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post #4591 of 4757 Old 12-10-2019, 08:32 PM
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When ranching I excelled at backing up gooseneck stock trailers. Even other cowboys would have me back theirs up to corral gates.

Yep. I remember those days.

Then I got another bumper pull, after not having one for forty years. I could not get it. I fumbled around for three years.

I had a few kind of free days, took my trailer out to a pasture and backed up until I was exhausted.

The biggest thing I had to change was not over steering. My BP is a 3-horse slant. I was used to stock trailers that would hold 10-12 horses, tied.

Practice, patience, a bit of cussing, stomping, hitting the dashboard, practice, patience.
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I thought I had my new horse figured out as far as bits go. And the first ride I put on him with the bit I was sure would give tongue relief, blah, blah, went well. But the next ride we had to do a little moving around and he hated that bit. Stretching his neck. Twisting his head. Gaping his mouth. It felt like he was going to fall over once. Good grief. And, nope, I barely touched the reins.

I really didn't want to use the "correction bit" and tie down that he had been going in (the tie down was not engaged, anyway). So I borrowed a couple. Ended up trying five, actually.

He picked the following. The mouthpiece is similar to what he was going in. Without the poll pressure, and these shanks are shorter.

He is very happy now.

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I scared him last night. Got to his pasture after dark, grabbed my best flashlight and went looking for him. I heard him before I saw him. A snort and fast hoof beats going away from me.

He finally got over the scare and was fine. I warned him that was mild compared to some of the nonsense I might get him involved in.
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post #4593 of 4757 Old 12-10-2019, 10:41 PM
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@boots you made me laugh.
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post #4594 of 4757 Old 12-11-2019, 07:25 AM
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I thought I had my new horse figured out as far as bits go. And the first ride I put on him with the bit I was sure would give tongue relief, blah, blah, went well. But the next ride we had to do a little moving around and he hated that bit. Stretching his neck. Twisting his head. Gaping his mouth. It felt like he was going to fall over once. Good grief. And, nope, I barely touched the reins.

I really didn't want to use the "correction bit" and tie down that he had been going in (the tie down was not engaged, anyway). So I borrowed a couple. Ended up trying five, actually.

He picked the following. The mouthpiece is similar to what he was going in. Without the poll pressure, and these shanks are shorter.

He is very happy now.

I scared him last night. Got to his pasture after dark, grabbed my best flashlight and went looking for him. I heard him before I saw him. A snort and fast hoof beats going away from me.

He finally got over the scare and was fine. I warned him that was mild compared to some of the nonsense I might get him involved in.
I am glad that bit makes the new horse happy - I would never have thought it would - I have the gag factor - just looking at it in a foto makes me gag - which means I would never try it on a horse, lollol LoL

When Joker first came to live with me, he wasn’t happy about seeing a flashlight come thru the barn door late at night, lollol. He wasn’t happy about seeing a bag of shavings come flying over the top of the stall either (I have pipe panel stalls). He soon learned that “pay attention” could mean anything, lollol

You put a good spin on a story - I have a feeling there will be many more entertaining events with your new horse - just don’t be telling them from the ER
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You all really do make me smile with great regularity. And laugh!

@Woodhaven , we run ours on pasture too - although this spring flush I religiously kept them in a 2-hectare paddock and did not let them roam the 8.5-hectare place the cattle fatten in - result: Horses not blimps. Now they're allowed out again to the "big" paddock because summer has come and dried the annual grasses right up. Anyone overweight (AKA Don Quixote, who came like that) goes out in a muzzle.



He can come back in anytime he wants the muzzle off. Of course, he thinks it's unfair not to be able to hoover down food at Guinness Book speeds - he's a poor, much abused donkey, having to eat slowly in little mouthfuls! Good thing we have one other donkey in the same position - so at least he doesn't feel like he's the only one not having high-speed eating fun...

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@SueC glad you are not in the part of Oz where the fires are. The skyline of Sydney was hard to see because of all the smoke there.

I am concerned for the security of our great Nation; not so much because of any threat from without, but because of the insidious forces working from within. Douglas MacArthur
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Yeah, it's been awful there for weeks and no sign of it getting better. Such a gorgeous city as well, and so sad about so much livestock and wildlife burnt too in bushfires like that. The worst is when they survive initially and die slowly. The beekeeper association was saying their young beekeepers were traumatised just going in the forests checking on hives because of the burnt, still-alive animals that are dying there. It's unbearable to think about it.

I just looked at our weather forecast.

Tomorrow will already be hot, and then they have three consecutive days of 39 degrees C forecast (102 degrees F). We've had two days like that already this summer, but not consecutive. This is going to cook things...
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@SueC - I just can't like that forecast. We get years like that in northern Wyoming and southern Montana.
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Yeah, I can't like your post either @SueC that is just toooooo hot. Hopefully you will get a break soon.

At my soon to be home UP North it was -3 degrees F earlier today with wind chill making it feel much colder. And more snow. Hopefully they will get a break soon too.

In Ohio- Today felt cold at 27 degrees F, but the sun was shining and we have just a dusting of snow.

I got suited up today in 2 layers under my new snow pants and my serious winter coat. I was a bit overheated after walking with the dog for an hour. I'm going riding tomorrow so hoping I'll stay comfortable.
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Regal Charm, that is an absolute pearl of wisdom, your statement about left is left at the bottom of the steering wheel!!

I have pulled trailers (bumper pull) for almost 60 years and could back up as well as anybody BUT I did it by turning around and looking out the back, not using the mirrors. Now many years later and stiff necks, not at all supple any more, it kills me to turn my head to look out the back so am trying to relearn backing by using the mirrors and what a show it is at times.
At Sis's the barn lane is narrow at the road and 4 foot deep ditches on either side so you back in there very carefully. I'm suspicious that the neighbours who live across the road are filming it for entertainment at the next neighbourhood get together.
I hold the wheel at the top and keep saying to myself "turn the wheel the way you don't want to go" but keep getting mixed up. I will try holding the steering wheel at the bottom and see if my poor brain can handle that.
The trailer is put away for the winter but will attempt it next spring.
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