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The Rising Cost of Caring for Your Horse


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Hi Folks,
Two things happened to me this past month that affected me that I feel compelled to write about and share with you, it affects all of us in the horse industry, and it’s sad but true. My horse shoer and I had a discussion one morning. Roy is a cowboys cowboy, he has been one all his life, working cattle, roping, shoeing, breaking horses, and also is a very successful white collar businessman. He has that cowboy logic and tries to live as I do in a black and white world, with as little of grey area possible, it’s either the truth or its not. He mentioned to me, you know Al I’m worried about the horse industry as a horse shoer I get to meet a lot of people from all different walks of life, from trail riders to many different disciplines and I see a trend developing. Most of the people I shoe for have horses as a hobby and so many are selling their horses and getting out and once they are out of the horse business they won’t return and you know why, because the expense of having a horse is great with the cost of feed as high as $12.00 a 50# bag, shoeing or trimming, worming, veterinarian, bedding, stalls, cleaning stalls, grooming supplies and time, saddles, bits, halters, cleaning supplies, land and taxes and I could go on and on.
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Let’s Encourage Your Kids to do More Riding

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Last Saturday night I went to our local arena located in a town close to where I live as I have done for the last 30 years. Families gather here to run barrels, poles, steer roping and other events. When I first started attending these competitions there would be perhaps fifty to a hundred horses competing and the other night there was no more than ten.

 

Times have changed and the kids have more to do with the computer age, video games, and school activities which I know that accounts for the decline in attendance. But I noticed something that has not changed and that is the adults coaching and yelling at their kids for what they are doing wrong. In my opinion, this does more harm than good. The kids are under enough pressure from the bright lights, being at different arenas and spectators watching them. I feel that criticizing them in front of all these people is discouraging them from wanting to compete. I know how it would make me feel to have someone yelling at me. I have competed for over 45 years and have been in arenas and know the pressure that comes with competing. The competition arena is not the place to train your horse, all of that must be done at home. And if yelling is to be done it should be words of encouragement. Come on folks, you know how you would feel if they were yelling at you.

 

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Me, Train My Own Horse?

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I have trouble keeping him under control most of the time and this scares me replies Sarah Andis. I have been advised to send him to a trainer. I answered her this way, providing the trainer can really train him and how then only the horse gets trained. No, Sarah you must train him yourself. I will show you the method both with communicating with him and my technique on how to do that. I know you are probably thinking here we go again, another method and buying more equipment and it may work or again it may not. Then I would be back to square one where I am at right now. She just gave me a smile.
 
I asked her have you ever loped or cantered with your horse? Yes, she says, then I said to her it would take two lessons. The first one is to adjust your horse to my reins and then the second lesson would be for you to show him my technique that I will be showing you as you are riding him. It shouldn’t take more than four hours maximum. Yes, Sarah you would have to use my equipment but no you would not have to buy it. You can make your own for under $20.00. I have two types of reins the one that I just mentioned is made out of 3/8” nylon rope, 1 1/2“ rings and some trigger snaps. The other newer reins comes with rollers and they are made of leather. Both do the same job.

 

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What Exactly is a Kid’s Horse?


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This week I purchased two gray geldings, one is 11 years old and the other is 6. Both horses were represented to me as gentle kid horses except the 11 year old would need an experienced young kid that knew how to ride already.
 

Let me take the 11 year old first. He is a registered quarter horse and is very gentle. When I went to see him a young man got on his back and walked, trotted and loped him. I could tell that he had no rein mostly because they didn’t have a bit and were riding him with his halter but I had seen enough to know that I wanted to buy the horse. I noticed on his papers that this horse had several previous owners. It was no fun getting on this type of horse that did not have any rein. He went where he wanted to, when he wanted to, and for as long as he wanted to. I’m sure this got very old for the kids not knowing what to do in order to get him to turn when they wanted him to turn. But the horse was gentle and he would let kids on him. I’m sure they would have enjoyed it a lot more if the horse would have had some kind of rein as they did not have the ability to train the horse. They were at the mercy of whatever the horse wanted to do.
 

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