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  1. Online Shopping

    Are there any great, trusted online tack store for western tack, that you guys like to shop from? I live in an area that is quite a ways away from the local store, and there is a very small amount of western tack there anyways. I am very familiar with great online stores for english tack, but unsure where to go for western tack. Thanks a lot everyone :)
  2. Starting Again On An Older Horse

    Getting her going again would be great for her. If she is sound it's a great start. I would also make sure that saddle fitting is good to go as her musculature might have changed being off and retired. I would definitely stay away from the deep footing and steep hills you have in your area until you know that she's in good shape and can handle it. At 22 she might end up being a great trail/in the forest trail horse. I would start her off slow on a few short walks, working your way up in length and increasing terrain difficulty. This sounds like you might have a fantastic trail horse on your hands. Good for you.
  3. 1.5 Year Old Filly Kicking, Rearing, And Biting

    What an evil little thing! I love minis, they are the best little monsters around. I would take her in a round pen(paddock or whatever you have access to thats smaller in size), and make that little thing work hard before you take her for a groom etc. When she does start any of those monster-ish behaviours tell her to stop immediately with a turn No! if she bites as much as I am not a fan of smacking on the nose, I feel sometimes its a good one. We had a youngster that decided to start doing that one day and the first one caught me off guard, the second time I smacked him so hard his nose must have stung for a day. He never did it again tho....don't let that little pony intimidate you. She just learned that you are a bit unsure with your handling and she's using it to her advantage.
  4. Maybe The Last One?

    I think we will have to come down to that type of decision making at one point or another. I went through it myself a while back and realized that two horses is where I wanted to stay. For us it makes sense because both hubby and I are into horses, so it gives us each our horse to work with. It also gives us the option to always have 2 horses to take out on trails if decide to go trail riding. Two horses are always manageable even for one person, where as the 14 I have(used to breed) is a thing of the past-different time in my life now.
  5. Let's See Those 2 And 3 Yr Olds

    Lets see those youngsters being started this year. We have a mare that is going to be starting work in the next couple of weeks. She's a coming 2 yr old in July. Because of her breeding, I'm nervous about starting her as a 3 yr old because she is going to be huge, and because she has a very sassy temper I rather not get killed Lets see photos of all your youngster who have started getting broke, or are starting this year. Make sure the post the info below. Just copy paste. Age: Breed: Discipline:
  6. Breaking Programs

    Woohoo! so excited! our mare is getting her first backing this evening. Been working with her for a few weeks, and have been waiting for what seems forever to get her broke to ride. Depending on how she goes tonight, I might take over rides after her first backing or if she ends up being more worried and bucky than what Im expecting, I will have a trainer at our stable, put a few more rides on her. I've ridden freshly broke horses in the past, but its been a while since having done so. Looking for some recommendations. What are your primary goals when riding a green broke horse? moving forward and straight? bending and half halts, circles? moving off your leg? what are the main things you work on first?
  7. What a looker! I wonder if he is going to end up a palomino?
  8. If You Ride Enough

    I think its one of those silent gifts that we get when we invest our lives into this friendship. Im just building this bond right now with my mare, and its so something that is so incredible, I couldnt even find words to describe it.
  9. Breaking Programs

    awww and I very much appreciate your answer and advice. Good reminder. Tho not a senior citizen, Im definitely halfway there LOL LMBO!
  10. Hello Im New Here

    Hi everyone, I'm very excited to have discovered this great forum. I want to keep some form of anonymity until I get more comfortable with how the forum works, but I have been blessed enough to have owned horses for most of my life. I mainly do hunter/jumpers and dressage, but have slowly added western pleasure and reining to the mix after I met my husband. We currently own 2 horses one of which is a Canadian Mare(i will try to figure out how to post photos and put them up for a critique). She is the apple of my eye. My screen name actually comes from one of my favourite horse breeds. Not known very well by most because of where it originates from. Looking forwards to meeting new members here on the forum Merens
  11. Wintec Saddles

