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  1. confo crit please

    Well, from just what I can see... either your little brown filly is standing on a small mound, or she's actually downhill - of course she's young and can grow into that... she's a little tucked under herself in that picture... but she's very pretty! As for the paint... just by taking a quick look at the pictures I don't really see anything. She/he has beautiful coloring though, she'd/he'd be nice in the show arena. Overall, IMO, you have a very pretty duo. [ 07-12-2008, 12:35 AM: Message edited by: shadowgal ]
  2. confo crit please

    Well, from just what I can see... either your little brown filly is standing on a small mound, or she's actually downhill - of course she's young and can grow into that... she's a little tucked under herself in that picture... but she's very pretty! As for the paint... just by taking a quick look at the pictures I don't really see anything. She/he has beautiful coloring though, she'd/he'd be nice in the show arena. Overall, IMO, you have a very pretty duo. [ 07-12-2008, 12:35 AM: Message edited by: shadowgal ]
  3. Being Buddy Sour

    Would getting buddy sour horses custom to a new routine still work even if said horse would be a baby? I have my 1yr old who is EXTREMELY buddy sour. She doesn't want go go ANYWHERE without either Shadow or D.J. at her side, probably more Shadow than DJer's though. I'm wanting to start working them separately without having to worry about the other two screeching or going crazy trying to get to/and/or see the other.
  4. Being Buddy Sour

    Would getting buddy sour horses custom to a new routine still work even if said horse would be a baby? I have my 1yr old who is EXTREMELY buddy sour. She doesn't want go go ANYWHERE without either Shadow or D.J. at her side, probably more Shadow than DJer's though. I'm wanting to start working them separately without having to worry about the other two screeching or going crazy trying to get to/and/or see the other.
  5. Taking dogs on vacation

    I remember a couple years back when my mom, dad, brother and myself decided to take a three day vacation away from home and to some rather lovely cabin's down in Hawking Hills, Ohio - we brought along our first Jack Russel, Jack. He was just a pup at the time and energetic as can be. I'm not sure if the people who we rented the cabin from accepted pet's in there... but since we didn't get any complaints, I figure it was alright. Oh~ But Jack had a ball, he'd practically soar over the hardwood floor and hit the door, and then hop up the staircases, follow everyone around when they did their own thing... One of the funniest things of that vacation was when my dad fell asleep in the hot-tub and Jack was in there with him swimming around in the water. Geez, what a goober.
  6. Save EVERY horse?

    Personally, I've never reached the point where I've had to decide something like that, although I've considered it mentally many, many, many times in the past and a couple times presently. Can EVERY horse be saved? Answer: No. In this world, of ALL the homeless, abandoned, neglected, starved, ect...horses - I'm sorry, but it's impossible... there are SO many horses and only SO many people who would be willing to even take a pony, EVEN a miniature in. Do I agree with sending them to a slaughterhouse? Absolutely not - but I don't agree with letting them suffer by starvation or any of that such either. In conclusion to that; I'm not entirely sure. To save an aggressive/dangerous horse? Answer: I believe aggressive/dangerous horses can be saved from a terrible fate, despite what anyone else might say or think... enough said. All in all, not every horse can be saved, and I don't like to think that way - to see a horse that needs help but little can be done - however that's just the truth of it all. A fact that was hard for me to accept for a long time and still is to an extent. [ 07-12-2008, 12:45 AM: Message edited by: shadowgal ]
  7. Changes in Bits?

    quote: Originally posted by Bumper: Please read this article. It will tell you exactly why you need to throw the Tom Thumb bit in the trash. The Trouble With Tom Thumb Now, make sure the bit you have is a true TT first. This is a true TT bit. If this is the bit you have, it's a great paperweight. If the bit you have has bent shanks, it's not a true TT and is a better choice. The "tugfest" you mentioned tells us she's trying to tell YOU she's not comfortable. ANY decently made curb bit would probably be fine. As long as she moves off your legs, neck reins and listens to your cues you should be fine. HTTY & GBTUSA BUMPER Yeah, that's the exact bit I use. I remember reading that article not too long ago and didn't think much of it - at least not until I got my RI and other trainer's opinion's first. My RI told me pretty much the same thing as the article did - and the one trainer I talked to said he used broken snaffles, just without the high shanks. I was thinking of investing $20 to buy a curb bit, but then Shadow is still unresponsive to me in certain places - and as the article said, is probably because of the bit. As for the full cheek snaffle, one of my RI's horses uses that and works with it fairly well, flexes perfectly and rarely tosses her head - so I've been really interested in it lately. Thank you for the link, it's very informative and once again confirms what I hear about the TT bit.
  8. Changes in Bits?

    quote: Originally posted by Bumper: Please read this article. It will tell you exactly why you need to throw the Tom Thumb bit in the trash. The Trouble With Tom Thumb Now, make sure the bit you have is a true TT first. This is a true TT bit. If this is the bit you have, it's a great paperweight. If the bit you have has bent shanks, it's not a true TT and is a better choice. The "tugfest" you mentioned tells us she's trying to tell YOU she's not comfortable. ANY decently made curb bit would probably be fine. As long as she moves off your legs, neck reins and listens to your cues you should be fine. HTTY & GBTUSA BUMPER Yeah, that's the exact bit I use. I remember reading that article not too long ago and didn't think much of it - at least not until I got my RI and other trainer's opinion's first. My RI told me pretty much the same thing as the article did - and the one trainer I talked to said he used broken snaffles, just without the high shanks. I was thinking of investing $20 to buy a curb bit, but then Shadow is still unresponsive to me in certain places - and as the article said, is probably because of the bit. As for the full cheek snaffle, one of my RI's horses uses that and works with it fairly well, flexes perfectly and rarely tosses her head - so I've been really interested in it lately. Thank you for the link, it's very informative and once again confirms what I hear about the TT bit.
  9. Camp pictures (HR)

    *glomps Monkey* He's adorable. And so is Twist... ha that's sort of funny because a friend of mine had a horse she wanted to train for barrel named Twister and he was the same color too~ Hehe, thanks for sharing with us!
  10. Camp pictures (HR)

    *glomps Monkey* He's adorable. And so is Twist... ha that's sort of funny because a friend of mine had a horse she wanted to train for barrel named Twister and he was the same color too~ Hehe, thanks for sharing with us!
  11. Isnt it funny when...

