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Skip to comments.The FreeRepublic Saddle Club thread! - Thread 11
Posted on 01/02/2007 9:57:39 AM 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 MissTargets will now be pinging everyone most mornings. Let MissTargets 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
The FreeRepublic Saddle Club thread! - Thread FIVE
The FreeRepublic Saddle Club thread! - Thread SIX
The FreeRepublic Saddle Club thread! - Thread SEVEN
The FreeRepublic Saddle Club thread! - Thread EIGHT
The FreeRepublic Saddle Club thread! - Thread NINE
The FreeRepublic Saddle Club thread! - Thread TEN
New folk and occasional posters, jump right in and introduce yourselves, tell us about your horses, and post pictures if you've got them!
So to inspire more saddle mooting this year, here's Becky, in Washington, in my back forty, on my horse! :~)
Pinging to new Saddle Club thread!
I'm here but I'm also out of here. I have the sign company coming today and maybe my tel/internet. Yea! I have pictures. I'll try to post some tonight.
We sure are chatty ladies, aren't we?
Becky, that story about the rooster was a riot. I had something similar happen. My husband and son were bike riding on some trails (this is before we moved to our current place) and picked up this skinny bird dog. Felt sorry for it so they brought it home. I hated that dog, it was no wonder someone dumped it off. It chewed up my water hoses, tack, chased the horses, etc. One day it went to my neighbors and maimed a few chickens. The neighbors were understandably livid, we were embarrassed, we didn't like the stupid dog anyway and told them we were going to kill it or take it to the pound, and we would have. They freaked out, no don't kill it, it didn't actually kill any chickens, blah blah blah. We did take it to the pound, they were full up and said they would take the dog but were going to kill it that day. We took the ignert-head dog back home and paid one of my husband's hunter friends to take it.
Hair, I love your pictures! I especially love the ones that you take from on top of Bay .. with his ears showing. I actually thought of you yesterday when I was cooling Bill out after our ride, and the view was a dirt road and his ears .. I kinda smiled and thought "this looks like one of Hair's pics".. Thanks for your wonderful photo 'eye' and all the pics that help us be a part of your life..
Oh, wow....thanks for the link. I hadn't looked at it once I got all the pictures I wanted from it....i started at the beginning and have been reading thru the posts. You know I never did read all those posts you guys posted while i was in the air coming:)...That was cool.
I'm going to try priniting hard copies of that weeks posts...you know, I brought that journal to write in, and never did once I got there...I realized that on my way home, and really kicked myself. But these posts are just as good. If I can print them up, it will make a nice trip journal to put with my other trip journals:)
Look forward to your pics tonight :~)
We just had a thunderstorm come through... I was hurrying to post the thread before we lost power and I lost all my formatting!
'Mornin Hair! Thanks for the ping to the new thread. I'm finally back at work and after being off for so long, I can tell it's gonna be a long week, even though it's technically a short one.
My mom's been in poor health and I've been spending a good bit of time over there and between that and the holidays, haven't been able to do very much horsey stuff since Thanksgiving, but that's fixing to change if at all possible. The weather around here's been pretty nice, temperature-wise, and unless something unforseen happend, we've got a ride planned for this weekend. I sure do look forward to it, but with all those young horses and so little riding, I'm sure it'll prove to be an "interesting" experience. Hopefully we won't kill each other!
Reading thru all those old posts when I was in Wa, I had to laugh about the ones, since several people commented about my long hair....I cut it all off about 2 wks ago. I was even longer, and I just couldn't do anything with it, and was tired of trying.
I'm sorry about your mother.
I'm going to go ride here in just a bit. It seems along time since I have too, so I'm wondering how Harley will be:). I've been reading on the horse forum all the articales people are posting about how thier horses are acting up because of the cool temps and haven't been rode in awhile:)....makes you wonder about your own.
Sorry your mom's been ill. We've noticed your absence! I do hope she's better, and you get to go on your ride this weekend. You know the rules... don't forget the camera :~)
Maybe play some games with them first :~)
Bay's just so beyond broke I never worry about him acting up. He might be fresh, but never unruly. I'd trailer him somewhere and get on him today and go. I've always made sure Cyn was lunged a few days and ridden here at home at least once after a winter off, but she's never been any trouble either. That's good!
