NavyCowgurlUp 23

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  • Birthday 07/07/1981

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    VA BCH, VA
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    Horses, showing, rodeo,dressage
  1. Halter Class

    Start 1st with ground manners. She must be extreamly well behaved! and getting her to square up when you ask her too. Also the appaloosas competing at the national and world level are not ridden ( at least the winners I know). Many are trotted long distances behind ATVs ( at a slow pace) to help build muscle. Neck sweats, and most of the time stalled. But for starters, ground manners, walking and trotting next to you. Stopping when you stop, turning when you turn ( without putting your hand on them). As for grooming, Brushing daily, keep face, ears etc trimmed. Keep feet trimmed and or shod. keep mane pulled. I do not compete in halter at the national or world level, but at the local level and local breed shows. Halter is not really my thing, performance is. But there are a few things to get you started. Oh!! A well fitted halter!! it needs to be snug, and against the face, not hanging. Not a pro in this area, again halter is not something I train for, but I do keep my horses fresh with the basics. ps. way of going at the walk and trot are the biggest. who is the Sire and Dam?
  2. Your Opinions On Using The Saddle Horn And Tie Downs!

    As far as tie downs go...well its just going to depend on the horse. I have several that need one and several that don't. Just if you decided to use one, don't put it on so tight as to restrict your horse's ability to run and turn. As for the horn, well I use mine, but only in my turns. i see no other need to use it unless I am turning. That's how I learned at well. Been barrel racing since I was 4. Started on ponies, and by the time I was 10 I trained my 1st barrel horse. But again its going to be dependent on what your horse will need, and how you ride. I recommend using the horn in turns.....nothing like getting left behind has your horse comes out of a turn. in between the barrels you may need both hands to help set your horse up for the turn.
  3. Is There A Age Limit?

    There is no age limit to gelding a horse. I normally geld my horses between 3 and 4 yrs old. I have had a few that were gelded in their mid to late teens, after having sired several foal crops. They were great stallions, but were being sold to tween girls as show horses. So the "manhood" had to go! But no age limit!
  4. Question For Vets/vet Techs Or Knowledgeable People

    Wow you are being charged a lot!! I am currently living in VA and I only pay $160.00 for the same plan you have. It would actually be $180.00 because I get discounted on the intra nasal strangles, and PHF. I get a 10% discount on all other services as well. and a reduced farm call fee. I normally have the horses get Rabies, Flu/rhino, VEWT, WNV,PHF, Strangles. If i decided to not do the vet plan, I just order everything from Valley Vet, and show my barn manager. I can even get rabies, I just get no proof of rabies vaccine. But I liked the Plan thing last year so I am doing it again this year.
  5. Warming Bits When Its Cold

    I use a bit warmer. It wraps around the bit and it keeps it nice and warm. I have a couple of bit warmers.
  6. Starting A Horse On Barrels

    Starting a horse on barrels...... slow slow training gets a safe, fast, and sane barrel horse. I can walk my horses in the arena, do my run, and walk out. I see too many horses that have been fried mentally and have to be backed in, rearing, dragged in....... You have to do lots of walking the pattern. Lots of stopping. backing up and waiting. You have to get the horse on their butt!! I would suggest that you try to find a trainer in your area, or even some professional training videos. I have always started training on barrels with lots of walking the pattern. I normally just walk the pattern not looing for perfection, but adding my pockets for my turns. This gives my horse a chance to start learning the pattern. After a while I start adding in stops and backing up at each barrel. After stopping abd backing up always make them stand quietly for a few seconds; before moving forward and around the barrel. I may continue this for two months before trotting to each barrel, stoping and backing up, and waiting. I normally in a session I will trot the horse through the pattern completly 3-4 times, and walk in between each trotting run. And thats it. I do not practice the pattern for hours everyday. Eventually ( 4-6 months) before they even lope a full pattern ( not blow out, just lope without stopping and backing up). I work at every speed the same. lots of walking, stopping, backing, and just waiting. After the 3rd barrel and your coming home, i never, ever lope past the 1st two barrels! I lope half way and then walk back to my start point. Stop turn around, back up and just sit ( I have sat a horse in front of barrels for 30 mins before). 2-3 days before a competition I will warm my horse up well, lope the pattern a few times ( always walking the pattern between each run) and then may do two blow out runs, but thats it! I do this with all of my speed events. The same horses that run barrels, also show western pleasure, reining, roping, hunters,jumpers, and dressage. So Barrel horse are more than just barrel horses.
  7. Question About Charging For Training...

