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PostSubject: Re: Pleasure, Trail, Versatility, etc.   Sun Aug 23, 2009 8:19 pm

Thanks Everett! I'm just so excited to have her back home. I'm going to try to get some pictures of her under saddle tomorrow afternoon if the weather holds. I'm going to try to get pictures of my gelding also. He has a pretty nice lick going and has only been off of pads since December.
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PostSubject: Re: Pleasure, Trail, Versatility, etc.   Mon Sep 21, 2009 6:26 pm

Well....to make a long story short (ha) Queen came home but was lame, had the vet out ($500) then a friend's husband who is an osteopathic physician did a 5 minute adjustment on her for free and guess which treatment worked! The free adjustment of course! Went out and rode her for an hour today with no signs of the previous lameness. Whoohooooooooo!! We're on the road again (sounds like a song)! Someday I'll post more pictures...I know you can hardly wait....(I hear the groaning now!) Charge! Low Rider

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PostSubject: Re: Pleasure, Trail, Versatility, etc.   Mon Sep 21, 2009 7:39 pm

Way to go Boss, glad your back in the saddle. Be careful with those swords you'll poke your eye out... :pirat:
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PostSubject: Re: Pleasure, Trail, Versatility, etc.   Mon Sep 21, 2009 8:01 pm

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PostSubject: Re: Pleasure, Trail, Versatility, etc.   Sun Oct 11, 2009 8:56 pm

Well....I have got to say the horses did great today on their first real trail ride. Keep in mind, these are ex padded horses who have never been anywhere but the showring. The barn owner's wife took us and about 17 others out from the barn through the trails in Windsor. There is 22 miles of trails. Barbara rode my husband's mare, Sunday Social, and I rode his gelding, Cuz. Queen couldn't go because she needs the farrier really bad! I was so proud of those 2 horses. We went through woods, across bridges, through ditches, cotton fields, hunt club property, paved roads, cars, people on bicycles and neither one batted an eye. They were having a ball! About halfway through the ride, the barn owner and my husband met us at a hitching post they have set up in the woods with drinks and snacks. It was really cool. We had a few minor mishaps. I was 3rd in line on Cuz coming down a road and the 2 in front cut into the woods. Well to follow, I had to take Cuz up a ditch bank. No big deal except Cuz was so worried about were the others went, he didn't see the ditch bank. Slammed right into it and went to his knees. I just gave him his head and clucked to him and he got up and went right up the bank. Then we were almost back to the barn and had to cross a deep ditch with this little tiny narrow bridge. The bridge was about the width of a sidewalk and kind of rickety. So we decided to get off and walk them across, thank the good Lord we did! Sunday was so interested in looking down in the ditch that she fell off the bridge. Her back end was entirely in the ditch, her belly was on the bridge and 1 front leg was underneath her. I was really proud of her because she didn't panic. She looked around, got her feet back under her and climbed up out of the ditch. Scraped her back legs up, but not too bad. All in all, it was a great day. The weather was gorgeous and the company and the horses were good. The barn owners wife told her husband that our horses were the best behaved of the day!! Slow Rider Big Smile
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PostSubject: Re: Pleasure, Trail, Versatility, etc.   Mon Oct 12, 2009 4:31 pm

My better half went trail riding Saturday with a group of about 50 people most of whom he had never met before. The mare he rides has only been under saddle about 5 months. Normally she does extremely well. But he had to go through a field with some cows. Apparently, Star has never seen cows before. He said that one of the cows jogged up besides her and went "MOOOO" and Star went out of her mind. He said she jumped sideways, took off bucking and running wide open. He stuck with her and he finally got her stopped. The rest of the ride went well except for Star being very jumpy looking for cows.

