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post #31 of 39 Old 01-15-2012, 01:06 AM
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I need to get one of those strings like little kids wear on their mittens so I don't keep dropping my gloves when I take one off to use my camera....... If I'm lucky, one of the other riders on a shorter horse volunteers to hop off and grab it for me........

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post #32 of 39 Old 01-15-2012, 09:18 PM
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post #33 of 39 Old 01-15-2012, 09:41 PM
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I knew a lady who was really short but had a 17 hand tall horse, because she was so short, the stirrups were short, combined with the height of her horse her foot couldn't even get close to reaching it. She bought a "stirrup extender" to see if it would help, but when she tried to use it she found that she could reach it, but then couldn't get into the saddle because she couldn't reach it! So what she did was put her opposite foot into the stirrup extender then step into her actual stirrup with her good leg and swing her opposite leg over. All the while holding his mane the saddlehorn and the reins, it was quite a sight.
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post #34 of 39 Old 01-15-2012, 09:48 PM
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LOL, when I was a child, I had a humongous 16 hand QH that I rode (doesn't seem that huge now, but when I was 7 years old and stood under 4 feet tall, that was ginormous. I used to put my right foot in the cinch hobble, grab the back cinch and the breast collar up as far as I could, pull myself up, put my left knee in the stirrup, reach up and grab the saddle horn and the cantle, then pull myself the rest of the way up.

Took a lot of strength for a little kid but that is how I used to get on my horse when my stirrup was above my head on the ground.
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post #35 of 39 Old 01-16-2012, 01:08 AM
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I knew a lady who was really short but had a 17 hand tall horse, because she was so short, the stirrups were short, combined with the height of her horse her foot couldn't even get close to reaching it. She bought a "stirrup extender" to see if it would help, but when she tried to use it she found that she could reach it, but then couldn't get into the saddle because she couldn't reach it! So what she did was put her opposite foot into the stirrup extender then step into her actual stirrup with her good leg and swing her opposite leg over. All the while holding his mane the saddlehorn and the reins, it was quite a sight.
See, that's how I imagined you are supposed to use those stirrup extenders (or Step Up Stirrups, either one).

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post #36 of 39 Old 01-17-2012, 08:57 AM
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Just keep in mind that drafts do not have the endurance of other breeds.
Someone needs to explain that to my filly. She'll trott for 2 hours when I pony her (I'm not riding her yet)....I need the break after 2 hours, so I stop before she does. An older brother of hers is endurance race (even in the Mojave....no thanks, not enough water for me ). Although I've had great times riding in the southwest (too many years ago ), I like to be closer to a ready (not trucked in) water supply than I'll find in the Mojave .
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post #37 of 39 Old 01-17-2012, 03:52 PM
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I have a belgian/ tb and he's a really lazy horse til you get in the jump ring or on the trails and he's a pistol and wants to trot trot trot...
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post #38 of 39 Old 01-21-2012, 11:41 PM
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he dose not like the ring my guy is the same way

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post #39 of 39 Old 02-02-2012, 02:47 PM
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I am looking at getting a new horse and I just wanted to know what people thought of drafts for trail riding?? Which breed has the best temperament?? And really anything else that might be helpful in choosing a new companion.

I have a 3 year old Clydesdale mare who is 17hh. She loves to trail ride, however because she has such flat feet she isnt the best mountain trail horse although she tries very hard. I find she slides down hills alot more then the average horse and gets cuts on her fetlocks. Then you also have the problem with branches hehe. But I wouldnt give up my mare for anything, she's an amazing horse. I just try not to ride if its really muddy or if I know the hills will be steep just so she is safe. Clydes have amazing temperments, I find they are always willing to work and are quite the workaholics. My mare can be bouncy like a hot Thoroughbred some days and super quiet others. But she loves to learn and try new things. I even had her jumping some logs the other day :). I've always owned drafts, before her I had Fjords and they are amazing little trail horses with terrific personalities. Good luck.
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