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It is...I take my time and use nothing in the beginning. Just slowly hair by hair I pull loose and as I go I comb out the loosen burrs. Once I am done I do put some cowboy magic on them...to braid up and keep them slick hopefully they will avoid getting to many in them after that. I just neglected the field horses over the last couple of months that they buried their heads in the burrs in the deep pastures.


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Sounds like a handful!?!?!?

Man! I have to use some Cowboy Magic on my horses manes! I think I need the gallon size!

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I brought in three more field horses....and have the fun of trying to get the burrs out of their mane and tail. My poor fingers are raw from previous horses. These three than I only have 4 more to bring in...and the barn will be full....the pastures empty, the holding areas ready for winter. So for now we are on track...slowly but surly is my motto this year.

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12/9/14 4:30 P

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Too muddy and too cold.... it is actually SanMorritz that has the Elvis look going!

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12/6/14 1:57 A

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Need to brush out the manes on the horses tomorrow. Reno our red roan got into some cockleburrs and now has either the Don King mane/do or unicorn look! emoticon

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Hi Maggie and Fanny, We have a Morgan at our Barn...in just two months she has become the alpha horse....she is Brutal towards some of the others but I swear she thinks she is human......she is the first to the gate, she licks you like a puppy, she will follow you around and watch training sessions with the other horses. A true Character for sure.

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OMG Fantastic Stories GLC I am sorry for your Loss, I am sure Your Revy will be missed....I cant imagine losing one of my babies :(

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4/21/14 6:50 P

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the horse i have now, bill, is a big doofus. he's getting better as he gets older, but, he often has gotten himself tangled up in something. fortunately he's calm about it.

his buddy, revy (passed now and dearly missed) was the one who took care of things. one time when i went to give them their morning feed, revy was standing in the corral with one leg held up pathetically. i went running to the gate and then i saw into the shelter to see bill tangled in a hay net and it was obvious he had been there for hours (lots of poop). so, i changed direction to cut bill out of the net. while doing that i felt a soft nose on my neck and turned to see revy, who was not lame at all, giving his approval of my helping bill. so, i think revy was trying to get someone's attention by looking injured as you couldn't see bill deep in the shadows of the shelter.

then the next summer i went out to see bill laying cast in the fence; all 4 feet through the wires. i was alone here and went into the barn for halter and ropes. i didn't know how i was going to get him out by myself, but, i kind of went on auto pilot gathering items that might help me. as i walked through the pasture towards them with my arms full, revy was nibbling and nuzzling bill. then, he grabbed bill by the back of the neck up toward his ears....and pulled. he dragged that 16 hh horse about 10 feet out of the fence to safety. bill jumped up and they both ran back kicked at the fence a few times and raced off, while i just stood there with my jaw on the ground. i caught bill, checked him over and except for the slight bite marks on either side if his crest, he was fine.
true story.

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4/19/14 7:45 A

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Fanny, I have a Morgan, and I learned to love them when I lived in Connecticut. Many of them are total goofballs with a great sense of humor!

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These are great stories! I love to read about horse "adventures". Thanks for sharing.

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4/16/14 5:42 P

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I used to take care of a funny Morgan horse named Wyatt (High Y Summer Storm). He was such a goof for attention. He craned his head out of his stall and twisted it sideways and flapped his lips to let you know he was ready for his hay.

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GLC2009- What a fantastic story...and that sounds like a really special bond you had with him!!



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MOMMA_2_THREE- What a naughty little pony, too funny!!! Thanks for sharing, and giving me a good laugh!

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GLC2009- What a fantastic story...and that sounds like a really special bond you had with him!!



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I got my first pony when I was 5. He doesn't get to be the star of this story, though. My mom's horse Felix does.

Because she got me the pony, mom got a horse. Mom had horses all her teen years. And not having any money she learned to ride the hardest horses of all.

