Friday, February 27, 2009
Wednesday, February 25, 2009
Tuesday, February 24, 2009
OK, so how do you feel when you truly think that you may have actually worked out all the kinks in a horse??? Pretty good, only to find out you were wrong and the horse was merely biding it's time.
So I trained a horse to STOP rearing. And the damn thing reared over again last night... it had been months since she'd reared. We thought we nailed it and fixed the issue. Surprise, surprise. So once again we need to break it down into the possibilities of why...
Hasn't been worked in awhile?
Sassy? Just seeing what she can get away with?
In season?Sometimes I really think horses like flipping us off and what a way to do it!! So any way it's back to square one. Finding the source of the issue and starting back from the beginning. I really greatly dislike horses who will "appear" to be fixed and then explode one day with randomness... Especially rearing over backwards...
We do know that this mare has been passed from home to home in her 8 years so it is a good assumption that she scared the previous owners and so they sold her and over and over again. Well it stops here as her owner now is fiercely in love with her and refuses to give up. And guess what the mare needs to figure it out that we are not just going to send her packing again... We're in it for the long haul... But Damn does it get rough from time to time...
Monday, February 23, 2009
Friday, February 20, 2009
One of the things that can make for training a very successful horse is never being afraid to ask someone for help, or to learn from someone else. Like I said, we all seem to have a niche in where we just ROCK at something and maybe just sub-par at something else. BUT, when we're good, we are just that DAMN GOOD!!!
So what are you good at? No holds-barred, lay all out there, incontestable... What is it that you can honestly say "I kick some major ass!" It could be anything horse related... Maybe you're good at posting, jumping, reining, getting a horse to clip, bathe, load in a trailer. Anything! Let's hear it!!!!
Thursday, February 19, 2009
Wednesday, February 18, 2009
Tuesday, February 17, 2009
Is this really REAL???
Monday, February 16, 2009
So a good friend of mine keeps her horses on a 5 acre piece of property with a little barn. It is owned by a guy and his wife who happened to have gotten a good deal on it as it was on foreclosure. These people know NOTHING about horses and they just so happened to answer her craigslist ad in regards to her finding a place for her horses a few months ago.
So everything is fine they work a deal of a $100 per horse and she'll feed and buy her own chow for the horses. Well now suddenly greed has decided to take over... it's actually beyond ridiculous. The barn itself is old and has terrible footing so she can't ride, They have a dog on the property that has killed 2 goats and chases the horses, basically the place is a P.O.S. BUT the price was decent and they seemed nice at first. OK, back to my point.
So, she gets an email one day saying that effective March 1st board is $150 per horse and there is also a boarding agreement at the barn for her. Well needless to say my Friend is a wee bit taken a back by all this and when she finally picks up the agreement she shows it to me and is just about blow a gasket. It is the most RE-god-Damn-Diculous agreement I have EVER SEEN!!!
It's 8 PAGES LONG of blather... They will supply 2 rounds of local grass per month, THEY will worm her horses and add the charges to board, her horse's are NOT allowed to wear horseshoes?? She has to clean the barn 3 times a week, and on and on and on... Now I'm OK with a boarding agreement or a use of land agreement, but this is so damn stinking stupid I just can't help but to laugh!! My friend has had over 25 years of horse experience and just moved her horses from some other crap hole that wasn't feeding her horses. Sooooo the likely hood of her just standing idly by and having some other asshat take over the feeding and worming of her horses is NOT going to happen. Especially when she has 25 years of horse experience VS. their 4 months of horse experience. LMFAO!!! I'm sorry the whole thing was so dang funny I about died!!! I mean they happen to own a HOUSE on some property and answered HER CL AD!!! They are NOT a boarding facility, not even close, and she didn't ASK to move there, they asked HER!! and suddenly they are horse professionals?*Snicker* ALSO finding a boarding agreement on Google and then copying and pasting it DOES NOT mean that it is A. Legal or B. A Good Idea
Thankfully she has a great place to go and her horses will be moved at the end of this month. BUT! I know there is a lot of you guys who have horse boarding horror stories so let 'em RIP!!!!
