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post #1 of 9 Old 07-21-2011, 01:58 AM Thread Starter
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Days the Leave Hoofprints in your Heart

Now it isn't always the highest jump, or the fastest run that makes the best day with our horse friends. Sometimes its the simplest things that may seem rather uneventful to other people that really can make your day.

Today both Jake and Dutchess touched me and gave me entertainment for the good hour and a half I spent with them. I have been busy with school and work for the past four days so neither of them have gotten out. I didn't have enough time for a slow relaxing ride, so I choose to turn both of them out and play around a bit instead.

Now Jake normally will run a little bit, thats about the extent of his excitement when being turned out. Being a 20 year old, pasture raised paint, he rarely gets over excited about being turned out. Today he was sure feeling his oats, soon as I stepped back he took off around the turnout, jumping and striking out with his front feet, tossing his head and having a great time. The is the second time in my 7 years of owning him have I seen him do this. (The first was his first time turned out after 8 weeks of stall rest, and minimal hand walking) I couldn't wipe the smile off my face as both horses kicked and jump around the turnout. After a few minutes, Jake turns, looks straight at me, nickers and trots up to me with the most interested look on his face, and ended up playing around with me with energy. (form of tag, tricks...ect)

After all of that I pulled up a chair in the turnout and watched as they meandered around. At some point I fell asleep and I awoke to both horses staring at me intently with their heads practically in my lap. They startled me pretty good. Lol. After that Jake turns around and lays down not four feet from where I was sitting, not two minutes later did Dutchess lay down on my other side. All three of us laid in the warm sun for about 30 minutes. Both of these horse have never done anything of the sort before, and as much as I wish they would might not be in this mood for a while.

I was so touched that I wanted to share with all of you, and if you care to share stories of your own ponies creating special moments.

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post #2 of 9 Old 07-21-2011, 02:21 AM
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awww, they clearly trust and like you =) I know that the simplest moments are the most meaningful. I recently bought a mare who has weird training gaps and was somewhat of a hot nutcase in the arena as well as a nervous mare in the cross ties. She also is OCD about staying clean, so i'd never really groomed her that much. None of my previous horses had liked grooming either, so i didn't think much of it. One day I randomly decided to give her a curry-comb massage and she LOVED it! ever since then she's been super calm and loving, lol. It's like magic! It's so amazing that sometimes something so small can make such a big difference. She's not even that hot anymore, and i've even had some lazy days with her! I think your story is a great example of how trusting and kind horses can be, and i wish my mare will come to trust me the same one day =)
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post #3 of 9 Old 07-21-2011, 06:26 AM
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That was a beautiful story. My special moment with my standy mare came after a bad day at work. I got to the paddock and just went out to sit under one of the trees to wind down and Skye wandered over as usual. Instead of her usual sniff and then wander off she came and put her nose against my forehead. She stayed there for a good five minutes before leaving me. Made me feel so much better. Have a pic somewhere

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IB - Yeah, sounds like you'll get there trust wise. It all depends on the horse. I've known other horses that will sleep around anyone and everyone, it just a matter that typically both of these horses will get up if they were sleeping and I approached, and never have they laid down of their own choice near me. (Jake lays down on command...)

CCB - I always wonder how they notice when we are upset like that. What a sweetheart.
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post #5 of 9 Old 07-21-2011, 02:20 PM
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it amazes me how they know when we're upset! I almost fainted after a ride with my mare due to the heat and not eating enough before, and she totally kissed me on the head as if the say," there, there" She's never done anything like that, so i was a bit surprised, lol. Normally she loves to lick, but other than that she generally never touches you.... also, how do you teach a horse to lie down? I don't think my mare would do this though, i've never seen her lie down and she only rolls if it's a very clean grassy spot.
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I've only had my yearling for a week and I don't expect much in the way of a bond yet. I'm always completely surprised when he trots up to me in the field or follows me around in his pen. Last night, I was hanging out with him and giving him a nice, long grooming while he grazed. As I was brushing him, he leaned his head over my shoulder and began grooming me. I've never been groomed by a horse and it was a bit of a shock, but he was so gentle.

Just before I left, I gave him a hug around his neck and a kiss on his muzzle. As I was turning to walk away, he nudged my back and nickered. When I turned around, he blew ever so gently in my face and when I blew back, he very gently lipped my cheek. Then he stepped a bit closer, nudged by chest and settled his head into my arms. As I was stroking his ears and face, he sighed and began to doze. Needless to say, I stood there for another half hour, just holding his head and stroking his ears.
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IB - How cute that she is looking after you. For the lay down, its a long process. I taught the bow first (Like in my avatar). Then eventually taught him to bow with his head to one side (away from the side I was on) then started holding him longer and longer while putting some pressure on the withers to ask him to roll towards me. The bow took about a week to teach and the lay down took a year. >_< There are a lot of details that I can write out if desired. But thats the short version.

Courtney - Awwwww. What a cutie. Babies are amazing to bond with because they are so much more trusting than adult horses. You two will probably be very close. =)
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post #8 of 9 Old 07-21-2011, 09:32 PM
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if you don't mind writing it all out i would appreciate it! My mare is a super-fast learner and i always have to come up with new things to teach her, otherwise she gets bored and silly. My main question would be how to cue it and if you can teach them to get up on command too? With you on? My mare is the type who would try to lay down randomly if taught improperly, so i'd like as many details as possible, lol!
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