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5/30/12 1:35 P

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I loved yalls posts!! They were so funny! Arent horses amazing! They are each so different and have some of the funniest personalities. :) emoticon

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4/12/12 2:37 P

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OMG -- your stories are hysterical! I will have to think of some of my favorites to share, but no time right now. These animals are truly amazing! emoticon

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4/5/12 1:49 A

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well, i'm pretty sure you have to share that video now that you've described it. make a blog, come on.
that was one of my deals with bill and why his legs were tangled in the hay net to begin with. he like to climb into the mangers. only 2 feet though. i had no idea a horse would climb into the manger.

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Very cute story, see we all have them. They have the ability to amaze us.

This is another one about my granddaughter’s horse PENNY. He loves playing. He takes the cones and we find them all over the yard. If he gets into where the jumps are we find them all over the place. He will pick up wood and sling it with his head. I have literally given up on some of the cones…I just leave them for the horses to play with. He tosses them at other horses trying to get their attention. I thing he acquired the love of objects because he was stalled for months while recovering from foundering.

But, what really makes me laugh and everyone that has a chance to see it…is the fact that he loves splashing and playing in water. He loves puddles, the pond and of course the lake where he can swim. When he is locked off from any of that he finds entertainment in playing in the trough. He puts in his front legs and just splish splashes all over the place. When he first started his water antics he would get all four feet in there. Don’t ask me how; I’ve seen it but, it is impossible to describe. He is a huge 16.2 paint and his legs are long, he gets the front in first and waddles the back ones in over time.

On one occasion he was out behind the barn all by himself. Pretty bored I guess because he hit the water trough right way….My hubby was out cleaning up manure around the barn. He spotted PENNY playing around and found it so cute he took his cell phone to video tape it to show me. Now this will sound a little strange, and off beat, but it is absolutely 100% true and I have videos to prove it. (haha)

Penny managed to get all four legs in there and was apparently enjoying the water being splashed around…when all of a sudden a frog jumped up and out of the water…..we think it either surprised him or scarred him so bad that he startled and tried to jump out of the trough. He couldn’t get out fast enough and he fell over taking the trough with him. The video shows he was still watching that frog jump a time or two. It would stand still and then move. Penny sprang to his feet and went over to sniff at the frog. Of course it jumped. PENNY backed up and went after it again this time at a charge…..and each time the poor frog jumped…Penny would back up and run after it again and again. I think he was playing cat and mouse with that poor frog.

One thing he never did again was put all four legs at one time in the trough, as hot as it gets from time to time only the two front legs go in the water. The good news is that he never tried to stomp the frog…he did take his hoof and try to touch it….if I recall but it jumped and that was that. I put the video into my computer and uploaded it to facebook for all the family and friends to preview. We got so many laughs and comments.

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4/4/12 3:53 P

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okay, here's a couple of my amazing horse antics.

3 years ago i got 2 rescued standardbreds. they arrived together and even though they had never met, they were fast friends. sharing the same oat bucket, eating out of the same haynet. they were so cute.
one horse, revy, was 10 yrs old. the other horse, billy, was a 3 yr old.
revy was lame when he arrived. racing injuries. one morning when i got to the corral, he was standing in the middle of the corral with his head down and his back leg poised in the air. he looked pitiful. i broke into a run and got around the corner and could see into the shelter. the 3 year old, billy, was tangled in a hay net with both his front legs. the hay net was still hooked up to the wall, so, he couldn't go anywhere. by the amount of poop behind him it was obvious he'd been there for awhile. momentarily forgetting about revy, i cut the hay net down and freed him, only to look up and see revy looking bright and happy and not severely lame. i swear he was standing looking desperately lame to get someone's attention.

the second time he impressed me even more. i went out and the 2 boys were in the pasture and genius billy, had managed to cast himself into the fence. all 4 of his legs were into the fence up to his knees. i was alone and didn't know what to do, but, i went into the tack room gathered halters and ropes, really thinking i wouldn't be able to get him out. how would i get him out? and if he fought it would be a disaster! but, i just went on auto pilot and gathered my equipment and walked back toward the horses.
revy was nibbling billy's ears and mane and i wasn't sure if he was calming bill or using this as an opportunity to tease and bother him. all of a sudden he grabbed bill by the neck, a few inches below his ears and (i swear) dragged him about 5 feet out of the fence. billy jumped up, they both went over to the fence, gave it a sniff and a once over, turned and kicked at it and galloped away, bucking and kicking. i just stood there with my jaw on the ground. i couldn't believe what i saw. when i caught them and checked billy over, all that was wrong with him was the bite mark on his neck and it wasn't too bad, just scabbed over and healed quickly. i sure wish i had a video camera that day.

revy was the sweetest, coolest little horse. i only had him a year and half and his racing injuries had just got worse and worse and i ended up having to put him down. it took billy and i a long time to get over it. we still miss him.
fortunately, billy has wised up and hasn't needed revy to rescue him. emoticon

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4/3/12 11:00 P

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Oh my goodness, boy did I love that horse. I have had so many horses that captured my heart over the years. Wonderful creatures of god. When I was at my worst I could go into the barn and grab a brush and somehow my mind would relax and allow me to sort through whatever needed sorting and work things out. If was a place I could go to cry and talk with any interference. It was a place where I could go when I was feeling energetic and happy and I just wanted to be close to my friends. I can’t call them all just horses because so many became so much more to me.

If ever I get a chance I would love to sit down and put my stories to pen…to share with others. Not all my stories are funny and full of antics, some can make you cry, and some just leave you the feeling that puts you in awe of the horse. And of course there are some that for a better word you might just want to forget but they left an impression and a memory. If you have a memory good or bad it’s worth sharing.