Hey - forgot to mention, I think, that Tiff got on Tell, the black horse last weekend. Took him to a stable and rode him in the arena there. She said he was a lot to handle and a little jumpy, but she handled him fine. She said when she was done she tied him in a corner while she worked the others and he was good for that.
Wasn't that fun to read through? I read through the whole thing too. I'd forgotten some of the details like Homer running off! Jeepers, I'm glad he came back.
And it was fun to read your posts about things that are familiar to me.
Tennessee was always good about being even tempered, even after a long layoff. He's a lot like Bay, in that he might be pawing the ground and dancing, but he wasn't gonna buck my butt off, even when he was a youngster. Now Bob's a different story. He's all piss and vinegar and will probably have a hump in his back for the first 30 minutes or so. Hope was the same way the last time I rode her, but I never lunge either one of them beforehand so I guess it's my own fault if they get the better of me one day. You'd think I'd wise up after a while, but so far nobody's been able to dish out anything that I couldn't take, so I guess I haven't been all that motivated to change my habits. My day's comming I'm sure, but hopefully they'll grow out of it before then. Old habits die hard.
That was a fun part of the thread to read. Just think of all the stuff that we'll have to write about and post pictures of if we all get together his fall!
But if we're all there, who will we post it too?
Ourselves, I guess, so we can read it again later!
LOL! Yeah, I thought about that too. It WILL look kinda funny, but I imagine that there'll be quite a few folks that won't be able to make it, and/or spouses that can't come, so we can post to them. It'll be a blast!
Thanks for the ping hair!
Yeah, it is going to be a blast, I'm really looking forward to it:).
I didn't ride today, I'm such a slug...at least till I get going. Try again tomorrow afternoon. I sort of kind of have a good excuse. I went out to get ready and the Animal Control guy stopped by...imagine that...we had a nice chat, and he has no intentions of picking up my dogs, but every one at the city is just trying to get Beth to shut up. It's pretty much as I thought, there is strong evidence her kid is aggravating the dog, and the dogs are not really a danger, altho it wouldn't take much to him be aggressive, he is a trained guard dog. They got him after their house was broke into last year. Anyway, by the time we got thru with our chat, it was too late, as I have an errand to run in town, so I need to be going.
Well, the talk with animal control was valuable. Sounds like at least the situation has someone with some sense at the enforcement end :~)
Well, the animal control guy had some sense, you're right, but the powers to be that he works for are idiots.
Even tho they KNOW that Beth is in the wrong, and her son is causing trouble, they are catering to her, just so she will leave them alone. The issued a court order that if anyone at anytime sees the dog out it will be euthenised immediately, even tho they KNOW the kid was teasing it...If I had any desire to get involved which I don't, that is where I'd get involved at....telling the city authorities I don't appreciate them letting this looney woman control them. Because from the things he told me....she is a pure D NUT case....I learned things about her I didn't know before....YIKES, she's scary. But the powers are giving in to her because she is raising such a stink, and does this sort of thing often....
Well, that part does sound nuts. Has the dog owner been talked to also, so he's at least warned?
Yeah, they know what's going on. The dog is in a pen.
As Mack said the squeaky wheel gets the oil....I just always applied that to when the squeaky wheel had a right to squeak:). It's hard for me to imagine that they are letting her run them like this...
The squeaky wheel gets the oil, and no one ignores the crazy person who has an invisible chainsaw on the bus either :~)
Yeah, but you know this is our law enforcement people. They should not be giving in to a crazy lady just to keep her off their backs. Isn't it their job to enforce laws fairly? If they know that kid has been down there tormenting that dog, is it right for them to put the dog under a death threat because his momma is a nut:)?
He told me also, I think this is funny, that he asked the chief of police if he could keep an eye on her and give her a ticket when he sees her riding her horse down the road. Apparently there is a law against that...you have to have a permit to ride on roads within the city limits, and we're in city limits. The CofP, told him NO, don't be messing with her:)
All I can do is shake my head... :~\
Check this out:)
I noticed that thread on the other forum about getting a new horse and that reminded me of this post of yours, about Tiff riding tell:).
That's great that she rode him...has she done any ground work or did she just climb on:). What did he do that made her say he was a lot to handle? I'm glad to hear she went to an arena.
She said she had lunged him at home after I told her he did lunge well. He does.
