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Yesterday, I had a taste of what it would be like to be rich! I loved it.

I left out and went to see my Ghosbuster at the trainers barn. Gosh, what a nice big barn it is. He tells me he has 53 horses in training right now. Wow, would like his income... LOL

Anyways, when the rich foks arrive at the barn, their horse is washed, trimmed, not a hair out of place, completely tacked up and ready to ride. Your trainer will warm your horse up for you, just in case there should be any bucks or kicks!! LOL.... When the horse is ready to ride, they will fetch you a step and help you leg up.

You can ride and get your lesson in and never break a sweat. This is the first time in my life that I have ever rode and not had dirt under my nails and even my hands and clothes were still clean. Usually, after I get through riding my nails need scrubbing and my clothes are nasty. "Not today, Gosh why can't I be rich? "

After the ride, the trainer will ride once more, I guess he was checking to see if I messed up the training he has put on the horse. LOL--LOL--Hee-- Hee--

Then he calls the helper to come untack the horse, The horse gets bathed, and dried and you can just stand around admiring how pretty and good looking and well behaved he is. Just chatting with the trainer and such.

The best part of all is the Yes-Mam' no matter what you say its always, yes Mam'. God must have made the South for a reason and Yes-Mam' is it.

I got in my truck and came back home acouple hours later. Can't wait till Next weeks ride! Mean while, I have no stall to muck and one less horse here at the farm. Gosh, I miss him thought! I have told my husband I am on vacation for 1 month, that's all the luxury I can afford. But, I will enjoy it while it last.

Maybe I will hit the lottery or something!! There's always hope!

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Comment by Jean Ramsey on May 24, 2010 at 10:23pm
I'm no walking horse trainer, but my horse is boarded where they train flat shod walkers for show and I observe and discuss their procedures. To try to stop the paciness the first thing I think a trainer would recommend is getting a snaffle bit (no curb chain) on your horse and getting draw reins from National Bridle in Lewisburg. You hook the draw reins up to the saddle where you would attach a breast collar them loop them through the rings on the snaffle. Use the other ends as regular reins. This allows you to get a good hold of the horse's mouth and head without hurting him. The goal is to teach him to flex at the poll. You'll know when you've done it because you can see the pretty arch is his neck and the front of his head should be near the vertical. Sit back on his back, don't lean forward, and drive him into the bit with your legs, but keep your speed down. The horses tend to become pacier the faster you push. What your looking from a show trainer is a collected smooth comfortable ride. If you do this consistently 3-4 times per week for a month you should see an improvement. While your training him you'll notice he will accept the "head set" and you'll need less and less pressure on his mouth. Work him in this manner for 15-20 minutes then let your reins go very loose as his reward and let him stretch out his neck and relax for about 3-5 minutes. Then repeat 2 to 3 times for his training session. You could go straight for a walking horse bit with longer shanks and that should help but the draw reins would be a better beginning spot if your horse hasn't had professional gait training. As he accepts the new way to gait, then I would move him to a more traditional walking horse bit. Keep in mind draw reins are always good refresher training for a gaited horse. Good Luck!
Comment by Adrienne Walsh on March 27, 2010 at 7:51am
Yeah, I've been trying to hit that lottery myself...but hasn't happened yet, so I am still poor! lol I would like to get Little Rock into some training, too, as he is too pacey sometimes, but I am going to change bits first, if I ever get time to go to the bridle shop in Lewisburg or Bedford Tack.
Comment by Gale Jackson on March 26, 2010 at 7:43am
You got that right! But for now, I am on Vacation! LOL
Comment by Mike Murphy on March 25, 2010 at 5:17pm
Ahhh, after the novelty wears off, I bet we'd both miss the fun of tackin' the horse up and "earning" the dirt 'neath our fingernails. ;-)

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