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post #11 of 23 Old 05-11-2013, 08:51 AM
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Depending if a ride has beem planned or decided as soon as I got there (and they're already on their horse, haha).

Ride Decided as I Show Up:
Find my horse in the field, drag her down to the barn faster than our normal inch-worm walk.
Then we quickly brush where my saddle and cinches will sit, along with the breastcollar. If her legs are filthy, I'll forget about brushing her legs and putting boots on because they're just going to get muddy again on the trail, I can do them later when I'm not being rushed.
I then find my pad and throw it on her back and go to get my heavy as hell saddle..And that goes on her while she glares at me. I cinch and buckle everything up and switch halters and then attach my snaffle and reins (trail bridle).
Now that she's all ready to go..I hop on and do a few trot circles/figure-8s to make sure she's listening decently.
And such, we head off and I beat her *** when she balks at the driveway and we continue on our ride.(:

If I have no set time for anything:
I just mosey on up the pasture to get her, and then mosey on back down.
I brush her for about 45-60 minutes including her legs/feet.
I usually take her out to handgraze while I have a smoke, and then we come back in to tack up. Occasionally I'll lunge her before I tack up, but it's not the norm.
If I see fuzz on her that needs clipped, we clip that before we saddle as well.
After that routine to saddle is the same, she still pins her ears and glares, haha.
And then I hop up and do whatever it is I planned to do, lol.
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post #12 of 23 Old 05-11-2013, 12:18 PM
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My pre ride ritual is to dance naked around fire....old Wiccan custom.
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post #13 of 23 Old 05-11-2013, 12:49 PM
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Originally Posted by waresbear View Post
My pre ride ritual is to dance naked around fire....old Wiccan custom.
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That should make a hit at a public boarding barn!
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post #14 of 23 Old 05-11-2013, 02:30 PM
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When you have a lot of horses to exercise then it is not possible to fiddle around!

In the winter when the horses are fit - they are all clipped, I will pick out feet, remove straw from manes and tails, flick off any muck stains.
etch tack. I always put the bridle on first as this gives control. Remove rugs, saddle, doing the girth loosely but tight enough not for the saddle to move. Throw a rug over the horse. Get second horse ready.

Take them out, tighten the girth and mount, tighten the girth again if necessary.

On return untack, if their legs are dirty then they get hosed off before going into the stables, put tack away, throw a rug over the second horse, brush off quickly the first and rug, then the second.
Get the second lot ready and then often the third.
Horses get a good groom in the afternoon.
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post #15 of 23 Old 05-11-2013, 03:08 PM
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If Im alone, and can take however long I need, I end up taking a good long time.

Go find Rusty in the pasture, and put a rope around his neck, and park him in front of the tack shed.
Brush(checking for sore spots/hot spots/cuts while doing this) starting with his face brush, then grabbing a hard brush, brush his butt, back, under his belly and neck. Then with his soft brush do his legs and chest. Grab rubber curry, run it over his butt and back and neck to remove more dust, and re brush with soft brush. Get a damp rag and wipe off body. Re brush with soft brush.
Apply fly spray to legs, neck, butt and chest. Re brush with soft brush.
Brush out tail and forelock. (I roach his mane)
Braid forelock, and put on ear bonnet.
Put on bridle.
Grab saddle blanket, and put it on. Reposition it 100 times until it seems right. Grab saddle and put it on. Grab very soft face brush and dust saddle off from dirt/dust. Grab girth and brush any dried mud or horse hair off of it. Apply girth and cinch it up on the lowest hole.
Pick hooves out, and apply conditioner.
Put boots on.
Tighten girth more.
Undo the stirrup leathers and adjust it to whatever height.
Tighten girth more.
Re look over everything and make sure saddle is where it should be, bridle isnt twisted and the bit is sitting correctly in his mouth. Boots on properly and no forelock showing from underneath ear bonnet.
Tighten girth more.
Lunge in small circle to make sure everything is alright.
Tighten girth more.
Re check everything.

Haha, thats my ritual for when Im not in a hurry. If I need to get going it more like brush off to get main debri from causing any discomfort, bridle, check feet, boots, saddle, cinch and walk down the driveway, tighten girth once more and mount.

E v e r y horse is good for something. You dont throw a whole life away just cause he's banged up a little...
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post #16 of 23 Old 05-11-2013, 05:01 PM
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I pretty much always do the same thing.

1. If necessary, catch horse from field. If not rushed, clean stall and refresh water first so I don't have to do it after, skip if rushed.
2. Toss horse some food to eat while I do everything up to bridling him.
3. Curry and brush body. If I am rushed, I just do it quickly and only do a thorough job where the tack will sit. I skip brushing mane and tail if rushed.
4. Pick feet
5. Fly/bug spray if bugs are bad (him and me)
6. Put helmet on and hang bridle, pad, half pad, and saddle on stall bar.
7. Put pad and half pad on horse, then saddle. Pull pads up into gullet so they're not tight. Put girth on first hole on each side, pull wrinkle out of saddle pad.
8. Bridle and walk over to block or buddies.
9. Pull stirrups down and tighten girth another hole, then mount and ride off.

It's not 'quick' per se, but it's also not super slow unless I am on my own and want to groom him up really well. I'd say it can be from 10 minutes to an hour?
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post #17 of 23 Old 05-11-2013, 05:16 PM
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Took that test- told me "OCD is likely." Bah. I'm just particular. So long as I'm functional, I'll continue to consider myself on the spectrum of normal. Besides, my family is more known for dyslexia and manic-depressive, and those are more fun anyway. ;)
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post #18 of 23 Old 05-11-2013, 05:21 PM
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I also came out OCD likely. But doesn't everybody check the latch on the gait several times? What if the horses get out? Don't they know about laminitis? And about the handwashing over and over again? Are those anti OCD people suggesting we leave horse manure on our hands and then eat a sandwich?
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post #19 of 23 Old 05-11-2013, 05:26 PM
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Nope. I use groom time to look over the horse for abnormalities, tack up and visually inspect my equipment, and then go ride. I ride 4-5 days a week and have my routine pretty down pat.
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post #20 of 23 Old 05-12-2013, 03:28 AM
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These all made me laugh:

Tarpan: The mane and tail must be impeccably brushed and silky smooth so that it flutters when we run. ;)
Haha, "flutters when we run"

HorseCrazyTeen: I wonder why my riding instructor always says, "Just do what's absolutely necessary, please! You can mess with the extra stuff after your lesson." What extra stuff?
"What extra stuff"?

TBforever: then I leave him there to stand for 10 mins for him to fully dry, then I either put his day rug back on or just put him back naked in the paddock

Thanks for making my night entertaining!
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