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        10-18-2013, 02:42 PM
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    Those photo shots that we miss. I was fitting the boom spray unit to the quad last night and as it was friday evening, SWMBO away, I let Bugs out on the grass around the house. However he decided what I was doing held more interest for him.

    While I am trying to fit the spray boom this horse of mine decided to poke his nose into everything. He was mouthing ever part of the the spray container and the rear of the quad including the tools I was using. It was a cheek to cheek situation he was that close. I went into the garage for more tools and he followed me in. Steel shoes and a very smoth concrete floor don't mix and he sliped.

    My garage is like a junk store an absolute mess tools equipment and the second quad and Roslyns favourite toy, the ride on mower. Tables etc. My instinct kicked in when he sliped and out of the way I got, and at great speed. I was expecting a hore to go into panic mode it was all for nothing, he recoverd his footing and continued to explore. Then I decided to direct him outside where he turned his attention to his blanket and proceded to drag it around the yeard. Tireing of that game he picked up his bucket for me then wandered away to graze around the garden.

    Why is it when our horse remind us why we chose them or more to the point when they demonstrate why they chose us we don't have a camera on hand.

    Its that kind of puppy dog behavour, and his willingness to just be with me which helped leed me to my conclusion, and belief, if the horse choses us then the relationship is more of a partnership than just human and horse.

    Its that kind of behavoir non horse people don't see or understand because they can't get past their fear of the horses size. Its that kind of behavour that brings a tear to the eye of the owner when they realise the horse really is enjoying their company and is at ease being around them. Or is it wishfull thinking, am I dreaming. Or is age getting to me, Nah not that. I really do wish I could have gotten photos for he is entertaining. He has a twinkle in his eye.

    Enough rambling. Its Saturday morning. I'm going to take a photo of the garage and post it so you can see the confind space he was in when he slipped then it's off to town for a cooked breakfast, then spray two of the paddocks and cook dinner for SWMBO. Now I really have stopped rambling.

    Cheers all and enjoy this weekends riding.

    I own the spelling mistakes so please don't copy them. Its my trade mark :)
         
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        10-18-2013, 03:40 PM
      #13602
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    Hey all Sorry Me vita Loco here!!
    We have a new addiction to our family..

    "Vada" is a 9 mo old Mini Aussie possible mix is deaf and partly blind. I believe my Graicie Rose lead me to her. She is such and great Little fighter. I will be getting a hold of a eye dr of her to see if I can help her sight at all.

    Here are a few more pictures of her.




    Bre has been really sick :(
    I am worried for her. She's missed 3 days of school and I took her in to DR they are running tests.

    I have a wedding I have to do havir and pictures for tomorrow. UGGG I need a Day off!
         
        10-18-2013, 07:57 PM
      #13603
    Foal
    leather opinions

    Hi folks
    I am looking for a trail saddle. I found this on CL. What do you make of the lines on the fenders? Is that normal? I can't afford much and really am hoping to trade my Close Contact saddle for a trail saddle.
    Dark Western Pleasure Saddle 16in
         
        10-19-2013, 03:05 AM
      #13604
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    Oh look at Loco!! Best wishes, as my three year old pup just chewed through the power cable to the stove.

    Stan. Horses do choose us, I believe that.

    Hi happy place, I ride English, so I am of no help.
         
        10-19-2013, 08:45 AM
      #13605
    Green Broke
    Looked over the radar this morning and decided to work a full 8 hour shift instead of taking off at lunch to work with Jems. Going to be raining all evening and would be a waste of time. Also just talked to mom and she has decided to wait til tomorrow to leave as the rain is more than she likes to drive in. We went out to eat together last night thinking she would be leaving out today and I really enjoyed that.

    Hope everyone is having a drier day than here.
         
        10-19-2013, 08:45 AM
      #13606
    Yearling
    Hi all, happy weekend!!

    Phew! What a busy, busy week!!!

    Got a nice ride in yesterday! Cool and windy....Jay was looking at everything!!!! Ready for the boogeyman!

    Cleaning and organizing today. This place is a pit!!

    I was invited to rode tomorrow, but no one will pick me up....knowing I was disappointed, another friend invited me over to ride HER horses!!!. It's to be cool, but sunny, so I hope we can go!!

    Critter, that doggie is super cute!!!

    Stan, I believe dogs and horses some how, magically I guess, choose us. I loved your story. That only explains how I wound up with my very special two.

    HP, that saddle looks OK to me. Roaddy may be more of an expert, but as long as it's comfy, you can saddle soap it and oil it up like new!

