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        12-12-2012, 07:57 AM
    Green Broke
    I actually got the saddle from a user on It's an american saddlery roper and the comfiest saddle I've ever say my arse in. It's had some rough times (horse went down in the trailer with it on..twice, lol. I learned not to tack in a divided trailer).
    Also, I might be updating on more road pictures if I can get my ass out the house and to the barn before work, haha. Plus, we'll have on our new blingy show tack..just because I have to use it for a day and get it dirty since it just got here, lol. All black leather tack now :p Aside from the pad..that's felt lol.
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        12-12-2012, 01:17 PM
    Green Broke
    Trail from today..where we actually made in onto a trail, lol. This would be right after we got on the trail after a small bucking/crowhopping/head tossing fit at a fence that use to have goats in it.

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        12-12-2012, 01:41 PM
    Did you go solo again?
    Bucking, cropping hopping is always scarier when you're alone. Lol.
        12-12-2012, 02:49 PM
    Green Broke
    Lol I did. Ill probably be solo for a good 4-6 months since BO just got surgery on her arm again. It was very wimpy bucks/crowhops because she can't exert enough energy to do them properly, lol. So not too much scary, just annoying, haha. She's already shown me all she's got to give at being naughty and I can sit them all. I just have to worry about cars when we pass the cow pasture, haha. One of the steers followed her along the fence and quite literally scared the crap out of her, lol. Even thouhg she's worked cows before xD
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        12-12-2012, 02:52 PM
    Funny about the cows.
    Yesterday the cows were all laying down and that just about sent my mare over the edge. Lol.
    I could imagine she wondered where their legs went!
    She lives with cows, yet she was shaking. Dork.
        12-15-2012, 04:07 PM
    Green Broke
    So..I got a rodeo horse, pleasure horse, and trail horse..all in one ride today, haha.

    She was worse heading out today than she was the first two times, but I could tell she was in a bad mood before I even got her out of the field, so I wasnt too surprised by that..but I was surprised by the rodeo we had of spinnin, bucking, and leaping in the poor neighbour's hay field. There's a strip that he doesnt plant so that we have somewhere to access the trails from, and she decided that after she spun about 120* that she'd do a leap into the hay that's planted and a buck as soon as she landed..I asked her to go forward again and she did the same exact thing..I spun her around about 10 times and asked for another forward and she finally went while she snaked her head around (not sure what she was trying to After that we finally made it into the little trail I've been taking her on (just short ones, mostly to give her experience on the road) and when we came out to another patch of unplanted hay field I cued her into a canter and got the nice, slow canter that I've been trying to get out of her for months, lol. Mind you, this is the same strip we had a crowhopping/bucking fit on our last trail, just from the opposite direction. She was fine all the way home, an angel basically after that. She didnt even bat an eye at Brutis (neighbour's big mastiff that does his job as a guard dog very well lol), on the way up or back.
    On our way back I almost managed to bring two dead trees down with my I couldn't see a better route (new shortcut we found that runs parallel to the road) and had her go through a little patch of dead branches and I guess my arm wasnt enough to catch them, because my face caught most of them and I brought half the trees with me, lol.

    I just can't seem to figure out why it's only on the way out that she's a spazz?
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        12-15-2012, 04:12 PM
    Green Broke
    Ooh, almost forgot our pictures of the day :p

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        12-15-2012, 04:46 PM
    Lovely pictures, love the pricked forward ears out on your ride.

    I think its that the horse doesn't want to leave home, that's where the behaviour comes from. Its called 'napping' or 'barn sour' or 'barn sweet'

    I prefer to call it 'the game of a thousand circles', a circle? No problem, let me help you and now we are going this way... another circle, let me help you and now we are going this way.....
    We get on our way with less and less of this the more we ride out.

        12-15-2012, 04:55 PM
    Green Broke
    It isnt like the other 5 barn sour horses I've ridden though..she's just spooky. I can't help but think it's a confidence thing, but as long as there's another horse anywhere, she'll do anything I ask without an issue. She'll cross a bridge, creek, chest high log first without's just when we're alone.

    I also can't do circles..Until we get to the actual trails, it's all road, and Im not comfortable making her do much on it, especially when I can't see over the hills and turns in the road. Im just glad almost all the people know I ride along the side and make sure to pay attention and slow down while they pass. Lol
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        12-16-2012, 12:43 PM
    Green Broke
    Glad you had a good ride. There is nothing better than a horse that spooks in place or just stops to look. I like NOT being thrown off!!!

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