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        03-06-2012, 08:24 PM
      #581
    Foal
    This cracks me up...when I was leasing a horse its name was Mel and she was mellow so I put that as my user name. My name is Nancy and my horses name is Pip so it seems so weird to be called Mel!!
         
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        03-06-2012, 10:59 PM
      #582
    Trained
    I am just waiting for Marc to put in my order
         
        03-06-2012, 11:22 PM
      #583
    Yearling
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by Mellow Mel    
    Completely wrong area but I am just wondering what type of bit you all ride in? I am new back to riding and never dealt with bits in my previous riding life. I ride with a meyer bit with a nice port in it and a very short shank. I am told this is a pretty mild bit but some of the people at my barn have asked my why I use it....well, it came with the horse and he likes it. I like knowing I have the break since I do not yet know my horse that well and I am not a very confident rider. I ride on the trails.
    Just wondering....
    He is a twh. He is pretty good under saddle.
    Mel, I have a TWH mare, ride in what sounds exactly like your bit. She had been trained in the old 8" shanked walker bit, so this is mild mild mild compared to that. If your guy likes the bit and goes well, I would keep it. Other people can have their opinions but you are the one riding your horse. I found that my mare got confused when we switched to the snaffle for some arena work, as she'd never experienced a broken bit. We just switched to the Myler from a reining bit with solid mouthpiece (like smbrobs recommends on other threads) and I'm hoping this Myler lets me be more precise in some of my cues.

    Also, just saw your other post about flexing. My mare DID NOT know how to flex and it took a lot of work to get that first neck bend. Anyway, once that was done the rest was easy peasy after she got the idea that she didn't have to be barge-straight. I don't think the Myler is the best bit for flexing but...if it's the one I have, swivel shanks, it will probably work if you're gentle. I think for flexing you might just want to put her in a rope halter and work that way....and then see about the full cheek snaffle just until she gets the idea for flexing. Mine does it fine now with that old reining bit with loose cheeks.... yours will too!
         
        03-06-2012, 11:22 PM
      #584
    Yearling
    Lets get back to the cake and cookies what is that recipes I got milk
         
        03-06-2012, 11:52 PM
      #585
    Trained
    I can only have a little bit lol
         
        03-07-2012, 07:22 AM
      #586
    Foal
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by Ladytrails    
    Mel, I have a TWH mare, ride in what sounds exactly like your bit. She had been trained in the old 8" shanked walker bit, so this is mild mild mild compared to that. If your guy likes the bit and goes well, I would keep it. Other people can have their opinions but you are the one riding your horse. I found that my mare got confused when we switched to the snaffle for some arena work, as she'd never experienced a broken bit. We just switched to the Myler from a reining bit with solid mouthpiece (like smbrobs recommends on other threads) and I'm hoping this Myler lets me be more precise in some of my cues.

    Also, just saw your other post about flexing. My mare DID NOT know how to flex and it took a lot of work to get that first neck bend. Anyway, once that was done the rest was easy peasy after she got the idea that she didn't have to be barge-straight. I don't think the Myler is the best bit for flexing but...if it's the one I have, swivel shanks, it will probably work if you're gentle. I think for flexing you might just want to put her in a rope halter and work that way....and then see about the full cheek snaffle just until she gets the idea for flexing. Mine does it fine now with that old reining bit with loose cheeks.... yours will too!
    He is in a snaffle with a small port with about 3 in shanks....
         
        03-07-2012, 10:18 AM
      #587
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    You got one!You had a 50% chance of successfully snatching some of CowGirlUp9448's carrots and you made it happen!

    YES!
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        03-07-2012, 10:51 AM
      #588
    Yearling
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by loveduffy    
    lets get back to the cake and cookies what is that recipes I got milk
    I'm making choc chip bars this afternoon...right before I leave to test ride another boy. This is no accident, but a carefully, well thought out plan.
         
        03-07-2012, 12:56 PM
      #589
    Foal
    Thanks OutnAbout! The exercise ball....I have a little story lol. Several years back I was really into using those exercise balls, and even decided instead of using my office chair, to sit on an exercise ball at my desk during the work days. I did this for quite a while every day and it was so great for core strengthening and balance of course. Then one day it popped , and down I went...being caught completely off guard it was total dead weight falling to the floor. Everyone thought it was so funny but I had the most excruciating butt/back pain for weeks. The day after it happened, we had a scheduled family vacation to Disney. I was unable to do many rides!

    Well, for anyone middle-age-ish who has been away from riding for a long time and wants to get back into it but have been hesitant, go for it! After 28 years, my first time back on was a piece of cake! It's amazing how you just seem to remember stuff. Mounting was very hard, dismounting came more naturally. I'm going back for more tomorrow. I'm asking myself why I let "life" prevent me from getting back to it much sooner.

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    Originally Posted by outnabout    
    Lostinthewoods, it shouldn't be painful, you probably will just have some soreness until your muscles get used to riding again. You are wise to try to stretch out some before you begin. I have one of those large inflatable exercise balls that I use to stretch lower back and riding muscles in the hip/thighs, can also stretch abdominals if you backbend over it. You are going to have so much fun!! Looking forward to hearing about it.
         
        03-07-2012, 03:48 PM
      #590
    Super Moderator
    I was looking through some old albums in Photobucket and thought you might like this one.

    http://i154.photobucket.com/albums/s...andRachels.jpg



    Maisey, my Border Terrier adopted the lamb sleeping on her. This lamb was very premature, bald, the only survivor of five and I never thought I would pull her through.
    Maisey, for some reason decided that Rachel was in need of a mother, came into milk and would feed her.
    Rachel lived in the house as I was feeding her by tube to start, every hour day and night. When she was big enough to go outside she refused to eat, lay in a corner of the stable and sulked. Maisey would lay outside the stable door and was doing the same so after three days I relented and Rachel came indoors. I brought Sybil in so Rachel realised she was a sheep and not a dog but it didn't work. I had a dog sheep.
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