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Skip to comments.The FreeRepublic Saddle Club thread! - Thread FIVE
Posted on 03/21/2005 7:18:04 PM PST by HairOfTheDog
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.
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!
I think so. She was doing some coughing yesterday when I was riding her but it was always when we were headed south so I think it was probably just dust. I'm watching here real close though.
Good morning everyone, we have SUN at last! It's supposed to get in the 80s today.
Fun this morning, looked out of the kitchen window and saw ADGE walk past.........Hmmmm, a long way from the field he is supposed to be in!
Went outside and Sugar, Misty, Thunder and Adge had got out of the gate, guess it wasn't latched properly!
We managed to get them back in without any fuss, lots of grain, but no fuss! LOL
What was nice about it was Thunder went up to the field that Lightning was in and they nose kissed for ages over the gate. Guess he got to meet Dad big time! It was beautiful.
I know.............I know.......... I should have had my camera! LOL
Cindydawg, I am so glad Okie is doing better!
I can't figure out why he put the tube in to begin with though. He wasn't planning to worm at first. I didn't see him add any meds. Maybe he was looking for an obstruction?
Horse skiing:') Glad you stayed on.
LOL, nothing like your horses being loose.
I remember one morning,walking past the front door and looking out and seeing a big empty run where Rocky was suppose to be. I Just stood there staring thinking, this can't be true:)
I found him up the road visiting a neighbors horse. LUckily he came too me as soon as I saw an hollered for him.
We have only had the horses get out 3 times, and thankfully they always stay on our property and look for where we hide the feed! They are pretty easy to get back in, apart from Lightning who LOVES the game! He will run right at me and veer at the last moment, not good for confidence building I can tell you, but after a couple of times scaring me, he's bored and ready to go find feed!
We are off on our exciting trip to the landfil again! So I'll catch up with you later.
Gonna grab a coke on the way out and I just KNOW I will have the image of horse slobber when I take a sip.......Urgh!
Me too. Sounds like a busy morning for you. Mine like it on the other side of the fence too until you take them out the main gate. I haven't been able to figure that one out. How do they know when we go past that gate that they are leaving home?
Hmmmmmm. Was the horse trying to colic or something, having belly problems?
That is a sight that strikes absolute terror in my heart. The last time that happened to me, I ended up with a dead horse on the side of the highway. NOT a good day at all!
I've noticed it depends on the horse if when they get the chance they leave the property. My mare could be loose all day or night and she stayed right around the house. Rusty would stay then wonder down the drive, but never went far.
The 3 times Rocky has gotten out since we had him he's always went up the road in the same direction, stopping by the houses along the way that have horses, but was always easy to catch when I caught up with him. The worry about him is he is a stud, and I worried he'd find a mare in season and try breeding over a fence.
ONe of the times it was at night. He stopped at a house that had floor to ceiling livingroom windows. A lady was sleeping on a couch there. She woke up to see Rocky standing outside the windows. He was seeing his reflection, and talking and striking out with a front foot to that horse in the window. WE were lucky he didn't break thru But he let her catch him easy.
We have cotton fields all around us, which is very pretty when they bloom.
Well deaconjim has loaded up the truck so we're gone.
Have a great day!
Oh, my...Did he get hit?
That is what I worry about, but luckily our road is not busy, and a deadend.
It was my fault I had gotten in the habit of leaving the front gate open. The times he got out was when his hot wire run was not working and I didn't know it. I keep the gate shut now rather there is a horse in that run or not.
I'd love to live that far from a busy road. The house where I lived when this happened was about 50 feet from a main state highway that crossed a dam over the Tennessee River, so there was always traffic on it, even in the middle of the night. A lot of it was log trucks going to and from a paper mill on the other side of the river. Sometimes I would swear that they were driving right through my living room, especially if they decided to use their jake breaks. I always thought that was an incredibly rude thing to do in a residential area. I still live fairly close to that same highway, just 20 miles or so further south. There's not near the log truck traffic, but I live very close to a county school, so I get that traffic. Baseball and Softball season has started and there's a crowd out at the fields nearly all the time. In the fall, it's peewee football. But, it's a nice community. My husband grew up there and everybody knows everybody else, and who their Mama and Daddy is, and who their Grandma and Grandpa are and so on forever. So you'd better not do anything wrong or somebody's gonna know it and tell. ;o)
That's kind of how our town is. We have lived here now for 26 years, and just recently the old timers:) have stopped calling us squatters. I think we are finally considered Bixbians:)
Heading out now to get Rocky saddled. See ya.
