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post #11 of 17 Old 09-21-2013, 09:13 PM Thread Starter
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Another great ride and more "ear pics."

On Friday I had another wonderful ride with Roux pony!

Total Time: 2hr 37min
Distance: 7.15 miles
Average Speed: 2.7 mph
Max speed: 12.2 mph

I get out of class early on Friday so I went for another ride. We went into uncharted territory and on a trail I had never been on and wow did ROux take care of me well!

Several times I asked him to go down the trail and pushed him into a narrow path where we were unable to get through and even though we were closed in when we got stuck I asked Roux to back up and he calmly backed his way out until we found a spot that was wide enough to turn around.

In one of these narrow spots I asked him to go forward and he refused so I got on his case thinking he was just nervous about the close quarters. He did eventually go in. It was so low I had my chest on the saddle horn to get through. All of a sudden he stopped dead in his tracks! Frozen. And above my right shoulder I heard a rolling deep growl. I gave Roux all his rein and let him get us the heck out of there! He bolted forward but didn't spook or buck or rear. He took good care of us. As soon as we got to a clearing I stopped us. I was more shaken than Roux and I can't decided if my mind was playing tricks on me but Roux was shivering a little.

Talking to friends in the area they think it might have been a bear. I thought it was bob cat or mountain lion but I was told that a cat won't warn before it attacks they just attack. Where as a bear is more scared of you so they grumble to get you to leave. Roux and I were the only ones there so I guess it is possible that we snuck up on it?

Anyway, we only had one incident. We had come up from below a ditch bank and on the other side there was a rider loping her horse. Roux spooked pretty hard. I felt so bad because the rider was apologizing profusely and obviously felt bad. She did nothing wrong at all! Roux is still a little green around the edges lol. We chatted for a few and she told me she rides 15-20 miles at a time. So Cool!

Here is my photo journal from the ride:

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post #12 of 17 Old 09-23-2013, 11:10 PM Thread Starter
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Lovely Ride with an old friend!

Today I went riding with a horse - friend I have had since high school. She just had a baby in May and hasn't been riding a lot lately. It was so nice to catch up and hear about the new baby!

We did 3.36 miles in 1 hour and 15 min. with a top speed of 7.5 mph and an average speed of 2.7 mph.

It was a short ride but very enjoyable. I rode Roux and she rode Gus; both horses were perfect gentlemen!
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post #13 of 17 Old 09-25-2013, 02:49 AM Thread Starter
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Today I measured Gus's feet for hoof boots, which I will hopefully order soon. He was mostly not tender today only has issues with the back left hoof. So we are making progress!

I Also gave Roux a trim on all four feet just to clean them up and for maintwnce. His backs were a little long. When that was done I ran out of daylight so no riding today. :(
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post #14 of 17 Old 09-25-2013, 05:30 PM Thread Starter
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Short Sunflower Ride!

I was able to do a short ride with Roux today.

Total Time: 46 min
Distance: 2.36 miles
Average Speed: 3.1 mph
Max speed: 9.8 mph

I mostly just wanted to make sure his feet felt good after his trim last night and to make sure he was good to go for this weekend.

Tomorrow I am taking him to a friend's ranch to gather cattle, rope and brand. I am not worried about Roux so much but more worried about driving the trailer... it is pretty much my biggest fear, I hate it. Its about a 2 hr drive total and no one is available to go with me so wish me luck.

I am familiar with the terrain out there, it isn't my first time there but it is my first time with Roux. It is way to rocky and rough for Gus so he has to stay home. Eventually I am hoping Gus will be ready to go out there when his hoofs harden up by the spring.

My favorite pic from today. You can see the sunflowers in the field:

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post #15 of 17 Old 10-03-2013, 12:00 AM Thread Starter
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What a weekend!

So on Thursday after class I picked up Roux to take him to my friend's ranch. It took me about 2.5 hours to get there and then after I went to pick up another friend's horse on the WORST road (if you can even call it that) which took forever.

