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Let it Rein

A pretty little blog about all things reining and racing, with some other equestrian sports highlighting every once in a while. Got questions or comments? Please feel free to ask! I don't bite, I promise!
Now I don’t know the breeding on this filly, but I can tell you that that face looks exactly like Dave’s (Hollywoodtinseltown) face.

Now I don’t know the breeding on this filly, but I can tell you that that face looks exactly like Dave’s (Hollywoodtinseltown) face.

Wimpys Voodoo Dr

Wimpys Voodoo Dr

— Opinion: Turn Out & Stabling

Okay. So let’s start here.

I believe that turn out, in general, is good for horses. I also believe that some people seem to take this notion a little far, saying that all horses should be turned out all of the time. 

I have been around hundreds of horses in my life, from the ones my mother has trained over the years to my own to the ones at the barns I have boarded at. And yes, most horses like turn out. Even horses who are not accustomed to turn out and act badly at first, usually settle down and learn to like outside time. But actually, I have known a few horses that absolutely hated to go outside. 

Let me give a few case studies for everyone. 

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I’m sure everyone knows, but this is my baby, Jesse.
Before I bought Jesse, he was never turned out, for fear of him being hurt. He was a show reiner (we’ll get into showing later). Other than the fact that he was crazy when he was brought out after not being worked one day, he was fine. 
As you see in this photo, he goes outside now. At the McQuay’s, he was turned out for a couple hours every day, alone, but with friends in surrounding paddocks. At my barn in Kentucky, I have him turned out from 7-2, still alone, but still with a friend next door. He’s totally chill with this. He bucks and plays sometimes, but then chills after a max 10 minutes and eats. 
Now, some people seem to want all horses to always go out with another horse. Sometimes, Jesse does go out with other horses.
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Here he is with his friend, George. He got along with George remarkably well. Usually Jesse can’t go out with other horses.
Want to know why Jesse can’t go out with other horses? He’s a dick. He likes to bug and pester and fight. Even with horses who don’t really want to do that. He was turned out with another horse named Vinnie, who was totally mellow and just left him alone. They were happy. For about… ten days. And then Jesse started picking on Vinnie. So Jesse lost his buddy privileges. But it’s fine. He goes outside by himself, he eats and sometimes bucks, and he comes in and is still sometimes a dick when you get on him, but oh well, that’s just him. 
Allow me also to clarify: Jesse does not go out when it rain. Even a light drizzle. If he is outside and it starts, he comes in immediately. This is because he likes to be an absolutely mud ball, as seen here:
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Let me tell you something. I am a pampered show princess, and I like my horses clean. 100% clean. Currying this doesn’t get him clean enough, so when he looks like this, I have to bathe him. Which means I cannot ride. So we bargain. I say, Jesse you are allowed to go out when the weather is sunny, and even when there is snow on the ground (as long as your plates are off). I don’t care if you roll in dirt, because I can curry that off. When it rains, he stays inside and I make it out to the barn and turn him out in the indoor for twenty minutes. He gets out of his stall, I don’t have to bathe and not ride. Deal. 

Second Case: 
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This is Evie. Despite the fact that I have a bosal on her in this photo (and only for this photo), she is a jumper. Evie is a princess. Evie doesn’t like to be dirty. She keeps her stall as clean as she can, and for a grey, she is almost always nearly 100% actually grey. She actually only goes to the bathroom in one corner of her stall. Also, she hates going outside. Hates it. Is happy in her stall, is happy being ridden, is happy being hand grazed, but if you put her outside she runs and screams and runs. And doesn’t stop. This isn’t like “woohoo it’s party time” running, like Jesse sometimes does. This is frantic “oh my god holy shit I want to come back in” running. And she’s had friends next to her, whom she ignores. She has been tested with another horse, whom she promptly attacked and had to be quickly brought back inside. So, basically? She doesn’t want to be out. She hates other horses (even like other horses in front of her stall makes her mad). She likes her box. It’s safe and clean and enclosed, and perfect for her. She gets out every day and is exercised, but she doesn’t like outside the box. Also she loves rings and hates trail rides. She likes boxes.

Finally, we have case #3:
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Everyone, meet Carlin. 
Carlin thinks he wants to be the leader of a Great Herd of horses in a field. This is probably because he lived… in a great herd of horses in a field in Argentina when he was young.
Carlin likes outside. You cannot catch Carlin unless he wants to be caught when he is outside. Even if you bring carrots. Or grain. If he isn’t ready, he leaves. So, he’s lived outside for days straight before. Until he was ready to come back in and have breakfast one day. 
Also, Carlin likes friends. Sort of. He likes friends if they back down to him, because you know, he’s leader of the Great Herd (the herd is in his mind, he goes out with one other horse all the time and sometimes up to three in total). When he goes out with other horses, he meets them, and then turns around and threatens to kick. Smart horses back off, and everything is fine, and then Carlin loves them and accepts them into the Great Herd. His little brother, Ciarian, for example, he loves. And he protects. 

So you see, three different horses that need three different types of treatment. I believe if you are a good horseman, you adjust what you do based on the individual horse’s needs. Also, I think a horse’s opinion of turn out is shaped when they are young - Carlin was turned out in a field full of babies and yearlings when he was young, so of course he likes being out and being with other horses. I suspect Evie probably was barn raised and only had limited turn out with just her mother as a baby, so that’s probably why she doesn’t like going out.

