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post #21 of 23 Old 05-13-2013, 12:00 AM
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You're welcome! lol

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post #22 of 23 Old 05-13-2013, 12:18 AM
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Originally Posted by Celeste View Post
I thought this OCD quiz was fun. I failed it miserably.

OCD Screening Quiz (Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder) - Psych Central
I scored a 23. Well that was revealing.

I don't have a crazy extensive pre-ride ritual (my post-ride ritual is a little more involved, actually!).

1. Grab Jax, let him take a bite of hay if he hasn't eaten yet, then tie him up.
2. First trip into the barn: grab brushes, hoof pick, bands, conditioning/detangling spray.
3. With a soft and coarse brush in each hand, methodically brush him down.
4. Spray mane and tail with conditioner/detangler.
5. Brush mane, divide into four braids (his mane is massive and it's hot here in AZ!).
6. Pick feet, front R, front L, back L, back R.
7. Second trip into the barn: grab saddle/blanket, bridle, helmet.
8. Position saddle blanket, checking on each side. Do the same for saddle, each side. Then pull the blanket up under the pommel, each side.
9. Cinch up 1-2 notches at a time.
10. Check stirrups (make sure they're all the way in on the bars).
11. Helmet on me, then bridle on Jax.
And I'm ready to ride!

ETA... I agree about the "ritual" making for some bonding time. Even though I ride almost every day, I still notice that Jax is much more relaxed when we've done our ritual than when I've rushed him into the arena without our "greeting/bonding time." Listen to me sounding all hippy dippy.
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post #23 of 23 Old 05-13-2013, 12:32 AM
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All of these are funny :)

I catch Dusty from his pasture, brush him, comb his mane, pick his hooves, lunge him, bring him to my hitching post, put the pad on in PERFECT alignment, put the saddle on, readjust the pad, readjust the saddle, cinch him up just tight enough that the saddle won't fall off, put his noseband/tiedown on, bridle him, tighten the cinch, put on the breast collar, tighten the cinch again, check everything over, lunge him with the saddle on, make sure everything is still perfect, mount and go 😳 It all takes me about 45 minutes.
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