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post #11 of 22 Old 06-26-2008, 07:28 PM
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hmm..
-get bridle, reins and noseband thingee
- go into the stall ( or out in the pen) and bridle the horse
- tie horse up( sometimes not though, they will just stand there even if I wont), put away nosband thingee(i always do this, I have no idea why I donīt get it later in the first place :roll: )
- brush horse, extra care where the saddle will be
- get saddle and stopper pad
- put on the stopper pad and run after it when it get cought in the wind
-repeat above as often as necessary
-finally get the saddle on do the girth
-go and get helmet and most often gloves
-get the noseband thingee again and a crop
-but the noseband on and mount

After;
- get off
-take off gloves and put them away with the crop
-put reins up on horses neck again
-take off noseband
-undo girt
-plop the saddle and stopper pad down against the wall
-lead the horse into the pen and take the bridle off
-put all things back into the tack room and sometimes give horse some treats

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post #12 of 22 Old 06-26-2008, 09:07 PM
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1) groom Sonny with a curry brush and then a regular brush to get off the dirt
2) clean his hooves
3) comb his mane and tail
4) brush his back again where the saddle will be
5) put on saddle pad
6) put on saddle and tighten it up (not all the way tight though)
7) get helmet on
8) put bridle on
9) go in arena and then tighten girth
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post #13 of 22 Old 06-26-2008, 09:33 PM
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riding apparel:
The lovely look of tshirt , shorts and boots!! Haaha
I can't stand jeans down here but if my trainer comes I wear jeans and of course to rodeos I wear my jeans lol

1. Hike down to get horse (he is always in the back)
2. Swing up bareback and ride back up to the barn lol

3. Tie him to the rail
4. If its summer I usually don't brush him but if its winter I brush him real good so since its summer omit step 4 lol

5. Put saddle pad on
6.Throw saddle on
7. Buckle breast collar and put the cinch up

8.Put on his sport boots
9. Put on his bell boots

10. Put tiedown and noseband on
11. Fight to put the bridle on lol :roll:

12. Tighten cinch
13. Get on and go lol

AFTER RIDING:
1. Get off at the water trouph by the barn
2. Take bridle off (he wont drink unless its off because if its on he scratches his face lol)
3. Lead him over to the rail by his tiedown and take his tiedown/noseband off (i leave them connected)
4. Let him chill with out a halter or anything on (because he doesnt run away all he does is scratch his head lol) while I put his bell and sport boots on the stirrups
5. Undo breast collar and cinch.
6. Pull off saddle and hang pad on the rail to dry
7. Put saddle away
8. Hose him off
9. I force him to drink and then let him go in the pasture right after I rinse him
10. Put pad away
DONE!
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post #14 of 22 Old 06-27-2008, 04:50 AM
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Mine is pretty close to everyone elses. I do lift the front legs after cinching up to clear any pinched skin. Then thanks to a post on the forum, I have started wet sponging the sweat off to keep her from fading (its helps a bunch). I also give her a little mouth massage with soft side of a jelly scrubber. It keeps her from wanting to rub her face on everything after I take the bridle off.


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post #15 of 22 Old 06-27-2008, 08:02 PM
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-Put half chaps on and boots
-Get all the tack and equipment together
-catch horse in question
-brush very well
-saddle pad
-saddle/breast plate
-girth
-my helmet
-bridle
-double check for cell phone

Out riding!
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post #16 of 22 Old 06-27-2008, 11:34 PM
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Mkayy, let's see.

1]Catch lesson horse.
2]Crosstie, or, depending on horse, straight tie.
3]Groom:
-Stiff brush to remove all excess dirt
-Body brush to remove dust
-Quick rub w/ finishing brush
-Pick all four hooves
-Comb through mane & tail
4]Put on saddle pad.
5]Position saddle.
6]Do up girth 2 holes looser than I would use for riding.
7]Slip halter around neck.
8]Bridle.
9]Put reins over neck, re-halter, re-crosstie or re-tie.
10]Put on brushing boots & bell boots.
11]Put on helmet.
12]Lead horse into arena.
13]Tighten girth.
14]Mount!

After riding:
1]Cool out for 15 minutes--i.e. Loosen girth, hot walk w/ light sheet over tack [secured, of course].
2]Take off light sheet.
3]Bring back into barn.
4]Crosstie or straight tie.
5]Unbuckle girth. Put away.
6]Slip off saddle, put away.
7]Unbridle, put on halter, re-tie, put away bridle.
8]Depending on the weather, I'll rinse the horse off.
9]Retie.
10]Groom:
-Body brush.
-Face brush, esp. Where the bridle was.
-Pick hooves again.
-Hand comb through any mane or tail knots.
11]Remove boots, or depending on the horse, leave them on for pasturing.
12]Feel for any heat, bumps, etc.
13]If none, untie, put on lead rope, and hand-graze (unless noted otherwise) for awhile, offer water.
14]Put away.

