The Tale of Two Laddies

Written by Robert J. McLardie

The Tale of Two Laddies by: Robert J. McLardie Bob McLardie has worked for over thirty years with countless horses and their owners to repair relationships, calm fears, nurture and protect and above all else bring owners to a new understanding of their horses. He brings to you "The Cornerstone Approach – A Revolution in Horsemanship". The Tale of Two Laddies is a story aboutrepparttar challenges and obstacles that every human being and creature face throughout life and living. The two laddies in my life brought me to a greater understanding and depth ofrepparttar 136920 words "never give up". As a horse trainer, coach and farrier, I have hadrepparttar 136921 opportunity to meet many great people and horses. I first met Laddie while I was working on a little Arab at a 450 acre ranch in Northern B.C. There was another horse onrepparttar 136922 ranch named Laddie. He was a 10 year old appaloosa gelding and he had been running wild for 8 years onrepparttar 136923 ranch. Apparently as a 2 year old Laddie had been tied to what someone had thought was a secure object but Laddie had managed to pull and drag that object. The result was a broken halter and Laddie running off. Forrepparttar 136924 next 8 years Laddie had no human contact, therefore no halter on, hooves not trimmed, unlimited feeding withrepparttar 136925 cattle and unlimited pasture which led to him being severely foundered. I learned later that Laddie had been put into a log corral and in trying to catch him that Laddie had reared up and dropped his body onrepparttar 136926 top log and it broke. Laddie was then able to scramble overrepparttar 136927 logs and was free again. I askedrepparttar 136928 owner if I could take onrepparttar 136929 challenge of repairing Laddie's foundered feet as well as training him to be ridden withrepparttar 136930 objective of saving his life and finding him a new home. Laddie was so sore that at times he would lie down and eat by pulling himself in a circle to eatrepparttar 136931 grass where he was laying. I was surprised that he had not been attacked and killed byrepparttar 136932 large pack of wolves that were known to travel and take calves from this ranch. An agreement was made betweenrepparttar 136933 owner and I for me to pick up Laddie on a Sunday afternoon. I thoughtrepparttar 136934 owner would have him in a corral or fenced area waiting for us. When my son and I arrived he was welding some farm equipment and I asked him where Laddie was, he pointed torepparttar 136935 large whit butt that could be seen overrepparttar 136936 rise onrepparttar 136937 distant hillside. Although disappointed, I thought that catching Laddie would not pose a great challenge I told my son it wouldn't take long! After all Laddie had sore feet. We set off with a lead rope and halter in hand. Unknown to me was Laddie's in-depth knowledge of this 450 acres and his great desire not to be caught! Laddie knew every nook and cranny, every cow trail intorepparttar 136938 bush and pasture, and allrepparttar 136939 ways to evade capture. He would hide behind groups of cows and calves and as we got close he would scatterrepparttar 136940 cows. He would hide in small groves of trees, deadfall, brush and brambles. Laddie seemed just like a moose, he was that comfortable inrepparttar 136941 wilderness. It was hard to imagine that with his feet in such bad condition that he could continue to walk. After 2 ½ hours we were close torepparttar 136942 house and close to giving up so I went in to talk torepparttar 136943 owner. We needed to get Laddie into a smaller area. The cows were used to coming for grain so we gotrepparttar 136944 grain andrepparttar 136945 cows,repparttar 136946 2000 lb. Bull named Harcourt, 2 huge sows, and 2 goats heading forrepparttar 136947 corral. Cam and I were part ofrepparttar 136948 herd as well,repparttar 136949 corral was full. The owner controlledrepparttar 136950 gate asrepparttar 136951 last ofrepparttar 136952 animals went in. We pouredrepparttar 136953 grain onrepparttar 136954 ground to getrepparttar 136955 animals settled and we startedrepparttar 136956 process of cutting out cows and calves. It was easier to walk up and patrepparttar 136957 2000 lb. Bull, Harcourt onrepparttar 136958 head than it was to get close to Laddie. Laddie was extremely anxious and agitated and had fear written all over his face. Our idea was to cut outrepparttar 136959 cows, calves, pigs and goats, keep things calm and capture Laddie. We gotrepparttar 136960 majority ofrepparttar 136961 cows and calves out, then Harcourt,repparttar 136962 pigs andrepparttar 136963 goats. There were a few Herefords left and Laddie. In trying to approach Laddie he again reared up trying to clearrepparttar 136964 log corral, but with fatigue and soreness it prevented his attempt to flee. This was our opportunity! With a bucket of grain my son approached Laddie's head. This gave me a chance to move towards Laddie's shoulder so I could stroke his withers and neck and put a halter on. Cam and I breathed a sigh of relief, this wasrepparttar 136965 first time in 8 years he had had a halter on! Withrepparttar 136966 lead shank andrepparttar 136967 halter on I moved him around inrepparttar 136968 corral for a few minutes. What were amazing were that after all those hours of following behind him, Laddie now just acceptedrepparttar 136969 halter andrepparttar 136970 lead shank and followed me willingly. It was now a mile and a half walk to get Laddie to my training facility. On my way home I have to go byrepparttar 136971 farm of an old local cowboy, John. He used to break horses inrepparttar 136972 style of his father. He was sitting on his front porch and could see me walking downrepparttar 136973 road towards him. He was an old friend of Laddie's owner and had been inrepparttar 136974 corral onrepparttar 136975 first occasion when Laddie had broken free. John couldn't help himself, he came downrepparttar 136976 driveway to meet me. He asked me in amazement if that was old Laddie and how on earth die I catch him. Without going into great detail I said it took hours of walking. John looked at Laddie's feet and recognizing how badly foundered he was told me that I would never be able to repair them and what was I going to do withrepparttar 136977 horse anyway? I told him that I was pretty confident that I could fix his feet and that I was going to train him and ride him. John looked at me and said, "You'll never do it. Laddie's too old, you can't teach an old dog new tricks! You're crazy!" I said, "Just hive me a couple of months and you can come over withrepparttar 136978 owner and have coffee while I ride Laddie." When I got Laddie home I bathed him withrepparttar 136979 garden hose and cleanedrepparttar 136980 dirt and sweat from his body. He seemed to really enjoyrepparttar 136981 bath and drank water directly fromrepparttar 136982 end ofrepparttar 136983 hose. We measured and photographed his feet at this time. His feet were over 6 ½" (they should be about 3 ¼") andrepparttar 136984 size of dinner plates. They were flared and very misshapen. It was quite remarkable that his legs and tendons had been able to take allrepparttar 136985 abuse with allrepparttar 136986 years of not being trimmed. He is a remarkable example ofrepparttar 136987 will to survive! I bedded him in deep shavings inrepparttar 136988 barn. This was another first forrepparttar 136989 old gelding. After 3 days of rest I led him torepparttar 136990 60 foot round pen to trim his feet. All four feet were foundered and extensive abscesses and large amounts of torn tissue. The toes on all four feet were squared off and large amounts ofrepparttar 136991 flaring were removed. As much heel as possible was left on all four feet. These trimming techniques are used to aid in making a horse more comfortable and to removerepparttar 136992 stresses fromrepparttar 136993 tendons. It also allowsrepparttar 136994 horse to break overrepparttar 136995 toe ofrepparttar 136996 foot withrepparttar 136997 least amount of stress. (It took a year of trimming and dieting to get his feet to normal shape and condition.) Although I am familiar with heart bar shoes, it was decided that I would continue to trim his feet and work him inrepparttar 136998 soft ground inrepparttar 136999 round pen. After a couple more days of rest inrepparttar 137000 barn it was back torepparttar 137001 round pen to teach himrepparttar 137002 basics. Without being restrained he was saddled and bridled on this day and taught to go right and left, walk on, trot and canter. Laddie had a big soft kind eye. He was so full of try and his kindness showed as he always gave 100% in whatever I asked him to try.

