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    Monday, June 23rd, 2008
    12:34 pm
    Tom bushogged the pasture Friday and saturday. the tractor wasn't really running good, so he didn't get done, but his dad wanted the tractor back....soo......I spent the time with the horses, either working with them, or taking pix.Here's the fruit of my down time.

    I totally missed putting a few pix in this post, which I just added.
    Saturday, May 3rd, 2008
    5:55 pm
    1,200 - 1,300 pounds!
    My horses are getting progressively bigger.

    My Crabbet Arabian was ~800 pounds. (14.2 hands)

    My cremello QH mare was 900 - 1,000 pounds. (14.3 hands)

    My four year old 1/2 Percheron is 1,200 - 1,300 pounds and possibly still growing. (16 hands)

    When my Arabian died I knew I would probably never get another hot blood so I sold all his Arab-sized tack.

    I bought new gear for my QH mare (sold to a QH breeder last August) but I put the Wintec western saddle on Phoenix today and I need a larger cinch! (And HOW!)

    My current cinch is 32 inches so I just ordered a 36 inch one. I am hoping it is long enough. (Stephanie, did you have to buy a draft horse cinch for BlackJack? If so, who sells draft sized tack?)

    The tie strap is the nylon one that came with the Wintec so I also ordered a new 6' leather tie strap. It is nearly a foot longer than the nylon and I prefer leather over nylon for multiple reasons. Read more... )
    Thursday, May 1st, 2008
    8:58 pm
    For anyone remotely interested, I just listed a 36" Weaver Smart Cinch on ebay.
    In the add i stated I used it once, but really, I put it on, it was too small, life happened, and I forgot to return it.
    tell your friends...I'll be depressed if my Ebay listing bombs, lol ;)
    1:29 pm

    As you can see, my horse who tends to lose upwards of 100lb eating an absurd amount of grain and hay in the winter gains it all back and then some on nothing but grass by mid-late spring
    Thursday, April 3rd, 2008
    2:04 pm
     Well, Skye has been...dont' want to say "lecturing" as I've been grilling her for info, so I'll say 'tutoring' me in the different types of bitless bridles and/or hackamores leverage Vs pressure, etc. So I'm getting one of these
    < > -I mean, the woman has a perfect rating on ebay, and she custom makes them to fit your horse. if it works on Bo*Berry, and I like it, it answers my "oh dear lord, what kind of bit am I going to get for the Beast?" question. Assuming he'll go with nothing in his mouth. I mean, he's gotten better about not grabbing things to carry when I've ridden him (in a halter and lead) So he is maturing. We'll see. Plus, if I like her stuff, she makes rope halters, as well.

    Monday, March 31st, 2008
    1:20 pm
    An intro for those who dont know me
    As you might be able to tell, instead of horses, I've devoted my time, love, and considerable amount of effort into working with a mule. I'm really quite active over in LJ, but I wanted a place to have a pure training journal, without too many distractions, so I came here. I will not be around all that much, but I'll stop in here on occasion.

    I'm a college kid who's been riding for years, as long as I can remember. I have been working with 'problem' horses and young'ens for about 7 years now, they're a lot more fun than any push button horse could ever be for me. My mule is defiantly a problem critter. He lashes out at people with his back feet for the slightest offense. Before I came along he was sitting in the pasture getting fat. Now he's my love, very well behaved for me. He is still wary about other people working around with such scary things as pitchforks and buckets.

    picture of the mule under the cut Zorro )
    Monday, March 24th, 2008
    1:27 pm
    I have a question for you all -in your opinions, is the idea that some (very rare) horses wil only ground tie a truth, or an old wives' tale?
    -I ask because our 2 year old seems to think this is the way it works. Ground ties (which i HATE, by the way) like a charm; tie her, and she'll break whatever you've tied her with or to as soon as that slip knot is tied, then stand patiently.
    I know some people use rope halters and leads to prevent this, but I'm afraid she'll hurt herself.
    I will be speaking with a trainer this week, but in the mean time, opinions?
    Saturday, March 22nd, 2008
    4:32 pm
    This is a photo of my horse Senor, behind a cut, so your flist isn't all messed up )

    Really like him, he's an excellent team roping horse with a lot of personality. All winter long he's been quite well behaved. Getting quite mellow in his old age of 7, not evening humping up when I saddle him, let alone offering to buck. Haven't even felt the need to lunge him a bit before getting on.

