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    10-15-2012, 07:40 PM
Well I just got back from riding and Honey and I had a successful ride :) and then we went and played with cows! WOO!

WIrider yeah the weather is strange...75 in North Dakota...who woulda thought?! Normally at this time of the year we already have 8 inches of snow on the ground with an average daytime temp of 15 is strange these past couple years...

Failbhe glad you had a good ride today! Today is just a good day all around :)
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    10-16-2012, 07:49 AM
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Seems like a good ride, Failbhe! :) I would have enjoyed one like this. They always teach so many things both to the horse and the rider! And I cannot be scared away from a ride because of a bit of rain.

Last time I was riding Snickers, I decided to hop on him bareback in our way from the pastures, because the herd was grazing in the fartherst field, which is in about 35 minutes of walking distance. He was clearly remembering the Arab blood he has in himself in some ump-teen generation, so he wanted to do fast trotting, but was still negotiable to walk (asking for a canter, too, but I refused), was very spunky, spooked from a neighbor doog (that is one horrible pooch who likes jumping at horses' legs from an ambush), then spooked from a bird, but all of this was easy to sit through. Then, when we were really close to home, he made the grandest spook EVER, I had never experienced anything like this on him and I didn't see a reason, too - well, but something sure did frighten him! He started spinning furiously at canter, then tried darting through some thick bushes and trees, and then hopped on the road again and wanted to bolt back to the pastures, however, I managed to keep my calm, ease him down, point to home again and walk the rest of the distance in a somewhat relaxed manner. Would I want this to repeat? No. But I sure enjoyed the fact that I can sit through such major spooks even bareback and be leading enough to assure my horse he's safe with me if our continue our track - that was also a huge confidence booster for me. :)
    10-16-2012, 11:34 AM
That sounds like an unforgettable ride! Definitely a confidence booster ride for you. The last time I rode Honey bareback she decided she was going to leap down a hill. It wasn't fun. Then she tripped and I landed on my butt :) lol it wasn't bad but oh how our horses keep us on our toes!

So I have a question for you all, Honey and I are working on collection so she can fox trot using her hindquarters more effectively. When I collected her and had my friend watch she said that it looks as though she is only collecting her front end. How can I cue her to collect her hindquarters too? Any ideas? I will try to get some photos this weekend for some help but I can feel a difference when she is collecting correctly, it just seems like she only does it rarely and for very short periods of time. And I don't want to teach her to be incorrectly collecting all of the time
    10-16-2012, 03:58 PM
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I am not a pro regarding collection, but, as far as I understand, it cannot be cued, separating the front and the back end of a horse. It has to come naturally, as a whole result of relaxation and impulsion. I try to help Snickers in this by encouraging free, active movement, doing hill work, cavaletti exercises and lots of lateral and vertical flexing, to loosen him up, spark up his pride of what he can do (from which comes the impulsion) and to make his overall balance and agility better. Then the collection comes slowly and only in small steps, but it comes naturally, not as a frame that can be cued to happen and is not as relaxed.
    10-16-2012, 04:33 PM
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Sorry for the double post. Just thought to round up Snickers feed regime here. :)

So, he gets daily -

Unlimited access to hay + what grass there is left in the pastures.

In the morning - 1 scoop (a bit less than 1 pound) of whole oats and a dozen or so small apples.

In the evening - 1/2 scoop of sunflower meal (for additional protein and amino acids)

And supplements -

Live/active yeast (for digestion, vitamins B and amino acids, inhibition of pathogenic organisms)

Apple cider vinegar (for digestion, skin&coat, and also joints health).

Milk Thistle oil (for promoting liver function, strengthening immune system, amino acids, vitamins A, D, E, K; I like to feed him about half a liter throughout the period of a month or so in autumns, to cleanse his liver of any toxines that he might have ingested with any wild herbs from the pastures during the grazing season).

Freshly ground ginger (for immune system and joints)

Cinnamon (for controlling sugar levels in his blood)

And a mix of various meadow and forest herbs for helping his overall health and energy levels.

Last, but not least - free access to several salt and mineral licks, including Himalayan salt.

I don't give one supplement for longer than a month and switch between them on a regular basis. He also gets (when needed) a garlic supplement, dried seaweeds (for a large variety of vitamins and minerals), turmeric powder, linseed oil or properly prepared linseed meal and, during summer, when he needed some extra energy while the horseflies were too active, he got also Baileys Nr.9 Competition Mix. Next summer I'll look for something more natural and less sweetened than this mix, but it was rather good, I admit.
    10-16-2012, 07:14 PM
Ooh, Snickers is a lucky boy!!
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    10-16-2012, 09:28 PM
Nyx gets grass and pellets haha
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    10-17-2012, 02:29 AM
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Well, they can live perfectly well of just plain forage. :) But I somehow feel that Snickers benefits from some additional nutrients. I hope I am right in long-term.
    10-17-2012, 06:24 PM
I'm sure he does benefit! He looks great after all :) and I bet he loooooves it too :P
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    10-17-2012, 06:44 PM
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You bet, having a tasty meal if one of the favorite hobbies for Snickers. :)

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