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  1. #1
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    Default UPDATE post #18 - Very, very proud of my boy today, and AGAIN!

    Indulge me a little....short brag on my 3 y/o (he'll be 4 next week, I know he's technically 4 now, but again, indulge me ) American Saddlebred gelding. I took him out hunting for the first time today. I broke him late last summer and have been riding him very intermittently since...think every 3 weeks or so. He remembers his lessons well and is a level headed kind of guy.

    Small field (9), nice sunny day, we all went together as a first flight. Out just over 2 hours. Atlas had his first ever experiences with being ridden in a group, galloping full out, having hounds around, crossing water, mud/much, slick uphills and downhills and some very hairy crossings, an ice hill in the woods, the huntsman cracking his wrip and firing his pistol from about 10 feet away, mooing cows, and generally seeing interesting things He was a CHAMP. Never hesitated for a moment, found his way through the crossings, galloped and stopped and hung out, walked away from the group when asked, etc. Total champ. I'm so, so proud!!!
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    AAA+++ day, mega congrats!!!



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    Sounds like a great day...congrats!
    Pictures?!!



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    Glad he was a good boy; that is a lot for a three year old to handle. I find that it is not the first hunt but the third one when they get a little eager.



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    Glad to hear he doesn't have the Bovine Hysteria gene.



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    Don't you just love it when you have a day like that!!!!! I do!!!
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    He really could not have done anything differently. I can't wait to take him out again next weekend.

    LOL @ "Bovine Hysteria gene".....it's always the big moment of truth when they start mooing, isn't it?!!! I was a little worried because there were new calves out there and I thought the cows might get a little angry with us coming through so close.

    There are a couple pics on Facebook, but nothing of us in action. He's the blonde with the "Fabio" mane:
    http://www.new.facebook.com/tos.php?...4491137&ref=mf
    http://www.new.facebook.com/tos.php?...4491137&ref=mf
    http://www.new.facebook.com/tos.php?...8239610&ref=mf

    Let me know if these links work. I don't know if you can see them if you aren't on my friend list.



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    Those calves are trouble when you have a greenie out. I had a 4yo TB out one time and they all chased after her because they were so curious. She was totally surrounded about 4 deep by tiny curious black and white babies. They scared her to death, I had to get an escort out of the field and we left at a flat out gallop. Ever since then she was absolutely petrified of black and white cows. The funny thing is that her son has inherited the fear without even getting that close to any cows.



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    I'm insanely jealous! My youngster isn't ready yet - though I hope to take him roading and cubbing this fall. (reminder to self..... verify insurance coverage). Sounds like he's a keeper.

    Equibrit - my favorite horse hates Herefords. Don't know why. A few years back I was sent ahead and cantered down a country lane. One one side - herd of Herefords. On the other, a field with a large round bale dressed up to look like a giant spider. Big eyes, fangs, flexible black water pipes for legs.

    We went down that lane leaping from one side to the other. Ack! Herefords! Ack. Giant Arachnid! Ack! Herefords. Ack! Giant Arachnid!



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    Well - this mare's son and I went out hacking one day. We had to go down a sunken lane which had black and white calves one side and barbed wire the other. The silly boy took off away from the calves, up the bank in a complete panic, over the barbed wire which he didn't completely clear and in to a locked field. He put a 6" gash in his gaskin and caught an artery which proceeded to pump all over. Luckily the key to the padlock was hanging close to the gate; we got out and managed to beg some ice from a nearby house which was applied along with a lot of pressure and the vet had to come out right quick and sew him up on the spot. Proof of the Bovine Hysteria gene!
    After the 4yo old mare's experience, whenever we were out hunting and encountered cows, she miraculously ALWAYS got an escort of riders surrounding her and survived.



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    Oh my.

    All mine did was leapfrog because objects to the right and left scared the snot out of him. Forward and straight never occurred to him... but he's a draft cross. Not always quick witted.

    I'm jealous the OP had a good experience with her youngster... the one that broke my back last spring is the one I'm taking out this fall. Nice horse. We'll see if he's a nice horse for me, though.



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    Quote Originally Posted by JSwan View Post
    I'm insanely jealous! My youngster isn't ready yet - though I hope to take him roading and cubbing this fall. (reminder to self..... verify insurance coverage). Sounds like he's a keeper.
    He is definitely a keeper. I knew he wouldn't turn inside out or anything crazy, but I expected at least some "sillies" and some spooking. Nada. Maybe next time



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    I took my coming four year old out a couple of weekends ago. We had rain and then wind gusts up to 50 mph and she kept her cool. She's going to be a great hunter. We took it slow in the C field but that was fine with me.
    -Painted Wings

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    What a cutie! Love the 'blonde highlights'.



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    Made me smile BIG! Congrats!!! Yep - my boy would have rolled over and died at the first Moo!...forget the cracking whips and gun shots!!



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    I wasn't able to go to our midweek hunt because I was out of town for work (just flew back this evening) but I'm planning on taking him out again at least once this weekend. I'll do my best to try and get some "action" shots!



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    We're planning to go tomorrow. Same fixture as last weekend, forecast 60 and mostly sunny! Can't wait



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    Gorgeous weather...not much for actual hunting action, but what a beautiful day to be out enjoying equines, hounds and friends. My boy was great again today, with a much larger field. We about doubled the field from last Saturday's hunt. I'm so happy with his behavior and attitude



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