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  1. My qh mare Luna is now 5 and we are FINALLY getting somewhere and learning to get along. She's been greenbroke since 3, but I've been inconsistent, she's had some injury layups and we just butt heads a lot. We are both hard headed and just very good at pushing each other's buttons. But in the last month since some decent weather has arrived, I've been working a lot harder with her, and she's calmed down and matured and I've finally been able to give her the time she needs. Both of us hate arena work, so we try and do just about 20 mins of it and then go out on the trails and that's been a good way to do it. She's cutting bred and LOVES working cows, so that's always a good reward for her. We actually hand galloped several times in the last few weeks with her getting hot headed and throwing in some bucks!! She doesn't buck to dump me, she just loves running and gets too excited. She's always the loser out in the field running laps by herself and bucking lol. Playing with the cows She loves swimming too! Can barely get her out of the water. Holding friends horses while they untangled a calf from a fence. She is excellent bridleless. Steers and stops off of leg and seat very well. I know I need to look up! It's a bad habit of mine. My dog likes to ride too(unless Luna moves) It's so nice to end rides not frustrated with her!
  2. Spring Training Pics/update

    She's got a solid lope outside the arena. On trails we lope all the time and she's fine. It's in the arena that she's lazy and just doesn't want to. I do push her through the bucks. They're nothing huge or scary, just little hops because she doesn't want to go. I hate the arena as much as she does, so we're rather behind in the arena compared to out in the open. I won't be working on much speed with her just yet. We've just hand galloped a few times out in the open. Your advice is appreciated!
  3. Spring Training Pics/update

    Thanks! She's not green on trail, but I still consider her green in the arena. We still have a lot to work on and haven't mastered cantering without occasional bucks and not wanting to keep in it.
  4. A Few Snow Pictures

    It was Echo's first snow! She's 8 months now and she thought the snow was the most amazing thing! She tore around like her tail was on fire. Chessa Reese(the black dog) hates the snow and just stands there lol.
  5. I had that happen once to an almost brand new 150 gallon tank. It's incredibly maddening! Luckily now we have auto waters that are solar heated. I was always having trouble with the horses playing with any heaters I put in, even the ones that go in the drain.
  6. What Do You Call The Vet For?

    I'm not one to call the vet easily. I've dealt with enough injuries that for the most part I can deal with them on my own. Plus it's expensive haha. But if I feel that the horses life is in danger, or that there may be irreparable damage if not seen by a vet, of course I will call. A year or so ago, my mare got a gash beside her eye. I didn't call the vet because although it looked nasty, there was no damage to her eye and I felt as long as I kept it clean and left her in, it would heal quickly. But a couple people at my barn(that are extreme worrywarts) were making a big deal so I did call the vet. I regret it because all the vet did was wash it and put ointment on it, just as I would have done. And it healed right up. Now I mostly go with my gut. Wasted 330 dollars!
  7. I've lost some horses, but I've not had to lose a dog yet. It scares me much more than a horse passing away. One of my dogs, a cairn terrier mix is about 13 now. You'd never know it though except by how grey she is. She still runs and wrestles and keeps up with the 6 month old puppy. Never acts stiff or arthritic at all. But obviously she is getting up there in age. I definitely wish dogs lived longer!
  8. Went to Cumberland falls with 2 friends and 5 dogs! Kind of a circus, but lots of fun. Chessa is a seasoned hiker, but it was Echo's first time. She did great! And had a blast with so many dogs around. With my friends hound/whippet mix, Stella Enjoy!
  9. Favorite Breed Of Horse?

    Quarter horses. They are so far out in front as my favorite. Only breed I have ever owned other than one quarab. I've been around many many other breeds, but never had any desire to own any others.
  10. Puppy Pictures

    Echo is now 14 weeks old. She's coming along very well She comes, sits,stays, is crate trained and house trained and knows to drop things. She's definitely more of a normal puppy than my last dog was! Chess was the easiest puppy ever, practically trained herself. Echo takes more time, but overall its fun! This picture says exactly what Chess(in the middle) thinks of Echo. She despises her. She'd never hurt her, but Echo doesn't understand that Chess has a huuuuuge personal space bubble, so Chess does a lot of growling haha. On the other hand, my other dog Reese adores her! They wrestle and play for hours. Reese is 12, but you'd never guess it by how she plays. Echo loves her toys
  11. Puppy Pictures

    Chess is a JRT/Beagle mix. She is quite the diva. She's an amazing dog in most ways, probably one of the best behaved I've ever been around. But her one bad point is other dogs. She just does not enjoy them. She won't attack them, but she does not share food or toys or me. Her middle name is selfish. Haha.
  12. Little Dogs And Attitudes

