figmoc06

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  1. New Pictures Of My Horse

    I'll bet you have lots of nice pictures of your best buddy's horse to share. Maybe someone will give your friend a digital camera for Christmas.
  2. New Pictures Of My Horse

    She probably doesn't have a digital camera.
  3. New Pictures Of My Horse

    Awwww - you're a good friend to include her horse's picture. Oh, your horse looks pretty awesome too!
  4. New Pictures Of My Horse

    Hey - who's that awesome looking buckskin?
  5. Barefoot beginner

    Just noticed your comment about the Boa boots - you might want to continue to use them when trail riding, especially on rough terrain. I've found that they offer superior comfort for my horse when we ride on constantly changing surfaces. If you're just riding in an arena or pasture, you can probably get by without them. Also, if you're doing your own trimming, Pete Ramey has an excellent book that shows you how to do it. I'm sure there are more books on the subject out there, but his is the only one I've read so far.
  6. Barefoot beginner

    Just noticed your comment about the Boa boots - you might want to continue to use them when trail riding, especially on rough terrain. I've found that they offer superior comfort for my horse when we ride on constantly changing surfaces. If you're just riding in an arena or pasture, you can probably get by without them. Also, if you're doing your own trimming, Pete Ramey has an excellent book that shows you how to do it. I'm sure there are more books on the subject out there, but his is the only one I've read so far.
  7. Barefoot beginner

    Wow - haven't been on this site for quite awhile, but I zeroed right in on your barefoot trimming pictures! Rest assured, you are doing the best thing you possibly could for your horse. I'm assuming, of course, that your trimmer is well-trained in barefoot trimming and not just pulling the shoes and hacking away at the hoofs. I finally found an excellent certified barefoot trimmer in my area about a year ago, and my "navicular" horse is steadily improving since she's been trimming him. Check out Pete Ramey's website - TONS of information and explanations there. In fact, I saw him on a Clinton Anderson show and that's what got me interested. Lots of other sites out there too. Best of luck to you and your barefoot horse!
  8. Barefoot beginner

    Wow - haven't been on this site for quite awhile, but I zeroed right in on your barefoot trimming pictures! Rest assured, you are doing the best thing you possibly could for your horse. I'm assuming, of course, that your trimmer is well-trained in barefoot trimming and not just pulling the shoes and hacking away at the hoofs. I finally found an excellent certified barefoot trimmer in my area about a year ago, and my "navicular" horse is steadily improving since she's been trimming him. Check out Pete Ramey's website - TONS of information and explanations there. In fact, I saw him on a Clinton Anderson show and that's what got me interested. Lots of other sites out there too. Best of luck to you and your barefoot horse!
  9. Saddle Seat?

    Can someone explain what Saddle Seat actually is? Of course, I've heard of it but never really knew what it was about. I ride Western, but like to learn about other disciplines as well.
  10. Middle-aged riders

    Hi! I'm new to this - looking around this site, it seems to be mostly kids/young people. Any middle-aged riders out there?
  11. Middle-aged riders

    Hey - most of you are from the other side of the state! I've never been in those areas - closest I've been is Port Jervis when I went to see Clinton Anderson a couple years ago. Sure was some beautiful country out that way. We drove along the river - Delaware? - and on that winding road that was in some car commercials. Just south of where I am, down in Cattaraugus County, is some of the prettiest country I've seen. Lots of rolling hills - actually the foothills of the Allegany Mountains. I lived down there for 5 years and really miss it. I'd love to camp down in Allegany State park with my horse but I don't have a trailer. Have to find someone who does and wants to do the same thing! What a relief to know I'm not the only one who doesn't know how to put pictures in here! I'll bet if we went on the kids' site they could tell us!
  12. Middle-aged riders

