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post #7971 of 8009 Old 04-04-2019, 02:17 PM
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My niece and her fellow have been staying with me for a couple of days. My niece loves to ride when she comes to visit. She only rides about once a year when she comes here. She is about as beginner-y as it gets, but I put her on my sane and safe Isabeau. Her fellow said he knew how to ride fairly well. He's pretty big so I knew he'd have to ride Chorro.

Chorro has been having some issues taking heavier riders. I bought a special saddle from @AnitaAnne that I thought would be good for him . . . and it is . . . but it's a treeless and it worries me to put novice riders in it. Chorro was slightly "off" yesterday, fine today, but still, Chorro was going to need to go in that Barefoot treeless saddle to protect his back.

As soon as I got the two of them mounted, I started to worry. Neither one had a clue about how to ride. I had planned to take them around the farm land where I have permission to ride instead of on the road. Isabeau would be fine, as long as everybody else was, but Chorro can spook big. My niece really really wanted to ride to the huge planted pines (she's from CA and said, "Can we ride in the redwoods?") To get there, we had to ride on the road and Chorro can really jump when a big rig goes roaring past. And he can bolt. Easy to stop, but not for a beginner. And they were SUCH beginners.

On the way home, I turned to see him. He had both hands wrapped around the pommel of the Barefoot saddle and reins just lying on Chorro's neck. I almost had a heart attack. "You gotta hold the reins!"

It was a perfect ride and not a thing went wrong. Chorro didn't even spook once. They had a marvelous time. I have a few more gray hairs.
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post #7972 of 8009 Old 04-06-2019, 09:09 PM
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It was a horrible day for me yesterday. I had to call the vet to euthanize my Amal. He was my trail companion for hundreds of miles. There was no better partner. He was only 14, but cancer is a capricious, hideous disease. Little did I suspect that when this photo was snapped on the first day of 2019, it would be the last time we would be on the trail together. Rest in Peace, Amal. You will always own a piece of my heart.
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post #7973 of 8009 Old 04-07-2019, 07:14 AM
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@charrorider , I am so very sorry. May his soul rest in peace.

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post #7974 of 8009 Old 04-07-2019, 08:20 AM
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So sorry to hear about your beloved Amal @charrorider .
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post #7975 of 8009 Old 04-07-2019, 09:02 AM
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horses and mental health

found this article https://tips2know.com/horses-help-wi...-latest-study/ on my facebook feed do you relate to it ?
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post #7976 of 8009 Old 04-07-2019, 09:37 AM
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So sorry. @charrorider . That's such sad news. ((((hugs))))
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post #7977 of 8009 Old 04-07-2019, 01:12 PM
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I'm so sorry about your horse.

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post #7978 of 8009 Old 04-07-2019, 01:29 PM
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@charrorider I am so sorry to hear this. Run free Amal

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post #7979 of 8009 Old 04-07-2019, 01:45 PM
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Sorry about your tragic loss @charrorider . My arab also had cancer--so hard to see them go.

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post #7980 of 8009 Old 04-11-2019, 03:55 PM
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On my ride today there were dozens of caterpillars crawling about, yesterday there were hundreds. I think they are from all the painted lady butterflies we has swarm though. The wildflowers are about done, things are starting to dry out, and I will head for the hardware store today to pick up some new sprinklers. It's been a great winter out here.

Somebody was asking about ramps in the trailer section, makes me so glad I have my portable ramp. It solves every problem!
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