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post #1 of 30 Old 07-06-2012, 11:40 AM Thread Starter
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When did it get Complicated????LOL

Whew Ive been out of horses for a while and getting back in. Joined the site and have learned alot. But dang, I realize how little I know.

Saddle Fit- I thought you just threw the saddle you had and went. Didnt realize I need a doctorate on correct fit. UGH,, Sorry ole saddle you just wont do anymore. Gotta buy a book and video to make sure I understand this.

Groundwork- Dang I thought that was just making sure there were no briars on the saddle blanket before you put the saddle on, and making sure the shoes were not lose. Gotta get a book and video on that to make sure Im doing it right.

Color- Not even going there..lol Just mentioned it to rile up one of my buds on here...LOL I only associate with Crayola so Im already in trouble as I cant find BAY, Champagne, Chestnut on any that reference in the box, the broken ones may have ripped off the label. Need a new box of crayons or a book or video.

Breaking- Everyones a horse whisperer now. Kind of cool.. Guess get on and hang on has run its course. Has to be less bruises with the new method. Need a book and video on that as well.

Just realized with all the books and videos Im gonna have to buy I may not have enough for a horse... LOL...
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post #2 of 30 Old 07-06-2012, 11:46 AM
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Giddyupflix will let you rent horse videos :)
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post #3 of 30 Old 07-06-2012, 12:18 PM
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Tell me about it; Im amazed the horse I had survived me when I was a kid.
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post #4 of 30 Old 07-06-2012, 02:15 PM
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I hear you...
It was about 10 years-ish that I was completely away from horses before coming back...
And holy smokes it seemed more like a lifetime or two!
Not in all the things that I forgot (which were a lot) but in how much everything changed.

Welcome to having foot mouth disease for a while... the learning curve is a little steep and unforgiving.
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post #5 of 30 Old 07-06-2012, 02:41 PM
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I have learned so much in the 5 years I have been back into horses. We used to just hop on and go. So glad I am not the only one lol
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post #6 of 30 Old 07-06-2012, 02:48 PM
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I started out as "hop on and go"!

My first riding "lesson" was - "wrap the reins around your strong hand and hold on to the saddle horn with the other. One kick to walk, kick more to trot, kick more to canter, pull back to stop, pull right or left to turn"
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post #7 of 30 Old 07-06-2012, 02:51 PM Thread Starter
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same here but not that much lesson.. uncle would go grab a cow horse outta the field that was only ridden a couple of times a year.. saddle it up. say get on, hang on and figure it out, then hop in the car and go back to the house...LOL
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post #8 of 30 Old 07-06-2012, 03:04 PM
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A lot of that new-fangled stuff is garbage. The one new thing that I think has some merit is that saddles that fit poorly can make a horse act obnoxious.
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post #9 of 30 Old 07-06-2012, 03:43 PM Thread Starter
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i agree on the saddles it makes sense. after reading all the reviews my new wish list is a Dixieland...lol
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post #10 of 30 Old 07-06-2012, 10:00 PM
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I am with you on this one OP. I learned to ride when I was a kid by falling off until I learned to stay on, LOL! Didn't have a saddle, we could afford the pony but not that fancy stuff like saddles, so I rode bareback for years. Great for developing your balance and grip!

We didn't do anything with our ponies and horses like worming, yearly vaccinations, shots, etc. No shoes, ours all had good hard hooves that we just trimmed up by ourselves. And oddly enough, our horses were very healthy. Never lost one growing up. Not even one case of colic! Go figure.

Didn't feed grain. Pastures only in the summer, hay in winter. Grass hay, no fancy stuff.

Got to wonder how those horses ever survived all those years and lived to ripe old ages!
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