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post #31 of 45 Old 06-10-2019, 11:48 AM
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@bsms , I think you might still be in the closet about being a horse addict. I've read too many of your posts about the work you put into them, the care you take, the studying you do, etc...to believe otherwise. LOL
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post #32 of 45 Old 06-10-2019, 12:19 PM
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I feel "the call of the wild" to be out in the woods and see the animals and enjoy the clouds and see God's beauty.

Am I the only one that feels afraid that if the loose their main mount they may never find another one? I know logically that doesn't make sense, but I do tend to feel that way. That horses will go up in price and I won't be able to afford one, or I won't be able to find a safe horse or a sound horse.

If I ever get to where I can't ride I would still love to have one as a pet, just to love on. But then I also think that if I'm not able bodied enough to ride, I will probably not be able bodied enough to take care of a horse either. Because compared to moving hay and picking up manure, riding is the easy part! But I just am in awe of horses and always have been. But I also have a strong desire to be out in nature. So love of horses + strong desire to be out in nature = trail riding. [/quote]

I feel exactly this same way! And yes I was afraid I could never find a riding horse as good as my peruvian paso. He has always been sound, sane, fun, friendly and the best trailhorse for 26 years--thank God he is still in good health. I only started thinking of another horse because of my paso's age. And, I did find one last summer that may be pretty close to that standard. Had my Kentucky Mtn for almost a year now and he has been ridden by many different people who all say about the same thing--that they love him! We found him to be a bit stubborn in an arena but he does great out on the trail and that's more important to me. Also he is super friendly--loves to be loved on. Would you believe I found him on my local Craigslist for only $1200 and he was actually born and raised in Kentucky?! One of his previous owners had him shipped out here to Oregon for a trail horse. Anyway he hasn't done anything bad or scary so I'm hoping for a fun summer with him--and my paso!
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post #33 of 45 Old 06-10-2019, 12:53 PM
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I own a horse because I wanted to learn to ride.

Which, if there are any new members reading, is a bit backwards.

But I grew up in a very rural area where the only ways I knew of learning to ride were to own your own horse and learn from family, or have family or friends who owned and learned to ride on their horses.

Even though I now live in an area that is still nicely rural but with more opportunities (near both a state and community college), I still had that mindset that the only way I was ever going to learn was to own. So when I saw the chance to own my mare I jumped at it. After realizing I needed help that my family just couldn't provide (mom did all kinds of riding when she was my age, but now is in her late 60's, and other family members who know how to ride are getting older and having some health problems as well, so even though they initially thought they could teach me, my mare ended up not being quite as easy to handle as we were told) I basically googled "riding lessons in my area" and was extremely lucky to stumble on a relatively new ranch that not only taught riding lessons but was also interested in helping with my particular horse if I wanted to board her with them.

I am now only paying a little more than I would be for boarding her for both weekly lessons and boarding. So everything worked out ok, but I can see why many people opt to lease for a time, or for the entirety of their riding days.
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post #34 of 45 Old 06-10-2019, 01:09 PM
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Horses are my church.

I don't say that lightly, or irreligiously. I am a practicing Christian, but since moving to New England I find myself not wanting to become a parishioner again, for some reason I don't know. I don't seem to need to, if I can stand out in the pasture listening to the horses graze and watching the sun go down. I am healed enough by galloping through the forest (often as not, we're running from deerflies).

There are a lot of reasons I could mention but at the bottom of it all, it's that.
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post #35 of 45 Old 06-10-2019, 01:26 PM
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Horses are life.

My horse is my therapist. I ride 5-6x a week, but I also just enjoy spending time with her. :) She's my best friend! She really does keep me sane. I can have the worst day, but when I see her, she makes it better.

