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post #1 of 15 Old 12-31-2008, 11:29 AM Thread Starter
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use a red ribbon or not?

Hi I am showing at a local show this weekend with a new mare i'm leasing for the winter and I'm not sure if I should put a red ribbon in her tail or not.

When I signed off on the lease they said "you know about her bucking right?" but she as been getting better and better at home. I have had the past four rides with out a single buck!

But often she will stop the first time you ask her to trot and will kick out from the stand still with you kick her forward or use the crop, but then she is fine. And depending on her mood she may buck when you ask for the canter then be fine. I have never shown her, but she doesn't buck at other horses and I don't think she will really do anything especially if she is feeling any bit forward that day she won't kick. But i'm nervous if she does pull her stop kick then trot off someone could just be in the wrong place at the wrong time.

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post #2 of 15 Old 12-31-2008, 11:44 AM
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Red face Red ribbon in tail

You might want to just as a warning to other riders. At one of the shows I went to... my horse kicked and the other rider said pretty much that I need a ribbon in his tail if he kicks.
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post #3 of 15 Old 12-31-2008, 11:51 AM
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always safe then sorry. Also, it's kind of nice because the other horses will be avoiding you so you you'll have some space in your flat classes. :)
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post #4 of 15 Old 12-31-2008, 12:27 PM
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I think that'd be a good idea. Always good to have a warning. ;)

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post #5 of 15 Old 12-31-2008, 12:30 PM
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I hope my advice works for you
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post #6 of 15 Old 12-31-2008, 12:31 PM
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Yeah, I was going to say better safe than sorry ;) and people will give you a wide birth in the warm up ring too!

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post #7 of 15 Old 12-31-2008, 03:35 PM
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I would definanatly put one in as above posters said better safe than sorry. The only problem is that some people still don't know what a red ribbon means, I went to a local show with my hot tempered gelding and regardless of the red ribbon I still had people riding up his rear end. So I would always be alert and never get too close to another horse or rider just in case and always watch your back.

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post #8 of 15 Old 12-31-2008, 03:44 PM
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A red ribbon sure isn't going to hurt anything, and if it keeps an accident from happening, then it's well worth it. Do it.
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post #9 of 15 Old 12-31-2008, 06:14 PM
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I would
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post #10 of 15 Old 01-01-2009, 02:49 AM
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I agree with everyone else, better safe than sorry. You will still have to watch out for other riders who don't know what it means though like LMW said.

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