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post #41 of 202 Old 07-17-2017, 12:23 PM Thread Starter
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Had some shocking, surprising, mixed emotional news with the force of a brick wrapped in velvet this weekend. I felt it best I not be mucking around with ANY of the horses Saturday or Sunday. I was in a funk and I am seething with hurt and anger.

Ah the joys of raising children to young adults.

But. We had a couple of life long married friends over, John and Angie.

Angie, until the last few years, was a barrel racer. She's grown up around horses, still owns her own horses, just doesn't compete any more.

She wanted to see Trigger, this train wreck of a project horse of mine, so we walked out there about sunset. He saw us. Head goes up, he starts neighing and nickering, comes running. He looked like a Hollywood horse with the prancing and head shaking to display the mane, the tail streaming, head up, ears forward, eyes bright.

She took one look at him and went: Ooohhh... yeahhhhhhhhh. He is NOT a quarter horse. IDC what your husband and the guy that sold him to you say. There's not a drop of QH in him. He's Arabian... and something different. He's... *she snaps her fingers trying to recall the breed* Oh crap... what are those.... SADDLEBRED! He's what they call a National Show Horse of one of those Spotted Saddle Horses! That's what I think he is. All the trail riders around here want horses like him because he travels far and fast at a walk and I bet he never gets tired, does he?

I am vindicated, because THIS THREAD HERE: https://www.horseforum.com/horse-bree...a-what-731330/ is where some folks here called it. National Show Horse.

When I told my husband that in October of 16, he laughed, and laughed and laughed. And the cowboy that sold him to us, that picked him up at the Cleburn Auction, laughed and laughed at me.

"He ain't nothin' but a badly built Quarter Horse, maybe showing a little more Arabian in his head than most, but he's just a plain old QH...."

Well.

No. He is not. And handling him like a steadfast QH did nothing but almost completely ruin him.

This morning, he saw me making my way to the truck in my dress and heels and jewelry and make up - He and Oops both know feed time is of the evenings, if they get any substantial amount of feed at all this time of year...

And yet there he was was, head high, over the gate, and he and Oops both let out a loud neigh to get my attention, and answered me with a couple of more after I spoke to them and wished them a good morning, like I always do.

After the cruddy news this weekend - that sent me to work with a smile on my face.
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post #42 of 202 Old 07-17-2017, 01:05 PM
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Really enjoy reading about your adventures!

You definitely have HORSE!
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post #43 of 202 Old 07-19-2017, 05:09 PM Thread Starter
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SO, this is one of those journal entries that's NOT about Trigger. This is about Supes, our patient old fart. In the picture at the bottom, he's the chestnut on the left, tolerating his person, my son (14 then, almost 16 years old now). Gina is the sorrel mare in the middle, my husband's 5 year old mare, and Nope is on the right with my Daughter Who Doesn't Horse. She's Oop's dam and against my wishes, was sold earlier this year.

Back to Supes. His name wasn't our doing and the name Superman, is ironic. He's not faster than a speeding bullet. He's actually quite lazy and low key. His papered name is Doc's something something Phantom something, so sometimes I just call him Doc, but usually Supes.

Supes is our teacher. He's 19, almost 20 now. He's lived a life as a roping horse, a 'kids horse' (that's a very misleading term, kid's horse, because that kid was a junior roper and needed a faster roping horse), and now he's teaching some goobs new to riding in their adult life (me mostly) how to ride. Everyone takes one look at him and goes, oooo. I bet that old guy will take off with you!

Uh. No. He doesn't. Because he's laaazzzyyyy. The only time he gets REAL energetic is when you put out a coffee can's worth of sweet feed and the cows see it. Then he gets REAL energetic and goes into Cow Horse Mode. Its high entertainment, to watch him cut the cows off before they get close to the trough, and then guard the trough from all invaders. NO! ALL MINES!

Every great once and a while he just feels like being silly and charging around the pasture for fun, setting down in sudden roper stops and slinging dirt everywhere, like he's in the arena again, but mostly he's lazy.