    I don't think it was becasue of the ad that I found many/most people lied. I think they just didn't want to tell me about a problem horse. I had many people tell me " oh he just needs a tune up...." then I get there and find out the horse has never been backed.....or he likes to dash right to the gate with his rider....etc. I have tried explaing to people that if I know the problem up front ( if its for a problem horse and do not have to hunt for it) I can start working to correct the problem. I may have lost business with the ad stating no rearing horses....but my neck isn't worth it! I have 4 children at home and the fact of I want to LIVE. I think people who have a rearing horse have a few options 1. never ride that horse again 2. send to a trainer who is willing to make the attempt ( though I would be with number 1. I would never trust that horse again). 3. put him down ( I would never advocate selling a chronic rearing horse). Back to the ad: I have just found that a lot of people, mainly those who have had horses a long time, and those who know more about horses than the beginner have been the ones to not tell the whole truth and have left many things out. So now I do contnue to train, but only in 30 day incriments, and the horse is brought to the barn where I board and train my horses. WOW that was long and drawn out!!! maybe a little off topic too...oops
  8. Question About Charging For Training...

    OMG I haven't been on here in AGES!!! anyways...... If you want to do this just to get more riding in, and exercise horses I could see 20.00 maybe 25.00. But the owner MUST ride the horse 1st and in front of you. Like Cheri said you cannot charge as a trainer unless you ARE a trainer. Just saying you are doesnt make you one. This can be a nice little way to make a few bucks, but you'll not get rich doing this......remeber to factor in time, fuel and distance. I have already tried this, and as a trainer! The entire craigslist thing and all......unless the horses are local, and you can get a few in the same areas of town, to me it was not worth it! I had several clients that I would drive to several times a week. I gave discounts for multiple booking, refferals. In the end The time and wear and tear was not worth it. If someone wanted a tune up, great no problem....its the people who think they are going to hand me a 3 year old with nothing done to him and end up with a dead broke horse in 3 -4 rides. My ad always stated that rearing horses would not be considered, because it is my thoughts that a chronic rearing horse and/or flipper cannot be fixed or trusted. Yet I would constantly get calls requesting to work rearers/flippers. Biggest thing.....Becareful!!!! Everyone does lie!! And only accept cash!!! checks bounce, and then you play **** trying to collect!
  9. Saddle Talk

    If your lookin for a good 16in barrel saddle, try a Dakota. I have been using my Dakota barrel saddle for 5 years now and it is great. It is made well, and it cost me $850 brand new!! I am not sure if they have a website or not, but I am sure you can find them at a tack shop!! [smiley Wavey] take care
  10. Do YOU call the Farrier when it's time........

    The barn i am at here in VA has over 140 horses here. So the farrier has a set day of every wed from 9-4. and second farrier comes every tues. and one other farrier comes up from NC 1 time a month. I like my farrier. He comed every wed. and twice a month we talk. 1 time for one mare, and another time for another mare. works for me.
  11. Yes, or No? All I need is one word from you all!

    they should have to qualify
  12. Yes, or No? All I need is one word from you all!

    they should have to qualify
  13. Round skirt barrel saddle?

    I use a round pad!!!
  14. my new dressage pony TATTOO!!! ** pics**

    I like a lot!! very cool
  15. My colt, $10 mare, play! (bunch of pics)

    If tha appy comes up missing, do not come looking here. i repeat do not come looking here!! LOL