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post #11 of 16 Old 11-19-2009, 09:20 PM
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I understand what you are saying and appreciate that you took the time to type up the proper directions on how to open and close a gait.
That said, I hope you realize that this is a forum for open discussion of all things equine. It is not a school or even a pony club for teaching silly children how to ride the pretty horseys. There are people here from all levels of horsemanship. Those better and worse than yourself.
Perhaps it would be easier on us and you if you approached each thread as you would a friend rather than as an adversary or someone who you need to correct as a taskmaster. If you are a true horseman you know that sometimes you get farther with a gentle nudge than with the spurs.
Is it so difficult to nice?
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post #12 of 16 Old 11-19-2009, 09:39 PM
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That's what I was trying (operative word!) to say. Well put.

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post #13 of 16 Old 11-19-2009, 09:49 PM
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From previous posts I tend to think he goes more with the spurs with his horses than the gentle nudge anyway...

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post #14 of 16 Old 11-19-2009, 10:04 PM
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Originally Posted by RiosDad View Post
As for experience I have over half a century of experience and want to share it but as alot of you feel a teenage kid seems to have more know how then I do.
Who cares how long you've been working with horses? Good for you!

However, pride goes before a fall. I'd watch it if I were you. roll.gif

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Also - We have many gates that can't be done the proper way - i.e. you need to drop your reins and use two hands to lift the gate over rocks/the latch needs two hands/two gates join in a corner and both need to be opened in cojunction. It is simply not practical to do gates in a show-worthy manner every time - And it does NOT mean I am being sloppy.[/quote]

I agree with wildspot. Some times you have to do what is expedient, not pretty.

Funny story though, the closest I have ever come to falling off my horse while doing a gate. The gate was on the side of a hill and there was a pile of old fence, wire etc to the side of the gate. So in order to open the gate from the back of my horse we had to face down hill and I had to keep my horse from going to close to the nest of wire beside the gateway. The gate latch was on the opposite side to us and really low. And I mean REALLY low. So my old horse is lined up nicely, we are pointed down hill and I am leaning down as far as I possibly can. I can just reach the latch with the tips of my fingers but it is one of those bloody latches with the safety bar that has to be lifted before you can slide it over the hook.

I go for the extra reach, I grab hold of Toby's neck up by the Poll for extra leverage - by this stage I am almost doing a hand stand. My lovely boy takes the pressure on his kneck as the sign to put his head down! I saw myself sliding straight down his kneck, all the way to the bottom of the hill. Somehow I managed to save myself all though it wasn't elegant and I got off to open that gate. Afterwards I thought about how I must have looked with my bum in the air and then my horse putting his head down, I thought it was pretty funny.
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post #16 of 16 Old 11-20-2009, 01:34 AM
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I saw a girl that was competing in a Rodeo Queen contest and one of the requirements was to open and close the gate to the arena before starting the reining pattern. Somehow in the process of closing the gate her boot got stuck on the gate and her horse slowly continued to sidepass away from the gate. Eventually she ran out of leg and was left hanging upside down by her boot. It was very funny to watch.

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