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        07-02-2013, 02:00 PM
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        07-02-2013, 05:38 PM
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    Yearling
    Catching up before I go do bills.Nicker,your horses are SO pretty.Thx to all who gave me koodos on my little lesson;LadyTrails,so awesome you volunteer w/kids & therapy horses.I did that for awhile @a little NAHRA place, pre-crash.Controlled the horses on lead rope while another volunteer was alongside the child.The sensitivity of the horses amazed me too,I'd like to work w/that kind of thing again someday..but guess right now it's me that needs the therapy horse!
    Nevr2-Melinda: I've always wanted to get on a draft horse! (well,not right now of course).Your guy sounds lovely.Tommy short,but those big solid feet,&felt like sitting on a couch. &..this is funny. Your joke came in handy today! Had a call for a fall @ the community center,which turned out to be nothing (TG),so was chatting w/the elderly ladies gathered around. Was an ambiable crowd,& someone said too bad we didn't get to see the Heimlich maneuver or at least a decent bruise for Terry to attend to,that would've been interesting. Sooooo...pulled out the joke on 'em. One almost choked she was laughing so hard!
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        07-02-2013, 07:52 PM
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    Good afternoon all! Got up super early to ride. It was and still is overcast and cool. Our weather for the next week is so unpredictable...

    Got a nice rode in, jay jay was a bit 'bad' today....he has always spun when I try to mount. (Apparently whoever had him allowed him tomdothis.) He was getting better and was down to about 5 turns til he stopped and let me on. Today was something else!! He spun and spun and now started to,walk off! Ugh!! After I got home I dismounted and mounted twice....he stood perfectly still! . It is that initial mount that gets him....once I'm on, he's fine and ready for action.

    Starting to see changes in his feet already! The product NO Thrush claimed you would see the frog and heel begin to shed itself when it started to heal. As it heals from the inside out! I started the treatments less than a week ago! He has a pretty bad case of it from what I can summize from all the research, so our healing will take a while, but it's exciting to see progress.

    Also, the No Thrust is also said to work on rain rot. Rainn won't leave her shoulder alone, in fact he scratches it raw. I put the NT on it yesterday....already drying up!! AND, she stopped biting it!! This is some GOOD stuff!

    Does anyone has suggestions to stop JayJay from spinning? I will note that it seems that if I take the reins up in my hands he spins worse. I try to keep the reins resting on his withers as I mount....weird. Someone suggested to let him spin until he stopped instead of fighting him, as the pulling of the reins makes him back up...so I do, and it was working except this morning. BUT, it was cool, and he may still be testing me.

    Have a good day!
    Is he spinning towards you, or away. If away, try turning his head a little away from the sid you are mounting on. It will make him turn towards you and with one foot in the stiripp you are of the ground and seated.

    Sounds like as his feet get better he is feeling more like moving. I also think he is going to test you a little more so go practice your sternest growl on your husband. Get that perfected, you will know when it is ready, he will be cowering in the corner. And when the horse does something wrong, growl, and start again untill he does what you want. Bugs tries me and turns to refuse. I growl and turn him back to what I want to do and he looks for something else to try. Good thing is I doubt if JJ has any malace in him, same as bugs, Just trying it on.

    I remember Kate used to go backwards when Roslyn mounted in resistance to being asked to go forward. So she set Kate up so her rear was facing the drive and when she started to back she was made to go the whole length of the drive 70 yards backwards. She stopped doing that very quickly.

    Well its raining so the farrier has cancelled. I've had a chunk cut out of my head and no, my brains did not spill out. The cattle drive is now next week so its lay back and relax untill work again tomorrow.

    Cheers
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        07-02-2013, 09:11 PM
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    Stan, thanks for the response. JayJay spins towards me generally.

    Tonight we practiced me standing on the 'mounting block'...an old wire spindle...I pulled out my problem solving horse book, and one thing they mentioned was launching...I mean mounting from a block. Gave reasons why he may be doing this. Tonight we just practiced wo a saddle and allowing me to stand on the block. Tomorrow I will throw on the saddle and do the same...no mounting, just get him used to standing there. He's a different horse when tacked up...it's what I suspect a police horse is like, when tacked, they are ready to work.

