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post #331 of 757 Old 10-01-2018, 10:36 AM Thread Starter
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Oh @Dragoon , I had a huge response written to you and I lost service (we are trailering to work).

So, I will just add the overview that I am so proud of you and the orange ball! You rock.
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post #332 of 757 Old 10-01-2018, 11:53 AM
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Hummm- Being indisposed while your horse acts like an idiot. Been there. At least I didn't have an audience. Or loose my phone. I have however, 'lost' three phones over the years on the ranch.

The first one was about 10 years ago when I was fairly new to the ranch. I was following a creek and got into a bog, nearly getting my horse stuck in the mud. You know, one of those deals when the horse makes a step and the ground 'wiggles' 10 feet away. The only way out that I could see was through a little deer trail in a line of willows. I headed my mare into the willows and was nearly swept off the horse by them. I grabbed the horn and gave her a kick and she went a few more feet before she became 'stuck'. She started lunging and made some progress- right into a little choke cherry tree. A limb of about 4 inches in diameter smacked me in the face and knocked me off the horse. I 'came to' flat on my back, bleeding out my face and nose, still holding on to the rein. My partner was on a ridge on the opposite side of the creek and called on the radio, "What the Hell are your trying to do?" It took me a couple of minutes to clear my head enough to answer him back. I spent the next half hour looking for my phone but couldn't find it.

A couple years later while branding, I only caught a single heel while roping. We had young teenagers for a ground crew and it was a big calf so I shook the loop off the calf. When it flipped off the calf's leg the colt I was riding stepped right into it. He was real green and started dancing around. I leaned over to try and get the rope off his foot and my phone slipped out of my pocket. As soon as it hit the ground the colt stepped on it. My grand daughter (#1) grabbed it up and had to show everyone.

I was riding another colt two years ago across a hillside when we came on a little ditch that had been 'washed out' by a recent rain. It was a tiny ditch, only about 4 inches deep and 6 wide. Of course the colt wouldn't step over it. He finally took a giant leap- way up high and landed right in the ditch. When he jumped I felt the phone fly out of my pocket. I almost caught it on the fly but missed. The colt started hopping around and when I got him under control and back to the area I couldn't find the stupid phone.
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@Rod that first story was terrible. I have only worked one place with willows. I was amazed at colts being willing to walk right in. I donít believe I could on Bones because he is so claustrophobic. It always seemed like a maze to me, and I wished I had a dog.

I bet your granddaughter had a good laugh at the branding. That makes it worth the one at least.

@Dragoon Iíve been thinking about the saddle issue. If the corriente was made to fit anything it should be that. Lol. Both cinches and a breastcollar and I really hope it works for the little girl...
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Bones and Lucy

The woman was grateful that she had convinced her husband that she bring Bones back into the mountains for work today. He was still lonely, but he wasnít as dramatic.

The boss gave out the orders, and the couple were split together. The day was beautiful. The sun shone warm, and the rabbit brush glowed yellow. Lucy and Bones complemented each other at work just as the man and woman.

Lucy was steady and dependable, but she also thought going up steep mountains was exhausting. Bones was ambitious, and when things got hard and he had to run up the side of mountains he didnít feel sorry for himself nor did anyone else.

The day included some difficulties, like fighting bulls and a flat tire on a loaded trailer, but it truly was a wonderful day in the mind of the woman. Although everyone was dust covered and tired, it was the kind of day that they were all made for and everyone was filled with joy.
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post #335 of 757 Old 10-02-2018, 12:36 AM
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I'm so glad you had a wonderful day!
And that your horse was wonderful, too!

What an oddball he is, so happy to run up a mountain...am curious whether anyone you work with envies you your horse? Your husband doesn't sound like a fan, since he had to retrieve the lost phone, lol.

