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        11-27-2012, 03:30 PM
      #31
    Trained
    Oh I have so many. I may tell a couple of my favorites.

    The first one is the most recent.

    1) Well Selena can be ridden with just a neck rope only a good majority of the time. Everyone was talking about how light their horses are and la-de-da and I had to open my mouth and brag about my little mare who could chase a cow bridleless. Of course they wanted to see. I get on the little witch, take the bridle off, and trot down the arena towards the cows. At this point I started realizing a mistake; She felt fresh. REALLY fresh. Like, shaking out from underneath me fresh. I tried to rein her in through the herd but as soon as we got one cow out she was gone. I don't just mean loping off gone. I mean, balls to the wall, flying after this poor cow who was usually very calm but currently scared for its life and I could NOT get her stopped. I ended up kicking so hard with one leg and putting her into the fence, quickly dismounting and putting some headgear on! That's what I get for saying how great she is, she always makes a liar out of me.

    An older one:

    2) I was on this colt because the main trainer was hurt and couldn't ride. She was instructing me, it was all going super well, it was the colts first ride. He didn't seem to care about me being up there, so we figured we could lope now. I kiss, he doesn't go. Okay. I take the end of my rein and tap him on the butt. Still doesn't go. Alright. I take the end of my rein and smack him again and oh boy did I get a ride. The ****ed thing took off in a bucking fit around the round pen with me holding onto the reins and the horn, saddle bronc style. He starts getting a little too close to the rail with no signs of stopping so I go to (gracefully) step off. Kick my foot out of the stirrup, it's all good, I go to step onto the rail...
    ...and fall ungracefully INTO the fence, chin first, rattled my teeth, then just sort of lamely fall and sit there for a moment wondering what the hell just happened. Trainer could NOT stop laughing, and the colt turned and looked at me a few moments later. Little brat. I got on and we cantered again no problem. Guess it was just a moment.
         
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        11-27-2012, 03:42 PM
      #32
    Weanling
    Oh wow.great stories. Mine is long.back in high school. I was training horses and outfitting since I was 12. And had just got this stud horse going pretty good.well your senior year you got out a week earlier then everyone else.and I decided to hit school during lunch out this very pretty sunny day in the spring in montana and got this fancy beautiful stud horse walking fast.he was twh so he could really step out.flaxenmane and tail.head up high.the hoof beats echoing off the gyms wall before anyone could see me. Hat low..spurs jingling.chaps perfect.erect back. And I saw out of the corner of my eye a big black lab trotting up to me but not barking so I pain no mind. And just as I break out from the side of the gym to where every one in school could see me. This dog came up and bit the horse in the flank..and he took off bucking like crazy.i made three to four jumps before I hit the pavement. Talk bout hurt..and of course the horse stoped..stuck his nose down on me waiting for me to get up. Well being a teenage boy. I tried to save face by mounting as if nothing was wrong.rode across from the front of school..steped down.tied up. Setting my hat low once again.i was going to walk right through them all.to buy a pop..then walk out..andmounting I wojuld ride away/ thus saving face..but my third step away from the horse..my left spur hooked my right spur and I fell face first down on the pavement..and they hooked..i had to manually with my hands break them apart..and by then every one was laughing..two hundred laughing kids at me..so I finally stood up..mounted up..and left..and I never have to this day been back to my old high school
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        11-27-2012, 06:45 PM
      #33
    Trained
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    Originally Posted by JaphyJaphy    
    I'm almost too embarrassed to share this story, but it taught me some very important lessons: slow down, relax, have patience, and most of all PAY ATTENTION!

    So it was the day before a show we went to one summer. The day was hot and I'd spent the day bathing the horse I was riding, cleaning out the trailer, packing the trailer, preparing feeds for both horses that were going, etc. The truck that was to pull the trailer (driven by the other rider's boyfriend) was late that day, and normally I'm a very patient person, but I think the heat and being hungry was starting to get to me. There was also the post-bath struggle with my horse of yes-I'll-let-you-eat-grass-but-don't-you-dare-roll going on. Anyway, when the truck finally arrived and we had hooked up the trailer, we loaded the horses. The other rider's mare went in first and she was tied. Someone led the gelding I was riding into the trailer and then passed me the lead rope to tie him. I started to tie as soon as they handed it over and I was just finishing my knot when the gelding started to struggle. I couldn't really see what was going on, so I pulled the knot free (thank goodness for quick release!) and my poor boy stumbled out backwards and scraped his head. He was alright, but I felt TERRIBLE!