So yesterday he goes riding with some good friends of ours. He had told them this story and they all had a good laugh. Then one of the ladies started whining because she hadn't ridden in a while. He started picking on her. He said she took it for a while, but then she rode her horse up behind Star and went "MOOOO". He said Star's ears started twitching and she was looking everywhere for the cows!
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PostSubject: Re: Pleasure, Trail, Versatility, etc.   Mon Oct 12, 2009 4:58 pm

BF1, I wonder if star is one of those super smart horses like Jim Key, did the cow say moooo or did it say move and she did! or the cow could have said Boo and it scared the pickle juice out of her! A point to ponder... Shocked
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PostSubject: Re: Pleasure, Trail, Versatility, etc.   Mon Oct 12, 2009 5:14 pm



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PostSubject: Re: Pleasure, Trail, Versatility, etc.   Mon Oct 12, 2009 11:48 pm

Oooohhhh...I can't hang with the bucking part! Someone asked Chris Cox what to do about a bolting horse. His answer: learn to ride fast!
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PostSubject: Trail Ride   Wed Oct 14, 2009 8:58 pm

I am the Mother of Black Fantasy's better half. According to him Star "Ran like the wind and snorted like a Dragon". I personally thought it was too funny.
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PostSubject: Re: Pleasure, Trail, Versatility, etc.   Thu Oct 15, 2009 9:31 am

Smitty,
Now thats a purty smooth gaited little Cayuse ye got there. The sound bite takes me back to sat morn in the late 50's. Roy & Dale sung that song at the end of each tv program. They'd be riding into the camera & be coming thru the arched entrance to their Double R bar ranch. Tore me all to pieces.
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PostSubject: Re: Pleasure, Trail, Versatility, etc.   Thu Oct 15, 2009 10:52 am

The cow story reminds me of handing out trophies at the International. One class was sponsored by an ice cream company and a person dressed in a cow costume was one of the presenters. That poor horse was traumatized beyond belief!!! The rider said he had never had any problem with presentation pictures until then. He won several other classes and you could just see him looking in fear for that cow again.
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PostSubject: Re: Pleasure, Trail, Versatility, etc.   Sun Oct 25, 2009 5:59 pm

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Our ride today at the Petersburg Battlefields in Virginia. Cuz before the ride, a couple of pictures of the foliage, and Cuz after the ride. I haven't advanced to taking pictures while out on the trail yet. Cuz needs my utmost attention!

Cuz is my husband's gelding. Queen isn't quite ready to ride with this group. The ride pretty fast!
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PostSubject: Trail Ride   Sun Oct 25, 2009 7:25 pm

That looked like a great place to ride. I haven't gotten to go on any trail rides yet hope to get one in before the weather turns really bad. My horse Prowler is a hand full so I will have to be on my toes all the time. Glad you had a good time and Cuz is a good looking partner.
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PostSubject: Re: Pleasure, Trail, Versatility, etc.   Sun Oct 25, 2009 7:36 pm

This is a great place to ride! The trails are very well marked and you can get a map from the ranger station if you like. Some of the trails are shared by hikers and bicylists and other trails are strictly horses. Lots of twists and turns, straight aways for gaiting, uphill and downhill, bridges or through water if you prefer, open fields at the different monuments. Just a really good place to get horses out on the trails but not so difficult that you can't take green horses there. Cuz did great except when some of the speed rackers that were with us went blowing by. He thought he should keep up but he doesn't gait THAT fast and we haven't taught him to canter yet. All in all, I was very proud of him. He drew alot of attention because he is so pretty (oops....handsome).

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PostSubject: Re: Pleasure, Trail, Versatility, etc.   Mon Oct 26, 2009 7:40 pm

I passed by the Petersburg Battlefield on my way to The Outer Banks, about 7 years ago. We had planned to take the auto tour, but we were running behind and decided it would take too long. (Outer Banks......you can't get there from here!) As I understand, it is HUGE......one of the biggest. I especially wanted to see "the crater". If anyone remembers the explosions at the first part of the movie "Cold Mtn" then you'll know about the crater. Disappointed I didn't get to check it out, but I'm sure it's a great place to ride. I didn't know riding was allowed on any of the battlefields.
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PostSubject: Re: Pleasure, Trail, Versatility, etc.   Mon Oct 26, 2009 9:15 pm

Yep, Petersburg and Yorktown both allow riding. They have trails marked and they don't like you to canter because you are "sharing the road" with the hikers and bicylists. Yorktown is mostly the outer edge and through Newport News Park, Petersburg you actually go near the tunnel to the Crater and part of Fort Lee. If you ever come this way again, take the time. you'll enjoy it!
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PostSubject: Re: Pleasure, Trail, Versatility, etc.   Sun Nov 08, 2009 11:58 am

