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post #21 of 29 Old 08-23-2018, 06:53 PM
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Don't know what Australians do. English? Western? Red-headed stepchild?
The latter I think. And a red-headed person in Australia is referred to as "bluey" - just as a bald person is referred to as "curly"!


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Of course, their horses need to have hooks on the bottom of their feet to keep from falling off the bottom or the world....
And not just the horses either, you should see the people! Life is sooooo interesting in a microgravity environment....

Oh wait. If we don't have full gravity, how did I break my foot? Theories welcome.


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I wonder what happened to the emoji of the smiley hiding under the chair? I wanted to use that today on a thread about trotting (when I suggested that going to gaited horses would just give you a big grin on your face) but I couldn't find the little guy!
What happens is that the ones you want off the list whose codes you have forgotten know that you want them and perversely hide from you. If you listen carefully, you can hear them sniggering. I sometimes have to scan that list half a dozen times before a particular emoji will reveal itself!
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post #22 of 29 Old 08-24-2018, 08:31 AM
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I will stick with the idea though that for whatever reason some are stuck in their boundaries.
Ok, thanks to bsms I get your point on lack of choice - I think if you REALLY wanted to do something, most of us at least would be able to find a way, but there are many things we all choose to put in the 'too hard basket' or the 'not interested' one. Bsms, I bet you could find some logs or pipes or such if you wanted to learn jumping for eg. But we're getting perhaps a bit unnecessarily philosophical now...

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So my question then is this. Do you do everything you can to find out what your horses are interested in?
Nope. I dont get your point in asking. I get that you seem to have taken offence to what I said somehow, but I truly have no idea why.

Basically all I was getting at is that I liked the op's attitude of considering a horse's preferences & that often doesn't come into the equation. That's all.
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I wonder what happened to the emoji of the smiley hiding under the chair? I wanted to use that today on a thread about trotting (when I suggested that going to gaited horses would just give you a big grin on your face) but I couldn't find the little guy!
love this little guy.

And here's one from me to Knave...
... oops, wasn't there one of 2 people sharing wine?? I don't want you to get THAT idea about me! This loner must have been disguised as that one - did you hear sniggering Sue??
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And not just the horses either, you should see the people! Life is sooooo interesting in a microgravity environment....
Umbilical Brothers doing Velcro World

And here tis Knave. Beer. Why wasn't I thinking beer?

Now we seem to have gone to a different galaxy to original topic, I hope you feel your question answered op!
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Oh wait. If we don't have full gravity, how did I break my foot? Theories welcome.
Come on now - get with the program. There are two kinds of mass: mass giving rise and being subject to gravity, and mass as measure for resistance to a change of velocity. Physics believes the two are equivalent, so maybe at some point you put your foot in your mouth so quickly that you suffered a deceleration injury.

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I think the terms English and Western are too vague to have much meaning. In specialized or highly competitive disciplines within those categories, there will be a type of horse which excels and types of horses that don't. The more variant from a normal average physical (or mental) type that is needed, the more that is true. Few horses make it to the championships of any discipline without being bred specifically for it. Think of those wicked fast cowy little cutting horses, the very tall warmbloods with the floaty trots, the endurance-bred Arabians that are made of steel. Nobody really can touch them in their fields. Also true of the AQHA Pleasure horses bred to jog infinitesimally slowly with their chins grazing the ground, and the various saddle seat horses bred to do almost the exact opposite. These horses are all trained to do these things but they also must be bred for it.

But an average-sized, good minded horse with generically good conformation can do most anything it can be trained for, it just won't necessarily win anything against purpose-bred animals. There are exceptions of course but they, as they say, prove the rule.
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Come on now - get with the program. There are two kinds of mass: mass giving rise and being subject to gravity, and mass as measure for resistance to a change of velocity. Physics believes the two are equivalent, so maybe at some point you put your foot in your mouth so quickly that you suffered a deceleration injury.


That's genius!



And thank you for suggesting I am eminently flexible!
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I have two quarter horses that came off ranches.

Salty has the looks and movement to be a beautiful English horse... very light, collected, beautiful carriage, beautiful lateral movements... but he LOVES sorting and is much happier on a trail than in an arena. Well, then there's the brief interludes when he practices for his dream job of PRCA saddle broncing, but they're not hiring part timers right now.

Cedar absolutely LOVES running barrels and it's obvious someone spent a lot of time patterning him on barrels. He also loves running his horse buddies down the fence and turning them back hard. Alas, despite his preferences, enthusiasm and elevated self esteem, he is mine because he's just not... ehrm.... fast. He would probably be a good cart horse with his stout build, though.

At high levels, there are definite types and temperaments that excel in specific disciplines. At low levels, any horse can do any discipline with training and practice. Salty and I are going to try Cowboy dressage, and Cedar and I are going to clean up in the Adult Novice gymkhanas this year.

When my trainer asked me what I was looking for when we were starting our horse search, I told her, "good sports who will happily try a little of everything." I'm lucky to have found them.
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@Cedar & Salty I love that description of Cedar! :)
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