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post #31 of 53 Old 10-24-2014, 09:03 AM Thread Starter
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Thats one good thing about rat tailed appaloosas Kiwi she doesn't really have a tail to chew off lol. Thank you for the congrats!
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post #32 of 53 Old 10-24-2014, 11:25 AM
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Congrats on the new horse. You might find if she was in consistant work at her other home and you havent really done much with her she might be trying to figure out whats going on. When you start riding her she may settle right down and be back into a routine which means she wont pace as much.

I know Im moving my first horse from my trainers where he was born and raised to a new place next week. I plan for him to be ridden by my trainer the day we move and I will ride him and just keep him in that routine. (My guy is now 4 so I have only been on him for about 4 times so its not like Im use to him and just moving, Im in the same boat with you that hes still new to me)
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post #33 of 53 Old 10-24-2014, 07:43 PM Thread Starter
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NO PACING TODAY.
She's sharing her hay pile with the goats which I found really adorable usually she'd tell them to stay away.
She followed me around the pasture as I did my daily clean up. She's not testing me and yielding and backing for me when I ask her so tomorrow I'm going to get on her and see how things go, also have a more experienced friend coming out to help me if I need it. Wish us luck! I dont think I'll have much of a issue but if I do it wont be the first time I've fallen off lol.
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post #34 of 53 Old 10-24-2014, 09:26 PM
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NO PACING TODAY.
She's sharing her hay pile with the goats which I found really adorable usually she'd tell them to stay away.
She followed me around the pasture as I did my daily clean up. She's not testing me and yielding and backing for me when I ask her so tomorrow I'm going to get on her and see how things go, also have a more experienced friend coming out to help me if I need it. Wish us luck! I dont think I'll have much of a issue but if I do it wont be the first time I've fallen off lol.
That's great! Good idea to have someone with you for your first ride too, I have done that with all of my new horses and it definitely helped me with my confidence.
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post #35 of 53 Old 10-25-2014, 01:53 AM
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Congrats on your mare. I have an appy too. He's 9 years old and green broke and I'm also a green rider. LOL maybe not a good combination. I bought him from my riding instructor/trainer. I adored him and she thought he would be a good learning experience for me. I still take lessons from her and she helps me with my ground schooling and training. We have come a long way from what we were when I 1st got him.

At 1st I said he was stubborn too, but it turns out that he was a lot smarter than I was. He had a lot more training than I knew what to do with. I'm still in lessons on him and on some of the other horses there. If your appy is like mine, If you get too relaxed while riding, she'll test ya and make sure you are paying attention to her.

Happy trails to you and your new horse.
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post #36 of 53 Old 10-29-2014, 04:34 PM Thread Starter
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I feel like I should update this. Her and the goats get along very well, they act like a herd and she even lets them push her around sometimes. She's such a gentle thing now that she's settled. I've still yet to see her spook at anything not even gunshots seem to bother her.

I haven't ridden her yet because I have been sick with the flu. Our whole family has it.
But I have tacked her up and such. My fever is finally down enough that I felt I could get on her back so I got on her bareback today just to sit on her and even with both goats going under her and between her legs she didn't do much but try and walk off once I told her to stand she stood still. I sat there petting her for a while and she got a few treats and then I got back off and let her go. She really wanted to go for a ride and after I'd gotten off her she was following me all over and then she'd go to where I got on her at and set herself up.
I hope I feel well enough to take her for a actual ride tomorrow. I dont feel like it'd be safe for me to ride her with a fever though. Poor girl wants to get some energy out! I wish I had someone who could ride her for me until I get well.
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post #37 of 53 Old 10-29-2014, 04:57 PM
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Congrats, and I'm glad to read that you handled her challenge so well. I've seen first time owners get totally cowed, particularly by mares.

I'm also glad to hear she's getting on well with the goats, it's always nice when the animals you already have get along well.

I don't want to pile on to the suggestions, but as a Veterinarian Assistant, I've got to ask if you plan to cap the T-posts you're using? I only ask because I've seen some very nasty wounds from horses not seeing them or going to fast to stop in time and impaling themselves. I've actually seen some riders get thrown into them with very nasty outcomes.
I'm not trying to harp on that, but just a friendly heads up.

Again, congrats on the mare, she's lovely.
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post #38 of 53 Old 10-29-2014, 05:05 PM Thread Starter
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Congrats, and I'm glad to read that you handled her challenge so well. I've seen first time owners get totally cowed, particularly by mares.

I'm also glad to hear she's getting on well with the goats, it's always nice when the animals you already have get along well.

I don't want to pile on to the suggestions, but as a Veterinarian Assistant, I've got to ask if you plan to cap the T-posts you're using? I only ask because I've seen some very nasty wounds from horses not seeing them or going to fast to stop in time and impaling themselves. I've actually seen some riders get thrown into them with very nasty outcomes.
I'm not trying to harp on that, but just a friendly heads up.

Again, congrats on the mare, she's lovely.
Oddly enough I've always had better experiences with Mares than geldings.
Every horse I've had a issue with has been a gelding. Me and mares just seem to match up better I think. Not that I haven't met some amazing geldings too.

I didn't know you could cap them, I've never seen anything for sale to do that with can you give me some more info? That is something I'd be interested in because she has hit her nose on them before (Didn't hurt her but still). So I'd be very interested in how to do this.
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post #39 of 53 Old 10-29-2014, 05:18 PM
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Any place that sells fencing supplies should sell the caps. They just slide over the top of the posts. The mushroom ones are safer than the rubber sleeve type.
They also make caps that a hot wire could run through.
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post #40 of 53 Old 10-29-2014, 05:20 PM
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LOL, I tend to get on better with mares myself.

Yup, they have two basic types of cap, one that is more form fitting, typically they come in a 25 count pack, like these. Safe-T-Post Caps, 25 pk. - Tractor Supply Co.

And then these, which are safer, but more expensive for fewer, they're more 'mushroom' shaped. Dare 10Pack T-post Safety Top - Southern States Cooperative

You can go to local farm/ agricultural supply stores and find them, or order them online through fencing companies.
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