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Mesa's thread has me aching for Arizona and horses.<br><br>
Anyone show?<br><br>
I got my start with horses when I lived in Phoenix at Chauncey's. Then moved on to Sundust Arabians in Cave Creek. From there I was at Bickford's in Oregon and then here in NC I worked at a Fox Hunting barn.<br><br>
When I first moved to NC I applied at Dolorosa but they never called <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/greensad.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="greensad"><br><br>
I miss those horses and would love to find a summer job apple picking (yeah I am weird). I could LIVE in a stall though!
 

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Funny about the horse jobs <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/orngbiggrin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="orange big grin"> I applied for and got a job at a new H/J stable here last summer. Wow, I HATED it. Let's see, where to start? LOL. I was the farm manager, which sounds really impressive, but the truth was I was the sole employee there.<br><br>
She had 50 acres, fenced and cross fenced into 1/2 acre turnouts, a jumper arena, 3 60 foot round pens, a 16 stall (beautiful) barn, a 1 mile galloping track, and 30 horses. 20 of those were boarded from Phoenix for foaling/lay ups/retirement.<br><br>
Ok, let's see, I was to be there from 7 am until I finished. My responsibilities?<br><br><b>1. Feeding.</b><br><br>
Her personal horses were all on special diets and about 3-6 supplements each, which required measuring, weighing, mixing, preparing, and packaging 3 meals a day for each horse every Saturday which took roughly 2 hours. They were fed 3 times a day, and just feeding and tossing hay took an hour.<br><br><b>2. Cleaning.</b><br><br>
After feeding, I would take half the barn, wrap their legs with polos, and turn them out for 3 hours. Then I would rotate with the other half. Then, I had to "apple pick" (LOL) all 16 stalls, which were deeply bedded (about halfway to their knees), haul the manure 4 acres away to the pile, and handpick each 1/2 acre turnout. That was the biggest pain, I had to push a wheelbarrow over all 50 acres, and then to the pile and back when it was full. I asked to use the ATV and trailer, but she nixed it. Stalls were cleaned twice a day, and just the barn took 4 hours a day.<br><br><b>3. Dragging the property.</b><br><br>
I had to, every day, hitch up the harrow to the big tractor (it was SCARY)<br>
and drag the arena, round pens, barn aisle, driving roads, and the galloping track, then WASH the tractor and put it away.<br><br><b>4. Grooming and bathing</b><br><br>
Each horse had to be groomed meticulously every day, and bathed with shampoo and conditioner once a week.<br><br><b>5. Acting as a "groom"</b><br><br>
The owner and her boarders/friends would show up randomly throughout the day and request to ride one horse or another. I would drop everything, get the horse, groom and saddle, then when they came back, I would unsaddle, rubdown, blanket, and put the horse away.<br><br><b>6. Vet, farrier, feed, and hay</b><br><br>
I had to keep track of how many tons of hay and shavings were on hand and order when we were low, and keep records of feed and order that too. Also, I had to put together a record keeping system for each horse, with papers, health records, feed instructions, exercise requirements, show records, and photos, and keep up with farrier and vet for each one.<br><br><b>7. Barn maintenance</b><br><br>
They had purchased a prefab wooden barn, just like mine, and I had to come in my first 3 weekends and sand/stain the barn for them. This was the worst part, because I have a simple 4 stall barn, a quarter their size, and staining it is the BIGGEST pain in the rear, and a two person job on the best of days. You can imagine what a nightmare it was to stain that behemoth. I also was responsible for going over the painted metal parts (the stall fronts, and the dividers betweens talls, plus the hardware on the doors) every day with a damp cloth to remove dust and paint the chipped parts. I vacuumed the tack and feed rooms every day, and knocked down cobwebs.<br><br><b>8. Maintaining tack</b><br><br>
She wanted her saddles and bridles cleaned and oiled after every use, or once a week. She also needed bits cleaned and polished after every use or once a week. Oh yes, and I was responsible for making sure that apples/carrots were ALWAYS on hand, and if we ran out, I was to drive 30 miles to town (each way) in my own car to get more. She also made me get a cell phone so she could reach me 24/7.<br><br>
All this, and I worked 6 days a week, from 7 am until 9 or 10 at night. She paid me $400 a week.<br><br>
I put up with it for most of the summer, until she started demanding that I attend shows with her and be her personal slave. Her horses were fabulous, hideously expensive Holsteiners, and I drooled to touch them, but it really isn't my scene, you know? I was such a country girl, fish out of water, and I was seriously missing my horses (and KIDS!!) soooooo much.<br><br>
I was so sad to quit, I really enjoyed the job, and I would have LOVED it if there were 3 or 4 other employees to help share the load, but she always insisted that I just needed to "move faster" when I begged for help.<br><br>
Honestly, the whole experience left a sour taste in my mouth. Bless those of you who work these jobs!! Very little recognition for what you do. I used to board, and I witnessed every day the ill treatment the grooms and stall cleaners received from the spoiled little girls.
 