He's also interesting.

He's a gentleman, and if he feels you losing your seat, you don't have to ask him to slow down. He does it on his own. If he feels you're sitting pretty solid, and thinks you're ready for more than a trot, maybe a slow lope, he will push you just enough to see how you feel about it, and if you panic or start to come out of the seat again - he'll slow back down. Now, I know there's people here horrified... he should do ONLY WHAT YOU TELL HIM TO DO! Well, that'd be okay if we were lucky enough to have lessons, etc.

We aren't. We're learning the redneck way - saddle up, mount up and hope for the best.

Supes has been a blessing to have. He's even tempered, bomb proof, clever enough to give a beginner all the horse they want so that they learn, and spry enough to give an intermediate rider a good time. He's willing... except when he thinks we're going back to the barn. He taught me when we ride and he acts barn soured, we should just ride right on past the barn. He's thrown a few toddler-esque temper tantrums, crow hopped a little, as if saying BUT MOOOMMMMMM.... I DON'T WANNNNAA HAAAAA AAA.... and sulked and moped and pouted when yes, we did do it anyway. He taught me to just be patient and firm, and not let him have his way, and he got a little heel to the sides over it too that day because he was dragging his feet so bad he tripped a couple of times.

He showed me his butt once... and in fairness, I did donkey kick him first and on purpose - in frustration, I donkey-kicked at him like I was another horse ... for trying to bully Trigger off his feed and push me around. He could have whapped me one if he wanted to, but he didn't. He was showing me he could kick back ---- After that I went armed with a long handled floppy plastic leaf rake... which is so floppy it's useless for leaves... but great as a horse-swatter... he doesn't turn his butt to me any more because he learned he gets swatted by the big scary horse-swatter... So there's another lesson learned.

He's tried to lay down once on a friend of my daughter's. She let him. It was in sloowwwww motttiooonnnnn so she had plenty of time to kick him up and get him moving... but she didn't know what to do so he got away with it. He's never done that to me, and I may be a noob, but I know better than to let him do it - if it works once, he'll do it again.

He's taught me to not let random strangers ride our horses - I can't remember which one of my daughter's friends rode him (a guy), but the two of them did NOT get along and Supes almost ended up hurt if I remember correctly.

I could have used a quirt on everyone involved after that, and in fact, my son was so angry he couldn't talk and was almost in tears. PLEASE STOP letting other people ride my horse mom! So that ended the rounding up buddies to come out and ride, regardless of skill level or ability. Just, no. No more. I learned that sometimes the people that claim they know what they're doing just THINK they know what they're doing, and can be the hardest people on a horse, especially one that's in his senior years.

He stumbles a lot - some of it is him being lazy and not picking up his feet - his natural gait brings his feet just barely over the ground. Dude, can you be ANY more lazy? Some of it is his age, and on close observation this weekend, we FINALLY saw, in action, what's tripping him up, literally, the most - his own back toes. They keep catching on the heels of his front shoes. We thought that clicking pop was his KNEES! Nope! Knees are fine! Our farrier said he can take care of that easy... so Friday, Supes gets a different shaped hoof trim than he's been getting. We may let him go barefoot for a while - his feet are seriously tough, probably the best feet of any our horses, and we're not riding on real rugged terrain this time of year anyway.

So he's taught me about hooves too.

He's our left brain introvert. So I'm learning what motivates him when he wants to be lazier than the time he was so lazy. He's not perfect, but he's been a wonderful horse to have and to learn with. I hope he has many years left with us - I just found out over the weekend (with mixed emotion... that my daughter who doesn't horse is a mom-to-be and someone's got to teach that granbaby, someday, how to ride. I hope its Supes).
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post #44 of 202 Old 07-19-2017, 05:25 PM Thread Starter
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Supes and DH on a different trail ride. The picture in the last post was from a cattle hunting expedition - we 'lost' a cow-calf pair on a friend's 800+ acres and had to try to find them. We didn't.

