Join Date: Apr 2010
Location: ~*~ NEBRASKA ~*~
ladygodiva1228 yes, the lawyer is at the barn we may move to.
Ridemcowgirl069 Wow. Um, you don't know my horse, you don't know the situation I got him from, you don't know what training my horse has had, and you don't know what we have been through with him. To say you doubt he was beaten and then give advice not knowing these things is a bit harsh. And by the way, at the first stable I had him at I caught the stable hand chasing him and hitting him with sticks to go in to his run. He was so well trained they only had to open the door but they thought it was funny to work the horse up so they run and buck as they left their stalls. This after I finally got him to allow men to touch him...which he wouldn't let men NEAR him when I first got him, especially men with whips.
I do NOT treat MY horse like a baby. Never have, never will. I know about "herd mentality" I know about "joining up." My horse can play all the wonderful "games" trust me. I can have him in the arena, swing a rope around his bell, legs back, do figure 8's in the air around his ears, let it hit him. I can do the same things with a lunge whip. He respects me, I can lead him without a halter and lead rope. 8 year old 4H kids can work with him. He has respect. We are in a quadrille team that performs and shows. He plays well with others. We have done a lot of rehab on him.
His problem is when I use anything to get that MONSTER off of me. Then he suddenly acts like I'm gong to beat him up. He trembles, he begins to sweat profusely, breath heavily, he bolts, and he has a scared silly look in his eyes. Trust me, this horse isn't "spooky" this is the ONLY time he gets freaked out. He literally runs scared. You can pop balloons at him, kids turn cartwheels in front of him, play tag under him and nothing. He isn't a spooky horse.
And maybe he thinks the other guy is in charge but how would he think any other way? Monster has bullied, bitten, kicked at and nearly trampled every barn hand that has tried to handle him in the last 6 months. They keep hiring new ones and they all quit within a few weeks. He does this to me, he does it to the BO and he usually gets left alone because of it. So yeah, I see it. And my horse gets bullied by him too. Of course my horse is going to run when another horse starts cannon kicking him and biting him. And as long as Monster knows he can cow every human and horse that comes in to contact with him, it will continue.
It is not my responsibility to change, train, or otherwise have to do anything with Monster. I also am not permitted to. He is NOT my horse, I do not have his owners permission to handle him, train, him, discipline him, etc.
I have maybe 2 hours a day, 1 or 2 days a week to ride. That's it. It is my ONLY time to relax. My life away from the stable is so hectic and chaotic that I barely sleep, I'm lucky to have time for a shower (and when I do I'm usually to exhausted) or eat. My time is VERY PRECIOUS to me. I should not have to spend it dealing with a horse that is not mine.
I should be able to go into the gate. Put my halter on my horse. Give him and his other turnout mates a pat and a hello. Then lead him out. No fighting, no chasing, no whips, no bruises the size of grapefruit from being bitten, no feeling like I'm only safe if I wear a vest and a helmet. It should be simple, easy and relaxed because after all, the only reason I am there is to have a couple hours of relaxed enjoyment with one of my best friends.
Last edited by Cinnys Whinny; 03-03-2014 at 05:15 PM.