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The FreeRepublic Saddle Club thread! - Thread FIVE
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Posted on 03/21/2005 7:18:04 PM PST by HairOfTheDog

*New* The FreeRepublic Saddle Club - Who's Who *pics*

This is a horse chat thread where we share ideas, ask for input from other horsemen, and talk about our riding and horse-keeping. We have a lot of different kinds of riders and horses, and a lot to share. In the previous threads we have had a great time talking through lessons, training, horse lamenesses, illnesses and pregnancies... and always sharing pictures and stories.

I always have a link to this thread on my profile page, so if you have something to say and can't find the thread in latest posts… look for it there and wake the thread up!

I also have a ping list for horse threads that are of interest, and Becky pings everyone most mornings. Let Becky (Paynoattentionmanbehindthecurtain) and/or me know if you would like to be on the ping list. As FreeRepublic is a political site, our politics and other issues will probably blend in…. There are many issues for horsemen that touch politics… land use, animal rights/abuse cases that make the news…. Legislation that might affect horse owners.

So... like the previous threads, this is intended as fun place to come and share stories, pictures, questions and chit-chat, unguided and unmoderated and that we come together here as friends. There are lots of ways of doing things and we all have our quirks, tricks and specialties that are neat to learn about.

Previous threads:

The FreeRepublic Saddle Club thread - thread ONE
The FreeRepublic Saddle Club thread - Thread TWO!
The FreeRepublic Saddle Club thread - Thread THREE!
The FreeRepublic Saddle Club thread! - Thread FOUR

New folk and occasional posters, jump right in and introduce yourselves, tell us about your horses, and post pictures if you've got them!


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To: MissTargets; Duchess47

Appaloosas can be a heartbreak to breed for show... You put a whole year of waiting, and really hope for color... but sometimes you get really nice horses that would be show quality but for the lack of one spot. Paints are the same way, color breeds are just such a gambler's wager.

At paint shows, I ~believe~ all the solids are separated into their own classes, but they can be just as competitive. The offspring of Paints, once outcropped from regular QH and TB stock, can't be returned to AQHA registry even when they are solid and indestinguishable from any other plain brown QH.


2,251 posted on 04/22/2005 9:54:57 AM PDT by HairOfTheDog
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To: HairOfTheDog

It'd be worth a try, that's for sure. If nothing else, it'll help keep the handler safe from a nervous horse that might get panicky during training.


2,252 posted on 04/22/2005 10:02:14 AM PDT by tuffydoodle
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To: tuffydoodle

Yeah - you could make a lot of progress in a month... course... it'd stink if she woke up after the month and didn't remember any of what she learned stoned ;~D


2,253 posted on 04/22/2005 10:04:51 AM PDT by HairOfTheDog
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To: HairOfTheDog

LOL I didn't even think of that.


2,254 posted on 04/22/2005 10:44:16 AM PDT by tuffydoodle
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To: MissTargets

The flat mouth piece bits I have seen still have a port, or arch in the middle for tongue relief. The one in the picture did too, but they had the flat part turned up vertically so you could see it's width and it made it hard to see the port.


2,255 posted on 04/22/2005 11:17:53 AM PDT by FrogInABlender
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To: ecurbh
I think your horse is fine... I let her and the others out into the back forty. She's getting kindof bonded to me, following me around... we need you to spend some time with her this weekend ;~D

Pony tryin' to reach an itch...

And this is me itching the spot for her... she's playing lip popping games but I didn't quite capture it on film ;~D


2,256 posted on 04/22/2005 11:18:59 AM PDT by HairOfTheDog
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To: HairOfTheDog

I love that look they get on their faces when you scratch a really GOOD spot. :o)


2,257 posted on 04/22/2005 11:50:31 AM PDT by FrogInABlender
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To: ecurbh
Now it's naps for everyone.... Poor Bay got stuck with duty for the first watch, again...


2,258 posted on 04/22/2005 12:35:26 PM PDT by HairOfTheDog
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To: HairOfTheDog
Here's a new picture of Hope. I gave her a body clip the other day. Her roan shows up alot more here...

than it does here...

