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MacabreMikolaj 10-09-2010 09:38 PM

Leads
 
Hello all! Haven't been around lately, a little busy! Jynx completed the massive year end ride (100+ rider with 4-5 wagons) in perfect style. She'd never seen a wagon before - didn't care. A girl ran into us with her horse - didn't care. We had to lope back a couple miles and find some lost riders - loose rein, perfect speed. I spent half the ride taking pics, twisted around in my saddle with my reins draped across her neck - she just kept walking! I could not find one SINGLE fault with her, unless you count the fact that she broke a couple of my toes when we got back by stepping on me. :lol: Ironic eh?

Ok, so anyway, she did so well, I want to take her to a little show in two weeks, YAY! It's a tiny little fun show, really inexpensive and casual, a whole mix of English and Western. Problem? Jynxy's been having a liiiiiittle bit of trouble picking up her right lead. >.<

We've figured out it's some sort of "rail" issue - if I'm riding in a circle out in a field, she'll usually pick it up. Just in the arena, she won't. I can force her if I spin her hard in a corner and ask for it coming out of the turn but you obviously can't be doing that in a Western Pleasure class! Once she does pick it up, she's fairly balanced and will keep it, so I'm not sure what her hang up is!

Shay-la spoke to a woman who said to get a lead, you pick up your outside rein and lift it high to tip their head and force them onto that lead. It's worked for most horses Shay-las done it on, but not Jynx.

Any suggestions? It's a big arena and I can do my best to be off the rail when I ask for it, but that's a bit of a crapshoot and it would be nice to not come dead last in EVERY class we enter! :lol: Thanks!

Solon 10-09-2010 09:40 PM

Very cool! I wondered where you had been!

The first time Solon saw a wagon he headed off into the sunset running with his tail a flyin'. I realized then, my little pony would never be a very good pulling draft!


So, where are the pictures!!

MacabreMikolaj 10-09-2010 09:41 PM

Oh, here's my yummy foot pic - she was being spazzy when we got back, and ended up planting her hind foot on my foot and then spinning like 180 degrees with all of her weight on it! :lol: Fairly certain my baby toe is broken, and possibly some damage to the top of my foot, it was a week ago and it still hurts like crazy and is swollen. I refuse to go to the hospital - cowgirls don't need x-rays for TOES!

PS - Thank god I was wearing my paddock boots or I'd be singing a different tune!

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Solon 10-09-2010 09:42 PM

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Originally Posted by MacabreMikolaj (Post 776726)
Shay-la spoke to a woman who said to get a lead, you pick up your outside rein and lift it high to tip their head and force them onto that lead. It's worked for most horses Shay-las done it on, but not Jynx.

Any suggestions? It's a big arena and I can do my best to be off the rail when I ask for it, but that's a bit of a crapshoot and it would be nice to not come dead last in EVERY class we enter! :lol: Thanks!
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Forgot to add to my last post, this is exactly what my trainer does with all her clients. Works really well. I wonder if Jynx just needs more focus on that.

Also, my trainer said that some horses will not go into certain leads if they are really tight through the shoulders/neck. So doing some stretches and bending might help before the ride.

MacabreMikolaj 10-09-2010 09:43 PM

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Originally Posted by Solon (Post 776727)
Very cool! I wondered where you had been!

The first time Solon saw a wagon he headed off into the sunset running with his tail a flyin'. I realized then, my little pony would never be a very good pulling draft!


So, where are the pictures!!


Hahahahaha, on Facebook? :lol: There's over 100, I was going to post some in Pictures but never got around to it. For anyone interested - please disregard the after party pics!!!

Welcome to Facebook


Solon 10-09-2010 09:44 PM

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Originally Posted by MacabreMikolaj (Post 776729)
[FONT=Tahoma]Oh, here's my yummy foot pic - she was being spazzy when we got back, and ended up planting her hind foot on my foot and then spinning like 180 degrees with all of her weight on it! :lol: Fairly certain my baby toe is broken, and possibly some damage to the top of my foot, it was a week ago and it still hurts like crazy and is swollen. I refuse to go to the hospital - cowgirls don't need x-rays for TOES!

PS - Thank god I was wearing my paddock boots or I'd be singing a different tune!


Wow, if it still looks like that after a week, might be time to see a doc! It's okay for Cowgirls to see a doc for 'that'!!!

Solon 10-09-2010 09:47 PM

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Originally Posted by MacabreMikolaj (Post 776732)
Hahahahaha, on Facebook? :lol: There's over 100, I was going to post some in Pictures but never got around to it. For anyone interested - please disregard the after party pics!!!

Welcome to Facebook



Fun pictures! Wow, that looks like it was a great ride.

Hey, do you know if you have to be friends with someone to comment on a picture? For some reason I can't comment on them (or any of the other pictures I see on Facebook).

MacabreMikolaj 10-09-2010 09:47 PM

No no, the bruising is almost completely gone and it's just a bit swollen now. Just the top of my foot hurts like crazy if I bump it, but it doesn't hurt otherwise, so I think I'll be ok! Nothing a doctor can do for me anyway!

Solon 10-09-2010 09:48 PM

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Originally Posted by MacabreMikolaj (Post 776737)
No no, the bruising is almost completely gone and it's just a bit swollen now. Just the top of my foot hurts like crazy if I bump it, but it doesn't hurt otherwise, so I think I'll be ok! Nothing a doctor can do for me anyway!

You are probably right about that. Not like they could put a toe cast on you! :lol:

MacabreMikolaj 10-09-2010 10:02 PM

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Originally Posted by Solon (Post 776736)
Fun pictures! Wow, that looks like it was a great ride.

Hey, do you know if you have to be friends with someone to comment on a picture? For some reason I can't comment on them (or any of the other pictures I see on Facebook).

Yup, you can view my pics because I have my privacy settings at non-existent, but you can't comment on anything unless you're a friend!


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