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About dondie

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  • Birthday September 20

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    California Gold Country
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    trail riding, art, singing
  1. I have the book, it has been sitting at my house sience Oz mailed it to me. I need the next address to send it on. I haven't been home this past week to check in. I just got home and have wash clothes and pack my suitcase for another 48 hour shift starting later tonight. I'm leaving in 30 minutes to go back to work with a different client and I will be home after 3:15 pm (pacific time) today. I will pm you my cell # so that you can send me a text with Horsecrazybvh's address. The book will be mailed on my way home. Sorry for the delay, one of my clients has health issues and I'm staying with her almost 24/7 until her surgery is done. My copy of the book came while I was working. So I get to read the book and then send it down south for an autograph! Bye! Kat
  2. Hey Heidi, New Kitty Likes To Bite

    Yeah!!! I'm so glad that she is getting better. A former co-worker had beautiful Persian kittens for sale and she taught everyone of them that fingers were play toys. All of them scratched and bit. She thought it was "cute" that all of her cats acted like that. I didn't buy one.
  3. What Bit Should I Use

    Too many "trainers" focus their training on running barrels and spend very little time actually training the horse how to relax under saddle, stop, back up and turn with leg and body pressure from the rider. Their "job" is to get fast horses that can fly around a barrel. Basic knowledge is either not done or barely skimmed over while the horse is in their hands. So they use pain to force the horse to stop, turn left and right and back up. You want a faster horse? Teach it the basics. Horses can't focus on two things at the same time. If it is hurting, it's mind is focused on pain. A horse will run faster and turn tighter around a barrel, if it's mind is free of pain and focused on the rider. Charmayne James won at the NFR....with a busted headstall that was hanging around Scamper's neck...He was trained in the basics and ran without pain to 10 NFR World Championships.
  4. Bitless Bridle Help!

    Google Dr Cook Bitless Horse Bridles or Side Pull Headstalls. That will give you an idea of what to look for. Also check some of the videos on Youtube that will show you how to place the headstall correctly on your horse. My local tack store has Side-pull Bridles with rope or leather nose bands from Weaver Leather. I used to have a Buckaroo leather one and was dumb enough to loan it to a "friend." It's a local company so my favorite tack store carries them.
  5. Preferable Saddles For Gaited Horses

    I absolutely adored my Eli Miller Endurance saddle and used it for 2-3 horses. It fit them all quite nicely and was wonderfully comfortable to ride in. It started out that way with my new KMSH mare but now it's pinching in the shoulder. Her stride has shortened and the last time we went out she stopped periodically and looked back at me as if to say "Why are you doing this to me???" I've also noticed her topline sagging a little. All signs to me that this saddle no longer fits her. Sure enough, I took some measurements and she is definitely in need of a wider saddle. The hunt begins. :-( Congratulations...You have developed her muscle tone and strength! Is she the smaller boned, oval/tear drop/slab sided shaped ribbed KMSH or the Morgan type with a larger bone structure and rounded ribs? A few saddle makers are offering "Wide bar Gaited Saddles." Freedom Saddles (custom orders) and Tucker have really nice wide-bar gaited endurance saddles. Abetta now offers them in cordura and a leather mix. I'm saving up to buy a custom ordered Freedom or Tucker saddle for my horse.
  6. Fabtron Saddle For Twh

    Lovely Horse!!!! Soft eye and great focus!! Your in luck!!! Most saddles that say "For Gaited horses" are designed for Walkers, with "Y" shaped trees that are narrow through the body and wide at the shoulders. If your looking for a cordura/light weight saddle Abetta, Wintec, Bighorn and just about every brand offers their version of this style of gaited horse saddle. Different brands offer different length swells that provide clearance for the withers. Shop around the different saddle companies to find the ones that will fit your horse's withers. Look at their diagrams, some measure from the top of the inner arch of the swell to the point it goes into the skirting once the saddle is finished the majority measure the tree before anything is attached. If you have any questions, just call their customer service. All of the ones that I talked to either knew the information or had someone who did know called me back. You can also buy a "cutback" saddle pad to open up the space for his withers. My horse is a Foxtrotter and built like a Morgan (wide shoulders, rounded ribcage/ barrel and short backed). I tried 32 saddles before I found an older wide bar Circle Y that fit her. Some saddle makers like Tucker, Circle Y and a few others have started to offer wide width gaited saddles. Yeah! If you want to build up the muscle in his top line, there are some easy exercises that you can do from the ground to help your horse: and My TB had the same withers and dropped back that your boy has. I did belly lifts each morning when I fed her. She loved the feeling she got and would almost go to sleep. The difference in her back and action was amazing!
  7. Lady Joe

    Foxtrotters were bred to be cow horses in the Ozarks. You should try her on cows.
  8. Hey Heidi, New Kitty Likes To Bite

    Make sure that family or friends aren't using their hands to play with her. Such as wriggling their fingers or sliding hands across surfaces to tempt the cat to pounce. My cat mantra is "don't teach kittens that hands are play toys!" Our Balinese can only handle two strokes on each side of her head. More than two and she will nip. So I stroke her one time on each side and remove my hand. I can pet her for thirty or more minutes. I also quit when she wants more attention. It makes her crave attention.
  9. Hubby's Wedding Cakes *new Added 10-4*

    The cake looks great!! Repeat business is a wonderful thing! The next cake can be the child's first birthday!
  10. Hi Stranger! Welcome back!! Your son must be thrilled that his status as a child of your heart, has become legally acknowledged. Congratulations!!!
  11. Lady Joe

    A pro appreciating your work is great!! Congratulations!! I'm waiting for my copy to arrive from Amazon. How many pages have you written for the sequel?
  12. My Horses Are Finnally Coming Home!

    Yeah!!!! Being able to look out the window and see your horse is a wonderful thing!!!
  13. She's Gone

    Sending Big Hugs your way She obviously loved you and your family very much. She left you with her precious Gambler because she loved and trusted you. He is a true legacy of love from a wonderful woman. God Bless Kat
  14. Finally, I Have A Horse Again!

    Yeah!!!!! Your horse is gorgeous!!! What a lucky guy to find a great new home with you!!!
  15. Sacramento Area Folks

    I live in the Sierra foothills east of Sacramento. There are hundreds of horse facilities around Sac. Everything from world class Hunter/Jumper or Reining facilities to small mom and pop ranches that board a couple of horses. The larger the number of amenities the higher the price. Prices can run from $200-$500 plus per month. Trails and equestrian camping sites abound. You can camp and ride in the surf at Point Reyes or touch the sky on the rim trail above lake Tahoe. You can find Timothy hay year around but the cost is higher than orchard grass or mixed hay. I pay $18-23 per bale for a 100-125 pound bale of orchard. Timothy costs about $2-4 more per bale. Hay costs more December-February when the fields are too wet to cut. There are dozens of equine vet groups in the area. Loomis Basin has incredible vets, state of the art technology and most of the people around here prefer to call or take their severely sick or injured horses there. Davis is incredibly expensive. Everything from Equine Dentists or Chiropractors are easy to find. Grass pastures are very rare in California, even when rainfall is plentiful. There is tule fog in the central valley around Sacramento during the rainy season from late December to early March. We have much less fog in the Foothills. Summers are warm, humid days are rare. Nights are much cooler year around. Hard frost or snow is rare in the central valley. We have more morning frost and if it snows (Jan-Feb) it might last for a couple of days in the Foothills. If you want to further your education there are multiple colleges and universities in the area I belong to a great horse club that meets the first Wednesday of each month at Red Hawk casino right off of highway 50 at 6:30pm. Your welcome to come and meet the group!