    Thanks Barclay - clears that up for me. I know what you mean about not having much money. After my horse's expenses, especially after he cut his heel and had to be stalled the last 3 months, and the vet bills, it's been pretty tight. He's just about ready to go back outside full time though. Mind you, I'm not complaining - he's worth every cent. I figure, I don't go out to bars or anything, so his expenses are my entertainment! Can't think of anything better to do anyway! Plus, having a little trailer out there makes for some great getaway weekends with my boy.
  13. Middle-aged riders

    Hey pearlygates ranch! Got your message - I'm new at this too and I keep getting lost in here! At least I found your post on the first try! So you're from NY too? Which part? I'm from the Western NY area, just outside of Buffalo. How long have you been in Vegas? My father & brother both lived there for about 15 years, until my father died about 8 or 9 years ago, and my brother came back this way. I've only been there once, and that was when my father died. Not a good time for sightseeing. How do you keep your horses in that heat? I was there in February and I thought it was wonderful, being in the high 50's, but my brother was freezing! It's been bitter cold here all week; wind chills down to minus 20 at one point. Sounds like you do alot of travelling with your horses - something I'd love to do but I don't have a trailer. Have any pictures of your horses? I want to post some of my boy but I don't have the slightest idea how to do it. Can anyone out there give me instructions?
  14. horse massagers???

    I tried a massager too, a hard plastic thing with a roller with little nubs on it - you kind of roll it around on the horse. My horse wasn't crazy about it, and I found it was hard to know how much pressure you were using. I tried it on my arm and it didn't feel all that great to me. He likes it much better when I use my hands. Only down side to that is my hands get cramped up after awhile.
  15. Why do you shoe?

    Oh boy - this subject hit a sore spot with me, especially the navicular horse. My horse has navicular "syndrome", and I've done so much research on it that it made my head spin. What I finally found out, and I know this is very controversial, is that putting shoes (usually with pads) on a navicular horse actually makes him WORSE! Yes, it does relieve the heel pain they suffer from, but it's only temporary - the hoof continues to get worse until the horse is completely lame and usually has to be put down. Going barefoot, however, and NOT raising the heels (like most farriers will do), is the best thing for these horses. HOWEVER, and this is important, they MUST be trimmed by a natural hoof-care practitioner who understands how to re-shape the hoof SLOWLY and bring it back to the most natural state - which is making it more like the hooves the wild mustangs have. I was a little skeptical at first; after all, most vets and almost ALL farriers want to slap those shoes & pads on and raise those heels. And I trusted their judgment. But after doing all that research, I found a man by the name of Pete Ramey, who used to be a "regular" farrier and found the "natural" trim pretty much by trial & error. I would encourage you to read his book and look up natural hoof trimmers on the internet. My horse has been trimmed by a certified natural hoof trimmer for about 5 months now, and the difference was obvious after just the first trim. He had a short, choppy stride with the shoes, but after that first trim, he had a much longer stride - amazingly, he was actually licking & chewing during the whole trim! Bear in mind, though, it's not an overnight fix - it takes months to repair the damage. In the beginning, hoof boots are recommended (I use Boa boots) - the first time I put them on him when we went on a rather long trail ride, he walked faster than he ever did, and even preferred walking on pavement rather than grass, which he used to make a beeline for when he was shod! Anyway, check out the natural method - you just might find that it works for you, too. (Sorry this ended up so long - told you it was a sore spot!)
  16. Managing a Career & Horses?

    I work full time in a hospital's Human Resources department, and I board my horse. A few years ago, I lived in the country and kept my previous horse at home. It was great having her right there, but at the same time, it was really working full time and commuting almost an hour each way. After a divorce, I had to handle everything myself - the house, property, horse - it just got to be way too much and I had to sell my horse (broke my heart!). Not long after, I had to sell the property and move into the suburbs, closer to my job & family. My current horse is boarded, and the barn is only about 35 minutes away, but by the time I get home from work I'm really tired, so I mostly go on weekends. The nice thing is that the barn owners let me & a friend of mine who also boards there keep our travel trailers on the property, so we can spend all weekend there if we want (and we usually do, except in the winter). Still, I miss having my horse at home with me, but unfortunately, I haven't won the lottery yet. If I were a few years younger and a few dollars richer, I'd get a place and board horses and do trail rides or something and try to make a living like that.
  17. Boarding Etiquette

