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        03-23-2013, 01:51 PM
      #7621
    Yearling
    NickerMaker - a gelding might not be a bad idea as they tend to be a little more layed back. I have 4 horses, 2 geldings and 2 mares, that I keep in 2 seperate paddocks. When my geldings were fighting, I kept them paired with a gelding and a mare in each paddock. I've never had problems with mixed gender pairs and everyone is happy. I have moved them so my boys are together and the girls are together. I do this because the mares are starting to go into heat again and when they do, the boys pester them. Also, my boys are fat, so I can feed them both a little less when they are together and I feed the mares a little more. With only two horses, I don't see why a gelding and a mare should not work out well.

    First and foremost, try to find a horse that suits your needs. Again, a semi-retired gentle schoolmaster might be a great fit for you.
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        03-23-2013, 02:26 PM
      #7622
    Yearling
    Hi all!

    Still trying to catch up in this thread, has been a crazy busy week after coming home from AZ... Had a lesson on Kes on Thursday, went well. Show season is rapidly approaching so I'm getting excited. Have one more schooling show, then our first big show is May 9 thru 11th. We'll be showing first level dressage and hunter pleasure classes, maybe an english trail class. So looking forward to it.

    Will write more after I catch up on the last five pages...but wanted to just drop in and say happy Saturday!
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        03-23-2013, 03:05 PM
      #7623
    Started
    I have a mare and gelding together not by choice

    Stella has always been a b------ so kept seperate from Bugs, but it got the better of her. She either jumped the fence or crawled under the electric bungy but one morning there she was, in the same paddock.

    She demonstrates some strange behavour at times. Bugs is my boy and will come on up to me and follow me around. Where Stella won't, and will not stand around for a neck sctatch. Rather she walks away. I'm not good enough for her.

    Yesterday as Bugs walked up for our boy session, Stella came between us and chased Bugs away. She then stayed for a minute or two then also turned away. Go figger a mare.

    Now I have to seperate them again. I don't want them bonding to much Nothing worse than two horses that won't seperate when one wants to ride with only one of them.
         
        03-23-2013, 07:39 PM
      #7624
    Yearling
    Back from the barn....

    The sun is finally shining in this part of the country for once, so I spent a good bit of time with my girls today.....very exciting news....I got on Rainn, my 24 yo for the first time since I bought her at Christmas!!!! :).

    I had my mom hold her....and needless to say I was a weeeee bit nervous. It's weird, last summer I had the opportunity to take a 7 hour trail ride through the Montana Rockies and I jumped right on and never thought twice....here a home, I'm nervous a bit......

    Anyway, I digress, she just stood there like a champ, so told mom to let go. The next thing I know, I'm walking here around the pasture bareback and halter and lead rope! I don't even own a bridle or saddle yet! :). I'm elated! It was sooooo fun. I felt like I was 17 again...ya know...the age when you have no fear of hurting yourself! Hahaha

    It certainly was the confidence booster I needed with all the garbage im going through with my other one.

    Guess I'm going shopping tomorrow! ;)
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        03-23-2013, 10:08 PM
      #7625
    Green Broke
    Tack shopping? That is such fun. Maybe a bareback pad, so you don't have to worry about saddle fit? But, if you think you might be going on longer rides, a real saddle will probably be more comfortable for both you & the horse. A 7-hour trail ride? I would be so sore.
         
        03-23-2013, 11:37 PM
      #7626
    Weanling
    Hi all
    Welcome to all the new folks

    Grace: Are you ready for show season girl? Show me those ribbons!!

    Stan: So sorry about Kate, your wife will hopefully get over it, hows your boy coming along? And how is stella these days?

    CW: Any updates on you riding??

    Critter: your new boy is adorable, how is he doing?

    If I forgot anyone, very sorry, there were a ton of pages to go through!

    I've been trolling the thread when I have had time, it's been totally mental here, between Sapphira, work and home im pooped! We have been preparing for show season, we aced a mock level 1-A test last week in dressage, and "I think" we are ready......

    I am also going to change barns. Reason is a whole bunch of things that accumulated to the breaking point of me saying enough is enough!

    Today my girl had a gash on her head behind her ear, no idea how she got it and she was completely head shy for the first 20-30 minutes I spent with her. Done with always wondering what I'll find next...So im changing to a barn that is WAAAY nicer, air exchanger in every stall, nutritionist, very open barn area, all day turnout seven days a week with their own personal paddock, and its only $25 more expensive then im currently paying ha ha ! Ill post pics once she gets settled in. I am so angry still at finding her hurt, it was just the last straw.

    Sapphira and I are getting along like gangbusters, she's very curious, and still such a baby at times lol. She's going very well under saddle, but is still testing me with every ride for the first 10 minutes She is quite the funny mare, her trick of the week was diving into her mash and flipping it on me from her feeding trough, she then bobbed her head at me lol, i'm sure she was a pig in another life lmao!
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        03-24-2013, 05:18 AM
      #7627
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    Originally Posted by Fahntasia    
    Hi all
    Welcome to all the new folks

    Grace: Are you ready for show season girl? Show me those ribbons!!

