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        01-06-2013, 01:22 AM
      #61
    QOS
    Green Broke
    Riverbelle, they would have been 11 years too late and at the wrong house!!! I bought Red from Margaret when he was 7 years old and he was an off the track QH that had one several races. He is a sweetheart. I rehomed him to a lady on this board CakeMom.

    Red adored Margaret and she was pretty dang crazy about him but she is a trainer and doesn't take any pissy behavior off of a horse. All of her horses are sweet, well behaved and well trained animals. The few that were pissy were also gone. She says life is too short to spend with horses that are too cranky or too stubborn to train.

    I know she can been tough but she is never unfair. This is the way I look at it. A horse is a huge animal that is way stronger than a man. Any time you have a horse that is not trained to be safe around humans you have a horse that will eventually hurt someone or be on the next meat wagon to Canada or Mexico. That is wrong on so many levels.

    People that go on and on about "oh my...you can't correct Dobbin or Nellie - it would be cruel" are killing them with kindness. I am with you ... correct them, train them and love 'em to pieces. I used to tell Red that even if I didn't know how to kick his butt I knew someone that did! He was always such a good boy for me. He now is learning to jump and getting ribbons hung on his bridle and his little 12 year old owner adores him. That make me a happy camper.

    DriftingShadow - Drifter sounds like a good boy. Red was always that way with me...I swear the horse's thought bubble was like "I can do it but YOU aren't ready for that so we will go this way". Horses can be pretty dang intuitive!
         
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        01-06-2013, 05:36 AM
      #62
    Green Broke
    I got my first ride of the new year in yesterday.....9 miles....temps in the high forties, sunny and no wind. It was quite a nice day for a change but the trails are muddy and lots of standing water in places.

    Might head back out today if DW is up for it....
         
        01-06-2013, 06:21 AM
      #63
    Green Broke
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    Originally Posted by gunslinger    
    I got my first ride of the new year in yesterday.....9 miles....temps in the high forties, sunny and no wind. It was quite a nice day for a change but the trails are muddy and lots of standing water in places.

    Might head back out today if DW is up for it....
    We haven't ridden in about 3 weeks with Christmas, weather, etc. DW has been riding her green QH, Jack, and he's been absolutely perfect all though the fall....until yesterday......got about a hundred yards from the trailer and started bucking.....dumped her butt.......it took her a few minutes to get her chickens back in the hen house but DW got back on and finished the ride....Jack was fine for the rest of the ride.

    DW has a continued to change his setup and yesterday was riding a different saddle and pad....might have cinched him up a bit tight.....I keep telling her to get something and stick with it. I'm of the opinion that it really doesn't matter much about what saddle/pad/bit etc you put on the horse as long as it fits, but pick it and let the horse get use to it.

    I guess that's a difference between the sexes....I ride the same equipment, see no reason to find "something better", and make what I have work.

    So....I'm up early...letting her sleep in.....but thinking she might be a bit sore today....we'll see....I hope not.....Love that dang woman almost as much as my mare.....I guess the silver lining is the grounds pretty soft right now with the moisture and all.....so if your going to get thrown....No, forget that thought.....there isn't really a good time...and the ground is still hard....even this time of year.
         
        01-06-2013, 11:43 AM
      #64
    QOS
    Green Broke
    Gunslinger - glad y'all got out and dang, what was up with bucking 100 yards from the trailer? Sorry DW got dumped. Ugh....coming off a horse isn't exactly fun even when it is in a soft area.

    Hope she isn't too sore and y'all can get in another ride. It is too wet to ride today. We basically live in a marsh and much of where we ride is either the marsh, right by the marsh or even old rice fields so this much rain makes it a mess. We are going out to the barn and hopefully teaching The Biscuit to bow. My riding buddies little TW Rogue can bow and it is so cute! Riding in the arena isn't a trail ride but what the heck? Better than nothing!
         
        01-06-2013, 12:53 PM
      #65
    Trained
    QOS, the problem with getting dumped where you live is that an alligator may eat you.
         
        01-06-2013, 01:28 PM
      #66
    Green Broke
    She asked me to tighten her cinch.....so, of course, it's my fault.....I think I probably got the cinch a little tighter than what she normally tightens it.....maybe Jack had something pinching him....She's a little sore and stiff this morning but moving around fine....Thank God....
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        01-06-2013, 03:16 PM
      #67
    Foal
    I am in a horseback riding program and we log hours and not miles so I'm not sure how many miles I rode last year but probably close to 1000.
         
        01-06-2013, 04:47 PM
      #68
    Weanling
    I was able to get my first ride of the year. It has been a snowy, icy mess and not the best of riding conditions but I couldn't stand it anymore. I called a couple of friends and off we went. We were planning on making are normal 12 mile hike through the wildlife area. The terrian was very risky and our horses slid down a couple of times and we had to get off our horses to make it down a couple of slippery hills. We even had to hang on to their tails to get down the hill without falling. We decided to cut are 12 miles ride to 8 miles. I am hoping for some better riding weather soon. I am going stir crazy waiting to ride the trails.



    We laughed at ourselves as we got back to the trailer, all of our faces were covered in mud. You would of thought we went down the hills on our faces.

    Yet, we would have done it again. All the joy of riding in the winter in KY.
         
        01-06-2013, 04:59 PM
      #69
    Yearling
    Jeez! Y’all are getting to ride and I am so jealous! It’s a long working weekend, but tomorrow I plan to hop on at least one of my boys! Finally over the flu except for a lingering wicked cough…
    Hope DW is feeling better, Gunslinger...and hope your knee is better Apache…
    Denise I am lovin’ the crazy lizard! I plan to keep him close and at the ready!!
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        01-06-2013, 06:03 PM
      #70
    Green Broke
    I might still be able to ride today after all.

    I mean I'm glad its not broken or anything but I didn't even get a big bruise to show off or anything. Sometimes I don't like my body with its whole I don't bruise easily thing.

    You see people with these big black bruises or broken bones and I get this. I don't know if you can even see it, on the lower inside of my right knee there is slight swelling and a couple of small light purple spots. It was hard to get a close up shot with both legs for comparison on your own.
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