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post #71 of 73 Old 04-27-2010, 11:22 PM
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Originally Posted by smrobs View Post
Actually, that's not such a rare thing if you live in the country like I do. There are lots of people that live just out of town that get their mail delivered to mailboxes more than a half mile from their house. We used to have a friend (before he passed away) that had some of his mail delivered to a mail box on some property that he owned about 5 miles from town. It was just a mailbox on the side of a dirt road and he asked that we check it every few days since we were out that way anyway (we had cattle on his land at that time). Anyway, every time I would go for a ride, I would go check his mail and our cattle to save 10 miles of burned gas from the truck. Occasionally, he would have some letters or a magazine that I would then get to carry back to town.

And I know a real test to see how good your horse is at opening gates. A panel gate is a simple thing. When you can open and close a barbed wire gate without ever getting off your horse, then he's pretty darn good.
WOW, If you can open and close a barbed wire gate w/o getting off your horse I would say he is pretty darn good too! Horse and Rider!

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post #72 of 73 Old 04-27-2010, 11:35 PM
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And I know a real test to see how good your horse is at opening gates. A panel gate is a simple thing. When you can open and close a barbed wire gate without ever getting off your horse, then he's pretty darn good.
The front gate into our place is barbed, otherwise the cattle rub on it and move the hinges making it really hard to open/shut. It sure teaches the horse not to lean on the gate and is good incentive to make sure they are responsive :]

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post #73 of 73 Old 04-28-2010, 12:20 PM
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Originally Posted by Spirithorse View Post
I could explain why asking a horse to put his feet on things works great for preparing the horse to load. However I would be wasting my time ;) The main principle is, it's not about the trailer. It's about the horse's confidence.
I could also explain why nit-picking a horse, poking it with orange sticks and over-analyzing everything it does based on some horsey pseudo-psychology is a waste of time, too. . .

Like I said in an earlier post, get out and do the work. Challenge yourself, and your horse. If you do it with confidence, the horse will look to you as a leader.

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