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post #11 of 25 Old 06-28-2010, 10:52 AM
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Congratulations, Kevin! You are living the dreams of many of our members. I agree completely in your assessment of problems so many people have with their horses - especially if they are stalled.

(I was wondering where you went too!)

I'm not arguing with you, I'm just explaining why I'm right.

Nothing sucks more than that moment during an argument when you realize you're wrong.

It's not always what you say but what they hear.
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post #12 of 25 Old 06-28-2010, 11:42 AM
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If you were only closer, what you are doing would be perfect for my little mare.

Sounds like a wonderful job. Can not wait for more updates.
Was this just an opportunity you could not pass up? Does your family come up and visit? Seems so lonely!
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post #13 of 25 Old 06-28-2010, 12:55 PM
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Originally Posted by kmacdougall View Post
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.
Yep. Same with mine. Even today I took her for a solid 5 miles, probably more, and when we got home she was eager to be cantering despite the sweat pouring down her. I'm hoping if I keep at it every day she might mellow out...hopefully.
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post #14 of 25 Old 06-28-2010, 02:02 PM
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Hehe. . . I just stole my kids' bratty pony to ride everyday and pony my two green horses off of. . .Fat little guy needs ridden! I agree with the point of your post, for sure. Enjoy your cowboyin'. . .
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post #15 of 25 Old 06-28-2010, 02:20 PM
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Congrats Kevin. Glad to hear things are going well for you and that you are enjoying it. You are completely correct that most horses don't get enough work. My grandad used to tell me how he got all his horses broke really well and really quickly. He said "Well, we would get up about 4am and ride 15 miles to the cow pasture. Then spend all day working cattle and just about dark, ride the 15 miles back home just to get up the next day and do it again." I have missed your posts and am looking forward to hearing from you about your continuing adventures.
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post #16 of 25 Old 06-28-2010, 02:24 PM
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I saw a movie a few years ago about a cowboy up in the mountains. Something really unexpected happened. Be careful.
p.s. do you find your fellow cowboys attractive?

Sorry, I'm kidding, I just can't believe nobody made a Brokeback joke yet.
Great post. I agree that many problems cannot be fixed in a round pen, but by hours on the trail.
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post #17 of 25 Old 06-29-2010, 01:32 AM
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Originally Posted by Skipsfirstspike View Post
I just can't believe nobody made a Brokeback joke yet.
Well, there was my first reaction on watching Brokeback Mountain: All those sheep, and he falls for another guy?
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post #18 of 25 Old 06-29-2010, 08:20 AM
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Originally Posted by kevinshorses View Post
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.
Great post Kevin, and very true! I remember attending a John Lyons seminar where he did a bit of a spoof of two horses talking to eachother. One horse was an older horse telling the youngster that back in the "old" days, they were ridden all day, not just an hour. Saddles stayed on all day, they had to stand tied sometimes for hours while the cowboy fixed a fence. Actually were ridden in the RAIN! Saddle blankets got very wet from riding.

He went on a bit more but you get the drift. That's why he said most ranch horses had few issues. They learned to conserve their energy for work not shenanagins!

Be the kind of woman that when your feet hit the floor each morning the devil says, "Oh crap, she's up!".
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post #19 of 25 Old 06-29-2010, 11:13 AM
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Sounds like a job well done I had to go through that with my one Curly mare...I rode her through three or four foot snow drifts and she would be covered in snow by the time I got back. Riding like that made her into the horse she is today.

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Treyue, 1999 3-gaited Icelandic gelding
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post #20 of 25 Old 06-29-2010, 07:25 PM
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I am guilty as charged! My horse needs more riding. And like 84, as you get older....... After summer school is out I am heading to the mountains for a few days to get mine back into the routine (it's a little quicker than the arena). Those wet blankets make such a difference. My little mare is a sweetheart, but give her some time off.
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