Learning in New England - Page 4 - The Horse Forum
 26Likes
Reply
 
LinkBack Thread Tools
post #31 of 38 Old 02-04-2018, 03:14 PM
Super Moderator
 
Join Date: May 2012
Posts: 8,295
• Horses: 12
That groundhog y'all have up there in your neck of the woods says no shed yet. You'll have 6 more weeks of old man winter blowing. If you don't already have a grooma groomer get one. Toby will love you for it. I like the round but my child prefers the square -I think it is a different brand but it fit his smaller hands better. Now that I am getting arthrits I prefer those and his hands are bigger than mine so he is using my rounds. The birds (and other animals) love the mats and steal them for beding if you leave a few out.
QtrBel is offline  
post #32 of 38 Old 02-04-2018, 03:18 PM
Super Moderator
 
Join Date: May 2012
Posts: 8,295
• Horses: 12
Well that was odd. That post was just left hanging. It wasn't there and now it is. So sorry to hear about Toby. That is one of the drawbacks to lessons. You wouldn't think horses would be jealous either but a friend purchased a horse this weekend and while she was introducing us over the fence the horse she leased was in the pasture with us let his feelings be known by stomping up between her and the new horse and giving the horse the evil eye. Yes, they do have long memories and hopefully you'll see him again. I was told once a long, long time ago that every horse has a price and you never know when someone will come by and meet it.
QtrBel is offline  
post #33 of 38 Old 02-05-2018, 07:41 PM Thread Starter
Weanling
 
Join Date: Nov 2017
Location: Massachusetts
Posts: 439
• Horses: 0
It's just so abrupt. My instructor wasn't aware any of them could be sold, and Toby is so versatile and reliable. I mean - I've had animals, owned and vicariously, so I know this is what we set ourselves up for, but... Like, just when you're feeling like you're getting to know a horse, and feeling more and more comfortable handling them, then - boomf. So now I will get to know a new friend, I suppose. I'll wait on someone special for the mustache halter, though. ;)
redbadger is offline  
post #34 of 38 Old 02-06-2018, 09:51 AM
Super Moderator
 
Join Date: May 2012
Posts: 8,295
• Horses: 12
It can be, yes. At least you know he is going to a good home where he will be cared for and loved. And you have/had the time to say good bye. We have lost a few lesson horses over the years to age or illness and it was an abrupt end where there was no time for that good bye.
You have pictures and wonderful memories and that mustache halter to pass forward. There will be another special horse but no horse will take the place of being that first horse.
QtrBel is offline  
post #35 of 38 Old 02-09-2018, 11:03 PM Thread Starter
Weanling
 
Join Date: Nov 2017
Location: Massachusetts
Posts: 439
• Horses: 0
Well, as I came down today (again, it's too icy to ride - we have those spells of sleet or snow, warmth, then melting and refreezing - it's so awful, but there's still a nice block of time that I'd have spent at the barn anyway, so why not go?) it turns out Toby is a) still there (yay!) and b) might not be sold, because apparently the people made an offer on him and seem to have gone to radio silence? I have no idea what's going on, but I was glad to see him again and will make the most of whatever more days, whether or not he's sold. He is not likely to ever be my horse (even leasing a horse is well down the road for me), but if he was sold, he is bound to make someone very happy (he certainly makes everyone at the barn happy). So, he got groomed, as best can be done when his favorite hobby seems to be rolling in filth. Bless him. As for shedding - they are only *starting* to shed now, at least the fluffier ones, because it will take them so long to get down to a summer coat. He will certainly be quite fluffy til at least April but plenty was coming off him. I mean, I was wearing my hat the entire time, and when I finally took it off, there was horsehair *in* the hat. How does it even do that?
redbadger is offline  
post #36 of 38 Old 02-10-2018, 05:02 PM
Super Moderator
 
Join Date: May 2012
Posts: 8,295
• Horses: 12
HorseMagic!
QtrBel is offline  
post #37 of 38 Old 02-10-2018, 06:31 PM Thread Starter
Weanling
 
Join Date: Nov 2017
Location: Massachusetts
Posts: 439
• Horses: 0
One of the horses is a little brown Icelandic who looks as if he stuck his nose in a light socket. I think when he sheds we could probably make an entire new horse from the floof.

