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post #1 of 4 Old 12-07-2010, 06:57 AM Thread Starter
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Anyone feel like this?

This is random thinking from my head but one I throw around so much.
Ok, I have two horses. One mare that is 21 and broke and one that is going to be 2 in April, 2011. I haven't ridden my mare since summer and that was maybe two or three times. I feel bad and can come up with so many excuses, but I think it boils down to pure Laziness!
Every morning I wake up and say today is the day I will either ride or work the filly. And when it comes down to it, I go out there and find some excuse to not do it.
What is wrong with me? I love my girls, especially my mare. I always think to myself that she is part human and will break if I ride her to much. Now that she's older. I worry about the weather now being so cold and if I ride she may sweat and get sick from the chills. I never worried about that when I first got her. Rode in the rain, the snow and the wind. Didn't care. Is it because I'm getting older? I've had her for close to eleven yrs. I'm gonna be 40 next year. She's healthy and shows no signs of arthritis. She's back to a good weight. Have any of you gone through this?
I'm hoping to get my act together as next spring I will need to be consistent so I can start training my filly. My mare will be my number one help so she will get used a lot.
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post #3 of 4 Old 12-07-2010, 08:09 AM
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well, i went through that at one point in time. i had to haul my horses water everyday in winter with a little toboggan... for a 1/4 mile each way, and i would do it 2 times a day. after that, it was also knee high snow or higher, i was tired and didnt feel i had the time to ride my boy or train my little girl. I definately came out of it now though! if you are worried about your horse getting chills, blanket your horse after you ride her until she is not sweaty or anything. if you do not have a blanket, you dont need to go out and buy a fancy one! im making my own horse cooler right now in home ec, but before i always used a heavy towel that covered my horse from above the withers to over the tail (you might need to sew 2 towels together). it worked well for me! :) hope you can get out there riding again soon! oh, and one more great way to get you out there is to eliminate the things that keep you from doing it! like putting a blanket on your horse for a bit afterwards, or whatever else your problems might be!
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post #4 of 4 Old 12-07-2010, 09:07 AM
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Don't feel bad about working her even though she's 21. I've heard countless stories of older horses getting upset after becoming a pasture pet because they feel like they've lost their job. Working gives them a purpose, something to look forward to. One guy I know had a pair of belgians he used to plow his fields. He stopped using them after they reached their upper 20s, but every morning he'd walk out to feed them they would be standing next to the plow waiting to be hitched up.
You don't have to ride her either. I went through a rough spot where I didn't want to ride much, so I started teaching my mare tricks. At the moment, she's learned the spanish walk, and now I'm teaching her how to bow. She loves it. Every time anyone walks by her, and if they unintentionally give her the cue she'll started doing the spanish walk.
If you do want to ride, but are still worried about getting her chilled then buy a blanket. Leave it on her after you ride until she dries off, and then take it off. No biggie. If you're worried about her weight than maybe keep a blanket on her when it's snowing too. I do that to all of the older ones who have a hard time keeping weight. Only when it snows though, just cuz I don't want them to get wet.

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