    You can see where this is going, hmm? Sure wish I had; this hindsight stuff is for the birds.

    Today? Today I don't like him quite so much.
    Also, that whole 'it's hard for horses to buck while being turned in a tight circle' thing? Might be true for most, it certainly was for the big paint I worked last summer.
    Not so much for my super athletic, cat-footed little bronc. Oh no. He just goes faster and bucks harder. And boy, that centrifugal force thing can be a real bitch too.

    The good thing was that I kept thinking. Okay, so it mostly consisted of "how do I get OFF THIS THING?!? AAAAHHHH", but still. Heh. But no, in all seriousness, once I realized I couldn't stop him (was at the end of my reins when I started to trot and then too busy trying not to fall off and was never able to get 'em shortened up and the tight circle didn't work), then it was just trying to figure out the safest way to come off and not end up under him.

    Which I succeeded in doing. In that way, the centrifugal force was a bit of a help, as it helped with sending me away. On the other hand, it just added some more speed and force for when I hit the ground. Ugh.
    I then lunged him. And then trotted him a lot, with some more trotting and then more trotting. Only then did I canter him.
    Tomorrow we're going to rope for the first time, it's been months. I think I shall saddle him quite early, perhaps when they're fed in the morning.

    And yes, lunge him before getting on this time. Heh
    x-posted to [info]triggerhappy
    Friday, March 21st, 2008
    4:17 pm
    Semi Intro Post
    I just joined, I can't promise that I will stay longterm because when I have joined other horse related groups on LJ or GJ (back when I actively used those sites) I ended up leaving them for lack of anything to say.

    With a username like OneHorseFarms it probably should be mandatory that I join horse related groups... but my relationship with horses may be less than the norm.

    What I mean by that is, everytime someone in real life finds out I have a horse they think I must spend every waking moment with it/them. But I feel that concept to be strangling, as if horses are all that define me.

    The most frequent thing that I hear is,  )
    Thursday, March 20th, 2008
    8:43 pm
    taken from sunnycowgirl @ lj
    USDA's "Business Plan" USDA Business Plan

    It calls for "Harmonization" of existing sytems that already use "individual" identification. Harmonization involved changing the existing program so they use the NAIS compliant AINs.

    As part of its "harmonization strategy", USDA proposes having breed registries begin using AINS. (Page 55 of the plan)

    The AIN is a 15 digit internally unique identification number. It starts with "840" which identifies the animal as coming from the US (plan, pg. 30)

    In order to get an AIN under NAIS, you have to register your property (Premise Registration).

    So, if breed registries were to require NAIS-AIN's, this would effectively FORCE their members to comply with the first two (2) stages of NAIS in one fell swoop.

    (Ever feel that AQHA, APHA, etc are selling out their members????? And the horses???????)

    USDA says it is voluntary:
    "Participation in NAIS is voluntary at the Federal level. (How about the STATE level???) NAIS provides the opportunity for producers that are not part of a disease program to freely participate in national animal health safeguarding efforts. (See page 3 of the User Guide)"

    USDA is utilizing seven (7) strategies.
    12:34 am

    I guess I'd be the moderator of this newly formed community -as I said in the info, I was dismayed to not find any "horse only" communities, so I had to rectify the problem :)
    About me:
    I'm 24, live in NorthCarolina, and have four horses;
    BlackJack, an upcoming 6 year old Percheron, who stands at 17.2 hands, and over 1600lbs, and who is really an overgrown lap dog with a stubborn streak.

    Bo*Berry, who is technically my husbands horse, a 14.1 hh POA mare, with an attitude

    Trixie, a  2 yr old Quarter Horse filly

    And Leroy, aka the Sunshine Pony (who is actually a miniature horse)

    I pretty much just trail ride, just for fun, though I've considered taking Leroy or Trixie to some halter classes just for fun. Being 5'10", I can't see riding Bo*Berry in any western pleasure classes, and I certainly don't see putting a big ole draft horse with a natural carriage action in them, no matter who rides, lol.

    Please, pardon the lack of cut, on this the first entry to this community. It won't be a habit on large/picture posts, promise!

    Current Mood: calm
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