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        11-18-2012, 08:06 PM
      #171
    Started
    I like what you're saying Macslady. I think I would rather see Blossom relaxed and content in with a herd than stressed and anxious alone because a happy Blossom will make a happy HagonNag. When the time comes that Hag wants to start riding out alone, I'm sure she will deal quite well with it then.
         
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        11-18-2012, 10:45 PM
      #172
    Green Broke
    I think that finding a "good" husband is much harder than finding a good horse. I've had a lot of excellent horses, most for a long time, but the men ..well...if I can get away from this one safely,I think I'll be keeping my distance from them.
         
        11-19-2012, 01:25 PM
      #173
    Weanling
    Thanks again, everyone. Macslady has it right. I'd really LIKE Blossom to develop some confidence in Eight DB. Because every single time she's on the trail, he'll be right there also. And lots of times he'll be the only other horse there.

    DB has to be seen to be believed. He's a 16+hh OTTB gelding that will be 21 this January and we've had him since he was 9. He's never done the first studdy or unmannerly thing, but he does have this fondness for mares. If there is a mare in the pasture, that's where you'll find him. Practically joined at the hip. Under saddle, he could not care less. Bill rides a mare, and it's never an issue. DB has always had a quarter horse brain in a TB's body. My husband learned how to ride on him right off the track.

    The only time I ever saw a SERIOUS spook out of him was when he saw his first cow. They just don't have those at racetracks! LOL Cars, trucks...but no cows. He stood and stared for ages...and then walked on. Deer, turkeys, snakes, foxes, coyotes, lamas...it's all ok with DB. He's beginning to get old. I think his early years on the track are catching up with him along with some chronic problems that we stay on top of. Every winter is difficult for this King of the Hard Keepers. I hope this is an easy one.

    Anyway, Only two things kept me alive in July. The fact that I wasn't riding alone, and my helmet. Take either one of those away and I wouldn't be here.
    I've had all the challenges and thrills I want with Mr. Big Stuff. I was actually stupid and vain enough to enjoy the fact that no one else ever wanted to get on him because he tested everyone to the max. He had stopped testing me, because he never won. After 7 years, we had become a team on the trails. We had hammered out a relationship where I pointed and he went. There were still a few issues, mainly because he was incredibly willful, but even Bill relented and told me that Big never did anything dangerous with me. Of course he would also never do anything for anyone else because he made himself so disagreeable that no one would put up with him! Stubborn woman meets willful horse... and a partnership emerged. Until July 15.

    So...in Feb. I'll be 65. All I want to do is ride down the trails and enjoy the scenery. I have nothing to prove and absolutely no ambition beyond continuing to ride as long as I can...on a quiet, calm Blossom.
         
        11-23-2012, 12:10 PM
      #174
    Green Broke
    Sounds like you have really thought about all that happened in July & what may have led up to it. Yes, it was a godsend that you were wearing a helmet & you were riding in a group. We are all so happy that you have recoverd so well, as quickly as you have. I think Blossom will make a wonderful trail mate for you once you have your confidence back.

    Being married for 42 years is quite an accomplishment also. My hat is off to you on that! Had family dinner to go to yesterday, so I'm cooking my turkey today, cause I love those left-overs!
         
        01-14-2013, 03:00 PM
      #175
    Weanling
    Finally....riding Blossom!!!

    First of all, my abject apologies for disappearing for 2 months! Thanksgiving and Christmas were really hectic (I'm sure I'm not the only one) and we went out of town for awhile to the kids' house to see the grandkids at Christmas. Between early darkness, cold and rain, and an absolutely awful work schedule, I didn't get much riding time in on Blossom. When I did ride, it was in the round pen. And I was absolutely amazed at how tense and frightened I was. She is VERY different than Mr. Big Stuff. She's taller, longer, and her movement is different. It was a real adjustment after only riding Big for years and years.

    SO...an update. Yesterday, Blossom and I did about 1.5 hours on the trail. FIRST trail ride for me since the accident and first time on the trail with Blossom! It was 69 degrees when we started and 72 when we ended and after going uphill and down, she never even broke a sweat. She was absolutely PERFECT! I am over the moon and I adore this mare!

    She's finally settled in and a lot of her "spookiness" is gone. She was calm as a cucumber on the trail with Jim and DB and never hesitated a bit at water crossings or bridges. She let other horses ride off and stayed calm. Basically, whatever I wanted her to do was fine with her! She is incredibly sensitive to leg pressure: I think I could almost forget a bit and bridle and ride with a halter. Speed up, slow down, gait, halt, turns...I could do it all with seat, leg pressure, and voice commands.

    While I wasn't riding, we spent time grooming, loading and unloading from the trailer (she needed to get used to our straightload) and playing "give me your hoof!" LOL She was much better about giving her hoof to Jim than she was to me! She LOVES being groomed and will nuzzle and nudge me if I stop. She also wraps her head and neck around me and "hugs" me. At first I worried about a lack of respect. Mr. Big Stuff would never have offered to do that. I always had to keep him in line or he would have interpreted it as a weakness and dealing with him would have been impossible. I can actually relax and ENJOY this mare!!! She wants attention but she's always mannerly. She's just kind. Kind. Kind.

    She's also a treat hound and I'm going to have to be very careful not to spoil her. My daughter bought up a boatload of after Christmas candy canes at rock bottom prices and gave them to me for Blossom. At this rate, I'll be looking for an equine dentist who fills cavities! LOL She also loves alfalfa cubes that I've broken into shreds, carrots, and apples. Looking at this paragraph, what horse WOULDN'T like me??? ROFLMAO

    I'm going to get some pictures up ASAP. She's had her teeth floated and she's lost a little weight that she needed to lose. I'm hoping that regular riding will help her topline. As a former brood mare, she's never going to be as straight as I'd like, BUT...riding should help build up some back muscles. Retirement is coming Feb. 15 and then Blossom and I will be on the trail. Any time we want. All my worries about this horse have been put to rest. I'm a VERY happy camper/rider! LOLOL
         
        01-14-2013, 05:45 PM
      #176
    Started
    I can never get enough of happy stories. I'm glad for the both of you that all is working out well. Don't forget the pics!!!!
         
        01-14-2013, 06:01 PM
      #177
    Green Broke
    So glad you are back on the forum-I've really been wondering about you & Blossom. I'm so happy it is all working out, & soon you'll be retired! I had a horse that gave hugs like that-it was very sweet. I'm sure the previous owners will be very happy to hear that she is working out for you. Happy Trails to You!

    Wish you could send some of your warmth this way-this whole area has frozen water lines & a few more very cold days are still coming. Brrr.
         
        01-14-2013, 06:46 PM
      #178
    Showing
    That's fantastic Pat! Glad to hear it's going well. :)
         
        01-15-2013, 06:50 PM
      #179
    Super Moderator
    Oh Pat, that's wonderful to hear! I was just getting ready to bug iridehorses to give me an update.
    Digby gives hugs like that too. Well, now he does.... he was Mr. Bratty Ice Man at first.
    I'm so glad to hear that she's settled down now and the "forging" of your relationship is well on it's way. High fives girl... you deserve them!

    So, I see your post was yesterday....
    And the new pics are...where exactly??
         
        01-15-2013, 10:52 PM
      #180
    QOS
    Green Broke
    So thrilled you are back in the saddle!!!! Hugs from me and The Biscuit. You go girl! Can't wait to hear about your adventures.
         

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