Hi, hi

I am orlee_bird and was previously a member of this community on an old journal. I am in Australia and have three horses.

First off, there is Ben, also known as Ben Rowan (and Benjamin Bad Horse.) Ben is the latest addition to our family, due to my wanting to take up competing again. He is a 15.3h brown/bay Clydesdale cross Standardbred gelding and is a dream to ride. Point him at anything and he'll jump it, nothing phases him. Of course, each horse has their quirks and he is known for being a bit of a brat on the ground (a pushy type). We love him anyway.

Next is Moses (Dopey or Huhu), my Mum's 16.3h (quite possibly now 17h since he hasn't been measured for a while and has stacked on weight and muscle!) bay Thoroughbred (we call him our faux Warmblood) gelding. Moses is very gentle on the ground but can be a terror to ride at times (think: attitude!) He was bought a few years ago on a spur of the moment decision because it was either us, or he becomes dog food. Now, if you can imagine a ferocious 5 foot tall lady riding a giant mass of muscle and fur with an attitude, you'll get some idea of what he and my Mum are like together.

Lastly there is my girl, Peewee (Chubba or Moo). Peewee is a bay Standardbred mare who stands around 14h. She is an absolute sweetheart but like any horse, can be naughty! She has been with us for a year and was originally very timid but thanks to some TLC, is lovely to have around. Peewee is currently going for free lease at the moment, because we don't have enough room for her, or the time to devote to her in between work, school and sport. Peewee is our resident princess :)

And that's all for now. Pictures in the future sometime, maybe.

I'd love to hear about anyone else's horses!
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Hey, so i am New to LJ... i know this because I posted a comment intead of an entry o.o had to delete it.. heh heh woops!

Well I have two Horses, One Fell Cob, and One Irish Draft Cross. I love to look after and ride them whenever I get the chance. I have been ridinig for about 10 years and I am currently 18, but I still have loads to learn. currently I am breaking in my youngest horse (The Irish Draft cross) and I am finding that quite difficult, especially when it comes to head control, and cantering...

Any advice?

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Looking for a more adult sim game? Come join us! With real life color genetics and inherited showing ability, this game is lots of fun. Click on the link and join right away to be able to check out the whole thing. Free to play, can be played in as little as 10 minutes each week. :) If you do join, look for me at Jovian EqCenter or as Katalyce on the forums.

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Hi! :) I'm Emilia, I started riding a horse for the first time today, besides once that i went on a little trip on a horse which was really nice, but today i actually started learning how to ride, and it was really hard but it was really fun, so I searched for a horse community
So, the teacher told me what to do with my body legs and to sit straight, and then when the horse walked faster I was supposed to lift myself up and then sit back, and do it like that all the time which was really hard...o-o", but by the end i somehow managed to do it good, but it was still very hard, I wonder how much it will take me to do it perfectly...and then when the leason came to an end i struggled a bit going down right until i landed with my legs on the ground i literally almso fell down because my legs were so weak o-o", and that means walking everyday and doing lots of lots lots of sports x3
anyway it was fun...but really humiliating and embarrassing at times..i hope i get better.
Id be glad to know how was your first time and if you have any adices :P
thanks
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Hi :)

Hey everyone! I'm new to LJ and decided to start off by joining an equine community. I go by Ace or Aceran. I'm a high school student (in my final year) in Western Australia. I own two beautiful horses, Moses and Peewee. One is a rescue horse and both have turned out to be excellent riding horses and companions. Moses is a dark bay Thoroughbred gelding. He's an ex-galloper. He's a very friendly horse and always comes up to greet anyone and check for food (because everyone carries carrots on them..). He can have a bit of an attitude problem but that's easily overcome. My Mum and I found out about Moses through a friend of ours. He was going to be sent to the slaughter house because his owners did not want to sell him, for some reason. His trainer didn't want to see this happen to him, so she gave him to us for free! Peewee is a cherry bay Standardbred mare, whom I love very much. She was originally a station horse but her previous owners placed her for sale due to financial difficulties. When I first bought her, she wouldn't allow anyone near her but now, a few months later she'll gladly come up for a hug!

So that's my two babies! Hopefully I'll have some pictures to upload soon :)
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Hi there,
My name is ashley. I live in vancouver, british columbia, but I own two rescue horses located in washington state right now. One of them I am offering for a free lease if anybody is interested. I have attached photos of him at the bottom. I have been riding since I was 3, western until I was 11 and then english until now. I was riding hunter jumper until a couple years back I got trampled by a horse and my leg began having arthritis. I am now getting back into western riding since the impact isnt as much.

Sage is a 19 year old mustang, used to be ridden at a correctional facility in colorado and as a roper. He does need some work done with him as he has been abused recently. he seems to like women and children more then he likes men.



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The name is Margaret.
I have ridden for ten years. I am working with a girl's horse, she is never there so the horse is always with me.


I learned new training techniques with my uncle, a great horse trainer.
I attempted to practice them with her, out on the flats in the pasture she worked fine...when I took her in the round pen (it's like lunging but using a rope halter with nodules and a simple line using only your body and hand signals) she got confused.
She won't move unless I hit her on the rump (lightly of course!) and drops her head only after fifteen minutes and will lift it back up again after a while.
After we took a break, and we walked around and did simple things, mostly turning circles and then quickly reversing to keep her agile, I am about to use her to do some trail riding and driving(I did it with her, you know how you lean with them and turn sharply and stuff, to make them follow ground signs?).
Anyhow, we went up to the flats and tried again. She got annoyed but then licked and chewed and followed me around like a puppy, until I drove her back up to the herd.