Doesn't even look like the same horse. She was a little furball before. Now she's looking a little more feminine. She'll be a year old the end of May.

I clipped Blade too and he looks alot better. All those parts and cowlicks are gone, but now you can see a dark mark left on his side from an old cut. There's another one along the top of his back too. It'll always be dark like that, but at least it's hidden by the saddle.


2,259 posted on 04/22/2005 12:51:42 PM PDT by FrogInABlender
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To: FrogInABlender

She's not close to the same color at all! She's blue when she's clipped! Will she stay red in winter or is she turning greyer with each coat change?


2,260 posted on 04/22/2005 12:54:18 PM PDT by HairOfTheDog
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To: HairOfTheDog

She'll go back to being dark in the winter, the reddish look was just sunburn, and she should shed out to about the same blue color every summer.


2,261 posted on 04/22/2005 1:01:46 PM PDT by FrogInABlender
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To: estrogen

No, she isn't gaited. I'm much better now but still tend not to give her enough slack at times so I needed something that I could control her with but not be heavy in her mouth. That's what my trainer said anyway. She ordered it for me. I was looking for a pic on net. I'm headed out there in a little bit so I'll take a picture. It's a roller though.


2,262 posted on 04/22/2005 1:17:29 PM PDT by CindyDawg
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To: HairOfTheDog

Pulling and releasing. Boy, do I know that routine. Sarah Lee just wants to get faster and faster. I have to really work to keep her at the same speed. The trainer says, I'm training her and she's learning. I'll just have to take her word for it. That she horse has got such a smooth, comfortable jog but she likes that trot that bumps my kidneys and brain together:') I found another speed she can go now though. The trainer called it a trail ride walk. I liked that one too. She must have at least 5 gears in each gait!


2,263 posted on 04/22/2005 1:29:37 PM PDT by CindyDawg
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To: HairOfTheDog

I live in Fresno, I wish they had horseback riding.


2,264 posted on 04/22/2005 1:31:55 PM PDT by diamond6 (Everyone who is for abortion has already been born. Ronald Reagan)
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To: FrogInABlender

That can't be the same horse:')


2,265 posted on 04/22/2005 1:45:00 PM PDT by CindyDawg
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To: CindyDawg

She's grown up alot in 2 months.


2,266 posted on 04/22/2005 1:57:28 PM PDT by FrogInABlender
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To: MissTargets
And would you like to sell them? The magazines I mean.

There is a big fight brewing in the ApHC right now. Big guys are trying to push through another program to replace CPO (which now says you have to breed back to reg. papered App) - I think they are calling it API or something.

There really isn't any reason to outcross anymore - every possible body type is available in the Appaloosa gene pool and all of the major AQHA, Thoroughbred and Arab sires have registered appaloosa get. People do it now because it's easy, because they are too lazy to deal with an app personality, because they really want a quarter horse LOL - lots of reasons but none of them sound.

Okay - off my soap box.

2,267 posted on 04/22/2005 2:16:02 PM PDT by Duchess47 ("One day I will leave this world and dream myself to Reality" Crazy Horse)
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To: HairOfTheDog
We don't show in appaloosa shows anymore, haven't since about '97.

Since we show in open shows, we can show all our kids, solid or not.

2,268 posted on 04/22/2005 2:17:49 PM PDT by Duchess47 ("One day I will leave this world and dream myself to Reality" Crazy Horse)
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To: FrogInABlender

Boy what a change. That's a bigger color change than an appy from winter to summer :)


2,269 posted on 04/22/2005 2:21:41 PM PDT by Duchess47 ("One day I will leave this world and dream myself to Reality" Crazy Horse)
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To: FrogInABlender

He's such a pretty boy:')


2,270 posted on 04/22/2005 3:01:40 PM PDT by CindyDawg
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To: FrogInABlender; HairOfTheDog

Roan horses are funny. This winter Rusty looked like a solid bay. I don't reallly know when it happened but now he looks very white on his body. It just happened:) I think he's looked dull because he's still shedding. Yesterday out in the sun he looked better.

