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About daydreambeliever

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  • Birthday 08/21/1951

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    Blue Springs, Mo.
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    horses, gardening
  1. Saddle And Smaller Horse

    I have been using a mounting block to get on. The saddle has always fit me just fine. My expert trains and shows walking horses professionally. Actually, I had two experts; the other has trained walking horses and has ridden in competitive trail with Tennessee Walkers for about 25 years. I have saddled mixed QH breeds for the last 13 years and had four years of formal riding lessons. I don't consider myself to be an expert, but I do know when something doesn't feel right. I would just as soon get more use out of a saddle that I paid a lot of my meager teacher's salary to get. Now if you have any experience with gaited horses and adapting tack to their unique structure, I'd be happy to hear what you have to say.
  2. Saddle And Smaller Horse

    I am trying to use a western saddle with full quarter bars on a horse that weighs about 500 pounds less than the last horse. She is an American spotted saddle horse and like other gaited horses, she is built up considerably in the withers. I was told by an expert that my saddle would give her lots of room. It shifts when I get on and off with just a fleece backed pad, so I bought a set of extra pads that hang over the withers to produce a tighter fit. These still leave some shifting going on. This happens with the girth as tight as I can get it (and the girth is her size). Is there a saddle pad that is built up to prevent less shifting?
  3. New Horse With Fearful Personality

    Thanks for the advice, all of you. I've been considering taking one of the lesson horses at my barn out for trail riding to get my confidence back. I've also considered getting someone to take my mare out, also. Last summer we worked on basics like making turns and stopping at "whoa." She acted as if she had some training, but not a whole lot of riding in years. To make matters worse, I hadn't had but a few hours of riding in three years. The article in Horse and Rider said only an experienced rider has any business on a timid horse and I guess that really got me thinking I had the wrong horse. But, if you are saying that testing and lack of confidence is common with new horses, perhaps there is hope.
  4. New Horse With Fearful Personality

    I bought a 13 year old mare last year whose last owner was 80 years old and had ridden a lot on trails with her. She was quiet when I rode her and passed my very experienced friend's criteria for a nice easy going horse. She was very quiet when trailered and vet checked. Just when I thought I was going to do some trail riding that summer, she proved to be anything but quiet. She'd bolt at seeing equipment that go by her stall twice a day. She almost threw me to follow another horse going the opposite direction. She's fine in an arena, but jigs horribly in the park. She fits the personality description of a fearful horse in this month's Horse and Rider. Could she have been drugged when I bought her? I am very discouraged about having a horse at all since my last horse turned out to be a mistake also.
  5. General Lack Of Discipline

    Society is degenerating on a whole. This may be on account of our being open to so many hairbrained ways of thinking including the lack of respect for anyone in authority. I listened to some so-called behavior consultant advocate letting a child do absolutely anything he wants. This guy's kid, understandably, is banned by two airlines because of his kid's behavior. No daycare will take him. His father will run him every where at the drop of a hat to get whatever he wants. I heard some psychologist tell the school board that no school should give homework, afterall, his kid's parents do not send their laundry to school. I would have liked to ask this guy if he himself would have been prepared for college without having homework in high school.
  6. Dirty Tail

    My mare has a luxurious tail. Unfortunately, she cannot seem to keep it out of the way when she poops. There are always these little beads of manure stuck in the underside of her tail and are very difficult to wash out. Is a tail bag the only answer?
  7. New Skittish Mare

    Thank you all for your good advice!
  8. New Skittish Mare

    I bought a small gaited horse in April that was supposed to be a seasoned trail horse. I board her at a barn with around 20 other horses. For a 13 year old with lots of experience, she didn't know much. I have been doing lots of groundwork and riding in an arena to teach her the meaning of the word "whoa," to respond to cues in making turns, to go forward at a fast walk, and to lead without running into me. She seems to have adapted to the activity at the barn (motorized equipment, people popping out of doorways, etc), but has these days when those things will cause her to shy badly. Yesterday I walked her in the park for the first time with another horse being led ahead of us and she was agitated. Riding her in the park seems like a bad idea at this point. One of the barn managers told me that mares frequently come to the barn and go continuously into heat from being in the proximity of many other horses, especially if they have come from a place with only a few horses. It may not help that there is a stallion in the next aisle. An 80 something year old man has been her only owner up to now. I don't know if he didn't expect much out of her or she is just testing me a whole lot. She learns fast, so I assume she was trained to do some of the things I've worked with her on. Someone said she may have just followed another horse on a ride and was not expected to follow cues. I am 61 and not crazy about riding a jigging horse. My questions are: do you think her agitation will subside as she becomes acquainted with her new surroundings and me? Would focusing on groundwork in other locations like the park be the best solution at this point?
  9. What To Look For In Horse Property

    You both have given me quite a lot to research and consider. Thanks!
  10. What To Look For In Horse Property

    My husband and I are looking at about 30 acres of land to build a house and a 3 to 4 stall barn. It is in a farming community, but the closest riding park is 10 minutes away. It has access to utilities. So what else should we consider in choosing a place to keep a horse? Should I make sure there is a dry lot? Do you think riding in the immediate area would become too confining? I've boarded in places across from parks, so this would be different for me. I don't have a trailer.
  11. Advice On Buying A Horse

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  12. Advice On Buying A Horse

    I may be buying a horse or two and have questions about how I can prevent being stuck with a horse who turns out to have behavior issues or significant lameness. I would intend to bring the most knowledgeable horse person I know to try out a horse and an excellent leg and feet veterinarian before any money changed hands. However, what could I do to ensure that I could return a horse if it looks like it had been tranquilized or given a big dose of bute before we came to see it and problems became evident within a couple of weeks of it being at my place? I've been badly burned once and would prefer to forgo horse ownership than to have another bad sale.
  13. Learn From My Horsey Fail

    Do not head out on a trail ride for the first time with your brand new saddle bags before riding a few times in an arena. I did and had to put up with a bucking horse a few miles from the barn. To make matters worse, I had tied them on with baling twine, couldn't untie them, and didn't have a knief. Another thing not to do is some advice from some horse listing website about how to unbridle your horse. The writer said to buckle a halter around the horse's neck and connect the cross ties. Bad, bad advice. I saw someone's horse pass out when he spooked after a halter had been buckled around his neck. Luckily he was on a lead rope which gave him enough slack to hit the ground. A horse on cross ties in that situation would hang.
  14. How Old Is Too Old To Take Care Of A Horse

    Thank you all for your advice. I know I am not ready to give up riding and dream about being able to take care of my own horses instead of boarding. There is just something to making things just right for my horse that I can only compare to putting a sleepy child in his bed--some sort of indescribable peace that I hope to experience on my own place.
  15. I'll be 60 years old this year and may have to buy some acreage to avoid paying taxes when we sell the family farm I inherited. It would only be logical for me to have a couple of horses on this place. I have the experience and ability to take care of some low keyed horses now. Does anyone have a general idea of how old a person can take care of livestock? It is a question my husband presented to me. I would have automatic waterers and hay stacked for me and would have a list of people to hire in if I couldn't take care of my animals due to a virus or something.