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post #11 of 25 Old 12-11-2015, 11:53 PM
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Well right now I'm back to marking exams so you may want to go back to your own life.
Haha, my sister is dealing with the same thing, except she's grading final papers... You poor things, you'll need another trail ride to decompress from that, too ;)
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post #12 of 25 Old 12-12-2015, 01:03 AM
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Good boy Harley!

You can definitely tell just by the photos how much more relaxed he became as the ride progressed. Sounds like a successful first outing to me!
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post #13 of 25 Old 12-12-2015, 09:06 AM Thread Starter
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Thanks all! Yes, I think he looks pretty in the snow even though it brings out his yellow much more! Not much I can do about that this time of year since it's too cold to wash him.

Thanks for all your encouragement all! I was quite pleased with him at the end and happy with myself for sticking with it even though it's been a long time since I've ridden on trails by myself. There are tons and tons of trails in this area - I could be gone for days if I wanted to. Most of them are snowmobile/4 wheeler trails so I have to be cautious about running into those, but if I go in the morning, there's almost never anyone out there. And Harley does well with vehicles, tractors, etc., so I anticipate he will be fine around 4 wheelers as long as no one does anything stupid (and knowing some of the locals, I wouldn't rule it out).

I was also happy I was able to stay on him easily despite the minor spooks and the occasional fast trot. And happy I didn't let him avoid things he wasn't crazy about at first. He is truly a delight to ride, like I'm riding on springs, even at his roughest. The only thing is, I realized I need my own saddle. My daughter's saddle is a 16" all-purpose English saddle and I think I need a 17". I'm hoping to buy one that she can grow into as well (her coach told me her 16" was ok for now, but that it wouldn't last her long). I hate to buy myself a saddle and then get my own horse next summer and it doesn't fit him. But on the other hand, it would be really nice to have a comfortable trail riding saddle (my daughter requires a jumping saddle). Suggestions? I don't care what it looks like, but comfort is essential. Should I just get a really comfortable trail saddle in a medium tree and hope I get a horse next summer that needs a medium? I really like a smallish horse so not likely to get a draft cross or anything! In fact, if I could get another Arab like Harley, I would jump at the chance!
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post #14 of 25 Old 12-12-2015, 03:38 PM
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Thanks all! Yes, I think he looks pretty in the snow even though it brings out his yellow much more! Not much I can do about that this time of year since it's too cold to wash him.

Thanks for all your encouragement all! I was quite pleased with him at the end and happy with myself for sticking with it even though it's been a long time since I've ridden on trails by myself. There are tons and tons of trails in this area - I could be gone for days if I wanted to. Most of them are snowmobile/4 wheeler trails so I have to be cautious about running into those, but if I go in the morning, there's almost never anyone out there. And Harley does well with vehicles, tractors, etc., so I anticipate he will be fine around 4 wheelers as long as no one does anything stupid (and knowing some of the locals, I wouldn't rule it out).

I was also happy I was able to stay on him easily despite the minor spooks and the occasional fast trot. And happy I didn't let him avoid things he wasn't crazy about at first. He is truly a delight to ride, like I'm riding on springs, even at his roughest. The only thing is, I realized I need my own saddle. My daughter's saddle is a 16" all-purpose English saddle and I think I need a 17". I'm hoping to buy one that she can grow into as well (her coach told me her 16" was ok for now, but that it wouldn't last her long). I hate to buy myself a saddle and then get my own horse next summer and it doesn't fit him. But on the other hand, it would be really nice to have a comfortable trail riding saddle (my daughter requires a jumping saddle). Suggestions? I don't care what it looks like, but comfort is essential. Should I just get a really comfortable trail saddle in a medium tree and hope I get a horse next summer that needs a medium? I really like a smallish horse so not likely to get a draft cross or anything! In fact, if I could get another Arab like Harley, I would jump at the chance!

Arabs get a bad wrap. I think Harley is the rule and not the exception.

I took my then four newly broke to saddle Arab out on a trail ride alone the first few times. And on our first group ride he lead the whole way!

Love me a good Arab!
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post #15 of 25 Old 12-12-2015, 10:08 PM
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Looks like fun! I'm jealous. ;)

Have a blessed day!
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post #16 of 25 Old 12-12-2015, 10:45 PM
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I am so jealous. Glad you had fun. I have been feeling so left out the last 2 weekends. My friends rode in parades the last 2 weekends. I had to work today so I didn't get to ride in the parade.

Last week I couldn't ride in the parade because my horse was limping like crazy due to my farrier having a hot nail in 2 shoes and filing to much of the hoof wall off. Farrier that shod him came out and checked the front feet, on which he was limping on at the time. Didn't check any of the others I guess. He came while I was still at work. A couple of days later he was dragging his right hind, so I called someone else this time. He removed the nail and abscess started oozing out of the hole the nail was in. This is my 3rd farrier and I'm keeping him. Since 1 horse was such a mess, I had him do all 3. This is the only farrier that I have ever saw doing hoof mapping.

While Gilbert is mending, I'm going to try to ride Vegas tomorrow.

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post #17 of 25 Old 12-12-2015, 10:51 PM Thread Starter
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I am so jealous. Glad you had fun. I have been feeling so left out the last 2 weekends. My friends rode in parades the last 2 weekends. I had to work today so I didn't get to ride in the parade.

Last week I couldn't ride in the parade because my horse was limping like crazy due to my farrier having a hot nail in 2 shoes and filing to much of the hoof wall off. Farrier that shod him came out and checked the front feet, on which he was limping on at the time. Didn't check any of the others I guess. He came while I was still at work. A couple of days later he was dragging his right hind, so I called someone else this time. He removed the nail and abscess started oozing out of the hole the nail was in. This is my 3rd farrier and I'm keeping him. Since 1 horse was such a mess, I had him do all 3. This is the only farrier that I have ever saw doing hoof mapping.

While Gilbert is mending, I'm going to try to ride Vegas tomorrow.
Ouch, sorry to hear about the disastrous farrier! We've actually gone barefoot with Harley - he had his shoes removed about a month ago and is doing great. No soreness or lameness. But he only ever walks on cushy grass and deep sand. :) Enjoy your ride tomorrow!
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post #18 of 25 Old 12-13-2015, 01:33 AM
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I totally have my mind made up, I want another arab for my second horse. I always looooved paints too, but I have always been so into arabians and after getting to own one and riding him after not riding an arabian in 3 years, and only qhs/walkers, I remember just why I love them so much. He has such a smooth gait! I got to do my first trail lesson with him today and I was floored with how well he did. Our boys sound similar in how they handle things, which as Sarah said, I think they're the rule not the exception. :)

Also, from what I've gathered from other Arabian owners, it's the straight Egyptians that can potentially be hot headed, but of course no two horses are alike and this is just a "tendency" people like to talk about. The straight Egyptians I've encountered/ridden were sweet horses and were handled by seasoned Arabian trainers.
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post #19 of 25 Old 12-13-2015, 09:20 AM Thread Starter
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I agree Werecat - I had said that I wouldn't be fussy about our second horse since it will be a companion horse/mom horse for me and above all, needs to be very quiet, but I am so totally in love with Harley! I really do hope another Arab like him comes our way.

And YES omg their ride is so smooth! Even when he's bouncy, Harley is smoother than most horses I've ridden. Glad your Berry did well on his first trail lesson! These guys are so teachable! Just another thing to love about them. :)
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post #20 of 25 Old 12-13-2015, 10:12 AM
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Congrats! I'd call that a huge success!! Here's to many more :)
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