Outdoor Gear For Your Favorite Activities

Written by Corby Morris

If you loverepparttar great outdoors, then you know that there are many activities out there for you to enjoy. Of course, you probably also know that for each outdoor adventure, you will need different kinds of gear. What gear will you need for your next excursion? It is vital to be prepared withrepparttar 136886 proper equipment. If you don’t know exactly what gear you will need, here is a look at what will be necessary for your future journeys.

Are you into camping? There are a lot of items you’ll need to haverepparttar 136887 best camping experience possible. It goes without saying that a tent will be on your list, but there are more things to remember than that. A cooler for food supplies, backpacks, sleeping bags (the thickness you will need depends onrepparttar 136888 weather conditions), camping furniture such as chairs and cots, cookware and utensils, and lamps are things you shouldn’t forget to take with you. When you are thinking about what tent to buy, take into account how often you will be using it. Where are you going to take it? What can you afford? There is a huge selection of tents to choose from, so make surerepparttar 136889 tent you get isrepparttar 136890 one that is right for you.

Climbing is a daring sport forrepparttar 136891 bravest outdoor enthusiast. Be sure you don’t try it withoutrepparttar 136892 right equipment! Ropes, cords, slings, harnesses, helmets, rock climbing shoes and boots to make your climb easier, backpacks and clothing suitable for climbing are some ofrepparttar 136893 things you’ll need. There are several kinds of harnesses to look at, so think about your climbing style to determinerepparttar 136894 best kind for you. Test your harness to assurerepparttar 136895 best fit before you buy. You should also find specialty shoes that will give yourepparttar 136896 friction and focus you need as you climb.

Is cycling more of your thing? Your bike isn’trepparttar 136897 only thing you will need. Helmets, backpacks, water bottles, and gloves are some ofrepparttar 136898 items you’ll want to have with you. You could also benefit from clothes made specifically for cycling. So how do you choose a bicycle, anyway? It depends on your style of biking. Where do you bike? How important is comfort to you? What size of bike do you need? Are you going to ride it on a rugged trail or on a paved road? Ask yourself these questions when shopping.

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