    Stan: So sorry about Kate, your wife will hopefully get over it, hows your boy coming along? And how is stella these days?

    CW: Any updates on you riding??

    Critter: your new boy is adorable, how is he doing?

    If I forgot anyone, very sorry, there were a ton of pages to go through!

    I've been trolling the thread when I have had time, it's been totally mental here, between Sapphira, work and home im pooped! We have been preparing for show season, we aced a mock level 1-A test last week in dressage, and "I think" we are ready......

    I am also going to change barns. Reason is a whole bunch of things that accumulated to the breaking point of me saying enough is enough!

    Today my girl had a gash on her head behind her ear, no idea how she got it and she was completely head shy for the first 20-30 minutes I spent with her. Done with always wondering what I'll find next...So im changing to a barn that is WAAAY nicer, air exchanger in every stall, nutritionist, very open barn area, all day turnout seven days a week with their own personal paddock, and its only $25 more expensive then im currently paying ha ha ! Ill post pics once she gets settled in. I am so angry still at finding her hurt, it was just the last straw.

    Sapphira and I are getting along like gangbusters, she's very curious, and still such a baby at times lol. She's going very well under saddle, but is still testing me with every ride for the first 10 minutes She is quite the funny mare, her trick of the week was diving into her mash and flipping it on me from her feeding trough, she then bobbed her head at me lol, i'm sure she was a pig in another life lmao!
    Where have you been hiding good to see you again.

    Roslyns doing fine, she has come to grips with moving Kate on. As for Stella, she is doing very well no more skin issues just her attitude which took a tumble this afternoon. She is in the same paddock as Bugs and of course doing her mare, thing being the boss.

    I threw hay over the fence for them she got started and bugs came running. Stella tried to chase him off the hay, she turned her rear and kick out at him. Quick as a flash Bugs spun around and returned the favour. She did it again he responded the same way.

    Looks like the tart has met her match. When I left they were sharing the same pile of hay.

    The coming two weeks they will both be getting some milage. Might even get Roslyn onto Stella. She is a tart (Stella in mean) but she is steady and no dirt so Roslyn won't get dumped. Get her interest increased.

    Just a little bit of horsey stuff.
    Hey all. I don't know what you do in the states but here in NZ not many ballance the wheels on the horse trailer/float.

    How many of us drive our car with the wheels out of ballance. Not for long, but we haul the horses in the float for hours at speed with unballanced wheels. Think of the vibration the horses have to put up with No wonder they sometimes don't want to go into the float.

    On the way back from picking up the new float, which towed like a dream. I decided to stop and have the wheels ballanced. The guy at the tyre shop said it was the first time he had ballanced a trailer.

    I could feel the difference when I continued on my trip. I never noticed before how much vibration was being transmited through the tow bar. After the ballance it made a very noticable difference to the towing vehicle. Made me wonder how unsettling it must be for the horse on a trip.
    Roaring down the highway at 60 miles an hour having the sh--- shaken out of them.
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        03-24-2013, 08:52 AM
      #7628
    Weanling
    Stan: Glad to hear that Stella hasn't lost her spunk, but it seems she has met her match lol! I'm so glad that you are keeping her, she seems to have so much character (the horse, not your wife)

    I have been so busy with work, and Sapphira is on a regular training schedule since show season is starting. I swear I feel 100 years old every time I get up in the morning these days Riding a 4 year old stubborn mare is certainly nothing like riding a push button 10 year old. Mind you once we get "who's the boss" sorted out, she does ride like a dream
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        03-24-2013, 09:53 AM
      #7629
    Yearling
    Fahntasia, good to hear from you. Congrats on being ready for your show, we will expect pictures! Too bad about her head gash and all that you're dealing with, but sounds like you've found a bargain of a dream barn if it's only $25 more than what you're paying now. Is it a lot further drive from home, or is it all a win-win for you? Even though there will be a transition period for Sapphira to get used to it, it sounds like they understnad horses and safety, all good.

    Stan, love the "heels to you, baby" story of the siblings. What personaliaties. Sounds like Stella has, indeed, met her match. Don't you love it when you go from worrying they will injure each other to watching them eat nose to nose? Sillies....
         
        03-24-2013, 11:18 AM
      #7630
    Yearling
    What does it look like where you live?

    Everyone's posts about their daily goings on got me wondering what it looks like where you live today. It is beautiful here, but cold.



    This was taken off my kitchen deck just after 9am this morning, just after morning feeding. It is a beautiful sunny day, but as you can see, spring still hasn't sprung. The outside temperature is -13C. We won't be riding outside today, but my daughter and I will haul in to an arena to give both the horses and us a little exercise. Hopefully our view will change dramatically in the next week or so.
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