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10-03-2011 02:25 AM

We moved to the country on some land last year, it has long been my wufe’s dream to own a nice horse. Bought one today but we dont have a saddle yet.

Using just a halter and a left and right lead line i road Sandy bare back all around the field and Boy, does she like to run. She seems to be wired to want to get where she is going fast. It was a ton of fun!!! I even shocked myself that i was even able to stay on without falling off. Riding bare back was so fun I dont think I even want a saddle for myself.

But for my wife and girls i know they are going to need a saddle.

I like the idea of just going out there and jumping on her and going:)

So being pretty green about horses I have a lot to learn but I am looking forward to a lot of future horse bonding and fun!

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#1 posted 10-03-2011 02:40 AM

Good for you! Hope you have a lot of fun. Everytime I hear about a casual horse owner, I remember seeing my wife’s cousin’s wife leading a horse that ran over the top of her when it spooked. Teach the kids to never ever lead a horse on the end of a rope, it is just asking for trouble. Hold her by the halter or very close to it. The horse may get away anyhow, but at least you will have control of her head until she is gone.

-- Bob in WW ~ "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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#2 posted 10-03-2011 03:08 AM

Thanks for the advice, we can use plenty of advice.

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#3 posted 10-03-2011 03:15 AM

Now this is a Labor or Love, enjoy and happy trails…BC

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#4 posted 10-03-2011 03:22 AM

Yes, very exciting. And I will say it felt like a work out for my legs, my upper legs were trying to hug the horse tight to stay on. So i figure this could be some good excersize for me :)

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#5 posted 10-03-2011 03:31 AM

You’re in for a lot of fun – and a lot of work. I had four horses during my 25 years of playing cowboy (working with my buddy on his ranch). Once you’ve got them trained, they’re an incredible partner. My last horse knew as much about herding cattle as I did. Just a small touch with a rein, and he took it from there.

Not so good for roping, though. He didn’t like holding a calf and would step away when I least expected it.

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#6 posted 10-03-2011 03:59 AM

Jerry, My wife and daughters volunteered at a horse rescue for a few years. They thoroughly enjoyed books by this author and highly recommend him. -Jack

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#7 posted 10-03-2011 04:01 AM

Thanks, playing cowboy sounds fun. I will be happy to spend an hour or two a day out riding around though. The horse neck reined well and seemed to listen to verbal commands. Except when she got running she seemed hesitent to slow back down. I have a lot of learning to do but I felt comfortable on her and loved it way more then I thought I would.

I personally need something I can do that both theraputic and helps excersize some of my muscles. Woodworking used to be that outlet for me, and dont get me wrong because woodworking is a passion, but woodworking is also our way of keeping the bills paid. So the business end can be kind of ateessful at times.

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#8 posted 10-03-2011 04:27 AM

Thanks Jack for the author. I will have to get some books.

I think i might be happy to ride 20-30 minutes a day at first and build up some stamina/strength.

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#9 posted 10-03-2011 05:01 AM

Jerry – Congrats on joining the horse owning community . You really should get an experienced horseman’s opinion as to whether this horse is safe for your family. Horses who are all go and no whoa can be very dangerous especially for unexperienced riders. The references cited above are more ‘touchy feely’ than instructional. The American Quarter Horse Association will provide a list of professional horsemen in your area who would be willing to evaluate your horse and situation. This advice is coming from an equine veterinarian who has ridden for over 50 years and has seen people killed or badly injured by horses. I don’t want to discourage you but horses are large, powerful animals and can hurt you without meaning to. Please seek some professional input. Respectfully. GFADVM

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#10 posted 10-03-2011 05:39 AM

I’ll second what the vet says. ”when she got running she seemed hesitant to slow back down.” You need to get ahead of this or you will have a horse that is very hard to break of a bad habit. She has already sensed you cannot handle her and she is in charge! When I was a kid, I helped my dad break horses to ride. His buddies got horses that were wild like deer off the range in Oyhee County, ID. One of them would break 24 head every 2 weeks and sell them as green broke, which meant you could get on, ride and lead them ;-)) They were not kids horse by any means!! WE never got into the wild ones like that, but I did break a stud my dad had me exercising a lot to shoot off his back with my .22 pistol. Yeah, just playing cowboy ;-))

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#11 posted 10-03-2011 06:16 AM

Another vote for finding the brakes on that mare. If she ain’t doing what you’re asking her to do, she’s in charge – not you. That is NOT a good thing.