    Stan you are right, he isn't full of malice, and I do think his feet are feeling better. It's only been a little over two weeks, so the testing still goes on...I will tell you, with JJ, you don't have to growl too loud. He's very responsive....thank goodness!, oh, I did practice the growling on the DH...didn't want to lose my powers! Hahaha. I still got it!

    TJ, thanks for,the compliments on my horses....we are getting there...rainn's face is growing more and more hair, and JayJay is filing out nicely.

    Koolio, beautiful property!

    Critter, did you help with the hay? My niece JUST filled her other chair. She's particular too!

    Have a good night everyone!!
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        07-02-2013, 09:27 PM
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    Foal
    Hello, I have reverted to lurking the last few weeks. Took on some odd jobs to make some extra cash for my vacation next week and I have almost been to tired to even read. So was catching up today and saw a post on trail riding safety...just what I needed something else to freak me out. I am still nervous about taking my new horse on new trails and coupled with a paralizing fear of heights(trailwise, not horse) I am stressing out a lot. Very excited though. Love being in the mountians.
    We had to change our destination and the new place we are camping at, a friend has actually ridden before so I feel much better about trails with horrid dropoffs. There wont be any if we avoid one particular trail. My friend loves that stuff but she is aware of my fears and I hope the other trails are enough to keep her happy.
    I have been working as a groundskeeper at a B&B early in the day, then the extreme mid-day heat, followed by evening thunderstorms has kept me from riding and I am worried my mare will be be out of shape for 3-4 days of riding at a higher elevation. She was only getting light riding before that. I don't know how much riding each day we will be doing.
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        07-02-2013, 10:29 PM
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    Hello, I have reverted to lurking the last few weeks. Took on some odd jobs to make some extra cash for my vacation next week and I have almost been to tired to even read. So was catching up today and saw a post on trail riding safety...just what I needed something else to freak me out. I am still nervous about taking my new horse on new trails and coupled with a paralizing fear of heights(trailwise, not horse) I am stressing out a lot. Very excited though. Love being in the mountians.
    We had to change our destination and the new place we are camping at, a friend has actually ridden before so I feel much better about trails with horrid dropoffs. There wont be any if we avoid one particular trail. My friend loves that stuff but she is aware of my fears and I hope the other trails are enough to keep her happy.
    I have been working as a groundskeeper at a B&B early in the day, then the extreme mid-day heat, followed by evening thunderstorms has kept me from riding and I am worried my mare will be be out of shape for 3-4 days of riding at a higher elevation. She was only getting light riding before that. I don't know how much riding each day we will be doing.
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    Sounds like a great vacation is on the horizion. The new horse, has it any experience trail riding. If I revert to trekking its what we call it. Heights scare the crap out of me to, but I have learnt that at times one has to let the horse have its head and trust it. If that was me I would, and have at times, tucked my horse in behind the more experienced one and let it follow. Another way to look at the fitness of the horse it won't have energy left over to give you a hard time. As long as its sound they are tougher than we think.

    Now there are two actions I take before a ride and they are secret so please don't share. My water bottle often has a little more than water in it if you get my drift and I set out with two, one for the ride out and the other for the return, and of course back at camp the top up. I know one is not surposed to drink and drive, but really it's not driving is it. And the second helper is prozac. I take one before bed at around midnight so the effect is still in there at breakfast. Bacon eggs and black sausage with a cup of tea of coffee fortified with that special water from the canteen. Swing up into the saddle, the mix of the two numbs the fear and I have a great time. Nah I don't do that, I only fortify the coffee at breakfast. Have a great holiday Roseann wish I was going with you all.
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        07-02-2013, 10:36 PM
      #11177
    Foal
    My guys at dinner tonight. Shadow is the Appy gelding(22yrs) and Geisha(9) is the sooty palamino, a Missouri Foxtrotter. Threw in a shot of my lionhead doe Primrose.
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        07-02-2013, 10:40 PM
      #11178
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    Originally Posted by Stan    
    Another way to look at the fitness of the horse it won't have energy left over to give you a hard time.
    I think I like your philosophy Stan.
         
        07-02-2013, 10:41 PM
      #11179
    Trained
    Good evening how are you all
    Nice to be here
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        07-02-2013, 10:45 PM
      #11180
    Foal
    I sold my horses 4 years ago because I thought I was getting too old... I bought one of them back last week. I missed him too much!
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