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    02-11-2013, 02:06 PM
  #1
Weanling
I have a problem... Horse withdrawls? Im going CRAZY!

Ok this is going to sound kind of wierd but lately I have been going ligitly crazy! It is winter and bad blizards have been coming and going and I can't go out to see my horses. It is so icy out there you can't even take them out of their pens.

Anyway I don't even know what to do anymore! All I can think about is them, all I want to do is ride. I just sit around on this forum or reading horse magazines, or looking at horse stuff on pinterest. Like I think I am going crazy! I am planning stuff like "spring cleaning" or "what I need or this years show season". That is really wierd for me because I don't PLAN STUFF AT ALL!

It also keeps me up at night! Last night I didn't go to bed till 3! I layed in bed for like 5 horses just thinking about my horses!

Is this normal? I think I have a problem? Maybe like separation exieties (no clue how to spell that)! IDK just please help me!
     
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    02-11-2013, 02:26 PM
  #2
Started
Its normal. Its just cabin fever. People deal with it in different ways; you want to be with your horses, others might want to go on picnics. Same thing.
     
    02-11-2013, 02:29 PM
  #3
Weanling
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Originally Posted by wetrain17    
Its normal. Its just cabin fever. People deal with it in different ways; you want to be with your horses, others might want to go on picnics. Same thing.
Haha ok that's good! Ughh I just need Spring!!!
     
    02-11-2013, 02:49 PM
  #4
Yearling
Awww. You miss your time with your babies! This sounds somewhat normal to me, ESPECIALLY if you use time with your horses as your major form of entertainment or stress relief! You ARE kind of going through withdrawals! :0(

Is there any way you can bundle up, go out to the barn and spend a few hours a day just grooming them really well, and talking to them...maybe carefully babyoiling their tails and picking them out really nicely and then braiding them up and bagging them, so they'll start nice and soft and pretty, and then repeating every few days or so?

I bet they are missing you, too, and though you can't ride or do ground work, you can at least connect with them in a way?

When I worked for a big Arabian breeding/sale/& show barn in my late teens as an apprentice trainer, I had to remove the previous day's vet wrap, carefully pick out any tangles as I un-braided the tail, and then very carefully brush the tail, with light baby oil to prevent breakage, re-braid (loosely of course) the tail and vet-wrap the whole tail loosely this was before the popularity of tail bags, apparently, as I had never SEEN ONE until recently when I got back to horses!

I had to do this every other day to a total of twenty show horses...this meant I'd do the first ten on day one, ten on day two, then repeat the first ten on day three and on from there (the tails reached way past the ground and were a big part of the horses worth)...this was a Fortune 500 company, and some of their sale horses were literally in the upper six-figures.

These animals were better groomed than I was! In the summer we kept them up in the cooler mountains of AZ at a place called "The Hat Ranch", & myself, one other apprentice trainer, and our supervising trainer were there for three months with twenty horses, and our only job was to take AMAZING CARE of their needs- picking stalls twice a day, lunging for muscle maintainence, and riding some of the more agreeable horses (most all were stallions, though they were well trained, they were still stallions)...

Your post just got me to thinking about the things we did with those horses 12h/day, 6 days per week, for the whole summer. The tail thing was always tremendously burdensome and somewhat scary to me as a17 year old responsible for the care of these $500,000+ horses...all I'd think about was "don't braid or wrap TOO TIGHT!!!" & I'd have these vivid dreams of tails becoming gangrenous due to poor wrapping!

Long story, I'm sorry, but hey, hopefully it will give you an idea of something you can do with your babies over the cold winter months (& you don't even have to unblanket then while you do so! :0)

Anywho, I hope this helped a bit, sorry I rambled, but again, maybe you'll have a new idea of a way to meet your "horse fix" until it warns up a bit?? Best to you!! B2H :0)
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    02-11-2013, 03:00 PM
  #5
Yearling
I lay in bed for horses too, so that they don't run me over when I work with them :)

Sorry, couldnt help it :) but, your not alone! I have had times like that as well, its no fun. But, makin things for your horses helps! Rhythm beads, handmade halters or browbands, etc. get creative!

Just remember, you'll be back out there soon!
     
