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  1. Warming Bits When Its Cold

    I put my bridle under my coat while I'm saddling. I string it across myself, like a handbag, and then put my coat over it. Then I catch and saddle my horse. The bit is nice and toasty by the time I got pony ready.
  2. Smoke's Ace 7 Yo Apha Stallion

    Might help if he had some meat on his bones too.
  3. Too Harsh?

    Recently I turned a new horse into my bunch and my boss horse run the poor son-uva-gun around for so long and so hard that I had to take him (the boss horse) out. That's not the first time, or the only boss horse who has done that. I sold one boss horse, cause he was too hard on the young'uns. Another is a little less drastic, but I could pretty much bet on him keeping the new one well distanced from the bunch. My current boss horse is usually pretty kind. Later we found out the new horse had the flu. I suspect he was keeping the sick horse away from the rest. There is no such thing as a disney pecking order. It is do or die, make it or break it. No pecking order is established by a dirty look.
  4. Head Tossing

    To add to Cheri's and Smilie's advice... When you discipline Discipline Thru In other words, your horse is tossing his head, you drive him into the bridle/take his head... make sure you get the result you are asking for, then Release. If you do this just as a method, it'll soon become just something else your horse don't accept. Address the issue, till you get a good response, then stop addressing the issue That's why the working around the trees thing didn't really work. It was more a flexing and turning exercise, and it didn't give relief when the head was quiet. Know what reaction you want, then give relief when you get that reaction.
  5. The Downward Gait Transition: From Trot To Walk

    MzP... I do train my ponies to give their face in the downward transition. As far as what RG was describing, I couldn't really make sense of what he wanted. Relaxation comes from obedient submission to my leadership. Not a cue I train into my horse. A young horse will lift his head during a hard downward transition. A young horse should drop his head when asked to meander from a trot to a walk. As the horse gets older, stronger, and more coordinated and experienced, he learns that dropping his head during the hard downward transitions actually helps him. Personally, I thought the question was misaddressed in the article. I saw the person asking the question as a novice horse person, who has been having some success at training at the walk, but having a hard time making things stick at the trot. A bad seat, bouncy hands and bad timing is probly more the problem here. Any horse would have a hard time relaxing under those conditions. Aw tx Cheri... Been busy, riding some very fine horses. HC kinda gets put by the wayside a bunch. I competed in a X Cowboy Race last month. Had a blast. My mare did real well for both of our first time out. We ended up in 3rd in the Pro class and made some money back. I was a happy camper. Anyhoo... here's the link if you are interested It was so much fun, I think I'm gonna have to pursue that
  6. The Downward Gait Transition: From Trot To Walk

    Sheesh folks, tell us how you Really feel.
  7. Paints With A Brain?

    Ok... I hardly ever chime in on posts like this But at the moment I'm riding a client horse that happens to be a paint. I am so impressed by this mare. She stumbled out of the trailer badly over weight and out of shape. She was so fat I had to put her on a diet before a saddle would fit. She's 5. She'd been rode 10 days back when she was 3. I put 2 rides on her and my son put 2 rides on her. She stood like a broke horse for her first set of shoes. Yesterday, her 3rd time riding in the yard (ride #17 in her life time) she pulled 9 calves in the mud and muck. Water running in the back alleys, slick tank and bunk pads, etc, etc. The machinery blowing by us daily doesn't spook her. She's pleasant and eager to learn. I swear this little mare is liking her job. She met me at the gate yesterday morning, asking to be haltered. If you are looking for a good natured, handy, well broke paint, you might be interested in her when i get my time done on her. Which will be at the end of september. She'll be pretty broke by then. This is the sort of horse anybody would love to own. I traded for her 4 yr old sister. I turned that one out to pasture, till I get the older one going. Sis has been in the pasture for only a week, and we're bringing her into the yard today.
  8. I had to laugh after watching your gate video at the end. LOL. Very impressive.

  9. I Really Hate Mares?

    I have never treated mares and different than geldings. Consequently, my mares never act any different than the geldings. Out of hundreds of horses on our place over the yrs, I can remember two mares, who, when coming in heat, actually acted like they come in heat. Other than that, they were just horses. Given you have this mindset, I would trade that filly for a gelding as soon as I could. This is something way deep in the back of your brain, and I doubt you'll change it. Just trade her for a gelding, you know you can enjoy.
  10. I Could Use Some Pointers

    Going faster than what you wanna go is called "chargy". That is the first thing I would fix if it was my horse. You can't hardly do anything else until you can agree on your speed. Transitions, transitions, transitions. On a loose rein... Ask for the walk, she will pull forward into the trot. Pull her right back into the walk. turn the reins loose. As soon as she goes into the trot, pull her back into the walk. Repeat till she can walk a few steps on a loose rein. Praise profusely. Might also keep that drill above on a circle. It might help w/ the counter bending. Like Smilie and HR, I would also teach her to flex. That is some easy lateral work that uses mostly one rein and lots of leg. Check for instructions on flexing here.
  11. What Does It Take To Get A Horse Trained For Reining?

    Ditto to Cheri (thanks for the solid information) and Spotted. To add to things... Reining is bunches of fun. And even if you don't send your horse to a top notch trainer and spend oodles and caboodles of money on him, you'll find that having a good reining foundation makes your horse very ridable and enjoyable. Do-it-yourselfing can be tuff if you don't know what you are doing. Spend the next yr or two getting yourself educated. Get some lessons w/ a reining trainer. You'll love the riding and the knowledge you'll gain. Pay attention to what Cheri said about your horse and address the problems he has. When the time comes, you can then make a decision on whether you want to start your colt yourself or if you want to send it out to training. Again, that decision depends on what kind of skills you have at that time. You must've put down a little bit of change to get a breeding to that stud. Don't stop there... Spending money in the right places will make all the difference on whether or not you have a pasture ornament for life, or a mount that you are proud to ride.
  12. Shortening And Lengthening Your Reins

    LOL... Melissa you are a riot Yes... you can skip the posting... just because you are in special circumstances. We'll make an exception for you this time. Practice this while you are off. It'd be nice if you could have that skill in place when you and Blue get going again. Thanks Magic... That's the reason I keep 2 computers around. The mac has a pretty good video program, and I didn't have to pay those outrageous MS prices.
  13. Shortening And Lengthening Your Reins

    Yes!!! Exactly what I'm talking about... You guys just figured it out somehow. Can't even remember how it works exactly, darn sure nobody ever taught you how. I do this online coaching thing, and believe it or not, it works really, really good. But I've had to teach folks how to shorten and lengthen their reins again and again. There is a huge bunch of people out there that'll set their reins where they think they should be and won't shorten or lengthen them. You can't do that... You gotta give and take, pressure and release, get in his face and let him go. And to do that w/ confidence, you sure need to have some kind of method to the madness. This is just one of those things that folks outta know how to do, and not get in trouble for. So I thought I'd throw it out here.
  14. Shortening And Lengthening Your Reins

    Yeah, we sure had a little fun. duke... sheesh, and here I thought I making my big debut. SST, how bout I mount that camera in place of my head, maybe I could quit my day job then? I gotta say, you guys know how to have some fun. I posted this on another BB and didn't get a single comment on it. don't know why I even bothered.
  15. Adjusting your reins is an important skill to master if you want to have effective control of your horse, or if you want to train your horse and he needs very precise rein signals. Take a min to watch this vid This is something you can practice now during the cold weather months, at home in your easy chair, so that you have this skill in place when you can get back to riding your horse. Can you embed videos here? If yes, how do I do that?