    Ok gotta run and feed my troups! May take a short spin on Rainner this morning before the rain hits.. Then off to grocery shop....out of TP!!!! that's a sign of how empty our cupboards are!!! Lol

    Oh here is a pic of a beautiful full harvest moon from my drove home last night! Just breath taking!! Stan, is the same moon you see?
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        10-19-2013, 09:07 AM
      #13607
    Green Broke
    That isn't a bad looking saddle. The leather looks thick and those lines on the fenders are dry stress marks. Nothing some TLC shouldn't help as it really does need a cleaning. The other thing is they are measuring the gullet wrong to tell what qh bars it is. You measure from inside to inside where the concho screws are to get your measurement. You need to know what qh bars your horse needs so you know what style to look for. If you buy a semi qh bar saddle for a horse that needs full qh bars then your not going to like the results anymore than your horse does.

    I am not an expert by any means, but had to do the same research when getting saddles for my horses to keep from hurting them or me in the long run. Get someone knowledgeable to help you determine what set up your horse needs then go looking for saddles. Hth
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        10-19-2013, 10:05 AM
      #13608
    Green Broke
    CS-cute pup! Are you keeping her no matter what? I had a dog go blind & he did just fine-my girl terrier became his "eyes". They were so cute together. I got some shelves up in my container & got about 8 boxes unpacked-so nice to see my things again & to know what I have.

    Stan-I am glad that my new mare & I seem to "click"-I was a bit nervous buying her sight unseen & not riding her first. But it has been all good. Knowing her history I did not expect any major problems & her 2 minor issues are being worked on. If only it could go so well for more horse buyers/owners.

    Yes, this week just flew by! Did get a lot done, but not near what I wanted to do`I get tired & know ~Tomorrow is another day! Still waiting for our Tractor Supply to open-it should be soon-they have asked to be able to start selling despite the work still going on.

    Will definitely be riding over the W/E, want to try out some different tack on Wendy also. Want to see if that newly re-fleeced saddle will fit her.

    Have a great W/E everyone!
         
        10-19-2013, 10:39 AM
      #13609
    Yearling
    Jus' peekin' in. Hope everyone has a good weekend! Very cute pup,Lori, Rick, glad you got to spend time w/your mom. If Nicker gets any busier,she'll have to be two people Stan, I loved the story of Bugs The Curious Buddy! (I don't think you're old, I was just teasing! A way to deflect the odd feeling I get for having an upcoming "6" on my "age" number!)

    Hope all enjoy their horse activities this weekend.
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        10-19-2013, 03:42 PM
      #13610
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    Originally Posted by Happy Place    
    Hi folks
    I am looking for a trail saddle. I found this on CL. What do you make of the lines on the fenders? Is that normal? I can't afford much and really am hoping to trade my Close Contact saddle for a trail saddle.
    Dark Western Pleasure Saddle 16in

    Rick gave very good information the wrong size saddle can cause havock and injury to the rider if the horse takes a dislike to the pain they can at times cause. My first horse had a saddle issue and the locals often could be heard saying (one size fits all) which is absolute rubbish. She demonstrated her displeasure by bucking me off and the dammage to her back took moinths for her to come right.

    I ride trails, what we call trekking and on ocassions 8 hours duration and the country can be a little rough. The horse needs the correct fitting saddle and so did I. When I brought the saddle it was with the help of the horsesaddleshop.com. They sent me templets and instructions how to measure the horse and I sent them photos of the horse. This combination ended up with a saddle that when placed on the horse fitted very well considering it was done by simple measurements and no more pain for the horse.

    Before you start or buy, measure the angle of the Withers beause if that is wrong no matter what you do it wont fit right and will cause preassure points. Blankets for cushining do not change the angle of the saddle tree.

    You can down load the templets from horsesaddleshop.com or Tucker saddles. There are three basic tree sizes, normal, wide, and extra wide, and these equate to the angle of the withers and dictate the length of the bars. If the angle of the bars matches the horse, then the rest is considered, length of the back, height of the withers and so on. Then there is the odd shaped horse that requires the saddle to be made just for it, that's another story.

    This is a starting point, angle of the tree. All of my horses are a wide tree saddle with high withers. The saddle I ended up with is a tucker endurance, wide tree, full bars and has been used on three horses.

    After all of that, all I am adding to what Rick has said is get the templets and measure the angle of the withers as the starting point then add the rest. Good luck

    I saw Stella a couple of days back. New owner is taking good care of her. But Stella has a sore back in the withers area. The lady is riding Stella long distance, trekking, and for extended time periods. Her saddle is a GP and is not fitting correctly around the withers, the angle is wrong and the preassure is causing the horse pain. I also think the girth strap is to tight pulling the saddle down onto the withers add the weight of the rider. I expect a phone call soon complaining that Stella has gotten unmanagable and it will be all down to the saddle fit.

    I don't know about how the rest of the world cinches up their saddle but my Tucker is not tight (on the horse) I have the girth strap firm not tight, rear cinch not tight but touching all the way round, breast straps and crupper. The saddle does not slip forward ot backward, won't roll around when mounting and is not too tight around the barrell.

    Get the templets first.

    Cheers all.
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