So, she got Felix. Handsome horse, sturdy buckskin pinto with a unique personality. Originally, my mom got him from my Grandpa's farm. He was 4 years old and no one had ridden him because he had quite the buck. He was strong and athletic. They were discussing selling him to the stampede. My mom asked if she could train him, they said no, they didn't want to be responsible if she got hurt. They would sell her the horse though for $125 (This was '69). Anyway, they brought him down and unloaded him. No one had ever backed him. My mom (she was an adventurous 25 yr old) jumped on him bareback, with a halter and rode off. And, they had many adventures for several years.

But, no man, i mean no man (and some women), could ever ride that horse. He could buck with the best of them. I was only allowed to ride him in the corral occassionally. When I was about 11, Mom returned him to the farm because she returned to school and couldn't afford or have time for him.

No one rode him at the farm. There was a neighbor girl who fell in love with him, but, he would buck her off every time. All her siblings could ride him, but, not her.

When I was about 14, I was outgrowing my beloved pony and I missed and loved Felix so. I asked my mom if we could get him back. She tried to talk me out of it, because he was a handful of horse. But, in the best teenage tradition, I begged until she gave in.

Over the years, he had turned into a fat tub of goo. My great grandmother believed farm animals should be fat! (they raised beef cattle, but, still?)

I brought him home and I worked him out. Up and down hills. Miles of trails. He got in shape.

Of course, he kept me in shape too. He would always be hard to catch. I had to walk across acres of pasture, then get to the herd with my bucket of oats and halter and he would lead me round and round the herd, til I would slump down and cry............Okay, I give up!! I can't take it anymore!! Then I would feel his soft nose on me and it seemed like he was going, "I'm sorry, I was just having fun, I didn't mean to make you cry/"

He turned out to be an Olympic high jumper and no fences could keep him in. He went whereever he wanted. At one point he fell in love with a little arab mare. He would hop the fence everytime they went for a ride and follow along for the whole trip. Which was especially funny, because they also had a goat that followed along, too!

He continued to be fussy about who rode him and let me tell you, no one rode his bucks. But, he never bucked with me, never ran away. Always felt like potential dynamite between my legs cuz he was full of energy and usually pranced rather than walked, but, other than normal falls on a few occassions (jumping, gymkhana, kids roughhousing), I think he kept me very safe for many years.

I have loved other horses, but, this guy was absolutely stunning in every way to me. Beauty, athleticism, personality. All teenagers dream of a horse that only they can ride, don't they? He sure made me feel like the cat's meow when I rode him.

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My in-laws live 2 miles down the road from us and they have a minuture named Paddywack. Paddy is a holy terror. He is the smallest little monster you eery met and I can guarantee any mischief that happens around their house and horses can somehow be linked to Paddy.

This summer, my husband went down to their house to do something and he was met by his mom on the road. Apparently all of their horses had gotten out and were happily trotting down the road. Thankfully we lived in a rural area and critters on the road are not uncommon. Anyway it turns out that Paddy had opened the gate...he managed to get himself between posts and moved the wire up and down enough it came loose. Out he went and he took everyone else with him. So they chased them down and ran them back home with Paddy in the lead the whole way....LEADing 3 horses all over 15 hands and 2 percherons!! His little legs were moving super fast but he was NOT going to be in the back of the pack!

Then, at least twice a week we have to get him out of the pasture across the road where the neighbors have 3 of their stallions. You would think the studs would chase him off but last time I went to go get him, I offered (bribed) him some treats and one stud came to investigate and Paddy chased him off!

He routinely goes into "solitary confinement" aka the arena, because he cant be trusted in the pastures. Last week we found a hole in the area wire where he has been escaping. Unfortunately it was found because one of the other horses got his leg tangled up in what was left of the fence.

He pulls a cart for the older grandkids and when he thinks he should be done, he makes a run for the trees where he knows he cant turn around and they have to get off and back him out....then he takes off without them. Straight back to the barn. After the walk back the kiddos are done with him. He is the smartest little terror I have ever met and he is only 7!

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My Arabian mare,Zahra, is always looking for something new to explore. Today when I put her out in her day pen I had put a new cone out there. Hmmm wonder what this is ? She proceeded to lippy it and knock it over then stand it up - did that for a while - then had to pick it up and move it around. She had a good time with that for quite a while. I had to leave and get to work- she was having fun when I left. When I came back for her later in the day she looked like she was wearing orange lipstick and she was quite pleased with herself.

