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post #1 of 6 Old 08-08-2009, 07:41 PM Thread Starter
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So proud of my boys. :D

I brought Dobe and Denny over to my Mom's place with the intention of taking them to the lake and swimming over here. Anyway, we went and they both did great (Denny had never been in REALLY deep water before). I finally talked my Mom into gettin on Dobe and going in the water.

Let me give you some background on her. She is turning 56 this month and has had Multiple Sclerosis since 1993. She recently had another exacerbation where she lost more feeling in her legs and lost more muscle control in her whole body. She is not a horsey person at all and has not even been on a horse in almost 10 years (and never bareback). She was a little nervous at first because Dobe can be a lot of horse sometimes. I helped her climb on bareback and she walked him around for a minute. He acted like he hadn't a care in the world. He was perfectly content to just stroll along at a nice slow walk and if she started to get off balance, he would slow down more and move sideways to stay under her. I just sat there watching as a smile crept its way onto her face. She has never been comfortable on a horse and to see her relax enough to let go of his mane was just amazing. I went and got on Denny and we spent the next half hour or so just walking out into the deep water and talking. He never once went faster than she asked him to even when Denny got excited and got a long way ahead. He just continued to plod along. She was concerned with falling off but she never even came close. It was just incredible to see her so relaxed and laughing on a horse........... bareback.......... in the middle of a lake.

I was just so proud of Dobe because he seemed to know that she was a little fragile and needed just a touch of extra care.
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post #2 of 6 Old 08-08-2009, 07:56 PM
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What a lovely story! The more I hear about Dobe...the more I fall in love with that boy! I think you should be proud yourself for the bond you created and how well trained they are.
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post #3 of 6 Old 08-08-2009, 08:31 PM
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There are some horses that seem to "know" that they are carrying precious cargo. Sounds like your Dobe is one of those special horses. Worth his weight in gold as far as I'm concerned.

What a wonderful memory you will have years from now.
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post #4 of 6 Old 08-08-2009, 09:44 PM
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Wow. He sounds like an amazing horse to own.

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post #5 of 6 Old 08-08-2009, 10:33 PM
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wow, thats great that you could give your mom that kind of experience. i've run into many horses that just seem to know how to act based on who's on their back. there's a lesson horse at my barn (who i ride occasionally when i can't ride Rocky) that's a powerhouse for me. i really have to work at keeping her collected, though she's tons of fun to ride and never dangerous. but you put a little kid on her and she trots so nicely around the ring, steady as can be, no fuss. as if she knows that i can take some more spirit but the child needs more care. its just so nice to see
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post #6 of 6 Old 08-09-2009, 02:17 AM
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Horses are so clever aren't they?

What a lovely time for you both. Hopefully that will encourage your mum to ride more.

If it's time she can relax and be 'normal' like, that would be excellent for her. MS can be so horrible.

Good boy Dobe

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