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post #3001 of 3134 Old 07-08-2019, 08:17 PM
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@gottatrot , I believe you are in Oregon?
I found the most delightful book that takes place in Eastern Oregon between the Whitehorn Mountains and the Clarks Range by the Little Bird Woman River. These names mean nothing to me, but they might to you.

The time is 1917, and the story is about a young woman who wants to make a living breaking horses, but she doesn't buck them down like folks did in those days. She has discovered lots of techniques on her own to get the horses rideable. The title is The Hearts of Horses and the author is Molly Gloss. The book is so charming. I love reading about likeable characters. I also love horse books that are actually about horses.
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The title is The Hearts of Horses and the author is Molly Gloss.
I will have to read that book, it sounds good.

Yesterday my twin nieces and nephew came for a visit, and played with the horses. They braided Amore's hair and said "She seems to like being scratched everywhere," which is true. She loved all the attention.

My mom is happy to do anything involving her grandkids. She has four kids but only my brother has children.
The twins are 13 this year and their brother is 10, all the kids are tall like both of their parents. I had to put my stirrups down several holes for the girls.


Hero felt very put upon to carry the kids around in circles at the walk and trot. He gnawed on his reins and sighed, and I had to keep giving him treats. He didn't buck or do anything naughty, but I didn't trust him enough to let the kids have the reins, unfortunately.

This photo says it all. Hero is leaning his nose against me and saying, "You're kidding me, right?" about carrying a light ten year old. That kid is riding with my normal stirrup length, and happened to wear Hero's colors to match.

Nickel is moving OK after his kick and healing. On Thursday the vet will come to do dental work on Nickel, Nala, Hero and Amore.
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@knightrider , when I went to order that book: "The Hearts Of Horses," I realized that I have read another horse book by the author Molly Gloss. Have you read the one called "Falling From Horses?" It's a bit brutal, talking about how they used horses in Hollywood (and the stunt riders also). It was interesting though.
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Ordering Falling From Horses. The movie lover in me posts this picture of Slim Pickens riding John:


Riders ask "How?" Horsemen ask "Why?"
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Hollywood Hoofbeats is the best book ever! I reference it now whenever I watch a movie!

I'm totally a fangirl of Highland Dale aka Beaut aka Fury! His face in profile so resembles my own black gelding. *insert starry eyes and hearts icon* I ordered the movie Giant because he's the lead horse in it...and I watched that episode of Bonanza "Lonely Runner" you posted, and wow! he plays the "mare" in that! I recognized him instantly! Awww, love, love...thanks bsms!

I'm scared to order the Falling Horses book...the word 'brutal'...whimper...

And the horse Slim is riding is Dear John. ;) Which he was not, really...
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I'm so excited that some of you are ordering the bookThe Hearts of Horses. I'll be eager to know how you liked it. I was so sad when I finished it because I liked it so much. It's the kind of book that you enjoy re-reading! I plan to get her other books to read, even if they are not about horses, because Molly Gloss is a very skilled writer.
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If any of you are on FB and want a smile, look up Kizzy & Etties Pony Adventures. This tiny girl rides these little ponies and she gallops around and goes over huge logs up to her pony's chin. Meanwhile she giggles a lot. I love the beach video. She gallops with more aplomb than I do and is a better rider, I'm afraid. She's probably five years old. Sometimes her pony just tears around the arena at crazy angles and she just laughs and says giddyup. I find her very inspiring.

Now that the pasture is more dry, Amore brings the other horses in very reliably when I call. She anticipates that she will get brushed, treats, grazing, and a nice walk so she comes running in whenever she sees me. If I drive onto the property I hear her calling loudly right away because she knows the sound of my truck.

Last night I did a short ride with Hero in a grassy paddock and he did very well. We worked on simple obedience with small circles and picking up the trot right away, staying in the trot until I said, and transitions.

Today Nickel, Nala, Hero and Amore all had their teeth floated. Hero acted more adult than last year, and received praise from the vet. Last year he dug a hole and then pawed out at the vet's assistant with both front hooves when she walked by. This year he stood nicely for shots and only whinnied a couple times.

