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        08-16-2013, 11:07 AM
      #12391
    Weanling
    Hi all! Hey, Nicker: can you give me more info on that bareback pad? Am thinkin' if I can find it online,it would be something to save up for (also saving up for a Kindle, via my MicroCenter card [which I mostly use to feed ink to my printer]. Have wanted one for a loooong time). Wish I hadn't given away my hard back "Tao of Equus",as now I want to read it again (well,it went to a fine 12 y/o horsewoman,along w/other books,my grooming supplies,& one nice English saddle. That was my final Giving Up The Dream act,before my guardian angels pulled out their wild card on me, w/an apparent "Hah! Guess what,greenie,you ain't done yet...Let us introduce you to Janice,your instructor we've had waiting in the wings for a few minutes (sorry that it felt like years to you.."). L..O..L..Only things I kept was Sally Swift's "Centered Riding",a saddle stand,& a can of saddle soap (hear angel-giggle there: "Reckon that's all you needed,huh?!")

    Read w/much interest Cynthia's description of her yesterday's adventure. Would love to watch you in action,Cynthia,& all of you,as well. I'd learn alot.

    Back to the bareback pad: I almost forget that's what I'm on. Am positive it's teaching me real balance & seat. I'm not gripping my legs anymore. "Past life" was an English saddle. It will be an experience the first time I'm on a Western saddle (the last & only one I was on was the one I flew off of!)

    Had a cookie incident w/Tommy yesterday, will ask Janice about it on Monday. He knew I had it in my pocket, & has never misbehaved on the way back to his pen before,but this time he was pushing @ me rather forcefully. I hollered "No Tommy!" which had no effect, so tossed the lead rope around his nose & pretty much pushed him into the pen. Tossed the cookie in his grain pan (my personal rule,no hand feeding),but it took him a minute to realize it was there. He really misbehaved. Probably shouldn't have given him the cookie @ all, but that's what I'd do w/a dog,& since horses aren't dogs...this is my latest question on getting & keeping the upper hand. Hmmm... Suggestions,Professionals? Thought about sticking the cookie in my hat instead, but until I can make him behave,he'll likely just figure it out & take my hat off.

    Have a good Friday everyone,have a good weekend! I'm off to attack the bedroom & closet....
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        08-16-2013, 11:09 AM
      #12392
    Weanling
    PS I found a good set of exercises for strengthening the lower back, so will be staring in on those soon. Getting my motivation back..
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        08-16-2013, 12:58 PM
      #12393
    Weanling
    Alex, I love that picture of you as a youngster. It's just beautiful.


    Celeste, your horses taking over the property and having a party just cracked me up! Is that what I have to look forward to? Like someone else said, glad they didn't get into too much trouble though. The bee stings are scary. I get eaten alive by mosquitoes the minute the weather goes above freezing but for some unknown reason I've been lucky in the bee/wasp dept. (I hope I didn't just jinx myself.)


    Stan, double poor Bugs. He's had a hellish summer, poor boy. I hope by now he's feeling better.
    I'm the type that would try working on laying in some edible grass on my property if it's feasible.
    Oh Stan...reading on....... I'm really sorry Bugs is suffering so. And sorry you have no horse for the cattle roundup. THAT would bum me to no end if I knew how to round up cattle and not get trod into the ground beneath their little hoovies.


    Koolio, WOW. And WOW again! Those pictures are breathtaking. Love the poem: There are strange things done 'neath the midnight sun
    By the men who moil for gold... (of this I have no doubt)


    LadyT, I'm sorry for your family's loss. And those awful horse hive bumps (urticaria) - now that you know he has a sensitivity to fly bites, can you not have something on hand if you see some indications - like I can give my dogs benedryl when their allergies kick in...?
    Its so sad reading about the miseries of horses, but I learn a lot reading here too - because big as they are, horses are so delicate. Maybe because of domestication? The world changes all of us, not always for the better.


    Alex, I know you're right about the treats. Makes me think - Food-->Mouth-->Teeth-->Me. Something to think about as I plow through the posts..... (at post number sixtymillionandtwentyeight)


    .....and now the discussion is about horse affection


    My guy Teddy - after a ride will want to rub his head on you. He's a high spirited ride, so it's possible that moment he's feeling powerful, dominant, so I'll watch for that. But entering his stall, he is very submissive. He drops his head, chews (which I'm told is a sign of either submision or obedience), he'll stand quietly when being groomed. He's very relaxed, very willing. And lately I have to put him in cross ties because he tries to follow me out of the stall when I step outside to get something. Whereas Lilly, in her stall is serious. She's not aggressive but she has issues and you must be aware.