Yes, she did. I don't know by who though. We just found her dead in the ditch and there were skidmarks and broken headlight glass. I imagine it totaled somebody's car.
I'll be sad leaving this place...
Maybe you'll be able to go back and horse-sit again sometime.
I LOVE these horses! I'm going to miss them.
The sun is shining today, and it is suppose to get near 60. 70 tomorrow, then back down to 50's later in week. Maybe spring will finally get here.
Snow is leaving Michigan.
It was 55 yesterday. Last night was my first ride of the year without my winter jacket.
Supposed to break 60 degrees this week.
Man, don't it make you feel good too! I love getting out for a good trail ride. When the weather doesn't cooperate, I have withdrawals!
Here's another pic for ya. This is my racking mare, Truly, who's due to foal in 3 or 4 weeks. She already looks like she's about to pop, and she's none too happy with anything or anybody right now...
She also said y'all can track her flight...I have no idea how that happens but here's the info she gave me.
Flying American West, flight number is #892, Departs at 2 P.M.
Hope y'all can figure what to do! Sorry I'm no help.
Wow she does look big.My mare is still not looking all that big, altho she has gotten a little bigger. But she still runs and bucks and kicks up her heels some.
Thanks for letting us know. I may have to wait till morning to welcome her home:) Might be in bed.
I rode three horses today:) IT WAS nice and warm, but very windy.
Wow, I'll bet you ARE tired! I usually go home and crash EVERY time I trailride. But it's a GOOD kinda tired!
It was nice, sunny and in the low 60's. Thought I would take a couple of pics of Biscuit. Let you guys see how much she has grown. Don't mind my daughter in her "barn clothes"
Boy, is she nice. How old is she now?
Every time I go out on the trail, I have to crash too. I always end up with a backache for some reason. I probably lock my back up and don't realize it until it's too late.
We got the Arabian mare all clipped up. She is going to the trainers next week. We have had her saddled and rode around the yard a little, but she needs worked. She is five. We even got her to go in the trailer tonight. That is only the second time in her life. It took awhile, but she did it.
Well, what do you think? When the rest on this board are complaining about how hot it is this summer, can we brag how nice it is here, after suffering through our winters....lol
Nah, I'm not that smart. My current mode of operation is to keep 'em 'til they're 2 or 3, have 'em trained, then decide. I'm basically just getting started. I want to make sure that they have a good foundation to be a great trail horse, something that I would want to buy if I didn't have a horse. Blade will be the first I've sold. A friend of mine wants him, but her husband just had open heart surgery so I'm sure they've kinda put all that on hold. I haven't even mentioned it. I'm sure they'll take him at some point, but if they don't, I've had several other people that I would trust ask me about him. In the meantime, I'm getting alot of good riding out of him, and he's getting alot of good experience out of me. Bob and Grace will be the next to go to the trainer. I'm looking forward to finding out what kind of gait they will have. Blade has settled into his pretty well this past year but he will still pace when he gets tired if you don't keep him collected.
Your Biscuit sure is a pretty girl, and BIG too! Such a pretty color. I like dark bays. Thanks for sharing! Oh, and don't worry about your daughter's barn clothes. She looks nice. I usually look like a bag lady when I'm at the barn. :o)
Me too! Mine is usually just under my right shoulder blade. I think alot of mine comes from me not being in shape and not having enough hours in the saddle built up yet. The weather's not cooperated much, but hopefully that's changing now.
