Monday, June 16, 2008

How to Resolve Frustration

So what does a cowgirl do when things get really frustrating?
She hooks up a trailer...
Loads it with horses and heads to the arena to ride! Nothing like riding to make the worries of the world go away!

Megan got to put a little sweat time into Blue's day...
Now Mrs Mom was very kind to call my horses WIDE. That isn't exactly the term I would use for this guy unless I was saying Wide Load or Two Ax Handles Wide. For Blue there is no other term than OBESE. Gargantuan comes to mind! He is one of those kind. You know the ones that you can give a bucket of water and a handful of air to and they stay overweight. He's a lovely horse though. I have no idea what direction we will go with him. Hard to tell until we get the blubber melted off.

And then there is Turk. Turk the Jerk!...
He and I finally got to have our little "go-around". Turk doesn't think he can transition to a lope without kicking out or throwing a buck or two in there. In the arena, I got to work on this. Hehehe-I won! That's why he is standing all stretched out--he is trying to get his air back. Funny how a little hard work, like rolling back on the fence-repeatedly, makes them think twice about acting out.

Now here's what you would call a bad wire cut scar...
When Turk was being ridden by one of the locals, the guy who owned the pasture next to where he was at, turned his stud and mares out. For some reason Turk never read the memo that he had been gelded and he and the stallion got into a fight over the fence. Turk lost...and almost lost his foot. The guy that was riding him doctored it for 6 months, finally gave up and turned him out in another pasture. One day, the guy calls mom and said he had the killer buyer coming by to get him. Mom freaked and made the killer buyer bring him home. As for soundness-As long as I keep him trimmed he is completely sound. We will see what he can handle and may end up getting front shoes on to give that foot some support.

And then there is Sandy...
He is just a really nice ranch horse that should be a barrel horse deluxe. Last year we learned that about that right lead. What is it with team ropers NEVER teaching their horses about leads? Sandy remembered and picked it right up this time. Good boy!

Megan rode Leo for me...
He is back to slow work on the barrels to get his pattern fixed. He has had so many of my brother's girlfriends run barrels on him that he doesn't know where to go or what to do anymore. Lots of slow patterning will get his confidence back.

Here's Megan with her barrel horse(in training) and her show horse...
That darn kid gets all of the colorful horses-LOL.

Look at the size difference in these two...
You gotta click on the photo to appreciate it-LOL.

And after a long, hard day of riding, mowing, weed-wacking and trimming feet(No, there was no fence building-I figured if my brother wanted to spend that much time and effort redoing the corner posts-thats his choice)--this showed up on my doorstep last night...
When he walked in the door, the only thing I could think to say was "I thought you were dead?". Guess he really did lose his cell phone again-LOL.

11 comments:

Mrs Mom said...

LOL- surgically attach the freaking phone to his head BECG ;) He'll scream a bit when you drive int he staples, but it will save you ulcers in the long run... ;)

HEY! I was looking at the front end of those horses of yours!!! Now THAT is WIDE! LOL

BTW- I drool over your horses every time you put fresh pics up... ;)

BrownEyed Cowgirls said...

Chris thought that was pretty funny Mrs Mom-LMAO-Me too:)

You know-I love a big, thick rope type horse-and we certainly have our fair share of this type-but I am really hoping that Pistol puts some length into the next generation. Riding a whole pen full of the big guys sure takes its tole on a person's back.

Pony Girl said...

Thanks for sharing the pictures of the horses. Wow, Turk- I have never seen a hoof like that. Took me a minute to figure out which angle we were lookin' at. I am glad he didn't end up at the kill buyers and that he is sound!
Wide Blue made me laugh. I don't feel so bad now about My Boy putting on a few extra pounds this spring. I do need to start working him harder, though. I don't mind more weight, I prefer it myself (I love tanky horses) but I want it to be muscle, lol!
Glad the "ghost" finally showed up, alive and well! ;)

Laura said...

Love the photos - must be fun to get out and ride with your daughter (I think she's your daughter..., right?)... She sounds like a good kid!

I can't believe Turk's foot either - that is crazy! Good that he is sound and gets well taken care of now.

Flying Lily said...

Glad your biker dude showed up and redeemed himself! Pretty pretty horses and a good day's work for all of them.

kdwhorses said...

Great pics! Just love seeing your babies!
Wide load, love it! My mare is a easy keeper as well! She gains weight just drinking water and grazing! Glad you got some saddle time, WOO HOO!! That foot-WOW! GLad to hear he is sound and didn't go to the killers.
Glad Chris isn't dead! LOL! I agree I would think of some way to attach it to him, does he really think you need more worry or stress!?!?! ROTFL!!! Hope you all have a great visit!

fssunnysd said...

Can't tell from the pic if that's a front or back hoof, but I rode a gelding with a scarred off rear that looked just like that for a number of years. As you say, with regular trimming, he was good to go.

Silly owner stuck him in with a bunch of mares without any face time, and one of them put him into the fence. It was, of course, just after 30 days starting time with the trainer, so after a 10 month lay-off we had a lot of ground to recover. Not a horse you could let stand... he got ideas! At any rate, he hasn't ever taken a lame step 7 years later. It's amazing how bad they can look and still be sound! He's now out on the East coast and showing every possibility of being a Class A quality half-Arabian Sport Horse.

fssunnysd said...

And I just re-read and see it's front shoes! My bad.

I love the quiet eyes on your horses.

BrownEyed Cowgirls said...

Pony Girl-I prefer my horses to have a few extra pounds on them myself. I think they are just much happier and content.

fssunnysd-I saw a rodeo pick-up horse with the same type of rear hoof damage and he was sound too. It really is amazing that with enough time and regular trims that almost all of them do come back sound. And Welcome!!:)

Chris took off this morning. We did enjoy our day together. We all did absolutely nothing except eat, watch tv and nap. I love days like that when he is here!! ;)

Oh yea-Yes, Laura-Megan is my daughter. I am very lucky-she is a great kid and helps me ALOT.

Callie said...

Love the pics. I've got the obese thing going on with Kola right now! Geeze and the pitiful looks I get while their dieting! Holy mackerals on that hoof injury! Is it any wonder he survived? I love a stock trailer! That looks like my old one!

Andrea said...

Holy Cow I am in love!! My second horse was a blue roan and I have never stopped loving him and wanting another one!! I love Blue in all his largeness!! Handsome devil!! Your daughter has some very nice horses!! If you ever need Blue taken off your hands I would love to have him!!
Fun day!! Full of horses and horse power!!lol