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post #1 of 4 Old 01-21-2011, 08:15 PM Thread Starter
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Fun horse stories

I heard a great little anecdote today, which combines with a heartwarming moment of my own from last week. Please add your favorite horsey moment. Here are mine:

Saw a friend at the barn today, R, who was asked by a third friend, V. to put the winter blanket on V's horse (since R. was there anyway). Sensibly, R. decided to bring the blanket out to the field, where V's horse (let's call him Charlie) was in the run in. On the way to him, R. noticed that her own horse had his cribbing collar upside down, so she put the blanket on the ground and turned to fix it. She noticed Charlie was looking at her pretty closely, and then he came right over. Out of the 10 or so horses in that big field, he was the only one that came. R. was busy with the cribbing strap, so she didn't pet him or anything. So Charlie walks over to his blanket, picks it up with his teeth, throws it a little, and then stands there, waiting. R. finished what she was doing and turned to put Charlie's blanket on. He stood nice and still, and then as soon as she was done, ambled off, back to his friends. lol, can you say, hey mom, it's cold out here today!

Second story, my horse: He's pretty intelligent. He nods he head when he gets excited, sometimes not in a good way, but it's a thing he does not under saddle, though). I remember one day, I had him all groomed and then showed up with my hat on and the bridle in my hand, even though he didn't have a saddle on. I swear he perked up, like he was really interested in going riding without the saddle. But last week, I'd gone out one day and didn't ride, just groomed and fussed with blankets. The next day, I went out, and he was tied in the aisle becuase others were using the cross ties,so he could see all the way down the barn. I got him all groomed, then went off to get the saddle. When I came around the corner with the saddle, he started nodding away! I swear he was excited that we were going to ride that day, and he could tell 'cuase of the saddle. Some may think that's a stretch, but it was a nice little moment for me!

So, what are your stories?
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post #2 of 4 Old 01-22-2011, 07:01 PM
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Cute stories =)

Here's my favorite... when I was little, maybe 4-5, my cousin and I were sitting bareback on my Shetland pony, Bill. It was totally normal for us to hang out on him while my mom was doing stuff around the barn...he was a great bablysitter . So this particular day wasn't abnormal. Bill had free run of the farm, there were even 2 missing bottom rungs of the paddock fence in one spot where he could fit under but the bigger horses could not. My cousin and I must have done somehting to irritate Bill becuause, this particular day, he decided to take off with us (at what must have been a slow trot) and head into the paddock...the problem was the we didn't fit under the top rung of the fence LOL...I got clothes-lined and ended up haning on to the fence while my cousin got pushed off of the back and landed squarely in a pile of poop!

i don't know if there is a moral to this story but it gets told regularly at family gatherings
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post #3 of 4 Old 01-26-2011, 05:32 PM
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A Halfway Stop

As we riders well know sometimes Nature calls and waiting for an official stopping place is no longer an option. Well, one beautiful Summers day, my horse Joe and I set out on a very long trail ride through the forest. In the area we were riding, the wood was centuries old. It is a very silent and eerie place which only an ancient wood can be. Well I found myself looking for a convenient spot where I could ask Joe to stop so that I could dismount and remount after the call of nature had been honoured. But I needed a mounting block.

Finally along a short stretch of path, where the wood was even more dense than usual, I espied a small clearing and most importantly the broad stump of an old tree, the felling of which had probably created the clearance. I brought Joe to a halt, looked at the stump and I thought to myself that will do. And it did. Mind you I kept hold of the reins with one hand just in case my Boy decided to go home without me. But he didnt. He stood still and waited patiently for me to finish my business. Bless him. I rummaged through my pockets and found a couple of horse biscuits, after all the Boy deserved a treat for service beyond the call of duty. I mounted up and within an hour we were back at the stables. Wed had a lovely day together.

A few weeks later I rode through the forest again with Joe. There are lots of little tracks and finding the way was not easy but eventually we found ourselves on a pathway back down through the wood leading towards home. Suddenly Joe stopped when I had not asked him to do so. Id been in a day dream and lost in thought. That is what one does when one is out on ones horse on a lovely day. I gave Joe another nudge - just a gentle one but Joe would still not move. Suddenly I realised where we were. There was the convenient tree stump. Joe had decided for himself that Mother Nature had again made a call upon me. I realised I had no option. How could I turn down his very considerate offer!

I slipped down of his back but this time I did not bother to hold onto the reins. I turned my back and performed as suggested. Luckily I had a bikkie or two in my pockets as a tip for Joe but there again I usually do. Then I mounted up and gave My Boy a nudge. This time he walked on obediently as requested. What a horse.
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post #4 of 4 Old 01-26-2011, 08:16 PM Thread Starter
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I love them both! Barry you have a way with words and I hope you're writing a novel and make millions some day.

I wish I could go riding in that forest tomorrow with my boy!
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