Well, hello everyone! It's been weeks and weeks since I've taken the time to catch up and here I've spent the last HOUR reading posts to see where everyone is at. Now it's time for me to get ready for work.
It is cooling down here in Az. Which is great! It's been a long summer, so this is great.
Stan, your stories of Stella tickle me. I'm sure you were very upset when she who must went for a ride while you stayed behind. But I know from personal experience that those who love and obey also adore and never stay annoyed for long!
I have a horse that I've had for 20 years. He was 12 when I got him and WOULDN'T LOAD! Ugh! After spending some time with him for the next couple of months and finding out that it was all attitude here is what I did.
Good stout rope halter with no mechanical pieces to break. 3 individual 30' ropes. I say 3 because being a Morgan/QH cross he is very stout and strong. After breaking the first rope and 2 halters I went to the hardware store and decided to fix his ass. Loop attached all 3 ropes to his halter and did a series of 1/2 hitches around tie rings and rails. The 1/2 hitches kept my hands form having to take too much pressure. Barts problem was that he wasn't afraid of anything. He would jump in, check out the manger and manage to back out again before I could get a good slam on the door! So, with each step he took to get in, I would take up the slack in the ropes and not let him back out. Another step, take up more slack. When he was in and found that he couldn't back out again, the game was over! I had to do it a couple of times, but in 20 years he hasn't tried it again. Bart's mentality is much like Stella's. Everyday is a fun game, and when he doesn't win one it's time to move on to another game.
Hope everyone is well. Sorry I've been missing so much, but life has been a struggle lately. Thankfully my family and animals are all healthy. That leaves strength to deal with other issues that keep popping up.