Nickel's cut has healed so well he's already cleared for riding. Nala also saw an aggressive farrier yesterday and she was able to take off a lot of hoof and remove almost all her white line disease. She has shoes on and is also cleared for riding already.

Just in case you think Hero does not have any great behaviors, he is very good about having his sheath cleaned. I forgot about it until after his sedation wore off, but went ahead and did it anyway. He not only doesn't try to kick, he was very clean even though I hadn't cleaned him since last year. That's a plus for me since I'm not used to having a gelding.

The vet says Amore is a good example of why people should have their horses' teeth floated every year. Some people I guess are worried the horse will not have teeth left if they get power floated. But a good vet only takes off the points and bad stuff, and doesn't take away good tooth. Amore has had a power float for the past 16 years, and still has a decent amount of wearing surface left. The wave mouth she came with because her first owner didn't keep up her teeth has been managed and the vet says that's why she can still eat just hay at 28. The vet assistant said Amore has as good of a topline as her six year old, which made me feel great. It is good to hear what I spend on her Cushing's medications and supplements are paying off.

The vet said some horses she does have horrible abscesses and rot in their mouths and she has to wear a face mask. Poor horses.
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This photo says it all. Hero is leaning his nose against me and saying, "You're kidding me, right?" about carrying a light ten year old. That kid is riding with my normal stirrup length, and happened to wear Hero's colors to match.
That was so cute! And when Sunsmart dinks kids around, he kind of looks at me as if to say, "And why are you so heavy?"

I've been scarce for a bit due to post-flu catchup on property maintenance etc, and will be a while, so may take time to catch up properly... I've enjoyed popping in, as always, and reading the conversation!

Hope you all have a wonderful week!

SueC is time travelling.
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Thanks for the hello, @SueC ! Glad you are feeling better.

Great ride tonight with Hero and Nala. We went about 5 miles, in a little less than an hour. Halla and Nala used to do about 8 or 9 miles in just over an hour, but my internal metronome is resetting itself and getting used to this different pace. For a while it used to feel off, like I was out of sync.

Nala was supposed to have her hooves soaked in salt water, so we joked that this was the lazy horseman's way. Ride in the ocean for 20 minutes instead to combine exercise with hoof soaking.

The horses are so good, it's nice to recognize all the things that are major hazards for riders and see how our beach training has paid off. We went by fires, cars with loud bass, trucks doing cookies, tents, lawn chairs and buckets. It was all good.

I meant to spend time working on Hero being upset/then calm, but every time he got upset today he went to instant calm, without me working on anything. It's possible that this is due to his new magnesium supplement with thiamine, or because I've been working more with him, or a combo. We did lots of good cantering even though the sand was deep, and he did one kick out which I smacked him instantly with the crop for, and then he settled into a canter again.

Nala had not been out for two weeks, so she was the one crow hopping a lot.

That's not to say we didn't both almost fall off.
The horses had been in the waves for twenty minutes, and barely flinched at even the biggest white caps coming at their legs. Suddenly, the sun shone over the waves and gleamed off a white cap and I saw Nala staring at it and saw her body turn, and thought "Oh here we go."

Hero flipped a 180 with her, and I was quite off the saddle to one side. Somehow in a tenth of a second I imagined splashing into the cold ocean and knew exactly what that would have felt like. This gave me incentive to just try to float my body somewhere near the saddle as Hero trotted away after the spin, and eventually I settled back enough to where I could grab onto something and get onto his back.

We do what we gotta do, right?
https://www.theguardian.com/sport/vi...win-race-video

It was quite fun trotting fast through the waves on the way home, and Hero cantered up the big hill without bucking. Nala's rider said Nala was smoother with shoes on, because she collected herself more.
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My horses shine like diamonds when they get the privilege of carrying children. But they're cool like that😎

I am not here to promote anythingNo, that's not true, I am here to promote everything equestrian and everyone enjoying horses!
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