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11/7/12 2:25 A

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Well yesterday was the day a 'Horse Race stops the Nation' Melbourne Cup day.

Jockey Brett Prebble has ridden Green Moon to victory in the 2012 Melbourne Cup,
followed by Gai Waterhouse's Fiorente
with Jakkalberry taking third place.

A fun day had by all

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Sandra

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10/15/12 2:33 P

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I did some office temp work for a stable a few years back and I understand what you say about the work involved and because they were racing horses they had special feeds made up each day as well. A few high school children came after school to help with the cleaning of the stalls. They are beautiful animals to be around and even though the horse had its registered name, due to it temperament or other characteristic, would often be given a pet name.

I can fully understand that you would lose weight with the amount of work involved getting a horse ready to ride, those saddles do look heavy, picking them up and lifting them to get them on a horse who is taller than you, a workout with weights of a different kind. Thanks Birgit and Nancy.

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10/15/12 9:34 A

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I would second the lessons if you want to ride, and also volunteering is a great way to be around horses. You might also see if there are any saddle clubs or similar groups you could join.

When I was younger, I use to ride all the time at my friend's house. I guess I just thought the horses were ready to go 24/7 - they tack themselves, untack themselves, feed themselves, put themselves up - because I was SHOCKED! when I got my first horse and the amount of work it involved just to ride!! haha

But it is great exercise. I had a number of people always wanting to trail ride, so I started doing that for a business. I lost 30lbs without even trying just due to catching, tacking, riding, untacking, feeding, etc.

We had a house fire and I quit riding to rebuild, and I gained back that 30 and then some. However when I was taking families with children, I would watch youth come and interact with the horses and now I am being called in another direction with the our horses. I am getting ready to start an at-risk and disadvantaged youth program using the horses as therapy. It was amazing the transformations I would witness first hand in just a short time spent with the horses.

This is your journey. Take the wheel and drive!


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10/15/12 1:41 A

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Sandra,
I learned riding mostly as an adult. If you really enjoy being around horses you may want to start out by taking riding lessons at a local stable to see what it's like. Well-trained horses are probably safer to ride (with proper instruction and wearing a helmet) than it is to drive a car.
Another way to be around horses is to volunteer at the nearest horse rescue. It's a great way to learn a lot about horses without he commitment and expense of owning them.
Horses can sometimes be bought for very little money but cost a lot in upkeep, usually several thousand dollars a year where I live.
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10/14/12 5:25 P

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In answer to your question.Arabians are diffirent colors as most animals are.My niece's is a palamino color.She loves her horse like she loves her dog.Part of my family raise German Shepherds and part of us are terrior people.I prefer terriors.The last was a yorkie-maltese.He died over a year ago and I plan on getting another dog after the first of the year.Have a nice evening. emoticon

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KELTIC-CARA's Photo KELTIC-CARA Posts: 4,179
10/14/12 5:16 P

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Are the Arabian horses those beautiful white ones? Your sister was lucky to only have a couple of breaks, I wouldn't like a horse falling on me. Your family certainly have had some interesting experiences with horses. I think I am just happy to look at them, thank Shirley.

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I have a niece who raises horses and rides them in meets here in the US.She takes this after my sister who did the same for many years until one fell on her and broke my sister's leg in 2 places.My niece's favorite is an Arabian mare.She does Western style horse shows and wins a lot of prizes and cups in barrel racing and jumping.My only exspierence with a horse was when I rented one to ride on a trail in a State Park when I was a teen.It ran away with me as I'd never ridden before.I did manage to stay on my sister around the age of 12 was bucked off hers and broke her arm.She is the same sister who raised horses for a while as an adult.As I said before my niece is the horsewoman now.My sister does still have 2 minature horses who are big pets and have never been broken.My youngest son and oldest grandson have also done some trail riding.They all live in the state of IN.I live in FL.now. emoticon emoticon

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10/14/12 1:45 P

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It is Spring here in Australia and it is also the horse racing season; the main event during this time is the Melbourne Cup on the first Tuesday in November. Where I live we have many racing stables and we are seeing more and more floats on the roads these days; from the 2 horses per float to the large horse transport vehicles. Driving to work each morning I pass a horse racing stable and give a wave as I see the jockeys taking the horses through their morning workout.

I have only been on a horse once and rode it around a paddock, many years ago, it was fine although I am not a fan of heights I don’t think I could take it up as a hobby or otherwise. What are your experiences with horses? I know a couple of you have some are there other members who do? Do any of you train horses? How did you start riding and at what age? It is better to start when you are young? Maybe your experience is more going to the races which can be a fun day for the family.

We would love to hear about your experiences.

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