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2/21/10 1:46 P

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We had this Arabian gelding when I was younger named Riley - and he is still the smartest horse I've ever known. We had to get a length of wire in a loop for the fence - tie it shut, and then get the wire on it because he loved to untie the fence. All the other horses would be out eating, but he'd stand and wait by the fence for you to tie it up for him again!

He stole my mom's truck keys once off the fence post, and went trotting off shaking them up and down because he liked the noise.

But my very favorite was when we left a rag on the fence, and he had taken it in his mouth, and he'd go dip it in the trough and then go snap it at the others so they'd run so he could chase them. He really was the funniest horse I've ever had.

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2/10/10 5:36 A

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I used to have a bay quarter horse gelding, Gus, who was rather intelligent. We never knew what he'd be up to.
You always had to keep an eye on your tools if you were fixing fence, 'cause he'd walk off with him. I thought my dad was going to kill him the day he took the cordless drill to the other end of the pasture. One day he tried to walk off with a sledge hammer, but he couldn't quite pick it up with his teeth.
I used to "rent" him out at jack pots. I'd pay my entry fees this way. My rule was they all used my saddle. This one roper Steve had him, and decided that my flank strap wasn't wide enough or tight enough, so he changed it. My dad warned him that wasn't a good idea, and he said it'd be fine. In the heel box they go, and Gus starts giving him trouble. He's stood fine for every other run, but not this one. Then he starts with 360's, and as the steer's let out he's bucking down the pen, stops just as the header turns left, and gives Steve a perfect shot. Which for some reason Steve missed.. emoticon All of the spectators were laughing, most of them knew what had happened, as my mom and husband had commented about the tack change. He handed me my horse back, and took back his flank strap. Other ropers razzed him about how the horse gave him a good shot, after making him look like a fool.
Gus has been gone for 4 years now, and I admit I am not over his loss, even though I've replaced him. I don't think I've been to a jackpot since, when someone hasn't commented about "my old bay horse." He did pass on some of his bad habits to my dad's paint horse, whom we purchased as a baby and grew up with Gus.

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That's hilarious! My gelding is my soul mate. Don't get me wrong, I love my fianc, but Buster is forever my baby. Anyhow, when it comes to having other horses around, he's a jerk. When my then boyfriend and I moved out to the rural part of the county, we acquired 2 other horses. One was a paint that we found for my boyfriend, the other was a Thoroughbred gelding that my mom's neighbor acquired from her father in law, who races horses. So the Thoroughbred (Waldo) needed a new home because he needed lots of work and our neighbor just didn't have time to do it. The paint(Spur) got along with everyone. He's perfectly happy being the low horse on the totem pole. Buster pushes him around as he has with every other horse he's ever been put in with, but Waldo...Waldo will have none of that. Buster and Waldo had their arguments, but in the end, dear, darling Buster had to take second stall to Waldo. I think its kinda funny that poor Buster, who has spent 17 years putting other horses in their place, has now been put in his. He pouts some, but I think he's come to terms with it all.

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I have an older mare - 23 - that I'm certain is going to die angry. She just appears pissed off much of the time. She was alone for most of her life and then I began adding horses to the herd here and she has never gotten over it. Of course she is the alpha mare and probably will be until the end.

Anyway, I once had a yearling here and we were trying to figure out which stall to put him in and we decided to put him next to her as opposed to a new mare next to her. Well, she would make this really ugly face with her ears pinned and her teeth out that was just awful. So this yearling had one of those big 'ol muck buckets in his stall with the 2 handles. He picked that up in his mouth by one handle and swung it back and forth several times and then heaved it right at her and hit her in the nose. It is the only horse that ever got her respect. From then on he could chew on her tail if he wanted to. It was hilarious. Wish I had a video.

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This past October a bunch of us went to the Smokey Mountains to ride for 3 days, one day while we were riding we had stoped to take a break and one of the guys would always hobble his horse while we all talked and looked around, we were about 5 miles from camp when the horse decieded to go back to camp it was a funny site to see him hopping down the road, which we were all standing there laughing at him, luckly there were 2 women that were hiking about 1/2 mile down the road that had caught the horse, I know it wasn't funny to him but we got a pretty good laugh out of it

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I've always known I was stubborn, but I finally got official confirmation when I was a senior in high school.

