Me and Gizmo's Wild Adventure

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    01-23-2011, 06:23 PM
Talking Me and Gizmo's Wild Adventure

So yesterday I decided that I was going to ride Gizmo because it is going to be SUPER cold for the next few days. It was actually pretty cold yesterday so I decided to keep his blanket on and just ride him like that. So we got a lot of snow lately and on top of the freezing rain so there was a crunchy top to the snow so I put his polo wraps on him to protect his legs a little bit. So after I bridled him and opened the gate I led him around to get on him. Normally he will stand right there, but not yesterday.
Now I'm really short, only 5'2" and he is 15.3hh so he is a big boy especially for me. And I don't have a mounting block, so I have to stand on my fence to get on him. So after about a half and hour of teaching him how to stand! I finally got on him. Then we went out and headed into the snow, but it was actually really hard for him to walk on, so I was like alright, lets go out to the road. So we headed down there and got on the driveway and he started to dance and twirl around and I was like "what the heck!" So I looked down and his leg wrap was coming off so after all that I had to get off! So I got off and noticed that one was already gone. So I just ripped all of them off, he didn't need them anyways because we weren't going to be riding in the snow.
Luckily my uncle was outside across the street (he lives across the street) and he came over and held him for me. But when he reached for him Gizmo reared up, which this attitude isn't like him at all. Was really strange. So I stood on some fencing we had down by the driveway and got on him.
So we headed up the road and he was walking really fast almost at a trot so he was really happy to get out I think (I don't trot bareback because of his painfully huge withers) So I turned him around and we went back the other way when we got to my driveway he wanted to go in but I wouldn't let him so he bucked me! The little brat. But we kept going straight and we actually ended up going aways down the road.
Then when we got back we had to go back up the hill and go back to his barn, so we got up the hill and started to cross the field and I could tell he was stuggling to get through the snow it was so deep so I got off to help him out a little and it reminded me so... much of that part in, "The Never Ending Story" when Atreyu and his horse and in the "mud of despair" and the horse wouldn't move (and I always cry) but it reminded me of that. But in this case it was kind of funny, but he got out of it. But that was our big adventure yesterday. And it was like 12 degrees!
So here are some pictures. The third one is my shutter acting up and not opening all the way! Stupid camera. And sorry for his blanket being dirty. It has been very cold and snowy and I haven't been able to get it clean at all.
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    01-23-2011, 07:11 PM
Isn't it funny how the weather can have such an effect of their personalities?
Love your blanket, that is really sharp looking!
    01-23-2011, 07:25 PM
Oh yeah. He was mister attitude! Like you said it was probably the weather, he was feeling extra frisky in the cold! Thanks! Our color is lime/neon green. Its a really good blanket too! Its Tough One. We love it.
    01-23-2011, 09:11 PM
I usually don't dress my horses very flashy, but that colour is very nice. I have a rope halter and lead in that same shade, but always used it on my bay who gets very dark in winter. I have a sorrel that looks similar to Gizmo, and I might have to use it on him! :)
    01-23-2011, 09:14 PM
He's such a cutie! He has uveitis (moonblindness)? Artie has that too.
    01-23-2011, 09:36 PM
Yeah I love the lime green on his color.

Thank you! He is really cute. Yeah he does, just in that one eye so far. I keep a careful watch on the other one. I don't know much about his history and how long he has had it or anything. He is really calm about everything passing him, as its his road eye, so I assume he has had it for a while, but he is generally calm so I could be wrong. Personaly I think his eye is gorgeous. But some people think it is weird looking.
    01-24-2011, 04:38 PM
^Artie got his from stress, when we bought the stallion a few years ago, even though he was kept seperately from the mares and the geldings, Artie got frantic trying to keep Lulu away from his stall and never really got over his overprotectiveness to her. Vet says there's no cure for it, and that he thinks by now he's completely blind in that eye, even though we treat it every few months. Occasionally it spreads to the other eye, but that's pretty rare, or so I'm hoping!!

Lol, what a coincidence....they both have moonblindness, both are sorrels, and lime green is both of their colors
    01-24-2011, 04:44 PM
Lol, that is funny! Yeah I take care of his eyes very well. I don't want it to spread to the other one. Though I would still love him and have a great connection with him if he was totally blind or not. That is weird that he got his from stress! Gizmo is really laid back and all by himself so he doesn't have anything to stress about anymore. I know he was abused before my friend bought him and then I bought him. He has this horrible crack on the side of his hoof, my farrier said it looks like his hoof wall got torn off by something sharp possibly barbed wire, which you aren't even supposed to have with horses around here. And my friend that bought him said the lady starved him. He was so under weight the bones in his hind quarters were protruding badly.
    01-25-2011, 05:15 PM
Hmmm.... So today was one of Gizmo's "I don't want to do a thing you tell me to" days. So It took a lot less time to get on him today, I think his lessons from last time actually stuck with him. We went out bareback again. So he didn't want to go in the snow, which is too bad for him because I made him. So I had to kick him to actually go and once he got going he figured it out and actually went. The rest of the ride was fine except he kept wanting to turn around for some reason. When we go back we had to go back up the snowy hill to get back to the barn and he took one step in in and was like "nope" and turned. So I turned him back around he he kept refusing. So I kept pushing him. Then he started to back up for some stupid reason so I turned him before he could back up, which I had to be really careful doing because the driver is a little icy. So I was like alright you step back into in and then I will get off and walk you, because I was getting no where fast and it was close to his supper time. So I finally got him to take one step up it, after him half rearing and bucking me. Ugh... So I had to lead him all the way up through the knee deep know back to his barn. He went down the hill just fine, do you think something was bothering him or was he just being generally naughty? He walked up if fine with me off of him.

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