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oh yes, and did I mention that I had NO experience managing farms? It was a pretty steep learning curve for me, <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol">
 

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<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/hola.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="hola">:<br>
I've been around horses for years, and have been involved in dressage, hunter jumpers, general riding, and all kinds of other stuff. (There's a cute thread in the TAO forum by the way, with some great dressage video). Since I moved in August, we've been horse-free for the first time in years, and on one hand, it's nice because it frees up more time for the little guy, but I do miss riding. I hope to get back involved in dressage sometime soon. I used to work as a barn manager/asst. trainer at a HJ barn, and worked for a while as a polo groom/trainer. I also got the chance to teach riding and equestrian science at a university (where I taught mathematics/engineering for my day job).
 

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I have a question....one of my horses, Titan (his pictures are above) came to us last October with a pretty bad quarter crack in his left front hoof. It has been stable all these months, but the other day, I was lunging him when I noticed the crack was BLEEDING!! I washed it and wrapped it, then I called the vet. He told me to take him to a hoof specialist to have it stabilized (with a bridge, which is basically two rows of screws on either side of the crack, then laced together with wire, to hold the crack together). Then, we will rasp the hoofwall away from the shoe to minimize pressure, and put him in eggbar shoes. We're going there this weekend.<br><br>
I put a poultice of sugar and Betadine (sugardine) on it today and duct taped the gauze down. He refuses to keep a wrap on, he ate an Easyboot last night!<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol"><br><br>
Does anyone have experience with these types of cracks? How "healable" is it? He was pretty lame today, so we have him on strict stall rest. I just want him to get better, he's my favorite (shhh, don't tell the others, haha) and I was planning to send him to training this summer. That's off, of course, but I want him to be usable.<br><br>
Our farrier says no way, he's permanently lame, and the crack will never go away.<br><br>
Any thoughts?
 

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I don't have direct experience, but a friend of mine got a great horse with a quarter crack who was considered to be permanently lame, and was basically going to keep her for possible breeding and company for another horse. The farrier he had was able to get her sound, and she's been sound for a long time, but with light riding only. If I get a chance, I'll drop him an email and see if he has any more information.
 

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My family became "horse people" when I was about 8. We started endurance riding ("racing" LOL - to finish is to win!) when I was about 10. We took nearly every Friday out from school to camp out at various nature parks to do 25 - 50 - 100 - 150 mile horse rides. I think the most we ever did was a 100 mile endurance race, but I'm not sure. My mom was the president of the Georgia Endurance Riders Association. Now she's remarried a very wealthy man and is one of those women who wouldn't think of touching a horse... but that's another story. (She's still a wonderful Mama!)<br><br>
Our main horses were Bandit, an Appaloosa (quarter horse/thoroughbred - not particularly common for endurance) and a Morgan Horse, Devin. When we got Devin he was called Munchie, because he was huge! He'd had an injury, he'd backed into a tree and jammed about a foot of wood into his hindquarters. He healed nicely and we got him trim, we rode trails, 50 miles a week, minimum.<br><br>
My Dad passed 14 years ago, and the horses died a couple years later. Bandit mourned the loss; he kept looking for Dad to show up at the barn. I don't like to think about that too much.<br><br>
My dream is to have horses again one day, so my children can experience that amazing bond. We have about 15 acres in TN but I don't think we'll move back there. We're buying a house in NC with no land, but we're saving with the goal of buying land. I may buy some land nearby if something comes up, and build later. Not sure if I'd want to have horses on property I don't live on.<br><br>
Thanks for starting this thread! mesa, many an endurance horse was laid low by a quarter crack, your farrier may be right in his assesment. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/greensad.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="greensad">
 

