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    04-08-2011, 07:55 AM
  #1
Yearling
Crazy things you've done for horses?

After yesterday, I've been wondering what crazy things some of you have done for horses!

Yesterday I made a bargain with my father- if I get a 4.0 GPA fourth quarter, I can have lessons every week (opposed to every other week). I made a picture collage of horses and put it on my folder to help motivate me- I'll need it!

And of course I NEVER did something like, say, working in my Aunt's garden for hours on a Saturday morning just so she could drive me to my barn- and then be happy even though all I could do was pet the horses! No, that would be crazy talk...

I'll think of more later! Tell me your stories of crazy things you have done for horses
     
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    04-08-2011, 11:28 AM
  #2
Weanling
Cinger: Your situation reminds me quite a bit of mine when I was in school. I did very poorly before I started riding. Then to keep my riding up for school motivation My parents said I could only ride if I did good in school. So every friday I had to bring home a progress report from all my teachers. If I had one bad remark then I didn't get to ride that week. Can say it brought up my grades real fast cause I wanted to ride.

But I would have to say the craziest thing I have done for a horse or horse time is...

Makeing a whole horse safe birthday cake and throwing a birthday party for my first horse.
     
    04-08-2011, 11:42 AM
  #3
Weanling
Hmmm, aren't we all INSANE?
LOVE the birthday cake, that is totally not crazy, what are you thinkin? ;)
Neither is bargaining, that makes a lot of sense and both you and your father get what you want.
When I was in school I would take photos of my horses to my finals and put them on the corner of my desk to remind me that I had a reason to not flub this exam and get grounded, losing my riding time.

The craziest thing I've done (so far, because it's hard to top.) is hunting down my boy after he was sold. Driving through a snow storm in my little car, quizzing everyone who even had a barn. Well, GRILLING them would be more like it.
'Oh, he's not here? Are you SURE? Can I look, please?'
If I couldn't get my car in a driveway because of the snow, I'd park on the street or in someone's driveway down the street (with permission) and walk it up to their back door/barn/arena.
I had his picture on a keychain and I gave one to all my friends and enlisted their help on the phone call list. I had about 10 people calling and recalling every barn in Michigan.
When I finally did find him, I started crying to the lady one the phone:
'Can you tell him *sniffle* that I l-l-l-love him *sniffle* and that I didn't l-l-l-leave him *sniffle*
She thought I was a psycho and I didn't care. Which is probably what amounted to me paying more than 3 times what he was sold to her for, but I didn't care about that either.
My BO to this day joke with people to let me know first before they get rid of their horses. 'She WILL hunt you down, so save the energy and just tell her.'
Maybe I AM crazy?
     
    04-08-2011, 11:46 AM
  #4
mls
Trained
Checked the thermometer on me after the horse. With mere wipe of my fingers.

(VERY high temp on the horse and I wanted to make sure the thermometer was working)

Vet laughed but appreciated the length I was willing to go to help my horse.
     
    04-08-2011, 11:51 AM
  #5
Banned
When my first horse bowed both front tendons and was on stall rest, I used to go out and pull 5 gallon buckets of grass for him so that he could have grass.

Long story but I've gotten into a bathtub with a not so freshly dead cow so that the horses could have water. Now *that* was a good time!
     
    04-08-2011, 11:59 AM
  #6
Started
Good for you, Dusty! Aren't we all at least a LITTLE nutty? Horse people. Gawd.

I quit showing for my horse. He didn't like doing it, so instead of making him do it or getting a different horse, I quit. I'm glad I did though, because it made me realize that I didn't enjoy competing as much as I'd thought.

The first time my horse colicked, I spent all day at the barn with him and it was around 95 degrees. I walked him, helped the vet out, mucked his stall... and I was so worried about him that I'd forgotten to eat or drink anything, so I was about ready to die of heat stroke when I went home at 6:30.
     
    04-08-2011, 11:59 AM
  #7
Weanling
You might be a little crazy Dusty, haha, but I think most horse people would do that for a horse they love.

The craziest thing I've done is probably working with a mare that even he vet was afraid of. My Mira had a tumor in her brain that affected her personality, so she was downright vicious to everyone but me. Sweetest horse in the world around me, would have trusted her with my life. I wasn't supposed to handle her towards the end, because my dad was afraid she would hurt me, maybe it was reckless and stupid, but I knew she wouldn't hurt me, so I did it anyways. Around anyone else she was dangerous though, and we did have to put her down for the safety of everyone else at the barn and because her pain just kept getting worse. Miss her everyday
     
    04-08-2011, 05:20 PM
  #8
Showing
Quote:
Originally Posted by mls    
Checked the thermometer on me after the horse. With mere wipe of my fingers.

(VERY high temp on the horse and I wanted to make sure the thermometer was working)

Vet laughed but appreciated the length I was willing to go to help my horse.
Don't think I'd go that far....

As for crazy, that's the story of my life! I'm up at 5 on school days to go to the barn, clean stalls for my 7 horses, give water, feed, soak Excel's abscessed foot, and come inside and get ready to be picked up by the bus at 6:30. After school, same routine. I get calls on a regular basis at school from my mom, asking about Excel's lameness or worming schedules or questions from the farrier on a particular horse's farrier history.

Last night, we ran out of hay, so my mom and I drove to the farmer's barn at midnight to stack hay on the roof of the explorer for their dinner.

My teachers all know I'm insane. They also know all the names of my horses, the assignments to make specific rules for that do not include horses (yesterday my Spanish teacher gave us an assignment....drawing someone from our family and describing them. She specifically told the class that horses were not allowed )
     
    04-09-2011, 01:22 AM
  #9
Green Broke
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Originally Posted by equiniphile    
Don't think I'd go that far....

As for crazy, that's the story of my life! I'm up at 5 on school days to go to the barn, clean stalls for my 7 horses, give water, feed, soak Excel's abscessed foot, and come inside and get ready to be picked up by the bus at 6:30. After school, same routine. I get calls on a regular basis at school from my mom, asking about Excel's lameness or worming schedules or questions from the farrier on a particular horse's farrier history.

Last night, we ran out of hay, so my mom and I drove to the farmer's barn at midnight to stack hay on the roof of the explorer for their dinner.

My teachers all know I'm insane. They also know all the names of my horses, the assignments to make specific rules for that do not include horses (yesterday my Spanish teacher gave us an assignment....drawing someone from our family and describing them. She specifically told the class that horses were not allowed )
That assignment thing? Same for me. Except in english because my teacher trhinks I should "be allowed to write about what I know." The only thing is I get my paper back with all the "hoof wall"s, "sheath"s "girth"s, and "numnah"s underlined with question marks. Lol.
     
    04-09-2011, 02:00 AM
  #10
Foal
Umm well I don't know if this is crazy or not but I skipped a whole semester to stay with my horse more often . =p
     

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