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    07-18-2012, 01:05 AM
Green Broke
Holy NECK!

I think Blue was doing a back up obstacle for EXCA (looks like the stuff we do in ACTHA) but I may be wrong
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    07-18-2012, 01:15 AM
Green Broke
Originally Posted by RubaiyateBandit    
Blue, I have to ask, what on earth is with the pool noodle set up that you're riding through?
LOL. It's an intimidating obstacle that we came up with for EXCA. (Extreme Cowboy Association) You have to ride through front ways and back through. It's really fun, but those noodles make the weirdest sound and it can really take some work to get your horse to walk through without crashing the whole thing down! Fun!
    07-18-2012, 01:18 AM
Green Broke
Roperchick, do they have this one in ACTHA too? I only have gotten to go to one of those events and it was all more natural trail obstacles. Those were some well behaved horses though!
    07-18-2012, 01:25 AM
Green Broke
Blue- yeah. It really depends on what ride you do. I've been to two different rides in Albuquerque NM and the first one was all natural obstacles (going up and down hills, through water etc) but there was one where we had to walk though the giant confetti string things and noodle ones like this...also one where you had to USE a noodle to hook a hat off of a tree branch....that was fun
    07-18-2012, 01:29 AM
One of the first (if not the first) horses I ever rode was my dad's 36 year old Quarter Horse. He loved to run and ride like he was 10! He lived to be 41 and let us ride him every day until he died.
    07-18-2012, 01:37 AM
Endiku I'm sorry for your loss. I am absolutely terrified of losing my boy. Up until the beginning of the year I was in denial about his age and refused to believe he would ever be older than 28. He had been 28 for almost 7 years before I realized that pretending he was 28 did nothing to better his quality of life (not that he was getting less care), wasn't easing any of my worries, and I just had to accept that he was a 30+ year old horse. Now I wear it as a badge of honor that he's so healthy and lively at his age.
And a picture from today after he threw his hay around to roll in it.

Blue and Eagle Child like this.
    07-18-2012, 01:40 AM
Green Broke
He looks GOOOOOD!
    07-18-2012, 02:08 AM
Originally Posted by Blue    
LOL. It's an intimidating obstacle that we came up with for EXCA. (Extreme Cowboy Association) You have to ride through front ways and back through. It's really fun, but those noodles make the weirdest sound and it can really take some work to get your horse to walk through without crashing the whole thing down! Fun!
I now have this insane notion in my head to build something like that and work on my horses to get them to go through it! I like giving them more and more challenges, though I'm 99% sure that my two youngest would spend a whole five seconds being scared, the next five ignoring them in favor of grass, and then proceeding to eat the noodles.
Obviously I shall be researching this EXCA for more weird obstacles I can be putting my horses through!

BlooBabe - If you'd just put up a picture of him without his age, I would have guessed maybe 20! No way does he even look over 30!
He sounds like an absolute doll.
    07-18-2012, 02:19 AM
Originally Posted by BlooBabe    
If Bloo has more than a few days off he stops eating and will lay down in his lean to of somewhere in the shade and he just loses all the life in him. I got my second horse to keep him company in the paddocks and to ride while he was retired but it's more like my 9 year old is retired because I don't ride him nearly as much as my old guy.

Here's Bloo before a trail, he even opened the gate in the background of the second picture to let me know it was time to go

And a pic of him after not being ridden for a week while I was on vacation.
wow what a difference
He loves his job
    07-18-2012, 02:24 AM
Originally Posted by Endiku    
Sadly both of our old gals passed away this year (R.I.P beautiful girls!) but they both worked right up through their late years.

One mare was named Pudding. She was just an old sorrel mare with no papers or anything, but we loved her to death. She was ridden from age three up into her twenty ninth year, when her artheritis started getting too severe and she began dropping weight rapidly. We had her euthenized last week and will sorely miss her.

The other mare was our miracle horse, Delriah. Old Del lived to be an astounding fifty years old and she was ridden and 100% sound up into her 49th year. Actually, she refused to be retired. We aquired her in her thirties, and had been told that she was an early twenty year old. When we found her real age and attempted to retire her from being an advanced lesson horse though, she became very depressed and lethargic. As soon as we put her back in, she was right back to her old pushy, high energy self- bossing everyone around. She finally told us last winter that she was finished, and was retired for two months before she laid down and died peacefully.

Horses know when they can't continue, and they'll let you know if you listen. Many of us try to limit our animals by their age, but that only does harm. We loved our old gals with our whole hearts, and they enjoyed their work. Why should we take something that they enjoy away from them?

Pudding at age 28

Delriah at age 50
I am sorry for the loss of your girls

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