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    riding and showing cutting horses and cowhorses. yoga, good music, motorcycles
  1. Ryan Gingrich

    I dont have a chicken anymore. I am now an experienced chicken wrangler. I re-homed him!!!! It required a fishing net and a towel and a nighttime ride in my convertable. hahahahahahaaaaaa I loved him very much but he kept pooping on the hay! He just had to go. Hi Smilie! LOL stick horse cutting is fun! Don will do it once in a while to make a point to a non pro. It is hilarious to watch.
  2. Do Barefoot Horses Perform As Well?

    This is Hal. He's 18 years old and has never had shoes on. He is competitive and wins a lot. He has really good feet and FOR HIM, this is okay. Other horses do better in shoes. It all depends on the horse. To answer the question, can a horse be as competitive without shoes? Sure. A horse that has good feet, in the type of discipline where shoes aren't necessary to keep a horse safe and sound (like in eventing or something), sure a horse can be competitive.
  3. Speaking Of Cutter...did I Mention That I Visited Her?

    Nice Job Miz Parker :) Floridacracker, we use the mechanical cow in conjunction with cattle all the time. We use it for all stages of horses, and also to train riders. For one thing, it is a great way to teach mechanics, and it can be used to set up certain scenarios that one needs to work on. It never needs to be fed, it never gets tired, and it does exactly what you tell it to, so a rider can get the repetition he/she needs to learn some feel. Broke horses get bored of it, so we try not to overdrill on it, but it is good for keeping the mechanics sharp. As for the training process, we start on cattle right away, as well as the mechanical cow. At first, we use one cow at a time in the pen, to teach the horse to follow the cow, go with the cow and stop with the cow, and rate it. You basically read each cow and can control how fast they go by how much you get in their "bubble" or flight zone. Different cows have different flight zones. You teach a horse how to read these things and how to understand how to stop a cow. Then we add a herd in the center and cut out one cow and go "round" the herd. This sets up another win win situation for the horse to learn how to keep a cow out of the herd without the added pressure of having the herd flat and having to hold a line and have the cow putting more pressure on the horse than he can handle at that stage. Again, depending on the situation, the rider can "hang back" and take pressure off the cow to slow things down, or they can step up and put pressure on to speed things up. Eventually, the horse gets to the point where he is able to handle going flat and working like a proper cutting horse. It is a process like anything else. The mechanical cow, for us, is an integeral part of that process but does not come close to replacing cattle. It can be used in conjunction with cattle however. I hope this answered your question :)
  4. Independent Women, Treated Different?

    Contrary to popular opinion that Poco Lena had a human trainer, that saint of a mare trained herself! LMAO LMAO LMAO Ole PeeWee maybe thought he trained her but the truth is she got trained and cut so well DESPITE him and the others who rode her. Poor pony. Yeah I dont' really let it bother me, it gives me a good chuckle. Merry (hug!) has it right, no need to be offended unless we let ourselves. But I hadn't thought too much of feminism. I mean, my mom was an independent type and one of the ones who had fought those battles so that those of my generation could realize more equality. I just was surprised, as I always am, poor little naive hippy me, when I encounter senseless hatred or ignorance.
  5. Where The Heck Has Cutter Been?

    Thats pretty true Miz. Maybe I just have the wrong expectations about posting and shouldn't let that bother me, but perhaps that's part of it. The more I do this, the more I realize just how many hours of effort it really does take. And I know, that most people, not only don't want to but also cannot put that much time into it, because their lifestyle doesn't include that. I'm not saying this is right or wrong, it just is. So I read posts and I just feel like whatever I say can't really be of use. But maybe I'm just using the forum in the wrong spirit. If I use it just for entertainment and social life, perhaps I would be happier.
  6. Independent Women, Treated Different?

    Great replys everyone, thanks for sharing your stories! Yes I think you are right MRS about the "showing of my belly." It has been a journey for me to figure out a few things: one, how to come across as nice and approachable and still knowledgabel and worthy of respect...not holier than thou, not ballbuster, but not no pushover either. two, that it is OKAY for people to not like me and I don't need to prove myself to them. Silly isn't it. Paws, is your trainer in rail classes? If so more power to her! That is awesome. I read an article about the disparity between the ratio between lady/men trainers and lady/men who made the finals in Pleasure and other rail events. It was amazing. The sport where the ratio of lady/men trainers to the percentage of lady/men who made the finals was even...was cutting! So apparently if we are talking about glass ceilings in the horse training world, I'm at least in the "right" discipline! LongingToRun, that cracked me up! That happened to my sister a bit. She worked at the Internet company Ask Jeeves and she was a "tester" which means she proofread all the links to find problems. Well she would find them and then go and try to tell the programmers (mostly russian males) where the problems were, (she was in her early 20's just out of college), and they would NEVER listen to her. She would go get her supervisor (older man), he would go tell the programmers the EXACT SAME thing, and they would do it. Finally she came up with some way to communicate to them without damaging their fragile hairy back egos hahahaha. She had to go "Igor, I see on this page there is this line of code, perhaps you meant it to be...this...instead?" Sheesh. To me that is WAY too much work! But it worked for her. I just find it laughable that when dealing with people you have to always compensate for their egos! No wonder I like being in the barn so much!
  7. Independent Women, Treated Different?