I don't know what is a corriente, google says it means 'common'. Or who is a little girl, Nashville is a gelding!
I don't have a rear cinch, I don't ride Western much. I don't really like the position it puts me in. I'm comfortable in my English saddle! But I do use it for the TB mare who bucks. It is very useful for when riding her!
That was my thinking, to use it for cantering the haflinger. I don't know if he will throw a big or small buck. I am not the rider that Warwick is.

I'm still debating the issue. I know I can MAKE Nash canter if I kick hard enough. But I was hoping to get him to want to. I feel he's ready, and has no doubt what I'm asking. He has been ridden lots, and cantered wearing the saddle lots. And yet he tells me he's worried. I have no idea if all baby horses act this way. He is three and a half. Hmmm...

My Western saddle was a gift, it is pretty old and worn. I love how it looks and try to imagine what horses rode in it and what people made the wear marks. I'd like to keep it as a decoration someday. I have an equally old breastcollar thing to match it.
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Iím sorry I was so vague! I meant for my little girl when she rides Zeus. I worried as well about the saddle slipping. The little saddles do slip on him, and he is so young and immature I donít want to put one of the ranch saddles on him yet.

I have a saddle that is from the maker corriente. It is the saddle I tore Bonesís back up with, and I had to learn about bad fitting saddles. It is super wide, and I think it kind of fits Beamer, but it is just too wide for anything else. I believe it should work for Zeus in the end.

I love the picture of Nashville in the western saddle too. It is pretty! My saddle I ride now was a gift too. My grandpa gave it to me because it is an older style of tree which is more narrow and it actually fits Bones. He had it custom made for him after a hired man stole all of his saddles, and it is the most comfortable saddle ever. I feel so privileged to ride in it.

No, I donít think anyone is jealous of Bones sadly. Maybe little girl when she is fighting with Pete, but not anyone else. Everyone sees that he is high maintenance and it drives them crazy. Lol

Edited to add: I have an idea for you @Dragoon ! It worked to ask Zeus to trot for little girl because he didnít want to. Do you have a friend who is a horseman that you trust? If you can have someone ask from the ground while you just sit in the saddle he probably will just do it because he is so good on the lunge. It worked for Zeus anyways.
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Today makes three years Iíve had on Bones!
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Awww, that video was amazing. It's the second time you've made a video that brought tears to my eyes. I know what you mean about a flawed horse being everything you could ever want.
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Thank you @knightrider !
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post #340 of 757 Old 10-02-2018, 04:34 PM
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Happy Horse-versary!!

What a versatile guy he is! How tall? He seems a nice handy size for kids and vaulting and cutting!
Is he only reactive when working cows? He seems dead broke for a young horse, almost Fjord-like!

I love that you know the story of your gift saddle, that's a nice way to be reminded of your grandpa. <3

I am confident that all that is needed is a grippy neoprene girth for the propane tank guys. I use a Professional's Choice neoprene for the english saddle and it has never slipped on Nash. They make them in Western, too, I'm sure little girl will be safe!
I have a smooth leather dressage girth for the Barefoot bareback pad. I put it on Nash to exercise him in the arena. It just SPINS around his torso! And that pad has a non-slip backing. So the right girth(cinch) seems to be key.

Thanks for your suggestion! But I don't think the problem is that he doesn't understand what I want. I was asking gently, I did not try asking firmly because I was so shocked he did not just leap right into it. Forward has never been a problem. He walks and trots if I just think of it, from the start. I just felt so sorry for him that he was stressed. He was tossing his head and ducking and trying to trot the other way and hide in the corner where the door is. That is not him. He is normally happy and eager to do things. I like his eagerness.
So after many minutes of me clucking and urging, I backed off. He was reluctant to go riding for days after. I'd like to give him time to think about it. I like a happy haflinger. I'm going to ask him periodically unti he agrees to try because he wants to. I don't think I'll be waiting too long because his canter has improved so much since last spring. He used to always get the wrong lead and not be able to switch it. Or not know he was supposed to switch it. It was really funny watching him go around the arena on the wrong lead. Goofy!
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