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post #471 of 29437 Old 02-27-2012, 02:21 PM
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Foxhunter - wow that sounds like fun!!

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post #472 of 29437 Old 02-27-2012, 03:21 PM
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If this works, some pictures of where I dwell!



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very nice Fox Hunter
I love the country side

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post #474 of 29437 Old 02-27-2012, 06:25 PM
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One of the most exciting things to do on horseback is to work the racehorses!
I am not talking about the little flat horses but the jumpers, a very different game.

To go out with a string of racehorses on a cold winter morning, just as the light is changing. Air expelled from lungs forming a mist. Horses on their toes and not wanting to hang around. Quarter rugs keeping them warm across their backs. Rider with stirrups short enough to get out of the saddle but long enough to give you a length of leg to stay in the plate.

Leaving the yard and walking along the lane to the gallop the horses are relaxed and pleased to be heading towards the gallops. The trot and canter up the hill means nothing to them, they know to save energy for when they are down the other side and going to do some serious work, a strong canter for about 10 furlongs around the bowl and then a good opener up the hill.

We set out in twos or threes, those waiting to get onto the grass gallops stand with ears pricked watching the first groups leave.
We canter single file up to where we circle left around the bowl, the horses taking a hold on the reins, riders with reins bridged drop their hands to rest either side of the withers.
The first part is easy, the horses are keen but settled, then as we swing around the bowl the ground falls away and here the horses want to go faster. Riders sit back and brace arms and legs against the horses wishes for a faster pace. Breath is steaming as is the sweat. Sheets are flapping, eyes and noses are running but it is impossible to wipe either or control would be lost.
Once around the bowl the group move upsides, staying between the markers the groundsman had set out the previous afternoon. The horse in front goes wide to allow the others to swing alongside.
Horses are high blowing and anxious to work. Hitting the marker we look at each other and ease the grip on the reins, immediately the horses leap forward, their heads go down, they are still in a strong contact with the riders hands and all are in a charge.
Hooves thundering on the grass, often frosted, snorting and blowing hard as the hill gets steeper but none willing to give in.
Once at the top of the hill the riders give freely with their hands and the horses, knowing they have finished work, willingly drop to a canter and then a trot, finally a walk to join those ahead of them walking in a large circle on a loose rein to get their breath back and cool down.
Riders, their legs and arms aching take their feet out of the stirrups and let them hang loosely down the horse's side. At some point the riders breath stops burning an throats don't seem so dry.

We walk back off the gallops and dismount at the lane and walk leading the horses allowing them to take a snatch at the grass on the banks.

No, there is nothing like galloping a racehorse that is fit and wanting to run!
Wow does that bring back the memories. Although the terrain was slightly different, I worked for an Irish stable in Virginia many years ago and we excercised the racers in the fields and over jumps almost as you described, minus the rugs.
Crisp, cool, dew covered mornings that were never hurried. And after getting a good warm up behind us, letting them flatten out a bit and race the sunrises up and over the hills.
Of course the sun always won, but it was a magical time of day to be exercising the horses.
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post #475 of 29437 Old 02-27-2012, 06:48 PM
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*whine alert*

Little brother did NOT tell me that Darcy can open LOCKED doors. I was down at the barn caring for the horses and I was thinking, wow. I can hear my moms dogs barking and I'm thinking, wow... I never realized I could here them when they are in the house. Well... I finish in the barn and go up to her house and Darcy (who is not supposed to get any exercise because she's doing her heartworm treatment) is standing in the driveway. So I bring her in and call husband to come get her. He throws her in the truck and we go over to my brothers house. His door is open. I checked the lock, it's still locked. So we go in and search the house and geuss what... Darcy opens the door. From the outside the handle won't move because it's locked but from the inside, you can pull down and the door opens.

We locked her in my basement and the next thing we know... she's upstairs. She climbed through the pile of crap that we blocked her off with and came upstairs and suddenly... I hear her right now climbing through something... UGH!
I'd find the nearest kennel to put said excess dogs in so fast...... :)
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clever dog
Hope you can find a lock that can keep her safe

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post #477 of 29437 Old 02-28-2012, 04:45 PM
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Sooo, update on my horse hunting adventure. I'm looking at the "dream horse" on Thursday, but have also scheduled an appt to look at a nice looking boy on Friday. But, he's more than I can afford...about 3K more. What do I do about that? To be honest, if he ends up being the horse I want, is it ok to meet them in the middle, and ask for $1500 reduction in price (I don't even know if hubby would go up that much)

Oh, and I rode Grace today, and she confirmed that the horse I looked at on Sunday isn't for me. Though she's a spooky girl, she's got a lot of energy, and sensitive to the leg. The boy I tried isn't. And I finally had the guts again to canter this morning, alone, just her and I in the indoor. She did beautifully. Her transition back to the trot was a little rough, but I wasn't scared this time at all. She didn't try to run off with me either.
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post #478 of 29437 Old 02-28-2012, 04:54 PM
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I think it is fine to ask to meet in the middle. I have never sold a horse before but I would think that with selling anything....people always mark up a bit as they expect they will end up going down a bit. Sometimes an excellent home is worth more to the seller than the top dollar. Good Luck!!!!

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post #479 of 29437 Old 02-28-2012, 05:02 PM
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I think it is fine to ask to meet in the middle. I have never sold a horse before but I would think that with selling anything....people always mark up a bit as they expect they will end up going down a bit. Sometimes an excellent home is worth more to the seller than the top dollar. Good Luck!!!!
Thanks for the input...I'm not good at haggling over price, so hope hubby is ready to! I do know he wants me to be sure I get the right horse, so he would try his best to get him in our price range.

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post #480 of 29437 Old 02-28-2012, 09:20 PM
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50 something still horse crazy as when I was a little girl. We have two horses a QTR horse mare, and a Tenn Walker Mare. We just trail ride now, but only because both horses are pretty GREEN.
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