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post #11 of 29 Old 07-17-2011, 09:46 AM
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Great topic!

Here's one of my most embarassing face-palm moments. I was probably 17 or 18 at the time, my grandpa had people at the barn looking at a couple mares he had for sale. He asked me to come ride for them that day.
Sent me to the pasture to pull out one of them. Got her in, all tacked up. Took her into the arena and climbed on. Warmed her up and then asked for a spin out of her, when she wouldn't turn I realized I caught the WRONG horse! Darn plain jane sorrels! I was on one of his broodmares that was ridden about 5 times as a 3 year old and stood for the next 5 years....I'm lucky she didn't dump my butt!
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Great topic!

Here's one of my most embarassing face-palm moments. I was probably 17 or 18 at the time, my grandpa had people at the barn looking at a couple mares he had for sale. He asked me to come ride for them that day.
Sent me to the pasture to pull out one of them. Got her in, all tacked up. Took her into the arena and climbed on. Warmed her up and then asked for a spin out of her, when she wouldn't turn I realized I caught the WRONG horse! Darn plain jane sorrels! I was on one of his broodmares that was ridden about 5 times as a 3 year old and stood for the next 5 years....I'm lucky she didn't dump my butt!
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wow! That's hilarious. I'm glad my barn doesn't have too many sorrels, I'd probably get them all mixed up!
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I think that's a good part of why I only have one now! I felt like such an idiot, they laughed about it and said it was good testament to the disposition of his horses and bought the mare's yearling filly along with the broke mare they actually came to look at. Worked out, I got double commission from grandpa out of my mistake and the yearling they bought is now 15 and hauling their grandkids around :)
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MHF, ha ha, I have a similar one.
I used to work at a dude type ranch when I was 16-17 for free riding. There were approx 40 horses there. I was told to take a bridle and go find Poco for a regular customer to ride. Ok, no prob, Poco was a bay, and one of the biggest horses. They were in a 50 acre field, but they all usually were together so no big deal. I find him, bridle him, and leap up on to his 17 hand high back. (I was 16, remember? No way could I do that now without a stool. Sigh.)
So we canter in bareback, and stop in front of the head wrangler. Everyone who worked there was just standing staring, mouths agape. Then head wranglers hisses "Hurry up, take him back to the field! Don't let the boss see you!"
Turns out I had grabbed Nordic, not Poco. Nordic was the owners' horse, and no one, I mean NO ONE else was allowed to ride him. Ever. In fact, no one else had ever been on his back before but the owner. Luckily, no one told, and I managed to go exchange the forbidden big bay with the proper one.
The real facepalm was that Nordic's face was all brown, while Poco had a big white stripe!! Ha! Newbie!!
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That's great! I'm so glad I'm not the only one! Lol!
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These all gave me a good laugh!

A couple weeks ago I was mucking out the pens and doing some extra pen maintenance. I have one rope that I sling across the opening like a stall guard so I can go in and out under the rope without open and closing the gate. (the rope is at equine chest level)

So after, I grab my boy, saddle up and start warming up in the arena. I am trotting when I hear hooves right behind me. I'm thinking, "Who the heck is tailgating my horse?" I turn around and to my surprise find Dutchess trotting single file right behind Jake. Very surprised, I head to the gate to close, with Dutchess following behind still closely. Testing her undying faith to my gelding I continued to go outside the arena, ride back to the pens, (I found the rope still up) hop off and open the pen, walk Jake through, and viola! Dutchess was back in her pen without me needing to do much of anything. I got out and CLOSED the door to her pen and latched it. ;)

The rope was taught at low chest level. I thought she couldn't go under it, and I had been 100% sure that she was NOT the type to jump out. Apparently she did one or the other and followed her lover. Hehe Instead of wandering off to find the grain, or food she chooses to follow me while I work out Jake. Haha I don't know how long she was following me at the trot. xP
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Last week I went to get my horse from the pasture. I put his halter on and walked back a little angry about how much my horse was tossing his head thinking the bugs aren't that bad. Turned out I had the halter in his mouth...duh.

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post #18 of 29 Old 07-18-2011, 12:54 PM
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Hahah great topic!

Once I was at a show and was about to go into my jumping class. I thought I had the course down. I went in and did the most beautiful course ever, my horse was flawless. But we did the whole thing backwards. We did the exact course but starting with the last jump and ending on the first. How I managed that one I will never know. The judge came up to me laughing, saying I would have won hands down if I'd done the course correctly. lol

Another time I cleaned my stalls, closed them up and left my horses turned out. The way my barn is set up, the paddock surrounds the barn, so I can open my stalls and the horses are boom, out in their paddock. Or I'll clip the stalls open and they can go in and out. Well I was positive I'd locked the horses out of the barn when I was done cleaning stalls. But when I went outside to get the mail I saw both horses in their stalls. I was like "darn I must have forgot to close the stalls." So I kicked them out of the barn and closed the stalls up, and doubled checked to make sure they were locked up. So I go in and do some school work, clean my room up and go out to put the horses in so I could tack up and ride. Both horses are already in their stalls again. I was shocked. Later I found out that Dallas learned how to unlocked the stalls and decided to let himself and Shaymus in to get away from the bugs and heat(even though they have a very nice paddock they wanted to go in I guess). Needless to say we put new locks on the stalls. Dallas has already gone to work trying to figure out how to unlock these. We'll see how long it takes him. lol.

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I have those all the time with my psychotic horse. Particularly when he spooks at nothing. He'll stand there with his ears pricked, staring at the ground when there's nothing there. I am convinced he hallucinates.

But then again, sometimes I'll search and search for a hoof pick or certain brush and it'll be in my hand or my pocket the whole time. So I can't really make fun of my horse for doing stupid things. We're two halves of a whole idiot.

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What a man can be, he must be.
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At my last show, for some unknown reason, I got in the ring and was confused which direction I go for my courtesy circle to get to the first jump. I started out in the correct direction..than I heard My trainer sigh ( which made me think I went the wrong way), so I turned around, than the gate person told me the other way..I was doing circles for about 30 seconds before I actually went over a jump!
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