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post #11181 of 29437 Old 07-02-2013, 10:49 PM
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Good advise Stan. The previous owner used her in the mountians for hunting trips. Basically she sat in her field for 11 months then then 2-3 times in the fall he would load her up and they would go hunting for two or three weeks at a time. He used her for riding and packing. I have ridden her on some steep hills out behind my house and she does seem to know whats she is doing. My friends horse is very experienced on the trails and is also in great condition as he is an endurance horse. The trails will be shared with mountian bikers and there are some photos on line. They look nice and smooth.
So I am hoping she will be fine. I certianly have given her more work than the previous owner and I still have a week to get some ride time in.
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post #11182 of 29437 Old 07-02-2013, 10:54 PM
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I think I like your philosophy Stan.
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post #11183 of 29437 Old 07-02-2013, 11:05 PM
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Good advise Stan. The previous owner used her in the mountians for hunting trips. Basically she sat in her field for 11 months then then 2-3 times in the fall he would load her up and they would go hunting for two or three weeks at a time. He used her for riding and packing. I have ridden her on some steep hills out behind my house and she does seem to know whats she is doing. My friends horse is very experienced on the trails and is also in great condition as he is an endurance horse. The trails will be shared with mountian bikers and there are some photos on line. They look nice and smooth.
So I am hoping she will be fine. I certianly have given her more work than the previous owner and I still have a week to get some ride time in.
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You will be fine that horse knows what to do and I think its fitness may surprise you. The amount of riders that attend the treks we go on that have never had their horse of flat ground would surprise you.

Then they fall off because the horse does not know how to handle hill country and nore do they. At least one has to be experienced. It surprises me how many don't realise the horse has to learn how to go up and down hills and blame the orginisers of the trek that it is to hard. That's what trekking is. It also has to learn how to push through bush and not be scared. Your horse sounds like it knows all it needs, so give it some hill riding in prep and you and the horse are going to have a great time. They really do enjoy a ride where they have to think. I have found our horses get interested when we ride the forests and bush but in the paddocks play up because they are bored.

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post #11184 of 29437 Old 07-03-2013, 12:10 AM
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Thanks TJ but actually she is a Trakehner (warmblood) but still huge. I guess some drafts can weigh a ton (2000 lbs) yikes! Glad you enjoyed the joke too. I about died when I read it! Had to share!

Stan, thanks for posting as I have missed you. And beautiful grand baby!

Alex, where are youuuuuuuuuuu??

Roseann, love your pictures. Bunny is cute as heck!!
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post #11185 of 29437 Old 07-03-2013, 01:21 AM Thread Starter
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hi everyone good to be here again
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post #11186 of 29437 Old 07-03-2013, 01:23 AM Thread Starter
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I am not too old but too out of shape
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post #11187 of 29437 Old 07-03-2013, 02:17 AM
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I am not too old but too out of shape

My wife keeps on telling me i'm out of shape I keep telling her round is a shape I have lost a few pounds though. Soup for three evening meals in a row each week.

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post #11188 of 29437 Old 07-03-2013, 09:11 AM
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Love the pic Stan! Great outfit.
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post #11189 of 29437 Old 07-03-2013, 10:23 AM
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Don't have much time have to get groceries then back to the barn but Hey Nickermaker, here's a thought- are you sure that when you collect the reins to mount you are not flexing him too much toward you? Like maybe he thinks he should turn? Just a thought. Personally I like my horse to be flexed toward me when I get on but maybe he's not use to that and he thinks he should turn? Also, I have a couple of horse that if you just look at their hindquarters they will move them over because they have been taught to keep that butt away from me. These are just a couple of things that came to my mind when I read your post.

How's everyone else? Is Alex missing? Maybe she ran off with her baseball sweetie? Maybe she couldn't stand to be w/o him?



I have got to MAKE myself get done in the barn because I am so sick of painting. Hopefully today will be the last day. My neck and back are killing me, I need to be done.
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post #11190 of 29437 Old 07-03-2013, 11:58 AM
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Hi all!

Guesswhat? JayJay was a TOTALLY difference horse today!! I went dressed to just 'practice' STAND, so I was in shorts! ( thank goodness I keep my boots at the barn)

So, anyway, I saddled him up and practiced like last night...just standing by the stirrups saying STAND. He stood, I gave a little treat. Did that a few times...even tried it in various locations...he stood. Progressed to putting my foot in the stirrup...he stood! Decided to hop on...he stood! this is all from the ground mind you, bc I was going to try the mounting block...which I did try later...after I took a tiny spin around the back field!!. Heck, I was on, why not!!

So, I don't know if I had the saddle on too far forward yesterday, treats worked, or our little training session last night worked, or what, but there was absolutely zero spinning!! . But I am relieved today went better!

Oh, and STAN, I used my authoritative teacher voice to say STAND, not my DW voice! Hahaha

Farmchic, actually I don't pick up the reins at all when I mount, they are laying on his neck right infront of my hand....he seems to move more when you do pick them up...who knows what took place where he was at....anyway, once I'm up he stands nice and quiet until I give a teeny tiny squeeze of my legs...gosh he is light on the legs...which is super nice. I also agree Farmchic, he does move his hindquarters over nice when I approach back there, that is why I practiced going back by his barrel and saying STAND. . My thots exactly like yours.

We will practice again tomorrow!

Have a good day all! Off to battle the grocery store crowds....ICK! It's really hot here too!
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