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        09-16-2012, 04:09 PM
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    Originally Posted by Cacowgirl    
    Corgi-Glad you had such a good day.The lime green really sets you off & looks nice on your grey. Did you get any placing? Hope you can train her over her problem areas.

    With Grace-so happy that the trailering went so well! She looks quite content at her new "digs".

    Stan-I do hope Stella's coat problems improve soon-this has been a long journey for you & her. Cold baths are just not fun!

    Her coat seems to be improving slightly in the fore area and deterating around her rear.

    I surpose if one took the collar and the action of it is to spread all over her skin, and the conditions that it did seem stronger than the others, she had a cover on as well, making the active ingrediant unable to escape. She recieved a strong dose mainly being up front hence the reaction being more suvere in the fore quarters than the hind, add to it she is moulting.

    We are coming into the riding season and a few treks very soon. The important one is a two day trek in 8 weeks so I have to get her fit enough to ride and settled to boot. Her skin is super sensitive at this time so all I can do is manage her scratching which she is not doing much of, and hope she comes right over the next two weeks.

    The trek at the end of November is important and is being held in the rough country a few miles from our place to raise funds for the riding for the disabled. Generally very well attended up to 180 horses and on the odd occasion they have 180 riders sitting on them. That is generally right at the beginning.

    This ride requires breast plates, straps and cruppers. So its going to be a good one. Stella has to get used to the crupper as well. I could get her injected to take away the irritation and allow me to ride however, this would also lower her pain sensers giving her the impression she is fitter than she really is and she would push herself past her fittness level which will do her a lot of harm. I have weighed that up and decided not to mask her condition but to let her work through it.

    What I will start doing is take her for walks over the farm behind us to get her started and listening to me again. I am lucky with her, she can be left for months, brought in, and without working on a rope can be ridden. All she needs is a couple of minutes walking beside me and she starts to take notice. Is a bit rough for the first 30 minutes riding but can be handled and has no mean tricks stored up to play.

    So the next step is to work on her face and girth area, and get that healed while leading her for hours over the farm bringing up her fitness in preperation that she may be able to go on the trek. It will help my fitness as well.

    I'm sitting in the lounge while rambling on here, and Stella is 20 feet away looking very intently over the gate at the goings on in the yard. She who must be obeyed is preping for a cattle drive this morning, and Stella knows something is brewing, funny how they always recognise when we are wearing our riding gear, she thinks she is going to miss out. While Kate, has buggered off to the far end of the paddock. Little does Kate know Roslyn is riding a friend horse and not her.

    I have had dogs, cats, birds, and all manner of critters we have in NZ as a pet but I have never put as much money into the animals as I do now.

    The things we do for our horses, I walk past the paddock every day and throw money onto it, whats left she who must takes.

    Cheers all
    And as always the spelling mistakes are mine please don't copy

    Token aka Stan
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        09-16-2012, 05:04 PM
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    Great to hear all the good news from everyone
    Stan I wasn't sure if the sheep were a new item - a friend who keeps a fairly large flock can't keep one of her horses in the same field as the sheep as its hyper sensitive to the selenium they have to put down which is why I suggested it. He land is not all easy draining though.
    These things do crop up that baffle us - I bought a polyester cotton fleece numnah (saddle pad) recently and both of the horses we have tried it on went really freaky after about 15 minutes behaving as if they were being attacked by a swarm of biting bugs
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        09-16-2012, 05:11 PM
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    Originally Posted by jaydee    
    Great to hear all the good news from everyone
    Stan I wasn't sure if the sheep were a new item - a friend who keeps a fairly large flock can't keep one of her horses in the same field as the sheep as its hyper sensitive to the selenium they have to put down which is why I suggested it. He land is not all easy draining though.
    These things do crop up that baffle us - I bought a polyester cotton fleece numnah (saddle pad) recently and both of the horses we have tried it on went really freaky after about 15 minutes behaving as if they were being attacked by a swarm of biting bugs
    Wow the same thing happened to me with the horse I used to lease!! I put a new shaped pad on her of synthetic fleece, and she ran around bucking and jumping all over the place. I have never purchased synthetic fleece again.
         
