>Subject: Re: Retraining Hollow Horse (ws Sitting the Trot)
>Date: Tue, 29 Aug 1995 02:36:29 GMT
>>So, you =are= renaming him "Gumby", right?
>>(I've already got "Pokey" here.)
>No... His stable name was "Moose", which I really couldn't see for the
>smallest horse I've ever owned. But Gumby was a little too
>undignified. His registered name is R.D. American Magic (I know,
>yuck! But I can't do anything about that one :-() so we settled on
That is a great name. (Does this mean =I'm= allowed to use
>>That hasn't always been the case. Long ago, the horse's
>>sensibility came right up there along with his athletic ability
>>and sparkle as a priority. Now a bunch of people reproduce
>>what they think is showiness without the nice practical use
>>of the animal's mind involved. A horse can produce a truly
>>maximal physical effort without being upset or wazzed out,
>>and the best trainers still know that.
>That's good to know. I haven't seen much of it though. In fact, I've
>seen class after class where horses that have exploded, broken, and
>taken wrong leads in front of the judges nose were excused their
>"mistakes" as long as they could flap their feet higher. They often
>pinned above horses that from my (admittedly sport horse oriented)
>perspective were better movers, going brightly forward, and obedient.
Well, I think you've brought this discussion around to the one
faction which bears the brunt of blame (and rightfully so) for
the travesty which showing has become in the gaited horse
sphere. I've learned firsthand that judging is a job which
will leave you with part of the crowd wanting to shake yer
hand and the other part wanting to call ya names. If you
can't take the heat, you should get out of the proverbial
The problem is the spineless, thoughtless attitude of so many
judges, who forget that they are influencing the trends of
tomorrow and succumb to the temptation to take the easy
way out and hand ribbons to people just to avoid any hint
of controversy. This does no one any good, and leads to
the type of foolishness and cruelty people won't hesitate
to apply to horses in pursuit of such unqualified recognition.
>>I like to put such horses, like young growing stock, in very deep
>>bedding, too. I think they rest better, and grow better, with the
>>chance to stretch out on a super cushy pile of shavings or hay.
>One of the advantages of keeping my horses at home is that I can spoil
>'em as much as I want. They always have good deep beds. Merlin's
>stall is *** matted underneath as well.
I wanna be reincarnated as one of your horses when I die ...
>>Er, "pre-school"? <backing away in apprehension>
>>You mean, like, LITTLE KIDS ?!? Whoa. And you're so, well,
>>so SANE sounding, so composed.
>I hope C***te doesn't read this... she will immediately dissuade
>you of the notion that I am sane _or_ composed. I _used_ to be...
>then I had kids. My horses are responsible for the small vestiges of
>sanity that I still possess.
God Bless 'em.
>>You ARE a brave woman. Horses are the relief you both deserve
>>and undoubtedly NEED.
>My barn is my exclusive domain. My house may look like a cyclone went
>through it at times, but my BARN is always swept and tidy.<g>
That 'cyclone' is them preschoolers. Geez. It's a good thing I'm
not a biological parent, I'd be eyeing up the larger sizes of
kennel cages ...
>Besides, I've learned a lot about raising kids from years of training
>horses. Love them and treat them with respect. Expect respect in
>return, and nip disobedience in the bud. (I'd mention the lesson of
>the leg, but I don't think I could take the flak ;-))
NO! DON'T! Whatever you do, don't mention the lesson of the leg.
The bleedin heart AR clueless will jump all over you like a horde of
lilliputians and tie yer whip to yer spurs. Then, yer horses will decide
to ask you if you really mean it over and over any time yer tryin to
get anything done. Whatever you do, be sure not to mention that
the horse must be permitted to live in the comfortable understanding
that the rider is boss.