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Mesa,<br>
I don't have any experience with cracks either, but I hope your farrier is wrong on this one.<br><br>
But, your "barn/farm manager" experiences are exactly like mine LOL! I was a jack of all trades and could mend fences like nobody's business.<br><br>
Sandy had 48 horses and I knew the names of every one of them within the week. I remember in the fall/winter it would be so cold out in the desert that I would have to crack the ice that had built up in the automatic waters and water barrels. Freezing at 4:30 a.m. And I loved working horses in the evening during the summer. We would have early morning work and then siesta until late in the day <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"><br><br>
Oh and fouling was the most awesome experience. In AZ they foaled mares in stalls but in NC at the fox huntering barn we let mares foal in pastures. What is your experience?<br><br>
I want to get back into horses for freakin bad. There is a Walker barn about 25 minutes from me but the pay would not be worth the gas to get there unfortunately.<br><br>
So, what's your favorite breed?<br>
I actually have two favorites, Arabs (particularly Polish bred) and Fresians, well and any heavy horse <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/orngbiggrin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="orange big grin"><br><br>
Oh when I first got my colt I boarded him at a place where they had a board horse that was HUGE, tall and wide. He was a Clydesdale Pinto! Bam he was huge!The owner of course was this itty-bitty woman and watching her ride away from you was hilarious.<br><br>
Ok, no more horse must do homework.
 

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I love this thread! Thank you for putting it up. I can't wait to read future posts.<br><br>
Mesa, Titan is beautiful! What a flashy horse. I hope that he mends well!<br><br>
And your barn manager job sounded tough! Did your boarders tip you well for taking such good care of their horses and tack? I am pretty disgusted with how little grooms and barn managers get paid where I live...especially since so many owners have cash to burn!<br><br>
I am leasing an Oldenburg at a dressage facility right now.<br><br>
Before him, I leased a Hanoverian, but I stopped riding when I was 6 months pregnant and ended my lease. I got a lot of criticism from friends and acquaintances who thought I was a horrible person for riding while pregnant. Did any of you ride while pregnant? What do you think of riding while pregnant? My horse was so bomb-proof, I felt so confident and comfortable with him; he took such good care of me and the baby. He loved to hug my pregnant tummy! I definitely would NOT ride my current lease horse while pregnant, though. He is a handful.<br><br>
Potty Diva, I love Friesians too! They are like fairy horses to me.<br><br>
My other favorite breeds are Morgans, Connemara ponies, and German and Dutch warmbloods, and...I guess pretty much any horse! I can't wait to own one of my own...someday!
 

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OOoohhhhh me too me too!! Yay, another horse thread!<br><br>
I'm excited, can you tell? (funny, I was just saying on the I'm Pregnant board how I'm tired of fielding the "are you excited?" question from everyone about being pregnant, 'cause I'm very much <i>not</i> the cheerleader type. Much more the Wednesday Addams type. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol"> But horses?? Ok, I'll be silly and excited for that!)<br><br>
I do show hunters. I haven't shown much the past year or so. I have an expensive habit (addiction?) for the A circuit that I can not afford, and I'm due in June so aside from a few non-rated local shows this season was out. When I found out I was pregnant I pretty much quit jumping, but I didn't really stop riding until a few weeks ago (about 7 1/2 months along). I used the opportunity to take some dressage lessons with a fabulous trainer. I loved it! And it was really wonderful for my mare, too. It helped her lead changes and really helped with straightness over the jumps (I got someone to ride her at a few shows this spring)...good stuff!! I think once I start riding again after the baby I'll pick back up w/the dressage, then move back into hunters (or show hunters and train dressage concurrently).<br><br>
I have a really awesome TB/Trakhener cross mare that I'm just in love with. She was a conformation baby and is just gorgeous. Perfect in every way standing on the line! Not the world's best form over fences or a 10 mover, but adequate enough to take care of her momma very well! I also have a collection of various other horses...let's see, there's the evil pony mare (everyone has to have one of those, right?), my 3 year-old Paint/Friesian??!!! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/dizzy.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Dizzy">: (how did <i>that</i> happen?) mare that I had to "save" because she was sweet as could be and was heading to an auction (I have no idea what I'm going to do w/her. I love her to pieces, but she's not exactly my "type".), and my aging (gracefully!) Arab mare that I've had since I was 13 (the other love of my horsie life. Just a good, good girl).<br><br>
Mesa--sounds like the job from hell! Up until a few months ago I worked at a show barn, too. But we only had 15-20 horses at any given time and I only did a few morning shifts per week. It's hard work, but geez...that sounds excessive! I would groom at shows with other trainers sometimes to be able to pay my way to an A show. That's also hard work!! I also braid. Nothing like standing on a ladder through the night, cramping your fingers up braiding mane after mane...good money, though! I still go to some local shows w/the barn I worked for, to help out and braid a bit. We have a good time!<br><br>
I don't have any experience w/quarter cracks. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/greensad.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="greensad"> Good luck with that. I too hope that your farrier is wrong! Your horse is one gorgeous boy!<br><br>
ETA: NewCTMom, we must have been posting at the same time. Yes I rode while pregnant (well, I'm still pregnant...8-ish weeks to go!) You're not horrible for riding while pregnant. You still drive your car, don't you? Statistically there's a lot of risk in that, and no one ever tells pregnant mommas to stop doing that! I rode until somewhere around 7 1/2 months. Then things became....awkward, to say the least! So I've chilled for now. But I can't say that I won't get on my mare and just hack around a little before I have the baby. I love it too much! My mare is very sensitive and not the most quiet, but I trust her because I know her so well. I showed the last time about 7 months pregnant. I only did the hack classes and had someone else jump her. It was fun! I bet I got some sideways looks for riding so obviously pregnant, but whatever...I felt comfortable so I went with it. Like I said, I stopped jumping and have just been very careful and aware of what's going on...I've felt perfectly safe.
 

