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post #1 of 4 Old 12-27-2012, 09:50 PM Thread Starter
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Every "Family" Has One......

There's always one in every family. The kid who always has the scraped knees, believes everything is out to get him because it really is, has a harder time catching on to day to day chores......that kid.

I have one in my horsey family. Poor little guy! He thinks everything is out to eat him and so far, the way he goes along, he fixes things so that they DO try to eat him.

I have Baby Proof Blankets for those young horses, under a year, and I've had them for 15 years. We were just commenting that they still look new and weren't at all torn up by their many young charges who got used to being blanketed in them.

WELL!!!! Young master Khrome has had a difficult time deciding he likes people, wants to be haltered, wants to be led, wants to get in the trailer, wants to have his toes done......you name it, EVERYTHING has been tougher for this little guy. It's just him. His 2 sisters fuss at first but in 10 mins they're the BTDT types like they've been doing stuff all their lives. And there's not a HUGE difference in their ages. Khrome was first, born 2/8/12, then Diva, born 2/15/12 and Te'Ata (Little T), born 2/16/12. Khrome had a tough start, failure of immunity transfer, got sick was in the ICU for 10 days, came home and had to be force fed antibiotics for 10 more days. Poor little guy, really was SICK of people by then and it just hasn't gotten any easier for him. He still wears the foal halter with training wheels on it, a long rope that goes around his butt to encourage him to go forward, though we rarely need it anymore. He does progress but everything is just HUGE for him.

It hasn't been cold enough to need blankets until the other night so we gathered up blankets for them all and got ready to rumble. We did the girls first because they really are a lot easier to handle than poor Khrome. When it came his turn, I really didn't have the right size for him, everything is either too big by miles or too small just enough to not be comfy. So, found one of the training blankets and got it on him and it really wasn't too bad, only took about 3 times as long as the girls but wasn't a full on fight either. He gets the blanket on, the light bulb that says, "HAY, this is WARM" goes on and he settles in and decides he likes the blanket thing.

Today was still MISERABLY cold, so we turned them out with their blankets on. Siiiiiiiiiigh, he and Skip got to playing and at some point destroyed the surcingles on the blanket. I went out this afternoon to feed and discovered poor Little Man standing in the pasture with the blanket hanging around his neck down in front of his front feet where he kept standing on it. The good news, he learned to give to pressure some and not freak totally out about the blanket being loose and kind of flapping around. Now it took 2 of us to get the thing on, and I was alone and had to get it off......OH JOY!

I let Honey Boo Boo in, she's kind of adopted him, and he followed her into her stall. I left him in there so he wouldn't get too upset, and managed to convince him that it really was ok to let me take that thing off from around his neck. It was actually a lot easier than I thought it was going to be.

But gosh, POOR LITTLE MAN, of all the horses to have that happen to, the **** blanket tried to eat him. He knew it would, he told me he thought so, and guess what? IT DID! Bet I play hell getting the new one on him when it gets here next week......Wanna bet?

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post #2 of 4 Old 12-27-2012, 10:15 PM
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Poor guy!

My lil gelding wasn't much better, took 3 of us to get a blanket on his shivering self and then he stood there too terrified to move in it. When he finally settled int to being okay with it, the wind started blowing and his tail flap started flapping around. Never heard my BO laugh so hard as when she called to tell me he had been running away from his tail flap for over half an hour!
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Poor sweetie - but like you said, it helps desensitize him and in the end, it didn't kill him... and good ole Honey Boo Boo - got to love the good mares :) ... when is she due?

Reminds me of my blanket story - I had body clipped my old show gelding, and then blanketed him. Farrier came out, and when he finished, we turned him out to see how he moved. Ace wouldn't move, and when I forced him, he walked with little teeny tiny minced steps and looked miserable. I almost panicked until I realized he was freaking out over the blanket rubbing against his newly clipped coat ... after a week he was grown out enough it didn't kill him...

There is no passion to be found playing small - in settling for a life that is less than the one you are capable of living. - Nelson Mandela
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Honey is due 2/14/13, I can't wait til she delivers a nice little foal. It's going to be very spoiled because it's the only one this year, Dreamlet slipped hers after she was so ill. So this little foaldy will be very very doted upon.

I always try to wait to introduce the blankets til it's reallly cold and ugly out, you can see them light up when they figure out how warm they are once they quit fussing. But poor little Khrome, was such a trooper about it all, only ran around his stall a little bit when I put leg straps on, on one of the ones that didn't fit. The one I finally got on him that MOSTLY fit, didn't have leg straps, now I wish it had. He was actually quite sensible tonight.
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