SaltwaterTaffy

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    Arkansas
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    Horses, playing with my dog, reading, writing, singing, and watching movies.
  1. The Little Picture By Name

    OK, I think I understand how it's supposed to work, but the pic I want to use is only small enough on my Photobucket page, where I edited to the perfect size. However, do I HAVE to use the actual URL, or can I just use the IMG code like with regular post pics? HELP!!!
  2. The Name Game...challange!

    Ok, how about..... Sweet Satin Aria (kinda like Satine from Moulin Rouge??) Are Ya Tuned (sounds like Aria Tuned...) For the gelding.... Cruzin' on a Cloud For the sorrel mare: Autumn Leaves (may be more likely to be available? I kinda like it) Notus Me (In Greek mythology, the Anemoi (in Greek, "winds") were wind gods who were each ascribed a cardinal direction, from which their respective winds came, and were each associated with various seasons and weather conditions. Notus was the south wind and bringer of the storms of late summer and autumn- thought that one was cool) Hope these help!!! Good luck!
  3. Faking It ...

    Never had a horse that faked lameness, though sometimes I worry about my TB goober Chase...... [Question] These stories are great, though. a few had me laughing out loud. I love yours, foreveruntamed. My QH likes to pretend he forgets how to turn every time a newbie gets on him, but then you put either me or my best friend on him and he's the perfect angel all over again. Silly ponies!!! ETA: I just realized this is my old account and apparently I've forgotten what my new username is. I'm Evelyn tho. Darn I thought I finally had the right one. Bad memory had caused me to create about five accounts on here because I forget my username and just make a new one. I also have about five or six email addresses. Old age setting in, I guess.
  4. What Do You Think Of Horse Owners Who Don't Seem To..

    All my boys are very well taken care of! My TB, Chase, gets shod every six weeks or so, because he has arthritis and softer feet than the others, so I like to keep shoes on him for shock absorption(sp?) and comfort, but the others only get trimmed every time the farrier comes out. Vaccines, worming, and other regular maintenance care are done by me, the vet only being called when someone gets sick/hurt (my Morgan, Juby, gets colic about twice a year-- don't know why, but he's the only one, I guess he just has a sensitive stomach. It's managed well, tho, and he gets over it pretty quickly). Most things are easily taken care of yourself (tho I would be TERRIFIED to do their feet myself!!) and it definitely cuts back on vet bills, but it still has to be done, and if you don't know how to do it yourself, maybe asking the vet to show you how to do it next time they come out would make it easier for you later. I hate to see a horse not being taken care of, tho. When I was a teenager, I saw a horse (in the middle of town no less) in a tiny, muddy, grass-less paddock with long feet and showing ribs. He looked like he couldn't be any older than three years old, and he was not getting any of the nutrition he should have been so that he could grow into a strong, healthy horse. The only source of water for him was a rusty old bathtub filled to the brim with algae and scum. The saddest part was that he would have been so beautiful had he been taken care of. He was all black (no fading, either) with just a little star that made him look like Black Beauty. I named him Braveheart and took a bag of carrots and two apples to him every day to check on him and see if his conditions were getting any better. When they didn't, I called the Humane Society and told them about him. Three days later, I went to check on him, and he was gone. I'm not sure if they came and got him or the owner got rid of him, but I like to think that he was rescued and found a better home because I did something about it when no one else would. So, if you see a horse with unsatisfactory food/health/etc. making a call could change that horse's life and if you have the capacity to do something, you should NEVER hesitate. It's bad enough for the owner to slack in their duties, but when you witness something like that and do nothing, you're no better than they are, IMO. Sorry-- a bit long-winded, just thought it pertained to the discussion here.
  5. Critique?

    She has a well-muscled chest and legs, and her hindquarters are very nice, but is it just me or does her head look a little small? Breed: Quarter Horse or mix OR some sort of gaited breed? Age: 2-6
  6. thought id share....

    *giggle*giggle* He's ADORABLE! ZOOOOOOOOOOOOOM!!! Look at him go! He's so happy to be out! Yeah, watch out for those snow banks!!! Thank you for sharing!
  7. Share your most inspirational horses and people

    My horse was a tiny, fat, stubborn Morgan gelding named Jubalee. He was owned by my aunt, and until I was nine years old, off limits to ride. But after I'd become a proficient with the other horses and their personalities, she finally let me ride him. I knew instantly that he was my horsey true love. Within four years, that horse, who only knew a Western saddle and trail riding(non-competitive) when I met him, could be jumped up the 3 feet, drive a single-horse lightweight cart, complete a training level dressage test, and had over 250 miles of competitive trail riding on him. A couple years later, my aunt gave Juby to me, and we've been jumping, driving, doing dressage, and trail riding ever since. We share such an amazing bond that was obvious right away. Even though no one before me had been able to ride him bareback, I was the first one to do it successfully. He threw my aunt several times, causing serious injuries three of those times, but never with me. He actually protected me from a snake one time. I was dismounting, and about halfway down, just before I stepped on the copperhead beneath me, Juby started jumping side to side, stomping the snake, while I clung to him for dear life. When he finally stopped, I realized the snake was there, and my mom(who's non-horsey, by the way) said, "My God, I think he just saved you on purpose." Me and the Juice-Box have been together ever since. I couldn't imagine what life would be like without Juby there to just hop on and take for a spin whenever I need to just be on a horse. I realize he's getting up there in age(he's 18 now), and that someday i will lose him, I just dread that day so much.... I'd be lost without my Juice-Box! The person who inspired me would have to be my best friend, Beth. She has always been there for advice, opinions, discussion, assurance, and everything else I could possibly need when it comes to horses. She's the one who convinces me to get back on every time I get bucked off. She gives me solace, when I lose a beloved companion, and gives me praise when I win a blue. Without my best buddy, I wouldn't be able to do it. She's my right hand, the David to my Karen(O'Connor- except for the fact that we're not, you know, married), and I loves her all the way to the moon and back! This was fun!! It's good to be reminded of this sort of stuff! Thanks for the stroll down Memory Lane, Pinky!!
  8. my new horse needs a name NEW PICS ADDED!

