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        08-07-2012, 09:52 AM
      #1071
    Green Broke
    Haha well see we live together therefore share expenses. So if I spend all my money on my horse it has happened where he has to buy my food for the next month....so I see where he's coming from but at the same time I'm prefectly content eating peanut butter and jelly sandwiches for the next year lol.

    Lizzy has trained me as well. When I lunge her if I stop paying attention and say look off away somewhere or text on my phone she stops and looks at me until my full attention is back on her.

    I am sorry to hear about the fair. It sounded like such a fun learning opportunity. But the horse must always come first and it's good that you recognized that you both were not quite ready for such a challenge. At least you two are doing better already.

    Oh and last night I rode a very green 3 year old since Lizzy was out of commission. And wow it really hit home how well Lizzy and I have done and how far we have gotten. That youngin was fun but man was he a lot of work. I ride with spurs since my legs are so much longer than the little ones bellies and he still wouldn't pick up the pace. But by the end of the night I had him working off kisses instead of kicks. I hate having to use kicks to go, a little squeeze with my calf or a kiss is much prefered.
         
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        08-07-2012, 10:07 AM
      #1072
    Super Moderator
    It was a good opportunity, yes, but there will be more and I wouldn't want to sacrifice our connection just for a fair, even if it's the biggest of fairs here. :) And I've still helped in coming up with the routine, getting the music and helping the others to prepare, so it will be a nice experience for the team anyway. :)
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        08-07-2012, 10:16 AM
      #1073
    Trained
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    I would just assign whatever health care I want for my horse, as long as I pay for it. Why would yout bf even bother that YOUR horse receives such help?..

    I've had some interesting times. As we were preparing for the horse fair, me and Snickers overdid it big time and damaged some of our relationships and connection. I was too much about the results and too little about how fast and how comfortable can he gain them, so I woke up to see him bracing and negative against any pressure. Well, we all have bad days... So I decided not to show in the horse fair, instead going back to some basics, to retrieve what I had lost in the way. The rest of the team are still going, but we are already doing better, step by step, little by little. This taught me a LOT about Snickers and myself.

    Btw, he thought of a genius way of training ME at one point, which was when I understood that we were going south. As soon as my energy became too "loud" and my cues - too unprecise, he'd just face me and stand, not moving a muscle no matter what I did. But, as soon as I thought it over and started anew, much calmer and precise, he became 100% responsive again. He had to do it a couple of times until I understood, and boy I was ashamed afterwards...

    But I value immensely that he likes me enough to think that it is worth training me, not just running away. Now, after some nice training sessions, we're back to working at liberty slowly.
    thats exactly how gypsy is !
         
        08-07-2012, 10:17 AM
      #1074
    Foal
    Poppy, if your horse needs chiropractic work, then that's what you have to do. You'll just have to explain to your boyfriend the importance. Just remind him that his back would probably by out and he'd be limping too if his "job" was to carry around weight on his back all the time. I understand his point of view that if you spend all of "your" money then he has to spend "his" money cover you. It shouldn't be yours and his, you're living together and you have a horse, it should be a partnership. My wife and I lived together for quite a while before we were even engaged, but even then our money was mutual. Granted it was two seperate accounts, but it wasn't ever an issue for one of us to cover a bill for the other, or pay for a purchase.
         
        08-07-2012, 10:32 AM
      #1075
    Green Broke
    If my horse needs adjustment she will get it, but now reading more about lymes I'm pretty convinced that's what it is. She's always had her stiff days/weeks but I always just put that off as she's 19 and just being brought into hard work. And she's been particularly mopey this last week which I figured was her allergies but it all fits into lymes.

    His issues with his money tend to really make a difference because he needs a new truck most likely by the end of the month. And he is taking into account what is needed to pull a horse trailer to make his decision on what he will get. So that adds cost to the purchase price.

    Oh yea and my dog requires special care becuase she's allergic to everything a dog normally eats. So she costs quite a bit.

    I think he's been talking to his uncle to much about horses. He is very much in the old mindset of give them hay and water and they will be fine. If we are willing to accept new science for our own healthcare why not for our animals as well.
         
        08-07-2012, 10:53 AM
      #1076
    Foal
    With some horses, you can do that. The haffies I grew up with hardly ever needed vet care. They got all the necessary yearly stuff, but they've never had chiropractor visits or anything, and they are great, no problems. But they also aren't ridden much, they are used to pull a wagon.

    And does he need a "new" truck, or just a newer truck? And really, if you only have one horse, it doesn't take much to pull a trailer. I used to pull a two horse trailer with two draft mares in a two wheel drive Ford with a 305 in it. I've pulled a three horse slant load with the truck I have now (95 chevy, 2WD, 1/2 ton, 350 V8). So unless you're going to be doing a lot of traveling and you need something with a sleeper and a huge tack room, he can get just about any truck with an 8 cylinder engine.
         
        08-07-2012, 11:03 AM
      #1077
    Green Broke
    Well new to him truck. His current one is literally falling apart. I cringe everytime I see that thing. It makes terrible noises when he drives it lol. It has almost 200k miles on it and it's an s10 so it can't pull anything. But yes he's looking at an f150, 2005-2008 but the engine size makes a difference and it will need a towing package or one installed after.

    The vet thinks once I get the weight on Lizzy and get her healthy again she should be an easy keeper. But she's a rescue and only a year ago had a body score of 1.5/9 along with her age is making this a slow process. Put on top of that all the lies I was told when I adopted her and it's gotten even slower. (I will never recommend adopting ever again after this ordeal)

    She's put on weight in the last two weeks and I'm quite happy where she is now. Come winter I was planning on her just getting some rice bran with flax oil and calling it good to go. But alas one last thing before we can call her healthy.
         
        08-07-2012, 11:17 AM
      #1078
    Weanling
    I haven't had Wyn long enough yet to really know all of her quirks, but if I flub a cue she shoots me this "get it right or die" glare! Lol. For the most part she's really quite sweet, but she is NOT IMPRESSED that we haven't ridden in a week. First I had a pulled muscle, then a nasty head cold. I still go out and groom & flyspray her, but haven't ridden.

    Poppy, I hope the vet can figure out what's going on with Lizzy - lyme or just needing an adjustment. Poor old gal just can't catch a break, can she? She is darn lucky she ended up with a caring owner like you!
         
        08-07-2012, 11:22 AM
      #1079
    Green Broke
    Oh poor Wyn, she hasn't learned to love not doing anything yet? Haha.

    Oh I'm pretty sure Lizzy just has a crush on the vet so she needs to find something to hurt. It's really annoying and the receptionist knows who I am as soon as I say Lizzy's name. *sigh* she is so high maintainence.
         
        08-07-2012, 11:23 AM
      #1080
    Weanling
    Just wanted to take a moment to celebrate my grand achievement of changing from 'foal' to 'weanling'... when did that happen? Lol
         

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