Hey Jean, I got an email from my friend Terry, who now has Sundown, He has ridden him twice in the mountians this summer and says he is doing well. He thinks he may be able to lead a packstring with him by this Falls hunting season. He packed him all season last year. I am glad he found a place where he has a daily job. That is exactly what he needed.
I worked Trigger yesterday and he did very well with just some small techniques. Could you send me an idea of how your training sessions went. Did you have sort of a routine you did with him? I would like to be consistant with what he was already learning and how. My e-mail is email@example.com. If its not too much trouble. I also was curious how much you actually got to ride him? I hadn't been on him in a couple of months and he seems very anxious about me riding him in the round pen. He is an absolutly wonderful horse. He just loves attention.
We found a lovely 14 hand palomino color haflinger mare for my boyfriends daughter. She is a great kids horse. I will have to post pics of her. She is absolutely a beautiful horse also. We get a lot of comments on her color.
No luck yet. But that is because I have moved him to Hendersonville where my boyfriends horse. They have a roundpen and had intentions to start working him several times a day, but none of us have gotten to do that because of all of the rain. I got on him about a month and half ago and he did some bunny hopping with me and I got scared. I had a bad experience looking for horses for my boyfriend with a horse we looked at for him that ran me into a low barn and tried to buck me off. I have got timid and I hate it. Not like me at all. I want to work Trigger in the round pen and then try again. Really work on ground work, etc and getting him on his thinking side of the brain. I 've seem my boyfriends horse become a wonderful trustful horse since he has been doing all of the Clinton Anderson stuff. I will get there again, just had a little bad experience. Not Triggers fault. But I'd love to hear your idea. We are planning on doing that training with the tarp with him. Walking over that.
Thanks for the lovely comment, Jean, but I am really not. I do know that with horses, ignorance can get you hurt or killed, so I do a lot of reading and comparing different training techniques. I have Direct TV and it has the RFD channel. The RFD channel has several horse related shows that I record. There are several trainers that have shows (like Clinton Anderson, Julie Goodnight, Pat Parelli, and others) that I watch to increase my knowledge. I just wish I could increase my riding skills by watching TV! I do hope to get to ride with you soon. Happy Trails!
Hi Jean, I am off tomorrow, but will make a copy and fax it to you on Friday. I really love this magazine...it has so many great articles and info about trail riding, plus many places that have trail riding facilities advertise in it. Happy trails
You don't know of anyone selling a kid bomb proof quarter horse or quarter/mix for our 10 yr old daughter. She is doing great on her lessons. It needs to be 14 to 15 hands high only for her. No vices either for her. We already looked at several that just are too much for her. She wants something like a paint or leopard appaloosa. Thought I'd ask.
Oh thanks for the info on his birthday. You don't happen to know the exact day? I was going to put it on my calendar. Well he sure is smart for a 4 yr old. He also gets along so well with other horses. I just moved him to our friends place where they have 60 acres of wonderful pasture and about 11 other horses besides our 2 others we brought. Trigger gets along great with all of them. I plan on getting some pictures soon. They have a nice round pen to work him in. It's just been too muddy to do anything right now. I post some when I get them.
Hey Jean, I hope your well and getting some good trail riding in. I was wondering if you can tell me Triggers birthday. I think you told me he was 4yrs old. I don't guess he can be registered either right?
Thank you so much for the info. This weather has put a halt to much training due to the mud at my place. That is so funny that you mention his wolf teeth because the place where my boyfriend keeps his horse saw Trigger one day and I couldn't remember approx his age and they looked at his mouth and said he didn't have his wolf teeth yet so they took him to be maybe 4yr old. I can't wait to tell them they were already removed. But I think you said he was 4 or 5 anyways. I just got a donkey to be a companion to our young horse when we take Trigger on rides and actually Trigger and the donkey love each other. They play and it is so cute. He really is a sweet horse. I still can't get him to cross water but I've only coaxed him a little with the lead rope. My young horse goes across it to eat the grass on the other side and he never acts interested in even trying to cross it. He is smart and he will get eventually. Thanks again for the info. Hope to see you on the trails this year.
WOW! Your pictures are great. Jean! I sure want to come back there and ride with you! Who knows, stranger things have happened...meanwhile, I have to come out of the dark ages and learn how to upload photos. You inspire me to work on it! happy trails, and remember, you are welcome to camp out out here with me and try some of our trails. Deb
Hi Jean, I live in Lebanon also. There seems to be a few people from Lebanon here maybe we should start a local group. I live off of Hartsville Pike on Taylorsville Road. I have two gaited horses but they look and act like quarter horses. I don't work and I love to ride during the week. Sharon
Hi Jean! Thanks for the invite. Maybe someday I will make it back your way and you can take me into the Southfork! Yes, I did do a 2008 book, however it was in honor of my dad. He passed away Oct. 8th. It was a huge loss for me and the book was great therapy for me. I am also in the works of putting together a Coffee Table style book on Mules...done through an online publisher. I just completed a correspondence course on writing...and have ooodles of photos...I hope to have it finished this summer. I will let you know, It will be available on Amazon.com.
Waylon has a full time job now. I worked and worked with him...but could not get the "flighty" out of him...and was afraid he would bolt sideways off a mountain with me...so I sold him, for half his price, toan Outfitter friend of mine in Pinedale Wy. Max Packed him all last season, May through Oct. He said that he works most comfortably in the middle of a packstring of 8 and has learned not to bang or drag his hard Panniers along the trees. Max is hoping to start riding him by July this year. They work nearly everyother day....and sometimes for 7 days straight. That is exactly what Waylon needed. Who knows, maybe I will buy him back in a few years. :-) I have posted a variety of photos. Enjoy, Di
Thanks for sending me some of your pictures, I'll be sure to post them soon. Your page looks great, looks like your are sure enjoying the TTR. I hope to be able to ride again soon. I hope you been able to hit some trails recently and we have even better weather on the way! Love, Jonas.
My creek is really rushing right now. He just seems to have no interest in crossing it. My baby horse runs right across, it's pretty wide but not deep. When my friend worked with him on the creek at her place he would crouch back and leap over it just like a hunter/jumper. She showed me and it was beautiful. She said people pay big bucks to teach a horse to leap over things and he just did it on his own. She said it took some couching but them he would walk thru it also but her stream was very little. I'm not worried. I'm really looking to riding him this summer.