    You will get so many opinions about those saddles. Most people will tell you to get a good quality used leather saddle, which in some cases(depending on the fit of horse and rider), can be a great idea. I will also say however that wintex or other synthetic saddles are sometimes a fantastic option. Most synthetic saddles dont even look synthetic because of how well made they are-but again you just have to make sure that it fits you and your horse.
  12. Hello Im New Here

    The original Canadians are actually from Europe from King Louis, which genetically is a decendent of the Merens horses in Europe. A lot of history speculates there are some morgan influences.
  13. Meet My New Horse

    What a tank! he's gorgeous!
  14. My Horse Won't Move Under Saddle

    What I do before I get on, is I lunge the horses and teach them all the vocal cues for each pace including clucking to have them move forward. The benefit of doing it that way, is that by the time you get on to ride, you have that to assist you with the aids. Ground driving will also assist you with the turning aids.
  15. Staple Inserted In Forehead As A Calming Effect?

    I cannot believe that they would do that! that is insane. If the horse does not like to be indoors, sell the bloody horse and let him go to a home where he can work outside. This is crazy-when will they stop to "calm" a horse down.
  16. Let's See Those 2 And 3 Yr Olds

    Welcome back to the forum.
  17. Let's See Those 2 And 3 Yr Olds

    You are right, she is not either one of them. No worries at all! so sorry I was sick for a few days and missed coming back on the forum during that time, so I just saw your post. Don't even worry about it! I loved your post. That is one heck of a puddle! Thank you so very much. She isn't anything fancy really, but she has surprised us with really cuteShe is going to be my "husband's" horse, but I myself do mostly english pleasure. I am not a big shower, but I do believe in getting the horses into many disciplines to give them a chance to not do repetitive work. Dressage I think might end up being the main foundation of what I do with her, but for sure won't be the only thing she does. That goofy mare LOVES jumping. When let loose in the arena, she takes herself over anything she can. She's really sweet You're good. She is actually a registered Canadian, Canada's National Horse
  18. Let's See Those 2 And 3 Yr Olds

    Here is our coming 2 yr old. She will get broke this year.
  19. What a great thread. Im learning quite a lot from it. I guess maybe its a bit ignorant on my part to have thought of this until now, but I didnt realize there was so much detail that went into saddle fitting of western saddles. Im 99% of the time an english rider, and had never put any thought into western saddle fitting. You guys have great information on here, thank you!
  20. Pastern Cut

    It looks like the wound is healing well, but it looks quite moist which tells me you need to let it air a little. I would even consider not wrapping it anymore. Make sure to clean it daily and let it air out. It's mostly surface now and will heal far quicker if it is able to breath rather than staying covered.
  21. Good Riders Can Come Off

    I actually just witnessed a bad fall just this last weekend from a very talented rider. It was just not her day or the horse's for that matter. She was bucked off and fractured her femur. It was a mess.
  22. Breaking Question

    There is a lot of gound work that you should be doing prior to saddle work even starting. Quite honestly I would work with a trainer with your first full project before you try to do one on your own. By going straight into putting a saddle on without ground work, is like asking a trail horse to do dressage moves without having been trained for it. There is a huge gap in knowledge and lack of horse understanding. Breaking a horse to be ridden is very structured work. I would really suggest to have someone seasoned help you the first time you do it, to make sure nothing is missed.
  23. Pictures Of Project

    Hi everyone, I don't even know if I have ever posted photos of my mare before. She is a coming 2 year old, a registered canadian mare as you might notice she is a bit of a husky built. Projects with her is going to be hunters and dressage(tho I like to expose my horses to a little bit of everything). We trailer our horses to the mountains quite a lot for trails. This year we are planning on doing a lot of breed demos locally at some of the bigger summer shows. Hoping to have more photos to share soon! She's a really sweet mare and loves people, but she can be very sassy out in the pasture.
  24. I Finally Got A Horse!

    I just read with this reply, and I don't agree with what you say at all. Foals that become "family pets" as you describe, become that way because they are not taught respect and manners. All youngsters I have worked with have always learn to respect their handler and have very good manners, in fact making them even better than most horses at their given stable because of it. Those few years growing up are ever so important for learning to trust and bonding and learning those life skills they will need when they start their training and riding career.