Friday, January 29, 2010

Collecting thoughts & Friday fun

Cattypex was asking at the end of the last post about saddle fitting as a topic, which leads me to this-

If anyone wants more information on a topic or subject- post it in the comments or email me about it. If I don't know the answer, well now is a good time to learn it and share my findings. I would be happy to do so.

I am also going to be trying to get the posts all sorta filed by subject- tails, hoofcare, clippers/clipping, etc. That way it may be a quicker way for everyone to look up previously posted info. Everyones input is always welcome. And since it is Friday I think a fun post for the weekend is in order so thanks to Crazy 3 Dayer, here ya go-

A Horse's View of the World

Do you ever wonder what your horse is actually thinking? How often have you ever wondered if you are on the same page or even talking the same language? Take a look at some of the definitions from the horse’s dictionary and compare them to yours.

Arena: Place where humans can take the fun out of forward motion.

Bit: Means by which a rider's every motion is transmitted to the sensitive tissues of the mouth.

Bucking: counter-irritant.

Crossties: Gymnastic apparatus.

Dressage: Process by which some riders can eventually be taught to respect the bit.

Fence: Barrier that protects good grazing.

Grain: Sole virtue of domestication.

Hitching rail: Means by which to test one's strength.

Horse trailer: Mobile cave bear den.

Hotwalker: The lesser of two evils.

Jump: An opportunity for self-expression.

Latch: Type of puzzle.

Longeing: Procedure for keeping a prospective rider at bay.

Owner: Human assigned responsibility for one's feeding.

Rider: Owner overstepping its bounds.

Farrier: Disposable surrogate owner; useful for acting out aggression without compromising food supply.

Trainer: Owner with mob connections.

Veterinarian: Flightless albino vulture

Only Horse People…

- believe in an 11th commandment: inside leg to outside rein...

- know that all topical medications come in either indelible blue or neon yellow.

- think nothing of eating a sandwich while mucking out a stall.

- know why a thermometer has a yard of yarn attached to the end of it.

- are banned from Laundromats.

- fail to associate whips, chains and leather with sexual deviancy.

- can magically lower their voices five octaves to bellow at a pawing horse.

- will end relationships over their hobby.

- cluck to their cars to help them up hills.

- insure their horses for more than their cars.

- know (and care) more about their horse’s nutrition than their own.

- have no problem speaking of semen, abscesses and colic surgery at the dinner table.

- have a smaller wardrobe than their horse..

- engage in a hobby that is more work than their day job.

- know that a good ride is better than Zoloft any day.

CNJ back in here-
How many did you find you incorporate into your daily life?

If you notice on the right, I just added a spot for funny blogs. Some of the comments on these are hilarious. Clean humor, so don't be afraid to take a look.


  1. I can identify with 11 of the horse people issues. Strongly. Is that a bad thing?

  2. So true! Only horse/animal people also know personally the effect of several equine/bovine medications on the human body (or is that just me?)

  3. First Aid kits in the house? Really? Hose it off, rinse it with the Betadine solution cover with cotton and wrap with vetwrap.

    One missing from the list-

    Six vets on a first name bassis, all listed in speed dial on the cell phone, all have credit card number on account information...

    Family physician? Whut?

  4. FV, that is indeed correct.

    Corona is great for severely chapped hands, btw.

    "all topical medications come in either indelible blue or neon yellow" and lovely Koppertox Green.

    I'm a high soprano when I sing, but somehow, yep, I achieve incredible bass tones when needed.

    My sister's been a vet tech, my mom's been a nurse, my dad grew up on a farm, and I have a gastrointestinal disorder, so taking a bf home for dinner was a good way to weed out the pussies.

  5. UMM Fern, I'm thinking that is kind of a Fern thing.

    Really funny CNJ, has me grinning.

    CP, Corona is good for that? Must try that, my hands look like crocodile flippers.

  6. CCC

    By Corona, you obviously are not referring to the beer. :)

    Ofcourse, I have nver tried the other corona.