    The barn where I board has a huge indoor arena, so when I have my horse in there, I always make sure I clean up after him before I leave. I do the same when he leaves a mess in the aisle. I also like to help out when I can and do things like sweeping the barn aisle, filling buckets if they're getting low, picking up stuff like wrappers, baling twine - little things like that. I also make sure to let them know when the vet or farrier is coming, even though I'm always there for the appointments. When I need the vet to come out, I usually ask the other boarders if they need her for anything - that way we split the barn call fee. I also make sure to clean up the hoof trimmings after the farrier is done. The barn manager is also a certified trainer, but I'm careful not to ask too many training questions - after all, other people pay him for that information! Most of the horses there are pasture boarded (including mine), so they often end up with those darn burrs stuck all over them, so when I'm out in the pasture, I try to pick them off as best as I can. Of course, I know all the horses and most of them don't mind it.
  18. Saddle Seat?

    Thanks for the description - I'm picturing the way Tennessee Walkers move with the high knee action - am I close?
  19. Thanks Jack - you're right, age doesn't matter, and skimming through the posts here, it looks like a lot of really nice people meet here. It's been FREEZING here this weekend - looks like winter finally caught up to us New Yorkers. We haven't had really bad weather since that horrible "October Surprise" storm - some of you may have heard about it. What a nightmare THAT was! No power for 8 days - had to grab the dog and move in with my daughter a couple days, and when HER power went out, I headed to a little camping trailer that we keep at the boarding barn - lived there (just me & the dog) for 5 DAYS! At least we had electric, heat, and water and were safe and sound. Anyway, speaking of freezing weather - does anyone know of a kind of glove that actually keeps your fingers warm? Yesterday at the barn, I had two pairs of gloves on - the top layer was supposed to have that Thinsulate - and my fingers were still numb. And even 3 pairs of socks didn't help my poor feet - just made my boots tight! Long underwear and lots of layers kept the rest of me warm.
  20. New here (pics)

    Welcome to all the other newcomers! It's so nice to hear others refer to their horses as their best friend. I got a halter on eBay with a leather noseband that says Best Friends and he looks so cute in it! Love the pictures! Mulerider, your mules are gorgeous. Are they as stubborn as legend has it? I've never been around them and have no idea how they are. I'll be they're great on the trail though! My big guy was born for the trails. Nothing seems to bother him. I first got him when I was "tailing" trail rides at a local dude ranch - we had to take a detour up an extremely steep hill with a couple of sharp twists. Well, there I was, sitting at the bottom of the hill scared to death to go up. I leaned down and said OK Ceasar (yes, it's spelled wrong - that's the way the previous owner spelled it, and since no one spells it right anyway, I left it like that), I'm scared to death to go up this hill - please take it easy and walk up (he liked to run up hills). Well, I leaned forward in the saddle, wrapped my arms around his neck, and he proceded to TIPTOE up that hill! I swear he understood me. He's taken care of me other times as well. Aren't they amazing?
  21. Well, I found this thread - hi everyone! I talked to a few people in the newcomers section who directed me here - so nice to be able to talk to people the same age. For all of you who don't know me, I'm 52, have a very special 14 year old QH/draft cross buckskin gelding, he's pasture boarded but has been in a stall the last couple months with a heel injury. I'm hoping he'll be sprung later this month. Just started light riding him around the arena to start building him up again - he's really getting flabby! I learned to ride English (in my 40's) but now I ride Western because I feel more secure in a bigger saddle. Just an OK rider, but I read TONS of books and watch DVDs, mostly from John Lyons, Monty Roberts, Clinton Anderson, Chris Cox, Craig Cameron - even got to meet some of them at horse expos and got them to autograph my horse's pictures - what a thrill! I'd love to join in on your discussions. I'd post a picture of my horse, but I have no idea how to do it. My dream would be to have a horse farm with tons of acreage and run a boarding/trail riding facility that's AFFORDABLE - plus have a campground there for boarders who want to spend the weekends with their horses. I'm lucky enough to be able to put a small trailer outside the barn I board at, and spend almost every weekend there when the weather's not too cold (like now, when the temps in the single digits!) I'd also like to bring in kids & adults who, like me, never had the opportunity (or money) to have their own horse or even spend time with them. Guess I better start buying those lottery tickets.....
  22. Middle-aged riders

