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post #221 of 299 Old 03-25-2019, 08:38 AM
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looks like I will be living vicariously through this thread again this year.

I was supposed to ride out for the first ride of the season on Saturday. Got the trailer ready, checked tires, etc. all good.

Got the truck fired up (it's been sitting all winter) oil, air, etc. Went for a warm up drive and I need brakes!!!!!!!
Can't haul my horses without good brakes, so I'm grounded until DH gets around to fixing it. And DH works on DH time, lol. So who knows when that will be.

I'll be riding with you all in spirit :(
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post #222 of 299 Old 03-25-2019, 08:49 AM
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Awww, @weedlady , that's such a shame. No way you can ride out from your place?
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post #223 of 299 Old 03-25-2019, 08:55 AM
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Awww, @weedlady , that's such a shame. No way you can ride out from your place?
We have a short trail behind our barn that we'll be allowed to ride on after May 1! and an indoor and outdoor arena. So I can ride, I just can't RIDE. ya know?
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post #224 of 299 Old 03-25-2019, 02:14 PM
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We got out on our first trail rides for the year! Most of the trails are still closed until May 1 but there is a small county park about 35 minutes away that doesn't have any real supervision so (as far as I know) doesn't close. There is still belly deep snow in places and belly deep pond sized puddles in others.

We brought Stitch and Chico on Saturday and they were both very happy to be out. I gave Stitch's new boots their first test and sadly we lost the fronts somewhere. We back tracked out steps with no luck. We rode about 3 miles in 50 degree weather!

Sunday we took Comet for his first trail ride ever with Stitch as a babysitter. We attempted to find the boots again (including bringing waders and going into the puddle with a rake) but sadly no luck again. We will try again next weekend when hopefully a little more snow has melted. Comet did wonderful, even following Stitch into the pond sized puddle without any encouragement! We are going to have quite the trail horse on our hands!
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post #225 of 299 Old 03-25-2019, 02:25 PM
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Ouch! sorry about the lost boots! I sure hope you find them. Comet is quite the looker. Remind me again please, is the the gaited horse you have?
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post #226 of 299 Old 03-28-2019, 08:46 AM
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Oh no! What kind of boots are you using? I have cavallo boots and and amazed at how well they stay on. We have sand/gravel areas and shoe-sucking mud, and I havenít lost one yet (knocks on wood).




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post #227 of 299 Old 03-28-2019, 08:57 AM
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Chase and I got out last night for a nice little ride. For the most part, it was pretty uneventful... but we are still having trouble in the same spot... he even threw a couple half-hearted bucks in protest this time

Usually, Iím pretty tolerant of his antics but I didnít want to let the bucks go unchecked so that earned him some ďhustleĒ in the field before we tried again. He didnít buck again, and eventually decided it wasnít worth fighting me anymore and went through.

Other than that though, he was pretty well behaved. So good actually, that I dropped the reins for a little and practiced guiding him with legs only... heís pretty dull on his sides and relyís heavily on rein contact so it was really good practice for him. I havenít been able to drop contact without him trying to jump right into a trot/canter for weeks... so I was pretty happy about it.



We had to trail blaze a bit in the pines... a tree came down across the trail and it was not one we could step over or even get around easily, but we picked our way through. All and all, it was a nice ride!



A little green starting to show around here, finally ;)

Total 2019 miles~ 38.15


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post #228 of 299 Old 03-28-2019, 09:52 AM
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@carshon Yes Comet is our Rocky Mountain horse. We also have a Missouri Fox Trotter mare named Daisy.

@ChasingDreams They were Scoot Boots. She had the correct size on her back feet and they had no issues I just was sent the wrong size for her fronts!
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post #229 of 299 Old 03-28-2019, 12:19 PM
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I remember a while back a couple of y'all were griping 'bout having your first rides a couple weeks into the year, well guess what. I rode for the first time this year, yesterday. The 27th of March The ride itself was a little under half an hour, didn't go very far, but I was very proud of my girl under the circumstances. She's been out of work most of winter (hasn't been ridden since fall), and though she was spooky and excited to be going out but at the same time trying to take the ride into her own hooves lol, she behaved admirably out on the trail (ish) after a while of easy work in the pen to ease her back into it. I wish I'd been able to get some pictures - there is an amazing amount of water here, with all the snow melting. Gardens are lakes that the geese and ducks frequent, there's huge bodies of water all over the yard, and most of the fields (including pastures) are over 50% under water. Eeek.
I rode bareback, and surprised myself with my ability to stay on There was a lot of water to trek through, at points getting close to reaching her knees and I was very proud of how she handled that. I guess she's had to get used to it with it being water season but she used to make a huge fuss about going through water. There were a couple instances where she spun and jumped out of a body of water we were trying to cross, but for the most part with stable footing under the water she did good. There was a bit of higher ground we were walking and trotting along and she started getting all looky and jumpy, attempting to go her own way instead of where I was pointing her. She tried going into a broncy fit but I got her head around before she could buck high enough to get rid of me.
So yeah it went pretty good (you shoulda seen my jeans afterwards though, she sheds enough for three horses ), I'm really proud of her, and excited to ride more :)

Hold on to what makes you happy! If it tries to buck you off, just hold on even tighter!
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post #230 of 299 Old 03-28-2019, 02:43 PM
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Last weekend, we had our first NE competition of the season. The whole story is in my journal.










2019 mileage
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3/22 phin 2.68 miles 9 ft climb 4.9 mph 40F 388.03 total miles
3/23 phin 30.88 miles 232 ft climb 7.1 mph 36F 418.91 total miles
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