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        05-28-2012, 06:27 PM
      #31
    Weanling
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by Bobby Lee    
    And you can definitely use being a guy to your advantage. Just act a bit dumb and you'll get women running all over the yard to try and help you out. They generally love to show you what you're doing wrong and how good they are at most things. But really, who's being smart
    This made me laugh so much. I know a few guys at our yard like this... although I got wise to it pretty quickly when I realised that they managed fine when they were by themselves! Even the little boys on our yard have it sussed that they can either get the girls to do their grooming/tacking up if they take long enough about it (or obviously do something wrong), or failing that their mums ;). They sure learn young...
         
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        05-28-2012, 08:46 PM
      #32
    Foal
    Bobby Lee- You are a genius lol.

    Who knows, I may take your advice and apply it if I can get a girl's attention. Like I said, I really need all the opportunity I can get to meet a girl. I am not the most outgoing guy. ;)

    This may seem silly to you guys, but I have tried to watch "how to" videos on youtube for tacking up and I am a little confused. The bridling part looks especially confusing on video. Is it hard to put on a horse, and do you have to undo all the buckles (like the noseband and cheek straps) on the bridle each time? Also when tightening the girth, how do you know it isn't too tight for the horse?

    Thanks!
         
        05-28-2012, 09:53 PM
      #33
    Weanling
    Welcome!!!!
         
        05-28-2012, 10:40 PM
      #34
    Showing
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by ThirteenAcres    
    Lol! Don't worry, we women do it too. We know exactly how to look cute and clueless to get the guys to do stuff we want even if we know how.

    Oi! Speak for yourself Maybe I truly don't know that stuff!

    Mn... let your instructor teach you in person. It's a feel, not a method.
         
        05-28-2012, 11:46 PM
      #35
    Showing
    This may seem silly to you guys (nothing about it is silly, you're trying to learn), but I have tried to watch "how to" videos on youtube for tacking up and I am a little confused. The bridling part looks especially confusing on video. Is it hard to put on a horse, and do you have to undo all the buckles (like the noseband and cheek straps) on the bridle each time?

    No, you don't have to undo all the buckles. With a typical bridle, all I ever undo is the buckle on the strap that runs around their jaw where it meets their neck, called a throatlatch. I'll be honest, I don't know if you are supposed to undo the chinstrap buckle on the noseband or not, I've never really used one. Beyond that, I will slip the bridle off forward over their ears



    Here is a video I made a while back and you can sort of see how I bridle/unbridle a horse (though I ride western). The only thing that I do differently on a normal horse is that I remove the halter before putting the bridle on. You can go to about 3:50 and skip over all my jabbering LOL


    Also when tightening the girth, how do you know it isn't too tight for the horse?

    Generally speaking, you want the girth to be loose enough to fit your full hand under there and be able to pull it ~1 inch away from their skin on the side. The only time I've ever seen anyone pull up a cinch really tight is when we're roping cattle. Most of the time, it's better to pull it up in increments. The first time around, I'll pull it up to where it's about as snug as I would wear my own belt. Then I walk the horse away from the tack room a few feet and snug it up a little tighter. With my horses, that's usually enough to get the ride started. Sometimes in the middle of a ride, I'll stop and tighten up again, but that's only because they tend to slim down a bit after you work them for a while.
         
        05-29-2012, 12:20 AM
      #36
    Foal
    Smrobs- Thanks so much! That was so nice of you to take the time to explain all of that to me. Your video was helpful too. :)

    Have you ever had a horse that broke free from you when slipping the bridle on after taking off the halter?
         
        05-29-2012, 12:45 AM
      #37
    Showing
    OP, yes. The best thing to do is have the horse still tied (usually I slip the halter back around their necks (check with your barn first) or loop a leadrope around their jugular while bridling.

    Quote:
    Originally Posted by smrobs    
    I'll be honest, I don't know if you are supposed to undo the chinstrap buckle on the noseband or not
    Yes you undo it and then buckle it back up when you've got the bridle on the horse's face.
         
        05-29-2012, 04:54 AM
      #38
    Foal
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by minstrel    
    This made me laugh so much. I know a few guys at our yard like this... although I got wise to it pretty quickly when I realised that they managed fine when they were by themselves! Even the little boys on our yard have it sussed that they can either get the girls to do their grooming/tacking up if they take long enough about it (or obviously do something wrong), or failing that their mums ;). They sure learn young...
    Stand back Mike I'll handle this. At this point it might be appropriate to pull out the big guns, charm and chocolate, and of course a GSOH.
         
        05-29-2012, 04:56 AM
      #39
    Showing
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by Bobby Lee    
    Stand back Mike I'll handle this. At this point it might be appropriate to pull out the big guns, charm and chocolate, and of course a GSOH.
    Ehh.. this started out funny but now I'm just getting annoyed. We're not all the same.. nor are we this easy to "swoon"

    I certainly don't chase after guys that ride. If they need help I offer it and then I leave them alone. I don't act dumb, and I don't like being bribed or gifted.

    Last guy that did that got all his gifts returned and was told to stay away from me and my workplace.

    There has to be respect.
         
        05-29-2012, 05:22 AM
      #40
    Foal
    Wow, no offence intended. Your very much mistaken if you really think my commments are intended to be serious. But for some guys it can be intimidating that there are so many females and very few males into horses and riding. I was trying to make light of it.

    One thing I do know is when to shut up!
         

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