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        05-23-2013, 09:40 PM
      #9401
    Yearling
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by Sereno    
    Funny... I guess not. Being in the tropics we don't have a horse biting fly problem at all.

    Yaaaaaa... I get Dengue fever from a rouge mosquito but.... nothing on the horses other then house flys.

    So sorry about your problems and feeling a whole lot better about what I DON'T HAVE.
    The flies are really bad up here for some reason. And they are nasty creatures!

    I bet you don't have cicadas either. The ones we have this year only come every 13 years I believe. One flew into my hair today and they are so loud. The horses don't seem to pay any attention to them which is good because you can' t take a step without squashing one!

    Not a big fan of insects....
         
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        05-23-2013, 09:40 PM
      #9402
    Trained
    I live in Georgia, and I ride in thick woods. There are gnats, stable flies, mosquitoes, horseflies, and my horse can't stand them.

    I have tried feed through stuff. It didn't work. Mild fly sprays will knock off the gnats and mosquitoes. I have tried pour on, wipe on, tags you tie on.
    There is nothing sold that when used as directed will keep away our deer flies and horse flies.

    I have found one thing that works. I take cheap Dumor fly spray. Then I take a permethrin concentrate. I mix a gallon at once. I add twice the recommended amount to make a gallon so that essentially my spray is three times the normal strength since I started with full strength spray. Then I totally soak her legs, ears, belly, and butt, and I lightly coat the rest of her down.

    This actually works. Since I am going with a super concentrated solution, I hose her down and remove it when we get back to the barn so that she won't lick it and get overdosed.
         
        05-23-2013, 09:52 PM
      #9403
    Banned
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by tjtalon    
    Hello everyone. Have an issue, & don't mind bats-about-the head to get me straight. Posted have a lesson on June 9. Since my post, have done nothing except worry re $, & trying to delve inside to find if I can really begin again. Had to go to my car dealership after work for a question, & since the place 2 seconds away from the stable, I drove up & just looked. 2 women were exercising/training. I wanted to see what I felt. I felt a kind of "hole", not exactly nothing (no fear, but no longing either), but...wondered if I succeeded in letting a dream die, or am just in a hard stasis-place. I will endeavor that lesson, again just-to-see, but was wondering if anyone else has experienced this kind of thing, or if I'm just not-ready, or if it's really time to lay it down (I do, I think, hear Stan saying "don't you dare"). Guess looking for some support &/or advice. Thanks.
    My todays heroine.

    I will not go into my or my wife's past and getting into riding. Our situation does not help you.

    I don't see that you stated your age, ability or what you wish to do. Thus, giving us an unfair encounter with those in the ring..... does NOT count.

    I don't know know what your "dream" is?

    Tell us from the beginning, what do YOU want to do. We will give advise, support and chew you up. But we be here.
         
        05-23-2013, 09:57 PM
      #9404
    Yearling
    Thank you, Hunter (just got back on for a minute before I have to go do stuff to get ready for work tomorrow.) Yeah, I do feel misguided, guess it's all in my convoluted head, have been listening to my own negating thoughts. Will wake up tomorrow & try to arrow in on where to go to keep going. TG only 2 more work-days, then 4 days off (took 2 vac days tues & wed), to pull my head out, do some neglected home stuff...& maybe go to the stable to volunteer. Apologies to everyone for being in this hole, I'll work it out. Thanks for the kind words & support, thanks for listening.
         
        05-23-2013, 10:05 PM
      #9405
    Banned
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by tjtalon    
    Thank you, Hunter (just got back on for a minute before I have to go do stuff to get ready for work tomorrow.) Yeah, I do feel misguided, guess it's all in my convoluted head, have been listening to my own negating thoughts. Will wake up tomorrow & try to arrow in on where to go to keep going. TG only 2 more work-days, then 4 days off (took 2 vac days tues & wed), to pull my head out, do some neglected home stuff...& maybe go to the stable to volunteer. Apologies to everyone for being in this hole, I'll work it out. Thanks for the kind words & support, thanks for listening.
    Just read my above note and did that ... I didn't ... I screwed up.

    First thing I guess. Don't be concerned about others. This is about you and your horse. Ground work working on manners, knowing each other, playing and different ground manners. If you are past that with a good strong relationship then... It is YOU and YOUR horse. (I have learned that most instructors are to be .... oh heck... I've never met one that knew dang about MY HOSRE OR ME.)

    And that IS the truth.
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        05-23-2013, 10:05 PM
      #9406
    Yearling
    Sereno: I'm 59 y/o, will be 60 in October. Had a severe horse-crash @ 50 y/o, when just starting to learn (feared the canter, let a friend "help" w/a horse I shouldn't have been on; good horse, but over-horsed, & freak accident). Gave up. Work-mate talked me into beginning again, ground-work. My goal is to get back on w/out fear, walk/trot. My "dream" was just to learn to ride, to learn about horses, to learn enough off a dressage-thing to be w/a horse; him/herself, our bodies, a little dance. Never have wanted to jump or race. Does this answer your question a little?
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        05-23-2013, 10:13 PM
      #9407
    Banned
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by tjtalon    
    Hello everyone. Have an issue, & don't mind bats-about-the head to get me straight. Posted have a lesson on June 9. Since my post, have done nothing except worry re $, & trying to delve inside to find if I can really begin again. Had to go to my car dealership after work for a question, & since the place 2 seconds away from the stable, I drove up & just looked. 2 women were exercising/training. I wanted to see what I felt. I felt a kind of "hole", not exactly nothing (no fear, but no longing either), but...wondered if I succeeded in letting a dream die, or am just in a hard stasis-place. I will endeavor that lesson, again just-to-see, but was wondering if anyone else has experienced this kind of thing, or if I'm just not-ready, or if it's really time to lay it down (I do, I think, hear Stan saying "don't you dare"). Guess looking for some support &/or advice. Thanks.

