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        11-19-2009, 03:51 PM
      #61
    Yearling
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by Vidaloco    
    I'm never posting another video/photo ever never again
    Vidaloco, don't let one person poop on your party. It was a good video.
         
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        11-19-2009, 05:58 PM
      #62
    Foal
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by Vidaloco    
    I'm never posting another video/photo ever never again
    Vidaloco, don't let one person get to you everyone else enjoyed the video and by the way your husbands horse looks beautiful I need to find one like that for my husband he has a thing for chestnut quarter horse types (I like more of the heat - Arab and TB) Keep your chin up not everyone is bad.
         
        11-19-2009, 07:07 PM
      #63
    Yearling
    My horse is handy, but there are no gates that we need to open or cattle to sort. But I can clean up the trail while I'm on her back. There's no creek she won't cross. She'll go out by herself, or with a big group and she won't cause trouble. She'll sidepass. She's handy for what I need her to be handy for. I honestly have no idea how she would react to cattle. She's only seen them from a distance.
         
        11-19-2009, 08:43 PM
      #64
    Trained
    In the OP I used the example of cattle work and gate opening because that is the world I live in. The way my horse moves to sort cattle or open a gate is really what I was refering to. I have two horses that are handy. The best one is a bay gelding that I have had since he was a weanling. He is a little spooky about some ti=hings but that is his only hole. He's real sensitive and quick. My other handy horse is a roan gelding that is nice a quiet but can flat move when he needs to. He probably has the potential to put my other horse to shame but he is gentle enough for my kids to ride so that is what I use him for more than anything else. I have a useful 4 year old stallion that will soon be handy. He is just sensitive enough and nicely gentle and really confident.
         
        11-20-2009, 08:52 PM
      #65
    Green Broke
    My horse is useful right now but I hope in the near future we will work him into being handy!
         
        11-20-2009, 09:24 PM
      #66
    Started
    My horse is useful in that he does the job I ask for (riding). Handy? About as handy as a chunk of mud. He would probably (scratch that, he WOULD) just try to eat the gate. Cows? He'd want to know if he could wipe his mouth on them. I have opened the big, sticky sliding door on our arena off him, but more through personal talent and sheer stubborniss then any help from him, he tried to walk through when it was 6 inches open, lol

    That said, I have no need for a handy horse. I'm an arena rider, the most I can do (due to location) is take an occassional gallop through the big pasture to loosen him up. I don't run into gates, cows, brush, etc
         
        11-20-2009, 09:42 PM
      #67
    Trained
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    Originally Posted by 1dog3cats17rodents    
    That said, I have no need for a handy horse. I'm an arena rider, the most I can do (due to location) is take an occassional gallop through the big pasture to loosen him up. I don't run into gates, cows, brush, etc
    When I used the analogy of working cows and opening gates I was actually refering to the yielding of hindquarters and forehand, backing light and collected, turning on hindquarters and generally being a responsive light horse. If you want to do flying lead changes or half-passes then you need a horse that is more than usefull.
         

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