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post #4791 of 29438 Old 08-07-2012, 12:31 PM
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With Grace-I would be a basket case if I saw my horse like that in the trailer. And she did all this w/another calm horse in there w/her-that is really strange. I hope you can work her out of her terror so you can continue showing, since she does so well -congratulations on the placings & the high point-you two did great!

CW-have fun today-hope they give you plenty of time to enjoy that nice horse.

Susan-Sophie looked really good at the practice. That was a scary buck on that other horse!

Welcome sinnabun-Arabs are so misunderstood,glad you kept working w/yours.

We are sweltering again here in AZ. But Hubs seem to have caught a cold-hopefully it won't last long & I don't get it-LOL!
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post #4792 of 29438 Old 08-07-2012, 12:37 PM
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She did very good for me and I am thrilled!
Friday night we will be riding in a demo;. after the rest of the team performs our long drill.
Sophie and I will come in with the team and we will show the crowd how we ride when we school a green horse, and touch on flag breaking.
I hope she behaves and does me proud. I have the belly cramps thinking about it..

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post #4793 of 29438 Old 08-07-2012, 12:57 PM Thread Starter
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Yea I am going riding today
I will have to take lots of pictures
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post #4794 of 29438 Old 08-07-2012, 03:02 PM
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Yea I am going riding today
I will have to take lots of pictures
Have loads of fun with Ben today!

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post #4795 of 29438 Old 08-07-2012, 03:05 PM
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With Grace you have a task ahead with your horse and it does sound like a bad experience has been had. But just a thought. Check the rubber matting on the floor of your float for traction. If wet, rubber on rubber can be like ice to stand on as can iron shoes on wet rubber.

Stella slipped on the ribbed rubber flooring designed for horse floats, but when wet, it is slipery . That is what caused Stella to fall and injure her leg.

The rubber matting i am now drilling 1in holes in it an inch apart. Big task but it gives more grip for the horse. I have also noticed when bare foot she does not slip at all.

Also check to see if the horse float bounces around on its suspension. Most dont have shock absorbers but adding them can stablize the float. Jump in the float and be taken for a ride at normal speed you will find out how stable it is, or what else is going on to frighten the horse. You may be surprised how much they sway around when being towed at speed.
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post #4796 of 29438 Old 08-07-2012, 06:41 PM
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That's an excellent idea Stan. I've always thought that trailering a horse should be for the comfort and safety of the animals, not for the convenience of the poor schmuck behind me. Horses can't see the bumps coming or turns or anticipate a sudden stop. It's got to be nerve wracking for them.

I had a horse one time that hated trailering! I don't know if he was in a wreck, but he'd been "broken" and trained in Mexico. First we had to work on getting him in. Day after day just get in, get a cookie and back out. Then in and a short ride around the block. Then a short ride to the store. You get my drift. It took a couple months, but he had to regain his confidence and security. Once he got it back, he'd walk into any trailer and go anywhere for me.
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post #4797 of 29438 Old 08-07-2012, 07:48 PM Thread Starter
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Hi everyone
I went for my lesson today
when I got there Ben was tacked up in an English saddle
I thought about that, First we tried the mounting block
But I had never mounted a horse with an English saddle before
so i went to the ramp I got on it felt good
We first walked around the arena then we went on a diagonal
then I got to trot I even tried posting
my trainer Alex was surprised I knew how to post
We then went outside to walk around
then I went inside and was asked to dismount I was a little scared
at remembering what happened before with Belle
so I took my right foot out of the stirrup then I had help swinging my leg
over and took my left foot out then slid down to the ground
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post #4798 of 29438 Old 08-07-2012, 07:50 PM
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Blue, good to know that that worked for you. Slow and steady seems like the way to go.
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post #4799 of 29438 Old 08-07-2012, 07:51 PM
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Country Woman, that's great! Look at you beaming on your horse.
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post #4800 of 29438 Old 08-07-2012, 07:55 PM Thread Starter
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Thank you Chrisleynnet
he is a very good horse can you believe he is 22 years old
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