<--wow do I look like a 16 year old or what?? Argh, yes I really am turning 25 in October -_-')
So! I decided to give it a try on Daisy, since she still chews and such on the bit, and I haven't been able to have her teeth checked, so I don't want to cause her discomfort if I don't have to. So I pedaled my bike over to the in laws, got my CAYOOOTT purple bareback pad, (which I've had for YEARS, since my very first horse Blackie Dan when I was like eight! yes, I put a purple pad on a gelding lol) and pedaled on out to the pasture with that on one handle bar, and my bridle hanging off the other, ahas. Also had my camera hanging off of one hip, and my cell phone off the other. I was READY! ;)
I found a magic button. Let me tell you about it. When I was neck reining her, if while I was pushing her over with my outside leg, I put my inside leg behind the girth and applied pressure she would turn like a DREAM. I don't know why that works but I used it and it served me well! lol, had to keep reminding myself, and it still suprised me each time it actually worked, lol! I have a feeling this is backward though. Aren't you supposed to use your inside leg at the girth as support and your outside leg behind the girth to control the haunches?? O me. What an idiot I sound like! But it kind of felt like I was pushing her hindquarters out so she would put them on the turn, if that makes any sense, which is why I think it worked...who knows! The pic above is me doing it. I know I'm using huge hand movements to rein her but she isn't real good at it yet for subtle movements.
Speaking of him, he was NOT happy to hear I went out there by myself originally. Oops. I told how much trouble I went to ransacking the house to find a cell phone holder so I could have it on me (found a really neat one he never used that fits it PERFECT, incidentally!) And all he could say is "yeah a lot of good that would have done if you had fallen on your head". Husbands.
You'll also see me about get knocked off again from that SAME stupid branch. It really needs to go. Doesn't she have a HUGE butt?? (trotting pic) I can just imagine how big it would be if she was in consistent work, man. And that's all I need, something to make MY butt look smaller. :roll eyes:
And check out THIS picture. Man, wow, egads, holy moly, etc! Does my mare really have THAT bad of a set of post legs?? eek!
And a posed picture of course! Can't do without one, or two, lol, of those. Can't you just FEEL how happy Daisy is to be in the shade standing still! ;)
So! I guess that's about all I have to say about my ride, like I haven't said enough. I get so lengthy when I start these things! And picture heavy, but I can't help myself!!! The picture up top is one of my favs of us, aren't we cute! I think Daisy looks fantastic in that one. Who could tell she is nearing 20 years old?? I'm really thinking about breeding her again next spring...but it does worry me about how old she is already. She would be 20 when she has the foal. But she looks so much younger then she is.
I think if I really get serious about it (and I'd have to have the money to get a really nice stud, probably ship semen, ugh what a headache. I don't foresee us having the money so this is probably all moot anyway). I will definitely take her to the vet and have him check her over first, ask his opinion. I think she could do it. It's just such a shame to have such a nice mare and not breed her to something even nicer. I know I already have a foal out of her, and I know I could buy one cheaper, we have enough foals in the world, etc, yada yada. And I know she has her faults, but if I picked the right one, WOW. What I'd want is a modern pleasure stallion, with good foundation lines back there still, minimal TB blood up close. Something that has been going strong in the last century that will hold out. Such as the Chip horses, Vested Pine, Invitation horses, Hotrodder, Good Bar etc. I even found a nice guy who is a son of Zippo Pine Bar. Neat.
And definitely something not as chunky as her, GREAT mover, pretty head and neck (which will just make give her foal have an even prettier head and neck, since she has nice ones already). And preferably one with a good show record. Or at least lots of winning, good looking babies.
I just told my husband my plans and he says "thats all we need, another horse" lol, phooey on him! We were just looking in our local advertising paper, looks like decent hay is 3$ on average at the moment. Not bad, could be lots worse. How bout in yalls neck of the woods? We need to get some bought now so we don't have to buy it all at once later.
WOW, write a book why don't I! And totally off topic. So sorry!! Anyway all that to say I'm basically dreaming and I highly doubt it will happen. I feel bad putting a pregnancy on her that late in life, although she is a great mama and really foals easily and non eventfully pregnancy to foaling. I couldn't believe how easy and well it all went, and I LOVED being able to be there for it. One of the neatest things ever.
So! Here are some vids, the first is the funny one of me grunting and Rusty knocking the camera over. Then two of me riding. Then one of the little BIL riding :) (although not little at all, he's taller then all his family except for his dad lol, he sure makes Daisy look short!)
Thanks for reading, have a great end of the week all!
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