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post #501 of 3238 Old 11-23-2016, 05:14 PM
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Thank you so much for making your book about Amore accessible to us all here. I've read the first five chapters and I am frankly astonished at your bravery! It is easy to see how you acquired your seemingly intuitive manner of dealing with difficult horses. You had a hard task-master in that little mare. My little problems with Macarena and Duna fade into insignificance in comparison, so that's quite encouraging! I'm looking forward to continuing the saga....
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post #502 of 3238 Old 11-23-2016, 09:08 PM Thread Starter
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It's hard to believe anyone would slog through the book, but your comments are appreciated! It seems now like a snapshot of how I felt at the time, and I keep learning more all the time. Looking back, I know things could have been handled better many times, but back then I wasn't able to find another way.

I don't really mention it, but I often consulted more than several trainers with questions and advice but no one told me they had the answers. Rather, I was advised a few times that there are a lot of easy horses in the world, so why waste time with the difficult ones? But if the trainers want you to ride the horse and decline getting on themselves, it doesn't exactly give you hope that someone else will have more success or give the horse a better life!
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post #503 of 3238 Old 11-23-2016, 09:31 PM
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It's hard to believe anyone would slog through the book, but your comments are appreciated! It seems now like a snapshot of how I felt at the time, and I keep learning more all the time. Looking back, I know things could have been handled better many times, but back then I wasn't able to find another way.

I don't really mention it, but I often consulted more than several trainers with questions and advice but no one told me they had the answers. Rather, I was advised a few times that there are a lot of easy horses in the world, so why waste time with the difficult ones? But if the trainers want you to ride the horse and decline getting on themselves, it doesn't exactly give you hope that someone else will have more success or give the horse a better life!
I don't post much on the Horse Forum, but I do pop on every few days and read all the newest posts. I was a horse crazy kid without much opportunity to interact with horses, and although an adult now I don't see myself owning a horse any time soon but I still really enjoy reading everyone's experiences and advice about horses. I saw your link this morning and have been reading your book off and on all day, and I just wanted to say what a treat it was! It's very well written and engaging from start to finish, you should be proud of it. ;)

Your adventures with Amore and later Valhalla were a blast to follow along with, so thank you for sharing it on the forum! I would have loved finding more books like yours as a kid, romantic tales of horses are all well and good but they often lack a grounding in reality and the older I got the more I wasn't interested in them.
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post #504 of 3238 Old 11-23-2016, 10:22 PM
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I am starting to read your biography. makes me sad to hear how similar we are, yet how far apart we ended up .

good writing. I assume you editted and worked it some, . . or did you just write it perfect in the fifrst draft?
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post #505 of 3238 Old 11-25-2016, 03:21 AM Thread Starter
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I am starting to read your biography. makes me sad to hear how similar we are, yet how far apart we ended up .

good writing. I assume you editted and worked it some, . . or did you just write it perfect in the fifrst draft?
I'm sad some of you don't live nearby so we could be riding and learning partners. When you say far apart, what do you mean exactly? I know that we have many different experiences, but from what you've shared on the forum I feel we share the close kinship of being true horse people.

Well, my husband has read a lot about writing technique, and he says it's better to write things fast and flowing rather than trying to write it like a final copy. My sister says this too, and she's a library director so she's had many writing classes.

But unfortunately it doesn't come out of me like that, it comes from my brain more like speech - you kind of edit what you say before saying it out loud. That being said, it's more difficult for me to be articulate when speaking than writing.

Of course when you read through what you write again, you see things that don't sound right and change things. I would like to put it online in a better format so it is easier to read, maybe I can find somewhere to make it an e-book. It would be nice to have it edited a bit, but it's rather expensive from what I've seen. Probably quite silly to have a free e-book edited.

It's hard to describe why, but there are reasons I want to share stories.
First, it's because I feel like they can invite discussion and criticism, and those are things that might help me in the future with horses. To me, opposing views help me either confirm my own views or else see other angles I have not yet considered. On my own, it is so much more difficult to learn (this is why why I enjoy the forum).

Second, I learn so much from others' stories, and hope other people will share about their experiences and the horses they know.

Third, I just wish people could appreciate horses for their individuality more than for what the horse can do for them. Does it really matter so much if the horse doesn't fit into our preconceived ideas of how a horse should be? What I am trying to learn how to do is celebrate the horse and their strengths rather than lamenting over their weaknesses. I want to learn how to work with the horse as a friend rather than trying to force the horse into some idea I have.
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post #506 of 3238 Old 11-25-2016, 08:31 AM
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Hear! Hear! I agree with you!
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Biography...........where?

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post #508 of 3238 Old 11-25-2016, 10:15 AM
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I have no idea what happened but I have not been recieving notifications of new gottatrot posts. I just finished going over the last several pages. Found the Round Pen Square Horse I asked about in anther thread. Got it saved to my desk top.

Didn't find the biography. Must have missed it.

I'll check my subscriptions to see what's going on.

Lots of good stuff posted here.
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post #509 of 3238 Old 11-25-2016, 10:47 AM
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Ok, now that I'm reading it, I see that Round Pen Square hole IS the bio referred to. Thanks so much for posting. It is as I had expected.
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post #510 of 3238 Old 11-25-2016, 03:43 PM
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Oh no! Four in a row?

But I have to post this before I forget.

On the truck. I bought my first four wheel drive and first horse trailer within the last six months as a 74 YO. Both were mechanics specials with the truck at $2,100 and the trailer for $1,100. With a bit of work and a little money both have been rendered sound, safe, and serviceable.

I have driven an extended cab eight foot bed pickup since 1992. With all the small cars and parking lots designed mostly for small cars, the size pickup I drive can be difficult getting around in, in certain locations. I have always normally parked at the back of parking lots even in a small car but doctors offices and the like can be a problem. Sometimes I have literally needed to cut my wheels into the curb and ride over it in order to back up and get out.

So...With your self reported claim of not being what you consider a "great" driver, I would suggest a short bed pickup with no extended cab and no extra doors. Short as possible. These are much easier to negotiate in tight spots. Almost as easy as a medium car. I'm talking about a full sized pickup but short bed.

If you are interested in safety and easier handling down the highway, particularly when experiencing the bow wave of semi trucks, and backing, you might opt for a fifth wheel trailer. They can be backed and turned around in much tighter places than a bumper pull.

I bought a trailer with the design of an open stock trailer, although it is a horse trailer and has a top and front. Horses load in those much much easier. The angled are probably safer for the horse when tied but I don't tie. I let them turn which ever way makes them feel safer.

I am also in the process of fabricating a rack for the pickup to be able to get into more difficult areas. It has a top and over hang over the cab and will be covered on top. I can also haul three horses that way although I "could" get three in the trailer.

Thoughts on buying verses renting. I'm sort of spontaneous sometimes. I just sort of decide all of a sudden sometimes, "I think I'll go do this". Can't do that with rented. But if you're a planner, might not matter. Unless a friend calls at the last minute and says, "Hey ya wanna.......do you have a way to haul?" Then you can't unless stuff is sitting outside.

I don't go anywhere very often but if I don't have transportation sitting outside waiting I'm fit to be tied.

Just got back from a ride and was thinking about your pickup thing out there.
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