I don't really know what to do except work on the exercise more and more.
Is there anything else I can do?
I just need some easy simple exercises to work with on her, maybe to get her used to more and more hang signals rather than just mostly body and vocals.

This might not make sense, I am dead tired...

louie the lover!

hey guys,

i lurk here rather frequently, but i am not into posting all that much. i figured that i would today, though, since my horse is very much on my mind right now!

3 years ago, my partner announced that she wanted to buy property that would have acreage, so i could make my dream of owning a horse come true. this started a frantic search for the "perfect first horse!"

at the time, i was significantly overweight (i'd struggled with obesity my entire life)...probably about 230 pounds at the time, but i read that a horse can safely carry 20-30% of its own weight.

after seeing several horses, one little sorrel captured my heart. you see, for me, it's not about looks, it's not about performance. i am just your average girl who likes to be in the presence of a horse, who finds the smell of horse sweat, leather and shavings nothing short of entrancing...and the most i do is bum around or trail ride. nothing fancy. this boy had soulful eyes that just reached in and stole my soul. he was one of those horses that just LOVED being loved on. he'll stand there all day for kisses and strokes along his nose. he's just that kind of horse. i rode him a few times and we seemed compatible.

i was told he was 12, an ex barrel racer. his name had previously been "speedy, " but his owner, a young college student, renamed him, "louie." she was selling him because her interests had changed to her new car and to boys. louie had a bad skin infection when i first met him and he was also about 150 pounds underweight. he lived with another horse...a large bully named, "legs." the girls would feed both horses in their stalls, but leave the stall doors open. so, legs would scarf down his food and then chase louie out of his stall and eat his too!

i had a vet come out and do a pre-purchase exam. louie passed reasonably well. some minor soundess issues were noted, x-rays were taken (but came up clean)...etc. i expressed to my vet that my primary concern was my weight and he told me for what i was planning to do...bum around and occasionally trail ride, he'd be a perfect first horse. he told me he estimated louie's age to be 14.

my partner then realized there was no way we could afford "horse property" in our area and i had to do full board. i live in palm beach county,florida...very close to wellington (which i am sure most of you have heard of or probably even been to!) so, land is limited her and board is extremely outrageous...we are talking like $700-$1200 for full board. so almost ALL of my income goes directly to my horse!

when i had louie's teeth floated by an extremely well-known and respected equine dentist/veterinarian, the doctor asked me how old i thought the horse was...i said, 15 or 16? he looked at me with a shocked expression on his face and said, "no. i don't think so." i asked him how old he thought louie was and he said rather quietly, "i don't want to tell you." i said, "what? like 20?" he said..."yeah, i guess you can say that." when i heard this i was heartbroken...i thought, oh my goodness, i may only have this guy in my life for a few years! but, i've come to peace with the fact that he is older.

louie has a lip tattoo that is barely readable. i've tried researching it with AQHA, but the numbers I could guess at didn't match any horse in their database. it is not in the format of a thoroughbred tattoo or a standardbred. i wish i could track it down because it would be nice to know his real "breed" and "history" and "age." but, really no matter who he is, what he is or how old he is...i will still love him.

i stopped riding louie for the most part because unfortunately, my weight began to climb drastically. at my highest weight, i topped the scales at 295 pounds! i simply did not feel it was fair to ask him to carry my weight. my saddle was a 19 inch western saddle. riding was a real production...especially mounting and dismounting. in august 2007, i had weight loss surgery. it was a difficult decision to come by and not one easily made. i had gotten to the point where i could no longer walk due to incredible pain from heel spurs. i had to ride in an electric scooter at grocery stores because i could no longer walk up and down the aisles. i had a surgery that is still considered "investigational." it's called a "vertical sleeve gastrectomy." basically, i have 80% of my stomach removed...and i am left with a 3 ounce capacity. the remaining stomach is in the shape of a banana and about the size of a cigar. i had a very difficult recovery. i was nauseous and SICK for 3 months straight. i barely, if ever, saw my horse during that time. i was hospitalized 3 times for dehydration and naseau.

i have since lost 169 pounds...and i now weight 126 pounds. the comfort and well-being of my 20'something horse has really helped to spur me into action. now i can ride him without feeling guilty. we both enjoy our rides more. i feel stronger, more confident and more capable on his back. our relationship is constantly blossoming even more!


this is a before/after picture of louie...



this was taken when i rode him on my trial ride! you can see the saddle was WAY too small and i was pretty darn heavy at the time, though not nearly at my heaviest weight.



my boy being super cute. i was in my car getting some ac...and he stuck his face in the open window.



drying off after an awesome bath



riding bareback! (as a sidenote...this day was the first day i had fallen off of him in my 3 years of having him! we were riding alongside another horse and he decided to bite the other horse. it happened really quickly and louie is NOT a biter...but for some reason, he just got a stick up his you-know-what and tried. he didn't make contact. right about the same time, the barn owner was moving a sheet of styrofome (sp?) insulation and it made a loud squeak. both horses shied in opposite directions and we all went tumbling down. i actually consider the fall a good thing, since i had actually considered hopping on without my helmet that day! it's important to realize that horses and horses and even the most bomb-proof horsies will still occasionally spaz out!)









these are from yesterday. i took him on a trail ride, which was being done to benefit pure thoughts rescue. they are a local organization, responsible for saving over 500 horses! recently, they managed to outbid killbuyers at an auction. they bought the entire group of nearly 200 horses. this was a HUGE save! if anyone is interested in learning about pure thoughts and possibly donating or sponsoring a horse, i encourage you to check out their website,pure thoughts !