Jealous! I wish I had the room for horses
I finally found the perfect hunting and shed hunting partner! She wont complain, she's quiet, wont fight over who saw the horn first or animal first and will go where I tell her without any back sassing (because we all know I am right and I know where to go, duh hahah). She makes me excited in all new ways for this shed hunting and hunting season. Anyone else have horses? I grew up with horses but this is my first horse that I actually bought and have the title in my name. I know a lot about horses but am definitely not an expert. I'd love to share tips, tricks and tactics! I will let y'all know when my episode airs on Animal Hoarders. Haha Now I really do have a freakin' zoo.
Jealous! I wish I had the room for horses
Congradulations on your new horse, you'll have a ball with her. As far as tips for you, I would say probably the most important training that you'll do is get the animal acustomed and conditioned to REAL hunting situations at your farm (or zoo), preferably in a small pasture or round pen. What I do is hang hides and horns on the fence right above the feeders and let the horses figure it out for themselves, in no time they get used to the site and smell and think nothing of it. Anything a horse learnes on there own really sticks. Just start slow and you'll be fine. Another thing they'llneed to learn, especially for hunting is staying tied. Just tie her to a post or tree (make sure she can't get tangled) and leave her for a while, slowly keep her tied for longer periods of time. That way when your hunting and want to get off and glass for a while your horse will stay put. Just go slow and have fun with it. Here's a pic of my setup, I like it better than high line's or picket.
Almost forgot.............Leave it to a woman to color coordinate halters and feed buckets........NICE
Last edited by packer58; 02-09-2012 at 09:46 AM.
Here is mine. I sold her last year but had a lot of fun with her and covered a LOT of miles.
I found more sheds while riding her than I have in my life on foot. The added elevation really helps!
The only real good tip I have is to not try and shoot a coyote off your horse before you know if they are used to guns. Don't ask me how I know!
What a beautiful mare!
I am really happy for you, Jen, but this thread makes me sad.
My trusty steed of many years, Trip, died last week after a sudden twisted gut, and before I could get him in to the vet. He was twenty, which is way too young.
Be sure to check her often, and learn about Colic. Act quickly when something is wrong.
Rest in Peace, old friend.
we have 8 of the hay munching machines, sure is nice when they earn their keep and pack out meat.
That's awsome, it's always a good time going out on horseback!
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Same thing happened to one of my animals early last spring, Bow went down sometime during the night and was gone in the morning when we went out to feed. 22 years old and still packing 140 lbs loads. Good stock that can be trusted on the mountain with your gear and your butt are far and few between.
Congratulations on your new horse and hunting partner jenbickel. Very cool. I hope you will have many good hunts and outings with her in the coming years and days ahead.
I'm with you Ikeepitcold, I wish I had room for horses too. I leased one out here for over a year and took riding lessons a couple days each week. Horses are awesome. It all came down to time for me and having to drive out to the ranch to ride and all. I think if I had them at the house I'd be able to get out take better care of them and ride more often.
Bitterroot Bulls, and packer 58 sorry to hear about Trip and Bow and the colic. It sounds like they both went quickly. My condolences go out to you and your family. That is good advice to learn about the signs of colic with horses. That gastrointestinal condition in horses can become a killer real fast.
Joe Hulbert you made me smile about shooting the coyote off the horse. It reminded me of that Jeremiah Johnson movie when he shoots his venison resting his rifle off the top of his horse .
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Here is me and Buddy looking good! He will be 21 this spring but still as lively and ready to go as a colt! I have all ready started getting him back in shape for the back country again this year.
Congratulations Jen on your new best pal! Hope you have as much fun with her as mine have given me!
Sorry BB and packer for your losses, a few years ago, we had to put down my daughters horse at 28, it doesn't matter how you lose them, it's never easy!
Last edited by Jerry; 02-10-2012 at 10:27 AM.
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