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About Sarah_and_Jazzy

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  • Birthday 08/13/1988

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    Ball under mars
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    Arabian horses, hunter/jumpers, dressage, starting babies, showing, riding in the open and down the trail. Photography, caves, exploring, making an adventure out of life!
  1. Mules? Tell Me Everything.

    I finally got my first real mule experience this year. (Previously I had borrowed mules for trail rides and had handled them at the sale barn I work at) I got to put a couple months of riding on a very green and "high strung" young mule. I absolutely loved that critter! You have to motivate a mule. They will do what they *want* to do, not what you push them into doing. When a mule trusts you, they are quite reliable. They are very full of personality. It took a couple of weeks of just getting to know each other, but once she knew me she was meeting me at the gate every time she saw me outside. Now, there were some challenges with her that were different than most horses. She was wary of anything done with her for the first time, while most horses seem to come to expect new things while in training and get to be fairly easy to "coax" into different things. The mule has to analyze every situation. Once they figure out everything is OK, it is almost like you installed a new button. They get "programmed" easily. That can be good and bad. If you let them get away with things, that will always come back to haunt you. I don't recommend that anyone without experience run out and buy an equine of any sort. Take riding lessons for a year or so, read everything you can get your hands on, and save your money and buy a quality, well broke animal when you are ready. I don't see why you wouldn't get along with a very well broke, teenage mule with a good brain, as long as you got some experience first.
  2. Mystery Illness - Swollen Hind Legs.

    Last year she had a different mare come down with pigeon fever, which is almost unheard of in this area. Now we are wondering if that isn't the cause of what is going on with these mares. It certainly is weird! They are back on bute and antibiotics. One of the mares had a fever over the weekend and was feeling pretty sick, but perked back up once the antibiotics were started.
  3. Mystery Illness - Swollen Hind Legs.

    I am posting to see if anyone else has ever seen anything similar. These horses belong to a client who takes very good care of her animals. A couple weeks ago, we noticed slight swelling in the left hind leg of one of her 6 year old mares. She was very slightly stiff/off on that leg. There were no breaks in the skin and no heat. We didn't think much of it and cold hosed and put the mare up for the day, figuring she had tweaked it playing in the pasture or had kicked something. The next day, the poor mare could hardly walk and both hind legs were swollen, and one of her forelegs was beginning to swell. Her legs never got that "tree trunk" look that a horse with cellulitis gets, it was more of a very stocked up look, despite the horse living outside 24/7. She also has no history of skin infections (scratches etc). The vet was called out and said it was some sort of systemic infection (although she didn't have a fever), gave her a shot of antibiotics, put her on tucoprim and bute and said to exercise and cold hose daily. She was much improved the next day, but now her other 6 year old mare was presenting the same symptoms - a puffy left hind. Since her owner knew she was most likely dealing with the same thing, she called her vet who gave her more tucoprim and got the second mare started on the same program. Both mares seemed just fine after a few days. They finished their antibiotics and while the whole incident was very strange, it seemed like no big deal since both horses were sound and back to work. Well, now the mares are back to square one. The vet is coming out, but the normal vet is out of town and the vet he has taking his calls will be the one out this time. There are 3 other horses on the property that are fine, including two that live in the same paddock and eat the same hay, etc. We are all really scratching our heads on this one!
  4. Jj Tuff Butt

    Too Tuff to Skip
  5. Finding The Right Bit

    It sounds like you need to go back to a basic snaffle and teach him to respond to it properly. Stronger bits are to refine horses that already understand how to give to the bit and respond to it softly. If your horse doesn't know that, no bit will fix him. He needs to learn to bend a flex in a snaffle, and then as he becomes more finished on the barrel pattern, you can step him up to a leverage bit to refine him if he needs it.
  6. At What Point Is It Cruel To Keep An Animal Alive?

    The dog is still sitting at the vet, waiting for donations so they can continue with the surgery :/ A huge part of me thinks that because it was on the news, they feel they have to try and force out a happy ending.
  7. At What Point Is It Cruel To Keep An Animal Alive?

    Here is my opinion! At first, I thought it was great that the dogs were being rescued. I was a bit apprehensive, however, about trying to adopt out dogs that were from fighting bloodlines. I have NO issue with pits, but any dog bred to fight that also has a history of abuse could potentially be unpredictable, especially once fattened up and feeling better! The point that I started to feel a little sick about it was when they suggested raising the money to put the poor thing through chemotherapy. If the dog has cancer, in my opinion, it would be most fair to give the dog a dignified end, with a full belly and her last memories being of affection. If this was a private person wanting to spend that kind of money on their own pet, I would have no issue. The fact that the money is coming from donations is what bothers me. Imagine how far that money could go to help dogs that are perfectly healthy and adoptable! Why pour it into one dog that may not even make it, or may turn out to be unsuited for adoption?
  8. I thought this situation might make for an interesting debate! I have a friend that gets very emotionally wound up with animals, dogs in particular. She is the type that sees a dog on the side of the road and immediately assumes it is abandoned and takes it home. Well, she somehow became involved in the rescue of some severely abused/neglected pit bulls. Chances are, these dogs were being used to raise fighting dogs. They are females, not spayed, and have had many litters of pups. The dogs had been beaten and starved, and were severely infested with fleas..overall a disgusting situation. From what I understand, two of the dogs were mostly just malnourished and are recovering with good food and flea treatment. One of the dogs, however, has a variety of health issues, and this is the one she is caught up in. The dog has been shot twice, and has the bullets lodged in her to prove it. One is dangerously close to her spine and she has a lot of trouble with controlling her back end because of it. She has tumors on her vulva and they do not know if they are cancerous yet. When she was first brought into the vet, she had severe stomach issues and the vet suggested she be put down. The story had been on the news, however, and some animal lovers donated money for the dog to be treated. Hundreds of dollars later, the dog still has the tumors and now they are trying to get donations for the surgery to remove them. If it is cancer, they are talking about raising more money to put the dog through chemotherapy, which will cost thousands. Do you feel that it is cruel to keep putting the dog through treatments? Or is it worth it to give her a chance?
  9. I feel that a mare has a powerful influence on how that foal reacts to human contact. If the mare is afraid of humans or aggressive towards them, she is going to teach that to her foal when approached. Most good natured horses are out of good natured mares.
  10. The Horse Mirrors Us

