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post #1 of 30 Old 08-10-2010, 03:52 PM Thread Starter
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Am I the Only One?

For months and months when I first got Tango, I was bound and determined not to get too attached to her because she was just an animal, and I should be ready and able to part with her in a moment's notice (say if we ever had to sell her, or she got badly injured and we had to put her down). But now, almost a year after we got her, I love her so much you can't even imagine. We've been through so much together and she's been such a great horse (albeit with some problems ;) ),'s weird. It's probably not wrong to love your horse, but now that I think about it, there's no way I'd let her go easily. It's even got to the point where I'm less strict with her. I'm still firm and make her do, but one look from that pretty little face and I'm butter. Like, for example, when I tell Lily to move, she **** well moves right away, but when I tell Tango to move she'll sort of just amble out of the way like it's no big deal. I suppose if she was disrespectful, aggressive and an idiot I would crack down, but none of those things are her nature so I'm always very partial to her and a little gentler and less forceful with her. When I see Lily kicking at her I always chase Lil off, and Tango has learned to come up and hide behind me when Lily's on the warpath 'cause I'll protect her.

Does anyone else have one special horse that you baby? I know it's wrong to get so attached to a darn horse, but I just can't help it.

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post #2 of 30 Old 08-10-2010, 03:56 PM
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This was my heart horse. He was literally allowed to get away with pretty much anything short of murder.

I was easier on him than I've been on any of the others, and made concessions for his hateful, evil personality as well as his little quirks.

His saving grace was that he loved people, and he had a wonderful work ethic. He was honest as the day was long.

He just had strong opinions about things, and was convinced he was always right. Even when he wasn't.
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post #3 of 30 Old 08-10-2010, 04:19 PM
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jasper is my baby. i let him itch on me, we play together and if he bucks when im on him, no biggie i just yell at him and its done. Delilah on the other hand when she is being a brat im hard on her. i think its bc she is older and should be mature

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post #4 of 30 Old 08-10-2010, 04:20 PM
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Im like that with Snap..when I first got him he pretty much wasnt broke to ride like I was told..sent him to the trainers, and he came back he still was a little stubborn but no longer tried to kill me on his back:) Always had Wonderful ground manners though, and so good with kids. Now there isnt anyone that I wouldnt trust on his back, and he can be a pain because he can get into anything, but he totally trusts me as much as I do him. And he is so much fun to ride...what energy..the TWH thing I guess, we pretty much leave anyone we are riding with and turn back alot, and it used to make me nervous but now I just realize its him..he loves to go and he will tackle just about anything even if he has the snort his way thru any new scarey process. And I know I wouldnt ever be able to part with him now:) And hes is not a push button horse...sometimes he still may try me but hes not dangerous about it..I think he just wants to make sure Im paying attention to him. He has such a unique personality.
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post #5 of 30 Old 08-10-2010, 11:17 PM
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I guess I'm the odd one out here... I adore my horse, but I'm still hard on her if she misbehaves.

"I was eight years old, and I've never forgotten her face when she told me about watching you ride. She told me she saw you, and your horse was dancing in the moonlight."
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post #6 of 30 Old 08-10-2010, 11:58 PM
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Ohhh my King got away with bloody murder. I still would trade every horse I have owned since him to get him back. I would drain my bank account and live on ramen to have him back. I've been searching for so long for a horse like day I realized that he truely was a one of a kind. Its kind of silly to think of it this way but I do believe we were meant for eachother. Heres a silly picture of us jumping bareback, barefoot (both of us! LOL) while he was 23ish. I have to scan a better pic of him. Nothing does his copper coat justice
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post #7 of 30 Old 08-11-2010, 12:05 AM
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I do that with all my horses. My trainers horses, however, get the hammer cracked down if they do something wrong. But then again, my trainer pays me to teach small children and fix
tiny quirks while she is dealing with tge major behavioral issues. I can't just let something slip or I don't get paid
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post #8 of 30 Old 08-11-2010, 12:18 AM
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I adore my horse. She is so passive and willing to please that I can be lenient with her. She really doesn't do anything to give me any trouble. I am told this is strange for a thoroughbred.
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post #9 of 30 Old 08-11-2010, 12:20 AM
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SR...while I know your boy was a one and all of our heart-horses are. I think I have a pretty close physical twin. This is my BO's horse, Pretty Boy. He was rescued off the streets of WV. Someone turned him loose in town. 8 years later...he is chock-full-o-attitude and just the cutest boy around. If we could just get him to stop with the 'whoopeeee' would be grand with Pretty.
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post #10 of 30 Old 08-11-2010, 01:05 AM
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I really didn't even plan on getting myself another horse. It is so hard losing them. But when I met Dixie it was love at first sight. My wife gets on me for being to easy on her, but she is still a great horse with just a couple bad habits from me being to easy on her.
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