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post #61 of 72 Old 09-02-2013, 10:56 PM
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I have to ask since I've read this before and now I've seen it in the video's... Why peppermints?!
I guess I have to jump on the bandwagon and give Apollo a peppermint after our rides. =P
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post #62 of 72 Old 09-03-2013, 05:36 AM
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I've given a peppermint for years, to stave off the beginnings of colic, (along with points I massage) but can be anything for that matter, helps with pain and calms stomach, for people too.

Anything that is wrapped and in cellophane and can be carried in pockets though can be used as a treat.

And might also be a way of "earing up" since they can hear the wrapper crinkle too. Would only work where had to strip, but would from ringside.

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post #63 of 72 Old 09-03-2013, 05:46 AM
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Originally Posted by FaydesMom View Post
I was thinking more of the ginger or gingerol in the anus, or the cutting of muscle that the un-natural tail sets require, and such. All is soring to me, sorry for the confusion.

And it's just not the gaited horses that have problems. The western rail horses have their fair share of atrocities done to them as well. And the Arab world.

Sometimes I hate being a human being.

ETA: I'm sorry I'm sounding so bitter, I've been on the receiving end of the byproduct lately with a rescue. There really ARE good people in all of the horse activities. It's just that the bad apples are always the ones making the news and I forget there are many, many more good ones than bad.

I agree, I find these horses look deformed and very unnatural, a bit like some awful interbred breed of dog that has changed shape due to conforming to breed standards and showing :(
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I feel the same way about a lot of breeds. Not my breed of course, but a lot of others.
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post #65 of 72 Old 09-03-2013, 03:30 PM
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Ah yes, always the nasty comments about the Saddlebred. Gotta love that. I should be used to it as i have had Saddlebred's and Rottweiler's for years so I hear the nasty stuff regardless of dog world or horse world. ha ha

Thanks for posting the great video's. I too love Marc of Charm and I have to admit, I think Deuce is a cutie patootie as well. Like his son Pocket Rockets too. Fun to see the "on the back" perspective of these great horses.

One thing the "haters" should notice is all the horses "looking through the bridles" ears up and happily looking around. These horse are not standing there in pain with their ears back or slugging along just barely making it through the class. If you watched, you saw happy horses doing the job they were bred and trained to do. Notice the excitement in the air and how the horses play into that. Saddlebreds truly love to show off.
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As for the peppermints in the video. I think one was using them as a reward/treat and the other was using them as a distraction. You thought Courageous Lord looked tough. Notice how one of those horses had to be mounted in the stall?
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Whew, that was exciting! Got my blood pressure up!

Reminded me of dog shows where the only the physique was judged, not behavior. Still, he seemed SO out of control---speeding like a racer, and I couldn't see over his head to where he was going!

Thanks for posting.
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post #68 of 72 Old 09-07-2013, 10:02 PM
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The lady used the word "whoa" wayyyy too many times.... I have a saddlebred that I absolutely adore... but this ride was crazy - the rider was so out of breath from trying to control her horse... no thanks
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post #69 of 72 Old 09-07-2013, 11:53 PM
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I don't care for saddlebreds, but I do owe them some good memories. I am originally from Louisville, and I have walked through Freedom Hall and and the fairgrounds and I was always so happy to see the horses that came in for the show. I'd smash my face against the bars of the entrances to the seating at the arena so I could look at the blue ring backdrop and the green sawdust. That's good memories of childhood for me. :) Thanks for posting this! ..........now I want funnel cake.
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post #70 of 72 Old 09-16-2013, 09:21 PM Thread Starter
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Haha! I know you are sick of me bringing this back up, but here is ONE MORE that I HAD to share.

This is THE William Shatner showing his road horse. Haaah!

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