    People so so often fail to train their dogs, and it kills me. They just laugh at or ignore bad behavior, and I just don't get it. I am a drill sergeant with my dogs. They are all expected to be polite and well behaved no matter what. No excessive barking, no aggression. They sit, stay, come and behave off and on leash. No pulling or stopping, staying right at my side. They're to ignore other dogs/people unless I give them permission. Even the 12 week old puppy is much better behaved than most of the other dogs in the neighborhood. I do a ton of socializing and desensitizing. To me, dogs are only fun if they're well behaved. I don't want to worry about my dog hurting someone or running off. Even if I drop the leash, I know they're not going anywhere.
  13. New Puppy Pics

    Sooo I stumbled upon a 9 week old beagle/rottie mix, and I had to have her. I adore beagle mixes and looove rotties, so i was a goner. She's super spunky and smart so far, and very good about saying when she has to potty. But sleep will be scare for awhile lol. Enjoy:)
  14. New Puppy Pics

    Oh yes I forgot her name! Hahah. Her name is Echo.
  15. Tendon Trouble

    Hey guys! I know I haven't been around in a while, but I've just been really busy! My 4 year old quarter horse popped a front tendon a few weeks back, and I need some advice on helping it heal. As soon as she did it, i kept her in for 2 weeks, with lots of cold hosing and keeping it wrapped. The lump softened and went down, and she wasn't limping so I turned her back out, putting her in the roundpen for a few days first. I didn't start working her again though. But now the lump is back, and very hard. She's not super lame, but she is a little off. She's not tender to the touch, and there's no heat. Anyone have any idea what else to do to help it heal? She's in right now with her leg wrapped, but keeping her in very long is just not really an option. After a while she just gets so energetic that she starts pacing like mad and rearing in her stall. That certainly doesn't help it to heal. I would appreciate advice from those of you who have experience with tendon issues. Thank you!
  16. Tendon Trouble

    I did have the vet out when she first injured herself. He wasn't very concerned, said it was minor, she should just have restricted activity for a few weeks, and not be back to work for around a month. I simply don't have the money to to call him again. I just bought a car when mine died, and things are tight at the moment. She is currently in at night and out in a small paddock during the day with one quiet old gelding. I guess I'll continue with that for now!
  17. Sad News

    Unfortunately my appaloosa mare Morning is going blind. The vet said that she'll probably be totally blind in the next 6 months, and currently she's only seeing shadows. It's really sad because she's only 14 and by far the most well built, well trained of all my horses. She's been extremely well trained in dressage and even not having done much dressage in 8 years, still does it very well. Not sure what I'm going to do with her. I have her as a trail horse, and we do intense trail riding and she obviously can't do that anymore. Plus she doesn't like people, and on the ground has always been a pill, and prone to kicking. She's perfect under saddle, and on the ground if you're someone she respects she's fine, but she's not safe with just anyone. Now add in that she gets spooked and scared easily, and I could see her hurting someone. She follows her buddy around in the field a lot and does ok like that. But I think I'll probably end up having to put her down. One of my fav pics of her from a few years ago(although I look terrible!!i'm not an english rider at all,plus i've lost 30 pounds since then) This pic is from yesterday. Both her eyes are totally clouded like that. Poor girl. I've never liked her personality, but she's a powerhouse, and once under saddle, a very hard worker. I hate seeing her so unsure of everything. When you lead her she touches you just with the tip of her nose so that she feels safe.
  18. Sad News

    It's glaucoma, and she has a very aggressive and irreversible case. We have tried several different medications, and nothing has made any difference. Her eyes went from normal to completely cloudy in a matter of a few months.
  19. Sad News

