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Tarik, the culprit who broke my arm

It has been very frustrating to have this broken arm.  I am not allowed to do anything except sit here and “keep it elevated.”  I can’t feed the animals, I can’t even brush my own hair. I certainly can’t go out and ride my horse. It is very depressing in a way because I have been working so hard the past few months to really get better at my riding skills. The doctor says with this type of break, I may not be able to ride a horse for up to six months. Oh well. There is nothing to be…

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Daryl the Zombie Killer Horse

Daryl is a new horse for the ranch rescue and needs a bit of work (and a bit more fat on his bones).  He’s a Peruvian Paso which is an amazing little breed from Peru.  The Paso’s are basically the quarter horse of South America and were used by Peruvian cowboys on their large cattle ranches.  Paso’s are neat because they move in a special way called a gait which makes them very smooth even when they’re going fast.  And yes, Daryl is named after Daryl Dixon from the Walking Dead. Daryl the horse is not quite a zombie killer…

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Horse farming at Prophetstown

I have decided that the farmers who switched from horses to tractors, who sold their animals for dog food in exchange for loud, smelly, irritating and expensive machinery were idiots.  Well meaning idiots, but still idiots.  Farming with horses was the most enjoyable experience I’ve had in a long time and I never want to go back to using mechanical farm equipment. Ok, granted there are some limitations to farming with horses.  You have to do a bit of training, you can’t just jump on and turn the key, they have a mind of their own and sometimes don’t do…

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Journey to farming with horses

I must be really stressed out because, over what should be little stresses, I am getting a cramped shoulder and a stitch in my side. Of course problems getting to your airplane on time aren’t exactly little stresses so maybe I should give myself credit. My flight leaves at 6:15 and here I am in the shuttle at 5:25. Fortunately it’s a domestic flight or I might as well give up. As it is I will probably be running through the airport which is what I got up extra early to avoid. But the shuttle didn’t come for a half…

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Horse Workout Update

I haven’t written about my horse riding lessons for a while now, but I wanted to give an update.  Wow, what a difference.  It’s been 6 months and I’ve been taking 3-4 lessons a week.  The difference in my riding skills is amazing, but more amazing is the difference in my strength and endurance. I had a potassium deficiency that made me lose a ton of muscle and six months ago, I wrote that 30 minutes of very light horse riding totally wiped me out.  Now I can ride for an hour and a half of intense exercises and come…

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Riding through the desert

I decided to risk life and limb and take my greenbroke horse, Tarik, out on the trail today.  Actually, it’s not so much that he is green as that I am not the most confident rider in the world.  However, my riding lessons have been going so well that I actually gave it a try.  We went out into the desert and rode up and down hills and jumped a few gullies and had a great time.  I did almost fall off once when Tarik decided to unexpectedly gallop up a steep slope.  Nearly tumbled off the back of him…

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Problems Under Saddle

If your horse is misbehaving with the saddle on-GET OFF.  Why put your life at risk for something that can be taken care of safely?  A bucking, rearing, shying, bolting psycho is a horse that hasn’t learned all of the lessons it should have learned on the ground.  My horse Tarik is bucking slightly under saddle.  Instead of riding-it-out-of-him, I am going back to the basics.  Obviously I missed something.  Now of course there’s times when it’s just a minor issue and you can continue riding.  But if the behavior doesn’t stop, then go back to the ground.    …

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Starting a horse rescue

Our family has really been thinking hard about starting a horse rescue at the ranch.  The current economic climate has been very harsh for horses.  When the real estate bubble busted back in 2008, people were so desperate they would take their horses out into the desert, tie them to a Joshua Tree and leave them to die. Things don’t seem quite that desperate now, but there are still many many horses being abandoned.  A friend of mine with a horse stable regularly wakes up with horses tied to her fence in the morning.  And the price of horse feed…

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Cantering

Cantering is a difficult gait on a horse.  The faster you go, the more things there are to remember at one time-keeping your legs in the right position, keeping your back relaxed, keeping your hands low, ugh.  This gait has been quite a challenge for me as for most other riders.  Just look at what it takes to get a horse into a canter:   Inside leg at the girth Outside leg behind the girth Inside rein rhythmically asking the horse to bend Outside rein supporting Weight on the inside hip Sit back and deep in the seat Keep the…

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Today's riding lesson: Trust

I rode in an English saddle today, which I’m not used to.  It was interesting to see how my anxiety caused me to lose my ability to communicate with my horse.  I asked him to go into a canter, but it took many tries before I could properly ask him.  I was afraid of not being able to stay in the saddle (i.e. fall off and eat sand) and the fear made me tense up and give conflicting commands, such as  asking the horse to go forward while also pulling on the reins to ask the horse to stop. Interestingly, we humans do the same…

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