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    12-15-2009, 07:40 AM
There is a postscript to the DiDi & a Latin Lothario. Out of the blue came details of a horse show run by a Portuguese man married to a French woman - so they live in France rather than Portugal. In France it is easier to buy horses.
So I looked them up - and yes they are involved in breeding - so I sent them an email about whether they offer a semen service.

Luckily there has been no reply.

If they do reply, then I'd have to get in the motor camper, drive 1100 miles to my brother's place in the South of France. I'd have to stay a few days. Then I would have to drive eastwards passing by the Carmague and a little beyond. I'd be looking at horses and drinking wine all the time.
Then I'd have to choose a stallion, pay the no doubt exorbitant fee, arrange for it to be shipped back to the UK to have it inseminated by my vet.
That is providing the Portuguese have not yet found a way to stop a Frenchwoman selling semen of a Portuguese horse to an Englishman wanting to inject it into an Irish horse. They won't like it, I know they wont.

Then what might I eventually have well perhaps 16 hand, a short coupled, dapple grey, flaxen tailed, silken haired, broad backed, big butted, intelligent, forward going, kind, bull fighting colt in a country where definitely bull fighting is not possible.

You've guessed it : I am dreaming again.

Barry G
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    12-15-2009, 08:40 AM
Originally Posted by Barry Godden    
So I looked them up - and yes they are involved in breeding - so I sent them an email about whether they offer a semen service.

Luckily there has been no reply.

If they do reply, then I'd have to get in the motor camper, drive 1100 miles to my brother's place in the South of France. I'd have to stay a few days. Then I would have to drive eastwards passing by the Carmague and a little beyond. I'd be looking at horses and drinking wine all the time.

Barry G
The things we shamelessly do for our horses - I feel your pain, Barry.
    12-16-2009, 07:19 PM
I'm with Kevin - I prefer topics that go into the why as opposed to the how - The philosophy behind what we do with our horses. I like being challenged to delve into the reasons I think certain things - How I have based my opinions and techniques. I find it is helping me define my own beliefs and opinions - And some of them have changed as a result.

I think an international forum such as this one is an amazingly rich resource for horse enthuisiasts - There is so much variety and difference between different regions, yet so much similarity. I feel I am a much more 'well-rounded' horse person thanks to this forum - I find it has helped my ability to see both sides of an issue - To put myself in someone elses shoes and take a look at a situation from a different point of view. Knowledge is such an important thing to gather - And it only gives back, and sometimes at unexpected times.

Sometimes I worry about how much the modern young rider is seemly obsessed with competition. To ride a horse is a semi-rural environment, to meet up with people whom you don't necessarily know and to pass the time of day with them for a few minutes - well its magic. A sudden glimpse of the way of life of years gone by.
Sometimes I think I was born in the wrong era - I would have loved to be around in the early days of Australian settlement - When the wool industry was booming. Sitting on my horse all day behind a mob of sheep or cattle, and then having a yarn around the campfire at night is simply my ideal life. Riding allows me to emulate that - I go to competitions for social reasons more than competitive ones - We have a little crowd who all travel around together, and camp together - Our night time highjinks around the campfire are some of my fondest memories. Just chatting about nothing - Everyone getting up and dancing to the nutbush - Just good old fashioned comraderie. Horses truly do bring people together and are a great equalizer - If you can be open minded and get past differences in opinion, then horses give you something much richer and more valuable than just a hobby.

Kudos to you, barry, for making me think :]
    12-18-2009, 09:57 AM
Auzzie Wild Spot
I try to make young riders think about what they are doing with horses. The trouble is that many of them want to follow a "brand" - they want to read a few paragraphs in a book, maybe watch the video but they don't subsequently ask themselves whether the message being put across by the author is relevant to them and their horse - both of whom are individuals. One often sees the result on the Forum in a written post - a mantra, ie currently accepted jargon- comes back as an answer to a technical question about riding.

Catching the mind of these modern young folks, many of who are good riders, appears to me to be difficult.

I tried to start up locally a reading forum - with the idea of sitting down together and reading some of the classical haut ecole books as written by the old 19th centruty masters.
No joy - there wasn't the time nor the inclination. I also wanted to take some of the modern books and to dissect and criticise them - "there simply wasn't room in the schedule"

Here in the Uk we are obsessed with competition - the youngsters face in school or college, a never ending series of examinations. They start school at 3 and education doesn't stop till finally they some form of final certificate. Then they have to sign on at the unemployment office. If I mention "Desiderata" - they look at me and think I am mad.

Somehow the same concept has been passed over into horse riding with the idea of securing some"qualification". SImple enjoyment of riding is being lost and alarmingly many young riders seem to be frightened to ride out even on their own horses. Personally I want to see them enjoying their horse and just as importantly the horse enjoying the companionship of their owner/rider. They are very lucky to have access to a horse - it is not necessary to have to win on it. Being in control of it and getting it out and back safely is pretty much all that matters
For a lot of riders.

Various young people training organisations in the UK now find it difficult to organise weekend away trips or long distance riding outings because of the rules which are now being applied by the various governmental authorities. As a theoretical substitute they do things in a confined arena, where control is easier to organise. But it is not the same experience.

If in your part of the world you can make an impromptu trip out into the countryside, then enjoy it to the full, whilst you still can. Come back one time to the Olde Country and tell all the British riders you meet of your nights by a camp fire - watching out for wandering kangaroos.

Barry G

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