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post #1 of 4 Old 10-06-2010, 10:14 AM Thread Starter
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"Bubble Boy" Stories

I have mentioned that I often call my Dutch Warmblood “Bubble Boy” because of his quirkiness and never-ending “special” moments. I thought it would be fun to list a few of the attributes that make him a so-called “Bubble Boy”, perhaps you have your own as well, so here we go;
  • When we first got him, he managed to continually cut up his own legs in his stall overnight; slightly self-destructive, if you will.
  • To prevent the self inflicted injuries, we had him on overnight turnout. One night there was a bad storm coming in, so he was turned out in the indoor arena. He managed to nudge the door open with his shoulder (causing a nice big gash) and wander through the two adjoining barns all night. During this time frame he found the only fly bait in the entire barn (hidden quite high and out of sight) and ate about 1/8th of the package (no worries – it was non-toxic, he was watched, and nothing ever happened to him except the flies stayed away from his manure for a few days ). After feasting on the fly bait, he then managed to nestle in with the ponies for the rest of the night. The B/O found him in the morning standing, head first, crammed (a 17.3hh horse) into one of the very tiny pony stalls in the back barn.
  • We once tailored for 7 hours to get to a show. I knew he was a tail-rubber, so I made sure to wrap his tail for the trip. Upon unloading, as I walked him off the trailer and walked past a group of people I heard a crowd of gasps and giggles. I turned around to find my guys tail a complete disaster. He somehow managed to keep the tail wrap on, yet completely entangle the entire rest of his tail over and into the wrap. I have added the picture of this after we managed to pick out the tail wrap (you can kind of see me looking very impressed in the background).
  • Throughout the season, we travel to shows that are usually a couple of hours to get to. The first couple trips always involved him getting his shipping wraps off, cutting up his legs, scraping his forehead, rubbing his cheekbones and usually he somehow figured out how to remove his hay net. We quickly figured out that he has special shipping requirements. He now sports bell-boots on all fours, full shipping boots that go from hoof to armpit (practically), a leather bumper cap, modified cheek fuzzys that cover the metal parts on his halter, his own special hay net, a dose of “perfect prep” to make shipping a little less stressful, oh yeah, and his own luxury stall (had to take out a partition to give him 2 stalls!).
He’s getting special isn’t he…?
  • I will make this short because I already wrote about this in another post… We have found out that he has a “girthy” problem that results in him literally falling down on the cross ties! If you wish to read up on this interesting experience, I wrote about it on Page 2 of the thread Extremely girthy horse...help..
  • His favorite past time (as I am sure is the case with many) is grazing. This horse LOVES his grass…too much. I literally have to lure him away from the grass with carrots, otherwise he has a tantrum, stomps his feet, and has almost tried to lie down, just to prevent me from taking him away from it. We are working on this issue, and he is responding well to positive reinforcment...food rewards (surprise, surprise). This horse loves his grass so much so, that one evening he started to choke on it because he was eating it so ravenously – even while choking he resisted to me trying to lift his head from the ground! (No worries, he was fine and it – knock on wood – has not happened since). Seriously though, you would think we starve this horse!
  • We started blanketing about a month ago. At night I would put on his blanket, only to find it off in the morning and completely hidden under his shavings. Upon further inspection, none of the straps were broken, nor were they undone. After doing this a few nights in a row, one of the girls at the barn caught him in action. Being that there were no leg straps on his Baker, he would rub his body against his stall in such a motion to get the blanket up near his withers. He would then burrow his head and shake so it slid down his neck and then literally step-out of his blanket, leaving it completely in tact. Needless to say, the next day I had leg straps installed on all of his blankets.
These are just a few of my stories about my special boy, and quite frankly it makes him that much more lovable to me . Some days, I seriously consider wrapping him in bubble wrap, but he would likely find a way to tangle himself in it, pop the bubbles, then choke on them, I’m sure.

I have attached a couple pictures of my guy, and as you can see, he is very beat up and neglected. I obviously starve him to death as well!

Tell me about your “special” stories!!
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post #2 of 4 Old 10-06-2010, 01:09 PM
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Your horse sounds ornery, lol.

Two days after we brought Annalie home we put her in her stall for awhile because I was planning to ride. She completely demolishes the door to get out. So my husband puts metal brackets on the corners of the stall door. She goes back in the stall the next day. I go outside to get ready to let the horses out and she's out of her stall in the pasture. She pushed the stall door up like a doggie door! So we put a chain at the bottom of it. She goes back in her stall and the next day she pushed out the side of the door. So we had to put a bungee cord on the side. So we got that problem fixed.

We started to put her out in the pasture more than in her stall. So she puches the door that is on the sliding door until it breaks. My husband puts a board across it. Then she pushes the door open with her head and breaks it by pusing it in with her shoulder. We put two latches on it. So she goes in the other side of the sliding door and breaks it so it won't roll closed. So we had to piece the door back together and fix the rollers. She has broken that door 6 times!

Then she figures out how to open knob doors. So we had to put new locks on the tack room door and the garage door (that connects to the barn) because she figured out how to open them! We have a section of the pasture "roped" off for a paddock area to let the grass grow in the pasture. We originally had one line up (not electric) because that is what kept her in at her old home. It was about waist high. She squeezed under it and got into the pasture, breaking the rope. So we put up another line. She steps over the lower one and goes under the higher one! If she wasn't a dream to ride she'd be gone because she is getting on my husband's last nerve, lol.

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Ha-ha, ShutUpJoe! What a little houdini she is! Too funny - from an outsiders view of course...not so funny from your husbands perspective, I'm sure

I may have made it sound as such, but my guy's really not ornery. He has pony brains some days, and others he just doesn't know where his feet are! lol He is also a dream to ride, and has such a comedic personality

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post #4 of 4 Old 10-06-2010, 03:02 PM
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Usually the ones that cause some trouble on the ground are the ones that are great under saddle. : D

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