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    05-14-2010, 03:33 PM
  #11
Trained
Good job! I hate it when you stand up after a wreck and realize you're bleeding, bent or broken. A horse bucked me off last fall at a roping and when I went to climb back on one of my fingers was dislocated. I might have waited but the finger was on my roping hand so I was out anyway.

I would rather brand than just about anything but unfortunately the branding is done here. It sure seems like the training portion of the horse market is picking up. I have 5 horses scheduled for june and 4 this month. If this keeps up neither one of us will have to get a real job! My dad told me that if I learned how to shoe a horse and ride a colt I would never starve and so far he's been right.
     
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    05-14-2010, 04:31 PM
  #12
Showing
That is very true. I don't have the upper body strength nor the desire to learn how to shoe them but fortunately, my brother does and he only lives about 15 miles away. So I always know I have a good farrier that I can call.

One thing about the people that are sending me the horses on Sunday is that they may say "Yeah, we have 2 we would like to send you" and then when they pull up, they have 5 in the trailer LOL. "Well, soandso wanted to send a horse and then somebody else heard and wanted to send one too. Since we were coming this way anyway, I figured I would save them the trip." But, hey, keeps my business going LOL.
     
    05-14-2010, 08:46 PM
  #13
Yearling
Subscribing! I may have to look into sending Mana your way in a couple years. ;)
     
    05-15-2010, 03:32 AM
  #14
Green Broke
Wow smrobs you have my dream job!!
     
    05-22-2010, 07:09 PM
  #15
Showing
Ugh, I have been such a bad girl. Lazy Lazy me for not updating!! For the most part, it has been pretty uneventful. The gray mare is progressing nicely and hasn't offered to buck again (though we will always just see what tomorrow holds LOL). Been messing with 2 of the 3 horses that were brought on Sunday. The bay mare had been ridden some but sometimes that is worse than the ones that have never been saddled. It is fairly obvious that whoever rode her did nothing more than try to "sneak" rides on her (meaning that they just sat there, didn't ask her for anything, and did their best not to do anything to make her realize that she had a rider). Everytime you would touch her butt or move a leg, she would jump around like you were trying to kill her. Dad showed me some tricks today to work that out of them with minimal risk to the rider. She is the only one that I rode today as the wind is a killer again but boy she travels nice. I am so used to riding short horses that now that I have some that are around 15 to 15.2, it takes some getting used to LOL. The little chestnut mare that they brought had never been handled at all so it has taken some time just to get her to not be terrified of everything I do around her. Finally got her saddled today and tied her head around but the good news is that she didn't seem very interested in going bronco. Maybe ride her tomorrow, depending on what her eye looks like. I am going to have to get some more panels so that I have enough for another roundpen LOL. And another saddle too. Mine is on the chestnut and the one that I am riding is way to wide for me and hurts my hips :(.

Anyway, just a few pix from today.












     
    05-22-2010, 08:21 PM
  #16
Showing
Also, I forgot to mention that I got a card in my mail today from the new owner of Prissy, the little paint filly that I rode for a while.
(just to refresh some memories)


Anyway, the original owner that I rode her for passed away a few months ago and his wife gave this filly to his son who works on a ranch up in Montana. He sent me a card saying that he had been using her and is completely in love with her. Also, he said that his daughter sat on her bareback for the first time the other day and he is very happy with how she rides and that made me feel good.
     
    05-27-2010, 06:11 PM
  #17
Weanling
Really interesting to read this thread... I love your job.
     
    06-08-2010, 06:42 PM
  #18
Showing
Today I had my first real embarassing moment. I have got this really tall, lanky QH gelding that I am training. Today was his 3rd ride and I didn't warm him up much before I got on. Mistake on my part. He got to bucking and I couldn't get his head cause I had my rein too darn long. I stuck with him about a circle and a half around the pen (probably 8 or 9 jumps) and then I starting losing it. I ended up finding the softest place that I could and that's where I landed . He immediately stopped and I jumped up and brushed myself off and proceeded to work his ass off from the ground before getting on him again. The second time, he wasn't terribly interested in trying to buck but then again, he was having a bit of trouble getting enough oxygen. Other than that, everything has been pretty uneventful. I have just been pretty busy working and sweating. It is terrible that I have to take 3 or 4 breaks in the day to come back in here where it is cool and sit with a cold bottle of water for a while. It sucks being fat and out of shape.
     
    06-25-2010, 06:38 PM
  #19
Showing
Geez, I have been so horrible about updating this thing. Somebody needs to prod me with a hot shot every now and then to get me off my butt . Everything has been going pretty well. The bay mare from the above post is doing exceptionally well. She had a lightbulb moment a few rides ago and everything has been smooth sailing since then. My Dad is helping me with the chestnut mare because she is one of the most challenging horses I have ever messed with. She is not only mortified of people (even after all the handling she has gotten since she's been here), she is a bit of an obnoxious bitch and will get mad at the drop of a hat. When she's mad, there is no hope of teaching her anything because all she wants to do is fight *sigh*. The gray mare is going pretty well, she is challenging too. One of the curses of messing with an older horse, if they want to do something and you tell them no, they will get mad and go to fighting. That's not like fighting a 2,3, or 4 year old either. The more you try to tell them no, the more they want to fight. At least she doesn't resort to bucking every time she gets mad anymore LOL. Although I am unable to lope her as long as she really needs it. GOD her lope is horrible. It is almost like one of those cartoon horses where all 4 feet leave the ground at the same time and all 4 land at the same time. So for that reason, I can't seem to lope her for any extended time at all and when I try, I usually have to stop for a breather every couple of minutes or so LOL. But on the other hand, she is a natural at that nice easy little jog and it is nice to ride.

Here is a funny little video I found and Yosemite Sam's horse/mule/donkey (whatever it is) fits her lope almost perfectly LOL.
     
    06-25-2010, 10:15 PM
  #20
Weanling
OMG you are so right!!! LOL I am cracking up right now. I have always thought when she is running around with her buddies how short and choppy she looks. I figured it would be really awful. The cartoon though right on! So glad she doesn't buck much anymore. We miss her and are so excited to see the end result!
     

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