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post #2951 of 29438 Old 05-26-2012, 07:03 PM Thread Starter
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I got the ok to ride Belle bare back soon
The owner has a bridle and saddle blanket
We are going to try some saddles around the barn

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post #2952 of 29438 Old 05-26-2012, 07:41 PM Thread Starter
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Thank you for the advice Stan
I am going to let the owner ride her first
Then take it from there
They may be saving the lease checks to buy the saddle

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post #2953 of 29438 Old 05-26-2012, 07:48 PM
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Grace, the owners of the stables I do lessons and trail ride at own mostly all Morgans or Morgan/cross, as well as a Quarter horse and three Appys. They have always been very partial to Morgans and use them for all of their shows. I have never ridden one or even dealt with one, but am very excited about it. She knows we are looking to lease or lease/to/purchase, and thinks the one she is starting me on Tuesday will be one that is a good match for me. He is black and has a star....just gorgeous! Makes me think of Black Beauty. I love their faces...they kind of have a sweet baby look.

In the meantime, they told me I can show up and do groundwork with Nuggles whenever I'd like. I enjoy working with him and it's helping them too.

CountryWoman, can you line up a trainer, or someone who has been familiar with Belle and knows how she rides, for the first time, or first few times you ride her? Especially if you're going bareback. Someone else said it...I think Foxhunter...that woman who owns him has it made...someone paying her to do groundwork and groom a horse she owns.
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post #2954 of 29438 Old 05-26-2012, 09:57 PM
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I agree with you, Stan, that bareback is another matter entirely as to how it feels for the horse, and should be saved for after CW has a chance to ride with a saddle for the security they offer.
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post #2955 of 29438 Old 05-27-2012, 12:06 AM Thread Starter
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Yes I am beginning to think I need a saddle too

I went to see Belle this evening too
I think it was too much for me. I lunged Belle
And I took her out for grass then I groomed
Her ad then brought her to her stall

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post #2956 of 29438 Old 05-27-2012, 12:42 AM
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Yes I am beginning to think I need a saddle too

I went to see Belle this evening too
I think it was too much for me. I lunged Belle
And I took her out for grass then I groomed
Her ad then brought her to her stall
CW you demonstrate the comitment you have made to the horse and no doubt the horse is returning to you in bucket loads. One of the things I rely upon is Stella doing something just to throw me a curve and you know over the past couple of months she has changed. When I first brought her home I could go into the paddock and walk up put the rope on and go.

Then she changed and the games began. She decided she was going to be the boss and I would never know what she had instore for me. Every ride was and event with me threatening to shoot her. But now and again she would show me the real Stella, almost as if she was frightend to alow herself to trust in case I moved her on. That glimps of her real nature now and again is what kept me going with her. I also had a similar experence with Savannah so I had learnt to recognise some of the behaviours. My opinion is the horse goes through stages with a new owner untill it realises you intend keeping them. It can be 18 months or more.

I have read that a horse will only get attached to new owners around three times then it becomes a loner just going through the motions. If we look at our own lives and how bad relationships or experences sour our out look why not a horse as well.

Stella has changed and I believe part of that is she feels safe, and she only has one rider so the bond is growing. I will never change Stella for an other horse. She has to learn what I expect from her. I know it is there, now and again she drops her guard and shows me what she can do, along with demonstrating how anoyed at me she is when I make a mistake. We are training each other.

At this moment she is acting like an angel, butter would not melt in her mouth. The cattle drive is next weekend, it is the weekend the share milkers move farms, so as she is on top form now, I can't help but wonder what she has instore for me. Being the female of the species, (go on ladies roast me for that one)

Stay with it CW

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post #2957 of 29438 Old 05-27-2012, 02:23 AM
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Hey Stan - you are one of the fe=w men I have 'spoken' to who talks sense about the females of this world - you admit to not understanding them!
Males are far less complex the simple reason for this is because, at puberty, most of their brain cells migrate south!

Not only is Stella a mare - she is also a redhead! To my way of training you have been doing it right, not getting into a fight but 'winning' by cunning.

Hot day here. I let the hounds out early (5 a.m.) I woke because it was hot and muggy.
The weather is meant to change this week, I hope it doesn't because it is the Queen's jubilee (60 years) and many pageants and street parties have been organised.

Off to get things done. Catching up the young birds to take to the auction.
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post #2958 of 29438 Old 05-27-2012, 11:50 AM
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Good morning,

Something unexpected has come up and I'm torn about what to do. Someone wanted to surrender two of their horses to the horse rescue I volunteer at, but we don't have any additional space. So the woman is going to advertise giving them away for free online instead. I am strongly considering taking one of them. But I'm in my 40s, know only the basics of horse care, and have only ridden for 3 months. So I'm stalling. Yet I really want the boy. He is a beautiful 16h tall 13-year-old chestnut Morgan/Standardbred who appears a bit underweight and the woman said she thinks he has ulcers but other than that supposedly no health issues. He has only ridden English, and I have never learned English...only Western for now. I spent an hour with him on the ground this morning and he is the sweetest love bug. As soon as my husband and I approached the paddock, he came right out to us. We walked along the fence to look at the mare, and he followed us. I lounged him, groomed him, tried some trick training I'm learning with our rescue horses, and he is just the sweetest natured boy. We would have to board him somewhere, and I am concerned about the possible ulcer issues. I don't think I am ready to own, yet I think this is too good of an opportunity to pass up. I'm going to have my trainer go look at him with me next week and set up a vet check too. Am I crazy to consider this, given my inexperience and very little riding time? I wish I could take both of them, but the mare seems like a nervous wreck. This woman can't afford them, and she seems somewhat at witts end with her life circumstances, desperate to have them off her hands. I am concerned these two beauties will end up with kill buyers since she is just going to advertise them for free to a good home.
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post #2959 of 29438 Old 05-27-2012, 11:57 AM Thread Starter
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When I lunge Belle she goes really well then stops looks at me and licks her
Lip and walks slowly to me. I then undo the clip and let her loose so she can run
And play but when I walk she follows behind then when I stop she stops
She stands there while I talk softly and pet her
I am beginning to wonder if she has Natural Horsemanship training before
Belle is very good horse
I was talking to the owner yesterday and she is going to help me
With her she is going to ride her first

When I first went to see Belle the owner held her and she did not seem
Happy then I started to show interest in Belle and she seemed to change
She is putting on weight she nickers when I come and she knows I walk with a limp
And slows down


Today I am going to the park for a picnic with my daughter and sisters
With Grace likes this.

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thanks for the encouragement Stan

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