We were in a horse show, doing an obstacle course. We got to the obstacle with the 3 barrels, close together, that you have to back thru in a pattern. Usually, my horse, Nugget, would do those with no problem, but this particular day, he stubbornly decided "Not doing it!"

I worked with him for a minute or so & the judge said "If he won't do it, you can just go to the next obstacle."

I responded "Oh...no...he's *going* to do it" and kept working with him. Finally...I won & he did what he was supposed to do.

I got the blue ribbon & the judge told me "I've never seen a teenager outstubborn a horse. Not only did you stay calm & not yell at him or hit him like most kids your age would do, but you actually got him to do what you wanted! I really thought you were fighting a lost cause! That's why you won that ribbon."

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A while back I had a little palomino filly who was a character. She used to raid the back of my pick up (looking cute-guilty when she was caught of course.)

Once she found a broom back there, picked it up by the sweeping end in her mouth and hauled it down the road about 1/10 mile.

Silly Crissy.

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Oh I can relate! Glad nothing broke! Take it easy.

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Hit the dirt last night, not too fun but glad nothing is broken. emoticon

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I went to Arizona to visit my mom last week. My husband called me and asked if I shut Shy in his stall for the day. I answered no why? He said all the doors were shut and the heavy roller door to the turn out was closed. So he opened it all up and the next morning he was shut in his stall again. SO he opened it up and started cleaning the barn, the boys were eating, (Shy woofs his food down but Preacher eats so slow really enjoying each bite) when my husband watched Preacher come out of his stall and pushed the roller door shut and started to unhook the latch to the other door to Shy's stall. Preacher has decided to shut Shy in his stall so Shy won't steal any more of his food... scary smart!

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I have lots of stories about Hunni.
This one's short.
My trainer and I had been working on lunging her when since was 8mo. She got good at vocal commands from people on the ground.
She knew "whoah"
She knew "cluck" (faster)
She knew "smooch" (faster darn you! aka Lope)
She knew "mmm" (slow down a bit. oh crap don't stop! ugh!)
When she was about 2 years old, I had been on her a few times. We had finally re-learned "smooch". (she had re-learned "whoah" after all of 3 min, the lazy baby)

So we were loping at a nice almost not loping speed (did I mention she's lazy?) when my trainer asked me a question. I said "yes" and nearly came off over Hunni's head. Apparently talking at all from her back meant "STOP NOW OR ELSE", or at least was a good excuse to do so in her book.
That took a while to un-learn.
Silly babies.

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My horse Teddy is like a big dog with me. He follows me around and likes to have his belly scratched. This morning when I went out to the barn I drove by the pasture as I was leaving and called him. He was eating but still decided to come up and say hello. After patting his nose I jumped back in my truck to head out, and he galloped all the way down the fence line beside my truck as I was leaving. Apparently he even recognizes my truck now :D

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It's fun to watch them steal such unlikely items while their Jolly Ball lies there ignored. LOL just like babies that like the boxes better then the toys.


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I love to watch our horses pull funny tricks on each other or on DH. Yesterday he was working in the pens and fixing panels so they wouldn't come apart. The two year old decided she wanted some of the action and did her best to pull the pliers out of his back pocket. Too funny. The yearling picked up the hammer and carried it to the middle of her pen just wanting someone to let her "help" with the fence. They are such riots.

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D.O.G. even picked up a deer head from the back of my truck... it was my son's first buck (yes, in Wyoming we hunt.) It was comical...she went trotting across the yard just like a puppy with a trophy.

Only when we quit trying have we truly failed.


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That's hilarious! I have a horse that likes to pick up everything in her mouth and throw things across the yard also. So funny to watch!

