My Kingdom for a Hoss

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  1. scheherazade Northern Horse Whisperer Valued Senior Member

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    The blue roan is one of the less common color variations that occurs in a number of breeds. It is a color that I am very intrigued by, although I have never owned a horse of this color myself.

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  3. MacGyver1968 Fixin' Shit that Ain't Broke Valued Senior Member

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    I've never seen a horse of that color. Beautiful. Hell...spray paint a big number 2 on the side and he'd get sponsored by Miller Lite.

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    (NASCAR joke)
     
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  5. scheherazade Northern Horse Whisperer Valued Senior Member

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    LOL.....horses have skin that is as sensitive to irritation as our own, possibly even more where chemicals are concerned as we have had considerably more exposure to these things in the environment of our own creation.

    Usually, a small number is affixed to the horses' bridle, breastplate or saddle pad, or a larger number may be attached to the rider to aid the show judges in keeping track of and placing the participants in large classes that show as a group.

    Here's another pretty fellow.

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  7. MacGyver1968 Fixin' Shit that Ain't Broke Valued Senior Member

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    Just joking about the spray paint. Anyway..he already has a "3" brand on his shank...guess he's a Dale Earnhardt fan.

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    Wow..that horse has some shine..doesn't he? Looks like they used "armor all"

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    Magnificent animal.
     
  8. scheherazade Northern Horse Whisperer Valued Senior Member

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    The shine of a horses' coat starts with good health and adequate nutrition. Many people feed some corn or canola oil or add some flax seed to a bit of grain to bring out the 'bloom' as it is called.

    In professional showing, the horses are bathed and rinsed with a conditioner added, to help repel dirt. The mane and tail may be 'set' with conditioners and use of tail bags and mane protectors to prevent hair breakage. Facial whiskers are often removed by trimming or shaving.

    Some pros use a vacuum to get the dust off their horse thoroughly. Then an application of Showsheen (similar to Armoral, lol). A soft cloth with a bit of baby oil wiped around the face gives an expressive look, and the muzzle, nostrils, and soft skin of the udder and tail region are similarly wiped with a damp cloth. Hooves are varnished with hoof polish in the color closest to the horses' natural hoof color and white markings can be brightened with a bit of chalk dust. I have hear tell that in Arabian classes, they even use mascara but I cannot confirm this fact from my own experiences.

    One tip: Do not apply Showsheen to the area where the saddle fits, as it will pose difficulties in keeping the saddle in place or in bareback equitation classes. (This is from experience, lol...)

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    The following horse looks to have natural shine enhanced by favorable lighting conditions and the eye of a good photographer.

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  9. Stryder Keeper of "good" ideas. Valued Senior Member

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    Horses "Hack" you know? (Actually it's one of their most enjoyable past times, other than running off round a field when someone is trying to put a bridle on them, that's a real gas for them.)
     
  10. scheherazade Northern Horse Whisperer Valued Senior Member

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    You are correct. Horses prefer hacking to most other expectations we may have of them, as it is most suited to their need for movement.

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    Riding a horse in English tack is more often referred to as 'hacking' while when ridden in western saddle and bridle, most would speak to the activity as trail riding. My own horses enjoy a lot of riding in the countryside and even Handy, the young (16 months) gelding is being led from another horse to introduce him to his future role as a riding mount. He learns by example of the horse I am leading him from and when he is ready to ride he has the confidence of knowing that all trails eventually lead back home. He learns not to fear stray dogs, ATV's, highway traffic and pedestrians by this early exposure.

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  11. GeoffP Caput gerat lupinum Valued Senior Member

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    That is in fact surprisingly disturbing.
     
  12. scheherazade Northern Horse Whisperer Valued Senior Member

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    I agree and you should see some of the other bizarre get-ups that show when you type My Little Pony into the search engine.

    Here is another image that I personally find disturbing, not because I care what happens to the two individuals in the saddle but rather that horses and splintering wood at high speed don't mix.

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  13. chimpkin C'mon, get happy! Registered Senior Member

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    Regarding the jousters at Renaissance faires...apparently they at least do it for a living:

    www.airtranmagazine.com/features/2011/01/weekend-warriors

    So...I'm pretty sure they work hard to keep the horses safe.
    In terms of both cost and training, that's a valuable coworker and friend...possibly a four-legged family member as well.
     
  14. scheherazade Northern Horse Whisperer Valued Senior Member

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    They do, indeed take great precautions to keep animals and humans safe, and the lances are made of wood that is designed to break easily. There remains the fact that wood is unpredictable in it's manner of splintering and the unforeseen does happen.

    In this instance, it was a human that sustained injury and eventual death.

    http://www.first4lawyers.com/man-killed-after-jousting-accident-on-time-team-set/
     
  15. Captain Kremmen All aboard, me Hearties! Valued Senior Member

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    Remember when Hoss was considered huge?
    Now he would be thought of as average weight.
     
  16. scheherazade Northern Horse Whisperer Valued Senior Member

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    Here's another example. A woman as gravitationally challenged as Hoss, Hattie Jaques.
    Not actually Hoss, but very similar.

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    When I was a child, the sight of this beautiful adipose woman would have stopped traffic.
    Stupid people would have said "there's a woman as fat as Hoss"
    Hattie Jaques was considered absolutely enormous. Just like Hoss.
    What foolishness!
    Now she wouldn't get a second glance.
    And quite rightly.
     
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  18. scheherazade Northern Horse Whisperer Valued Senior Member

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    Gentlemen, while the topic of the size of horse that 'Hoss' from Bonanza would require was within the purview of this thread, I would suggest that posts #34 and #35 are inappropriate and I know you are both capable of much better than this. :bugeye:

    To bring this thread back to topic, I post a photo with the range of scale in horse size, from the Miniature Horse breed to the Clydesdale. There is a horse to fill every niche from novelty companion animal through to worker and helpmate.

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  19. MacGyver1968 Fixin' Shit that Ain't Broke Valued Senior Member

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    I got to see the Budweiser clydesdales when I lived in St. Louis...those are some big freaking horses.
     
  20. Captain Kremmen All aboard, me Hearties! Valued Senior Member

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    @Sche
    I've just made post #34 more about Hoss.
    Happy now?

    Also #35 is your own post.
     
  21. scheherazade Northern Horse Whisperer Valued Senior Member

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    Yes, the ground rumbles when an eight-up hitch goes by, for a fact. They have also done some amazing commercials and I have posted a link to a cute one.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_NXlv28HYOA
     
  22. scheherazade Northern Horse Whisperer Valued Senior Member

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    It is still a very unflattering post to the individual named and to the one who posted it, IMO. I fail to see how it adds any value to this thread and the repeated use of the word 'fat' is very negative.

    Extremely overweight horses are at risk for serious health concerns. In a majority of cases, this concern arises from improper management by the owner or person responsible for the animal.

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  23. Captain Kremmen All aboard, me Hearties! Valued Senior Member

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    Never satisfied.
    I'll go and change it some more.
    Change ....change.....change........
    Happy now? I hope so.
    I'm not changing it again.
     
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