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awwwwww I'm missing my horses reading this, we had arabians. No space or time now though. Maybe someday again.
 

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nahhh, no tips, LOL. I finally quit because of a dog show, LOL. I needed to go to one, she didn't want me to go, so I had to give my notice.<br><br>
As far as riding while pregnant, I haven't done it, mainly because I haven't had a horse since high school that I really trusted. When I was pregnant with Nicolas and Noah, I had an insanely beautiful, sweet chestnut TB mare, who had the IQ of a mouse, LOL. She spooked and bolted at everything, from birds, to fenceposts, to people walking by. So I just loved on her and worked her on the ground while I was pregnant. It also helps that she had a bad abcess and was on stall rest for 6 months <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/orngbiggrin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="orange big grin"><br><br>
I rode Titan the weekend I found out I was pregnant in November, Thanksgiving weekend. I rode Friday and took a bad fall, deep tissue damage that is *still* there, and found out I was pregnant on that same Sunday. I miscarried 6 weeks later, but I don't think the fall had anything to do with it. So, I guess, if you have a horse you trust COMPLETELY, go for it. But I bet it gets pretty uncomfortable in the later weeks, what with all the grinding and popping of bones in the pelvis, LOL.<br><br>
We've never had a baby horse before!! I've never had the guts to actually go through with it. My mare in high school would have made a fantastic mom, but I couldn't fathom losing her, <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"> So I never went through with the breeding, even though I had a beautiful strawberry roan picked out for a baby daddy.<br><br>
My dream horses are Quarters and Paints, obviously, I love to go to the Scottsdale Arabian shows, those horses are the most beautiful things I have ever laid eyes on. I also like Gypsy Vanners, but I don't like their prices, LOL.<br><br>
Peruvian Pasos and Morgans are both breeds I'd like to own someday. My exDH's family owns a Paso farm in Ecuador, and we always dreamed of establishing a ranch here and importing.<br><br>
Thanks for the compliments on Titan! He is definitely the nicest horse we've ever owned, conformation wise. He's been a halter horse his whole life. He was competitive too, multiple Grand Championships and Reserves. He has goofy baby ground manners though, always mouthing me and getting in my way <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/orngbiggrin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="orange big grin">. He's super smart and willing, even though he's *really* green (he's 7 and has the knowledge of a 3 year old). I wish you could meet him, he loves women, hahahaha.
 

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I rode twice while pregnant. Once on a horse who never bucked, and fell off. He didn't buck. He got kicked by another horse and took off running. He spun to miss a fence I didn't know was there, I fell off. Sprained ankle, whiplash, concussion, the works. That was 4 days after I found out I was pregnant. Babe is fine now. 2nd time was a "get back on the horse" ride, with a different horse. That second horse is now my horse. Long story there, but we are a better match than the first one & I were.<br><br>
First one, Jack. Dun Tovero mustang x qh. He'll be 6 this summer. He's in training to be a cow horse on a working ranch.<br><a href="http://www3.telus.net/public/jmidgett/jackstandstraight.jpg" target="_blank">Under saddle</a><br><a href="http://www3.telus.net/public/jmidgett/jackpose2.jpg" target="_blank">Winter</a><br><a href="http://www3.telus.net/public/jmidgett/jacksummer.jpg" target="_blank">Summer</a>. This is the day I said good bye to him and brought my new guy home.<br><br>
Now, Charlie. 11 year old sorrel qh. He was mainly a team penning horse, also been used for english & western lessons, basic dressage & trails. We'll just use him for trails and moving cows.<br><a href="http://www3.telus.net/public/jmidgett/sorrelly.jpg" target="_blank">Pasture</a><br><a href="http://www3.telus.net/public/jmidgett/sorrelly2.jpg" target="_blank">Home</a>
 

