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        04-21-2012, 12:27 PM
    His name is Jbar's Hickory Stik -

    Stik for short.
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        04-22-2012, 09:47 PM
    Did you put a bridle or a halter on your horse, J? Most, but not all, bridles have a bit (that goes through the horses mouth) and the reins are attached to rings on the outside. They tend to have several buckles (for adjustment) that join pieces together and a browband that goes in front of the horses ears and above the eyes. A halter (except a rope halter) tends to have rings that join the various pieces, no browband, and one snap hook on the strap closest to the horses neck. However, there are many, many different variations of both halters and bridles, so if unsure, post a pic and we'll tell you.

    I would recommend you start with a halter, which as mentioned above, you attach the lead rope to the ring under the chin. The horses in CountryWoman's avatar have halters on.

    If you are new to just halter and bridles, nevermind saddles, I can't emphasize enough that you should not be putting any kind of tack on the horse without some supervision. It's easy enough, but if done incorrectly can cause great problems down the line.

    Likewise for leading. Since you are green to the lead rope, have someone show you how to hold the lead (as described above) and how to walk with the horse, how to tell him to move to the right, left, backwards and forwards. Once you have that under your belt, there are umpteen things that people could show you do continue on with ground work to gain confidence and get to know your horse. Sounds like riding is a long ways off, but you will have many hours of enjoyment with your horse in the interim. Riding is only one facet of horse ownership. Most of us enjoy all of the usual chores of horse care.

    Tough question: is it still a chore if we enjoy doing it?
        04-23-2012, 12:17 AM
    Originally Posted by NorthernMama    

    Tough question: is it still a chore if we enjoy doing it?
    Nope :) shoveling poop is part of ownership and I even enjoy that part LOL

    Welcome to the forum! Reading here will go a long way toward helping you and your horse. Is there a trainer at your barn?

    Please first learn how to feed and water your horse. Learn how many pounds of hay he eats/needs a day. How & where to fill his water bucket. Where to wash and sanitize his water and feed buckets. Where to find fresh bedding after the pooper scooping is done. Don't forget to take out the urine spots.

    Good luck and keep posting.
        04-23-2012, 12:25 AM
    I'd look at getting a lesson or two on the basics of catching tying leading grooming saddling. If your short on cash as the Bo if there are any CAPABLE teens around who might like to earn some extra cash. Good luck!
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        04-24-2012, 09:28 AM
    I actually just got that book to! I knew alot of it already though.Im a teen,and have been riding ever since the age of 8. Heels down,eyes straight ahead,and well..just have fun!(: He's very pretty!

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