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        08-16-2013, 06:11 PM
      #12401
    Weanling
    Nicker: much good luck w/going into school time! IPad? I barely know what that is, but have time to think about it. I did realize, after I posted, that you were referring to not a bare-back pad, but a saddle pad; oops..but I wrote down what you said. Another thing I have time to consider. BTW, my DVD player decided to die day before yesterday,when I wanted a bit of total crash time w/a movie, & in delving into my bedroom today found my old little tv had gave up the ghost also. Geez. Guess I'll have to give my head something else to do to relax, as can't replace either right now.

    Cynthia, I talk to the horses too. Have started to wonder what they are actually listening to..I think they hear heart more than words, but what we say extends that,yes?

    Rick...now am determined. No cookie for Tommy next time. I got run over,& I don't like that.
         
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        08-16-2013, 08:18 PM
      #12402
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    Originally Posted by wild old thing    
    poor Bugs.

    Speaking of horses and where they put their heads, I guess I should ask - my latest horse (I ride at a college and right now I'm riding a wonderful, very crazy gaited but utterly dear and affectionate Holsteiner) named Teddy.

    After a ride, Teddy loves to rub his face all over you. I don't let him since I've been told he shouldn't do that but yesterday we had such a great ride, and he worked so hard that I grabbed that head of his and rubbed it myself because I know he likes it.

    Is what I did dangerous?
    You did what I do. The horse can not come into my space but I can go into his. So what you did was you went into his space and gave him the praise he had earn't.

    Even though I do not like the horse placing his head on my shoulder I have in contradiction, been cheek to cheek with my horses, but I do the inviting and I have control. If the horse is on my left shoulder, my right hand is between him and my ear. I can feel if he gets a little friendly and take evasive action by pushing him away. Saftey is first.

    When my horse dose what I ask I say thankyou. No i'm not mad, it just my way of changing my voice and attitude so the knows he got it right. Just by saying thankyou softens the voice.
         
        08-16-2013, 08:55 PM
      #12403
    Started
    Its midday Saturday in NZ and the rain is bucketing down. Great. The weather map shows it has set in for the day. We could get 40 mils out of it.

    I felt a little better this morning so went and checked Bugs as he has not had the privilage of my company for 7 days or so and I had to check his skin.

    I wanderd up to the fence, the horses at the other end of the paddock. I whistled him, up went his head and he was looking around for the direction of the whistle, so I called out and he responded. He actually ran up the hill. Gives one a good feeling knowing he has not forgotten me and moved on. But then reality sunk in. I was carring a bucket, he thought he was in for some food.

    His face has improved greatly and no more skin missing. He is ridable now. I fed both the horses and got into the paddock with him. I do believe he was happy to be around me as it was I who left first. He was quite happy for me to check him out for ticks and generally scratch him all over.
    It was good for the mind to be around them again and to see he is getting better.

    Roadyy. Sorry, but it was me who swiped on of your carrots. The sign came up and before I put my glasses on, and realised who's they were, bingo I had swiped one. Alex taught me. She is to blame.

    Cheers all I'm about to light the fire. Get dinner preped, and go back to feeling sorry for myself. But Like Bugs I have improved some over the past 24 hrs.
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        08-16-2013, 09:06 PM
      #12404
    Yearling
    Cacowgirl, I am so glad you are in a brighter place now!

    Stan, glad both you and bugs are doing better!

    Melinda, love the owl cartoon. I can use that to sum up me from Monday to Friday!

    Hello everyone else! TGIF! We had another warm, sunnt day with no humidity. This is so rare for August in Virginia.

    Hubby and I went for a trail ride tonight. Isabella is not a spooky horse. I can count on one hand the number of times she has spooked worse than slamming all four feet down at once. Tonight was a bad spook. We were following hubby on his TWH on a trail we have been on over 50 times. The trail has been bushhogged earlier today, and the only thing I can figure is that since the tall grass had been cut down, she was able to see a dark tree trunk that had previously been hidden by grass. We were walking around on a very loose rein and came to that tree and she lost her marbles.

    A year ago, I would have come off. No doubt.

    Tonight I didn't even lose my balance. I had her in control in a matter of seconds after she spun to the right and attempted to bolt. She immediately calmed down, and hubby called back to me to see if I was ok.

    I felt GREAT! I laughed it off and we continued to have a great ride.

    We spent some time cantering in the arena before we untacked.

    I have a video to share with you. Hubby used to ride a large Paint that had a "silly spot" om his tummy that you could sctrach and he would contort in all different ways to express his pleasure. I have been searching for that spot on Izzy and tonight I found it. And her facial expressions put his old Paint's reaction to shame! I couldn't stop laughing. Please turn down the volume to avoid my annoying voice. If the wranglers from the ranch we moved cattle on in Montana heard the way I "baby talk" to my horse, I would get a stern lecture. Oh well, she is my "baby". My other baby is curled up asleep on my feet right now. Happiness is a horse in the barn and a corgi on the couch!