She's costly (ever heard of horse poor? hahaha), she can also frustrate me at times LOL, but life wouldn't be complete without her. <3 Corny, I know, but true!
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post #36 of 45 Old 06-10-2019, 02:09 PM Thread Starter
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Since I started this thread, guess I should respond, lol. Yes I love horses, otherwise I wouldn't put so much time, money & effort into them. I am addicted to riding, it's like my drug. Lately, well last 5 years or so, I have been trying to ride with no use of the bridle, just my body. Sometimes we are a perfect team, sometimes not so much, depends which of my horses I am riding or which mood one of them is in. The main use of horses is to show, I love judged equitation and pleasure classes, English and Western. I enjoy trail riding too but not as much as arena riding and showing. Sometimes I won't allow myself to ride in the arena for 2 weeks, then it's like a treat to ride in the arena and practice patterns and whatnot. Pretty sure my life wouldn't be as happy without horses. They have always been a part of my life since I have been born, to now. They complete me.
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post #37 of 45 Old 06-10-2019, 03:12 PM
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They make me happy.
They give me a reason to go to work !
I've been obsessed with horses since my childhood but only 7 years ago found the funds and time to devote to them.
Life is good with horses. :)
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post #38 of 45 Old 06-10-2019, 06:44 PM
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Originally Posted by Avna View Post
Horses are my church.

I don't say that lightly, or irreligiously. I am a practicing Christian, but since moving to New England I find myself not wanting to become a parishioner again, for some reason I don't know. I don't seem to need to, if I can stand out in the pasture listening to the horses graze and watching the sun go down. I am healed enough by galloping through the forest (often as not, we're running from deerflies).

There are a lot of reasons I could mention but at the bottom of it all, it's that.
I hear you Avna I sometimes go out alone and there is a particularly beautiful trail though the woods, my mare and I both liked it, we would stroll along just watching and listening to the sounds and life in the woods and I just feel like I could be in Church at these times. the trail goes into the woods then you can go either right or left in a circle around and through the woods, I just sit there and let her go at her own speed and often when we have competed the circle, my mare would automatically turn to go around again instead of heading out to the field again, so I guess she enjoyed it as much as I did.
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post #39 of 45 Old 06-10-2019, 10:45 PM
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Thought I'd share something that happened this evening. Part of why we still have horses.

My wife almost never rides. But she enjoys hanging around the horses and was helping clean the corral. While listening on headphones. Bandit stared at her, then cautiously approached. He touched the wire with his nose. "Oh, you want to hear too?" So my wife took her headphones off, then held them close enough to Bandit's ears (one at a time) so he could hear the sound. Bandit eyes grew. He backed a step, then took a step forward. He listened some more.

Then he sighed and walked off.

Once the corral was clean and the horses had their buckets of hay, we started laughing about "The Horse Who Thinks" - the only one curious enough to investigate headphones. As we talked about Bandit, Bandit left his hay and strolled over. My wife shared her headphones again. Bandit went BTV a couple of times, listened intently, sighed. I held my arm up and he rubbed his face against my arm, then went back to his bucket of hay.

I suppose that is part of why we still have Bandit. In some ways, we ought to go down to two horses. But Bandit gets curious sometimes. He isn't invading anyone's space. He isn't being "disrespectful". Just curious, and he can be darn cute while being so. My wife doesn't really want to ride, but she has good instincts around horses and feels comfortable with them.

And if we sold Bandit, what if his new owner didn't accept a horse who splashed the water in the water bucket, or who will pull the corral panels apart if you don't tie every one of them together, or will open the gate if you don't chain it every single time? What if they got mad when he strolled over to listen to their conversation? Or whipped him when he felt nervous about something ahead?

I suspect a part of what draws all of us to horses is how they can trust us. They believe in our goodness. That we are there to help them.

I still remember leading Mia, spooky Mia, thru some heavy brush. I was almost on my knees pushing thru when I wondered how my 900 lb spooky Arabian mare was doing behind me? After all, if she spooked, the only place to go was over the top of me!

When I looked back, she was almost to HER knees. Eyes squeezed shut. Waiting for the little tug on the lead rope that would tell her to come a littler further. Another hundred yards and we broke into the open. She opened her eyes, shrugged a little as she stood up to her full height, and then you could almost hear her say, "Well, get on! It's MY turn now..." When they give you their trust, they do it so well!

Riders ask "How?" Horsemen ask "Why?"
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post #40 of 45 Old 06-11-2019, 12:56 AM
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@bsms you hit the nail on the head.
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