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  1. SueC
    09-17-2014 06:42 PM - permalink
    Why not? Mules are cute. "Herr Riese Ohren" by the way kind of means "Mr Giant with Ears" - while "Herr Riesenohren" means "Mr Giant Ears"... both are funny, of course!

    It must be difficult parting with Red, but like you say, he'll probably end up with a very active riding life while you can look for something laid-back (with or without huge ears ). Thinking of you - take care & God bless.
  2. AnitaAnne
    09-17-2014 02:49 PM - permalink
    gee thanks!
  3. AnitaAnne
    09-17-2014 02:12 PM - permalink
    Yeah, getting old is a big bummer, especially when it comes to riding. We just don't bounce back as easy as before. Thanks for sharing, he is a pretty horse, but sounds like he needs someone strong and very confident to keep him at his best. They had him advertised as docile, so that's why I asked. Some horses just need daily hard work too.
  4. AnitaAnne
    09-17-2014 01:15 PM - permalink
    I am coming into this thread late, so don't know the history of you and Red. If you don't mind sharing, what problems were you having that you couldn't ride him?
  5. AnitaAnne
    09-17-2014 11:11 AM - permalink
    Thank you Ellen! You are so sweet I work nights, and after a week off it is going to be tough to stay awake all night...I am really an "early to bed, early to rise" person.

    I can't wait to see pictures of your golden girls! I looked up your Red too, he looks like such a sweet horse, did you have him since he was a colt like ALUF stated? I don't think I could ever give up a horse I raised. That had to have been really hard for you.
  6. bsms
    09-01-2014 12:43 PM - permalink
    I've never had a horse do that, and I hate to give advice on something I have not experienced. Daniel Dauphin has made my two favorite videos on bits, and he has far more experience than I do, so I'd suggest contacting him. I've read about horses that go behind the bit, but I've never had it happen to me.
  7. DanielDauphin
    05-05-2014 09:27 AM - permalink
    Before I can give an answer, I have a few questions. First, are you just starting this horse out, as in never has had a bit in his mouth? Secondly, if he has had a bit, does he have a very nervous mouth or is he calm, soft and happy. Feel free to give me a call and we can discuss. 337-278-8506
  8. tinyliny
    05-03-2014 12:25 PM - permalink
    thanks for the visitor message. the Appy in that little video is now long term lame. poor fellow, he is in a small dry paddock, and calls out to the herd daily. I give him extra loves, but am no longer riding him.

    I did a clicker training seminar with Z, but he kept accidently biting my hand for the tiny bit of carrot he would get. I think I am not a clicker training devotee.
  9. DanielDauphin
    05-02-2014 07:55 PM - permalink
    No need to buy treats. His regular feed will be fine, or a 50# bag of alfalfa pellets will last a long while.
  10. Lockwood
    04-14-2014 08:28 AM - permalink
    I had a chance to see your thread about him going behind the bit and a few things stuck out to me. Does he have a companion to be with when you are not riding or are around? My horse has a burro for a companion that costs next to nothing to care for except for farrier costs because most donkeys are like air ferns to feed.
    Second, is it sounds like he needs ground work and to go back to the basics. I think I saw where you looked into CA and I think that's a good idea. CA can get to the heart of a matter and it may have nothing to do with gait and everything to do with mind set. I do have his series on gaited horses, but to be honest, it's really no different than his approach to any horse. I also found Ivy's really helpful more so for me than my horse.

    If Red were my horse, once a good foundation of ground work was established and you have him listening to and responding to you ( not what's going on around him) then you could try some different bits on him- on the ground first.

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    God is my strength. I love my animals. 3 cat, 1 dog, 1 horse, 10 hens, and a rooster named Ab.
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