A trail ride for B

B is a 9 year old red roan gelding. He was captured as an unhandled stallion on the Warm Springs Indian Reservation. With 60 days training and lots of love and gentling under his belt, watch as he gains more confidence and experience to bloom into a perfect riding horse!

A trail ride for B

Postby Juliane on Sun Aug 13, 2006 9:07 pm

Not being in the mood to train horses today, Bobbie and I decided to take the horses out for a trail ride in Fall City. I rode Rory while Bobbie rode B. B was excellent as Bobbie unloaded him, tied him up and proceeded to groom him. She saddled him up, using my Bob Marshall saddle because she was eager to see how it felt.

However, since it was her first time using the Bob Marshall, she didn't realize that the girth needed to be fairly tight as it was treeless and much harder to mount without the saddle slipping. When she went to mount, the saddle slipped quite a bit, scaring B. He snorted and stiffened up, the whites of his eyes showing. Just because of the past history with him, I wasn't feeling too good about the situation, so I had her get off. We reset the saddle, tightened the girth, then I took him and lunged him for about 5 minutes. The good thing about B is that he relaxes quickly and easily when he's doing something he's familiar with. Luckily, he's very familiar with groundwork and lunging! :)

When I was done lunging him, I tightened the saddle again, adjusted the stirrups and had Bobbie get back on him. This time the saddle did not slip and B was not worried. However, I was still on edge, so I asked Bobbie to ask B to do something easy, such as a couple small circles in each direction, and then immediately praise him. She did, and he was fine.

So, off we went to the trails. He was perfectly fine the entire ride, never having any issues with crossing the 2-lane highway, or going through the narrow trail entrance. We climbed some very steep trails, going over logs and even into a large clearing. He was great!

When we we got back to the truck, we went to the arena where a local saddle club's playday was going on. B wasn't fazed at all by the many horses running around at the gamer's fast pace, or by the loud speaker calling out names and times. What a good boy!

We decided to cool off and let the horses get a drink of water by going out to the river. B never hesitated going in and took a huge drink. Then, he went in deeper and started splashing and pawing at the water. He was definitely enjoying himself!

We went back to the truck and untacked the horses and then let them graze in the tall green grass while we sat in the shade. It was a great ending to a wonderful ride! :)

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Postby softhart on Mon Aug 14, 2006 7:48 am

Oh Bobbie and Juliane, I am so glad you had a wonderful ride. Its so refreshing to get out in the mountains and just go. What fun. And the playing in the water picture is cute. So glad he's been good for you :D and that you've gotten to ride. Sarah
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Postby bobette.wilhelm on Tue Aug 15, 2006 3:06 pm

Sarah-
B is a great horse. He's the best horse I've ever been on (and use to ride all the time..so that is saying a lot about B). I bet B knows that you are a little worried and that most likely scares him..he stops whenever I dip down to do anything..so he is very attentive. Perhaps he did get a bee sting..even the best horses spook sometimes... You must have done a great job with him or he wouldn't be such a good horse. I love him to pieces and so does everyone at the house... If only human men were that nice :oops:
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Postby softhart on Tue Aug 15, 2006 4:24 pm

Bobette,

Thank you so much for your compliment on my training and time on him. He was a wonderful boy when we worked and rodetogether. I put quite a few miles on him, trail riding was definately my favorite thing to do with him. He seems to love and understand being out in the mountains.He can try so hard at times to please it almost breaks you're heart. I do miss him, and feel almost foolish for being so scared of him after the accident and assuming he did it on purpose. Now that Iv had some time to reflect, I may have been way off base. I am soooo glad you are able to use and ride him, I know he probably really enjoys the time you spend with him. :wink:
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Postby cat_67 on Wed Aug 16, 2006 6:43 am

You never know with some horses. This may be one of these horses that does something once or twice a year. Another possibility is that something about your saddle was uncomfortable to him, whereas he likes Juliane's treeless one. Were you able to ride him as much as he's been getting ridden here, and was he getting the same kind of turnout? There are so many possible factors, and no reason to feel silly. We have all eaten dirt, more than once!
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Postby ponygril68 on Wed Aug 16, 2006 10:33 am

I ALSO BELIEVE THAT A HORSE CAN BE A NIGHTMARE (NO PUN INTENDED) FOR ONE PERSON AND THE PERFECT HORSE FOR SOMEONE ELSE. YOU JUST NEED TO FIND A GOOD FIT. SOFTHART MAYBE THE CHANGE WITH B WILL HELP YOU WITH YOUR CONFIDENCE ON HIM AND YOU WILL BE OK. IF NOT AT LEAST YOU KNOW HE WOULD MAKE A GOOD HORSE FOR SOMEONE ELSE. HIS FUTURE IS LOOKING UP....MEL
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