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    Centreville, Alabama
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    My kids, my horse, my horse, and once again, my horse.
  1. Turnout issue - advice please

    I'll certainly try to talk to the owner of the horse next to him (his buddy!) about turning them out together. And yes, he was turned out with another horse at the time, said hello to him, and went about his business.
  2. I'm sure by now you all know my horse Rocky. Well - he is receiving full board at a nice stable the only thing is that they will not turn your horse out for you. If you want your horse turned out, you have to do it yourself. So I've done just that. I turned Rocky out into their large pasture. There was only one other horse in the pasture at the time - a large draft breed. I introduced them over the fence yadda-yadda-ya and then I put Rocky in the pasture with the other horse. Rocky started running around the pasture, rolled a couple of times, put his nose together with the other horse a couple of times, and then finally stopped to eat some grass. As I walked away from the fence, he started Running up and down the fence line because I was leaving (which kinda made me feel good). Anyways - I went to the barn this afternoon to check on him. A few people from the barn had told me that when they arrived this morning and Rocky saw them - He actually tore the gate down and ran back to his stall. I am now left with the impression that my horse had been trying to get out of the pasture and back to his stall all night long. What's up??????? Why would he act that way? This is the first time he's done anything like this. Could it be that he didn't want to leave his buddy in the stall next to him? What should I do? I feel that horses shouldn't be kept in stalls 24/7 - just my opinion. My first thought is that I need to turn him out with his stable-buddy. Only problem is that the owner of that particular horse is hardly ever there and I'm certainly not going to turn their horse out with mine without their permission. Do you have any suggestions for a good solution?
  3. UGH!!! Frustrated vent - sort of...

    Thank you all so much for your kind words of encouragement - I HONESTLY needed it. I'll be going back over to the barn tomorrow to tend to my horse. This man told me that he'll be at the barn on Sunday... With the made-up conversations/arguments I have had with him in my mind since all of this - I have cursed him out a million times. It's funny how the mind works - you come up with tons of ways to defend yourself AFTER the confrontation. "I should have said THIS!" or "I should have said THAT!". However, I know in reality that when it comes down to it I'll more than likely be as civil as possible. Inforstarved - You are absolutely right when you said there is something uncomfortable about this person. If he is screaming at and belittling a woman he hardly knows........ Hmmmmm.....
  4. UGH!!! Frustrated vent - sort of...

    Thank you very much for your replies so far. After last night's "lesson", I blanketed my horse and put him in his stall. There was only one other woman at the barn last night other than myself and the older man who gave me the impromptu "lesson". I guess this other woman had witnessed some of it because she pulled me off to the side as I was putting my horse away, and she told me that she'd like to talk to me later without him there. She said this man is the barn "Know-it-all" who constantly interferes with others and their horses. She told me that he once told her that she wasn't taking care of her horse properly, and it angered her. She also told me (in a whisper) that half of what this man says is bull, and not to let him get me down. My opinion of him is this: Here's a man who is the blacksmith to a very famous horse trainer, and thus has attended and seen many of said horse trainer's seminars - therefore he is living his life as though he HIMSELF is that particular trainer. He drops this trainer's name any chance he can, as if to make people feel that he really does know everything there is to know about horses and the "proper" way to ride them and care for them. I know deep down that he is trying to help but I question his motive. Is he honestly trying to help me because he feels he needs to, or is he doing this for his own personal satisfaction? He told me that if I continue to ride my horse with a bit and not the hackamore he uses - I am going to be responsible for "ruining" my horse. Obviously - it's his way and his way ONLY. All other riding methods are incorrect, the horses will be subjected to misery and therefore have every right to "act out". He doesn't just feel this way about my particular horse - he feels this way about ALL horses (except some breeds of draft horses - you're allowed to use a bit if you are riding them and they have pulled a buggy in the past). I will politely tell him that I appreciate his "help", but I will no longer be needing it. I don't look forward to telling him this - I have a feeling the conversation will turn ugly. I can almost hear him now - he'll say something to imply that I'm an awful rider again, and that I'm going to continue to ruin my horse. Please wish me luck as I stand my ground [ 11-03-2006, 01:55 PM: Message edited by: Katie8758 ]
  5. Here's just one more video I felt I needed to show my horsecity friends Girl gets "dumped" on.
  6. I did not know what to put as a subject for this thread. I imagine it could be multiple subjects so please bear with me... There's a man in his 60s who comes to our barn to shoe horses. He also boards a couple of his horses at the barn as well. He travels a lot because he is the blacksmith for a very, very, very well known "natural horsemanship" trainer. He invited me to go on a trail ride with him a couple of days ago, and I happily agreed to go because to be honest - I was thrilled that someone wanted to go riding. Most of the people at our barn only do arena work with their horses and don't do a whole lot of trail riding. We got lost on our trail ride, and had to ride through some tough terrain to find our way back - up and down mountains at very steep angles. It was a challenge but at the same time I really felt like it did me and my horse some good. During this extremely long ride, I told him that my horse bucked me off a couple of months ago when I cantered him around a barrel pattern. I definitely got his man's attention when I told him I was "psychologically blocked" from cantering. Tonight when I went to the barn, he was there as well. I'm honestly not sure how this happened - but I found myself in the middle of a riding lesson from this man. He put my horse in a hackamore (he usually rides with either a snaffle or a curb bit) and he proceeded to tell me how to ride my horse. I found this interesting in the beginning, because I felt that he could possibly encourage me to trust my horse again at a canter - but it soon turned very, very sour. He told me that if I wanted to stop my horse at any time, that the only thing he wanted to see me do was lower my head - and the horse should stop automatically because he'll feel me change my body position. Doesn't a horse have to be taught this? My horse wouldn't stop when I lowered my head, and when I gently pulled back on the reins this man started screaming at me! At one point he told me that I was the "worst rider in the world". I started to cry - at this time every ounce of confidence I had left in me was shattered. He then asked me to canter the horse... I wanted so badly to prove to him that I wasn't an awful rider, and I thought deep down that if I went ahead and cantered the horse around the arena that he'd be satisfied. I cantered the horse down one side of the arena successfully - and then he screamed at me because I asked the horse to stop - and screamed at me again because I didn't lower my head to do so. I was just proud that I mustered up the inner strength to canter this horse again! I mentioned to him that my horse keeps wanting to go his own direction, and he won't canter in a straight line, heck he won't even walk in a straight line - he's really off balance. He then told me that I am riding him incorrectly, and there's never anything wrong with horses - just their riders. He did manage to praise me a couple of times though... And I'll never forget what he told me after I said I was finished riding. He said "You really are a good rider, and you have a good horse." Did I hear him correctly???? Is this the same man who told me I was the worst rider ever?? Maybe I'm a complete pushover because I allowed someone to treat me this way, after all I have been riding horses now for over 20 years. Maybe I was intimidated by him... I don't know. Please give me your opinions on this spontaneous lesson. I know it may be hard because you weren't there, but I tried to give you all the full story as best I could.
  7. New kid around the barn