I usually get sore in my lower back before my upper back when I ride. When I'm on my feet all day, my upper back kills. Like today I was on my feet all day, and now everything hurts.
Even tho I rode three, I didn't ride any of them all that long. I rode Rocky 45 minutes, and Harley about an hour. They did arena work. Rusty I had planned on trial riding , but...sigh...he has ANOTHER problem now.
He has done this in the past but never enough for me to really know if something was truly off or not. Some times it feels like his left hind leg just gives out on him. Like he stepped on a rock real hard and would gimp a step or two. I don't know how many times I've gotten off and cleaned his feet looking for something. Never did. One other time he did what he did today. I had walked him for about 30 minutes, then came to a nice smooth, no rock trail that I use for trotting and loping. Well I got him trotting and he went aways, and suddenly I could tell he was on three legs, pogo sticking his back leg. I stopped him looked down and he was holding his left hind up and out. I jumped off let him stand awhile then lead him forward and he walked fine. I lead him aways, 5 minutes or so, he seemed fine.I got back on and started trotting again and after aways he went back on three legs just like before. So I lead him home. Now I have to figure out what this is.
I'm wondering if since I didn't ride much this winter and he didn't get rode much last summer really, if he just isn't in shape, ane the loping and work I've been doing in the arena, he has pulled a muscle or getting charlie horses.
Tomorrow and for about the next month, I'm just trail riding him, and then slowly build to more harder work outs.
But damn....just when he was coming along so well on barrels and the season is starting in April...and once again just like for the last two years, I've got to either rest him or slow him down at the start of the season....
I'm pretty discouraged with this horse...especially since I really really like him. Why is it always the ones you like that crap like this happens...
I get sore under my right shoulder blade too:)
I didn't ride hardly at all this winter. Had some health issues that kept me from riding as much as I use too. Got that all resolved and am now having trouble realizeing me and the horses have lost condition to go for the 3-4 hours we use to do:). But then too, up til now I always justrode one horse. Now I've got to split between 3.
Aww man Becky, that really stinks. It sounds like he has a stifle problem. It sounds like the joint is getting stuck, and he can't move it.
That's exactly what I'm wondering if it is. I've never seen a horse with a stifle problem, so not sure what to look for.
Could a vet tell, or is this going to be a guessing game? Would she have to see him when it happens to tell what is wrong?
I've been having problems too that prevent me from riding as well as once did. It's very frustrating to not be able to do the things that you once could. Know what I mean?
Don't know. I'm gonna ask the owner though. JUst got back from the stables. Friday the vet only had 4 days of meds with him and supposed to send me more out. Well, he didn't and I called and I was told he was out but sending something he liked better. I wasn't too happy with changing what was working but my vet said it would be ok since both sulfa. It's called Tucoprim and a PITA. It is very light and doesn't mix well. Okie wasn't crazy about it either. Tomoorow I'm gonna mix it with a little water and try to make a paste and then mix with syrup before putting it on the feed. Okie gettin spoilt. He would only eat with us holding the bucket. He's got that sparkle back in his eye too:')
I've seen a horse with a stifle problem, and from your description, that's exactly what it sounds like. My old trainer's TB's stifle would lock all the time just like that. He'd hope a few strides, or buck to try to get it unstuck, and then just continue on like nothing happened.
A vet could probably tell, or diagnose it just from what you described.
The vet ought to be able to palpate the knee and observe his gait in hand to see if that's what it is. It's probably a little ouchy. I'll bet it's been brought on by lack of condition like you say. His muscles and tendons have gotten tight and he just needs some long slow work to build him back up. My mare that had the stifle problems had the locking up thing, but she also had trouble going down hill and was uncomfortable with having her hind legs held up and out by the farrier.
LOL!!! Now THAT'S a truck! I'd hate to hafta put fuel in it though! ;o)
If you aren't afraid of the $93,000 (base model) price tag, surely you aren't afraid of the 6 mpg fuel economy rating! : ^ }
We have a guy that has hummer limos around here. 3 miles to the gallon. Just 200 dollars the 1st hr and then 100 an hour .
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