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carlie 09-28-2003 11:22 PM

when enough is enough for your horse!

my name is carlie., and i live in nevada. we held our pony express here yesterday which is once a year. i bailed out of the ride because of medical reason, but i let my daughter, 15,ride her half arab half appy mare, moonstar. the ride began in armagosa, a 36 mile ride to saddlewest casino. she joined up at windrock ranch the 11 mile takeoff. beleive me, the 11 miles was plenty. considering it was 100 degrees outside. i think they should have called it the suicide ride. so many people had to get medical attention, for heat stroke, and horse were tripping at the end luckily moonstar kept going, and ashley, was fine with her water bottles, and at every pitstop she hosed moonstar down. at the end she recieved her oath of a rider, silver pin, and etc. but, do we really think this is necessary for these horses and people to risk death for a traditon? i asked myself this question, and i say they should plan this ride when they know it will be cooler outside. a horse can only take so much abuse, they cant go forever in rugged heat with great expectations. anyway i told ashley next year we will not participate in this event if the weather is so harsh. i know moonstar has forgiven us already, she is kind and willing to submit to our wishes. we own a mustang gelding, and i ride my old buckskin gelding, god bless them both. i just wanted to say if your lucky enough to own a horse, you have learned a great lesson of life, and i hope more people realize what a friend they really have.
take care everyone

ldyroper 09-29-2003 09:14 AM

couldnt agrees more
WE have horses, and I for one, wont even ride when its 100 outside. I hate it, so why put my horse into misery? Every year here, they have a wagon train ride thats 2 days long, or you can just ride the one day. Its maybe a 25 mile ride, but its in the heat of summer and I cant see why anyone would want to sit and be miserable, and put the horses thru that? Im happy your daughter and her horse did well, and shes made such an accomplishment. Now she can say she did it once, and not subject her or the horse to those conditions again.

theirmom 10-06-2003 03:55 AM

So true
I have to agree. I have always had horses. Even as a teenager I found my horse to be the only true friend I could ever turn to. Today it does not seem to be any different. After reading your post it just made me remember how much I really had. Thankyou.:heart:

perkypet 06-12-2004 03:11 PM

horse sense = common sense
We live on a working cattle ranch and presently have 6 horses. Five are saddle broke with one foal still too young to start training. We treat our horses just as well as we do ourselves and our other pets. Who doesn't? If they don't I firmly believe they don't deserve to have these beautiful animals in their possession.
Last year I had to put my personal horse down. He was 29 years old and loved to work. He had more "cattle sense" than most cowboys! We put him to pasture years ago and were told many times that we were better off selling him since he was too old to do anything around the ranch! Well...I believe that he earned and deserved his retirement! He would get really upset being left behind on cattle drives so we would saddle him up and let him join for a few hours. As soon as he showed signs of tiring, back he went to rest up for another day.
This was the gentlest creature I have ever known. He loved the kids riding him and never allowed them to fall off or get injured in any way. If he felt them shift in the saddle he'd stop and let them get straightened up again. What a great horse he was! I still miss him and probably always will.

jkmcc 06-15-2004 09:11 AM

Hi, I'm from Auburn, New York, and my youngest son and I each have a horse we love and ride. We mostly trail ride, and my son is in 4-H.

Sorry to hear about your having to put your horse down. The horse I ride use to be my 21 year old son's horse. He no longer rides. Sarah as we call her happens to be 21 also. I wish she was only 10 so I knew I had many more years to ride her. She can be witchy at times because she is a mare, but I love her all the same. They are such good company and they are good listeners.

I'm sure I don't ride as much as you do living on a working cattle ranch. I'd love to hear what a typical day is for you.

ldyroper 06-15-2004 05:03 PM

We too live on a working cattle ranch.
Today we branded the calves, and I am glad that is done. Its fun, but alot of work for me preparing food for everyone. We have no family here to help me. We do have alot of neighbors that come and help with gathering (which we do on horseback and 4 wheelers) and help with the shots and branding.

I usually ride out almost everyday on horseback to check on cows and calves during this time of year. And take note of any fencing that needs to be done.
We have had coyotes that seem to like to follow me and my dog all the way home. They will also chase the dogs, and once the coyote bit my dog in the rump! I was alittle scared.

We also break and ride horses for people, so I end up riding alot during the day!

Its a way of life I love. And I really try to be as self sufficiant and frugal as possible. The nearest big town is 63 miles away, and planning ahead is a must!

jkmcc 06-16-2004 05:02 AM

Sounds like you put in very long days because not only are you doing the house work & cooking, but you also do the outside work as well.

My son and I toyed with the idea of taking a week to visit a working cattle ranch (dude ranch). It would be so interesting for us to see how a cattle ranch works and the scenery must be beautiful.

With working a full time job as an administrative assistant at a local college and taking care of my family and house, I only get to ride 2-3 times a week. And it is mostly backyard riding.

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