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We have a mustang named D.O.G. pronounced by saying the letters. She doesn't really know that she is a horse. One day one of my girls had a flag that broke off their bikes. I thought it would make a good training aid and took it to the corral. My daughter's horse that is a reliable steady mare was scared to death and would not accept it no matter how much I tried. My mare accepted it with a little coaxing but D.O.G. was all over it. Biting it, trying to take it and everything. So we played with it a while then I put it up and left. The next day when I went to the corral it was back in and all chewed! I have visions of D.O.G. chasing my daughter's horse round and round, laughing. It would be just like her.

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We had quite the hair-raising incident today when I tied my 4yo gelding to a panel of our corral. He had been tied there before with no problem, and I needed a free hand to help my daughter tighten the saddle on her horse. After he bent his head down to graze, he raised up but got the lead rope caught over his head. He spooked and took TWO WHOLE panels of the corral with him as he flew around our field! He headed straight toward the road, but turned, ran into the electric fence on the other side of the pasture, and then got a front and hind leg stuck in it near the barn and came to a stop. Tears came to my eyes as I ran towards him, thinking he had broken a leg (he fell on his butt as the two legs were stuck very close together). After we got him calmed down and cut the lead rope with a knife (I DID use a safety knot, really!), we removed him from the panels and he wasn't hurt one bit! No cuts, scrapes, swellings, and no limp. I could not believe it. About an hour later I took him back out to the round pen to watch him move and everything seems fine (even rode for about 10 minutes). Whew! His previous owner called him a "boob" which I thought was a strange description, but this isn't the first predicament he got himself into!!

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It is really amazing how much they inherit from their dam or sire. emoticon

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What a sweet story! I so wish I had a horse of my own to love.

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Upon weaning Smarty and Dunit at 4 month they became stall mates. We installed a foal creep feeder in addition to the standard feeder in the stall. This addition was to allow both the boys their own feeding station. Smarty adopted the creep feeder, much to my chagrin, due to all the banging racket he made while feeding. We just learned to deal with his noise making after many trips to the boys stall hoping to stop the constant racket. Of course Smarty stopped doing whatever it was and would greet us at the door.
However one evening while checking waters in the boys paddock we had a clear view of the inside of the stall and the two boys eating. Now we saw Smarty take his front knee and bang the creep feeder, bang, bang band, this jiggled hes mare and foal pellets to the center where the bars were wide set. How smart he was to figure that he could move the feed to the center and never have to lift his little face, to do so would interrupt his eating. I was relaying the story to our trainer and he told me how when he was training and showing Smartys sire, Smart Shinner, he would bang his feeder while eating his supplements as not to have to miss a beat eating. Like father, like son.


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I know you were horrified... But that story is too funny.... I can just see it as you described it.... I too have had some of those kind of hair raising experiences.... Thanks for sharing... emoticon

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As a child my mother wanted to put me in 4h. We lived on a race horse breeding facility run by my grandparents and we weren't allowed to have many horses of our own, my mom had a 22 year old mare that no one wanted and she was able to get a couple babies out of it. One of those babies turned into a AAA race horse and as a 3 year old started to have spurs in his joints. So my mom took him off the track and gave him to me to be my 4h horse at the age of 11.

He was an absolute monster. One of those extrovert reactive types on the Parelli scale, and full of testosterone, spook, fight and flight. I did the best I could to ride him. My mom and I were riding on dirt roads miles away from our house having lunged the beast beforehand thinking everything was fine. It was until we encountered some donkeys. Being inexperienced I let him sniff noses with a donkey over a fence. He was having a good time until the donkey popped it's ears up and brayed, the horse thought it was an outerspace horse trying to eat him at that point and bolted top speed, jumped over some rail road tracks, weaved down the road from side to side everytime a bird flew up, I had bugs in my teeth and was blinded by the wind, cheeks flapping from the g-forces, trying unsuccessfully to perform a one reined stop, I was not strong enough to bend his neck. A few miles down the road he was at a trot, I was trying to turn him around and get him stopped, my cinch was loose at this point and he felt that, a bird flew up and he weaved and started up again until my saddle turned and I came off, saddle came off about 1/4 mile away. My mom was miles behind because the horse she was riding was one of those horses that turned into a puffed up statue when it was afraid, and being left alone turned him into a stone mass of fur that wouldn't even walk fast. I got to carry my saddle home and find my race horse in the barn with his friends eating up some hay.