    Well now. That's too little info to be able to really give you a good answer. What are you not enjoying? If it's horses in general, then save your money and do something else you will enjoy. But if it's something like the barn politics, the trainers style, the horse you are riding - well that can all be changed. Tell us a bit more and we can offer advise and support. We are all obviously horse people, but I for one will not tell you to spend your money on it, if it's not for you.


    Quote:
    Originally Posted by Sereno    
    STOP PICKING ON STAN!
    But it's fun, and I pick on everyone about equally, I think.
    If you are talking about the flip flops, I wear them around my horse. Not if I am planning to be there, but if I just stop in to say hi. Obviously anything can happen at any time with an animal, but I think that really, if he chose to stand on me, all my soft leather boots of sneakers would do is stop the skin from breaking. My bones would still break. I'm comfortable in flips around my horse for short times, as it would be a cold day in hell before he stood on me, he knows he would get a serious whooping.



    Quote:
    Originally Posted by Sereno    
    UNFAIR AND WE GUYS AIN'T going to TAKE YOUR REVERSE... whatever.
    Pick on me right back. No reverse anything from me here.

    Did I read right in your other post that you are buying a new place? If so tell us about it please. I know you said about having your farrier manage it, are you meaning as a boarding barn/lesson barn? Or somewhere for you?


    I was in the rough little city tonight to take the kids to the office. Brad took the night off as we had three hours alone and went to dinner. I had two glasses of wine with dinner, certainly wasn't drunk, I ate, but was relaxed, I'd had a nice time with Brad. We were waiting outside the office for the kids, and this tough guy walked past, looked like someone you see on those late night prison shows, all beefed up, tough looking.
    He was carrying something in his arms, it was a tiny little pit puppy, maybe about 6 weeks old. I yelped and ran to him, and told him that he doesn't just get to walk past me carrying something like that, and to please hand it over. He looked at me confused, so I smiled, put my arms out, and just took the puppy from his arms.

    Little puppy just sat there and licked about all of my neck, while I squealed. I was politely joking with the big prison looking guy, and while smiling told him that he seems to have a problem now, as he wasn't getting the puppy back.

    He looked a little horrified and turned to Brad and said, hey man, can you get your girl to give me my dog back.

    LMAO! I was really mainly joking about keeping the pup. I didn't mean to scare the man who was 3 times my size and scary looking. But I guess he thought if the police were called, they would believe me over him. Sadly I felt bad about frightening him, and gave the puppy back.
         
        05-23-2013, 10:15 PM
      #9408
    Banned
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by tjtalon    
    Sereno: I'm 59 y/o, will be 60 in October. Had a severe horse-crash @ 50 y/o, when just starting to learn (feared the canter, let a friend "help" w/a horse I shouldn't have been on; good horse, but over-horsed, & freak accident). Gave up. Work-mate talked me into beginning again, ground-work. My goal is to get back on w/out fear, walk/trot. My "dream" was just to learn to ride, to learn about horses, to learn enough off a dressage-thing to be w/a horse; him/herself, our bodies, a little dance. Never have wanted to jump or race. Does this answer your question a little?

    It answers mine, my past post was so long, you have responded twice while I was typing.

    Do you own your own horse, or are you using lesson horses? Either way, do you like the horse you are working with? Have trust?
         
        05-23-2013, 10:22 PM
      #9409
    Yearling
    Lesson horse. The stable (small, family owned) is fine. Instructor good, if distracted. It's just me, I just have to figure this out. It;'s been a long time since I tried. Will post later.
         
        05-23-2013, 10:24 PM
      #9410
    Banned
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by tjtalon    
    Sereno: I'm 59 y/o, will be 60 in October. Had a severe horse-crash @ 50 y/o, when just starting to learn (feared the canter, let a friend "help" w/a horse I shouldn't have been on; good horse, but over-horsed, & freak accident). Gave up. Work-mate talked me into beginning again, ground-work. My goal is to get back on w/out fear, walk/trot. My "dream" was just to learn to ride, to learn about horses, to learn enough off a dressage-thing to be w/a horse; him/herself, our bodies, a little dance. Never have wanted to jump or race. Does this answer your question a little?
    I don't now where to begin. My heart understands. I'm having trouble writing and wish that I'd let so many others jump in before me.

    OK... here goes. LOVE your Work-mate talking about GROUND work and manners. GET to know the horse. PLAY in a corral. Tie him up and practice mounting/dismounting until the horse does NOT move at all. Your thighs and hips will hurt like heck... but when you are done some 6 hours later, you have an agreement with your horse that carries into the field.

    I'm back tracking a little, get a SMALL AND SMOOTH GATED HORSE. At least in the Morgan range for size?

    Last cause I'm tired. NEVER let someone else in the ring intimidate you. Stay with yourself and your horse
         

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