Well, I took my girl, Queen, on our first real trailride yesterday. She did unbelievable well! It was 15 miles of mostly wooded, some farm fields, up and down hills winding through the woods, across drainage ditches along the Meherrin River in NC. There was at least 3 to 4 hundred horses there. We got there early so I could walk Queen around and gauge her reaction to all the horses and commotion. Didn't seem to phase her. So we saddled up and walked around waiting for our friends. She did fine. So out to the trails we went. It was slow going at first because we were behind the partiers that kept stopping on the trail to mix drinks, yes they did! Crazy! There was nowhere to pass at first but once we got around them, everything went well. Queen got a little upset when our group went down to the river to water the horses and I didn't take her there. (I have an unreasonable fear of water). So rather than stress her I got in behind two other horses and continued on down the trail. My group caught up to us about 20 minutes later and all was good with the world. We had one moment that was a little hairy. We were crossing a drainage ditch and you have to go down a slope cross the water and up a steep bank. She started down the slope, slipped and then balked a little and I almost went over her head, but we got it back together and she continued on. We even gaited a little! I was so proud of her. She is going to be an awesome trail horse! Oh, and all that with a D ring snaffle with copper rollers and no curb chain. Did I say she was awesome! My friend, Barbara, said she expected her to be good, but not that good! 2 Thumbs Up! Charge! Big Smile
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PostSubject: Re: Pleasure, Trail, Versatility, etc.   Sun Nov 08, 2009 4:13 pm

What a wonderful day you and Queen had.....I cannot imagine trail riding with so many folks. I've only ridden with a small group of 20 at the most. And, had not trail ridden since I was a teen until about 2 years ago. Only go on a ride a couple of times a year. But, have vowed to ride more often!!

Tried out my 4 year old "BabyDoll" for the first time today, just a short ride around the back pasture fenceline. She just came home from training the first of August and hadn't been ridden since having her high-heeled shoes pulled. As I age, I am reluctant to get out and ride alone much anymore. Aside from needing some reining lessons (HA!), she did pretty well. Most of her stress was being away from her pasture friends and nickering ( I should say bellowing) constantly. Maybe she will be as good as your Queen one day!!!
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PostSubject: Re: Pleasure, Trail, Versatility, etc.   Sun Nov 08, 2009 4:51 pm

Thank you! And your Baby Doll will get there also. Our other 3 horses came off pads in December and all 3 are doing well and have nice smooth gaits. One racking, one walking and the other step pacing, but all nice rides. Queen had hardly been handled at all until a year ago. My trainer that I got her from became ill and couldn't train anymore so I brought her home and my friend Barbara broke her to ride and has been helping me out alot. I sent her to a professional trainer for 4 months to get her ridden because none of us had the time to ride her consistently. She is just so smart and kind! My friend, Barbara, got to laughing because we were going down the side of a farmer's field and Queen got to shaking her head so hard her teeth were clacking and her ears were flopping all over the place. Can you tell I'm proud of her?! Big Smile
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PostSubject: Re: Pleasure, Trail, Versatility, etc.   Sun Nov 08, 2009 9:19 pm

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Love the image in my head of your little mare shaking her head so hard that her teeth clacked and her ears just a flopping. Back in the 60's when we first started in the TWH's, that was one of the things I remember being told, ears should "flop". You don't actually see it happen very much, but I love it when I see it!
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PostSubject: Re: Pleasure, Trail, Versatility, etc.   Mon Nov 09, 2009 8:06 am

I was always told that flopping ears meant a happy relaxed horse. That was always one of the things we look for in a horse.

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PostSubject: Re: Pleasure, Trail, Versatility, etc.   Mon Nov 09, 2009 7:44 pm

That's what I have always heard also. My old trainer used to say that "that is when it is getting good to them"!
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PostSubject: Re: Pleasure, Trail, Versatility, etc.   Wed Nov 11, 2009 8:51 pm

Here is a picture of me and Queen at the Meherrin trail ride Saturday. See....I really do ride her! (We are in the front, black horse, fat person in helmet!)

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PostSubject: Re: Pleasure, Trail, Versatility, etc.   Wed Nov 11, 2009 8:55 pm

Geez twhboss, I don't see the fat person! You must have posted the wrong pic!

I do see a nice, fat black horse though! Looks fun!
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