I recall a time in my life when I thought a grade horse was not worth feeding. If it didn’t have a champion blood line I didn’t want it. I recall a time when anything other than my breed of horse was a waste of time, and forget about the backyard hack. But, I can tell you that is not the truth and I was so ignorant and so glad that I lived long enough to learn the truth. Every living creature has a story and if that creature is a horse, dog or cat that crossed my path I can put their stories into words.

I have been lucky enough to teach my children and my grandchildren the importance of not putting a price tag or brand on anything. That lesson in life itself gives you so much advantage over others. Not that I am degrading anyone for what they feel or think…I am just leaving the path to happiness open for more adventures and a wider volume of entertainment.

So I told my first antic story, who will be next?

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4/3/12 4:10 P

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What a funny story about Fawzi. I can just imagine how funny he must have looked when you saddled him !!!

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Fawzi sounds like he was quite a horse! What great stories you have, Joanna!

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It only takes one to start so here goes!

Fawzi was a beautiful Arabian Stallion he was in fact the first Arabian Stallion I had ever owned. In fact he was almost the first Arabian I had ever own. I purchased him, a mare to breed him to and a brand new foal all in the same day along with an old trailer to transport them home.

Now I was not new to the horse world I was just new to Arabians. I was a typical Quarter Horse Girl with the exception of two Appaloosas. I wanted sound, strong and FAST horses, Arabians were the furthest breed from my mind. That was until my then three year old granddaughter decided her horse of choice had to be this Silver Grey Arabian in a horse magazine. Being a typical grandmother and her being my first grandchild it was apparent I was about to spoil her.

I brought the three horses’ home and hid the old trailer behind an out building. I let them settle in a few days before I decided to get on this young stallion and see just exactly what I purchased. I brushed Fawzi down spent a little time handling him, with a lunge line in the indoor arena. He seem to know all his ground commands and overall was not that bad in manners. I was satisfied enough so far. I threw a saddle up over him and went to cinch it; as I drew it up I noticed he went from parking out to almost doing the splits. The tighter I pulled the more he went down stretching. I checked to see if it was to tight, I felt for any lumps, I check everywhere and didn’t see anything wrong. I pulled the saddle loose and as soon as I did he had worked his way back up to a standing position. I tried it again and again with the same outcome. I begin to think he had a back problem and I was not about to get on him at this point.

I called the previous owner asking her about this….she stated that she had sent him out to a trainer and never actually rode him herself. SHEESH, I hung up and called the vet to come in and check him out. Everything seem to be fine. A few days later I tried again same thing happen. Now I was being to think I bought a lemon and somehow got suckered, but then again I am not an easy person to fall prey to that. I just wished I had been able to ride him prior to the sale. Now I knew why….she the owner stated I could not ride on her property for insurance reasons, but guaranteed that he was broke to ride…green broke but broke with 90 days under saddle.

After two weeks I woke up angry at myself and maybe a little angry at Fawzi so I decided I would give it a shot and get on him…and if he went to the ground so be it. I saddled him up and there he was stretched out about to lie down, I took my hand and let him have it in his under carriage; he came up so fast it shocked me. I led him to the indoor arena and he stood right there and let me mount him. I found him to be an interesting ride even though green. He was my first gated horse I had even ridden and boy could he gate.

It took me another four months to complete his training and I had to even go out and get a few lessons myself in Saddleseat to make sure I was doing things right, before I let my granddaughter on his back. She was a natural and we showed Fawzi for the next 12 years taking multiple titles in youth classes for costume, saddleseat, and even a few in huntseat. He was a wonderful horse and gave us much pleasure throughout the years. When he was retired from the Class A he became a schooling and class B show horse and for another 10 years he taught many young kids to ride with that powerful stride of his.

But in all that time, we were watched, goggled at, talked about and maybe envied a little. He never stopped his antics of trying to lie down. In the beginning it was so embarrassing when we were in pubic trying to saddle him up and he would pull it but later it just became a part of our daily riding routine when it came to him. And laugh as they did….when he entered that ring he entered to WIN….and 99% of the time he did.

Fawzi passed on a couple of years ago but we will forever miss him and his antics. He was full of them…I will have to tell you about his rubber lips someday.

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4/2/12 4:10 A

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oh goody, i want to hear antics stories!!

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4/1/12 10:44 P

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Sounds like you will fit right in. We all have some antic stories to share with fellow horse lovers. It’s a great group of folks here and I am sure you will enjoy your time spent. My grandson is like that too. I just mentioned I would be putting some time in with his stallion because he is more interested in his car at this stage. He wants his horse but doesn’t want to put that time into him. At 16 his priorities have altered. Hopefully they will get back to basics soon.

Welcome to the team!

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hello fellow horse person. welcome to spark and horse lovers unite.

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I can't tell you how excited I was when I discovered that there is a Horse Lovers spark team!!!!! When I was young, I grew up in the city but have always loved horses. Now that my family and I live in the country, we have 2 1/2 horses - one pony (the 1/2 horse!!!) and two others. One is mine and the other is my son's and unfortunately now that he is older he is interested in a different kind of horsepower. He is a good sport though and still rides with me. I can remember how intimidated I felt when we first bought, Belle, our pony, for my son when he was 10. We made the classic mistake of green horse, young kid. Needless to say, we have learned a lot since then and have had many laughs at our horse's antics. Zeus is our Quarter horse and Doc is a mix of Missouri Foxtrotter and Quarter horse. I have to admit that I would rather see the world from the back of a horse than any place else!!! I am so happy that I found y'all!!!

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