    This whole situation reminds me of this know-it-all, very competetive girl I used to work with. I had pictures of my horse on my desk, and she made the comment that she owns "several" horses herself. I said "Oh really! I guess we have a lot in common then." I told her that my horse needed his coggins again, and then she said in a very snotty way "Well MY horses get their coggins EVERY DAY AT NOON". I guess you have to take these people with a grain of salt
  8. It's almost winter here - and I'm sure there's already snow on the ground in some places I found this cute video (another wonderful budweiser commercial) to help ring-in the new winter season. Hope you all enjoy! WINTER FUN
  9. i have pics of hammer got them posted

    I would try to download them to www.photobucket.com and then copy & paste the URL. Hope this helps!
  10. silly question for people from England

    I sold a used western saddle through ebay to a person in England. I have also heard that American Quarter Horses are in higher demand over there than ever before! Just as there are English barns and riding facilities in Colorado, Oklahoma, Texas and other states in the heart of our country - there are western riders in England as well.
  11. Renamed : Horse pics needed for class

    This isn't exactly a "conformation" photo, but I took this picture in Oklahoma and it's one of my favorites. These were some friends of mine that were riding a "problem" horse. You have my permission to use it if it's something you feel you can use.
  12. Do I hate my horse?

    I feel that you need to ask yourself exactly WHY you have a horse right now. Is it because you want your mother to continue to be proud of your increased responsibilities? Is it because you just simply like the thought of being able to tell your friends in school that you have a horse? If the reason why you have a horse right now happens to be for any reason that does not put the animal's best interest in mind, I say sell the horse. Your horse can pick up on your mixed feelings, and chances are if you are not happy then neither is he/she. Later on when you are out of school, and when you find a job you enjoy - if at that point you are still interested in horses then I would see about getting another one. If you enjoy riding, perhaps in the meantime you can take some riding lessons. All I am trying to say is that it sounds like you do have a lot on your plate. The fact alone that you are posting this topic shows that you want to make the right decisions for yourself, and for your horse. Plus, please don't worry about disappointing your mother. Deciding to sell your horse is NOTHING compared to dropping out of school or just taking the wrong path in general - especially after you explain that it's in the animal's best interest. I feel that would actually show MORE responsible thinking on your behalf. Good luck in all you do.
  13. Mystery Saddle

    Is it possible to post pics of your saddles - especially if you can get a good pic of any stamp/trademark/brand?
  14. Nothing can substitute the knowledge gained from personal, hands-on experience. As a teacher, when a problem situation arises it helps if you can put yourself in the rider's position. Students (especially young ones) look to their riding instructors to help build their confidence. When I was giving western riding lessons a few years ago, there were many times that I had to mount a lesson horse to demonstrate certain techniques - to prove it could be done and to show the students how to do it. Sometimes a visual demonstration goes much further than words alone because the student SEES that it CAN be done. With all of that being said, though I can't help but think of this one really nice instructor that I know. She no longer rides due to an old injury, but she has a TON of knowledge. So basically - there are some instructors out there who no longer ride but the operative words here are "no longer". They draw from their past experiences. I don't think I would find it suitable for a person who has never ridden to instruct someone on how it should be done.
  15. You have GOT to see this!!! Funny

    quote: Can someone explain something to me? Why do these non-horseman idiots have to add the sound of a horse whinnying to the video? It adds nothing to the video. I agree, jack. People seem to do that all the time with horse videos. I've seen a TON of them done that way on America's Funniest Home Videos, Animal Planet, etc. etc.