Recently, my mom and I have gotten back into the horse hobby, the race horses are gone and we've been able to get some wonderful reining horses and a really smart little pony. One day my mom's little two year old and the pony were missing, we were quite upset. We noticed the trash can knocked over in the barn, apparently the pony let herself and the 2 year old filly out and drove the filly into the barn. They were standing in the aisle with a guilty look on their face, the pony blocking the entrance so her little friend wasn't allowed to leave. I've never had a more willful animal then my daughter's pony, she does anything she can to get her way.

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Wow Lisa, I hate to hear about your arm & hand... Take care of yourself... Me thinks your horsey in for few lessons.... emoticon


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I agree I would have had a very polite horse and would have always gone over the jumps first HEAD OVER HEELS!!! emoticon

Besides I am a western girl (ok old(er) overweight woman) - trail rides - arena exercises - barrel racing (can chasing) - working cattle - hunting - so we only jump if there is a big log in the way or a barrel fell over (5 pt penalty)

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I have a story to share from yesterday. Dakota, my big ol' gelding likes to crowd me and use me as a scratching post. So I picked up a new dressage whip to work on this. After a few walks yesterday morning before going to our trail ride, and me tapping his chest and nose when he crowded me, he was doing great.

Later, after our ride and when we were back at the barn, I took him to the hitching post so I could worm him. As I was tying him, he wacked me in the back of the elbow with his big head and jammed my hand into the post. There was a loud cracking sound and I thought for a paniced moment he broke my arm. After the initial shock and pain, I could tell nothing was broken. This morning I have a huge purple goose egg on the back of my elbow and my hand hurts and is swollen.

Guess who has more personal space schooling this week!!??
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Dusty was a rangy buckskin from Montana, she always chose really dusty places to roll. I went trail riding with her. Rode right into a pond with her. That was fine but then, she drops like a rock and starts to roll, I called her MUD-DY for a week.

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That made me laugh.... That is one of the reasons I never wanted to jump... I knew I would have a polite horse that would let me go first..... emoticon

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I've got a story for ya...
I was showing novice at a farm near Aiken South Carolina many years ago. It was a bad weekend all the way around, I fell into the oxer warming up. Yup, landed smack in the middle of it. Gets better though, once I get out to the show jumping course, everything is going along as well as can be expected. When my horse dropped his right shoulder and dummy me followed it right on down. Landing at his feet, he walks off and starts grazing. I am laying there, telling him that he is in big trouble. The audience can hear me due to the fine acoustics of the arena, they just start laughing at me while I get up and catch my horse who has nice green slobber from the yummy grass.

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I rode every step with you..... Sometimes they just have to try the Alpha thing.....

Glad it all ended well.... emoticon

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Glad you are ok!!!!!!!!!!!

Yep occasionally those darn horses just have to be reminded NOW IS NOT THE TIME TO EAT!!!!!!!

And occasionally I find myself going back to very basic drills with CJ, Kobe and Waylen. Jez is still learning so they are all basic but Cj is a highly trained horse and he still needs a reminder now and again

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I have a more recent story to share. I haven't been riding too much lately. I just had a baby in june, so I've only been riding once or twice a week. My horse, Tony is usually great about behaving after time off, but this summer he has been a little spunky. I took him out for a trail ride last sunday. The grass is very high in the fields and really just too hard to resist. Every 2 or 3 minutes, Tony was yanking the reins out of my hands to grab a bite. I decided to trot the rest of the field to take his mind off the grass and slowed back down to a walk to turn into the woods about 20 yards ahead. I figured he would be calmer in the woods and less distracted by the grass. About half way to the trail, Tony yanks the reins out of my hands and I lean foward to pick them back up and KA-BOOM! From a complete standstill, he catapults me about 2 feet above my dressage saddle (which I put on for a little extra security with a deep seat) and I land on my head (thank God I was wearing a helmet)and get the wind knocked out of me. I lay there trying to get my breath back, thinking "Oh $&*%!, I forgot my cell phone". Tony didn't even take a step. He just put his big head down to eat. I'm not young enough to take it personally anymore either, BUT I DID! I actually cried. (hormones, I guess!)I walked about half way home until my chest stopped hurting, then I found a log to stand on to mount back up. I made Tony do leg yields and shoulder ins the entire way home. So much for a relaxing trail ride...and yes it still hurts.