Becky


2,271 posted on 04/22/2005 4:45:12 PM PDT by PayNoAttentionManBehindCurtain (Don't be afraid to try: Remember, the ark was built by amateur's, and the Titanic by professionals.)
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To: PayNoAttentionManBehindCurtain; HairOfTheDog; CindyDawg; tuffydoodle; FrogInABlender; All

Well I rode the black QH mare today. It was probably the best ride I've ever had on her. It's the first time that she didn't take off on me, or spook at one of the dogs or at nothing at all. My legs are shot though, because it takes loads more effort to keep them under me on her then it does on anyone else I've ridden. She goes in a snaffle, but she pulls right through it, and LOVES to lean on my hands big time, because she feels that I need to hold her up. It's like holding up a cinder block, and my arms are killing me. It's going to be an early night for me!


2,272 posted on 04/22/2005 5:26:18 PM PDT by Beaker
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To: Beaker

I kind of think I understand the part about holding her up:') Glad you had a good ride. I'm going riding in the morning. I'm managing two times a week. My trainer wants 3-4 but I'm doing the best I can right now. She did tell me last week that I'm going to be a great rider. We'll see but it made me feel good.


2,273 posted on 04/22/2005 5:40:39 PM PDT by CindyDawg
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To: CindyDawg
Self esteem boosts are always great! Congratulations!
My trainer thinks that I'm a horse phobic because I like to ride ponies. I like to ride ponies because they're easier for me to mount and dismount from. I'm so stiff all the time that horses can be a real job.
2,274 posted on 04/22/2005 5:53:38 PM PDT by Beaker
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To: Duchess47
And would you like to sell them? The magazines I mean.

I have thought about it. The shipping costs would be the problem thou. They are really fun to look at, all the old time horses, the builders of the breed. It's going to be a really bad weekend, weather wise here. I might get a chance to look and see what is all there.

2,275 posted on 04/22/2005 6:05:22 PM PDT by MissTargets
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To: Beaker

That doesn't seem fair. You are a petite person. I've progressed to the small block but I can't get my leg up that high yet.I have to bring my foot almost up to my chest:')I got an ad for a pony today. 12 y/o . Won some ribbons. He sounded like a good deal and I was thinking about the grandkids until I got to the bottom. 7000 dollars !


2,276 posted on 04/22/2005 6:10:20 PM PDT by CindyDawg
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To: CindyDawg; ecurbh; PayNoAttentionManBehindCurtain; Duchess47; FrogInABlender; Beaker; ...
Here are pics from setting up camp out there... we've got to go back out and build a fire and actually ~camp~ (get away from computer) but I thought these were funny. Cyn is a really funny horse, unlike any I've had before.

Wheeled our stuff into the campsite and found horses there... Cyn comes to check out the scary wheelbarrow...

...and immediately starts pulling stuff out.

I set up the chair, which was interesting to her...

And I lay out the tarp flat on the ground that will go under the tent...

Which she paws into a rumple...

I finally got the tent set up, and had to bring her back with me to post these, locking her out of there or I'm sure she'd destroy it while we were gone :~D

See you all later, we're signing off... hope you thought these were funny and that there aren't too many!

2,277 posted on 04/22/2005 6:57:33 PM PDT by HairOfTheDog
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To: HairOfTheDog

You two better keep that horse tied up tonight or she'll be in that tent with yall:')


2,278 posted on 04/22/2005 7:32:37 PM PDT by CindyDawg
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To: MissTargets
Well, as you look through them, remember you probably have a buyer here should you decide to clean house :)

Let me know if you run into any articles on First Secretary, or pictures.

2,279 posted on 04/22/2005 9:13:06 PM PDT by Duchess47 ("One day I will leave this world and dream myself to Reality" Crazy Horse)
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To: HairOfTheDog

LOL - So, you going to lock Cyn in the barn or did you make room for her in the tent?


2,280 posted on 04/22/2005 9:16:01 PM PDT by Duchess47 ("One day I will leave this world and dream myself to Reality" Crazy Horse)
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To: HairOfTheDog

Cute Pix - we have a couple who must investigate everything. We're on foal watch tonight. This one will be the first of three we're expecting this year.

