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post #21 of 24 Old 02-11-2012, 04:38 PM
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Unicorn, I knew a year or so ago a full Clydesdale mare called Tara. She was a lovely horse. Her owners did not really know horses at all - let alone her, who was regularly ridden by a young partially disabled boy. They had very little control over her really, but she pretty much always did what she thought they had asked her to do.

One night she got herself caught up in a wire fence. SHe must have stood at least 24 hours unable to move with a wire slowly digging into her flesh just above the hoof. The wire had cut into her flesh and damaged the ligaments beneath. Six weeks later, despite lots and lots of good attention from a good vet and some very poor advice from a very incompetent vet, she was put
down because of gangrene. I was very, very upset at her demise.

To watch her stand on three legs for hours was an education -I'll never forget her. She took her pain and ate it. She stood because she knew if she laid down she'd never get up.

Every day I went up and groomed her. I washed her wound. I tried to make life easier for her. But nature took it course. Over forty horsey people attended her funeral - for that is what is was. A memorial service.

Later I was told by others who knew the breed better than me, that her behaviour was typical of her type. A owner handler can't push about such horses. You have to get to know them and to become trusted by them.
You ask. If they like and respect you, they respond. Groundwork with a lead and halter takes on a whole new meaning with such horses.

Your photo brought back a few memories - some of them sad. But thank you all the same.

pS - she wasn't even mine to care about.
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What a touching story!

We have a Clyde stallion with a bit of a thicker skin and much less spook, but no less give and take to handle. You ask, if he agrees he gives 110%, if not the discussion can become very "in depth". Sometimes you can change his mind, but the humbling part is... He's generally right. I have seen him flat out refuse to go when logging (he is a workhorse, not riding horse) because he knew there was a better route! very cool horses!
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post #23 of 24 Old 02-11-2012, 09:09 PM
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Originally Posted by TheLastUnicorn View Post
19" will not fit very many horses properly. Even my longer backed horses are getting close with an 18".
Hmm well a 19" fits all my guys well except a small arab who is short backed and small. I ride her in a very flat open hunt saddle thats a 17.5

BUt according to your riding rules i would be disqualified from riding with you.

Glad I have my own horses......

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post #24 of 24 Old 02-11-2012, 10:03 PM Thread Starter
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WildAcre... Just to be clear, it isn't that I have an issue with heavier people riding, it is more that as school horses the wear and tear on them is higher anyway and their conditioning is never usually the same as a privately owned horse... So I have a weight limit in order to take care of my horse's long term soundness.

The more beginner the rider the more unbalanced, the more unbalanced the rider the harder it is for the horse to balance... This is not necessarily a detrimental thing for a privately owned horse, as they are generally ridden by one or two people and build condition according to those riding habits.
School horses have to face many different riders and as many different "riding issues" in a week, which means they are inevitably working harder, and not necessarily very correctly depending on what level of rider they have to work with.
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