    I just ran out of room on here - not much space to write, is there? I learned to ride English, but now I just ride Western. I feel much more secure in a bigger saddle. Barclays - what exactly IS hunter? I'm not anywhere near what you would call a "good" rider - I'd love to take lessons, but money is really tight now, especially since I'm paying more for stall board while he's laid up. I do read everything I can get my hands on, though. Especially John Lyons, Monty Roberts, Clinton Anderson, Craig Cameron - love to get a book by Chris Cox, but all I've seem from him are DVDs. I do have some from John & Clinton that I got on eBay - retail prices on them are ridiculous. I'm also afraid to canter - I had a horse run away with me a few years ago - luckily, it was in an arena - he tore around that arena going 90 miles an hour (or so it seemed!) and I had a death grip on the saddle horn - the trainer kept yelling for me to pull back on the reins, but there was no way I was letting go! He finally stopped, I got down, went home and cried. My horse did go into a lope when he was trotting once and when I realized it, it was so smooth! Of course, I panicked and went back to a trot. Thanks to everyone for replying - I think I'm going to enjoy talking to new people! I'm going to check out the 45 plus site now.....
  23. Middle-aged riders

    I'm going to check out the 45 plus gang - thanks! I ALWAYS wear a helmet nowadays. My horse trips alot (navicular "syndrome") and a former vet warned me that there's nothing pretty about scrambled brains. Good enough reason for me! Yes, I have TONS of pictures of my boy, but I don't have the slightest idea how to get them on here. Seems like all this new technology just appeared out of nowhere while I was asleep or something. Kind of embarassing, really. Plus, I just got my computer a few months ago. Any instructions would be appreciated!
  24. boarders, buillding barn

    I board my horse and I found it was difficult to find a place that offers pasture board with a run-in shed or some other type of protection from the weather. I really love where I am right now - the people who run the barn are certified trainers and are always available when I have questions. There's a huge indoor arena, which isn't a requirement for me, but sure is nice to have. Plus, there's the option of using a stall if needed, such as if your horse is injured. Reasonable boarding cost is a must - not all of us can afford to pay alot! Most important thing, though, is trusting the people who run the barn and knowing that your horse is getting the best care possible when you can't be there!
  25. Middle-aged riders

    Great - I found 2 already! What do you ride? I have a 14 year old buckskin quarter horse/draft cross gelding who I have to say is the best horse in the world! To me, anyway. I just ride for pleasure or just hang out with him. Do you have the same fears that middle age seems to bring - like falling? Seems I don't bounce as well as I used to - more like a splat. So...I just walk & occasionally trot, sometimes just sit on him and think about how lucky I am to have him. Never had the opportunity to ride much when I was younger, much less own a horse. Better late then never! He's recovering from a heel injury right now and I'm just starting to ride him a little - poor guy has been stall-bound the last couple of months - he's usually on pasture all the time. I'm hoping the vet gives the OK for him to go back outside and be a horse again. In the meantime, the people where I board are kind enough to exercise him in the round pen when I can't be there. By the way, I do consider 59 still middle aged - I'm 52 - still can't believe I'm not still in my 40's! Time goes by way too fast if you ask me. Anyone care to share some information? Where do you live, how much do you ride, etc. etc. etc.