Buck&Blossom'sMom

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    Horses, My Husband, & All Animals
  1. Laying Down A Horse

    Normally i do not post on here, but this subject has really drawn my attention. Everyone is seeming a little snarky on here. Is it really just a neat trick? Well, let me tell you how this neat trick probley saved my life last week. I have buckskin gelding that i have taught how to lay down ( and bow) ANYWHERE. I Was at saddle club last week, ponying a girlfriends horse. We will call him "stupid horse" Well, in a nut shell. Stupid horse reared up, came after my horse, Buck. Buck reared up and went to spin away, and slipped in the grass and fell on me. Somehow I ended up with my left leg under him, up to my hip, on his belly side. (dont know how i ended up on that side, kinda scary to be pinned down and in between 4 hooves!!) He started to kick a little, and tried to almost get up. I remember putting my right hand up to my head, and placing my hand on his back boot of his leg and saying "easy buck" "down buck, easy" .THose words saved my life!!! THank goodness he calmed down. He allowed someone to "keep" him in his laying down position, while others had to pick up his hind end, and pull me out. A huge benefit of teaching your horse to lay down. i just got out of surgery today. my tibia/ ankle bone was broke, and i have had two pins placed in it. I thank GOD I taught that horse to lay down. for fun, or not. it came in handy. if he got up, my chest would have been crushed, not to mention my head would possiby gotten stepped on as well. no, i was not wearing a helmet. but it has opened my eyes, and i will. you can even get hurt on your brokest horses. accidents do happen. please do not be mean to the one who started this post. GOOD FOR YOU! teach your horse to lay still. Get hay string and teach him to give his leg to you with a string wrapped around his leg, cannon bone, fetlock, knee.... possibilities are endless. YOU will be thankfull you did if you ever go trailriding and step in unseen barb wire, and your horse does not panic and cut his leg off, but stands there for you to un-do him. Teach your horse to do anything you want, and stay calm. i hope you all have a wonderful day. i just wanted to share my story of my precious sweet, sweet buck, who helped keep my injuries to a minimun, by laying still, even though he was laying on top of me.
  2. Need Help~ Buena Vista 316 Saddle

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  3. Saddle Question- Buena Vista 316

    Ask and you shall receive!! Okay, here is a side shot of the whole saddle, finally cleaned up (notice the leathers run through the fenders, up into the saddle: If you lift the fender/ flap, here is what you see. The larger, thicker leather with the holes in it is the girth strap comming down. Can you see where the stirrup leather comes in through the hole in the fender, and goes up towards the "black hole" of no return in the saddle? here is a closer look. See what i mean! how in the world do you change these leathers!! Here are some pictures of the underside of the saddle. the "tree" runs smoothly into the pad things. I don't see any openings that would tell me what the leathers run up, and hook too. SO>.. what do you think? i wonder what would happen if i took the screw off. Its located above the buena vista stamp, but below the ring where you would attach a breast collar. Here is a picture of the back. The plate says "Bonna Allen" "Makers since 1873" So..... any help, opinons... anything!!!
  4. The Official Grooming And Bathing Thread

    Okay~ here are a few tips from me: 1) before grooming your shedding wooly beast, mix a little fabric softner & water in a spray bottle, mist the horse with it ( I said MIST, not soak). Give it a few seconds to set in, when you go to groom your horse, the loose hair wont fly all over the place and onto you. I guess because it takes the static electricity out of it??? 2) I am a big fan of any "african american" olive oil sheen product, it does wonders for my horses manes and tails. I have heard that Show Sheen actually dries the hair, and should be washed out, HOWEVER I have heard that Laser-Sheen is safe to leave in. Could someone clarify that for me??? ps.. I wish my horses mane would grow as fast as his bridle path does!!
  5. Need Help~ Buena Vista 316 Saddle