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Thanks...

Yes, adrenaline and natural endorphins did kick in but the bigest factor was pride,ego and not to be beaten by getting dumped.... Some times my desire to just do over rules everything else....

Chat is like sand/fine gravel.. In the south we also call it Pitgravel.

We use TIE instead of PIN.... Tie her down is to give less than blue, or what ever the ribbon...or out of the money. emoticon

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CM, you are AMAZING!!!! I guess adrenaline and natural endorphins are quite the painkillers!

Love that story.

BTW, what is a "chat" and I have never heard the expression "tie" your horse down - he meant not place her?

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Great stories, love it.

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ROFLMAO

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I have a dirt story....

In the mid '90's I had a wonderful 3 year old Park/Pleasure prospect... She is big and very mature at 3... My trainer showed her two times, she is wonderful and he wants me to start showing her. I do and the first time I get to show her against the professionals in a Park Pleasure class for 4 year olds... Well we win out of 10 and I am riding high... The next show is in Asheville, NC, a month later. It has been hot at home and we go to the mountains. It is 20 decrees cooler and it just made you feel so good to get out of the 90 degree heat....

I get dressed all up in my traditional, custom made, navy 3 piece habit. Navy derby all brushed up and clean... I am looking good... I get a leg up on this 16 hand mare and go to the warm up area... I notice that she has her back up just a bit but I just know she will be fine once we warm up... We get to doing a little slow trot and she gets more and more tense. My trainer says okay step her up. We did and the chat got to hitting her in the belly and we got airborne. About that time some one cracks a whip and we go more airborn..... Of course after having a horse fall over backwards in the 80's with me, I give her the bridle.... Big mistake... The next leap and turn I am on the ground like a yard dart.... I'm laying on the ground I look up and my trainer and he is white as a sheet.... Looking down asking "Are you alright girl?" Well I can't breathe so I can't say a word, a lady is trying to get my tie off and shirt open and saying lay still... By this time I am trying to get up. I am not being carried off on a stretcher..... I do finally get up and convince everyone that I am ok just hurt a little on the arm and hand but that will be okay.... It took 7 people to catch the mare. She had a grand time. I got back on her got fixed and it was time to go through the gates... We proceeded to win that class too... After we get the picture made in the presentation I turn the mare to make our victory lap but the judge stops me and says. "Lady you are riding a very nice horse and I hated to tie her down, but do not ever show another horse to me with a dirty hat and suit".... emoticon
I just laughed all the way out of the arena......

I laughed again when I went to the emergency room and found I had a broken hand and arm.... I never have like showing at that horse show since...... emoticon

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Been riding for 40+ years - barrel raced as a teenager - and I have come to respect the stops and turns - because I am well aware that at 50+ when I come off I don't tend to hop right back up - I tend to lay there in a big divot in the ground and pray for someone to just throw dirt over the shallow grave I have dug through the laws of physics. Then I get up - generally groan a lot - do a self assessment and get back on. I will tell you I have yet to come off C.J. (notice I didn't say never emoticon ) because I am sure I will some day.)

This is a great thread - I have always thought it would be so very cool to gather a group like this and share a ga-zillion stories and create a book of Horse Tails told by those of us who have been around the barn for awhile and could share those first pony rides through riding as an older rider - rediscovering horses after kids - etc. etc etc. No I am not mining your stories for a book - still working on marketing my first book!

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Great Story EQUUS.... Been there Done that.... emoticon It away was about the sudden stops, turns, and leaps that get ya every time... They still get me.... after 50+ years of riding... emoticon

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Awesome story. I guess you wouldn't like my QH, she's a strawberry roan and a cow pony to boot , but she's sweet and loves to give hugs. Has a southern belle attitude, likes pull scrunchies from your hair.... You may be on to something with strawberry roans lol. emoticon

This is a great thread...

