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post #11 of 19 Old 10-23-2012, 12:54 PM
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just curious don't they kind of hang out together?

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post #12 of 19 Old 10-23-2012, 12:56 PM
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I refuse to go get mine. She either comes when I call or I take one of her buddies out. Luckily she is paddocked with the bm's horses so she won't care if I take a different one out to love on. My horse is extremely jelous so all it takes is a a few pets to a horse other than her and she starts talking and comes up to me.

She has let it go so far as I have actually taken another horse into the barn before she got pissed enough to come to the gate. And she's only in a 1.5 acre paddock lol.
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post #13 of 19 Old 10-23-2012, 01:02 PM
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I do hope Zulu hasn't been stolen. It's very unusual for horses to wander very far from each other. I don't whistle as in -30 I'm not removing a mitt to put two fingers in my mouth in order to whistle. But, I've developed a pitch in my voice that carries a long way when I yell Co Mon. It's only a few moments when I hear hooves thundering.
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It's not my property. I don't feed them, so it's hard to trail them to come to food. In the winter, they wander less, and the get feed twice a day, rather than only once like the summer. I can sometimes get them to come by banging the feed station door.

I dont' have an ATV. The owners have a Gator, but we cannot use that.
The horses are usually all togehter or in two sub herds, so if you see one, you find all. those loners were old ponies who stay along to avoid being picked on.

Mac is in a different pasture (only 5 acres), so always findable. I just wanted to ride Zulu that day.

Here's what happended a couple of days later:

Oh, and while I am talking about getting the horses from this huge parcel of wooded, hilly land, let me tell you about yesterday's fun.

I went down, just like always, on the path, which twistes and turns , offering changing views of the property. at times, one must decide and committ to going left, up the steep hill and beyond, right up that hill and around the pond, or straight on down to the farthest part of the pasture (we call the Polo field).

This day, that is what I did. and still did not find ONE horse. how can 15 horses hide so well? finally, down at the Polo field, i see one, then the other, kind of strung out across the field, going farther and farther into the farthest corner of the field. My dogs are tired and burning, so I dont' want to walk so far, and I don't see Zulu's red bay coat anywhere.

Oh Man, I don't want to go looking for him in the myriad of possible places he could be, just out of sight.

So, I get this bright idea ?*?!! I will make the herd run up the hill and the sound of the hooves will flush him out and he'll join them. Yes! So, I start walking to the farthest horse , thinking that if I want to drive the herb back up the hill, I need to start driving from the farthest hosre.

But wait! that is not true. All I need to do is move the closest horses, and they will draw the rest, who will then draw out MY horse. right?

So, I pick out the most sensitvie hrose and start driving him toward teh hill, then a mare joins him . theey hesitate, 'cause they are more used to beig cuaght than herded. But, I apply a bit of energetic "push" and off they go cantering up the hill. one by one, the other horses, spread out and grazing, throw up their heads and canter off.

But, no Zee.

So, I lumber up the hill to find the horses milling around the feeding station, at least the ones I drove up. no Z. So, I start banging the feeding station door and throw out a few snippets of hay. That got the attention of the horses, and the missing herd members came over the hill and they all came down to see what was in the manger.

Well, then I started my work on Zee. I allowed him a couple of mouthfuls, then I started in on drawing him to me, just him , from a group of about 12 horses, milling around the feeding station, looking for hay.

every time he went to put his nose in the manger, a swung my leadrope, or banged on the building or scuffled the ground loudy ,,raising the volumne until he stopped his focus and looked at me. Then , silence. Again and again, sometimes causing the entire group to move, but keeping laser focussed on Z.

Eventually, he stayed looking at me for qhite a while, and I held out my hand with a small treat. He came , took it , then turned back to the hay. I interruppted promptly. this went on for some time, each time he gave me more; first a look , then a look and turn, then add some steps toward me, then finally he followed me out of the pack of horse (I was standing outside the pack) and let me halter him.

Now, I did use treats, but only as a reward, not as a lure.

In any case, we had a marvelous ride and thank you for reading this long and pointless story.
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post #15 of 19 Old 10-23-2012, 02:35 PM
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naive me, I'm not used to so much land! glad you had a good ride..and no story is pointless because somehow we can all relate!

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post #16 of 19 Old 10-23-2012, 02:48 PM
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and i thought 20 acers was bad
I love that land

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post #17 of 19 Old 10-23-2012, 02:59 PM
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Lol glad my biggest field is less than 4 acres. Although saying that, Alli has got me to go all the way down to the far corner to catch her, got her treat for letting me approach her, then just as I was getting the halter on her nose, decided to 'play' and canter all the way up to the gate with her tail up and nose in the air like a little devil pony, leaving me standing like a wally with a halter, no horse and a hill to walk back up mares

Now, if she ever gets a treat for catching, she gets it after her nose is securly in the halter

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post #18 of 19 Old 10-23-2012, 03:14 PM
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My biggest turnout is 160 acres, don't use that very often!! Luckily we are mainly flat, but it is surprising how well a bunch of horses can hide with just a small dip or rise. Usually they are out in 5 or 6 acre patches, gives me a sporting chance of finding them.
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post #19 of 19 Old 10-23-2012, 03:21 PM Thread Starter
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I cannot tell you how precious this piece of land is. Bellevue is a very wealthy community, by and large. Land here is VERY expensive. Around the property on two sides are million and multimillion MacMansions. A 500 acre state park is on one side, and on the fourth, a golf course (which used to belong to the same farm but was sold so that they could manage to keep the remainiing 60 acres.
The land is very hilly and treed. When you descend into the little valleys, you can no longer hear the traffic from the nearby highways and streets. (Remember , this is within a few short miles of Seattle, some 1.5 million people)

It is a total gem. I love being there and since it is so lovely and peaceful, I try not to let walking down the horses become a chore, and keep it a priviledge in my mind.
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