        09-16-2012, 10:51 PM
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    Jaydee, With Grace that's a piece of info I will store for latter. I tend to steer away from man made fibre, and it had accoured to me it may have been the sheep when Stella first had a skin reaction last year but as she came right I dismissed that but worth thinking about again but in more depth.

    O/K Country Woman whats happening on the riding front, seems you and I are the only ones not riding and every one knows why I'm not in the saddle.
    I'm cooking dinner tonight as Roslyn is out riding. I think I'll do a nice Thai dish.
         
        09-16-2012, 11:03 PM
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    Hey everyone!

    With Grace, I am sure everything will go just fine tomorrow!!!!

    Well, I got back from Myrtle Beach last night at 8:00pm after a week of vacation and was out at the barn at 7:00am this morning getting Isabella ready for our first judged trail ride.

    I went with the barn owner and her horse, one of her students and a farm horse, and then me and Isabella.

    I had not trailered Izzy since I bought her. We used a 4 horse trailer and Isabella was the largest horse so she went in first. She didn't even hesitate!

    I had no idea what to expect today because of this not only being my first judged trail ride but the first time I have ever taken her off the property at a place with lots of horses!!!! Her old polo playing days came back to her because she was so calm, cool and collected. She was not bothered by any of the trucks, trailers, and other horses. I was so proud of her.

    The ride lasted about 3 hours and there were 7 obstacles. Each obstacle was worth 10 points and you received a score depending on whether or not you completed it, how calm you and your horse was, and how fast you did it.

    We received scores on going up the steps (built into a hillside), opening a gate, and trotting over poles and then doing a 360 inside a small square. We weren't perfect...but we did it.

    We received perfect scores for the hay bale squeeze (going through a very narrow path between piles of hay bales) and the rain slicker obstacle (picking a slicker off a post, putting it on, taking it off, and putting it back on the post.

    We received a score of zero for crossing the river: Isabella was NOT going across there by herself. We had to have the BO come back over and then Izzy follwed her horse with no hesitation. We also received a score of zero for the bridge crossing: This was not a surprise since Izzy has developed a recent fear of horse eating trolls under all bridges. She cheated and went down the ravine instead.

    All in all, a great day. I am so proud of Isabella and proud of myself too. I had such a good time and I think we have found our niche! I can;t wait to do another one after we work on water and bridge crossings a bit.

    By the way...if anyone is familiar with the show on cable "Best of America on Horseback" which is hosted by Thomas Seay, this trail ride was on his farm. He lives less than 5 miles from where I board Isabella.

    Here are some pics:
    Love that horse float
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        09-17-2012, 12:01 PM
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    Trained
    Hi everyone
    Sorry I have not been here lately
    I have had a bad cold so staying rested up
    Hope everyone is fine
         
        09-17-2012, 12:05 PM
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    Trained
    No not riding yet I guess a long waiting list
         
        09-17-2012, 01:53 PM
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    No not riding yet I guess a long waiting list
    Keep at them you never know they may have miss placed your contact details
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        09-17-2012, 02:11 PM
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    Green Broke
    Hi, so there are only a couple of others who don't ride. ;( bums me out, but I am going to start riding when the weather cools off, I cannot take this heat anymore 100 degree weather sucks. But then again I have said for the last few years I was going to ride again, so I best get my stove up fat duff in gear this year. I have a couple gentle horses now so no more putting it off. My knee cracks and snaps now, just walking and stretching, and I hope the old tailbone and back does not scream pain . Pushing close to 60 now, and I hate getting old but it sure beats the alternative !
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        09-17-2012, 02:49 PM
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    Yearling
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    Originally Posted by Stan    
    Love that horse float
    Wish it were mine!! It belongs to the barn owner and it fits 4 horses comfortably. It has a nice storage area and a bed in it. And she drives it like a pro.
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