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post #4971 of 29437 Old 08-16-2012, 09:20 PM
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I just noticed bot eggs on my Izzy this week. Hate them! We just (very carefully) take a sharp knife or a razor and scrape them off. Wish there was an easier/ safer way. I have never cut her but get nervous that it will slip. Interested in hearing what others do.
I bought a bot knife, but I must not be using it right. Nothing happens. My boy seems to enjoy the attention, though.
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post #4972 of 29437 Old 08-16-2012, 09:28 PM
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They don't come off easy, that's for sure. You have to use a scraping motion and use just the right amount of pressure. There has got to be a better way!!!
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post #4973 of 29437 Old 08-17-2012, 12:18 AM
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Hi all!

Day three of equine massage school, sorry no vids or pics, just so busy learning theres no really an opportunity to take vids. I am working on some realky nice horses though. Learned some techniques for cold or stiff legs today, as well as finding and working through adhesions. One more day of school before our final to pass this course. Already have started enrolling for the other half of my studies. One lady here is from Canada, one from Wisconsin, theyve traveled far for their education, I feel blessed to havenit in my own state. Hubby came with me and is enjoying the solitude of the place were staying.

Got updates on Kes today, she's still off on one leg, one fetlock is still swollen. I miss my horse almost as much as my kids. I at least now know some techniques to rehab her muscles and get them working well again.

My journal of my re-entry back to the horse world http://shelooksgoodonahorse.blogspot.com/
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post #4974 of 29437 Old 08-17-2012, 07:53 AM
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Great big AMEN from me on this post (except the farrier part, I can pick their feet and that's it at this point, but the farrier loves them and they make his job easy ). My horses are for pleasure only, and I do enjoy puttering around with them. I am still starting out in a halter, and who knows, he may respond just fine with it and it be all we need. My husband would prefer a snaffle on the trail, but that's so far down the road it may be a moot point when we get there. I'm open to advice and new ideas, as long as I know it will be safe for me and my horses. If I can ride bitless, then that's how I want to go and it's not a matter of trying to show out over anyone else, it's knowing in my heart that it HAS to be more comfortable for them, and I'm willing to put the time in to get there. I think that with what I'm wanting to do with them it's not unreasonable. I so admire and respect what you've done with your boys and you can see the bond you three have, you've got something pretty sweet going on there!!
Oh, Thanks so much girl.Almost had to run for a kleenex!. Well, all I can say is that I have had these boys for 7 yrs and am only over the past year have gotten some confidence. I do prefer bitless as well ,but it is certainly not for showing anything better,its just that I feel it is more comfortable.As a person with absolutely no "Professional " training,I do have a tendency to be heavy handed { which I have been working on but still bitless].As I have pointed out many times, I have made all the mistakes and now is still in process of fixing some of them. I did ride in snaffle ,but having a green horse and completely inexperienced rider, ....well enough said.Now I am just taking my time, learning new techniques and finally,due to some very dear online friends I met through facebook,I feel like I have a relationship with my horses based on trust and repect, not just boss.
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post #4975 of 29437 Old 08-17-2012, 08:26 AM
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Emma and Jaycee:

You both are wonderful horse owners. I am proud to call you my friends!

With Grace: Sorry to hear Kes is still sore. Have you tried DMSO and Bute?

Bute may help with the swelling as well as cold hosing.

Supposed to go trail riding today with my little boy, Bo and some friends.

Its' raining....LOL.

We really need the rain though. Have a great day everyone.
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Susan- Im not close to home so am relying on my horse sitter and BO to help Kes. Plus, if we leave for the show as planned, I've got to keep meds out of her system. Though if she's not 100 percent, I wont be taking her to show next week.

My journal of my re-entry back to the horse world http://shelooksgoodonahorse.blogspot.com/
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post #4977 of 29437 Old 08-17-2012, 10:20 AM
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Oh, Thanks so much girl.Almost had to run for a kleenex!. Well, all I can say is that I have had these boys for 7 yrs and am only over the past year have gotten some confidence. I do prefer bitless as well ,but it is certainly not for showing anything better,its just that I feel it is more comfortable.As a person with absolutely no "Professional " training,I do have a tendency to be heavy handed { which I have been working on but still bitless].As I have pointed out many times, I have made all the mistakes and now is still in process of fixing some of them. I did ride in snaffle ,but having a green horse and completely inexperienced rider, ....well enough said.Now I am just taking my time, learning new techniques and finally,due to some very dear online friends I met through facebook,I feel like I have a relationship with my horses based on trust and repect, not just boss.
You've welcome, and an inspiration to those of us who don't have trainers or take lessons. I know it can be done, you're proof, and we've all the time in the world.
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post #4979 of 29437 Old 08-17-2012, 11:25 AM
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You've welcome, and an inspiration to those of us who don't have trainers or take lessons. I know it can be done, you're proof, and we've all the time in the world.
Actually emmajaycee, I am glad in a lot of ways that I didnt have professional trainers.This way,we have found our own way together and I learned what was better by listening to my horse [a RG quote,dare I say it lolol] .It has all been a learning purpose.Curious as tp how long you have had your boys?.I am into my 7th year of horse ownership.Believe me when I say I have made ALL mistakes.Almost killed myself on Champ in an accident that I completely suffered anxiety every time I went near him.This is why I obtained my pony,..to help me regain the little bit of confidence on a smaller less intimidating horse.
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post #4980 of 29437 Old 08-17-2012, 11:33 AM
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Actually emmajaycee, I am glad in a lot of ways that I didnt have professional trainers.This way,we have found our own way together and I learned what was better by listening to my horse [a RG quote,dare I say it lolol] .It has all been a learning purpose.Curious as tp how long you have had your boys?.I am into my 7th year of horse ownership.Believe me when I say I have made ALL mistakes.Almost killed myself on Champ in an accident that I completely suffered anxiety every time I went near him.This is why I obtained my pony,..to help me regain the little bit of confidence on a smaller less intimidating horse.
We got Festus (our quarter horse) in early April of 2011. Zeus came to us on April 26, 2011 (the same day tornadoes devastated our region), so I have had them about 16 months. Festus is ridden in a rope halter now (my oldest rides him) and I'm working on Zeus. Their personalities are very different and I think that makes me better. Festus keeps me on my toes and is always thinking. Zeus is a LOT bigger, but so laid back he makes everything easy.

One thing I learned from RG was NOTHING is impossible if I'm willing to take the time it takes. I also got a lot from his philosophy of putting the needs of the horse first and doing what's right and best for them and understanding a lot of why they do the things they do. However, I'm finding that other trainers give a better demo that's easier for me to watch and then put into practice, so I see that it's a little bit of everything, trying it and throwing out what doesn't work.

I wanted a horse from the time I was 6 years old. It was something I didn't have to have, but all my life loved them and hoped someday I'd have one. I grew up, got married (and grew up some more, lol), had 5 little boys, and life just got busy. It seemed like I'd never have one and that was ok, but last April, things just worked out and two horses were delivered right to our pasture. I look at them and see a favor from the Lord. It might sound cheesy, I do believe our needs are supplied, but every once in a while, it works out to where you get your wants too. I guess that's why I'm so willing to learn to ride bitless, why I want to make sure that they have good horsey lives and are happy, I appreciate so much that of all the homes they could have gone to, they were ALLOWED to find their way to mine. :)
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