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22nd Dec 2004, 09:21 AM
Had to share:
Yesterday, I was still slaving away at work but the kids at the yard had finished school, so I asked them if they would ride Drummer as he is sooo fat and needs the exercise!!
I arrived up the yard at 4.30 to find a very happy, sweaty pony cooling off in his stable, I don't think he's worked so hard in his life, lol! The girl who rode him said he was an angel, did everything she asked and she even got him to gallop!!!! GALLOP, we don't even get canter! lol!:D Mind you Lou probably weighs half what I do!:o
Funny though! Perhaps I'm a bit too soft on him?!?:p
22nd Dec 2004, 12:11 PM
I bet they had lots of fun! Its great when someone else says they have been good.
Maybe you are a little soft on him but I bet most of us are with our own ponies! I know I am although I try not to. We both work twice as hard when we have a lesson than when we school by ourselves! :D
If you let her ride him again you won't recognise him soon. Thin Drummer!
22nd Dec 2004, 12:19 PM
lol sounds like he had fun! :)
22nd Dec 2004, 12:24 PM
I know I never school Max very hard, or work him very hard. The hottest he ever gets is a little damp around the girth!
Btw have you clipped Drummer? How hairy is he?
23rd Dec 2004, 08:34 AM
He is VERY hairy and VERY dirty lol! I don't work him enough to clip him. I can't ride in the week in the winter plus I'm not keen on clipping anyway, its not natural.
I rode him yesterday and I thought I worked him quite hard but all we had was a sweaty chest and it was only slightly damp! lol!
23rd Dec 2004, 09:26 AM
Originally posted by Drummers mum
....I'm not keen on clipping anyway, its not natural.....
neither's riding them, stabling them, keeping them in a paddock, putting rugs on, feeding hard food etc ;)
I try to avoid clipping unless I have to but - we have a v.furry Fell pony and stables with rubber matting. This autumn it was so mild he was getting sweaty just in the stable at night. (more than when he's worked).
Not an option to leave him out - so he got a little keyhole clipped and that has made him a lot more comfy...
Now if he was living out and not being ridden - he would stay unclipped and do his grizzly bear impression..
I just figure that as we are keeping him as a domestic animal, it is my responsibility to make him comfy and as healthy as possible.
23rd Dec 2004, 10:33 AM
Point taken, I understand what you are saying but I try to keep Drummer in as natural way as possible. I don't work Drummer hard and he does live out almost every night (only when I'm forced to bring him in does he come in).
What I can't bare is people who clip there horses for the sake of it, don't work them and then bundle them up in rugs! :)
Did anyone read the artical in Your Horse a couple of months ago about living naturally? One person was a dressage rider and her horses are bare foot, live out and don't have rugs or clips. It was interesting!:D
23rd Dec 2004, 12:33 PM
Drummers Mum - glad you took it in good faith - I was a bit worried you might react strongly ! Its just that sometimes there are good reasons for clipping - like with cushings horses. In "nature" they would probably not thrive and survive, but as we CAN manage them it only seems fair to keep them comfy.
I also don't like the "clip for the look" folks. Our guys got the minimum possible. I MAY need to increase Fi's clip area - she's very fluffy and gets quite warm when we work. I keep waiting for it to cool down a bit - but then it froze completely so I couldn't ride and it was not an issue :rolleyes:
Interesting the Fell pony grows his clip out quite fast - so you know he's got some (light) cover again quite soon. Whereas Fi doesn't - she seems to have a completely different type of coat that only really grows when she's changing it. (She's an Appy).
23rd Dec 2004, 03:48 PM
23rd Dec 2004, 03:51 PM
your wish... (waves magic wand)
is my command !
23rd Dec 2004, 09:28 PM
He is VERY hairy and VERY dirty lol
Hehe, thats so sweet. At the moment I'm feeling a bit of a minority, because I'm the only one at the yard that hasn't given their pony a full clip :mad: but I just don't work him hard enough to need it. Mind you, I'm starting to get some nasty comments about it, because even this girl with a youngster that she only wanders around on has given him a full clip. When I asked the reason, she just replied 'I hate the look of hairy ponies'. :rolleyes:
Grrr...would she rather her pony had been born bald?
23rd Dec 2004, 10:09 PM
Some People!!:rolleyes: Poor chap's probably freezing!
You stick by your guns! We need to think up some nice and sarcastic replies, lol (bit late now, I'm brain dead!!)
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