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THe first time I ever rode a horse by myself I was 11 years old. I had been on a pony ride or two but never on the back of a real live horse.

My mother had remarried and her new in laws lived in Indiana (my grandfather was one of the foundation breeders of the Doc Bar line). My grandfathers barn also had boarded horses which he was allowed to exercise. I went to Indiana to the farm for the first time about 30 days after my mother and step-father had married. We had moved from Alabama to Maryland and now I was in Indiana in January. It was freezing.

So all bundled the first morning we were there - my new grandfather took me out to the barn to show me the horses. OMG I was in little girl heaven - he had a herd of about 30 horses. The first thing he did was give me a horse - holy cow a horse of my own a little bay morgan cross gelding named Little Joe. But I had to learn to ride first since Little Joe was still a little green around the edges.

He pulled out a strawberry roan mare named Sparkle. He saddled and outside we went to the paddock.

Everyone was gathered at the opposite end so he helped me mount up and led me to the other end. Then he told me to take her around (mind you I wasn't real clear on all the cueing - guiding - balance stuff)(and he was one of those throw in the deep end to learn to swim kind of guys) So he turned her loose. Told me to kick - I did - nothing - told me kick again - I did nothing. Then he slapped her on the rear and suddenly this half asleep somewhat cranky medium sized mare became Secretariat - SeaBiscuit - Man O' War and we flew to the other end of the arena. To my credit I held on stayed on until........ She stopped and turned like the good cow pony she was went we reached the closed barn door. I flew off and hit the door and slid to the ground like Wiley Coyote off many of his Acme Co. failures. And I was in love - let me back on - how long can I ride !!!!!! Although I have to admit I still don't like strawberry roans much

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PRYZYM Thanks for sharing. I really enjoyed your friend Cherrokee's story.

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Great story.... PRYSYM.... Thanks for sharing...

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I'll try, not very good with story telling. The Ap I had when I was a teenager was sooo laid back. Spooked was not part of his vocabulary or demeanor.
I could and did on many a summer afternoon lay on his back and watch the clouds as he grazed. No tack, just me and him. So one day I get the bright idea to take him to the fields, right next to the turn out. No biggie. We also had a Tennessee Walker mare then, beautiful and her favorite direction was backwards lol. You know, rear view mirrors to ride : )
So I take Cherrokee (my blue eyed and not blind Ap who came with the name) out, bring him over to a low wall so I can climb on his back and all is well. We're riding, my hand twisted in his mane and it's awesome. He very much appreciated not having metal in his mouth and saddles on his back. Just one of the best rides we'd ever had. I'd know him for 5 years before he was mine and thought I knew him well. Until the mare was out of his sight... Then I met a different Cherrokee, one who I'd never seen sight of before. Well, I stayed on him through the first 2 rears he did. Even through the bucking temper tantrum he threw, but the final rearing after the bucking I slid right down his back over his arse and onto mine. He turns and looks down at me like, "What are you doing down there?" I wasn't hurt, but young enough to take it personally. I was thinking, why did you do that to me Cherr? I thought we were friends. Then he decided to play keep away. He always liked this game, seeing the stupid two leggers try to catch him when he was in a playful mood. Ugh! Going through soybean fields is tricky, but not to bad, when he entered the corn field it was not fun. A neighbor came and helped me, but by that time Cherr had tired of his game, came over to me, nudged my back and lead ME back to the turn out. He was THE COOLEST HORSE I've EVER had the pleasure to know.

The End. emoticon

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That was great..... emoticon

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Dolly and the Bi-Centennial Parade
I always road the trails with Dolly, She was half Mustang/Arab. We never had a reason to go on the road. dolly realy like the hills, and this was her first parade. She is doing a nice very collected trot and she puts on the brakes and stops suddenly. I look over her shoulder to see what she's looking at. The street was freshly painted with "STOP" and I said "She can read!" Sure cracked up the bystanders

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Greetings Team... I thought this might give us a place for a common thread to share some of our amusing stories about our favorite subject..... HORSES..... Enjoy... emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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