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post #141 of 165 Old 08-29-2019, 09:02 AM
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Funnily enough, my mare was one of those "fancy trained horse athletes" but couldn't cut the grade. She was a western pleasure show horse burn-out in Florida and ended up being moved around to 4 different owners before I picked her up at an feedlot auction in NJ and gave her a new job as my distance/endurance partner. It was definitely a risk taking her on as my first horse but she was exactly what I needed as a young, ambitious rider. She's taught me so much and more about horsemanship, ownership, and just how important it is to listen to your horse.

All those trail miles have helped her become an even better horse overall. I love how versatile she is too- got the fire to motor down miles of trails solo leaving all of our riding companions in the dust but also knows when to quietly pack me and my 2yo nephew riding bareback around the indoor arena and pastures. Wouldn't give her up for anything.
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post #142 of 165 Old 08-29-2019, 04:05 PM
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Horse tolerating annoying heel-biting herding dogs people seem to always bring along on rides, even if the dog is a menace and untrained.
THIS. Mercy. The heeler that has always observed and gone with us for the months I've been with the family I board/train with, for whatever reason, has suddenly decided within the last couple of trips that it's a good idea to "herd" the horses with riders in the saddles. I think the puppy they kept from the last litter is starting to grow up and test its limits and be a bit annoying (as any puppy is, kind of a "teenager" phase) and I think that is affecting the behavior of the adult. He used to be so good about just traveling with us and not bothering anything. But, the horses are definitely used to him and I think it's helped in other situations... on the road from and back to home if we go off the ranch property, we have to pass a trailer where what feels like A MILLION yapping dogs live... all turned out loose, all hound-mixes... sometimes none are around but sometimes it could be 5 or 6 at a time that run out in the road to bray at and menace us. I think they are a bit intimidated by the horses though and don't usually come up on our heels. I've often wondered what anyone would want with SO MANY hound crosses that they aren't doing anything with, no hunting, etc. And their owners can't call them off even when they care to try. To each their own... I love animals but I've never hated a group of dogs so much in my life.

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... clothes lines me on the way out, I nearly got dragged out of the saddle...
It JUST finally clicked with me this last ride that... yeah you need to not lean forward, but it's ok sometimes to bend to duck something on the trail. This realization didn't come before I let myself get swarped in the face with a tree-branch at a water-crossing When I let go with one hand to fight the tree off, Dreama realized she didn't have guidance anymore and the human on her back was struggling, turned mid-creek to head back to our companions. Still got turned around and went through the water fine. Then we got to a point I had to practically lay down over her neck to fit under a tree across the trail and realized... yeah, you could have ducked that branch instead of looking so dumb
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post #143 of 165 Old 08-29-2019, 04:24 PM Thread Starter
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It JUST finally clicked with me this last ride that... yeah you need to not lean forward, but it's ok sometimes to bend to duck something on the trail. This realization didn't come before I let myself get swarped in the face with a tree-branch at a water-crossing When I let go with one hand to fight the tree off, Dreama realized she didn't have guidance anymore and the human on her back was struggling, turned mid-creek to head back to our companions. Still got turned around and went through the water fine. Then we got to a point I had to practically lay down over her neck to fit under a tree across the trail and realized... yeah, you could have ducked that branch instead of looking so dumb

Wait till you aren't paying attention one day and you get carried up under a blackjack oak limb... and it hangs up under your boobs... and you lose the reins because you're fighting the limb with both hands... Horse keeps chugging along, limb keeps bending and bending with you hung up on it, then has that... longbow pulled to full draw... then released... type energy and it sweeps you outta da saddle backwards.

I knew when I felt the hair on Trigger's rump touching the back of my neck (I was leaning back that far to try to get that stupid limb up and over my bewbs) that it was all over. I landed like a sack of potatoes on my butt and hip... prescription sunglasses are... missing... bad words were said... Trigger is already back on the trail and hiding behind Son and Supes, his head jiggling like: SHE'S GONNAE BEA' MEH! HALP!

That's still one of the kids' favorite Stupid Stuff Mom/Misty (I don't mind telling my first name here) Does on a Horse stories.

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post #144 of 165 Old 08-29-2019, 04:38 PM
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A friend of mine who is, uh, well endowed on her upper half got her bra hung up on a branch trail riding. There she hung on the branch, bobbing up and down about 4 feet off the ground as her horse walked out from underneath her... And we could not figure out how to get her down without cutting her bra, which she refused to let us do because she'd just paid $120 for the thing...

We ended up walking her mare back underneath her, she stood up on the saddle a bit, and we were able to get the branch unsnagged.

I'm not sure which of us laughed harder--- her or the rest of us. We were sworn on pain of death to take no photos, so I don't have one, but dang... that was one industrial-strength bra.

Kudos to three good trail horses who were unfazed by the initial ruckus, laughter ensuing, person hanging in midair, or three of us with our horses sandwiched side by side trying to get her unhooked without wetting ourselves.