    Needless to say, his freak out was my fault because I'd started tying him before he had all 4 feet in the trailer, simply due to impatience and lack of communication with the people around me. I was just so eager to get to the show that I wasn't paying attention. Well, huge lesson learned there! Especially knowing it could have been MUCH worse with a different horse. My boy was shaken up a little, but he wasn't injured, thankfully. That's an experience I'll never forget, especially since I wasn't new to loading horses into trailers and I really should have known better. I still feel bad about it when I think of it!
    Eek that's a scary one! I've seen a horse flip over and break its hip and very nearly its neck in a similar incident. The people were trying to 'float train' this gelding at a competition, so had the really bright *sarcasm* idea to get him in, then tie his with a chain to the tie up ring. Without closing the breeching gates first. Of course, horse pulled back, realised his head was trapped but the back was still opened, so went absolutely BALLISTIC.
    He ended up slipping over, hanging by head head with neck over the chest bar, struggling like mad. Finally got himself up and sat back on his haunches to pull, the chain broke - flung back and smacked him in the head leaving a huge hole in his forehead, while he flipped over backwards down the ramp and came off the side of it.

    That has got to be one of the most traumatic floating accidents I have seen, all through the people's stupidity. Horse didn't need to be euth'd, but never got on a float again. They had to drop him to drag him into a truck to get him to the vets, and then back home
         
        11-27-2012, 07:26 PM
      #34
    Weanling
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by Kayty    
    Eek that's a scary one! I've seen a horse flip over and break its hip and very nearly its neck in a similar incident. The people were trying to 'float train' this gelding at a competition, so had the really bright *sarcasm* idea to get him in, then tie his with a chain to the tie up ring. Without closing the breeching gates first. Of course, horse pulled back, realised his head was trapped but the back was still opened, so went absolutely BALLISTIC.
    He ended up slipping over, hanging by head head with neck over the chest bar, struggling like mad. Finally got himself up and sat back on his haunches to pull, the chain broke - flung back and smacked him in the head leaving a huge hole in his forehead, while he flipped over backwards down the ramp and came off the side of it.

    That has got to be one of the most traumatic floating accidents I have seen, all through the people's stupidity. Horse didn't need to be euth'd, but never got on a float again. They had to drop him to drag him into a truck to get him to the vets, and then back home
    Goodness, that's terrifying! Shows just how far a little care and consideration can go...
         
        11-27-2012, 07:29 PM
      #35
    Yearling
    Well, this was probably more humbling on my BO's part than mine.

    Since Reno used to be really buddy-sour for a short period of time, my BO had everyone turn him and his stall-neighbor at the same time. I was never comfortable with standing between two horses, leading only by halters...but it was my BO's rule for the time and I had to do it. The horses were always generally obedient and went along with it.

    Well this day (this past April 16, my late dog's would-have-been 3rd birthday, and also the day my grandmother died) I was leading them out, Reno on my right and Quita (big, FAT, 16hh Andalusian mare). At the gate to the chute that leads to their field they got uncharacteristically excited and decided to bolt off. I immediately let go of their halters, but alas I was caught between the bulk of their combined bodies...sandwiched, if you will. When they got past the gate, Quita had room to take off a little to the left and I fell underneath my boy, who thankfully just leaped over me while I rolled and skidded a little down the dirt and gravel hill. I got up, brushed myself off (and finished turning everyone out), and limped over to the barn bathroom...

    Thanks to my jeans, I only got a little scrape on my knee but my hip was out of whack for a while...and this was a horrible thing to try to scrub the gravel, dirt, and manure out of...



    My BO can be pretty stubborn, so she didn't change her turnout rule until Reno was on sweet feed for a while and he and Quita almost took off with her.
         
        11-30-2012, 03:42 AM
      #36
    Weanling
    Subbing :)
         
        11-30-2012, 07:41 AM
      #37
    Foal
    I have another story. A couple of years ago I decided I had to buy a horse. After a few years of being a bit aimless, then serving in the military, and going back to college, almost 15 years had passed since I'd last touched a horse. My goal was to buy a nice trail horse to dink around with.

    I find this half Arab/haflinger cross that's just adorable, green broke, but a 12 year old rides him walk/trot just fine. He's also priced super cheap (which I still couldn't really afford). When I went to look at him, the horse was a saint. Very mellow and calm. Test rode him, everything was great. Just a puppy dog. Nothing I did phased him, he was Mr. Well-Behaved. So I bought him.

