OLD LADY RANT: Why should I register my horse?

OLD LADY RANT: The question came up on a horse list should you register your horse. In my opinion you should always register your horse with some organization if he’s eligible. And if the horse does show or compete be sure to inform the registry so they can add it to his paperwork.  It’s only fair to him. If he has to be sold later, those papers will prove his/her bloodlines for breeding, carry the show records including Competitive Trail and Endurance and even, in the case of BLM Mustangs, help find their home range. It helps secure a good future for him. Think about it. When you go and look at a horse what do you ask? Registered? check. Bloodlines? check. Show record? check. Is he sound? check. This can all be proven by good paperwork. How many times have we heard of horses someone saved from the kill pen only to find that they are old show horses (perfect for kids) race horses (barrel or jumping prospect) or royal bloodlines (even if you don’t breed). They were going to slaughter, no doubt, So how did they wind up there?
Here’s my story. You’re at a horse sale and see a pen full of Five chestnut mares offered for sale. All solid with some white on their faces. All fat and apparently sound. You can only afford one. Which one do you buy?
1. AQHA double bred King. 14 hands. kid gentle. no show experience. 2. ApHC and AIHR reg. Colida/Prince Plaudet bred 15 hands. Gentle and easy to ride. Some show experience and an endurance record. 3. AQHA Old Sorrel bloodlines. 15.2 hands Roping show horse. Good riding. Lots of wins and lots of money. 4. AQHA Impressive bred. 15.2 hands. no show experience. just a brood mare. She does carry HYPP gene. 5. BLM mare. 14.2 hands. Spirited horse for good rider. AIHR papers show she’s from Nevada. Has some show experience and won classes in Registry’s Natl show. Also, Competitive Trail Horse.
This makes it all easy. But take these 5 horses and put them in the same pen at an auction. Maybe some old cowboy can read the signs but how about you. 5 pretty mares. No history cause no one has their papers. So why don’t you give your horse a chance, spend a few dollars and git ‘er done. Oh, and be sure the papers go with the horse. Don’t send them to Mexico for slaughter on purpose.

Translation  AQHA  American Quarter Horse Association

ApHC  Appaloose Horse Club

AIHR    American Indian Horse Registry

BLM     Bureau Of Land Management  = Mustang.


A Dog’s Last Will And Testament.

I actually found this on Facebook from the Good Vet and Pet’s Guide.

When I lose a pet to the Rainbow Bridge, I am one of those crazy people who wants to fill the hole they left, not a replacement, but another soul to bless me. Here is the best way to explain it. You know your pet wouldn’t want you to be sad. Their whole lives were about making you happy. So now you have a chance to save some other darling and to let yourself laugh again. I believe that this is A Dog’s Last Will and Testament.

A dogs last will and testament …
Before humans die, they write their last will and testament, giving their home and all they have to those they leave behind. If, with my paws, I could do the same, this is what I’d ask…

To a poor and lonely stray, I’d give my happy home; my bowl and cozy bed, soft pillow and all my toys; the lap, which I loved so much; the hand that stroked my fur; and the sweet voice that spoke my name.

I’d will to the sad, scared, shelter dog the place I had in my human’s loving heart, of which there seemed no bounds.

So, when I die, please do not say, “I will never have a pet again, for the loss and the pain is more than I can stand.”

Instead, go find an unloved dog, one whose life has held no joy or hope, and give my place to him.

This is the only thing I can give…

The love I left behind.

– Author Unknown

Requirements for owing Jack Russell Terriers and Rat Terriers

There are a few requirements to owning Jack Russell Terriers and Rat Terriers.

You must be smarter than they are.

You must protect any small squealing things in the immediate area including human children.

You must never assume anything or trust them completely.

You must be willing to be bruised, scratched and bitten.

You must EXERCISE them A LOT.

And you must be willing to accept unconditional love for a long canine lifetime because they don’t conveniently die at 8 years of age.  You are making a commitment of at least 15 years if you’re lucky.

I have found it well worth my time and effort but you must be prepared for the worst…and the best of times.

Spooky horses and their parents.

This is a previous rant but I thought it was worth reposting.

OLD LADY RANT. I forget which trainer it was but it was someone with videos and such. I saw him at a seminar put on by TETRA years ago. Someone asked him about their spooky horse. Here’s a paraphrasing of his story.
A father and son were walking home through a cemetery. It was dark and quiet and they were holding hands. Suddenly from out of the darkness, a horrible screeching noise erupted. The father grabbed his son’s hand and yelled Oh, My, God. what’s that? Let’s run. So the ran and the boy was always afraid of the dark.
Another father and son were walking home through that same cemetery holding hands. Suddenly from out of the darkness, a horrible screeching noise erupted. The father looked down at his son and laughed. Look, son. Over there in that tree. See the little Screech Owl up in the tree? Isn’t it cute? C’mon lets go home and tell Mama. So they walked calmly out of the cemetery and the boy loved to go walking in the woods.
PS: This is not meant to hurt feelings or anything. I just started thinking about the message I was giving my horse. She always believed me and we soon began looking for our own screeching owls so we could enjoy them.

Is my horse acting stupid? I bought him well trained.

Hey, there’s all kinds of reasons for a good horse to act stupid. Every instance is new, nothing is ever the same. First, I mean this for everyone, never trail ride with roping/racing reins. None of you. Those reins can get anyone in a heap of trouble to include getting hung on a branch, horse getting his leg through them to jerk on his poor mouth and even drownding him. Yeah, I’ve seen it almost happen to a very well broke horse who was pawing the water. Crazy girl (proud of her went in the water to unclip the rein. Nearly killed them both). Next ground tying should be done with split reins only. Now, as for the trailer thing, I’d also say you’re tying him too loose. Probably think you’re being nice, but he could have broken his neck or a leg or snapped the halter and run amok. No more than two feet, especially to a trailer. Yeah, if he’s a trained rope horse he’s more sensitive to ropes but what you described shouldn’t do it. I’d say, some time on a thinking tree for both of you. You bought a trained horse. But you didn’t train him. So you don’t know what he does or doesn’t know. He may not be trained to ground tie. Any horse will stand in the barn. He wanted his mama and saw you there. That means he trusts you. That is an honor you need to be worthy of. Then he stepped on the rein, jerked his mouth and it hurt so he tried to get away. NOW EVERYONE: Learn to stop and look around at the dangers to you and your horse. He’s really not that smart in the human world of ropes, traffic, being tied up, etc. You have to take care of him. He obviously wants to please, you just have some communication gaps. He’s no smarter than the average 3/4 year old human in our world. Teach him the ropes before he hurts himself of you accidently. It’ll be worth it.

Old Lady Rants

Hi y’all.

I’ve decided to post on a blog because I have a bad habit of giving advice.  I belong to several lists where people post horse problems and dog problems.  So there will be various and sundry opinions coming from me.  I’ll try not to delve into politics or religions but I will rail against what I consider criminal and scurrilous actions by politicians and government officials.  Mostly it will be common sense, I hope.  So welcome to my world of Old Lady Rants.