    I'm completely aware that some horses can do well blind, however, in my situation, it's just not really a possibility. She is a very aggressive horse, always has been. I can handle her easily, but there are people all around her including kids, that I can't risk getting hurt. I own 4 horses, and have an arrangement with a seminary professor that he keeps them at his farm and helps pay for for them if he can trail ride them with his family. They go to the Smokey mountains and lots of overnight trips that she will not be able to do, thus she would have to fall solely on me financially. I keep one personal horse at another barn, and can't afford to keep another one there as well. As sad as it is, I have no real emotional attachment to her, so putting her down is probably the best option. She is not a loving and trusting horse, and not a good candidate to be trained to be ridden blind. But again, I haven't made any final decisions. I will wait and see what happens when she goes totally blind. If I could find someone that would take her as a pasture ornament that can handle her, I would certainly do that. Thanks for all the opinions and everything!
  20. Me and my friend won free ticket to the Clinton Anderson Walkabout Tour at the Kentucky Horse Park(which is 30 mins from where we live)and we went today! I have to say I think he is my favorite of all the trainers out there. I don't follow any of them religiously, mostly do some of everything, but he is one of the most straightforward and direct ones, plus he's hilarious and kinda hot lol. I've seen him before but it's been awhile and I really enjoyed it. Me and my 3 year old don't get along at all, so seeing some of these techniques again will really help I think. I forget to set goals a lot, and it sets me up for failure. I really enjoy that he isn't afraid to smack horses when they push or kick or get in your space. Too many trainers these days are 'all natural' and never touch the horse. IMO, it's a 1200 lb animal, and they're too dangerous to never physically get after them. They have to know without a doubt what behavior is completely unacceptable. Also, I drool over his horses. Not afraid to admit that I am incredibly jealous. They're soft as putty, and very relaxed and willing. Now this has kicked my butt into gear to get moving with my 3 year old! If I can get her 1/100th as good as his horses I'll be happy! *Edited to add of few pics my friend took This horse is in training...holy cow he's a thousand times better than any horse ive ever ridden! He sidepassed perfectly around the entire arena, was soft as warm butter, and gorgeous. Clinton and one of the demo horses. This horse was a real pill. One of those air brained, hot headed horses that absolutely refused to pay attention or stop moving. He delayed everything because it took Clinton so long to get through to him. Enjoy!
  21. Hey guys, I really need your opinions, especially any vets! I have a 4 year old JRT/beagle, and she's been having gastrointestinal issues for years now. It started when she was a little over year old. Every March when spring came, shed have times when her gut was really loud,with sucking and squishing noises. And she wouldn't want to eat at these times. Generally these episodes last for a few hours, and then shed eat again. For the last couple years, this happened for a couple weeks occasionally, then stoppeed and she was fine until next spring. This year, it won't stop. She had diarrhea and some bloody stool which has never happend before. She's been on metronidazole(sp?) 2 prescription foods,stomach meds and prednisone. Its been 3 months now. About a month ago, she went totally back to normal after being on the prednisone, but 2 weeks after going off of it, she relapsed. We're running out of options. She is under vet care, but I'm just looking for any more opinions to see if anyone has any ideas. She has always been mostly an outside dog. She stays in a pen that is filled with straw, and kept clean. There's nothing for her to get into,and when she's not in her pen she's under constant supervision. She's also on allergy medicine. It seems possibly environmental, since it always starts in the spring when it gets wet. And this year has been extremely wet. Normally its dried out by now. Does anyone have any ideas, anything at all? We've mostly ruled out food allergies. She's been on several different foods and it doesn't seem to change anything. The vet suggested inflamatory bowel disease, but who knows. She's had extensive bloodwork and fecals, that have all come back normal. Sorry this is so long, but I wanted to give all the details. I would really appreciate any ideas. I don't want to have to put her down, but I don't want her to be constantly miserable. Thanks!
  22. I've only fallen off 4 times in my 12 years of riding, and the first time I don't remember anything. It was a blur. But the other 3 times I remember thinking "Wow I feel so stupid.". Probably better things I could think like how to catch myself or something, but I always just feel so dumb when I fall off, even though it happens to everyone. I haven't fallen off in 5 years, but I'm just waiting for my 3 year old to finally get me off! She's not a bronco or anything, but she's very high strung, and it's gonna happen one day lol.
  23. When I Was A Kid...

    We ate whatever was put on the table because it was not an option to refuse. But we always hated vegetables! Broccoli and asparagus were always the ones I hated most, and still are. I'm always surprised when the kids I nanny ask for seconds and thirds of their vegetables, because that's just unimaginable to me. All 6 of my siblings and me hated them.
  24. High Fiber Dog Food

    I've mentioned on here before my dog's issues, not wanting to eat, loud stomach, pooping blood and mucous. Well the vet thinks it's constipation and hemorrhoids, and that she needs plenty of fiber. Does anyone have any recommendations of a high fiber, high quality dog food?
  25. My JRT/Beagle mix has had digestive issues from day one. EVERY March without fail, her system gets messed up. Her stomach hurts, she gets constipated, refuses to eat and drink, stretches all the time. She's been to the vet many times, changed diet, been on medications. After being on a high quality food, digestive aid and allergy medicine, she's been better for the last year or so. Not perfect but manageable. 2 weeks ago she really wasn't feeling good and it was worse than normal so I took her to the vet. Couldn't find much, went on antibiotics and got some stomach meds. Then on Wednesday she pooped quite a bit of blood, and wasn't running or jumping very much, although she was eating and drinking. I took her to the vet in the morning and she stayed there all day. Had tests and everything. The vet thinks that when she was straining to go to the bathroom she hurt her back, and now she has to be confined or she could rupture a disc in her back. Now we have to change her diet again. She's already on a good and somewhat expensive food. I'll be honest, I'm exhausted. Worrying about her and money takes a huge toll on me. We've been back fighting this same thing so, so many times. It never seems to end.