I had an appaloosa gelding that got barn sour on me. IOW, he wanted to run back to the barn no matter what I wanted him to do. Heading in one day, he kept trying to run. Every time he tried, I turned him away and made him walk. When I would turn him toward the barn again, he would walk a few feet and try to run. We battled with each other for an hour going that last couple of hundred yards, but he got over it. – lol

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#12 posted 10-03-2011 07:18 AM

I second Andy. I would suggest your family take riding lessons as well by an experienced trainer. I hope you enjoy your horse for many years to come with no accidents.

I have an “adopted” son in Palmdale from Armenia. He has twin boys and wanted them to have a horse to ride and care for. Some one told him about adopting a Thoroughbred from the race track. I had to talk like a Dutch uncle to get that notion out of his head. I introduced him to a friend that teaches horsemanship in Pearblossom. She had him help care for her twenty some odd herd and found him a sweet little mare that has worked out great for him. His family is still taking the lessons until Rusty feels they are in control.

You didn’t say, but has this horse been a racer? If so I guarantee this is an accident waiting to happen. It is very hard to get the go out of them. When your butt hits the saddle, you better be ready because she is gone.
Some horses are so thoroughly trained that you never get the go out of them. My grand dad always said, “You have to know the nature of the beast.” This goes double for a horse.

It is just like in the shop, be careful and be safe and enjoy the fun. Rand

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#13 posted 10-03-2011 03:12 PM

This all great advice. Thanks. I know i want to be safe. The horse mostly would trot with me but if I did not try holding her back I could tell she wanted to run. She would stop for me but would soon want to get trotting again.

The lady we bought her from.said the horse.would run barrels and poles. That is really all i know of it. She said it is 16 but she looks strong and youthfull. We wanted an older horse for the family.

I do think we will look into riding and horse lessons for the family.

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#14 posted 10-04-2011 10:08 PM

Jerry, We have some really good friends in San Antonio that are into horses. If you need some advice or anything, I can get their contact information for you. They ride with a club doing rodeos and such.

We had horses years ago. I miss them until I think about the expense and time involved. My problem was my 60 to 70 hour work weeks got in the way of riding. They are definitly a lot of fun. I bought a retired race horse once. They first time I rode her I let her run—and run—and run—sraight for the corner of a barbed wire fence. Luckily she planted and turned a the last second. I managed to hang on somehow. I did enjoy her speed though. Sure was not a kids horse. Nobody but me would ride her. We had others, including a wild Mustang from New Mexico that my Father-in law bought for my daughter when she was 2—go figure! He was broke (sort-of) when we got him but we had a lot of good times with him.

I still have both my saddles which I will always keep. My good one belonged to my Father-in-law who is deceased now. My wife had it redone for me for Christmas one year. I thought see had bought me a new saddle when I first saw it. I have my Grandfathers very old saddle that he gave me several years before he died. Obviously they both mean a lot to me.

Let me know if you need anything.

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#15 posted 10-04-2011 10:24 PM

When I was in high school I worked on a horse farm and got to exercise and take care of the barn horses. The owners hardly ever came out to ride them so I got to ride them whenever I wanted because they didn’t want them not to be road. I really enjoyed it and the owners of the farm let me keep my horse in the barn. I enjoyed all of it except cleaning out the stalls but the bad goes with the good and it has to be done I reckon. I really loved my horse. You will have a ball with them.

-- If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. Henry David Thoreau

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