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post #2911 of 3025 Old 05-30-2019, 11:13 AM
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There seems to be a horse forum get together for dogs in heaven right now. Must be a great big party. Too bad we're all missing it.

Oh geez, more tears flowing. I love this thought though.
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post #2912 of 3025 Old 05-31-2019, 02:41 AM Thread Starter
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Sad tonight because Paulie the Opossum has joined the get together in animal heaven. One of his sores got infected and I think it went systemic, it was difficult since I had to get antibiotics for fish without a prescription, so it probably went too long without treatment. I wish I could have had him in an animal ICU. At least he didn't seem to suffer, and we gave him a chance. There was a vet that was helping me with advice on FB, so that was kind of her.
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So sorry your friend is gone @gottatrot
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post #2914 of 3025 Old 05-31-2019, 07:32 AM
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Im sorry for your loss

But I wanted to say your space for riding out looks amazing! Must be a great space to ride into. It looks amazing!
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But I wanted to say your space for riding out looks amazing! Must be a great space to ride into. It looks amazing!
Thank you! I wish you could bring Wonder over for a ride sometime.

It was surprising how attached we were to that opossum after a couple of weeks. I'll warn anyone who might spend some time around one that their bashful and gentle natures are very endearing. Pretty much any animal will get defensive if you work on their injuries, but Paulie would just duck his head like "Try not to hurt me too much, OK?" He'd also be waiting by the gate of the dog run at night for his dinner, and then when I brought it in he'd turn his head like he was too shy to look at me. But then would dive right into the food dish when I put it down. He was very cute.

@SueC said on her journal that it might not be the worst death to be killed by another animal's teeth, and that is probably true. Still, I'm glad the opossum was able to be in a sheltered cave on a soft blanket, peaceful with food in his belly when he passed.

Hoping to get out for a ride tomorrow!
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Oh, that's so sad about Paulie. But at least he was sheltered, and warm, and hadn't had to go hungry. You made a difference to the little creature, even if he didn't recover.
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Youre welcome!! I wish we could take a trip. Id be comfortable riding out with enough free space to let Wonder gallop. It looks amazing to have so much space and freedom!

Hope you got to enjoy a good ride!

And maybe so being taken by an animals teeth isnt the worst death, hopefully it was quick and done with. Very sorry for your loss
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... @SueC said on her journal that it might not be the worst death to be killed by another animal's teeth, and that is probably true...




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^^^^^^Ha ha!

Just got back from a ride on the beach with Hero and Nala. Yesterday was sunny, today was overcast and cooler; better for riding since there were less people out - it rained a bit this morning.

There was not a lot of hard sand, and Hero did a lot of bucking today. I really don't feel his stifles slip anymore, or his back legs drop out or feel him struggle down hills. So I've come to the conclusion that he just likes bucking.

In the past I believed that horses did not like bucking over and over, except for maybe throwing in one when exuberant or upset once in awhile. But it takes so much energy, that what I experienced was that horses stopped doing it as a frequent behavior if you fixed their saddle, or back pain, or anxiety, or etc. But not every horse always wants to do what is easiest, and sometimes they have reasons to do things that are more work.

I suppose I should have understood this sooner, since there are many horses that you can't use work as a reprimand, which is a common practice used by some trainers. Some horses enjoy working, and running in circles around the horse trailer won't encourage them to give up and get in. Hero often likes to stop and think, and is not a constant mover like some. Yet like many Arabs and TBs, if his mind gets active he will tap into endless energy. In that state, when he feels very energetic, he likes to buck.

On the way down the beach, we started in deep sand and I ended up just trotting Hero since he kept bucking at the canter. The beach widened out, the sand got more firm, and we had a good stretch of nice cantering. Then we trotted for awhile, went in the waves, and the horses seemed to be working pretty hard so we turned around after several miles.

That was when I tried to be nice and put Hero on the hard sand, while Nala went up in the deeper stuff. But he kept bucking until finally I decided if he had that much energy, he might as well get a workout, so I put him up in the deep sand too. He bucked for awhile, until he got sweated enough and then it was too much work finally and he settled down and cantered and trotted for me.

I'm developing the correct equitation for bucking. It is somewhat similar to jumping, but with some differences. Just like with jumping, you can either be in two point, or you can sit and then rise up into two point when the back rises, and stay there when it drops out from under you. That can be helpful if you're trying to push through into a canter.

It sounds funny but I'm learning to use a gentle hand to ask him to keep his head up if he wants to put it down too much. Similar to this rider. Judging by her equitation, this horse enjoys bucking a lot also. It is important to keep the leg forward and upper body back in this portion of the buck.


This rider's hands are way too high. Much less ideal.


When the horse does put the neck down, your hands should be down on the horse's neck or pommel of the saddle. Bucking is a little different from jumping because the stirrups can end up trying to orient in different positions as the rider ends up high above the saddle. I've begun finding it helpful to do as this rider does, and curl the toe around the stirrup at the height of the back elevation, which helps it remain oriented around the foot when the back end comes down. It should be done without pivoting around the knee - the weight still goes down inside back of the leg.


This is what I've learned so far about practical bucking equitation.
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This is a video of Cowboy trying to throw me in Dec 2017. It was our first ride in the arena in 4+ years and he obviously HATES the arena. He didn't start by lowering his head, the way Bandit does. And it wasn't a "Can you hear me NOW?" buck like Bandit sometimes does. It was his best attempt at throwing me.

Because he is small and has a short back, I can't really put my legs where I want them to be. He accelerates and I think he wants to race around, so I'm thinking 'light on his back'. And then he converts FORWARD speed to create UPWARD energy. I was shocked and pissed at the same time. After a CTJ moment, I sink my heels into him to let him know the ride is NOT ending.


We then spent the next 20 minutes riding around in the arena. I switched to one hand on the reins and one on the horn. The hand on the horn pushes against the back of the horn to prevent the shoulders from being thrown forward. Eventually got him somewhat calmed down.

But it was 10 days before he would stand still when I approached him in the corral. The safest and sanest horse I have for a trail ride, but he panics when asked to ride in an arena. I haven't since. If it bothers him so much that he remains afraid for 10 days, I just do not need to be doing it to him.

He's a good trail horse. Now (probably) 22 years old. With both my DIL & daughter in California, he may not be ridden again. Had at least 6 previous owners and did a few years as a lesson horse. Even now, his trust of humans is skin deep. If we could, we'd send him someplace to live his life in a pasture with minimal time around humans. And yet, take him out on the trail with other horses, and as in the video I posted here on 25 May, he's a good horse to learn riding on.

PS: I delete pictures and videos regularly. This video isn't one of my happy times, so I'll plan on deleting it in a few days. I view him as a very good horse with some very bad memories.

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