    Its a 1950's (ish) Bona Allen model "Buena Vista" with an 18"seat After cleaning and closer inspection, its a "318" After a RIDING inspection, i have found that the stirrup leathers are dry rotted- and BROKE! SO> i am in a new dilemma, how in the WORLD do you change stirrup leathers on these types saddles? There is no visible stirrup bar ( Like an English Saddle) Anyone with any information on how to change stirrup leathers on a plantation type saddle is greatly appreciated!! also if you have any info on how the girth is supposed to sit? It seemed so far back on my quarter horse.
  6. Saddle Question- Buena Vista 316

    Jack, THANKS!! I got it, and yep, that's the saddle. After cleaning and closer inspection, its a "318" After a RIDING inspection, i have found that the stirrup leathers are dry rotted- and BROKE! SO> i am in a new dilemma, how in the WORLD do you change stirrup leathers on these types saddles? There is no visible stirrup bar ( Like an English Saddle) Anyone with any information on how to change stirrup leathers on a plantation type saddle is greatly appreciated!!
  7. Saddle Question- Buena Vista 316

    okay... lets try this: my neighbor gave this to me, he used to ride his gaited mare in it. i have a few questions. can you tell me more about this saddle? age?? its stamped genuine buena vista, and has # 316 on it. why does the "girth" have two leather straps?? i am a western saddle kinda gal, and i have had english saddles in the past, but non have had the two straps like this saddle does. how do you cinch it up?? One is most definitly longer than the other. also, do you use a special saddle pad? or can you use a western saddle pad? i am exited about this saddle. i have researched it, and have not quite found the history i have wanted on it, but have discovered its a favorite among gaited riders. any suggestions would be appreciated. sorry the saddle is so dirty in the pics. i just got it and have not had time to clean it up. it even has a dirt dobber nest in the gullett!!!
  8. Saddle Question- Buena Vista 316

    gaited talk forum thanks!
  9. Need Help~ Buena Vista 316 Saddle

    my neighbor gave this to me, he used to ride his gaited mare in it. i have a few questions. can you tell me more about this saddle? age?? its stamped genuine buena vista, and has # 316 on it. why does the "girth" have two leather straps?? i am a western saddle kinda gal, and i have had english saddles in the past, but non have had the two straps like this saddle does. how do you cinch it up?? One is most definitly longer than the other. also, do you use a special saddle pad? or can you use a western saddle pad? i am exited about this saddle. i have researched it, and have not quite found the history i have wanted on it, but have discovered its a favorite among gaited riders. any suggestions would be appreciated. sorry the saddle is so dirty in the pics. i just got it and have not had time to clean it up. it even has a dirt dobber nest in the gullett!!!
  10. Apha- Finding An Owner

    Thank you for all of the information. I am not in contact with the person who sold her last. Her name is Lil Magnolia Blossom if anyone has the pedigree plus feature. I dont have it because it is costly. thank you!!
  11. Apha- Finding An Owner

    Hello, I need some help! I had a paint mare, and she was sold to a local person (who did not put her in his name) and then he sold her a few months after that. How can I find who she belongs to now? Is there a way to look it up on the APHA web site? (Given of course that she is registered in the new person's name) I am an APHA & AQHA member, and I could not find it anywhere. I dont want her back or anything, i was just being curious as to where she ended up. Her name is "Lil Magnolia Blossom" If anyone can help me. Thanks.
  12. Ed Wright- Tips From The Clinic

