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    12-09-2012, 09:39 AM
  #41
Foal
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Originally Posted by grullagirl    
A few years ago I rescued a mare and found out she was in foal....delivered a beautiful lil filly and when the foal was about a month old I decided on a whim to let my son ride the mare......he had never ridden a horse before....i was talking him through it as I was trying to take a picture. Her filly decided to go out of her sight and the mare trotted after her into a lean-to with a low roof. My son ended up getting closelined...did a backflip off the back of her and wound up landing on his feet! Great dismount...son!!! He turned around and looked at me and started crying....poor kid.....he was 14 yrs. Old
Awww pooor kiddo! But, pretty dang funny.
Safe to safe he doesn't ride now?
     
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    12-09-2012, 11:02 AM
  #42
Foal
I have tried to get him to ride my new gelding.......no way...no how! Lol
     
    12-11-2012, 12:29 AM
  #43
Yearling
I was 11 yo and got myself a Quarab gelding, gentle and sweet but untrained. My mom and brothers knew nothing about horses so I was on my own training this 2 yo. After a few months in a mechanical hackamore, I decided he was so good I could ride him in a halter and rope. I always rode bareback with a pad because a saddle was too expensive.

So, the day we decided to ride with the halter (flat of course. This was 35 years ago) we rode down to the creek. It was an easy ride. Until we got 100 yards from the bridge over the creek. My horse was smelling something and acted curious just as a mother skunk and a bunch of babies came out from under the bridge. There musta been 5 or 6 babies, running behind their momma. They looked like a black and white blanket-snake, undulating down the road right at us.

My poor baby horse didn't know what to think! He reared, twirled 180* and galloped full speed back up the road. I have no idea how I hung on bareback. Probably because I pretended everyday that we were on a racetrack on this certain stretch of road. Anyway, he raced all the way home to my bedroom window. I just slid off and made sure I still had all my limbs attached.
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    12-11-2012, 12:37 AM
  #44
Trained
I will relate the most recent stupidest thing I have done with my horse, well actually hubby's horse. I full out galloped him up steep hills on trails. Pretty much ruined him for trail that have hills, he wants to go full out even though it's been 3 years since I have done that. I did that with my own horse too, but he knows how to turn it off, whereas hubby's horse just gets excited and we have to do the whole calm down, slow down exercises each time, pain in the butt, but my own doing.
     
    12-14-2012, 10:40 AM
  #45
Weanling
I have a 16hh-ish QP and and 18.2hh Belgian (both rescues stupid decisions in their own right but I think I'm invincible and could fix any horse of any problem even though they are great horses today). When I was training the Belgian I couldn't get him to stand next to the fence so I could get on him and the mounting block wasn't high enough. I'm mostly torso with stumpy little legs so I need all the help I can get to get on both my horses. So I thought it would be a good idea to use the QP to get on my draft. It took me months to get the two of them to stand next to each other without trying to play or getting bored and walking away. So the first time I tried to use my horse I tied him to the fence with the mounting block next to him and had my draft stand not tied next to my horse, both bareback. I used the mounting block to get on my horse and then use my horse to get on my draft. I didn't take into consideration that my draft had never been backed before. He was a champ though and just stood looking at me like he was amazed at the level of my idiocy to even try what I had done.
     
    12-14-2012, 08:01 PM
  #46
Weanling
Bad stupid - forced a mare to go into a creek she didn't want to go into... turns out the bottom was VERY soft. The creek was partially iced over, mare went down, it took me and my friend about an hour to get her out (we were only like 16 years old), she was going into shock... we had to pull her out with another horse, bad situation.

Funny stupid... but still stupid. I was about 10 years old, my brother was 8, and my sister was 6. We attached one of those little red plastic wagons to our Shetland pony by tying it to his stirrups, and put my sister in the wagon. Turns out pony wasn't broke to drive. He did about 4 laps of the 20 acre field in like a minute. Our wagon was broken to pieces, as was the saddle. Luckily my sister bailed out of the wagon as soon as the pony first took off, haha!
     

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