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post #1 of 8 Old 01-23-2013, 12:33 PM Thread Starter
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Governors Horse Guard??

Has anyone ever heard of it? Im in CT and a horse I use to ride was sent there by his novice owner who can't ride and refuses to take lessons. I think he's no better off there then he was with his owner except that at his owners he was retired (OTTB with soundness issues) and now he's going to be ridden all the time by people who don't really ride that well (they use rope tie-downs). Before he got navicular disease I trained him up to training level in dressage and took him to 2 shows. He was such a great horse, not afraid of much but the kind of horse that bucks you off if you don't ride him correctly (he never bucked me off). He was the most gorgeous thoroughbred I've ever seen and won allot on the track. Now I feel bad I ever trained him. His owner said she would NEVER sell him. She didn't appreciate all the work I put into him either. I told her I would take him if she ever needed to get rid of him. She thinks he's perfectly sound and can do jumping! She now has a 3yr. Old OTTB that she thinks she is going to use for eventing. He already ran away with her a few times she says and that she's hiring a trainer (for a 3yr. Old that isn't even done growing). Im livid.

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post #2 of 8 Old 01-23-2013, 12:41 PM
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Have you even bothered to look at their website? The Horse Guard is a military cavalry organization, and NONE of the horses are ridden in tie downs.

You really need to get your facts straight before you go spouting off and cursing about people who don't really ride that well'.

The Horse Guard looks to be completely above board, so if you think they have a horse you used to know, why not contact them and find out for sure? Of course, since you were never actually his owner, they may not be inclined to give you any information. Not sure why you think you're entitled to it, anyway.

Not your horses, and it's really none of your business what their owner does with them. You were just some kid riding her horse, nothing more.

You want the truth? You can't HANDLE the truth!

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post #3 of 8 Old 01-23-2013, 03:21 PM
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It looks like a ceremonial division, doing parades and the like. The "tie down" you see is simply a lead rope clipped to the bridle, run around the horse's neck and tied in a fancy knot. It's part of the cavalry traditional tack, you'll see mounted police units and the like using it. As far as the horse being ridden by people who don't ride well, it looks like the members are experienced horsepeople who train quite a bit like most drill team units.

Guess I don't see what the hubbub is about.

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To Speed Racer: Actually Im 27 and I show at first level in dressage and Im schooling horses at 2nd level. I know what a drill team is, I use to be in one when I was still riding hunter-jumper style. I've looked at the sight and it says they take people with absolutely no riding experience at all. His owner is lucky I didn't report her for leaving her horses outside 24hrs. A day in all weather with no run in shed and sometimes no blankets on either when it was below 30F and the only water they had to drink was from a trough full of goose or a pond that she never thought to test. The ropes around the horses necks are not tying the horses heads down in most cases but in the pic I saw of the horse I TRAINED standing in the snow (which means he didn't have shoes on unless they were snow shoes and he can't go without shoes anymore without getting lame), his head has no room to move. I've seen this kind of place before, I know what they're about, just a glorified hack barn and when there done with the horses they send them back to the owner to deal with the medical bills since sending them to an auction would create a bad image. J

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Governor's Horse Guard runs a very nice operation for the money that is afforded to them in the state budget. Like everything else, it's less and less money each year while food prices go up and up. The last few years, they've threatened to close it down altogether leaving all those horses with no place to go. I think they did close down the one in the other half of the state and now only the Newtown one is left. They have some very nice shows there. If you've been in Connecticut for more than a few months, you know how overpriced our state is. I'm sure greedy developers have had their eyes on that property for years. They are doing the best they can. It's open to the public, so feel free to look around.
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To Speed Racer: Actually Im 27 and I show at first level in dressage and Im schooling horses at 2nd level. I know what a drill team is, I use to be in one when I was still riding hunter-jumper style. I've looked at the sight and it says they take people with absolutely no riding experience at all. His owner is lucky I didn't report her for leaving her horses outside 24hrs. A day in all weather with no run in shed and sometimes no blankets on either when it was below 30F and the only water they had to drink was from a trough full of goose or a pond that she never thought to test. The ropes around the horses necks are not tying the horses heads down in most cases but in the pic I saw of the horse I TRAINED standing in the snow (which means he didn't have shoes on unless they were snow shoes and he can't go without shoes anymore without getting lame), his head has no room to move. I've seen this kind of place before, I know what they're about, just a glorified hack barn and when there done with the horses they send them back to the owner to deal with the medical bills since sending them to an auction would create a bad image.
. And that was pretty rude on your behalf. You should apologize for your very rude and uncalled for post. JMHO

My only question is: you saw a PICTURE correct? How do you know without being there to actually pick up his feet that he wasn't wearing shoes? Secondly I know plenty of horses who have "regular" shoes in the snow.

Just another thought. I know plenty of horses who are pastured 24/7 with no blankets and only trees for shelter in 30F and down to the single digits. As a matter of fact my mare has a run in that she refuses to use in negative degree weather and she isn't blanketed...
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OP, ill-informed and defensive posting won't get you very far on this forum. Please be respectful to it's members, and be sure to thoroughly research your sources.
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I am confused as to what site you are looking at... I just went to go check this place out online and just like SpeedRacer and DimSum said from what I saw it is a cerimonial thing, a throwback to old calvary units... Also I am not sure where you get the idea that the riders are "just anybody" or people that "don't know how to ride". It looked like they were all very profecient riders and had lots of training. Annnnd again I am not sure why you think it is a "glorified hack barn" because to me it seems like only the people that are being TRAINED to be A PART of this particular UNIT gets to ride the horses, the public just gets to watch them. I don't think anyone here apreciates the rude tone you took with these people who were just trying to give you better information than what you were given and possibly make you feel better about the situation. I have the utmost respect for everyone on this forum and have learned a lot from them, and I wish you would too.

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