And she lunged him when she got there after she tacked up. She said she was ~really~ nervous to get on, Bob really made him out to be dangerous and filled her head full of all kinds of horrors. She said as scared as she was, he really did pretty well, he just jumped at things, a horse started squealing and banging on the other side of the wall and he jumped, and there was something about a weird sunspot on the arena floor he didn't like. Otherwise she said he was just really fast and didn't want to walk and his trot was really rough (that surprises me, it looks like a pretty smooth efficient trot from the ground) - that might just be nerves too and he'll smooth out if he settles down. And she said he was doing a lot of head tossing, thinks the Tom Thumb she had him in is not the right bit... that it was too much. I'd like to see him go under saddle next time she goes, she said she'd call.
I just fed horses, I'm pretty pleased with how the new shelter setup is going, although the first few nights I saw Bay out in the rain some, they seem to have all decided to come in the last few nights, and the other good thing, when we got some blustery wind and rain, even thunderstorms lately, they came inside for that even during the day, which they could never do when they had to be closed out during the day.
With feeding in there, they're doing good. They did good for about 3-4 days, and then one day they all decided to test the rules. I think that's pretty normal for horses, they'll start out fine doing something new but at some point they're going to test. I had to spray Cyn with the hose a couple times to keep her from running the pony out of her grain. She didn't like that at all. Now she looks at me, and looks at the pony and just stands there mad when she's done with her grain.
Well I was/am impressed that your horses don't continually test, they learn to stay out of each others feed.
I've tried feeding horses together, and never had any luck with it.
Sunshine again today, with temps close to 50 again. Great day to haul the mares. Kids got home last night and my daughter is off today, so we will haul them for the lady. Then, I can bring my horse home. We have to be home when Alison gets off the bus, so hopefully after that we can get him. If we can get that old diesel started, that has sat for 10 days.
Well it helps that Bay is the slowest eater, because he's not usually an issue, and that the pony gets the least amount. She's usually pretty much done by the time Cyn gets done with hers. If the low man is also a slow eater then you have to separate them :~)
DON'T FORGET THE CAMERA!
So glad you found a place for those mares.
Duchess, I noticed you were on this thread on the horse.com forum http://forum.horse.com/tm.asp?m=206534&mpage=1&key=
It's about not ever selling a horse. "You wouldn't sell your children, would you? Then you shouldn't sell a horse."
If I comment, I'm gonna get banned. I've already been warned.
They need to take a shot at being a single parent for awhile, it might open their eyes a little. What will they do if the choice is between buying hay for the horses or food for a child or making a mortgage payment.
Good luck today - take pictures okay?
I'm gonna have to stay off that forum, those people are just too nutty.
You're right. And people with the money to have a horse NOW, might not have it next year, due to divorce, death, illness, whatever.
The dork that said, "you wouldn't sell your kids so you shouldn't sell your horse" really blew my mind. Call me crazy, but I don't put my horses on the same level as my children. Not even Tuffy. ;)
Well, that was pretty brassy for her to even ask you to do that. Like you said, people lose their licenses over things like that. I don't think you were wrong at all!
The new construction is a lean-to that the horses will be able to run in and out. Perfect for those two. You can see her gelding peaking out and Sable looking at him. He is locked in there for now. She has sold him and the man is suppose to pick him up tonight. The mares had been in the barn for a few days and were so happy to get out. It did my heart good, to see them running and bucking.
Great news! The mares sure look good too. So much different than they did when they first came to you. It sounds like an ideal situation for them and I sure am proud that you did so well by them. Good Job!
Pinging Cav to post # 44...
That looks like a plenty big paddock for them, and not overly muddy for already having had a horse on it. I'd like to see a little more wire on the fence, but then I tend to like overkill on fencing. :~)
Oh - and the mares look great, they've got fair weight on them now.
Lazy cat pile :~)
Not having money doesn't have anything to do with fraud, and if she was trying to claim the medicine was for a completely different horse that is insured, that's fraud.
We've had to make choices... some non emergency stuff has had to wait on the horses and dogs at times, I'd like to think it would never come to sale if things got rough for us.
Bay I would never sell and there's few people I would entrust him to if I say, got hit by a truck. Not at his age. Before I married ecurbh Dad was actually under instruction that if Bob wouldn't take Bay eagerly he should put him down rather than sell him to a stranger. I still feel that. I hate to not trust that there are plenty of good homes out there, but I made a promise to that horse a long time ago.