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post #2871 of 2903 Old 05-08-2019, 09:53 AM
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That sounds like a nice ride Gotta! I am glad you are enjoying him.

Cash also wants to do everything with his head down at the ground. He doesnít tend to add the kicking up when heís like that, but he falls. Heís done a lot better this spring, as Iím asking him to stand up and use his shoulders, but still he stumbles around occasionally.

So, Iím always asking him to bring his head back up a bit. I donít mind if itís low, but not that low! I think itís something I do to them. Bones lopes around like that often and so did General. I completely trust Bones with his feet, so my only worry with him is to keep enough slack out of the reins so he doesnít step on them. Cash though! Ugh. He can start loping with his head on the ground after he stops falling down! Lol

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I would find the head down thing very unnerving, even without the added bonus of unexpected hind end actions! The joys of being used to riding giraffes..


Sounds like you and Hero are finding your mutual happy place, which is a very good thing. Certainly a very good thing for him that he wound up with you!
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post #2873 of 2903 Old 05-09-2019, 11:34 AM
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"Then the "jaws of life" in my thighs kicked in..."

BWAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

"Do I think other people would enjoy riding my boy? Probably not. I'm having a great time."

Isn't it wonderful to be able to enjoy your horse without worrying if someone else would?

Bandit does the head low thing once in a while. It puts him off balance and he stumbles. He has also tossed in a few bucks enough times in his life that I don't trust him with his head down. And he only does it in the arena. In the open, he naturally collects enough to be able to look around. I think the uneven ground and the parts where the good-looking ground will sometimes give way under him have taught him a bit of caution.

In the arena, less caution is needed. And he's more likely to give me the Middle Hoof Salute, so to speak. So our cantering looks like this (couple years old picture):


When his head goes lower in the arena than that, he may not be wishing me well. He's never bucked hard, and I'm told he can, so it is an open question if they are just good spirits or the Middle Hoof Salute. In the open, if he isn't looking around, his head is lower at all speeds. BTW: Those two pictures are about a quarter second apart. I combined them a little while ago to show how "position" cannot be static, although the books always show it as one "perfect" moment in time!

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Galumphing is such a great word! Glad you're having fun.

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post #2875 of 2903 Old 05-09-2019, 10:28 PM Thread Starter
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BTW: Those two pictures are about a quarter second apart. I combined them a little while ago to show how "position" cannot be static, although the books always show it as one "perfect" moment in time!
Yes, when you posted recently about riding crooked or straight, I was wondering how many photos are sorted through before they are put online or in magazines.

Yeah...we all ride in a fixed, balanced state...all the time.
Especially dressage riders, they're the best.


Glad to hear I'm not the only one unnerved by a lowered head and neck. It can be perspective though - riding with a gal who only rode quarter horses, she said she felt like the Arab she was riding was about to rear because he carried his head so high.

Word is out that we are running an animal rescue...the dog was growling this morning when I took him out in the yard after work, because an opossum was in the yard. The opossum was gimping along on a bad front leg. Apparently he heard I would help him with it. Sadly, the wildlife rehab and my vet said that our state requires any oppossums brought in be euthanized. They are not a native species.

So what do you think we did? Brought him in to be euthanized?
Right. The vet said the opossum's leg might heal OK if he is kept safe and fed. We have a chain link dog run attached to the house that came with the house - we usually keep our kayaks in there. We put cardboard over most of the concrete, made a cave out of some dog kennels and put some plants and wood in there. So far he's eating everything I give him - cat food, carrots, sardines, blueberries, seeds, rat food.

Humans introduce an animal, then regret it. Not the opossum's fault. He's a gentle soul that gets rid of a lot of ticks and other pests in the garden. We'll see how he does, but at least he'll have a chance.
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The opossum looks like this:
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I would have done the same thing. Lol. Husband would have thrown a fit though.
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How did you catch the fella? Is he about cat sized? And good luck!


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I would have done the same thing. Lol. Husband would have thrown a fit though.
Only if he knew about it.
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How did you catch the fella? Is he about cat sized? And good luck!
He is about the size of a small cat, probably around 8 lbs or so.
Opossums are so docile, I just put a cat carrier in front of him and maneuvered it around his head and shoulders, then pushed on his bottom and he went in.

He's still eating good and drinking water. Today DH and I had a long discussion about how to handle and treat him. We decided I would be better at handling him, so I scruffed him and held onto the base of his tail, and it was quite easy to pick him up. We put a towel around his head just in case he decided to bite. Then we checked out his bad leg. He seems to be a boy.

We call him "Paulie" for some reason. My sister thought we should call him O'Grady the O'possum.

Paulie's leg seemed to move fine, the bones felt straight, and it appears to be either his wrist or fingers/toes on the left front leg that are injured. We straightened out his wrist and wrapped it up with vet wrap, not too tight. Then reinforced with some duct tape strips. It seemed to be supportive, so if he leaves it on it might help. Hopefully he might be getting around on it OK in a couple weeks.

He tolerated the handling well without going into possum mode (involuntary shut down) or emitting the strong odor they have for defense, so that was good. I always wondered what opossum fur felt like, it's very soft and fuzzy like a cotton ball.

I know people get weirded out by animals I think are cute, like rats. But Opossums are really cute. I think it would have been terrible if Paulie had to be put to sleep just because of a bad wrist or fingers. Seems quite minor and recoverable.
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@gottatrot , those opossums are so cute...

I've often thought something must have gone awry in my wiring. I find these fellows adorable, also bats, and most juvenile animals, but not babies. I don't have the baby gene... I think human babies look like larvae... not like most other young mammals. But I think toddlers are cute!

I hope this one makes it.

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