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    07-11-2012, 01:08 PM
  #4051
Weanling
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Originally Posted by With Grace    
Welcome Wild! I'll keep my fingers crossed for you too...since I see you also ride a magnificent Morgan. Arent they amazing?!
Aren't they ever!

So calm and accommodating. I'm riding a special mare now, Miss Lily Ann Clabber - a princess. Very testy with mostly everyone. She had a rough life before they took her (she had suffered a terrible injury and her owners were going to have her put down but they took her at UConn and doctored her up and gave her a bit of training and she's a fantastic horse). BUT she's known as testy. They tried to warn me about her, but I don't know...my instincts didn't get the "uh oh" I count on.

See...right off the bat, I knew I liked her a lot because first, I like a creature who knows her own heart, I respect it and maybe she got that. She didn't know me, so I set back a bit and talked quiet to her. She is known for telling people, "I WILL BITE YOU - YOU STUPID PERSON" by snapping at the air when they come near her head, so I gentle talk to her and when I think it's time stroke her and give her a piece of carrot. She has her own history, but when I try to come at her easy, she stops her shenanigans. Maybe I'm wrong and going to suffer a bite one day. Maybe not.

She is the best horse! Truly. A GREAT ride. Very responsive to any pressure or glance. I can turn her on a dime. Yesterday, after I saddled her and was waiting for the girth check and whatnot, I was scratching her ears...just letting her know I loved her and she rested her head in my chest and breathed deep, eyes closed, very relaxed. I guess smelling me.

I try to bond with every horse The UConn Morgans though, are like children, they have their moments it's true but they are, overall, so soft and easy. I love riding them. I am so very lucky.
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    07-11-2012, 03:17 PM
  #4052
Started
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Originally Posted by wild old thing    
Hi!

65 here, starting riding, first time on a horse last year. I wish I had found this sooner, I'll tell you.

I take lessons in Western, twice a week. I'd ride every day if I could. I don't have a horse, so riding lessons is it for the moment. I am hoping there's a horse or two in my future. Fingers and toes crossed.

Welcome WOT nice to talk to some one around my age and riding for the first time. (that is not to say I don't enjoy the conversations with the under 60ies) But it goes to show, we life experenced persons are not dead until we say so.
     
    07-11-2012, 03:31 PM
  #4053
Super Moderator
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Originally Posted by maisie    

Foxhunter, are you always so productive? You remind me of my grandmother putting out tons of jams, cookies, cakes and yummy homemade salad dressings.

Maisie, there is quite a lot of soft fruit in the garden - the strawberries are rotting as they ripen, masses of raspberries and a lot more to come of the later variety, longanberries and red currants so something has to be done with it all. I have been picking and freezing until I have a decent batch then cook it up. I hate waste!
This year getting it to set seems to be another matter, whether it is because the fruit is so wet I do not know but I will go buy some extra pectin and shove that in.

I buy the sugar in bulk, 25kg (55 lbs) it gets used eventually. Stores well.

As for the rest of the goodies growing I am fighting a loosing battle with water and slugs. The Neem will keep the slugs away but washes off with the torrential rain. My rows of beetroot have been decimated and I have had to dig some spuds early because they will just rot in the ground.

I have just got soaked, started feeding the dogs, as it was flesh from the kennels I had to take it off the bone, it doesn't take long but whilst doing it, the skies opened. If I stopped then I would have been just as wet putting it away so might just as well carry on. The dogs don't care if it is food time. Well, only the old JR and he stays indoors and gets fed there. I have to chop his up as he has hardly any teeth.

Nothing we can do except moan about the weather. Usually we get a variety but not this year, it is monotonously the same - wet!
     
    07-11-2012, 03:54 PM
  #4054
Trained
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Originally Posted by Hunter65    
Welcome Wild and ArabBossMare. Love your arabs they are gorgeous!

CW that's awesome, you must be excited!

Fahntasia, love your new baby!


So Hunters ear is healing up well. BO game me some medicated cream to put on it and it must have been itchy cus when I was rubbing it his eyes closed and he sighed lol.

So I bought some new shampoo to try and whiten his tail. Think I will try the mane on Sat.

Before
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Love the outcome
     
    07-11-2012, 05:59 PM
  #4055
Super Moderator
Just had time to about catch up.

Welcome to the newbies - I too am glad not to be the oldest!

Hunter that is some sort of present. That shampoo certainly seems to have worked, big difference.