  7. I love the "Horse's View of the World!"

    I would be interested in a post/discussion on thrush.

    My gelding has a pretty bad case right now (he seems to be prone). Despite my STRONG hesitation to do so, I am using a 10:1 solution of water to bleach as my farrier recommended. One of the two really bad feet does seem to be improving, but I'm not so sure about the other one... The central sulcus on one foot is really deep and tender.

    Thrushbuster did nothing, so I am continuing with the bleach for now (every other day as opposed to daily as advised).

    I'm also not entirely certain that anything is really going to work as long as it is still raining! I moved him to his new home two weeks ago, and while it is MUCH drier, there is still some mud (although this is now a small area of 2" mud vs. an entire pasture of 8" mud).

    How do you deal with thrush in wet weather?

  8. JR,

    Corona (the beer) is also good for your hands. It is good exercise to slice the limes, stick em in the bottle and lift the bottle for consumption, LOL!

  9. Oh, here's one.

    I like to measure my distances.
    When I'm walking, or driving. How many gallop strides to that mailbox. Forward three?

    Stride stride, stride.
    Ooops, chipped, sweetly.

    Absorbine cures many things.
    Many, ManY things.

    Warm salt water is a cure-all, for many many thngs, too.

    Being clean and dry, as well.

    That goes for all animals, of course.

  10. Okay, will sometimes change the radio station if it isn't a rideable beat. I'll think, 'hmmm, could you freestyle this? Which horse is this tempo, style whatever most suitable for?' Yeah, I'm a sick puppy.

    I don't so much cluck to my car as lean slightly forward to encourage it up the hill.

    Couldn't find a thermometer that worked about a month ago for my son. He finds a horse one in the bathroom. Says, "Mom there is no way I'm going here. Why was this in the bathroom?" I have no clue. It was probably in my pocket and I threw it in the draw. Sheesh. Cut me some slack.

  11. I've had both of my saddles in the dining room for a looong time.

    Now my AP saddle is at the barn (yay!) and my Western saddle is in my trunk (I took it to someone to try out the other night, didnt fit her horse... phooey).

    But when I was horseless, it was sure nice to just stand there and *smell* them.

    My mother-in-law insisted on going to the Fair with me once and accompanying me to the horse barn. But we had to wait till we were done eating, because of "the stench." I was all like, huh?

  12. (My 4H leader told my bleach & Lysol-happy mother many times with a straight face "There are no germs at horse shows.")

  13. My daughter and all of my dogs grew up being told to whoa.

    No outfit is complete with out a little horse hair or hay bits on it.

  14. CCC- is that why there is ALWAYS hay in my pockets? Oh and wearing a clean shirt to the barn- you are just begging for horse boogers!

  15. CNJ, yes, that is why. Hay bits and horse hair are accessories to any outfit.

    Don't forget about wearing white either. White clothing at the barn usually ends up with something green or brown smeared across it.

  16. I remember in HS a friend tempted fate when her horse developed an abcess at an injection site.

    She thought she'd just run down to the barn in her school clothes and clean it out before the bus came....

    Yeah, she was late that day.

  17. NHM:I've got 3 ideas for you.
    1) iodine crystals, kill thrush and don't add to the moisture issue
    2)Silver Colloidal-works wonders. You can find online or at Health Food store
    3)Maintainence: 12 oz Apple cider vinegar, 2 oz tea tree oil, 1 oz gentian violet oil.

  18. Hmmm, have horse, recognize most of these. And, with a houseful of dogs and cats, almost every one applies to them, too, just change species specific language.

    Can't imagine an outfit without someone's hair on it, and rumor has it dog hair makes great chili seasoning. A movie of my life would doubtless be call "Chocolate Covered Dog Hair." Though on the days cats and horses are shedding more, title editing as necessary. Last but not least, Mike Rowe ("Dirty Jobs") is so right, "It's all about the poop!"

    Two new inches of snow this morning and all of the above mentioned species have started to shed. Somehow it doesn't look like early spring in northern NV.