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Old 02-22-2010, 03:04 AM
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This is my first post, when it comes to horses and old cowboys they have been at the top of my list all my life. I've been riding since before I was born. Got my first 1/2 a horse when I was around 5, my brother was 4, he got the other half. Our family has owned and operated a horseback riding stable since 1962 in the Texas panhandle, next to Palo Duro Canyon State Park. Horses have been my best friends most of my life, I trained them after school and weekends to buy a 69 z-28 Camaro. I've listened to cowboy stories all my life, and believe that's where most of the common sense is, in this world. Dad is going to be 80 next week and still rides. He called me a few years back, and sounded really sad. He told me that he couldn't get on Prince ( then a 3 year old Arab Stud ) and didn't know what to do. We decided to pray about it. Well, Dad called a couple hours later and said you've got to come see this. When I got to the stables he had moved a hitching rail out about 2 1/2 feet, from a board walk in front of the saddle room. The board walk is about 3" below his stirrup, he just stepped on, and that smile was priceless. We road down into our canyon and stopped at a camp site to rest a minute. Dad looked at me with that same grin and said, when I'm on Prince I'm as fast as I was at 32. GOD is so Good!!!
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Old 05-06-2014, 01:51 PM
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Re: Horses As I See Them By Ian McMurchy

Coming from a man that has owned and trained horses all of his life, I really loved the article. I have seen so many people scared by even my favorite little mare who is a total puppy dog. Every time the horse sneezes or flicks its ear they jump out of the saddle.

Horses attitudes are a mirror of your soul. If you are strong and at peace, your horse will become that also. My first time alone on a horse at 7 years old started off at a gallop and I never slowed down since.

Being a horseman isn't for everyone. And lots of "horse" people shouldn't be around them at all.
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Old 05-16-2014, 03:30 PM
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Re: Horses As I See Them By Ian McMurchy

Great article, Im no horse person by any stretch, but ive been around quite a few of them and on top a few when I was really young a friend of the family had a farm with a few horses and I rode a little then, and more recently I rode when I was foolishly pursuing a tall blonde "cowgirl" that i met on a weekend trip to Eastern Washington, To save you all the boring details about that (embarrasing details) The Horses kicked my ass and a more delicate part.
I discovered that they are amazing animals with as many personalities as humans but when it comes to riding through the backcountry I will stick to two or four wheeled transport and engines.

And I can say that Ian's tounge in cheek explination of how "meeting" your horse goes is pretty much how my experience went. And he nails what you are thinking when you do see that big strong animal for the first time. The horse I most rode was called "Steve" and he was stubborn as a mule, I think thats what I liked most about him, we eventually came to an understanding (sort of) about who was in charge most of the time, but that still didnt stop him from trying to wipe me off of his back with a low tree branch , when he got tired of arguing over where to go.
His personality made it fun to ride, and the one time he did manage to remove me from his back, he did this slow turn to look at me on the ground, then gave his horse *sigh* and slowly walked back over to me and let me climb back on him. And for the rest of the ride he had an extra little spring in his step, I dont know if that was my imagination because everywhere hurt, or he was just pleased with himself, it was probably a little of both.

That one experience will forever stick in my mind as reason not to trust horses, Im not afraid of them, I know he wasnt trying to hurt me, he was just proving a point, and the whole act of "oh you arent riding anymore *sigh* i guess ill come back" really proved to me that even though they are pretty obedient and some horses can be faithful as St Bernards others are still very much there own Animals and have strong personalities.

And that is why I prefer machines that dont have a vote when it comes to where/when and how fast. But on that same note If I had the opportunity to raise a horse and really develop a bond with it Im sure I would have a different opinion.
Although once when I was riding quads through some pine stands in Eastern Washington, a Sow Elk came busting through the brush right next to the "trail" I was on with a Cougar hot on her Heels and I dont think any horse would have reacted well to that, I know I freaked out because on that narrow rocky muddy snowy trail I was going as fast as I could on that 800cc quad and the Elk and Cougar had no trouble keeping pace and It could have easily been me that ended up as Cougar lunch. Even armed I doubt there would have been anything I could have done If that cougar decided that I was "better" to eat.
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Old 05-19-2014, 07:48 PM
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Re: Horses As I See Them By Ian McMurchy

What a fun article to read I could visualize the entire story.
Thanks Ian RIP.
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Old 05-20-2014, 12:01 AM
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Re: Horses As I See Them By Ian McMurchy

My .02...

I am not an experienced horse rider. My experience consists of jumping out of tree at a young age and holding on, to renting horses every year and riding them in the mountains, loading them in trailers, playing VET in the mountains, putting on shoes, repairing shoes, feeding and attempting to make them all get along. The majority of experience occurred in the last 15 years.

I think of horses like big dogs. Smart, loving, mostly friendly, eager to please, hates discipline, loves food, loves water, loves rest and likes it's pasture (bed). I have had horses go down in canyons, run off in the woods, brush me against trees and rip $200 pants. Decide to lay down with me sitting on them or a load of meat. Run at the most inconvenient times, SPRINT through the woods, jumping over logs and trees. Play possum and pretend to be tired. Power through steep hills with 2' of snow. Carry me, my gear, half an elk and not complain. And they do it for nothing more than food, attention and shelter.

I have been hurt by them, punched them the face, whipped them, gave them my apple, scratched their favorite spot. Went way out of my way to make sure they were well watered. Carried extra pellets with me.

With all the headaches, pleasure and money, they are worth every penny. My next home will have enough property to have my own horses.

If you have never hunted with horses. Find the time to do it.
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Re: Horses As I See Them By Ian McMurchy

"There's nothing better for the inside of a man than the outside of a horse". - Pat Parelli. Mine are my partners. There are knotheads, but we don't keep those around. A man has to recognize that humans and equines process stimulate quite differently. We are predators. Our eyes face forward, we eat meat and smell like it, our response to threat is to engage. Horses are prey animals. Their brains are split and both halves have to be trained. Their fright flight instinct is their response to threats. Visually they don't perceive the world as we do. Gain their trust and they will carry you through thick and thin. Break their trust and you are on your own. Take the time to learn to think like a horse and communicate in their language. Trust and respect are the foundations of leadership. Relationships with horses are like any other. You get what you give. Many still subscribe to the old cowboy ways. Most bad horses are made and not born.
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Old 06-14-2014, 10:32 AM
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Re: Horses As I See Them By Ian McMurchy

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"There's nothing better for the inside of a man than the outside of a horse". - Pat Parelli. Mine are my partners. There are knotheads, but we don't keep those around. A man has to recognize that humans and equines process stimulate quite differently. We are predators. Our eyes face forward, we eat meat and smell like it, our response to threat is to engage. Horses are prey animals. Their brains are split and both halves have to be trained. Their fright flight instinct is their response to threats. Visually they don't perceive the world as we do. Gain their trust and they will carry you through thick and thin. Break their trust and you are on your own. Take the time to learn to think like a horse and communicate in their language. Trust and respect are the foundations of leadership. Relationships with horses are like any other. You get what you give. Many still subscribe to the old cowboy ways. Most bad horses are made and not born.
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I couldn't agree more!!
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