Pix to follow...


2,281 posted on 04/22/2005 9:38:01 PM PDT by Noumenon (Activist judges - out of touch, out of tune, but not out of reach.)
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To: Noumenon

Oh my - where are you, what kind of horses? Yes, pictures please :)


2,282 posted on 04/22/2005 10:09:45 PM PDT by Duchess47 ("One day I will leave this world and dream myself to Reality" Crazy Horse)
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To: Duchess47

Foal watch is over - Meara, our dapple bay Hanoverian mare foaled a colt at 11:05 Pacific time. He looks a lot like his Westphalian sire - very dark bay with three white socks and slightly turned back ear tips. He's a handsome little guy.

We'll post photos tomorrow...


2,283 posted on 04/22/2005 11:23:10 PM PDT by Noumenon (Activist judges - out of touch, out of tune, but not out of reach.)
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Congratulations. Hanoverians are pretty big horses, right? How big is the foal?

Good morning.

We have a slim chance for a freeze tonight, but probably will be in the mid 30's....Buuurrrrrrr...I thought we were done with the cold.

Becky


2,284 posted on 04/23/2005 4:55:55 AM PDT by PayNoAttentionManBehindCurtain (Don't be afraid to try: Remember, the ark was built by amateur's, and the Titanic by professionals.)
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To: PayNoAttentionManBehindCurtain

Mornin' Becky,

Supposed to be chilly here, too, 40's or so.

I finally got to ride Tuffy a little this past week, first time in months. He did really well, even picked up both leads when I asked. He did do a little crow hopping but it never got worse than that. My oldest daughter rode him and he did well for her, too. I need to post a pic of her riding him, she looks like a flea up there.


2,285 posted on 04/23/2005 5:18:29 AM PDT by tuffydoodle
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To: HairOfTheDog

Good pictures.

I'd sure like to see some of the pictures you took of Cyn when you first got her, next to that one of her looking at the chairs. She has really put on some weight, it seems. She looks good.

Becky


2,286 posted on 04/23/2005 5:24:34 AM PDT by PayNoAttentionManBehindCurtain (Don't be afraid to try: Remember, the ark was built by amateur's, and the Titanic by professionals.)
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To: tuffydoodle

I'm suppose to ride today with my neighbor again. With the wind and cooler temps, I wouldn't be surprised if mine were goofy.

Becky


2,287 posted on 04/23/2005 5:27:43 AM PDT by PayNoAttentionManBehindCurtain (Don't be afraid to try: Remember, the ark was built by amateur's, and the Titanic by professionals.)
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To: HairOfTheDog

She's worse than a cat that tries to "help"! She looks good too. She's filled out a lot since we saw the first pictures of her.


2,288 posted on 04/23/2005 5:29:41 AM PDT by Beaker
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To: PayNoAttentionManBehindCurtain

Today would definitely be a tricky day to ride, it's chilly and windy here, too. Did you get any bad weather the other day, when the cold front came through? We didn't get a drop of rain.


2,289 posted on 04/23/2005 5:31:04 AM PDT by tuffydoodle
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To: Beaker

I think a large pony would be perfect for you. Perhaps an Icelandic or Haflinger.


2,290 posted on 04/23/2005 5:32:35 AM PDT by tuffydoodle
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To: tuffydoodle

I think we got just that little bit of rain when I was out riding:) Little bitty stinging rain for about 30 minutes. Long enough for me to get back home and unsaddled:)

Becky


2,291 posted on 04/23/2005 5:35:31 AM PDT by PayNoAttentionManBehindCurtain (Don't be afraid to try: Remember, the ark was built by amateur's, and the Titanic by professionals.)
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To: PayNoAttentionManBehindCurtain
Good morning!

We're ALSO supposed to have 'winter weather' tonight. GROSS. They're calling for snow tomorrow. (sigh)

2,292 posted on 04/23/2005 5:39:32 AM PDT by mommadooo3
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To: Beaker

Hey Beaker.

I'm with you on liking the smaller horses better:).

