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        03-24-2012, 12:53 PM
    Originally Posted by Ladytrails    
    Country Woman, I would suggest that you contact stable owners/barn managers near you, and do whatever you can to allow them to get to know you. Sweep aisles, etc. Maybe some free labor will warm their hearts. Then as people get to know you, you might be able to learn of horses who could be leased or where you could have riding rights, even if they weren't willing to lease per se. I think if not Craigslist, maybe this is a situation where you need to "know people" who "know people" - a lot of happenings in the horse world are word of mouth.

    Another great way to learn of horses that are available is through Facebook. I went to a horse clinic and talked to folks, and found out there is a Facebook site for horse friends here in my area (although some of them are from out west in the US). If any are from Canada I'll check and let you know. There is always a horse or ten on that site for sale, for trade, for whatever. Folks want to know that their animals are going to be taken care of, and this closed Facebook group gives them some security in that regard, as all of us know somebody else - you have to, in order to be invited to join the group.
    this sounds like a great idea thanks
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        03-24-2012, 12:55 PM
    Great story Foxhunter! Since I know nothing about wallabies, why was there a bounty on the poor creature's head? Did he commit a heinous crime?
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        03-24-2012, 01:17 PM
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    Originally Posted by With Grace    
    Great story Foxhunter! Since I know nothing about wallabies, why was there a bounty on the poor creature's head? Did he commit a heinous crime?
    Only to escape from captivity!
        03-24-2012, 06:13 PM
    Green Broke

    Stella ready for the trek on Saturday 25th.
    She has not been ridden out for any length of time for the past 6 months due to her having a skin problem for the latter part of last year and me, well, I had a heart attack at xmas so riding was not allowed.

    Yesterday was the test for myself and the horse, a trek to raise money for one of the local schools.
    First thing get them into the float, loaded kate then Stella. Well tried to load Stella she would get half way on and back out, so after several tries and running out of time I got her half way on then pushed her out deciding to end the session on my decission not hers. Wife drives away with Kate and Stella is back into the Jenny Craig paddock.

    All is not lost, I had formulated a plan to win this battle and expected some issues given the amount of time passing without being ridden. (Stella I mean) The middway point of the trek was behind our place so it was all on again.

    I saddled Stella and walked her to the area where the trekers would stop for lunch, then lead her in the direction they would arrive and rode her back to the start point, rode her out for a half a mile and back again. All was good she did what I asked and did not miss behave. Now that left me feeling very confident I was going to have a good first ride in months.

    We waited for the others to arrive 50 horses, They had lunch and Stella calmed down as it had been some time since she had been in the company of so many horses. Lunch finished climbed on and away we all went. My wife on Kate was the lead out horse which suited me as I could tuck Stella in behind, but that did not work. As some of the other horses passed she began to play up and steadly worsened. After a mile or so Stella had stopped listening to me She was shaking her head, prancing, ears laid back and generally behaving in a threatening way.

    I got off, managed to maintain some control, and walked her back home, a mile and mostly up hill.

    Well the doctor did say I needed more exercise.

    However if I wanted an animal to take for a walk I would have brought a dog. But I am a little different and will continue to Walk and Ride until she gets back to where she was several months ago. I know some of the others on the trek had the opinion I should have continued but I had to consider the stress factors. Not only for Stella, but myself.

    Insault to injury, my wife is riding adain today and I am back to training Stella. Over 40 and then some.
        03-24-2012, 06:24 PM
    I am sorry Stella had to play up and ruin your ride.
    It is spring after all....
    I hope she will settle down soon.
        03-24-2012, 06:37 PM
    Green Broke
    Originally Posted by Susan Crumrine    
    I am sorry Stella had to play up and ruin your ride.
    It is spring after all....
    I hope she will settle down soon.

    Not spring in my neck of the woods. Autum with winter only a couple of months away. Stella will come right she just got to excited and forgot her place in the pecking order. or remined me where mine was
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        03-24-2012, 07:26 PM
    Stan - sorry your ride didn't go as planned, but I do think it's huge that only 3 months after your health issues you are back to riding. Says a lot about your attitude and drive! I would have walked the horse home after that as well, sometimes those horse attitudes escalate, and when you're not ready to deal with them it's best to try again another day. (take my lesson on Wednesday for example! I know many would say I should have stayed on and made her work through it, but I know her well enough that before she works through something, she tries to throw her back issues cannot handle being thrown at the moment if I can help it)

    Can't wait to hear about your next big ride!
        03-24-2012, 08:05 PM
    I rode yesterday! It felt so good to get on my beautiful mare bareback, and ride w/my bff and dd15 to the river! I'll have pics at some point.
        03-24-2012, 09:11 PM
    Green Broke
    I feel the same way-WG-when I go out on my gelding we have a nice ride, but when we get back close to home, my mare is yelling her head off & he gets squirrily. So. I often get off & walk the last few yards home-better than having to go to the hospital-LOL! When I feel more confident here we'll work on these issues,but for now it works.
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        03-24-2012, 09:15 PM
    Got the pony up in the barn today and combed about 15 pounds of pony fur off, with a good amount of dried mud from all the rain we've had this week. Tied him to a stall front and let him learn some more patience, as tying isn't something he's really patient with yet. Also tried to get him more relaxed about fingers in his mouth - the vet had some difficulty on Monday when it was time to check him out to see if he needed his teeth floated (he did), and his little rider seemed to have trouble bridling him last week. All good after an hour or so, he was more patient and he let me put my fingers in his mouth without getting distressed at all.

    Then I got my awesome TWH mare up, combed mud and shedding hair, wiped down her ears so those biting gnats leave her alone, and went off for a nice hour's ride. We had a new Myler bit, which seemed to work out very nicely. She's very responsive so I have to be careful not to overdo the cues. We practiced our canter (a little chargey today) and our running walk (lurchy going away from home, lovely coming home).

    A beautiful day and a great way to spend a few hours on a Saturday in springtime.

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