    I didn't know at first MRS. But I've been members of both for about a year now, so I don't think that makes me a newbie? And I was very careful to never come across as a know it all or anything like that. Actually, I was so self depreciating at first it was laughable. It took me a long while to figure out the pattern, and it was only with a select few of the members, always the same ones. Once I figured out the pattern, I decided, yes, it is because I'm female. But I could be wrong. Who knows?
  8. I was just mulling this over the other day. I've never been a "feminist" so to speak. To be honest I've never thought much of it at all. I was raised by my parents to be an independent strong person who could do whatever I put my mind to. Gender didn't factor. I'm unmarried and a "career" type, and I spend all my time doing something that could possibly make me seem "tough?" (I.E. wrangling horses around). I've done it long enough now to have some confidence and some know how. Now on here, where it's mostly women and "enlightened" men, I never ran into any problems with people reacting too negatively to this/me? However, I started posting on two other bulletin boards where the members were mostly male, and mostly either cowboys or male cutters. Now me, all naive and friendly like a puppy I figured I'd just be accepted right in. WOW! Some of them were kind and nice and awesome and I made some good friends. It seemed though, there were always a few that reacted very negatively to me and were unneccessarily mean for no apparent reason. The things they said made me understand that they were trying to "put me in my place." I finally figured out that perhaps it had something to do with me being a woman in my thirties. I never encountered that before but sure I have heard the stories of career women/business women, powerful thirty something women who feel they are not treated with the same respect as male colleagues? Who have to go above and beyond to "prove" themselves? A man is seen as "strong" a woman as a "ballbuster?" Am I on the wrong track here? I wonder if many lady trainers have this problem? I wonder if that is why many of them aren't married? Anyone have any thoughts on this topic, or stories to share? Is this in my head, or is this a real phenomenon? I would figure by this day and age we'd be past all that crap but maybe not?
  9. Where The Heck Has Cutter Been?

    Thanks for the responses. I don't really know how to articulate exactly what I feel about it. I guess I'll just post when I feel like it and won't when I don't. I don't want anyone to feel like I'm some sort of self important "guru" who is withholding information from people because I'm cranky or something. And I certainly don't think I"m the only one with a valid opinion or real experience. HR, when I see an intelligent discussion on some of the finer points of performance riding, I'll join right in.
  10. Training Greenies-natural Progression

    What breed? How big? She won't learn how to trot more balanced under saddle unless you help her. If she pushes through your hands and leg to invert and throw her shoulder down, then your aids aren't effective enough to get the point across. I'm not saying force her into a frame she isn't physically capable of holding. I'm saying, get the point across. Things get harder when more forward motion/more speed is added. It is harder because the rider has to be handier, the cues have to be more effective and come quicker. Trotting is the best for getting a horse supple and strong however. If I were you, I would go ahead and work at a trot, and for now, concentrate only on that shoulder and ribs, with a bit of inside rein. Forget contact or frame. Let your mare have her head and use what Cheri Wolfe calls "one rein riding", where you set an arc with inside rein only towards your inside hip, about where your pants seam/belt loop is. Then use your inside leg and body weight in that seat bone, coupled with steady legs and supple soft back, to ride your horse into this arc. Use that inside leg to "make the circle bigger." Think of how air goes into a balloon and pushes it round from the inside. This doesn't require a lot of muscle, you just have to be effective enough to get the point across that your mare must at least try this. Your weight shift can really help here. Put your weight down that inside leg all the way from your seatbone (NOT leaning or leading with your shoulder) and ride the circle bigger.
  11. Where The Heck Has Cutter Been?