Friday, February 13, 2009
The way you knicker at me when you hear me walking your way...
Your muzzle brushing against my cheek,
The way you push at me when you need my attention as much as I need yours.
The way I can be with you with no makeup, no designer clothing and you are still happy to see me.
You can read me like a book, whether I'm happy or upset.
The way you slobber my clothes and yet I couldn't be more grateful.
You carry me on your back so faithfully and gently.
I would die to be with you and die without you...
For you...My love is unconditional...
Today let's hear all about YOUR four legged Valentine's day sweethearts...
Thursday, February 12, 2009
Wednesday, February 11, 2009
Tuesday, February 10, 2009
Monday, February 9, 2009
Friday, February 6, 2009
Thursday, February 5, 2009
This is the VERY first day we see her. ICK-------------->
So I call the ex and I say "So what exactly made this mare so mean?" And her being really smart tells me "Well she was just taken away from her brother and her mom for only the second time in her life (She's SEVEN!!!) and she's freaking out and running and she tried to bite us!! She's DANGEROUS!" OH MY GOD PEOPLE! So naturally we are going to take this damn mare that we do NOT need, just to get her out of there!!!
Wednesday, February 4, 2009
Tuesday, February 3, 2009
Hmmmm Who says you can't ride 2 horses at once?? *headdesk* http://www.dreamhorse.com/show_horse.php?form_horse_id=1356444&share_this=Y
Monday, February 2, 2009
NOW, never mind the fact that she is riding in SHORTS *ouch*! But that she is also gagging her horse and and has enough crap on him to...well... choke a horse. NOTHING beats good old fashioned hard work and proper training PEOPLE! Circles, circles, circles small ones big ones, whatever will get your horse's head down and have him rounding up! Hard work, repetition and CONSISTENCY will pay off big time and you will have greater rewards and an easier horse to handle because of it!
With crap like this girls riding with, your horse will learn to brace on the equipment and therefore will NOT learn to hold his own frame. When you go to take the shit off, your horse's frame will COMPLETELY get strung out. They have to learn to hold themselves up. If your horse becomes too dependant on the equipment you are going to have to start back over from square 1 anyways! There are NO quick fixes, answers or training techniques. NONE!
Now again, I will use certain equipment here and there, but I will also find the ROOT of the problem and fix that, not mask it with "tricks." Example: I trained a horse that reared it's brains out, no matter what! So after having the him examined by the vet, farrier, and a chiropractor, I decided it was time to put a tie down on him and round pen him. Then I just waited patiently for the explosion, for him to rear, I knew it was coming, because it always did. Once he finally tried to rear, he realized he couldn't get his head up to do so and him bumping his nose on the tie down was turning out to be less than fun. He did that a couple times, then I took the tie down off and worked from there. I wanted him temporarily uncomfortable while rearing to prove a point, then we went to work and he has been fine ever since.
Tools like that are just that tools. you use it for a little bit, then put them away. I've ridden jumpers who have needed martingales on, and barrel horses who need a tie down. BUT when it is avoidable, then it needs to be! Again, I'm not opposed to the use of SOME equipment SOME of the time, but there is NO excuse to ever crank your horse's head down... using equipment for safety is one thing, but just trying to avoid hard work and find a quick fix, that's disgusting. I was at a show when a girl was riding a 2 year old filly with draw reins. She had them so tight that the filly's chin was touching her chest. Finally with no where to go the filly flipped over in desperation to get away, while also falling on her stupid ass rider. The rider ended up having to go to the hospital, but surprise, surprise, no one had much sympathy for her! This is your new mantra "Nothing beats hard work, nothing beats hard work, there is NO such thing as a quick fix!"