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    03-30-2012, 08:31 AM
  #1261
Green Broke
So pretty w/that white mane & tail-bet that was fun to keep clean.
     
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    03-30-2012, 08:37 AM
  #1262
Yearling
She ALWAYS kept him spotlessly clean. LOL
My girl and her boy. She did the right thing by him and kept him for the rest of his life even though he couldn't be ridden.
He passed Christmas Eve..I think Daddy wanted a good horse to ride in heaven as he preceded him there by 6 months..

     
    03-30-2012, 11:23 AM
  #1263
Foal
One very lucky pony!
     
    03-30-2012, 01:54 PM
  #1264
Super Moderator
Susan, my nephew was/is driven by the will to earn money! All three have a good work ethic and from when they were old enough they got themselves jobs and, with all three, they stuck to it usually getting kept on longest in the seasonal work over others who have worked for whoever before they started.

When Leish was quite little she was telling me about the money she had and was trying to add nine to the amount but was having problems. I told her to add ten and take one away but she never got that. So, I told her when adding nine the front number got one bigger and the back number one smaller. She got that straight away and tells me she automatically thinks that way when adding a nine.
It is all down to the teacher, we do not all learn the same way so they must be adaptable.

As for teaching a horse to rear, unless you are training for use in a film or circus work, it is very dangerous. I hate rearers with a passion!
One TB that came from the Irish jump race sales was meant to be unbroken but the moment I started on breaking him I knew he had been there before. Turned out to be one of the nappiest horses I have ever come across and his favourite was to rear and throw himself down against a bank by the side of the road or trail. He went down sideways not straight over but it could be painful especially if there was a thorn hedge on the bank.
I played it all ways, I sat him outdoing nothing until he wanted to go forward and then made him wait a bit more before going on but he just napped further down the road. He was fine if he had a lead from another horse but that is not the point.
One day he did it a bit to much and I got really mad.He threw himself down and I gashed my arm and face so there was a lot of blood.
I wore spurs with him, before mounting I turned the spurs upside down, got on him and furked the spurs into his sides, beat him with two whips and never stopped even when he was galloping down the road.
He was never 'right' but he did go for me.
When he went into training proper, he would not go in front until I went there to ride out. Up the gallops he started to drop the bit and all I did was growl at him and he went past the other two as if they were standing still! The only race he ever won was when a loose horse was in front of him.

I broke my back in three places when a young mare went up, not very high, she had never done so before, slipped and came down sideways. I had jumped off, also slipped and she came on top of me. The ground was rock hard so I bore the full weight.
She never reared again.

Out for granny sitting tonight. Some people in the village have the their gran living with them. She has dementia so they are tied to the house. Odd how you can get baby sitters but not a granny sitter. She is a great character, when in a not so good mood she swears like a trooper, she will be nasty with the things she says too but, that is the illness not her real self and I can cope with her. I enjoy her generally, get her talking about when she was a girl and she is fine. She can remember the details from 80+ years ago but not what she had for tea. At least it gives the family a break.
     
    03-30-2012, 01:58 PM
  #1265
Yearling
What a wonderful thing to do foxhunter!
     
    03-30-2012, 03:22 PM
  #1266
Yearling
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Originally Posted by Country Woman    
did your son 'find' his backpack
Not yet, he's still "looking"
     
    03-30-2012, 03:30 PM
  #1267
Yearling
Foxhunter - enjoy your granny sitting. I LOVE chatting with grannies (I miss my own so much, she was from Ireland and had the BEST stories). If I hadnt decided to go into Equine Massage, I was going to go into services for the elderly. Dementia is such an interesting thing - some get angry with it, some get sweeter with it. I was lucky in that my Gramma would take solice in me when she got angry. I was her confidant.
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    03-30-2012, 03:46 PM
  #1268
Green Broke
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Originally Posted by With Grace    
Foxhunter - enjoy your granny sitting. I LOVE chatting with grannies (I miss my own so much, she was from Ireland and had the BEST stories). If I hadnt decided to go into Equine Massage, I was going to go into services for the elderly. Dementia is such an interesting thing - some get angry with it, some get sweeter with it. I was lucky in that my Gramma would take solice in me when she got angry. I was her confidant.

Awe that's sweet Grace. My last grandparent passed away when I was 19 and the other ones I either never met or didn't see very often. I always tell people that have them to go spend time with them as they are very lucky to still have them. My moms mom died when my mom was 14 exhaustion I think - she had 16 kids lol. Prairie family. Family reunions are a blast, the last one I was at there was 160 people. We have one this summer at the farm house in Saskatchewan where my mom grew up, it will be 100 years on the farm. I can't wait. Hubby has only met about 1/8 of that side of the family he is in for a treat!
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    03-30-2012, 04:02 PM
  #1269
Yearling
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Originally Posted by Hunter65    
Awe that's sweet Grace. My last grandparent passed away when I was 19 and the other ones I either never met or didn't see very often. I always tell people that have them to go spend time with them as they are very lucky to still have them. My moms mom died when my mom was 14 exhaustion I think - she had 16 kids lol. Prairie family. Family reunions are a blast, the last one I was at there was 160 people. We have one this summer at the farm house in Saskatchewan where my mom grew up, it will be 100 years on the farm. I can't wait. Hubby has only met about 1/8 of that side of the family he is in for a treat!
Wow this sounds fun! 160 people is so many, are they all in Canada or do some travel in?
     
    03-30-2012, 04:17 PM
  #1270
Green Broke
So, I don't think I've formally introduced myself, and I'm sitting at a computer (as opposed to my TouchPad) with a little time so I'll do that now!

I was born and raised in Florida (I don't admit that often) .. with a 4 years overseas on an island when I was 8-12.

I always knew I would have horses ... always. While we were overseas I had a bicycle named Flame that I kept in a roped off corral .. seriously. I used to dream that the big ship that brought us "fresh" produce once a month would bring a herd of ponies .. lol.

Fast forward many real horses and ponies later and I find myself in Texas with 1 Arabian mare, Charm.

I'm 49, married, 2 wonderful daughters, 20 and 15. I work as a secretary in the local hospital.

That's about it!

Oh, and my take on teaching horses to rear. It is a behavior, just like any other. If taught correctly, is perfectly safe. A running horse can be dangerous too, if he doesn't know when it is or isn't appropriate to run. Heck, leading a horse can be dangerous, if he doesn't know how to lead .. etc!



Just my .02...

Oh, and I also find this the most SANE thread on the board .. no drama .. lol. I'm on here everyday, but mostly reading .. it's not so simple to type more than a line or two from the TouchPad .. for me anyway!

Love all your stories!

~deb
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