Thursday, October 16, 2008

Saddle Fit and Pressure

Saddlemaker, Charon Caldwell Discussing Saddle Fit with Dr. Joseph Leviner, Chiropractic Physician

Tuesday, October 14, 2008

Quotes from True Horsemanship Through Feel

A book by Leslie Desmond and Bill Dorrance:

True Horsemanship Through Feel.

A few quotes:

Pg 303: Buck:
"...if a horse gets to bucking with a person, it's only due to self-preservation and maybe something that's been left out...."

Pg 306: Changing Eyes:
"...You'd work both sides of your horse so both eyes get used to seeing you... He would get so he could see you anywhere and it wouldn't bother him...."

Find the book here: True Horsemanship Through Feel

Sheath Cleaning

The pony, Tonka, is pretty dirty in the sheath area. I take my time with horses and don't try to rush into things, so we're just getting around to addressing the sheath cleaning.

The other day when he was in the round pen, I took a picture when he was slightly dropped, to use as a baseline for reference. He is very scaley and loaded with "stuff". Not much gunk because it's not sticky, it's pretty hard. With the light (and mottled) skin, I worry about something being cancerous.

It must be very uncomfortable for him.

This afternoon, I had nothing on the calender, so decided to *do* nothing. I put him in a small corral and took a book and chair to sit and read. I figured I could click him if and when he dropped. No pressure. Nothing asked. That would be a start to sheath cleaning.

Well, in watching him, I didn't get much reading done. It's hard to read and watch for the slightest try in dropping. Impatient, that's me.

I thought about it, thought about the mechanics, and decided that if I put some lubricant inside the sheath, that would at least help with loosening up some of the scaley stuff, even if he didn't drop. As I put my hand in, I was able to touch him, and clicked. He's pretty smart, and I think he made a connection.

I didn't want to stand with my hand inside of the sheath (neighborhood kids and all....), so I figured if I just put my hand on the sheath, on the outside, I would be able to feel if he was dropping at the slightest, and click that.

Yes, that's all it took for him. He got the idea, and dropped more and more each time.

I got some pictures for a baseline. I added more lubricant to soften the scaley stuff, and altho the whole procedure only took a few minutes, and we didn't *do* any purposeful cleaning, he looks a little cleaner. Not clean by any standards, but better than he was.

As I said, I don't hurry through these things, so it'll wait til the next opportunity.

Monday, October 13, 2008

Photo Editing and Re-sizing for Email and Lists

Keep this message. File in it your drafts folder, or save it as a document.

Here's an option in addition to (on-line photo editing) for re-sizing photos:

You can also try these other on-line free programs:

You can edit the picture to make them smaller, or crop them, etc.

Crop your photos to show the object of the picture (getting rid of all the excess sky, ground, extraneous stuff), and then re-size your photos to 400 PX height, and less than 100 KB.

Feel free to forward or share with your friends and other lists.