    02-11-2013, 03:19 PM
  #6
Green Broke
Can you trailer to an indoor? Do ground work in their pens? Groom? Teach tricks? Ride when the ice melts? I know it's not the same as riding, but at least it's horse time.
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    02-11-2013, 03:23 PM
  #7
Weanling
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Originally Posted by Back2Horseback    
Awww. You miss your time with your babies! This sounds somewhat normal to me, ESPECIALLY if you use time with your horses as your major form of entertainment or stress relief! You ARE kind of going through withdrawals! :0(

Is there any way you can bundle up, go out to the barn and spend a few hours a day just grooming them really well, and talking to them...maybe carefully babyoiling their tails and picking them out really nicely and then braiding them up and bagging them, so they'll start nice and soft and pretty, and then repeating every few days or so?

I bet they are missing you, too, and though you can't ride or do ground work, you can at least connect with them in a way?

When I worked for a big Arabian breeding/sale/& show barn in my late teens as an apprentice trainer, I had to remove the previous day's vet wrap, carefully pick out any tangles as I un-braided the tail, and then very carefully brush the tail, with light baby oil to prevent breakage, re-braid (loosely of course) the tail and vet-wrap the whole tail loosely this was before the popularity of tail bags, apparently, as I had never SEEN ONE until recently when I got back to horses!

I had to do this every other day to a total of twenty show horses...this meant I'd do the first ten on day one, ten on day two, then repeat the first ten on day three and on from there (the tails reached way past the ground and were a big part of the horses worth)...this was a Fortune 500 company, and some of their sale horses were literally in the upper six-figures.

These animals were better groomed than I was! In the summer we kept them up in the cooler mountains of AZ at a place called "The Hat Ranch", & myself, one other apprentice trainer, and our supervising trainer were there for three months with twenty horses, and our only job was to take AMAZING CARE of their needs- picking stalls twice a day, lunging for muscle maintainence, and riding some of the more agreeable horses (most all were stallions, though they were well trained, they were still stallions)...

Your post just got me to thinking about the things we did with those horses 12h/day, 6 days per week, for the whole summer. The tail thing was always tremendously burdensome and somewhat scary to me as a17 year old responsible for the care of these $500,000+ horses...all I'd think about was "don't braid or wrap TOO TIGHT!!!" & I'd have these vivid dreams of tails becoming gangrenous due to poor wrapping!

Long story, I'm sorry, but hey, hopefully it will give you an idea of something you can do with your babies over the cold winter months (& you don't even have to unblanket then while you do so! :0)

Anywho, I hope this helped a bit, sorry I rambled, but again, maybe you'll have a new idea of a way to meet your "horse fix" until it warns up a bit?? Best to you!! B2H :0)
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Thanks it actuall helps a lot... I can go out there once In a wild but the past month has been blizardy and very cold! I just miss them! :(
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    02-11-2013, 03:25 PM
  #8
Weanling
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Originally Posted by AnalisaParalyzer    
i lay in bed for horses too, so that they don't run me over when I work with them :)

Sorry, couldnt help it :) but, your not alone! I have had times like that as well, its no fun. But, makin things for your horses helps! Rhythm beads, handmade halters or browbands, etc. get creative!

Just remember, you'll be back out there soon!
Good idea! Right now I am cleaning all my tack.. It makes me feel like I will be ready right when spring comes haha.. If you have anymore ideas of things I can make let me know! :)
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    02-11-2013, 03:29 PM
  #9
Weanling
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Originally Posted by SlideStop    
Can you trailer to an indoor? Do ground work in their pens? Groom? Teach tricks? Ride when the ice melts? I know it's not the same as riding, but at least it's horse time.
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I am going to an indoor as soon as its safe.. Right now it's windy and blizardy and SUPER icy.. The pens are pretty icy too and they no their limits they just kinda stand around. Ya I knda teach tricks when I can but it is very hard when there are 4 of them in one pen cus they get mad at each other when one is getting attention and not the others haha but thank you for the suggestions I will try the trick and grooming one and hopefully get to an indoor soon!
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    02-11-2013, 03:55 PM
  #10
Yearling
I feel your pain LOL. I don't honestly have the "time" to drive out to see my horses daily, added to that it's cold as hell up there, and my husband whines about gas...yeah. I have caught myself watching videos of them and looking at the pictures over and over again...

Horses are my stress relief.
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