    Have a great weekend!

         
        08-16-2013, 09:54 PM
      #12405
    Weanling
    photo.jpgHi everyone! Haven't been on the forum for awhile as i've been spending a lot of time outside with the horses this summer. I also have some great news. I bought a new horse that I was trialing for the last few months. It was love at first sight. I went to pick him up with the BO and his owner and some friends and when I saw him I knew he was for me. His is a 16 year old red roan Registered Appaloosa gelding who used to be a hunter. He has a sweet disposition, smooth gaits and is level headed. I am very lucky to have this gentle giant. I'll try and attach a photo from my iphone-they don't always turn out in the correct direction. Here goes...
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        08-16-2013, 09:57 PM
      #12406
    Yearling
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    Originally Posted by Paintlover1965    
    Attachment 258314Hi everyone! Haven't been on the forum for awhile as i've been spending a lot of time outside with the horses this summer. I also have some great news. I bought a new horse that I was trialing for the last few months. It was love at first sight. I went to pick him up with the BO and his owner and some friends and when I saw him I knew he was for me. His is a 16 year old red roan Registered Appaloosa gelding who used to be a hunter. He has a sweet disposition, smooth gaits and is level headed. I am very lucky to have this gentle giant. I'll try and attach a photo from my iphone-they don't always turn out in the correct direction. Here goes...
    He looks so sweet! Congratulations. I hope the trial period works out and he ends up yours!
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        08-17-2013, 12:55 AM
      #12407
    Green Broke
    Yay! I got to the end!! I always swear I will not let myself get that far behind and then I go and do it. Gah!

    Corgi, love the video! Also when my mare lost her marbles and I got her under control. First thing my DH said was are you ok? Are you sure your ok? Can I laugh now,

    Hello everyone, miss you all. Hopefully I will get a ride in tomorrow. We had a great time at the Rodeo on Weds, DH even took Thurs. Off as we got in after midnight. Was a long drive home!
         
        08-17-2013, 03:31 AM
      #12408
    Banned
    Paintlover, he looks lovely.

    Geez everyone is it possible to keep up. I think this is a full time job, or you all yack so much as you are older. :)
         
        08-17-2013, 04:52 AM
      #12409
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    Originally Posted by AlexS    
    Paintlover, he looks lovely.

    Geez everyone is it possible to keep up. I think this is a full time job, or you all yack so much as you are older. :)
    Nothing to do with age. We just manage our time better so as to keep ourselves informed. Its a skill you will develop as you gain experience Alex. So don't fret, or feel you are missing out. I make allowances for the young ones in knowing the frustration they feel and at times exibit trying to keep up with the more experienced.
    I enjoyed that.
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        08-17-2013, 07:36 AM
      #12410
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    NM, the picture is great. I could only imagine the effect the teachers would have on their classes after a party you organized. I'm sure it would be short lived as they all start to fall back into their old routine after a week or so of dealing with a couple of unruly kids.


    Terry, don't stop giving a cookie because of my personal choices. I stopped doing it because I have 6 horses and I was getting where I would allow one of them to invade my space trying to get the cookie I was offering another horse or would attempt to run off the horse I was offering the cookie too if it were an underling.

    I hadn't had them long enough to have enough ground work on all of them to respect my space regardless of what was going on. Now, when I go to the barn they all wait outside the isle and come in the hall by pecking order to stand at their stall to be let in for meals. If it's storming then they will try to bunch up in the dry area of the isle until we get all the stalls open then they'll go in them. I'll have to take a pic of them lined up between the gate to the yard and the barn where they space out for me to walk by each of them on my way to the barn. Most of the time they will fall in behind me either 2x2 or single file all the way to the barn.


    Stan, glad to hear the good news of you and Bugs on the home stretch of the healing process. As for the carrot, all you had to do was ask and I'da gave you a dozen..lol I tell you how I have collected so many in such a short time. I refuse every chance to steal one. Usually within a couple of page views I'm offered several carrots for the basket. I'm convinced it is the act of not stealing that had awarded me the growth of my carrot surplus.


    Ladona, sounds like you had a wonderful ride. I know those moments when you don't lose your seat or even balance for that matter really build your confidence in how far you have come.

    Paintlover, that is a good looking fella. Glad you are enjoying him and hope you keep us updated with pics and info on the both of you.

    Melinda, you are hereby put on notice.. You have not posted any pics of the rodeo and the cute buckle bunnies or ladies horse drill teams..

    Alex, after a few more years of multi-tasking then you might be able to gain the attribute it takes to do what we do. I understand if you have found a plateau of only being able to keep up with a certain speed of communication(slow) due to your involvement in the 30 something crowd. We take into account that they are still addicted to short versions of communication like brb, ttyl, rofl, omg and lol, but we will not give up on you just yet. Looking forward to your maturing and becoming a contributing member of this society.
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