    Following weekend I go to pick him up and bring him home. My friend and I get to the place and the owner is just standing by the barn. Even though I'd told her the exact time I'd be there, the horse is still in the pasture. I go up to the lady, but after a few minutes its clear that she has no intention of getting the horse out any time soon. I ask if she'll help me get him out and she tells me i'll be fine and that even if a horse gets loose they're no problem to catch. Uhm, ok. I skip my happy little butt to the pasture and realize the gate is just one strand of electric wire with a little handle at the end. Of course my new horse is pastured with a herd of horses and they all come flying up to the fence when I get to it. I unhook the single strand of wire, grab my pony, shoo'd back the other ponies, safely get my pony out and re-latch the strand of wire behind us both. Whew!

    I'm happily walking my new pony back up to the barn, when I hear it.... That sound wire makes when it's being pushed to capacity by a large animal. I look behind me just as the single strand of wire comes snapping back at me, and suddenly horses are charging at us. My pony bolts forward as another horse slams into his hind end. I get caught between my pony and another horse that decided it wanted to stand where I was standing. I'm freaking out and scared to death I'll be knocked down and trampled (I'm 4'11"). I'm trying to shoo the horses that haven't come through away from the gate to stay in the pasture. I look up toward the barn expecting the BO and pony owner to be running frantically to help me... They're both just standing there watching. No ones moving.

    Something just clicked at that point, their utter lack of protective gear for he kid, the bridle put together wrong, everything... and I realized these people were crazy. In a "kill themselves and anyone close enough" type of crazy. I turned back to the gate, and at this point ALL the ponies were out, turn back to the barn. Still no one moving. I shrug and lead my pony back to the barn.

    As I'm halfway back to the barn, the whole heard of loose ponies goes galloping around off to greener lands. This causes my pony to bolt and by God I'm not letting go of the rope or it'll be hours before I can catch him again. I was doing okay. I had the rope, my feet were still under me, and I felt a massive jerk and I go flying through the air to land belly first with a whomphf in the grass and now I'm sled dogging next to four very sharp feet. Suddenly he stops, and I jump up, wrap the lead round his nose for extra leverage and lead him back up to the barn, again.

    As I'm leading the pony on the trailer, my friend asks "are you sure you want this horse?" Of course pride has finally gotten the best of me, and although I'm shaking like a leaf, I tell him "Of course".

    That was the beginning of my time with the worst behaved horse EVER.
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        12-01-2012, 09:56 AM
      #38
    Trained
    I don't have one experience in particular, but I am humbled by gypsy every day. She is so honest and she tries so hard [and she's super sensitive!] that if I don't ride her correctly she is always calling me out on what im doing wrong. It makes me realize how she is much much better than I am, she also learns way faster than I do !
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        12-01-2012, 10:55 AM
      #39
    Yearling
    There are so many great Humility quotes. Some of my favorites...

    1.What kills a skunk is the publicity it gives itself. ~Abraham Lincoln


    2.A man wrapped up in himself makes a very small bundle. ~Benjamin Franklin

    3.Too many people overvalue what they are not and undervalue what they are. ~Malcolm S. Forbes

    4.When science discovers the center of the universe, a lot of people will be disappointed to find they are not it. ~Bernard Baily

    5.It is not titles that honor men, but men that honor titles. ~Niccolo Machiavelli

    6.Egotism is the anesthetic that dulls the pain of stupidity. ~Frank Leahy,

    7.It is far more impressive when others discover your good qualities without your help. ~Author Unknown

    8.It is always the secure who are humble. ~Gilbert Keith Chesterton


    9.Few are humble, for it takes a self-esteem few possess. ~Robert Brault,

    10.Some people are born on third base and go through life thinking they hit a triple. ~Barry Switzer

    I try really really hard to be a nice person, good Christian and to be humble. People who brag constantly, belittle others really bother me. It has been hard to be in the past to look the other way from these types. I don't get into it with them as it would be wrong. I have however had to fight the urge to wish upon them a humbling case of inopportunely timed diarrhea. With the "I don't get bucked off" or "I KNOW what I am doing" folks, I tend to find great pleasure in seeing them sail through the air when the fickle finger of fate speaks and brings them back to earth. I know, I know, I am still struggling with the "turn the other cheek" part of being Christian but I am trying.
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        12-01-2012, 11:14 AM
      #40
    Weanling
    Thanks for the great quotes, Inga

    I find that people who cannot admit to mistakes or humbling experiences also have little empathy for others, and I believe that empathy is a core trait of great people. I agree with Chesterton and Brault above- it seems to me that its fundamentally a self esteem issue.

    But it is delicious when Karma comes a-calling (inopportunely-timed explosive diarrhea...mwahahahahah)
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