Losing time with the changing seasons!

This beautiful 6 year old sorrel mare was rescued from the Yakima Feedlot on 12/13/05. She had a halter that was severely embedded into her jowls, poll and nose.

Losing time with the changing seasons!

Postby Juliane on Fri Oct 06, 2006 7:51 pm

My goodness! Even with the best of intentions and the drive to get Patience and I past our hurdle, I still find myself losing track of time! Is it ok that it's taking me so long to get Patience solidly under saddle? Or am I disgracing her?

She knows she's loved! She's pampered and babied and most of all, she's forever safe! Am I feeling guilty for no reason?

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Postby pdevlieg on Fri Oct 06, 2006 8:02 pm

You have no reason to feel guilty Juliane! Patience is as happy as can be getting loves from you and harrassing the boys. She could care less if she was ever ridden. Just go at your own pace - you have already accomplished more with her than anyone else imagined!
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Postby LorsaDoon on Sat Oct 07, 2006 4:10 am

Yeah, what she said......^....

No need to hurry.
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Postby Hope on Sat Oct 07, 2006 6:10 pm

Wow, just look at her. She is so beautiful! I just LOVE her head. Exactly what others have said, she doesn't care. She is happy, and enjoying life being a pasture pal to the others.
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Postby Altanera on Sun Oct 08, 2006 4:51 pm

Sounds like the same situation I am in with Nala. I really have no urge to finally get her solid undersaddle. Weird? Mares are just so much harder than geldings.
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Postby cat_67 on Sun Oct 08, 2006 11:24 pm

And I always have the most grief with geldings! Every horse who I felt has seriously tried to annihilate me, with only one exception, has been a gelding.

It's funny, almost every rider I know is partial to one gender of horse.

I don't think Patience cares if she eats and socializes all day, I know that would be my dream life...in general, I find it is extremely hard when you are training or riding professionally to find time to ride your own horses, especially if there is not some event or goal that you have to be ready for to motivate you.
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Postby Altanera on Mon Oct 09, 2006 9:29 am

O yea, I have always been a gelding person, but I know you are into polo, and in polo, I do prefer mares. They are really just better for some reason. Most of our CSU club string are mares.
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Postby cat_67 on Mon Oct 09, 2006 11:07 am

Mares are fighters. The guy I work polo for has a gelding and if he sees too hard of a bump coming his way, he says uh-uh and heads the other direction. The mares are like little freight trains...OUTTA MY WAY, COMING THROUGH!

I used to play my 14.1 hand pony hunter in the arena and had to put a drop noseband on her because she decided it was extremely effective to LUNGE at other horses with her teeth bared to get them to swerve away so she and I could have the ball. Had to explain to the ponee that was against the rules...LOL. Mares, gotta love them.
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Postby seahorse on Tue Oct 10, 2006 7:49 am

I think Patience is a very happy with her present lot in life. If she never gets ridden I do not think she would care one bit! Since you would like to do drill next year I would concentrate on Ace and let her be a princess a bit longer.......then you will just have to convince her that being a princess and being ridden are not mutually exclusive LOL..... :shock:
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Postby AgilityGal on Fri Nov 10, 2006 4:37 pm

Don't know her close up and personal. But, she looks to be very happy and completely content with her life as is. The problem is in your head. . .clear your thoughts. There is an ebb and flow to everything. . .and, right now, she's on the back burner and is very happy about it. Others require more of your time up front.
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Postby Juliane on Tue Nov 14, 2006 11:31 am

Thanks AgilityGal! Patience does seem very happy, but I have noticed more and more, since moving into the new property, that Patience seems like she wants a job. She will stand there, looking over the gate as I work with another horse. She's never before really given me the 'doe eyes' before and it's heartbreaking. I need to spend more time with her.

Unfortunately, it's a tough choice to make - do I spend time with my own girl, who has a safe, loving PERMANENT home, or do I work the ones in my care that still need to find that? :)

In the meantime, Patience gets a love, scratch and kiss on the nose each morning and night. She does take comfort in that :)
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