Post by Dara Turner
While some parts of the country are still in the grip of winter, other parts are just starting to show signs of spring. Either of these can cause conditions not favorable for riding. My last post suggested that you use some of this time to brush up on horse basics by doing ground work.
Another task that can be done is cleaning & conditioning your tack. Dedicate an afternoon to this task. Check your leather goods for cracks, dry rot or splits. Look at the stitching to make sure they are all intact with no breaks. You can replace leather pieces like off-billets, tie straps or some stirrup leathers that are worn out. These are easy fixes but if not replaced can cause major accidents. For more severe repairs, schedule a trip to your local saddle repair shop.
You also need to clean your bits. Run your fingers along the mouth piece to check for rough spots or burrs. Any imperfection on any of the surfaces that actually come in contact with the horse can cause irratation, pain or even cuts. Most bits are relatively inexpensive. You might consider buying a replacement.
If you are like me, this could be a daunting task in itself because of the amount of tack I have. But don’t let that stop you. Your tack is a big investment & it deserves some of your time.
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Post by Dara Turner
I just received my Horse & Rider magazine. This is just one of my magazines that I read front to back. There is an article in this issue that you, as a novice looking to buy a horse, MUST read!! The article is “7 SIGNS YOU SHOULD WALK AWAY FROM A HORSE FOR SALE (OR SELLER)” by Bob Avila.
This article tells you what bad habits to look for. The article goes into bad attitude, this would be cranky, rude or impatient. It tells you about being barn sour and also about not respecting your space. There is a small section of information about lameness. There are also signs to look for in the seller. This article is only 4 pages long, but it does give you information that you will need when you go to look for that dream horse. READ IT!! & READ IT again!!
And when you are done with this article, read the one from Clinton Anderson on getting your foot shy horse to let you handle those ticklish feet. Oh and don’t miss YOUR HORSE YOUR LIFE for a few pointers. There are some really good common sense things a novice horse owner may not know. There are also on going articles on conformation, riding & horsemanship. AND THIS IS JUST 1 ISSUE!!!
If you don’t have this magazine . . . go out now & get it at your local bookstore, drug store or grocery store. It is well worth your time and effort for this one. This is just one MUST HAVE magazine for any novice. It is just full of information. There is also EQUUS. I highly recommend this magazine for the latest in horse health. Practical Horseman & Dressage Today are outstanding magazines for the owner who leans more towards English riding.
These are the magazines that I subscribe to for the latest information in health, riding and horse related products. Over the years, I have gotten an enormous amount of information from these magazines. There have been articles on legislations that effect the horse world. There have been articles on which hay may be better for your horse, oats vs sweet feed and which plants in your pasture are deadly to your horse.
If you don’t have a subscription for any of these, check out the MUST HAVE MAGAZINES in the right column of my blog. Just click on the magazine that you would like to subscribe to.
Subscribe today, don’t miss another issue!
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Post by Dara Turner
I met Huddy Hudspeth when I volunteered to work the Palomino World Hose Show about 18 years ago. He was the tack judge and I was recruited to check the horses markings. We had to check every horse every time they came through the gate to the holding pen. At that time, the show was 3 very long days. We spent a lot time at the back gate. When there was time between classes, I asked a lot of questions and he told a lot of stories. We worked together until about 5 years ago. He was one of the most amazing people I know.
He had a gentle way about him, but he commanded respect. Whether it was a horse he was training or a cowboy who was trying to understand why his horse had become flighty. He had trained more horses than I can ever imagine and probably just as many people. My young paint mare & I became one of his many students when he was about 80. He was still training 5 horses. I spent just three months with him. It was absolutely unbelievable what he could do in that short time. Huddy was a trainer that believed in the natural way a horse should move. My mare was sidepassing, doing flying lead changes, rollbacks, halfpass, had correct cadence for each gait and more. He also made all his horses learn to stand hobbled. Huddy made me a rope hobble out of an old cotton lead rope. I use this tool today on all of my other horse. I can’t tell you what an invaluable tool this is.
Huddy had been having trouble with his hip. He kept putting off the surgery he knew he needed. He just didn’t want to be off a horse very long. He finally had to give in to pain. After the recuperation, I saw him again at another horse show. I asked how he was doing. He replied that if had just know how well the surgery had gone and how much better his hip was, he would have done it a long time ago. I’m not real sure just how long Huddy was actually off a horse, but I’ll bet he was riding just as soon as the doctor said it was ok if not before.
Huddy touched a lot of people. He helped a lot horses overcome problems and started many young horses out on the correct 4 feet. He trained many riders. He passed his knowledge to anyone who would listen. How much better a horseman would I have been if I had known him earlier in my life.
Huddy passed away July 29, 2006. The horse industry lost a treasure that can never be replaced. They just don’t make them like Huddy anymore. I hope there are horses in Heaven because I can’t think of him wanting anything esle.
Huddy . . . . you will be missed terribly. You were greatly loved by all.
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