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    04-07-2012, 08:23 AM
  #1521
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CW when I read you had taken a fall I thought it was from a horse to start with!
Get some arnica tablets and cream, they are great for bruising.

Why is it that when we trip and fall the first thing we do is look around to see who was watching?

Was busy yesterday took some time to do a load of baking. Several cakes, a chicken and sweetcorn pie, several pasties, and scones both sweet and savoury.

Been busy planting in the garden and come I for a break. We are in sore need of rain. I have actually put out the sprinklers it is that dry. We didn't get much rain over the last week but it was cold and nasty. Not a lot better for the coming week.

HUNTER You are going to have to stop the treats! Only give one when he is caught. I hate horses that bite. Serious damage can be done if they do start the habit. Glad you punished for it.

There was a pony at the riding school that bit and by bit I mean would do serious damage and grab you and hold on and shake.
He was not allowed to be handled by anyone but the more experienced and riders were not allowed to mount or dismount him without someone at his head.
What made it worse was that he might not do it for months and then grab you without warning.

One day I was leading him in after he had been ridden and he went for me. He grabbed my wrist area. Luckily I had a large handkerchief stuffed up the sleeve of a newly knitted sweater Mum had made - which I was not supposed to be wearing to the stables.
Unluckily he tore a hole in the sleeve. I was so mad I grabbed his ear and bit it hard - with my back teeth, and held on. He spun around and around in a circle squealing like a pig. He never, ever tried to bite me again!

He was about 14 hands and I would ride him in gymkhanas as no one else bar an older friend, wanted to ride him. He was a great games pony and as you could get 8 games entries for 1 and win 3 for each, I would always come home in pocket.

Gymkhana games were a big thing back then. I loved them and although never athletic I could vault on and off at a gallop and had good hand/eye co-ordination.
I was also one for seeing gaps in the rules and utilising the to my advantage.

A new game - the dressing game - was introduced. You had to take off your hats, jackets and boots. These were placed in sacks at various distances from the start. Ponies were held at the top of the arena unsaddled.
You ran to the first sack, collected your boots, then your hats, and finally jackets, ran to the pony saddled it and raced to the finish.

It was chaos trying to find everything. Next time I had Mum sew some red elbow patches in the elbows of an old jacket, and old pair of boots with elastic sides, had the soles painted red at was an old hat that Foxhound pups had chewed the velvet off. I had no problem picking out my stuff! I was at the finish before most had even found their clothing.

This pony went to his last show when he was in his thirties. He had been in a veteran class and was standing watching the games with great interest. We put a seven year girl up on him for the bending race. His reins were knotted and she only had hold of the buckle and the front of the saddle in both hands - they won by a great distance and she did nothing but sit there!
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    04-07-2012, 09:33 AM
  #1522
Green Broke
I don't give Hunter many treats. He used to try and bite all the time - when he had zero respect for me. He never does it now unless I am doing up the girth. He usually just does a half hearted moving of his lips and I usually am watching him and give him heck. This time I wasn't watching and he was so quick. I really doubt he will try and bite me for a while, I gave him a good boot immediately and stunned him. He used to come back at you harder when punished but not any more.
     
    04-07-2012, 11:04 AM
  #1523
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Originally Posted by Hunter65    
I don't give Hunter many treats. He used to try and bite all the time - when he had zero respect for me. He never does it now unless I am doing up the girth. He usually just does a half hearted moving of his lips and I usually am watching him and give him heck. This time I wasn't watching and he was so quick. I really doubt he will try and bite me for a while, I gave him a good boot immediately and stunned him. He used to come back at you harder when punished but not any more.
Glad about that! LOL
I always say of they come back at you then the punishment was not hard enough!

Where we turned the riding school ponies out there were several footpaths through the hills. One field was opposite a view point car park and people would titbit the ponies.
It doesn't take long for them to expert treats from everyone and a melee would ensue. That in itself was bad enough but a couple of normally well behaved and educated ponies took to biting.
One woman walking down the steep field had two children with her. She was carrying the toddler and the other was by her side. I was about to catch some of the ponies when one trotted over to the woman and when she waved her arm at him he just opened his mouth and charged her, missing her but getting the toddler. Poor kid arm was a mess and needed the ER.
That pony was not in the slightest bit pushy or nasty, he had just become demanding over treats with people in that field.
We use to turn all the quietest of ponies out there and despite notices not to, people still fed them treats.
     
    04-07-2012, 11:33 AM
  #1524
Green Broke
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Originally Posted by Foxhunter    
Glad about that! LOL
I always say of they come back at you then the punishment was not hard enough!

Where we turned the riding school ponies out there were several footpaths through the hills. One field was opposite a view point car park and people would titbit the ponies.
It doesn't take long for them to expert treats from everyone and a melee would ensue. That in itself was bad enough but a couple of normally well behaved and educated ponies took to biting.
One woman walking down the steep field had two children with her. She was carrying the toddler and the other was by her side. I was about to catch some of the ponies when one trotted over to the woman and when she waved her arm at him he just opened his mouth and charged her, missing her but getting the toddler. Poor kid arm was a mess and needed the ER.
That pony was not in the slightest bit pushy or nasty, he had just become demanding over treats with people in that field.
We use to turn all the quietest of ponies out there and despite notices not to, people still fed them treats.

I rarely hand feed Hunter. At my last barn there was one lady who constantly hand fed him carrots and apples. I kept telling her just to put them in his bucket but she wouldn't, she just kept saying "But he takes them so nicely" grrrr. I wish he would have bitten her.
Well off for a nice trail ride through the park. First one this year, should be interesting.
     
    04-07-2012, 12:33 PM
  #1525
Foal
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Originally Posted by With Grace    
Had an exciting day so far...

Been chatting with my dressage trainer, and she found quite possibly MY HORSE! A big, bay, Morgan mare. The horse transport she uses was somewhat close to the horse's location, so they are picking her up on their way back here and she will be in my trainer's barn by tonight! I am going to meet her tomorrow. I have her on trial for two weeks...but I have this feeling deep in my heart that this is the one. Everything I have learned about her was everything I was looking for. I am so excited to go meet her tomorrow I don't know that I will sleep tonight!
can't wait to hear what happened!
     
    04-07-2012, 12:41 PM
  #1526
Trained
Hunter65 thank you for having me over yesterday. Good luck with your ride today
Someday hopefully I can join you all. An

One of the horses I used to look after used to be a biter well she bit me once and a gave her a good jab in her chest and she never bit me again she would bite other people but would never bite me again and I never hand fed her
I would put her food in the manger her mother never bit nor did her half sister
     
    04-07-2012, 12:43 PM
  #1527
Trained
Can't wait to here Grace keep us updated please
     
    04-07-2012, 02:37 PM
  #1528
Yearling
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Originally Posted by Mellow Mel    
can't wait to hear what happened!
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Originally Posted by Country Woman    
can't wait to here Grace keep us updated please
Heading out soon to go meet her!! I woke up at 4 am this morning, wide awake, ready to go LOL!
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    04-07-2012, 02:43 PM
  #1529
Trained
Oh Grace I am so excited for you
Let us know when you get her
     
    04-07-2012, 03:59 PM
  #1530
Super Moderator
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Originally Posted by With Grace    
Heading out soon to go meet her!! I woke up at 4 am this morning, wide awake, ready to go LOL!
Just like a kid waiting for Santa!
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