Harley is a great horse, probably the best trained/behaved horse I've ever owned, besides deadhead Rocky:). But I wish he wasn't as tall as he is. I feel like I"m looking down from Pikes Peak on him, and I know he's really not all that tall. Rusty has done more goofy stuff then Harley, but I'm still more comfotable on him. But I realize it's a mind thing.

Now a horse that hangs on the bit...I wouln;t like that at all.

Becky


2,293 posted on 04/23/2005 5:39:53 AM PDT by PayNoAttentionManBehindCurtain (Don't be afraid to try: Remember, the ark was built by amateur's, and the Titanic by professionals.)
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To: CindyDawg
Hahaha, yeah those show ponies can go for a LOT of money. That's actually a medium range asking price for a show pony that's "in the ribbons".
I suppose that my trainer assuming that I don't lke to ride full sized horses becuse I'm afraid of them is a fair assumption consdering I'm farirly new at the barn. I can ride them if I want, but anything over 16 hands, and I start to look like a jockey.

But I adore ponies, at least large ones, and since I stand about 5 feet tall, but not much more then that, I can ride large ponies and get away with it, which I like. I had a trainer who's about my height that did dressage with a large welsh cob. It worked for her.
2,294 posted on 04/23/2005 5:41:30 AM PDT by Beaker
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To: HairOfTheDog
LOL...more pictures. LOVE 'EM!!!

That one of Cyn at the tent, reminds me of Jake.

The kids pitched tents last year in the horses' field. Of COURSE, Jake had to inspect those new things that 'grew up' in his domain. LOL.

When the girls were inside, he plastered his head against the side, like he was trying to see through the tent. It caused the girls to giggle up a storm. THAT caused Jakie to grab hold of a side seam, and he promptly started shaking it up, down and sideways. It looked as if he was trying to shake them out of the tent!!!

It was hysterical to watch! Horses.(and donkeys) They sure DO bless one's heart, don't they?

2,295 posted on 04/23/2005 5:48:40 AM PDT by mommadooo3
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To: Beaker

You should stay with the smaller breeds, and to hell with what that trainer thinks. I think tiny people on huge horses look as odd as tall people on ponies. Horses and riders need to compliment each other.

JMO:)

Becky


2,296 posted on 04/23/2005 5:50:56 AM PDT by PayNoAttentionManBehindCurtain (Don't be afraid to try: Remember, the ark was built by amateur's, and the Titanic by professionals.)
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To: PayNoAttentionManBehindCurtain
How many hands is Rusty?
My arms are still sore. My whole body is sore. At first that I thought that she was hanging on the bit because I had the reins too tight, so I let them out,and she went around the ring dragging her nose on the ground. (And I mean almost literally) She's a tough horse to ride. She goes and stays forward, but she doesn't like to stop. And sometimes she raises her head way up in the air and throws her ears way forward like she's going to spook but then giggles and doesn't. And sometimes she goes around the ring easy as you please and then tries to take off. It's always an entertaining ride.
2,297 posted on 04/23/2005 5:51:25 AM PDT by Beaker
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To: Duchess47
because they are too lazy to deal with an app personality,

Uh oh.

Is there something unusual about an app's personality? Anything I should be on the look-out for?

2,298 posted on 04/23/2005 5:51:59 AM PDT by mommadooo3
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To: mommadooo3

LOL:)

Becky


2,299 posted on 04/23/2005 5:52:46 AM PDT by PayNoAttentionManBehindCurtain (Don't be afraid to try: Remember, the ark was built by amateur's, and the Titanic by professionals.)
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To: PayNoAttentionManBehindCurtain

The QH mare that ride I look fine on. She's in the 15 hand range. That I can do. But I really feel awkward on big horses. They can be really nice to ride, and I've ridden a 16h app who's like riding a couch,and I really like riding her, but when I first start out, I feel like a flea on the back of a dog beacuse she's big and broad. I don't think my trainer's opinion is a negative one really so much as a misunderstood one. She'll figure me out soon enough :-)


2,300 posted on 04/23/2005 5:56:09 AM PDT by Beaker
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