Originally Posted by faye
Reeco is excellent to clip he seems to enjoy it and you can do him totaly loose in his stable (including clipping his ears out).
Plaiting on the other hand is more difficult. I normaly get him in the lorry, pin him in place using the partitions and plait him there, saves me being knocked flying several times
And pulling his tail (required for showing in the UK) is done under sedation (strangely he is fine with his mane).
Popping him out in the field can be a case of taking your life in your hands sometimes as when you take the head collar off there is a massive explosion of energy, normaly it is a case of spin galllop buck, but some times it can be bouncing on his back end or spin buck then gallop (in which case you need to duck quick so you don't get your head taken off)
Lol mine likes to use untoward feet as launching pads. Almost broke one of the BOs feet once. Now what we do is put him in the field and then take the headcollar off on the other side of the gait/fence. Also, facing him towards the fence helps if you have to be in with him.
He thinks it's funny to try to kick the vet during vet exams (drive by kicking as I call it). He is fine when we are standing there, but if I am trotting by the vet in a straight line WHAM he kicks out. Flexion tests are really fun - we do them mounted now to avoid the handler being thwacked. Hand walking he gives love nips. If you put the wrong blanket on you will get at least an ear pin and a bite warning. You have to watch him at shows because he loooves his turnout and will escape to go run free like a wild horsey and if you chase after him he keeps running, you have to wait for him to come to you (which is awesome to try to explain to people who are trying to "help". It's not helpful if you're driving the horse further away).
He also absolutely hates being lunged. He'll do it for a while and then at some point he bolts so hard and fast that he breaks free. And then it takes 4 people 30 minutes to catch him, with the lunge line trailing behind. So I've learned you just don't let go, because he won't drag you for long
Did it once in front of the vet and I didn't let go, got up swearing and just continued lunging. He was like "Errrmmm..." hahaha. He also hates saddle fittings. The try a saddle, trot around, try something else, trot around, fiddle, go again, etc.. drives him mental. I can see him thinking "lets get on with it already!!". Don't even show him a bridle if you're not going to ride. He heaves onto the bit to get the bridle on as quickly as possible and once it's done up he's already headed for the arena. And goodness forbid if you want to do a nice long rein warm up for a whole 15 minutes.
But surprisingly - a really fun horse to hack out, beside roads, in fields, etc.. Just does not like dogs and motorcycles. And don't put any jumps in front of him without grabbing mane - loves it.
They are all a bit quirky!! But holy crap he is so much fun to ride :) People ask me why I always am smiling when riding.