I don't mind the horsehair, as long as it's not the stuff matted in gross. I was feeding him and my instructor said, you know, you can groom him too if you want. I pointed out that this was the groomed verson. He is very handsome, but in spite of best efforts I think he still has mud on him that dates from before NSYNC broke up.
egrogan likes this.
redbadger is offline  
post #38 of 38 Old 02-18-2018, 08:03 PM Thread Starter
Weanling
 
Join Date: Nov 2017
Location: Massachusetts
Posts: 439
• Horses: 0
So Toby is still at the barn. I've heard nothing further but it seems he's going to stay. However, he is still full of beans from not working so Friday my instructor decided we would do something to get all the beans out. That is, she said we would lunge him first. The barn has a round pen - not sure how big it is, exactly, but not vast. So my instructor did most of the lunge work first (no lead - we saddled him and all, and he had a halter) and put him through his paces and really - I've seen video of gaits before but seeing it up close in person is quite extraordinary. And he does it so nicely - head and ears right up, and he has this one trot pace that just makes him seem like he's got springs. I am a little biased I suppose. Then she taught me the basics of how to move him and stop him and reverse, and man that was fun. It's like a dance or like conducting (I imagine). I wasn't very good but I was getting better and I'd love to try it again. (And we might have to...)

Of course then I nearly had a panic attack at a walk. Go figure. Some of it was anxiety from last time and fear of being hurt, and I think some was more general (I had had a rough week, including one extremely violent patient) "too many feelings" stuff. We jogged a bit. I felt better balance wise. It's hard to be off for several weeks as a beginner. If weather cooperates it will likely be muddy again but rideable. I just need practice. I might have to find some more, um, adequate footwear for the mud which tried to eat my paddock boots.

Grooming him I managed to get him a color other than "mud". He gets all caked up on his belly. Gets it on his face, too. Instructor and I are jointly working to teach him to drop his head on command. Mostly because he is a tall man and putting a halter on is l if he doesn't like, big friend, you want me not to catch your ears...

I liked his face, when we were done lunging him. His ears all swively and interested. It feels connected, like he's curious and wants to do something.
redbadger is offline  
Reply

Quick Reply
Message:
Options

Register Now



In order to be able to post messages on the The Horse Forum forums, you must first register.

Already have a Horse Forum account?
Members are allowed only one account per person at the Horse Forum, so if you've made an account here in the past you'll need to continue using that account. Please do not create a new account or you may lose access to the Horse Forum. If you need help recovering your existing account, please Contact Us. We'll be glad to help!

New to the Horse Forum?
Please choose a username you will be satisfied with using for the duration of your membership at the Horse Forum. We do not change members' usernames upon request because that would make it difficult for everyone to keep track of who is who on the forum. For that reason, please do not incorporate your horse's name into your username so that you are not stuck with a username related to a horse you may no longer have some day, or use any other username you may no longer identify with or care for in the future.



User Name:
Password
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.

Password:


Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.

Email Address:
OR

Log-in









Old Thread Warning
This thread is more than 90 days old. When a thread is this old, it is often better to start a new thread rather than post to it. However, If you feel you have something of value to add to this particular thread, you can do so by checking the box below before submitting your post.

Thread Tools
Show Printable Version Show Printable Version
Email this Page Email this Page



Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Learning: Operant Conditioning VS Cognitive Learning Hondo Horse Training 70 04-06-2017 03:47 PM
New from New England! aliliz Welcome! Introduce yourself here! 4 12-28-2012 10:54 PM
Hello from New England Jan Michael Austria Welcome! Introduce yourself here! 9 09-02-2008 08:38 AM
Heyahh new from england! Smartie Welcome! Introduce yourself here! 10 05-28-2008 03:48 PM
Hello from New England rezzi Welcome! Introduce yourself here! 6 05-15-2008 07:20 PM

Posting Rules  
You may post new threads
You may post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On

 
For the best viewing experience please update your browser to Google Chrome