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post #1 of 19 Old 11-21-2010, 09:26 PM Thread Starter
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My brakes went out today

...my horse brakes anyway. Every fall there seems to be a certain temperature point where my horse switches over from a mild mannered gelding to a take no prisoner's wildcat. Today we went out trail riding and while he was strong and forward, he was still listening and coming back to me when I asked. He's a sweet boy, just gets a little happy sometimes. We were out with a mare which I'm sure he loved. He loves his ladies.

Anyway, we get to the last part of our ride which is a 1/2 mile canter stretch across a field. It's always the most fun part. Normally I let him open up into a good hand gallop and he comes back to me when I ask no problem. Today, I guess he and the mare must have had a side bet going. We hit the go button and they both shot forward like a someone had rung a bell. She's an appy and he's a formerly raced TB. Suffice to say, we ran out of field fast and neither horse was interesting in losing the race. We both peeled off in opposite directions and did the big save your butt circle. They then proceeded to walk calmly the rest of the way like it never happened. Goofballs. It got me wondering if anyone else's horse is starting to feel the affects of cold weather yet?

You just have to see your distance...you don't have to like it.
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post #2 of 19 Old 11-21-2010, 09:41 PM
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sounds like you had fun lol....Phantom gets a little more pep in his step but TC gets all bucky when the weather cools down ...not get the hell off bucks but the YAY! kind of bucks lol

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post #3 of 19 Old 11-21-2010, 10:13 PM
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Wow, you handled that well. They are getting their winter wiggles, aren't they? I went for a trail ride yesterday , alone, and I didn't feel ok to let my horse out. He just felt like letting him out would be more than I was ready for, so I kept him at a walk. (I am a big wuss!), and he was especially jumpy. He did one of his world famous 180 degree disappearing shoulder spins. I was happy that I was hardly even unbalanced and we just headed on down the trail on a loose rein (my pretending to have faith in him). I guess I am coming along as a rider.
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post #4 of 19 Old 11-21-2010, 10:17 PM Thread Starter
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You're not a big wuss, just smart! I was really pushing my luck by letting him go. A smarter me would have trotted first and tested the brakes before going full throttle. It's just so **** fun! A few years ago, I was not at all comfortable at speed. Now I'm a 43 year old adrenaline junkie. Go figure!

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Scout (my lesson horse) gets soooo grumpy during cold weather. Usually hes just so friendly and perked up, but yesterday's lesson his ears were back and he was trying to bite people.

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post #6 of 19 Old 11-21-2010, 10:20 PM
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Lol. Gypsie get's all hyped up during the colder months...

Sounds like you had a fun ride, regardless.

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I call that 180 degree spook the "spin n' spook." Not to be confused with the "spook n' bolt" or the "buck n' fart."

I think all horses get friskier in the cold weather. At least all of mine have.

If you have a lazy horse (like my Mustang John) then he's actually more fun to ride in the winter because he has energy. But if you have a high energy horse (like Izzy my Foxtrotter) then I am more on-guard in the winter because I feel like she is more likely to spook. And if I haven't been able to ride regularly due to the weather, then she is more excitable when I do get to ride her.

So if the horse is perfect in the summer, then I find they are high-energy in the winter. But if they are lazy in the summer, then they are perfect in the winter.
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Puck...the lesson horse I ride is also like your guy. Beginners ride him in the summer! But as soon as winter rolls around, hes a wild man....at 19. I nearly ran over some poor kid on a pony last year because she was standing on the track while I was jumping, and I couldnt stop him. Luckily, Bart jammed on the brakes and dodged last second. There were times I was leaning back as far as I could, feet braced against the stirrups, pulling as much as hard as I could. There were a few times that I yanked on his mouth pretty hard on purpose to get the point across.....and backed him up the whole length of the arena.

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My mare is a little more snorty, but she's still the same old "lazy lady"...maybe that's just because I tend to work her pretty hard so she doesn't act out much...she knows if she gets goofy I'll just work her harder...hahahaha!

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My mare is a little more snorty, but she's still the same old "lazy lady"...maybe that's just because I tend to work her pretty hard so she doesn't act out much...she knows if she gets goofy I'll just work her harder...hahahaha!
Yeah, if I had the time, I would have taken him back to the "starting gate" and work his ass off, but I had to get to work. Oh well, so he got away with one. At least now I know what this year's temperature threshold is!

You just have to see your distance...you don't have to like it.
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