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        10-24-2012, 06:42 PM
      #11
    Foal
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    Originally Posted by Golden Horse    
    You need more halters, at least 7, in various states or repair and dirt, several lead ropes, a herd of hoof picks, because you can never find one, a collection of bridles, and a sprinkling of saddles....

    Well that's what most of us end up with.

    Seriously, there is little that you really NEED to start with, you have a lot of the basics, the rest of it will build up over time.
    7 halters?! Seems like alittle much. I plan on getting maybe 2 or 3 more and a bunch of lead ropes and hoof picks. I definitely have everything I need for right now but I liked making the list to get a general idea on things I definitely need for the future. I'm OCD like that lol.
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        10-24-2012, 06:44 PM
      #12
    Foal
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    Originally Posted by MustangMama    
    Our local Dollar General carries Mane N' Tail and its only 3.50 for a large bottle
    That's pretty **** cheap- I'll have to see of I can find a deal like that in my area :)
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        10-24-2012, 07:53 PM
      #13
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    Originally Posted by beccalovesherhorse    
    I'm literally spending every penny I make on my horse! I've wanted one like my entire life and I plan on spoiling him to death.

    ...

    As for lunging I actually wanted to lung him at first! One of the reaspns he's retired is because he actually has a old chip in his knee and I was told lunging could make it worse. But the vet said he'd be fine doing regular riding and such.
    I wanted a horse forever too, and I also ended up with a sweetheart of an OTTB. I know you want to love his brains out, but please don't spoil him. Horses will take a mile if you let them. You can love him a lot, take good care of him, give him a few treats whenever you do something with him...but don't spoil him. Horses can really turn rotten if you do...

    Does your horse run around on his own? Are you going to ride him regularly w/t/c? Lunging is no different except the horse is just going around in circles on a verrrrrrry long line. I don't see how it would make the bone chip any worse than regular wear from just being a horse or riding...
         
        10-27-2012, 02:31 PM
      #14
    Foal
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    Originally Posted by Reno Bay    
    I wanted a horse forever too, and I also ended up with a sweetheart of an OTTB. I know you want to love his brains out, but please don't spoil him. Horses will take a mile if you let them. You can love him a lot, take good care of him, give him a few treats whenever you do something with him...but don't spoil him. Horses can really turn rotten if you do...

    Does your horse run around on his own? Are you going to ride him regularly w/t/c? Lunging is no different except the horse is just going around in circles on a verrrrrrry long line. I don't see how it would make the bone chip any worse than regular wear from just being a horse or riding...
    Oh believe me I know what spoiling can really do to a horse! A friend of mines is almost dangerous now! So what I suppose I really mean by spoiling is making sure he has everything he needs and more. Of course I'll give him lots of love, but I'm also there to correct him too.

    Yes he runs around a bit, in the spring when I start riding him I will be doing it pretty regularly. I'm guessing the only difference is between regular riding and lunging is that its a much smaller space? I'm kind of just going by what my trainer told me based on what the vet said. Either way I don't think he'll need to be lunged- he is a naturally beautiful mover! I got so many compliments in the In Hand class I took him to today :)
         
        10-27-2012, 10:02 PM
      #15
    Foal
    Lunging is not just having him run around in circles.. its about learning to communicate with him, getting to know his little bumps and triggers and he learns what you want whilst you learn how he needs to be asked for what you want.

    I'm stuck doing a lot of groundwork with my mare and it works wonders for confidence, communication and being able to see what she does. When I'm on her and I feel changes I actually recognise them.
    Due to a recovering broken wris all my riding is on a lunge line with my trainer for now and I am loving it. My trainer is a taskmaster though so there is no easy ride!
    I really suggest you give it a go. When done properly its as vigorous as riding otherwise its easier on the horse than riding would be.
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