This is him in the Trailer:

Friday I was up at 5 to drive out there we were supposed to be on the trail by 8:30. Well when I got there Roux looked good and was mostly calm. I brought him from the pen he was staying in and gave him some extra alfalfa as a little treat. I took my time brushing him and seeing how he was doing. So I put on his saddle blanket and then I lifted up the saddle and he RAN. He has never ever ever done anything like that before. I thought he was going to stop and I went to approach him and he split. The saddle pad of course slid off right away but he still had his rope halter on... eeek. The ranch is approx. 36 sections - which is HUGE! And there is wild horses there and Roux is part mustang. I did a good job at keeping calm. Why wasn't he tied you ask? Well at home I have no place to tie him and so I never tie him. He has never even moved a hoof before!
Well 45min later two 4- wheelers and one horse later he was caught. Ugh.
Soooo embarrassing!

So then we were off! First we ran into four bulls and Roux was a little bit unsure about that but when we ran into the cows and calves he was right at home. It was the first time I was really able to open him up and get him into a full gallop. OMG this horse is sooo smooth and fast when he wants to be! Wow... so all said and done we rode for 7.5 hours. And while he was tired he did so amazing and handled all the new things so well. He had to ride in a group, ride alone, get though tough country, rocks, water crossing etc.

Saturday I rode one of the ranch horses to give Roux a break.

Sunday we were saddled and riding before sun up think 6 am. Which was a 4 am wake up for me to get there in time. It was supposed to be an easier ride so I took Roux but it didn't end up that way. Sunday we had to ride back up the mesa (As the crow flies about 10 miles but its probably longer). The cows were supposed to be waiting at the flats on top but they wern't there. Long story short we didn't have the easy ride we expected. The cows spooked and turned the WRONG way. It took us until almost noon to get them penned. Then Roux had to stand tied to a scary fence while we branded. He stood still like a champ some of the other horses fell asleep and while he wasn't that calm he was close. I flanked calves until we were done (60 so not bad) and then rode back down the hill.

So then... I locked my keys in my truck! UGH!!! I am so dumb some times. Got the spare set and had to drive my friend's horse home (over the scary road). I didn't get Roux home until 11:30 PM and didn't get to bed until 2 AM!! Monday morning wasn't fun...

Monday I gave Roux a bath he needed it.
Tuesday my mom and I went out to see the horses and we went for a short walk. Gus and mom are still doing some ground work. We came across the foot bridge. In July I tried to get hims across but he wasn't ready yet and we made progress but didn't get him over. Yesterday he thought about it for a while and sniffed a bunch and then huzzah! Walked over that bridge like a boss! Back and forth back and forth.

Here is a really grainy pic:

Today I had my long day at school and needed to catch up on work. So no horsing today.
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post #16 of 17 Old 10-06-2013, 12:20 AM Thread Starter
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Wonderful ride with my mom today...

Today after an allready long weekend my mom and were able to go for a ride. It was her longest ride yet. About 3 hours total and about 8 miles. It is starting to get cold here (mid 60s).

We went a new way (mostly because Gus needs to stay on the soft stuff until his boots come in) and we ran into many new things. Other riders, barking dogs, etc. Roux had no problems except for a tiny spook at some ducks. And Gus of course took care of my mom perfectly. I am so glad I found him for her.

Here is a picture from today: It is of a paint mare who stuck her head over the fence to say hi to us when we rode by.
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post #17 of 17 Old 10-25-2013, 01:18 PM Thread Starter
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Haven't wrote in our journal for a wile!

Last night I trimmed Gus's feet again, I think they are coming along nicely. I think he might have picked up a case of thrush. So I am going to be treating that today and in the future.

I rode Gus English least night. I haven't ridden English since May!!! And I don't know if he has ever been in an English saddle. Wow, I am so impressed with that horse. He is so gentle with my mom and takes care of his rider when he needs to but when you ask him to work he really steps up. And BTW his canter is soooo dreamy you could ride it all day. I can't wait for my mom to build the confidence to try it!

Also got in Gus's new boots and we are going to try them on the trail tomorrow!

I wanted to ride Roux this afternoon but I think it is raining... I might go any way lol.
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