so its extra work for trotting and loping but it also goes on like forever and its a great place to run.
Just curious, what's a wash?
     
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    01-26-2012, 11:17 AM
  #12
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Originally Posted by DrumRunner    
Just curious, what's a wash?
Its a sandy creek bottom..without the creek. It may only run after a storm.


I have admitted on here that my barrel racing career was very short lived, and don't know much about it...lol...but one of the horses I was riding I would breeze about once a week. It took me a while to figure her out...I thought she was hurting had her chiro_ed, vetted...but I found, that if I didn't breeze her she would buck during the pattern. I started breezing her she never bucked during the pattern and paid a lot more attention to me. It just depends on the horse I think. I had built a 1/4 mile track with the tractor and kept it nice..nothing like doing a faceplant at 30 mph.
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    01-26-2012, 11:31 AM
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Originally Posted by COWCHICK77    
Its a sandy creek bottom..without the creek. It may only run after a storm.
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Ohhh I gotcha now..Here it's just a dried up creek bed..lol not a wash.
     
    01-26-2012, 11:32 AM
  #14
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When I go on trail rides, a lot of the places have dirt roads for the trails. On the straight part I really like to open Sassy up, she never gets to go fast and it helps me build confidence while I am on her. And it's fun. Sassy never acts like she is going to blow up after it, she's just a little more awake and wants to carry on at a nice trot.

There was one field I was able to let Rosie open up in, it was just sold short grass, no holes sticks nothing. It was awesome! Nothing like having a 21 year old out shine the younger horses;)
     
    01-26-2012, 12:04 PM
  #15
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For the record, DrumRunner its a dry creek bed here too....Nothing like vocabulary to brighten up your day ;D
     
    01-26-2012, 12:19 PM
  #16
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Originally Posted by SorrelHorse    
For the record, DrumRunner its a dry creek bed here too....Nothing like vocabulary to brighten up your day ;D
lol At least I'm not the only one to call it that!..I've never heard it called a wash before. I've heard of things being "washed out" but never just a wash..
     
    01-26-2012, 12:47 PM
  #17
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LOL...well the desert is strange...I think I read somewhere that more people drown in Az. Than anywhere else because of the "washes" that flood during a rain storm or a monsoon. Everyone rides horses, fourwheelers..whatever in the "washes" and they flash flood.
     
    01-26-2012, 10:59 PM
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Cool :) Where I live, the ground is primarily sand, so the sand roads are soft and a great place to go for a breeze, or, for the seasoned roping horses, have a race for the heck of it ^.^
     
    01-26-2012, 11:09 PM
  #19
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Yes. I breeze all my horses.

I think it is especially important for young horses in training to learn HOW to stretch out and run. Much easier to teach that in a wide open space, than an arena with fences.

My barrel horse LOVES to run. I only let him do it once or twice a week, and he is only allowed to take off when I say so. If he's going to get antsy about it, we don't run until he is listening completely to me first.

I have lots of dug-up farmland available to breeze in. Or else a "new" alfalfa field or hay field that hasn't had the time to sit there and fill up with mole holes. However, no area is 100% hole free. And I expect my horses to pay attention. Plus, I've raced across much worse ground chasing after a stray cow when moving cattle. I expect my horses to know where their feet are and get the job done no matter what the footing is. They race around the holes and rocks in the pasture at their own accord, so they can do the same with me on their back.

So far in 25 years of riding, I've never had a horse fall on account of hitting a hole while running. Had one slip on the grass once. Had one trip over her own feet once. And had one just plain fall to her knees on the gravel road for no reason. Yea, there's been trips and stumbles here and there. But never had one fall for hitting a hole while running. Not saying it can't happen, but I trust in my horses to carry me.

I am 100% PRO-breezing.

Plus, I think it's a blast. One of the best things about riding a horse.
     
    01-26-2012, 11:20 PM
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Originally Posted by beau159    
Yes. I breeze all my horses.

I think it is especially important for young horses in training to learn HOW to stretch out and run. Much easier to teach that in a wide open space, than an arena with fences.

My barrel horse LOVES to run. I only let him do it once or twice a week, and he is only allowed to take off when I say so. If he's going to get antsy about it, we don't run until he is listening completely to me first.

I have lots of dug-up farmland available to breeze in. Or else a "new" alfalfa field or hay field that hasn't had the time to sit there and fill up with mole holes. However, no area is 100% hole free. And I expect my horses to pay attention. Plus, I've raced across much worse ground chasing after a stray cow when moving cattle. I expect my horses to know where their feet are and get the job done no matter what the footing is. They race around the holes and rocks in the pasture at their own accord, so they can do the same with me on their back.

So far in 25 years of riding, I've never had a horse fall on account of hitting a hole while running. Had one slip on the grass once. Had one trip over her own feet once. And had one just plain fall to her knees on the gravel road for no reason. Yea, there's been trips and stumbles here and there. But never had one fall for hitting a hole while running. Not saying it can't happen, but I trust in my horses to carry me.

I am 100% PRO-breezing.

Plus, I think it's a blast. One of the best things about riding a horse.
EXACTLY the same here. I had to push my 3 year old after a longhorn calf in the pasture this year. After that, she actually moved better and was more comfortable and forward in a lope.
     

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