    Anyone that has seen the horse that is "acting up" for his beginner rider suddenly go perfectly when the trainer or more experienced horseman gets on knows that this is true. A good ride is in a state of calm. When a horse locks into his rider, the back swings, the jaw is soft, the horse is *there* and ready to say "yes ma'am" to any request. Often there is a soft, relaxed puff with every stride and with some horses, even the ears flop. When a horse gets to that state, it would take something pretty dramatic to spook him. Still, horses are horses..and all horses can and will spook given the correct environment. It goes with the territory of being a prey animal. I also know for a fact that some horses are just more "looky" than others, as part of their personality. Pushing a horse too fast or beyond his abilities creates a riding environment that breeds tension. Tense riders breed tension. Negative associations are something very, very powerful in the horses mind. A forgiving horse may completely change under a new rider, or with the better education of his rider, but a less forgiving horse will take much longer to relearn that trust. Unfortunately there are horses out there that were started so poorly that they have been taught to resist, and their mental blocks won't allow them to relax..horses like that need a few months of just kicking back on the trails and learning to enjoy their time under saddle, to wash away all those negative associations.
  11. Severely Laminitic Pony Grazing Freely

    I have also known owners like this. One in particular had an obese herd of pets. They would get so bad they would be laying down and not moving, and only at that point would he pen them up. As soon as they could move again, back out they went. The sad thing was the horses didn't seem severely IR or anything, just obese from way too much lush pasture and absoloutely no exercise! Their feet grew out nicely and they became sound every winter, only to repeat the cycle in the spring. Had they been broke to ride and kept in regular work, they probably would not have become obese and thus not foundered. *bangs head against wall*
  12. Bad Minded Horses?

    Do you believe that there is such thing as a horse with a bad mind? If so, how do you define it? What makes a horse good minded in your opinion? This is a topic that I have been pondering lately. There is no question in my mind that temperament is hereditary. I have worked with several of the offspring of one stallion in particular that are all very good minded. They really want to please people, they don't get worked up easily, and they catch onto training very quickly. These horses are packing novice youth riders around the show ring at 4-5 years old. They are just that gentle. One can argue that environment is the main contributor to the way a horse responds to things, however I don't believe that is always the case. Having dealt with a handful of horses with the same training issues that had been raised and handled the same way, I have begun to notice a lot of things. The horses all handled the poor training and spoiling differently. A couple of them made rapid training progress, while a couple did not. That pair is a father/daughter duo. No doubt they would have been better in a different situation, but there are just a few personality traits that stick out in these horses. Personality traits I consider to be the mark of a horse with a bad mind. Fear doesn't equal a bad mind. Nor does being green or a lack of handling. No, what I have observed in a few individuals (usually reserved for the horses found at the auctions) are a handful of ingrained responses that make you wonder if your time is better spent on a different animal. A horse that has no concern for his safety, as in he would throw a fit and fall off a mountain in doing so, is bad minded and dangerous. I also believe that a horse that becomes ANGRY easily is not good minded. A good minded horse will generally try to get along as long as he is shown that getting along is easy. That said, I believe that *truly* bad minded horses are few and far between and that the majority of horses really aren't bad. Still yet, why on earth do so many people choose to breed horses that have a history of being dangerous?
  13. Toilet Paper Roll

    Over! Under is just awkward.
  14. Trainer Bashing

    I have noticed a rather large trend online recently. It seems you can't read a Facebook page or browse a forum without coming across some horse person bashing trainers. You know, how everything is always the trainers fault. You know, how all trainers beat horses and starve them and drug them (unless, of course, they are the flavor of the month natural horsemanship guru, then they are godly and you must buy all their dvds). Of course trainers are all about the money, and the client is always right! Because, you know, trainers all woke up one day and said "I HATE horses! I think I want to spend every day working with them!". Because trainers really make so much money. Because they work tidy little hours in perfect conditions and all. Of course clients are never crazy, they are never poor horse people themselves that ruin every animal they own for more than two weeks, nor do they ever have unrealistic expectations. Maybe those unethical trainers that do drug horses and use short cuts do so because they cave in to the pressure put on them by their demanding clients. I'm not saying it makes it right, but there are ethical and unethical people in ALL industries. Trainers put in long, hard hours, they work evenings and weekends and holidays, they work in the heat and the cold. I promise you they aren't doing it because they hate horses. I think it all comes down to the blame game. Nobody wants to admit that they spoiled their horse or that they are a poor rider. Gotta be the trainers fault.
  15. Sports That Should Be Added To The Olympics

    I would like to see endurance riding in the Olympics before reining. It is most certainly athletic and international!