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post #1 of 9 Old 07-11-2010, 02:04 PM Thread Starter
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Ever have those days where your horse is a terror?

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Now, about two weeks ago my horse Baltic simply -stopped- dead while I was riding him. Not budging no matter what I did. Of course my first true reaction was extreme worry after he -refused- to respond to any aids and encouragement at all and I was fretting that he was somehow in pain -- so I call over my mother to come take a look.

It was quite a cold day, as its winter over here and we were having a cold front to boost.

as my mother approaches, standing before him, comes to comment that...

He's looking absolutely relaxed, his eyes all droopy and half asleep and he's perched himself directly in a spot of sunlight in the arena, basking his little heart out!! (In my worry i failed to notice we stopped direct in it!)

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post #2 of 9 Old 07-11-2010, 02:38 PM
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Haha! I've had many of those days with many different horses, but I'll just tell you one that I remember very clearly.

I was riding Storm, a palamino bush "thing" (have no idea what he was), a few years ago in the field. He is quite a bomb proof pony, nothing ever phased him. We were walking calmly on a trail, when he started turning his head slighty back to me with his ear flashing towards me, as if checking if I was paying attention. He did this a few times until I hardly took note of it anymore, and when I wasn't expecting it he suddenly surged forward into a gallop (I know he wasn't bolting because he wasn't scared or anything, just being plain naughty).

It took me a while to get him to slow down and by then he had already galloped around the field almost one whole round. When he was walking again he stretched his neck all the way to the ground and shook himself out, as if chuffed with the act he just pulled on me. :roll:

I swear this pony was a real evil one, not scared and flighty, just mischievous and very clever....
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post #3 of 9 Old 07-11-2010, 02:43 PM Thread Starter
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Lol wow!! Thats amazing, as if he had plotted it!!

You know, there's an old lady at my stables who also told me about this palomino thingy she rode :) She loved him very much but was going through a divorce and couldn't afford her. Her husband, out of spite, ended up buying the horse just to break her heart. He'd show up every saterday when she went on outrides and the ride the horse out with the group that took her -- and every time he did...

the Horse would lower his head, stare around the area and as soon as they got to a patch of rocks literally chuck the guy off onto it.

This continued for so long that the man literally gave the horse away to the riding school, and she was asked by the riding school owner to look after him again! Lol
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post #4 of 9 Old 07-11-2010, 02:54 PM
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My horse is a saint...until the temp hits about 10F. Then, this big snorting, puffing rooster shows up and starts prancing around like a lunatic trying to impress the ladies. Last winter he slid right through a wooden fence while showing off, luckily no injuries, just a bruised ego. It's really funny, so I just enjoy the show and choose not to ride on really cold days! It's been in the 90s this month, so that hasn't been an issue.

You just have to see your distance...you don't have to like it.
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post #5 of 9 Old 07-11-2010, 03:17 PM
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Years ago I went to lessons. They had this big old horse Danny he looked like a huge long haired Donkey. he was sweet enough I never minded riding him.. One day we all went out on a hack when he decided he was done that was it... I kicked him on nothing!! then got off to lead him woulden't move!! got back on asked my friend to lead him on her horse Nope!!!!!! so I was like ok we will just go home LOL NO he wouden't do the either... all of a sudden like nothing he started to trot and we went on our way..... Alas the story gets worse LOL.....
about a mile down the road same thing.. only this time we was on a road with drainage ditches each side ( love the little country roads in England) I was like not again..... as I kicked him on he just went backwards, great we slid down the side of the ditch standing there in mud water up to my waist I started to cry my nice cream Jods were dark brown, water logged boots I stunk to high heaven..... what aday LOL
Then I had to ride him home!!!!!!!!! Little bugger ... I never asked to ride him again.... But everyone thought it was so funny they would always give me him anyway.....2 funny
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post #6 of 9 Old 07-11-2010, 04:24 PM
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I was riding my extremely lazy and stubborn gelding once when he suddenly decided that now was the time to stop and go home. He turned around and attempted to trot home, but was like "Oh no you don't!". I had to fight with him for about 10 minutes before he finally gave in and continued the trail ride with the other horses. Luckily he never tried anything like this again lol.
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post #7 of 9 Old 07-11-2010, 06:48 PM
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The other day I was riding my horse, and he was just being annoying! I was cueing him for a canter, and he kept picking up the incorrect lead! I would get him to switch, and then he would go at a fast and uncomfortable canter! Argh! Then, he kept spooking at some poles on the side of the arena, I had to make him canter past it for several laps until he calmed down! Grr! So annoying! lol
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post #8 of 9 Old 07-11-2010, 10:28 PM
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I have two that stick out in my mind really well....

When Jester was three years old, he was a total butt. I was showing him in a halter class and we were going to trot down and back, when a very scary plastic bag blew into the arena on Jester's side. He flat out ran in front of me and just hoppped into my lap. Everyone was laughing so hard, and told me he looked like he was saying "ZOMG MOM SAVE ME!"

And second, Rebel loves the trailer. If we ride next to it he will leak outward. Normally he just needs a little encouragement, but this time he meant business. I spent a good twenty minutes trying tog et him off. Everytime I would ge thim facing away he would rear and swing back tot he trailer again. I was so pissed. I soon had his mind changed with a few good smacks of the crop. He hasn't done it since, but he still leaks towards it.....still trying his luck xD

Pssh.I didn't pick up the wrong lead
It's called a counter canter...
...A very advanced maneuver.
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post #9 of 9 Old 07-11-2010, 10:56 PM
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The other day I was cantering my horse around in the outdoor arena, and all of a sudden, from a forward, working canter, he stopped DEAD, because a mare was walking down the hill at the other end of the arena, and he is afraid of mares.

Usually when my horse is feeling like a beast he will refuse to go somewhere, like I'll be riding in an arena and he'll duck out his shoulder a little after E to avoid using the whole arena, and if I kick his butt and urge him all the way to the A end, he'll attempt to pop his shoulder in the corner, or spook himself. What a silly boy.

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