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    10-07-2010, 08:57 PM
No he DOES NOT need a stud chain.

Pickles recently injured his leg, have been following vet advice and icing it etc.. Well of course he's been cooped up in a small pen for coming up on two weeks exercise save for some light hand-walking. I had this horse in a demanding workout routine and now he's suddenly had to do nothing but sit.

Lately it's been quite cold! I go out there, put the ice boot on, take him out to walk him. ALL the horses on the property have the friskies and it's only natural that my little invalid does too! In fact he's feeling MUCH better! Walking on his leg with less of a hitch, the swelling is going down.

When we start on the walk he bounces around me a little. Not into my space or anything but he's definitely feeling good. Makes me smile to know he's feeling well enough to do this...I can sense he wants desperately to run but I tell him to be patient, this is what he gets for going and banging his leg!

A twirl at his muzzle with the end of the lead rope reminds him that he still has manners and for the rest of the walk he was well behaved.

During all this a lady, referred to here as watching with my mum and her SO who had kindly driven me out. She's a nice enough sort, but she owns one of the only quarter horses there and is not an Arabian lover...let's just put it that way...

My mother told me later that as we were first walking away and Pickles jigged a little, S remarked "You know he should REALLY have a stallion chain on."

*eye roll*

Thankfully good ol' mum stood up for me and returned, "She knows what she's doing" or something along those lines.

Gods, this woman! Pickles was hardly being unmanageable, he was just fresh! I don't blame him...I mean, he has a lot of energy to begin with and having to be cooped up 24/7 now due to that leg?
A few days ago he would just drag along by my side, obviously hurting. I am HAPPY that he is improving enough to flick his head and pick up his gait a little. It wasn't like he was knocking me over or pulling me around.

I've been with this horse since he was 18274832x more dangerous and S still persists in her comments about what *her* ideal horse is -- a dead-headed QH type (I've heard her complain about her own QH mare getting high on the trail before so she's sort of being a bit hypocritical here).
Gosh all because he flicks up his heels in cold weather after being in his pen all day!! Hardly stud chain material!

Why can't some people accept the fact that I LIKE my hot horse, I know how to deal with his occasional hijinks (which are extremely short lived whenever they do occur) and I AM NOT SCARED OF HIM.

Unlike the other woman, rich snob she is who has ignored my every attempt at being nice and social...who is AFRAID to longe her own puchased-for-14k-specifically-for-Nationals 5 year-old!! (Yeah...want to see a horse you should honestly be afraid of? She should have been there when I first began longeing Pickles!)

She snubs her nose at my two arabs all because they're not 16hh ribbon-swept typey Egyptians and she can't even longe her own horse. Give me a break.
AND DON'T EVEN get me started on the gaggle of other like-minded middle aged women I've encountered over there.

I will be so happy when we move. I love the BO/trainer, we'll continue to enlist her services, but one of the stupid things about boarding at a show barn is putting up with all the attitude.

So this sort of deviated from my original point. Sorry. I'm sort of stressed out for various reasons and what better place to vent than on HF wooo.

Here are some pics so this thread is worth comment.

The hat right before it fell off. You can tell he's thrilled.

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    10-07-2010, 09:01 PM
He's a beauty. She likely suggested that simply because she herself would be completely unprepared to handle a horse that wasn't a dead-head. So long as he is still respecting your space, then just ignore her.
    10-07-2010, 09:13 PM
^ I know. I just get so defensive sometimes because she won't quit with the little comments. Grates at mah nerves. Stuff like, "I would never own a horse like that." "You should go find an older quarter horse...a horse you can actually have fun with!" "He's one of those typical hot-headed birdbrained arabs"
She's not mean, just likes throwing her opinions everywhere.

You can stick with your bumps-on-the-log, ma'am...I'll take my birdbrain (who has figured out how to undo a chain lock).
Bahaha. Sometimes I think I'm missing a few brain cells myself. Maybe that's where my relatively newfound discovery of liking working with higher energy horses comes from. ;)
    10-08-2010, 08:47 AM
I see nothing evil about a stud chain. Using one does not mean you are afraid or anything of the sort.

But each to their own.

The best course of action when someone suggests something is to not take it personally, smile and nod and move on with life.
    10-08-2010, 09:03 AM
Green Broke
I like hot horses too. I love a challenge! My arab mare is no longer that. Now I have a challenge in my yearling but she's QH. Fun Fun!
    10-08-2010, 09:43 AM
Green Broke
I love the hot horses my arab is an angel on the lead he will stay at your shoulder and behaves second you get in the saddle his energy is there haha
Just ignor her if you know what you are d oing then keep doing it haha :]
    10-08-2010, 12:17 PM
Originally Posted by Alwaysbehind    
I see nothing evil about a stud chain. Using one does not mean you are afraid or anything of the sort.

But each to their own.

The best course of action when someone suggests something is to not take it personally, smile and nod and move on with life.

Oh definitely nothing evil with a chain, I had to use one on him for a while several months ago.

It's just the fact that she equates a fresh horse who jigs at my side for a moment because he's so happy to be out with a horse who needs to have a chain on at all times. She seriously thinks my horse is out to kill everyone and I'm just a big noob who needs to be reminded of how horrible he is.

She never rags on any of the other boarders and their spicy little arabs...I just feel like Pickles and I are constantly under her negative scrutiny. If I see her you can bet she'll say something about him.

But I agree, I need to learn to not rant about such things.
    10-08-2010, 12:50 PM
Originally Posted by Cheshire    
.I just feel like Pickles and I are constantly under her negative scrutiny.
Or perhaps you are looking for her to be negative?

You actually contradict yourself in your original post. First he is 'fresh' and then you say he is a 'hot' horse.

You don't like her or her opinions, you are leaving the facility - let it go.
    10-08-2010, 01:21 PM
Just forget about it. Has she done anything mean to your horse or any other horse on the property? Does she abuse or neglect them? All horse people are opinionated and you aren't going to get away from it no matter where you go. Learn to shrug off comments that you don't like. Now, if she had said something like, "You need to whip that horse until he learns some respect", I would say you have a right to be extremely angry.
    10-08-2010, 03:27 PM
Originally Posted by mls    
Or perhaps you are looking for her to be negative?

You actually contradict yourself in your original post. First he is 'fresh' and then you say he is a 'hot' horse.

You don't like her or her opinions, you are leaving the facility - let it go.
Yes he was a fresh, hot horse. A hot horse who is on complete exercise restriction right now.
I'm not saying he's hot to make an excuse, it's just who he is. Sometimes he displays this energy and that's where her other past comments have come from, the ones which have added to this pile.
He is usually a puppy dog when he is being worked out but just like most other horses, when it's cold and he's been, essentially stalled for two weeks he is going to be fresh.

I don't DON'T like her, she just needs to make her opinions known all the time. YES it irks me and YES it's a stupid thing to be irked about, I got it.

Normally I DO "let it go" (else you'd all have heard about this long before now), but on top of everything else that has been going on lately I guess I just snapped a little. Forgive me for venting about it!! Jeez.

Thanks for the comments everyone.
And yes Jessabel, she does advocate physical violence against horses (kicking them in the stomach, hitting with rakes etc) to get them to "respect" people.

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