So, TL;DR Some horses need turnout to be happy, some horses don’t like turn out at all. I think it’s based on how they are raised. I think people treating all horses the same is dumb and each horse should be dealt with individually.

— In an upcoming series by me: Opinions on apparently controversial topics in the equine world on Tumblr.

I’ll just cover them all because frankly I’m feeling a little uppity about how classless equine anons can be.

Also if you have specific topics you’d like me to cover, toss an ask in this direction. 

Right now I’m thinking variously: tack/bits/training tools, shoes, turning out, slaughter, racing industry, high level showing? which seems to be an issue for some people weirdly enough? breeds and organizations, rescue… all the things.

So I drew this neat idea I had of a medieval costume for Jesse, and after much trial and error, we have a rein cover! 
Now we need to make one more, a saddle pad, and a breast collar cover!
We’re kinda sorta really proud!

So I drew this neat idea I had of a medieval costume for Jesse, and after much trial and error, we have a rein cover! 

Now we need to make one more, a saddle pad, and a breast collar cover!

We’re kinda sorta really proud!

What do you think of alamo saddles? I've just come across one for a decent price but I dint know much about saddles.
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Well, I think it kind of depends - I’ve never ridden in one myself, because Alamo is a barrel brand and I only have reining saddles. Depending on what you want to do with your horse, the type will make a huge difference. Barrel saddles have high backs, which I personally don’t find as comfortable as the lower backed, deeper reiner type saddles. Personally, if you can look into a Circle S, that is what my everyday saddle is, and it’s fantastic. It has a higher seat than my show saddle (a Bob’s), which makes it better for more versatile riding. I’ve gone trail riding, showed reining, and worked cows in my Circle S, and I just love it. It holds your leg, but doesn’t restrain - I can throw my legs forward to say slide, and I still feel very sturdy in the stirrups. The only catch is that it is a very heavy saddle, but I got pretty used to swinging it up on horses horses of all sizes. The price range there is like, $400-$600, which is a good priced saddle. Also, the padding is great on the seat of my Circle S, which makes for a very comfortable ride. 

I think if you are used to barrel saddles, the Alamo could be a good choice. But on the whole, I don’t think barrel saddles make the best pleasure riding and comfortable saddles. Hope this helped! Let me know if you have any other questions, as always, I love to help!

If anyone else has any knowledge of Alamos, let me know! 

Tiny little Wyatt Deary winning the Short Stirrup on saintly superhorse, Dun Duel!

Tiny little Wyatt Deary winning the Short Stirrup on saintly superhorse, Dun Duel!

Pongo is so cute! 
I just think he’d look darling out in a field next to Jesse! Don’t you? Jesse wants a handsome best friend.

Pongo is so cute! 

I just think he’d look darling out in a field next to Jesse! Don’t you? Jesse wants a handsome best friend.

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Today I went sorting in Ocala! My cute little paint horse is named Pongo! Shhh, don’t tell anyone, I think I’m going to steal him ;)

Everyone, thank you for your concern. She has been found. She was found near a crash at 4:30 AM. The police thought she was part of it, and brought her to the local animal shelter. We retrieved her as soon as it opens - she appears scared, but fine. 
So glad to have my baby girl back.

Everyone, thank you for your concern. She has been found. She was found near a crash at 4:30 AM. The police thought she was part of it, and brought her to the local animal shelter. We retrieved her as soon as it opens - she appears scared, but fine. 

So glad to have my baby girl back.

I know, this is my equine account, but I need to post.
My dog soul mate, Maple, is missing. My mother & Sarah went out to do night check last night, and Maple went with her. Everyone thought everyone else had her, and she never came in. She has now been absent for over 24 hours. 
The farm is located on the corner of 460 and Newtown Pike in Georgetown, KY. If anyone lives in that area, please keep an eye out for her. She is my baby. She is almost deaf, so if you see her, get her to notice you by clapping. 
And if you can hope or wish or pray about her safe return, please do. I… don’t know what I’m going to do if I don’t find her. I am not even there, so I can’t even look. Please, please….

I know, this is my equine account, but I need to post.

My dog soul mate, Maple, is missing. My mother & Sarah went out to do night check last night, and Maple went with her. Everyone thought everyone else had her, and she never came in. She has now been absent for over 24 hours. 

The farm is located on the corner of 460 and Newtown Pike in Georgetown, KY. If anyone lives in that area, please keep an eye out for her. She is my baby. She is almost deaf, so if you see her, get her to notice you by clapping. 

And if you can hope or wish or pray about her safe return, please do. I… don’t know what I’m going to do if I don’t find her. I am not even there, so I can’t even look. Please, please….

Wimpyneedsacocktail sure is one of the most handsome stallions! 

Wimpyneedsacocktail sure is one of the most handsome stallions! 

This cute little Perlino girl is by Hollywoodstinseltown x Shining Summer Reins. She has quite the look!

This cute little Perlino girl is by Hollywoodstinseltown x Shining Summer Reins. She has quite the look!

Wimpys Little Step enjoying his daily turn out at Xtra Quarter Horses! 

Wimpy is one of the top stallions in the industry. At only 15 years old, he is an NRHA Hall of Fame inductee, and a 6 Million Dollar Sire. 

Rowdy Yankeeenjoying some prime time outside at the Darling 888 Ranch in Princeton, Kentucky!

Rowdy Yankeeenjoying some prime time outside at the Darling 888 Ranch in Princeton, Kentucky!