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Davie_GLA

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5,910 posts

166 months

Sunday 13th June
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Wat doing Hooman?


Chubbyross

2,240 posts

52 months

Monday 14th June
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Davie_GLA said:
Wat doing Hooman?

Lovely photo. That reminds me of the compulsory ‘why the long face?’ dad joke that has to be uttered upon greeting the horse every time. Drives my poor daughter mad every time, which naturally makes it worth it.

Steve_W

1,354 posts

144 months

Tuesday 15th June
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Here's our old boy John at his recent retirement photoshoot. At 28 (ish!) it's time for him to take a well-earned break as a field ornament.


Photo courtesy of Rose at Daydream Equine Art - https://www.daydreamequineart.co.uk/

Fastchas

2,206 posts

88 months

Tuesday 15th June
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This was me on the right in the 90’s at a competitive show at RAF Cosford.
He was brilliant, probably 7 or 8 yo here. Developed navicular at 7y, had him de-nerved then he won most of his money. Retired him at 8yo as they grew back and he became lame again. Gave him away to a riding school as regular exercise was the best for him. Sadly became too lame at 11yo and had to be PTS.

Chubbyross

2,240 posts

52 months

Tuesday 15th June
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Lovely photos on here. It reminded me that yet another year has gone with no Badminton Horse Trials, always an annual highlight for my daughter and me. Anyone else here on this thread missing it?

moorx

2,383 posts

81 months

Tuesday 15th June
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Steve_W said:
Here's our old boy John at his recent retirement photoshoot. At 28 (ish!) it's time for him to take a well-earned break as a field ornament.


Photo courtesy of Rose at Daydream Equine Art - https://www.daydreamequineart.co.uk/
John is beautiful!

Davie_GLA

Original Poster:

5,910 posts

166 months

Tuesday 15th June
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Steve_W said:
Here's our old boy John at his recent retirement photoshoot. At 28 (ish!) it's time for him to take a well-earned break as a field ornament.


Photo courtesy of Rose at Daydream Equine Art - https://www.daydreamequineart.co.uk/
That’s fantastic. I’ve just had a look at her portfolio and it’s a pity she’s so far away. I’m in Scotland and would commission her to take some photos

PushedDover

3,470 posts

20 months

Wednesday 16th June
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Unfunnily - OH sent me:

Jeremy Clarkson said:
"Money's no object and men don't count when a woman has a horse" by Jeremy Clarkson
- - - - -
"Got a cold? You'll be told to go for a ride. Got a drink problem? There are places in Arizona that use horses to cure you. Are you a burglar? Well, statistics in Horse & Hound have shown that 107% of people who sit on a horse never reoffend, and never get cancer either.
A riding enthusiast will tell you that a horse invented the steam engine long before James Watt got involved and that it was simply unable to convey this important discovery to others.
And as a result she will treat horses with a respect that's borderline idiotic.
If, as a man, you decided in the night not to bother getting up to go to the loo and simply emptied your bowels into the sheets, you can be fairly sure that your wife would be extremely cross. This is because you're not a horse. A horse can do a big steaming turd in its bed and she will cheerfully put on a pair of rubber gloves and change its sheets with a big-hearted smile.
It's the same story at breakfast time. When the horse is led into its paddock, it will do a No 2 right in the middle of its breakfast, which will also need to be cleared up. You try doing that on the bacon and eggs she's made and see what happens.
Then there's the question of violence. If your dog were to attack a child you would be horrified, and would at least consider having it put down. It's the same story with your children. If they get into a fight, you put them in their room with no supper.
But when a horse kicks an eight-year-old with such force that its head comes off, you take the poor thing's weeping parents to one side and scold them for letting their child get within range. "Now look. You've upset the horse."
One day your horse will be spooked by a paper bag, or a van, or a puddle, or a bit of rain, or a gust of wind, or the scent of a fox, and it will throw you to the ground. You will sustain fractured ribs and a broken collarbone, and somehow this will be your fault.
Another interesting thing about horse ownership is that you must never have just one. You will need two or 11 or several hundred, some of which you will lend out to friends and family.
No one does this with cars or cooking appliances or children. No one says, "Here, have one of my dogs. I've got loads."
But horse people do because they are mad.
There's more.
When your children's shoes have seen better days, you tell them that money's tight and that they'll last another term. You may even tell them off for wearing them out so quickly. But your horse? Crikey, no. The damn thing gets a new set of shoes every six weeks. This is not cheap. Nothing's cheap with a horse. A saddle will be Pounds 1,500. It'll need blankets, and they're Pounds 150 a go. Then there's a bridle at Pounds 150, and that's before you start buying food. Hay costs more these days than rocket, and over a year it'd be cheaper to buy the damn thing a nicely togged eiderdown duvet than keep it in straw.
You may even need to buy it a paddock from the local farmer. And the going rate for an acre these days is whatever the farmer wants. And because the farmer knows the horse woman has lost all connection with reality, he'll want about 300,000 Pounds.
Then you'll need to build your horse a house, which will cost more than yours did.
Oh, I nearly forgot. The horse will then need its own enormous car, full of bedding and plumbing, which will be driven on bank holiday Mondays by a teenage girl at 4mph. These cost more than most Bentleys."