So, I have just been out to close up all the birds. About three years ago I had my nephew, on a hired digger, make a duck pond in the bottom paddock. This is a very boggy paddock that I hated using for the horses as it was unsafe in that some areas were deep whilst the other parts were fine and if the horses started to charge around they were always injuring themselves so, we converted the top part into large hen pens and the bottom part into a duck pen complete with pond. Now we have a spring coming out of the bank by their house. Mud is nearly knee deep, the ducks love it - we humans hate it.

Wish I could let the ducks into the veggie garden, they are the best slug destroyers but also like the veggies so that is a winter job for them.

Going to browse other areas and if I am not to tired will think of another experience.
     
    07-11-2012, 08:30 PM
  #4056
Super Moderator
On another forum someone asked about correcting someone's horse.

This reminded me of a friend with her horse, a 4 year old gelding.
The first time I met this horse was when I went to clip her mare. When I arrived she was clipping the youngster and he was fidgeting and being awkward but he was not afraid. I offered to finish him off as I was a lot quicker and needed to get on.
As I was clipping him I saw her take her sweater off and hold it for him to chew. When I commented on this her reply was "I would rather he chewed it without me in it!"
When I commented that he should not be chewing at all she told me that he chewed everything and usually 'ate' a pair of reins a week.

Months went by and this horse, a very nice animal, was argy bargy, chewed anything and everything and pushed through people rather than go around them.
At a show he could not be left in the horsebox or he continually pawed the floor, nor could he be tied outside of it because he would chew through the rope.
Owner needed to walk a cross country course and asked if I would hold him - no one else would.

He was tacked and I took the reins over his head. Immediately he grabbed both reins in his mouth and started to chew. I whacked him really hard on the side of his muzzle and yanked the reins free.
He looked at me with wide opened eyes but never tried to shy away. He looked at me for a minute and took the reins again, not quite so hard but he still took them, I reacted in the same way. He looked at me for longer and then took the reins in his lips. He got his third whack and jerk on the reins.
It was accepted that he was not allowed to chew his reins so, he stuck his head down to eat the grass. I pulled on one rein but he just bore down to eat. I gave him a firm kick on the end of his nose. His head came up. Again, it took three attempts to get his own way before he just stood as he should have done from the start.

I had hold of him for quite some time and then noticed his owner was back and sat on the front of her car drinking coffee. I wandered over with the horse and handed her the reins as she still sat there. She took the reins in one hand and immediately he grabbed both in his mouth. I cracked him across his nuzzle.
That horse looked at his owner with a shocked face, he really thought that she had slapped him, not realising it was me.

The great thing was that he never chewed his reins after this incident. His owner, who thought slapping him a good one would make him head shy, learned a valuable lesson in that being firm and fair worked wonders.

I do not care if it is a dog, horse or child or if the owner/parent is present, if they need correcting and those people will not do it, I will. Never nastily, but firmly and fairly.
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    07-11-2012, 09:50 PM
  #4057
Yearling
Hey everyone....

So glad we are back to normal summer temps around here. I hadn't been able to ride Izzy since June 17. First, because I was on vacation and then because of the horrible heat wave. Today it was only 87 degrees so after work, I saddled her up and took her for a short ride.

Due to having almost a month off, she had really stiffened up. I am really upset because when I first got her, she was really stiff and it took me a while to get her back to the point where she was loose and trail ready. Now I feel like we are back to square one again...but I am hoping since she has gained some muscle and she had been getting ridden regularly, that it won't take as long this time to work the kinks out. Vet says retired polo horses are known for arthritis and stiffness and the best thing to do is keep her moving.

Next time I go out of town, I am asking the BO to ride her for me...and if it gets into the 100 degree weather again, I will ride after dark if I have to. I feel so bad that she has stiffened up again.

Lesson learned.
     
    07-11-2012, 09:55 PM
  #4058
Trained
Good evening all
I hope its not too hot where you are
     
    07-11-2012, 11:20 PM
  #4059
Yearling
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Originally Posted by Stan    
we life experenced persons are not dead until we say so.
Ya got that right!
     
    07-11-2012, 11:59 PM
  #4060
Weanling
Welcome WOT and Wild to the forum

Hunter his tail looks pretty =)

As promised here's a video, kinda craptastic but still got a bit of footage, of Sapphira. She decided after this was taken that she was going to get all OHMAHGAWD'ish and freaked out at god knows what.....going to buy some books tomorrow on horse training the young ones....lol.

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