More than one gal has hooked the saddle horn with her bra and been stuck half-on, half-off, too. Training one's horse not to blow a cork if this happens is a good thing. I've had it happen with a coat, too. Now I train my colts to accept me hanging off the horn and flailing around!
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post #145 of 165 Old 08-29-2019, 04:43 PM Thread Starter
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A friend of mine who is, uh, well endowed on her upper half got her bra hung up on a branch trail riding. There she hung on the branch, bobbing up and down about 4 feet off the ground as her horse walked out from underneath her... And we could not figure out how to get her down without cutting her bra, which she refused to let us do because she'd just paid $120 for the thing...



We ended up walking her mare back underneath her, she stood up on the saddle a bit, and we were able to get the branch unsnagged.


I'm not sure which of us laughed harder--- her or the rest of us. We were sworn on pain of death to take no photos, so I don't have one, but dang... that was one industrial-strength bra.

Well. That's a twist on the old West hanging scene where the guy is in the saddle, rope around his neck and they just... leave him there... and the horse starts to walk off. I think that's the opening scene of Maverick with Mel Gibson if I remember correct.


Y'know. The first time I rode Coffee Mill in Texas - last September? I think it was... our first ride through, we don't see a soul on the trails. We had the equestrian campgrounds and trails to ourselves that weekend...


Second ride through that evening? There's a new white bra hanging out of a tree about 20 feet off the ground... NO WAY we missed that the first ride through. NO idea how it got there or who had been on the trails to fling it up there.

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post #146 of 165 Old 08-29-2019, 04:46 PM
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@AtokaGhosthorse I think given a similar situation Dreama would definitely keep on going too... I haven't hit the ground yet but I could see it happening.
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post #147 of 165 Old 08-29-2019, 06:56 PM
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I got "strung up" once altho not by my bra but by the neck. I went out to some woods to do some trail clearing, the mare I had then was not good to stand quietly when I first got her so I got off and was lopping and cutting along the trail, then after it cleared up a bit I got back on and rode on. the trail ended by the edge of a field and lots of brush/branches in the way but I thought the mare could push through so ahead we went and a vine caught me around the neck and I was pulled out of the saddle, hanging by my neck with really just my feet still on the horse.
I didn't want to let my feet off the saddle as I was afraid I would be hanging by the neck. the mare stopped and stood quietly ( a miracle) and then she kind of turned and came back under me. I got the vine off my neck and then hugged her and told her what a good horse she is. As it tuned out if I had come off her the vine would have sagged enough for me to reach the ground but I didn't know that at the time.

It seems every time I read an interesting story here DSC04468.jpgI think back and recall something that for the most part I have forgotten about. Lots of interesting stories here and I like reading them.

The mare did learn to stand better after a bit.
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post #148 of 165 Old 08-30-2019, 01:50 PM
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Wait till you aren't paying attention one day and you get carried up under a blackjack oak limb... and it hangs up under your boobs... and you lose the reins because you're fighting the limb with both hands... Horse keeps chugging along, limb keeps bending and bending with you hung up on it, then has that... longbow pulled to full draw... then released... type energy and it sweeps you outta da saddle backwards.

Been there, done that! Right into the water. No injuries fortunately! Aside from my pride anyway.
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post #149 of 165 Old 08-30-2019, 06:35 PM
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It seems every time I read an interesting story here Attachment 995281I think back and recall something that for the most part I have forgotten about. Lots of interesting stories here and I like reading them.

The mare did learn to stand better after a bit.
1. I've been strung up by the ole bra a couple of times -- it had a lot to do with why I stopped using a saddle, lollol

2. Your limb cutting pic reminds me of the days I cut trails for the kids on my Arab/Morgan. As long as I left Fury where there were leaves to munch, he would stand quietly and wait for me to holler for him, as I bushwhacked a trail. I could be out his sight and he wouldn't leave me for the barn. My Arab/Saddlebred had no patience for such folderol, he would have left me the second he couldn't see me, lollol

3. Yes, I also do a lot of recalling on this thread. We are the long timers who, as our grandparents used to say, have forgotten more than a some people will ever know. I never quite got that until I became that person, lollol
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post #150 of 165 Old 08-30-2019, 08:03 PM
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I've never been strung up by a bra but once thought I would be riding home in just a bra, my niece and I were following a deer trail, started out not too bad but as deer are shorter than horses (we were on small horses, luckily) the brush closed in on us and got pretty thick, we were hanging right over the sides of the horses and my blouse was getting caught in the branches and I thought I might leave it behind.
The trail was so narrow we couldn't turn around and finally got out of that. Was glad the blouse was just torn but still covered most of me.

The mare I had before was great on trails, would go through anything and I could trim and lop from her back dropping great big branches on her and she just stood there, was back in the woods tonite with my niece on our two new horses, this is as easy a path as can be and they were just looking at everything so it will be interesting when we get to some tougher going, hills water etc.
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