    How about Constellation? You could call her Stella! She's amazing! So pretty! That Satin Sheen did her mane a world of good, too! Good perseverance! No way I would've taken the time to work those out! Too hyperactive. Good luck with her and keep up the updates!
  9. Meet my New Horse! Pictures! critique?

    Congratulations! He's gorgeous! I want another paint SO BAD! Lucky!
  10. Question About a Horse's Behavior.....

    I've tried just petting him anyway after he turns away from trying to bite me, and then he'd seem nicer and I'd keep petting him. He is quite girthy(forgot to mention that before), and I also tried doing it just one hole at a time, petting his face and neck in between, and he did a lot better with that, but then, after a 2-hour trail ride, as I was untacking and loosening the girth, by then he was on the offensive again. I've tried reprimands and one sharp slap on the nose when he nips, and slapping his side when he tries to kick at me, and neither way seems to work. Whether I'm nice & soothing or firm he still acts that way. Of course, my aunt has kind-of worn out the reprimanding. Every time she's near him, if he moves his head she says, 'No, Deacon,' loudly, anticipating the bite, and I think that may be the reason he doesn't respond to that. I dunno. Any other suggestions? Oh, by the way....Halo's Mom.... I've tried round penning and longing him, but that doesn't seem to help. If he's across the round pen from me and I'm over there yelling at him, he's fine, and he's nice directly afterward. You know what? It may be that he just doesn't like being tied. Maybe I could try tacking him up while he's loose in a stall? See if that helps? Anyway, I'll try those DVDs, too. Thanks for the tip! Thanks guys!! ETA: By "doing it" I meant, tightening the girth. Just thought I should clarify. [ 02-13-2008, 11:01 PM: Message edited by: SaltwaterTaffy ]
  11. Okay....My aunt owns a 15y.o. black Tennessee Walker gelding named Deacon. We've had him about 2 and a half years, but ever since we got him he's been a real pain in the butt. He's very mean, and will try to bite you if you go to pet his face. And will sometimes try to kick if you put pressure on him and ask him to move over. You can pick up his feet no problem, even the back ones, and mounting is no problem, then once you're on him he's fine. It's just his ground manners that are this way. I've tried every way I can think of to make this horse more affectionate and stop trying to bite everyone, but no matter what I do, it only works for about five minutes then he's back to his old ways. I'm just wondering if anyone else has/had this problem and if/how they fixed it. Is he just plain mean, or is there something else about him making him act this way? By the way, we got him from an auction, so we don't know much about his history. Thanks in advance, everyone!!
  12. How to teach horse to bow???

    Here's how I taught my Morgan to bow: I would start by picking up his left front hoof and pulling back on it slightly. Just enough for him to have to lean back on his haunches a bit, then have him hold the position for a few seconds. Then, with a halter and lead rope on, I would bring the lead rope between his front legs, lift the LF hoof again, and as I pulled back on the hoof, pull down on the lead, and his head would just naturally follow the leaning. I also used the verbal cue "bow" when doing this, and after a while, you can just tap their leg, say "bow", and they will. Juby does now, and it only took him about a week or two to learn that. Hope this helped....
  13. How to teach horse to bow???

    Here's how I taught my Morgan to bow: I would start by picking up his left front hoof and pulling back on it slightly. Just enough for him to have to lean back on his haunches a bit, then have him hold the position for a few seconds. Then, with a halter and lead rope on, I would bring the lead rope between his front legs, lift the LF hoof again, and as I pulled back on the hoof, pull down on the lead, and his head would just naturally follow the leaning. I also used the verbal cue "bow" when doing this, and after a while, you can just tap their leg, say "bow", and they will. Juby does now, and it only took him about a week or two to learn that. Hope this helped....
  14. I've been looking at the horses at New Vocations in Ohio. I live in Arkansas, so I don't want to make that trip unless I know I can trust these people and not have it be a wasted trip to see the horse I want and possibly get it. I just wanted to know if anyone here had ever gotten a horse from them and whether they're trustworthy on their descriptions and all that. Success stories, *** stories, pics and details are all welcome. Thanks everyone!!
  15. Possible free Warmblood....pictures

    Quarterpaint- I live in AR. I might be able to help if u guys want to do a train.... I wish I could afford to come and get him, but, alas, can't. He is beautiful, though.