    I dunno, I've never showed so I wouldn't know... ...Buuuutt, if I ever did see it I'd be all: " MOM I'M IN THE PAPER, I'MMMM IINNNN TTTHHHEEE PPPPAAAPPPPEEERRRRR!!!!!" And then when she'd look and not see me right away she'd just shake her head and walk away. Yup~ That's how I would invision it.
  12. Isnt it funny when...

    I dunno, I've never showed so I wouldn't know... ...Buuuutt, if I ever did see it I'd be all: " MOM I'M IN THE PAPER, I'MMMM IINNNN TTTHHHEEE PPPPAAAPPPPEEERRRRR!!!!!" And then when she'd look and not see me right away she'd just shake her head and walk away. Yup~ That's how I would invision it.
  13. Changes in Bits?

    Lately I've been considering changing Shadow's bit. I think she might be ready for something new - though she still tolerate's her one bit pretty well. However, it's only recently I've learned some pretty interesting/slightly unnerving things about the particular bit I use. Current Bit - Tom Thumb, Broken Copper Snaffle with a medium shank. A couple of the things I've heard about this bit is that it adds additional, unessecary pressure to the horses mouth and is just fairly uncomfortable. Shadow has a extremely soft mouth and will usually give into the bit when I just barely pull the rein. (that's the same with D.J.) I'm not sure if this means I should change the bit or not. I think it would be good to put a new bit on her, but she acts comfortable with the current one, until I decide to do circles or back her then it's a tug fest. I'm also semi-nervous to change it because the man whom my parents purchased her from about five years ago and told them/me that's the kind of bit she takes and has been trained on... ...Does that mean I should just leave it, or would it be safe to change it? I've never put her on any other bit except the broken copper snaffle, so, I wouldn't know how she'd react. Would someone mind filling me in on the bit as well? Sincerely, Shadowgal.
  14. Changes in Bits?

    Lately I've been considering changing Shadow's bit. I think she might be ready for something new - though she still tolerate's her one bit pretty well. However, it's only recently I've learned some pretty interesting/slightly unnerving things about the particular bit I use. Current Bit - Tom Thumb, Broken Copper Snaffle with a medium shank. A couple of the things I've heard about this bit is that it adds additional, unessecary pressure to the horses mouth and is just fairly uncomfortable. Shadow has a extremely soft mouth and will usually give into the bit when I just barely pull the rein. (that's the same with D.J.) I'm not sure if this means I should change the bit or not. I think it would be good to put a new bit on her, but she acts comfortable with the current one, until I decide to do circles or back her then it's a tug fest. I'm also semi-nervous to change it because the man whom my parents purchased her from about five years ago and told them/me that's the kind of bit she takes and has been trained on... ...Does that mean I should just leave it, or would it be safe to change it? I've never put her on any other bit except the broken copper snaffle, so, I wouldn't know how she'd react. Would someone mind filling me in on the bit as well? Sincerely, Shadowgal.
  15. Near death experiences?????

    Well, these can't really be considered 'near death experiences'... I think... but I felt like sharing them. #1. When I was three years old, I was playing with the family poodle and was dragging this... stuffed dog on a shoe string thing with the puppy chasing me around. Of course I was giggling like a madwoman (HA! I'm still a madwoman~ >D) the puppy barking. So, I ran into the other room where the kerosene heater was and started running circles around it, carrying on like I always did. Well, the puppy gave up and I dropped the toy; but kept running. Finally after sprinting for another two minutes I tripped over the dog toy and landed flat on my stomach and arm over the kerosene heater. I felt like I was on FIRE, and I don't mean just hot, I swore there could've been flames coming from my stomach. So, after that I spent about a month or so in the hospital healing up... but mom said it was a painful, painful, painful process and said I was lucky that I only reached a second degree? burn. And #2. This happened a couple years back when I was still new to riding and Shadow. My dad and my best friend were out in the field watching me ride Shadow around. I was all happy because she was listening and I had the attention. Well, after crossing the creek and climbing up a hill, we started downhill. Now, at the time I had NO control over Shadow, I had the reins REALLY loose and my legs were practically jelly. Somehow, I ended up kicking her and she took off with me. My first instinct then was to slouch forward and grab onto the horn and hang on for my life, while screaming my head off. When Shadow came close to my dad, he flailed his arms out, making her swerve to the side... I flew and flipped, yes flipped, off of her and into a wood pile but not before bashing my head HARD against a wooden boat. The funny thing is, I could've sworn I SEEN everything happen, but then I didn't because it happened so fast. Either way, I had my helmet on, which is probably the ONLY thing that saved my life. If my head, without a helmet, hit that boat...*whistles*... I was really, really sore for about three weeks - but got back onto Shadow a couple minutes after falling. The bad thing though... I have this crease in my forehead that's visible every time I scrunch up my face...It's annoying... Hehe~ a little reminder to people that helmet's do save lives.