    Tjtalon, thinking ...

    I softly talk to my horses particularly when I am grooming and tacking. I try to tell my horse in every conceivable way how much I appreciate and enjoy him. But I'm more and more aware that with horses they're all about that old groucho line, "I refuse to join any club that would have me as a member." Joining a pack is hell and they're ALWAYS trying to work their way up. (there's a 20+ yo horse at the barn that just got kicked into tomorrow for trying to push her way up the heirarchy) So the heirarchal thing is something to consider.


    Well roseann, you've got the proof right there. Aliens. Too bad they didn't beam up and do some anal probing on the s**t-heads on bikes.

    Beautiful...I am so jealousing! What a trip - the horses are gorgeous. That palomino particularly special.


    NICKER that is the funniest story! Little men on Little horses! HAHAAHHAHAHAHAHA

    ...and I LOVE the purple ears!!


    Critter - last week I spent all day trying to clean and condition all the saddles in the Western tack room (probably why I ended up potatoing on the couch for a couple of rest of the week!)

    First I washed them with LEXOL, got them clean. Since they dried almost immediately, I got out the PASSIERE....rubbed it in until they felt looser. I was told to keep conditioning if it needs it. Like Lady said, I went both sides because some of the saddles were almost crunchy. I don't know what animal died to give that Passiere it's very greasy and luxurious feel, but it's probably an expensive animal like a little minky or something. Smells gross and expensive.


    Corgi, It's a week Friday and I hope you had a better week this time around.


    OKAY - I gotta stop and actually do something.

    Like Olympia Dukakis said in "MOONSTRUCK": "Your life is a mess!". True. My life is a mess. Time to vacuum.

    Good bye for now. Have a lesson in a couple of hours. YAY! LOPING!!! DOUBLE YAY! (fingers crossed I stay aboard Mr. Hopalong!)

    Happy Trails! I may catch up some day. (stopping at....post number eightymillionfortyseven)

    Wish me luck! Have a great weekend!
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        08-16-2013, 12:58 PM
      #12394
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    I would not have given him a cookie after misbehaving. I'm not big on cookies or treats anyways for that very reason. I don't want to add another aspect to the space respect by adding a distraction into their thinking with food. They will want to test my boundaries of personal space to get to that treat and I'll have to teach them the treat comes when they do something to deserve it. Nope.


    Their treats are red objects floating in the water tub, rest and meals twice a day without worrying about being at a kill station.
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        08-16-2013, 01:30 PM
      #12395
    Yearling
    Good morning all! Quiet day here today. I've been working on schoolwork pretty much all morning and just came in from taking the horses' fly blankets off. It seems little kitten Fred has some tummy troubles (maybe something to do with the cupcake wrappers from a garbage bag that I found strewn all over) so we are off for a vet check this afternoon. After that, I think I will take my boxer, RJ out for a nice walk and some treats as it is his 10th birthday today. Double digits in a boxer is a milestone, but RJ is very healthy so we are hoping for a few more good years at least.

    He's looking pretty good for an old guy.


    My hip has been bothering me for most of the summer, especially when I try to jog or do a lot of hill walking so I saw the doc yesterday. I seems when I was prematurely ejected from my friends horse in early June that I must have ruptured the bursa in my hip and now have bursitis that will heal, in time. So, no marathons for a while. Good news is that it doesn't hurt when riding, and riding may actually be a good way to strengthen and stretch the hip. I wonder if I can get a prescription for riding therapy?

    Yesterday I had a great ride on Koolio. We worked on walk / canter transition and he did awesome. I think my leg position and stability is finally improving and that is helping him a ton. After the ride, my daughter and I lunged Cheeky pony over some trotting poles to help her develop more lift in her hind end. She thought it was a fun game, and did very well. We are hoping she will be a nice little eventing pony in time. Everyone was cooled off with a nice sponge bath and turned out to enjoy the rest of yesterday's hot weather.
         
        08-16-2013, 01:39 PM
      #12396
    Green Broke
    What a week! I just booked a hotel for our trip to So Cal to see old friends & go to the L.A Co. Fair. Prior to that I will fly to Portland Oregon to visit my sister for a week. I was hoping to wait until after these trips to get another horse, but a nice gaited mare just became available, for free, so I feel I should check her out before she's gone. I will maybe board her @ a neighbors, while I get my stuff straightened out for horsekeeping again. There are 2 other horses that sound perfect for me also if she is gone already. A gaited bay mare-my favorite horse- or a small black ranch gelding-not the fondest of geldings or blacks, but a horse that is barefoot, sound & beginner safe is always good. Size is a main objective to me-the free horse looks tall the other two are my size. But the big mare would be nice for my husband once I deem her "safe" he used to really like riding my big bay Peruvian Mare. And that is what he always compares to.