    I took my 2 year old last week. It was wonderful. I gained a wonderful tips in starting them on the pattern. Okay..hopefully i can explain this correctly. Uncle Ed wants us to teach the babies to do a lead change right AFTER the first barrel (when going to the second). So he sat his cones around the barrel as usual, and then put a cone (we shall call it cone #4) about 10 ft out (the more broke the horse, the closer the cone) in between the 2nd and 3rd barrel. Does that make sense? If you were sitting on the 1st barrell, the cone would be about 10 foot out angeled between the 2nd and 3rd, ANYWHOO.. SO You walk around the first barrel, when you complete the turn, you flex your horse to the left with your hand, make him move off your left foot, and move off and forward to the right so you can go around cone #4 (to the left), then you ark and flex them back to the right to go around the first barrel. Essentially you are doing a controlled figure 8. So at the trot, when you get around the first (to the right) and move over to cone #4 (as if you were going to turn it but dont) You hold your horses flexed position, ask for the lope towards the second barrel, wha la! He should lope off on the left lead to the 2nd barrel. It makes more sense when you see it. But it teaches your babies to complete the turn and depart on the left lead after leaving the first. He also uses this exercise with counter arcs and with speed to teach horses "quick feet" and forward motion and shoulder control. But this was an exercise broken down for a 2 year old lesson. A baby colt that is learning the pattern, and begins to drop his shoulder is not cheating, but actually trying to hard. (this was my friend's 2 year old that she brought) Uncle ed changed her from a snaffle, to a light leverage bit. Then really worked on her hand positioning. In order to keep your babies really balanced around the barrel, you ride with your forward hand (that he teaches us) put you KEEP BOTH HANDS EVEN AND SPREAD APART!! It did wonders for her baby horse. No more shoulder dropping, shoulder in.... With her hands like Uncle Ed told her, her baby colt was balances and turning the barrels very nicely!!
  13. Ed Wright- Tips From The Clinic

    Hello!! [smiley Wavey] Okay, for those of you who have been to an Ed Wight clinic, i just wanted to start a post of his tips and tricks. There is so much information, and i just dont want to forget any of it!! Have you remembered anything specific that helped you in his clinics? From riding to nutrition?? Ill start: White Vinager!! [shocked] It is the only thing he uses as a brace, whether in a stall or on the trailer. Wet the leg with White Vinager, wrap with wax paper or a brown paper sack, pillow wrap and standing wrap. Whala!! All the swelling is out. The leg is nice and tight. You dont have to rinse off and you dont have to worry about burning them with a chemical. We all tried it and it worked so great. He told me to quit using Green Jelly because of the risk of burning their skin. Apple Cider Vinager aids in Digestion when mixed in grain and fed. When adding oil to horses feed, don't use Corn Oil because it can cause build up of lactic acid in their muscles and make them body sore. He said to use Soybean Oil instead. Starts with a few tablespoons a day, and builds up to one measuring cup. He said it adds weight, and energy, so watch out if you are not working them on a regular basis. [Jump] (now i am on a hunt for it you know...) (Edit to add) Flax seed & Wheat Germ oil increases a stud horses' sperm count. Didnt you love the streaches he showed us on the second day!!?? Does anybody do them regularly, and have you seen a difference? Just thought i would get this started. Have to go back to work now.
  14. Stocking Up After Stall Rest

    Hello! I just came back from an Ed Wright Clinic here in Tennesse, and that topic was addressed. To make a long story short, he recommended to us to wet the leg with White Vinager and wrap with wax paper (or a brown paper sack), pillow wrap and then standing wrap. We tried it and WOW, it really works! Even Ed said that he did not know how it worked.. But it does! Hope that helps. Plus, White Vinager is super cheap, and you dont have to worry about burning their skin, or rinsing it off later. He did say that it will burn a cut for a few seconds, but it will be fine and the horse will get over it. Hee hee... mandy
  15. Bit Q- Smooth Out Sweet Six

    Okay, So I found clearance bits at Tractor Supply Store here in Tennessee. I got a Sharon Camarillo Reinsman "Tender Touch" and a "Sweet Six" bit. They are the wrapped copper three piece type bits. I want to play with them on my two year old. He was broke with a full cheek, moved on to a copper mouthpiece O ring, and how he is ridden in a 3 piece snaffle (D Ring). Middle piece is a big smooth piece of copper. Hard to explain, but its a very mild bit as well. Any who, 1st question, Which bit do you think is the mildest? Personally I think its the Sweet Six. And #2, its copper wrapped. Does anyone knowof any home-made ideas to put on the bit to make it smooth? I dont want to put anything with any "bite" on the pieces of the bit. Please dont flame me and say "Well, if he is doing fine in what he is, leave him alone" I just want to play with my new bits, (that I got for $11.00 each) and want to know how to make the mouthpiece (temporarily or permantly) smooth. Would you put something on it? Or have a welder smooth it out?? Can they do that? Thanks!!