Davie_GLA

Original Poster:

5,910 posts

166 months

Wednesday 16th June
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PushedDover said:
Unfunnily - OH sent me:

Jeremy Clarkson said:
"Money's no object and men don't count when a woman has a horse" by Jeremy Clarkson
- - - - -
"Got a cold? You'll be told to go for a ride. Got a drink problem? There are places in Arizona that use horses to cure you. Are you a burglar? Well, statistics in Horse & Hound have shown that 107% of people who sit on a horse never reoffend, and never get cancer either.
A riding enthusiast will tell you that a horse invented the steam engine long before James Watt got involved and that it was simply unable to convey this important discovery to others.
And as a result she will treat horses with a respect that's borderline idiotic.
If, as a man, you decided in the night not to bother getting up to go to the loo and simply emptied your bowels into the sheets, you can be fairly sure that your wife would be extremely cross. This is because you're not a horse. A horse can do a big steaming turd in its bed and she will cheerfully put on a pair of rubber gloves and change its sheets with a big-hearted smile.
It's the same story at breakfast time. When the horse is led into its paddock, it will do a No 2 right in the middle of its breakfast, which will also need to be cleared up. You try doing that on the bacon and eggs she's made and see what happens.
Then there's the question of violence. If your dog were to attack a child you would be horrified, and would at least consider having it put down. It's the same story with your children. If they get into a fight, you put them in their room with no supper.
But when a horse kicks an eight-year-old with such force that its head comes off, you take the poor thing's weeping parents to one side and scold them for letting their child get within range. "Now look. You've upset the horse."
One day your horse will be spooked by a paper bag, or a van, or a puddle, or a bit of rain, or a gust of wind, or the scent of a fox, and it will throw you to the ground. You will sustain fractured ribs and a broken collarbone, and somehow this will be your fault.
Another interesting thing about horse ownership is that you must never have just one. You will need two or 11 or several hundred, some of which you will lend out to friends and family.
No one does this with cars or cooking appliances or children. No one says, "Here, have one of my dogs. I've got loads."
But horse people do because they are mad.
There's more.
When your children's shoes have seen better days, you tell them that money's tight and that they'll last another term. You may even tell them off for wearing them out so quickly. But your horse? Crikey, no. The damn thing gets a new set of shoes every six weeks. This is not cheap. Nothing's cheap with a horse. A saddle will be Pounds 1,500. It'll need blankets, and they're Pounds 150 a go. Then there's a bridle at Pounds 150, and that's before you start buying food. Hay costs more these days than rocket, and over a year it'd be cheaper to buy the damn thing a nicely togged eiderdown duvet than keep it in straw.
You may even need to buy it a paddock from the local farmer. And the going rate for an acre these days is whatever the farmer wants. And because the farmer knows the horse woman has lost all connection with reality, he'll want about 300,000 Pounds.
Then you'll need to build your horse a house, which will cost more than yours did.
Oh, I nearly forgot. The horse will then need its own enormous car, full of bedding and plumbing, which will be driven on bank holiday Mondays by a teenage girl at 4mph. These cost more than most Bentleys."
This did the rounds on some of the horsey facebook pages my daughter and I are on. It was not received well but I have to admit that I nodded in agreement with a lot of it.

The horse is better fed, clothed and exercised better than any of us.

Steve_W

1,354 posts

144 months

Thursday 17th June
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Davie_GLA said:
Steve_W said:
Here's our old boy John at his recent retirement photoshoot. At 28 (ish!) it's time for him to take a well-earned break as a field ornament.


Photo courtesy of Rose at Daydream Equine Art - https://www.daydreamequineart.co.uk/
That’s fantastic. I’ve just had a look at her portfolio and it’s a pity she’s so far away. I’m in Scotland and would commission her to take some photos
Thanks, he's a good old boy so we wanted to get some decent shots of him.

For someone quite young Rose does have a great portfolio. I know she's done the odd "road trip" for pre-organised shoots, but I appreciate that Berkshire to Scotland would be a decent jaunt!

rscott

12,363 posts

158 months

Sunday 11th July
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This was Billy, on the day he arrived 21 years ago, as a 5 year old. Her first horse...


He's been an amazing friend, they've done dressage, showing, long distance rides, camps, etc together and had a wonderful time.


But he retired 18 months ago - arthritis in his rear left means he can't be ridden any more. So he's growing old disgracefully turning into a silver fox, with his hareem of mares on the yard who love him..



We're not sure he's going to make it through another winter, especially if it's as muddy as the last, but at the moment, he's happy and loved.

She started looking for another horse 3 months ago, not in any rush to buy, but just to get a feel for the market....
2 weeks later she had a road trip from Essex to Newark with a friend and 2 months ago, Pebbles arrived on the yard.

He's a very green 7 year old - been backed then turned out in a field for a year or so.

Of course, this required visit from the saddle fitter (new saddle on order), bridle fitter (new bridle ordered), bit lady (yep, new bit needed), farrier, physio, etc.. the good news is, both horses take the same size rugs, so Billy's vast collection is now shared smile