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post #481 of 2156 Old 02-19-2013, 11:32 AM
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Thanks for the tips on ponying Painted horse, I will keep in mind to walk if there are problems! One reason I am eager to try is to find out if Drambuie does better with another horse around.

He tripped just walking down the hill to the hay pile this morning and went down on one knee, I think Celeste is right and his hooves need a trim. I'm going to try to pull his shoes off.
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post #482 of 2156 Old 02-19-2013, 12:43 PM
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Long feet will make them trip.

Even humans.

When my daughter was five years old, we went to a western wear store. She found a pair of bright red Justin boots that were about two sizes too big for her. That was the smallest pair they had. She wanted them so badly, and she insisted that they fit. I figured she would grow into them, so I bought them. The poor baby tripped and fell over and over. I finally convinced her to only wear them while she rode until she grew into them. Big shoes, long feet, tripping baby.

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post #483 of 2156 Old 02-19-2013, 03:48 PM
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I'm honestly contemplating moving to where ever painted horse is. I want trail terrain like that. Although Bloo would probably die, he's not good with terrain changes, we both kind of let our minds wander and don't pay much attention to where we go unless it's somewhere new. Although that explains why we've gotten lost so many times.

I've only recently started to add ponying to my training regime. Until I worked with Si.ne I never thought to train them to do it but she and Bloo bonded so well I took him out with us sometimes. Sometimes it helps heard bound horses relax out on the trail

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post #484 of 2156 Old 02-19-2013, 06:46 PM
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Or if a rider comes off and gets hurt and you have to bring the horse home with out a rider. That happened a couple times when I used to do a lot of CTR. We had riders come off and break arms, collar bones, and one fellow had an appendicitis attack and he left in one of the P&R vehicles, but somebody had to pony his horse back for him.

But more often than not, I'm just packing in camp, a chain saw to clean a trail or just exercising an extra horse.

My daughters like to ride my hot blooded arab gelding, He gets excited and will kick other horses that get close to him at a trot, They are the ones that started watching his ears and if they saw him lay them back, they would reach up slap his ears and tell him to pay attention. Seeing them do that just reminded me of the threats from my mother.

If you put horses on trails like I ride, They learn to watch where they put their feet. I have a friend who trains horses full time for a living. A fellow brought him a TWH and said the horse tripped all the time. Alma took the horse for a month and said he would work on getting the horse to pay attention. He was riding him an hour a day thru rough country. A week or two in the process, the horse tripped and went down and broke alma's leg and his was out of business for several months while his leg was in a cast. So some horses are just a little more prone to it.

One of the selling points for the Fort Ranch's horses is that they babies start life in the rough western Utah desert. From birth until weaning, they run beside their mothers across rough ground. I've never bought one of their horses, But folks swear they are some of most foot sure horses you can own.

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post #485 of 2156 Old 02-19-2013, 07:20 PM
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I tried out my new S-hack on Chivas today and he thought it was great! I had no problem direct reining, stopping or backing! I tried longer, looser reins, but Chivas just stretched his nose down into a very light contact. So we were both happy with that! Lovin' the S-hack
Rode our usual path 2.54 miles, so then I decided to try to pony Drambuie...
Chivas tried to attack Drambuie as soon as I brought him near, so I decided I would just try leading them next to each other. So with a lot of corrections to Chivas they finally were walking ok so I hopped up on Chivas. Talk about a mule, no way would he move with Drambuie there and I didn’t seem to have enough hands, so I got back off.
Next I looped Drambuie’s lead around the saddle horn & tried to lead them again…BIG blow-up from Chivas and a lot of kicking!! Poor Drambuie!
I decided to give that idea up and plan to practice more of the leading together to see if I can get Chivas to accept him. I may try to pony one of the other horses tomorrow to see if I can get Chivas to understand the process. I think it would be a good skill to learn.
2/19/13 Chivas 2.54 miles ytd 42.3
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post #486 of 2156 Old 02-20-2013, 02:51 PM
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On Tuesday we rode 3 miles around the usual trails. We trotted two miles in 7 minutes 45 seconds.
Today we went down a nearby rode and did 2.4 miles.

Total: 14.4 miles
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post #487 of 2156 Old 02-20-2013, 05:45 PM
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I tried the S-hack on Drambuie after getting hay in. He did well with direct reining, but was confused with pulling both reins for stopping or backing. Wasn’t really a problem though, he should figure it out without problem.
Once again the difficulty with Drambuie was going and he started out ok but after a few trot sets he didn’t want to go downhill at all…I mean walking downhill practically not moving he was going so slow. So we went ˝ mile and I turned around and went back.
Then, I am grooming him and he is shedding a lot so I started scratching him with the mane/tail brush and when I went over his right hip it quivered and dropped down. So long story short I located a bump on his spine in a direct line from the scratched spot. I think the lump is our problem. I plan to get him in to the vet for x-rays, but I am very, very concerned
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post #488 of 2156 Old 02-20-2013, 06:48 PM
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I hope Drambuie is ok.

It is possible that he just didn't want to go due to being lazy. I'll be interested in what the vet says.
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post #489 of 2156 Old 02-20-2013, 09:10 PM
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Oh no, I hope the lump is nothing serious!
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post #490 of 2156 Old 02-20-2013, 10:24 PM
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How are all of you able to get such accurate distances?

Really enjoying the photos, too.
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