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    06-27-2010, 11:20 PM
Wet saddle blankets and mountaintops

I have started my new cowboy job this week. I'm living in a camp on a Forest Service grazing allotment and working for a cattlemans association. My job is to keep the cattle off the roads and away from riparian areas (streams rivers and ponds) and campgrounds. I am allowed to have up to 6 head of horses. Luckily, I have been able to get 5 head of outside horses to train to supplement my wages.

The reason I have posted this in the training section is that I have come to realize that 90 percent of the problems people are having with thier horses are due to a lack of riding and not necessarily a lack of training. For instance, I am riding a little bay mare for a young woman and the horse though that water was going to melt her hooves right off but in less than a week she looks for water and wades right in and sticks her face in up to her eyeballs. I did not round pen her nor did I form any kind of bond with her. I didn't get off and lunge her or whisper to her. I got her good and tired before I ever ask her to step across water and I set it up so she couldn't refuse. I then ask her to cross several times during the 5 hours I was riding her. Toward the end she was not high-headed, pushy or terribly buddy sour not to mention crossing any stream or bog like a champ.
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    06-27-2010, 11:26 PM
That sounds like an awesome job op that's for sure! Best wishes!!!
    06-27-2010, 11:31 PM
That's awesome, I'm going through that with Spring right now, she is afraid of going over a little bridge and water, I ride every day, perhaps the trick is getting her nice and tired.
    06-27-2010, 11:34 PM
I know exactly what you mean. I am sending a training horse home tomorrow who was sent to me (as his 3rd trainer in 3 years) because he spooks and acts up on the trails. But the owner tends to send him for training, and then let him sit when he gets back home and rides him very very rarely. When being worked a few times a week he's a saint but when you give him a week or two off he gets an "I don't wanna work attitude" there's just some horse/owners who aren't a good match.
    06-27-2010, 11:35 PM
Yes very tired! I like to wait until the sweat is running down thier legs and dripping off thier nose.
    06-27-2010, 11:35 PM
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Huge congrats kevinshorses, sounds like an amazing job!

Also, fantastic post! I couldn't agree with you more - someone recently made a topic about "were horses better back then?" and I think that's a huge part of it - it's not that everyone was a great trainer, it was that back in the day, a horse was the quickest mode of transportation for a rural kid so when you ride a horse for half the day, every day, they dummy up eventually!

I just recently posted a video of me going up AND down a staircase on Zierra. The point being I am far from a great horse trainer, and I don't have to "teach" her to do things anymore. She's been riding trails with me for so long she simply eyes it up and figures out how to do it best. She learned long ago that it's a lot easier doing it on her own then fighting with me over it!

It's unbelieveable to me how many people I've ridden with that will GET OFF their horse because a duck is crossing the road and "Star is afraid of ducks."
    06-27-2010, 11:39 PM
Originally Posted by mom2pride    
That sounds like an awesome job op that's for sure! Best wishes!!!
I only come to town once a week and I have no phone or internet service at my camp. So my horse forum posts will be few and far between.
    06-28-2010, 08:58 AM
Sounds like a fun job. I wish I could do it for a week or so to give it a try!
    06-28-2010, 09:56 AM
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I was wondering where you've been. That sounds like a nice job, hot and miserable I'm sure, but relaxing and also, tiring.... but a dream job.

I know what you mean about riding time. I keep thinking back to when I was a teen and the old black horse I lost last year and my Pistol. I never longed them, I just rode them, for hours and being a teenager, I didn't think before acting. We crossed ravines, creeks, ponds, road across sand and did it all... just riding time. No fear.

Now that I'm old, I'm slower to do things and truthfully, just learned to lunge a horse about 4 years ago....

I hope you really enjoy this job, be safe.
    06-28-2010, 11:36 AM
Hey Kevin, interested in taking my Arab for a week? I could run a marathon on that horse and not get him tired enough to get anywheres.

Just kidding, I'm sure we'll sort it out in time (hopefully)..

Congrats on the job, but I'm going to miss your to-the-point advice around here haha

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