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post #1 of 46 Old 08-08-2012, 12:33 AM Thread Starter
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Anyone else have a "short bus" horse?

Ruger, three years old, rakes his teeth across metal, picks up things, sucks on other horse's ears, has virtually no brain....He'll touch the electric fence, panic, snort for about five minutes, then go back and touch it again, panic, snort for about five minutes, then go back and tuch it AGAIN. Because third time's the charm, right?

Today he stuck both front feet in his grain bucket and tore off a piece of the rim, proceeded to get stuck in that bucket, and just kinda fell over like "Uh, Mom, help?"

He did the same thing with hobble training. Just kinda flopped over and laid there, eating hay sideways...

And after a hose off or bath, he will drop and roll ANYWHERE. Even in the crossties he tries. If you try and lunge him to keep his feet moving so he won't roll, he makes a big LEAP into the air and nosedives into the dirt and rolls.


He's the kid on the short bus licking windows and wearing a helmet.

Pssh.I didn't pick up the wrong lead
It's called a counter canter...
...A very advanced maneuver.
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post #2 of 46 Old 08-08-2012, 12:46 AM
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very cute weird horse

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post #3 of 46 Old 08-08-2012, 12:52 AM
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LOL! I had one named Harley, did all the wierdest things and then would look at you like, "Whut? Whut U starin' at?"

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post #4 of 46 Old 08-08-2012, 12:54 AM
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My horse is completely brain dead, most of the time I can't help but laugh at him.

I recently moved barns, I was a bit flustered about the move in general. Lucas loaded like a dream, but I needed him to move over to so my none horsey husband could close the divider for me while I was tying him up.
As I was flustered, and trying to do things quickly I didn't ask for him to move over well, I just kind of pushed at him without getting myself into position and pushing in the right place.

Stupid horse thought I was asking him to go forward through the human door out the side of the trailer. He made moves to go through the door that's about 1/4 the size of him. It was so obvious that this was his plan that my husband (who knows nothing about horses) ran around to stop him. Obviously I stopped him before he attempted it, so it was all good.

The great thing about having a really stupid horse is that it's not hard to be the leader. With his lack of brain power, my dog could be his leader.
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post #5 of 46 Old 08-08-2012, 01:18 AM
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Oh, poor Ruger! Actually I think he's a genius!
Look at him offer his "toy", that was soooo sad!
Maybe he's just looking for a weak charge area in the fence.... Probaby not!

Gotta love the "dummies". At least we can out think SOME of them!
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post #6 of 46 Old 08-08-2012, 02:37 AM Thread Starter
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Haha the problem is not trying to be his leader, the problem is to get him to stop trying to latch onto every living thing he ever come in contact with. LOL

He got so attached to my trainer's barn cat once, and when the cat walked away he screamed and screamed and SCREAMED again for hours while I was riding the other horses.

On top of that, when I pulled him out, tied him up, and went back to get Selena she went out of his eyesight for two seconds to go out the gate and he totally pulled back on the trailer tie, snapped his rope halter, and came bolting up to the fence where we were.

Some things are cute, some things are not o.o

Pssh.I didn't pick up the wrong lead
It's called a counter canter...
...A very advanced maneuver.
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post #7 of 46 Old 08-08-2012, 03:00 AM
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Squiggy is just... Squiggy. Only a special kind of horse can get away with the name "Squiggy" and I think we all know the kind of "special" I'm talking about.

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post #8 of 46 Old 08-08-2012, 03:37 AM
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oh lord lol, I met a horse who I wanted to buy. He eats covers of other horses and always has. He used to stand on his feed bucket like "Im the king this is my throne" also, when he gets bored, he pulls the pigtail standards out of the ground and lets himself and every other horse out.

My horse just sucks on his lead rope and stands in his buckets
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post #9 of 46 Old 08-08-2012, 04:17 AM
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No stories to tell (y'all LUCKED OUT in that respect for once!), but, you guys have me ROLLING.
THEY ARE sooo cute and sweet in their "mildly mentally challenged" ways, aren't they??
And I absolutely agree...I always feel much better when I can actually feel mentally superior to SOMETHING, for a minute or two at least! ;0)
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post #10 of 46 Old 08-08-2012, 04:36 AM
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Is there someplace that specializes in selling shortbus horses? I'm OVER dealing with horses that I have to work at staying ahead of. I think I've reached the point where I only want to deal with the shortbus guys!
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