This picture is from the ride we took on the McGee Creek trail system.

If interested, this is the link to the trail system's site with TravelOK. TravelOK.com - Oklahoma's Official Travel & Tourism Site
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post #45 of 202 Old 07-31-2017, 05:57 PM Thread Starter
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Finally coming to grips with becoming a granma. It is what it is. I feel angry and yes, a little selfish since we were deprived the HAPPY grandparent experience (OMGOSH! You're pregnant! YAY! *after graduating college and getting a job and being a responsible, mature adult*) but as the Stones say - you can't always get what you want... but you get what you need.

That's been like a biblical scripture for me, a mantra in my head for the past three weeks.

We've been putting a lot of work in on our rental property she now lives in and the one we own next door to it (Our starter home is the next door home and hubs traded a pick up for the one she lives in now) so Trigger has gotten a break, especially with the heat and humidity. The heat index has hit the 105 - 110+ range with almost zero wind, so all the horses have gotten a break, but we haven't.

This coming weekend is supposed be lovely - lower humidity, temps the the 80s - its time to get back to having a NORMAL life and enjoying the horses, the backyard, the pool, and just being us.

I've also called class. I may be a noob, but the kids don't speak horse. I've watched. Both my daughter and her BF (long, deep sigh) don't get it. They STILL try to bully the horses, and it makes them all agitated. They're loud, domineering, and they expect absolute obedience without question. What they get are irritable horses.

I could just absolutely pull my hair out, because they undo all the work I do - They can't even catch the horses. They just slink away and want no part of those two. Me? I walk out there and get surrounded by them. They come to me at a full run, neighing and playing.

I'm about to come down on them like rain. Its not spoiling... it's learning the animals and how to speak with them.

Class is about to be in session.
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Class has been fruitful. Sarge and Daughter's BF are getting along much better. This is from yesterday. I'm still pretty hooked up on getting our house in order now that we have Daughter's house in order, and the weather didn't break as expected, and now my round pen is occupied by Elliot, our goofy looking longhorn feeder steer, aka steaks. Trigger has been enjoying lots of ground attention though, and snacks... mostly of the summer fruit variety.

Sarge is looking quite handsome, his scars are almost hidden by hair, his weight and muscle tone are in a nice range, and he's stopped bucking and acting a fool when he's away from the other horses. After a lot of trial and error, a medium port bit with a copper cricket suits him fine. Time to swap the roper reins back to split reins now that he's stopped bucking. Still glad we have him.
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From your first few posts describing him, I can tell you that I love him, too, lol.
Glad you refused to sell him off.
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post #48 of 202 Old 08-09-2017, 02:27 PM Thread Starter
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From your first few posts describing him, I can tell you that I love him, too, lol.
Glad you refused to sell him off.
I won't give up on him, or any of the horses we have.

Sarge is another 'Someone Else's Mess' horse, though not to the extent Trigger was. Sarge is just... well. Sarge. He's intimidatingly big for a QH, and not the brightest bulb in the strand. But he's a lovely personality - just thinks he can throw his weight around and spook us into not riding him.
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post #49 of 202 Old 08-09-2017, 02:40 PM Thread Starter
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On a personal note... finally kind of coming to terms on becoming a granma in March 2018.

Unrelated: I have lost 20 lbs since February and gone from a size 18 in trousers and jeans and an XXL in tops to a 14 and an XL.

Fingers crossed I keep it up. I'm sure the horses will thank me. LOL
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@AtokaGhosthorse I became a Grandma at 37 - my step-daughter was 17 when she told us she was pregnant. Hubby and I still had a 9 and 7yr old at home. It was shocking and distressing - and it all ended up being OK. Step daughter is a wonderful mother she and her then BF stayed together for a bit and had another child. They are no longer together but both love the kids and are good parents and try to get along for the kids' sake. Not necessarily where we had hoped our daughter would be when graduating HS but she is going to college now and working full time.

Good for you on the weight loss! and I enjoy your horse stories
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