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post #17 of 22 Old 07-22-2008, 11:11 AM
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Before riding:
1. Riding clothes [make sure everythings on and set]
2. Go out to the farm
3. Call horses from pasture
4. Catch my horse
5. Tie horse
6. Groom:
-Use the stiff brust for excess mud & dirt
-Then the body brush to remove the dust
-Pick all four hooves
-Comb thru main and tail
7. Spray fly spray [depending on weather]
8. Put on fly bonnet [again depending on weather]
9. Put saddle pad on
10. Put saddle on on and position it
11. Put splint boots on
12. Put reins over neck
13. Unhook halter and take off
14. Put bit in and hook bridle up
15. Put helmet on
16. Make sure girth is tightend.
17. Roll down stirrups
18. Mount

Afterrrrr:
1. Make sure horse is cooled down
2. Dismount
3. Loosen girth
4. Take off bridle and put away
5. Put halter on & tie up
6. Unhook saddle and put away
7. Take off splint boots
8. Give horse a quick rinse down [depending on weather]
9.Put back out in pasture


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post #18 of 22 Old 07-22-2008, 12:45 PM
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Here's mine

Before riding ...
Hollar at my BO that I'm on premises
Hollar at Pete & get his attention
Catch him, but don't generally have too, he's waiting for me
Offer him a treat
Latch Lead & walk out of corral
Tie to Post
**generally come wearing my boots, jeans, and ball cap**
Grab saddle and saddle pad and bridle
Wet towel and wipe around eyes, ears and nose *he loves this!*
Start w/curry & brush *wax on, was off*
Comb mane & tail
Pick hooves
Spray a little Magnolia fly spray on his legs
Offer him a treat
Put on saddle pad and then saddle and cinch it up
Put on Bridle and head out to either arena or field for mount up

After I get done ...
Dismount away from barn or gate, he's a little sour in that respect, but we are working on it and doing AWESOME with it
Gather reins and leave arena or field
*he's still wearing his halter*
Offer treat
Attach lead to halter
Remove bridle
Remove Saddle and saddle pad
Hose off if Hot out
Use Sweat scraper and towel
Brush mane & tail & body again
Pick hooves
Apply Magnolia fly spray again
Offer Treat or grain
And Turn out

This is the point I'll take up a bucket and sit by his pen writing in my journal about him and our experiences together so far. He doesn't typically stray to far from me when I'm sitting by his pen.

I'm really having fun with this and I can't begin to think why it took me over 20 yrs to own another horse.

~Kerri & Pete

There is something about the outside of a horse that is good for the inside of a man. ~Winston Churchill
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post #19 of 22 Old 07-22-2008, 01:07 PM
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Mine is
Getting started
1. Brush the mane & tail
2.groom the body
3. Clean the hooves
4. Use fly spray
5.put bell boots and boots leg on if Iam barrel racing
6. Put blanket on
7.put saddle on and starte tacking him up
8. Then undo the halter and put the bridle bits in his mouth
9 and ride

Finish riding
1. Walk him to the barn
2. Undo the bridle bits and put the halter on
3. Undo the saddle
4. Take off the blanket
5. Take off bells boots and legs boots If I was barrel racing, I don't use the boots on him if Iam trail riding
6.brush his mane & tail
7.groom his body
8. Clean his hooves
9. Put fly spray
10. I let them go in the partern
11. Then at night I come back to the barn and turn on the light put them in their stall and groom them and feed them and give them some treat and talk to them and pet them and stuff like that.
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post #20 of 22 Old 07-23-2008, 04:38 AM
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I usually show up in my jeans, tshirt, and riding boots.

-walk out to Hoove. He usually won't come to me, but just looks at me like "what?"
-talk to him for a bit, rub over him with my hands checking for anything unusual, kiss him and nibble his ears.
-halter him. I only use a lead rope if he's being contrary.
-stall him and let him have a snack.
-tie him out at the rail.
-brush him out
-check his feet
-if there's flies, hit him with some spray
-brush the blanket, put it on him.
-check the saddle, throw it up, pull the blanket up in the gullet
-brush his girth, tighten it for the first time.
-buckle his breast collar and clip it to the girth.
-bridle and bit him; sometimes I take his halter off, sometimes I leave it on.
-double check everything, re tighten the girth if it needs it, but I don't generally girth him up very tight.

"Sit tall in the saddle, hold your head up high. Keep your eyes fixed where the trail meets the sky. And live like you ain't afraid to die...don't be scared, jut enjoy the ride." - Chris LeDoux
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