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        06-15-2012, 06:31 PM
    When I was a kid, maybe 5-6 years old, my grandpa had this old mule he used for coon hunting. Pete would jump anything in his path, point him and he went up hills and down hollers for the men...

    Pete was also used as a babysitter for all of us kids. It didn't matter how many of us piled on him or what we did, he'd calmly walk around the front yard all day long. However he wouldn't step one foot out of the front yard with us kids on him, it didn't matter if one of us was pulling, one pushing and two whacking him with sticks, he just wouldn't do it. He'd put up with us for so long and then just sit down like a dog and we'd slide down his back.

    I think one of the only times I'd ever seen my grandpa tear up was when Pete passed on one morning. I would dearly love to find a babysitter like that again.... sometimes I need one,LOL.
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        06-15-2012, 07:22 PM
    Since I never had horses as a child, all my humiliations occurred as an adult. Mr. Big Stuff came to me as a step up from my confidence builder after a horrific wreck. He wasn't truly mean, just opinionated, and I was assured that he wasn't anything I couldn't handle. SO... early days:

    We're out for a ride with friends and they get way ahead of us up a long switch back. Steep up on one side, steep down on the other. Big decides it's time to catch up and takes the bit in his know the rest. I'm on a runaway up a switchback. There's no room for a one rein stop unless I like falling... So I figure my best bet is to just hang on.
    My mouth of course is calling him anything but a Christian horse and any other colorful term I can think of at the top of my lungs. At the top there is my husband and three friends waiting for me. Along with a couple on a beautiful matched pair of paints waiting to go down the switchback.
    The guy looks at me and says, "Talk to your horse much?"

    Forward a year or two: We're riding with friends along the lake and stop to let the horses get some water. Big starts walking out and I'm thinking,
    "Wow, this is cool!" Then he steps off the dropoff and starts swimming.
    Now, Big is only 14.2 hh and when he's swimming with no bottom under him all I can really see is his nose, so I slip off to the side. Whereupon he turns and heads for the bank. No problem. I can swim. Only I didn't figure on my riding boots filling up with water!! So I'm floating on my back with my boots hanging down, backstroking for shore where my friends (including my DH) are laughing hysterically while my boots are trying to drown me!!! Big is, of course, on shore watching me and grazing contentedly. Totally wet butt meets totally wet saddle for an interesting ride home. He never has been afraid of water! I'll say that for him! LOL
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        06-15-2012, 08:35 PM
    Not really a disaster although I was a little sore for a few days....but one day I went to ride my horse when I had a cold. I over judged my strength mounting up and flung myself clear to the other side! And of course it was at a riding trail where there where people!
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