    Great to hear Shelley! I'm glad you are, Yoga is wonderful not only for your body but also your mind and spirit as well :) I didn't mean me "not fitting in" to sound snobby in the slightest. I can certainly take differences of opinion and good healthy debate over methods, etc. Like Gunsel mentioned, I sure enjoy intelligent and interesting horse related discussions. But like he said, those seem to be lacking. I don't mind newbies asking newbie questions, and there are plenty of capable hands on here who can answer those kind of questions and provide a service. But when it came to deeper discussions, it seemed like all of a sudden everyone who had any sort of ego or emotional hangup of some sort would get all puffed up and bowed up and start butting heads. Now that's no fun for anyone. When I got back from the World, I realized what is important to me, and that that requires a lot of focus. I have always spent more time in the barn and riding than on here, but I needed to focus solely on that and stay off the computer and off of the petty ego theory arguments. The more I learn out there in the dirt, the less all the theory seems to matter anyway, even if the theory is what is behind it all. I also met someone in OKC that is a wonderful and caring person and a very capable hand and it made me really think about how we treat each other online and how sad that is. In one way, it is great that we have a forum where EVERYONE'S opinion is valid and anyone who can type can put their thoughts out there for everyone to see. But when it comes to horses, there is a plain fact that there are some people who have MADE IT. Who have proven themselves and have put the time in to becoming capable. I'm not trying to say that these people's opinions are "more valid," but maybe...well maybe I am trying to say that. Maybe I'm trying to say that it should be remembered that there are some who come on here to share their experience and they have REAL experience and REAL feel backing up the words they type on here. Yet time and time again I see them cut down by people who's experience doesn't begin to even come close to the experience of the one they are putting down. Now questioning and even constructive criticism or a positive debate on different methods is one thing. But when it gets snarky and it is obviously the rearing up of an ugly ego head, that is another. And I think that is why the training forum, which used to be so busy, is now all but dead. All I see on here is people exchanging chit chat and pleasantries on the gen horse talk threads, and newbies asking basic training questions. Every time I have lurked, thinking about coming back, I click on a "hot" training topic, only to find someone getting "talked down to" like they were a friggin five year old, when in reality they are a grown adult with EXPERIENCE. I'm sorry, but I just don't spend 10-12 hours a day in a barn refining my craft and learning all this, to come on here and GIVE AWAY training tips that my trainer charges a grand a month get talked down to like that. The forums and the modern interactive world is a great thing in so many ways, but I think there are also caveats, and that is one of them. It is the degradation of the expert. I'm not saying everyone should kowtow to the experts and hang on their every word with blind faith and adoration. That is ridiculous too. But especially in a skill craft like horsemanship, it should be remembered that there are beginners, and there are experts, and that it takes A LOT OF TIME and EFFORT to gain the skill necessary to REALLY understand the feel behind the theories and mechanics we talk about. It takes 10,000 hours of good practice to become a master at something. I don't know, maybe I'm just rambling. Take it all for what it's worth, which isn't much. I've searched the web for a place to talk horses with people without all the ego that goes along with it, and so far, I haven't found it. Either it is a snarky nasty environment with no real learning, or it is a bland, censored, tame environment where no one posts anything more than pleasantries and basic posts. I sure wish it was different.
  12. Where The Heck Has Cutter Been?

    Hi all. A little bird told me to drop by. Yep Wingranch you got it. It gets old for sure. I've just been busy working, like usual. I decided to not post online much anymore, as I felt like I don't particularly fit in here in this venue any longer. I hope all you are having fun with your horses and enjoying yourselves.
  13. The Story Of Stuff

    I think you are absolutely right about people using consumerism as a means of identity. I see it all the time. For example, I just got back from a huge horse show. It is unbelievable how much stuff is for sale at these shows. I save all year so I can get things I want/need, such as stirrups, a new bit, etc. It is super easy to get caught up, though. Last year I was in Ft Worth at the NCHA Futurity. I spend most of my time on the ranch in a barn and consequently don't dress up much. However, I have some "go to town" outfits. As I walked into the Watt Arena there at Will Rogers, I had nice Boulet Boots on, new jeans, a nice shirt, a bling bling belt, and an angora jacket with a faux fur collar, with some bling bling earrings. (fake). I felt pretty snazzy! That is until I walked past Susan Waggoner and her friends right in the door, dripping fur and diamonds!!!! Woah. Holy crap! Well there isn't any way to compete with those gals (they are bazillionaires for one thing and I wouldnt wear real fur anyway). Despite a many years long yoga and meditation practice I really had to check myself from getting carried away. As you walk though those vendors it is almost like you aren't a "real cutter" unless you have all that stuff! Now that's ridiculous. It is my ability on the back of the horse that makes me a "real cutter," not the outfit I have on. But one has to constantly keep reminding oneself of that! I took my friend to Ft Worth one year, a young cowhorse trainer. And she DID get carried away! She maxed out her customer's credit card buying tons of stuff. The customer was not happy. I understand what happened to my friend though. She got caught up. All of a sudden she wasn't a "real trainer" if she didn't have all those saddles and that new colt with the hot bloodlines and such. I see it with my trainer's daughter even more. She sometimes defines herself by the brands she wears. It's not enough to have a hoodie sweatshirt. It HAS to be a FOX hoodie. Because the FOX hoodie makes her a "cool motocross type chick". Never mind the fact that she can actually ride the bike pretty good and could ride it good regardless of what sort of sweatshirt she had on. For some reason the sweatshirt, not the bike, gives her the sense of identity!
  14. The Story Of Stuff

    I didn't watch the vid...I will later. I understand what you are saying though. I don't know if there is an actual conspiracy to force consumerism, but that is definitely the trend that many manufacturers use! If they can get us used to constantly wanting/having to upgrade, they keep selling products. We live in a throw-away culture. For instance, it is cheaper and easier these days to buy a new lawnmower when yours breaks, than to get it repaired. The cheap one you buy will be guaranteed to break again after a year or so. Again it is easier to buy a new one than get it repaired. Same with cell phones. The battery in my cell phone got damaged. I went to buy a new battery and it was almost as much as just buying a whole new phone! So I bought a new phone instead.