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Re: Horse falls
Posted by paul garrett on 6/20/2019, 10:20 am, in reply to "Re: Horse falls
Good Story, Harry. A lot of them will try you out, but the real good ones will just work with you once they get the message. My Holly mare, that I had in Montana, was that kind of horse, she could walk a hole in the ground, catch any dog on the run, and would take care of a kid rider. Biggest mistake I ever made was selling her when I moved back east. Everyl body in Canada wanted to ride that mare. Plus she hauled like a dream, followed me around in the field when I hunted off her, and was tolerant with dogs. HOrse like that today would be worth about 10 grand. I'll never have another one. My saddlebred gelding in a screwball, put he picks his feet up good and is fast enough to catch anything. I'm not sure I want to ride him on the run, but the dogs I have now aren't runoffs (mores the pity, I don't think they will run a prairie race).
"I had a horse that would trip over a piece of paper on a paved road but he never fell."
He was a screwy horse. Hard to get into a canter but his run walk was so fast that you didn't really need a canter much. And he was hard to mount. He would spin as you tried to mount him so I either had to have somebody hold him or I had to get him up against something so he couldn't spin. He had a helluva run walk though, smooth and fast. Why I kept him. He was a half day horse though, couldn't go all day. I could ride him mornings or afternoons but never both. I bought another walking horse from somewhere in SW OH and he was an all day horse. So I would ride the half day horse in the AM and the all day horse in the PM for a couple of days, then rest the half day horse for a day and ride the second one all day. Worked out pretty well. The all day horse needed a firm hand though and once when I loaned him to a guy, 10 minutes later the guy was back at the start where he jumped off and tied the horse to my trailer. "Chester" always liked to try out a strange rider to see what he could get away with and apparently he tried too hard for that guy.