Just Horsin' Around forum: Fostered Appaloosa Mare

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porkpal
Jan 16, 2012 2:28 PM CST
Name: Porkpal
Richmond, TX
I didn't have time to ride much during the hectic holiday season, so I mainly rode my own horses (they are more fun) but today I worked the Appaloosa mare that I am fostering for a rescue. For the first time ever I got through the whole ride without having to use the halter rein to haul her around - I did have to do some pretty crude steering with the bit a couple of times when she suddenly decided she had a better idea for where we should go. She is lazy but has a good ground-covering walk and a big, airborne trot. Her canter, however, is non-existent, more of a disorganized gallop. I think I may try to work on it more on the longe hoping she will find her balance sooner without a rider. I keep reminding myself that the more I teach her the more fun she will be to ride - yeah, right!
Porkpal
Imageirisarian
Jan 16, 2012 3:44 PM CST
Name: Lucy
Hamilton, MA
irises
yes right! She must have remembed your work from before. You never know what they recall. So many horses don't seem to know much so your work with her will benefit someone later on.
ImageCajuninKy
Jan 20, 2012 11:39 AM CST
Name: Cheryl
Eastern Ky
Truth should be everpresent.
What is her disposition like? She may be a good, lazy trail horse for a person who doesn't want to get anywhere fast. It does sound like you are making progress with her. That's good. Is she the only foster you have right now?
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porkpal
Jan 20, 2012 2:43 PM CST
Name: Porkpal
Richmond, TX
I have three other fosters but one is a pony not started under a rider and too little for me and the others are retired racehorses that are not quite sound and are looking for "pasture ornament" homes.

The mare is lazy but once moving has big gaits. I do think she would be a good trail horse as nothing much seems to bother her, and for a somewhat experienced rider, she is quite comfortable to sit on. She is also registered, if that matters to anyone. Several people have shown interest in her but no adopters yet.
Porkpal
Imageirisarian
Jan 20, 2012 4:33 PM CST
Name: Lucy
Hamilton, MA
irises
I wonder if the hay situation has people holding off on adopting.
porkpal
Jan 20, 2012 9:54 PM CST
Name: Porkpal
Richmond, TX
It definitely is putting a damper on it - along with the sagging economy in general.
Porkpal
ImageCajuninKy
Jan 27, 2012 1:01 PM CST
Name: Cheryl
Eastern Ky
Truth should be everpresent.
It's tough to move a horse. We are down to 5 but I'd be more comfortable if I could sell 1 more.
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porkpal
Jan 27, 2012 3:19 PM CST
Name: Porkpal
Richmond, TX
I agree! People around here can't even give away healthy, sound horses.
Porkpal
ImageCajuninKy
Jan 27, 2012 8:36 PM CST
Name: Cheryl
Eastern Ky
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Same here and I don't see it changing unless slaughter is brought back.
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ImageCajuninKy
Feb 12, 2012 11:53 PM CST
Name: Cheryl
Eastern Ky
Truth should be everpresent.
Have you been able to ride the mare anymore? It has been terribly cold and rainy here the last few days.
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porkpal
Feb 13, 2012 9:43 AM CST
Name: Porkpal
Richmond, TX
We're getting colder weather and rain too. I have had to do some fencing to be able to move some cows, so I haven't ridden anything for the last several days. However there is a possible adoption in the works, and the last time I rode her we had no major steering lapses, so things are looking up!
Porkpal
ImageCajuninKy
Feb 13, 2012 10:17 PM CST
Name: Cheryl
Eastern Ky
Truth should be everpresent.
That is great news! We have not been able to ride either. I started doing a good cleaning of both sides of the barn hall we can ride in there in early Spring but it has been bitterly cold the last few days so I feed and come back to the fire.
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porkpal
Feb 19, 2012 1:57 PM CST
Name: Porkpal
Richmond, TX
A family came down from Plano and tried and adopted the mare. She will have a really good home!
Porkpal
Imageirisarian
Feb 20, 2012 10:51 AM CST
Name: Lucy
Hamilton, MA
irises
Hooray!
porkpal
Feb 20, 2012 2:05 PM CST
Name: Porkpal
Richmond, TX
Her "boyfriend" is still calling for her - and she wasn't even nice to him.
Porkpal
Imageirisarian
Feb 20, 2012 8:45 PM CST
Name: Lucy
Hamilton, MA
irises
Just like kids wanting company.
ImageCajuninKy
Feb 24, 2012 10:37 AM CST
Name: Cheryl
Eastern Ky
Truth should be everpresent.
Yahoooo!!!
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