    WE got blinds up on 4 more windows-the new fridge is working great-we had ice cream! The old fridge now has a light bulb in it-what a change! I was able to get caught up on the laundry-all those king-size sheets & comforters, etc., but I broke my little toe on the laundry cart-Ouch!

    Now every day is an adventure & I'm feeling alive again & you guys helped, as I was able to get my horse fix & keep my sanity somewhat through a very dark period of my life. So, thanks to all.
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        08-16-2013, 01:56 PM
      #12397
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    What a week! I just booked a hotel for our trip to So Cal to see old friends & go to the L.A Co. Fair. Prior to that I will fly to Portland Oregon to visit my sister for a week. I was hoping to wait until after these trips to get another horse, but a nice gaited mare just became available, for free, so I feel I should check her out before she's gone. I will maybe board her @ a neighbors, while I get my stuff straightened out for horsekeeping again. There are 2 other horses that sound perfect for me also if she is gone already. A gaited bay mare-my favorite horse- or a small black ranch gelding-not the fondest of geldings or blacks, but a horse that is barefoot, sound & beginner safe is always good. Size is a main objective to me-the free horse looks tall the other two are my size. But the big mare would be nice for my husband once I deem her "safe" he used to really like riding my big bay Peruvian Mare. And that is what he always compares to.

    WE got blinds up on 4 more windows-the new fridge is working great-we had ice cream! The old fridge now has a light bulb in it-what a change! I was able to get caught up on the laundry-all those king-size sheets & comforters, etc., but I broke my little toe on the laundry cart-Ouch!

    Now every day is an adventure & I'm feeling alive again & you guys helped, as I was able to get my horse fix & keep my sanity somewhat through a very dark period of my life. So, thanks to all.
    So glad to hear things turned around for y'all. I can feel the energy in you through your story. I feel better just because I read it. Thanks.
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        08-16-2013, 03:49 PM
      #12398
    Green Broke
    I am still on page 1234 trying to catch up but had to post this for my teacher friends here.....



    I about died when I saw it.
         
        08-16-2013, 04:01 PM
      #12399
    Yearling
    Hi all! Wow, a lot of posting today!

    Today was a very beautiful morning, so I just HAD to ride. we,rode an hour through the woods, around the pond and back through the woods home. Since I rode this route, I took my dog with me...no worries of the road. It was a truly marvelous morning with my two best buddies.

    I attached a pic...it think it turned out really cool! Not intentional at all! Those aRe the best.

    TJ, the seat I was referring to was a seat cover of the saddle. I found it in the newest valley vet catalog. It's called luxury fleece western tush cushion. There are others as well. Seriously considering it for myself. I use the fleece now, and for an hour ride its perfect, but more than that I hurt.

    I too believe being in good shape is the key to good riding. I used to be a huge fitness freak, but once I was busy writing my book, that took,up my exercise time.... I really need to get back into it. I've done stretching most of this week, and that is really helping my back. It needs to be a life long commitment for me with this hip replacement, so I NEED to get on the stick!!

    Wild thing, I always talk to my horses while working with them. My parents taught me that. Lets them know where you are, and I think a gentle voice calms them. If I need to reprimand my horse, ( or students). I simply lower the pitch/ tone of my voice....I make it deep....they straighten right up! My cooperating teacher taught me that eons ago....it's the best trick in the book!

    Koolio, how's the school work? Are you excited yet? Great looking dog!!

    CCG, so,happy to hear the happiness in your post.

    TJ, had you considered an iPad rather than a kindle? This thing is THE best investment I've made in a long while!! My house is wireless, so that makes it nice, but it's basically my computer. WAY faster than my laptop, AND now I'm reading on it. I wonder if you could find the TAO of EQUUS used on amazon?

    Tonight is my last night of freedom and quietness out at the barn. Mom and her DH have been gone. HE comes home tomorrow night. I've been loving it there by myself. It's so quiet and peaceful....I swear the goats and horses are way more relaxed when it's just us.... I might go out early to enjoy.

    My big sis is coming into town tonight! I always enjoy sitting and chatting with her and my niece.

    Well....that's all I have, and DH will be home shortly. So adios for now!
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        08-16-2013, 04:05 PM
      #12400
    Yearling
    NVR,

    That is SO perfect and SO true!!! I swear I age 10 years by the time state testing is over! Hahahaha

    It's almost time.....a week today is inservice....... Hate that first one, they always overwhelm you with crap! I would like to start the year off with a PARTY!!! Positives, positives!!!! I'll be in charge! Lol
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