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I rode when I was pregnant. My riding shedual before pregnancy was 3-4 horses a day 6 days a week but when I was pregnant I did lighten the load to 2 horses a day 6 days a week by the 5th month. I rode into my 8th month but was so big my belly started to hit the pommel of my dressage saddle!! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol"> My OB said it was fine to keep riding as long as I wanted but to be careful. I also stoped jumping at about 5 months because my balence was off.<br>
I also foaled out my last foal the night before I had dd (don't tell the OB, I was suppose to be on bed rest because of bp...)<br><br>
About <b>quarter cracks</b>.. I have seen them heal and horses be sound again but not for high stess stuff (jumping). Can you find a farrier that has experience helping quarter cracks? I know with the right type of shoes and trimming you can change the break over of the hoof and that can help imensly with weight distribution of the hoof... I hope you find something that helps!!!!
 

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Crunchie~ braiding is how I made extra money at shows. The first person who saw me braid wanted me to do their mare and it just took off.
 

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Braiding and grooming is the only way I can afford to get myself to an A show! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol"> Right now a mane is going for $40, $45-$50 at the bigger shows (I show primarily in VA and MD). On the A circuit around here, though, there's this like braiding mafia. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol"> Seriously. You can't just show up and braid. You have to "know" somebody, or else you'll get your arse kicked and run off the show grounds. Luckily, I have an "in"...but even then, we have to be careful and I have to get "pre-approval" from the f-ing braiding "godmother"!!! It's hysterical, really. But we do have a local C-rated circuit (no braiding mafia there!) that's pretty nice, and the barn I work(ed) for has a ton of students that compete there...so there's plenty of available jobs from that. I spent last weekend at this show braiding. It's a little tougher to stand on a ladder for hours on end when you're 8 months pregnant! I hadn't done that in a while. My body has come up with a few new complaints, to say the least! Braiding is a great skill to have though, I have to say. If for nothing else but you don't have to pay someone else to do your own horse.<br><br>
I always felt really comfortable riding until recently. When I found out I was pregnant, I decided that the day I felt nervous, timid, scared, whatever, that that was the day to stop. And I really didn't hit that point, but I knew that my body had changed too much, to the point where I couldn't trust my body to "save" me if my horse spooked or something. I trust my mare not to do something stupid, but you really can't guarantee that any of them won't unexpectedly do something that they wouldn't normally do. Up until recently, I felt I still had enough of my core strength to have a decent seat. But when that started to go...well, I figured I should go ahead and take a break! That and it was ridiculous to see me trying to get on and off!! My horse is 16.3, and I've never been very, um, gracefull. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol"> I still think that I might get on her for a few minutes here and there, but probably just to walk around the farm. I just miss being with my horse in that way, you know?<br><br>
Oh yeah, my belly totally hits the pommel of my dressage saddle! Now that was a weird feeling the first time it happened! But I only ever rode hunters before I became pregnant (dressage training was my I'm-pregnant-and-not-jumping treat to myself) so I just went back to my old flat Crosby close-contact saddle. Much better!
 

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Whenever people questioned me about riding while pregnant, that was always my response: I could get hit by a car, fall down the stairs, etc., etc. It's all about comfort levels and managing risk.<br><br>
And guess what?!?!? When I was 7 months pregnant, a drunk driver hit me in a hit and run car accident. (The police eventually caught him!) I was sitting at an intersection waiting for the light to turn green when the car slammed into me. The baby, dog, and I were fine. Maybe these people think I should have just stayed at home living in a bubble. Ridiculous, in my opinion.<br><br>
If I decide to ride during the next pregnant, I'll know where to turn for support! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/loveeyes.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Loveeyes">:<br><br>
Okay, here's a picture of my lease horse's sire:<br><br><a href="http://www.greifensteinfarm.com/santa_cruz.php" target="_blank">http://www.greifensteinfarm.com/santa_cruz.php</a><br><br>
My horse is a spitting image of him!<br><br>
I love this thread. Keep the stories and pictures coming!!!!
 

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We all know that owning and riding horses is very expensive!<br><br>
What are some creative ways to get much needed "equine therapy" without having to shell out the cash? Braiding and grooming at shows is a good idea!!<br><br>
Hmmm... Offer to school or hack horses? Volunteer at an equine therapy program (like Pegasus, which works with children and youth)? What are some other things people have done to be around or ride horses without having to spend, spend, spend?
 

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I volunteered to groom horses for riding lessons back the day. At Bickford's lessons and a horse were part of the deal for employment (a horse to ride not to have). His name was Sinatra- oy he rocked!
 
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