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    06-12-2012, 08:46 AM
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One of the Most Amazing Things..

So yesterday it was pouring rain, so I couldn't ride, but my boyfriend had to go to the barn and feed, so I went along anyways to help out and to say hello to my boy.

Well, at the barn, we have an older horse named Chief who is blind. He's in a pasture with his "girlfriend", Macey, and a few other mares. For the most part, they look after him and he'll follow Macey whenever they walk around so he doesn't run into anything. My boyfriend went into their pasture to give them hay and I went around to another part of their pasture to shut a gate to keep them off the grass for the night. All of the horses in the pasture were under a shed due to the rain, but when they saw me closing the gate and my boyfriend putting out hay, they left the shed and went to go get dinner. However, for some reason, Chief didn't follow. I don't know if he didn't want to leave the protection of the shed or what, but I knew it would be very difficult for him to find his way over to the rest of the horses, even though he's doing remarkably well for a horse with no eyesight. I also didn't have a lead rope or halter to get him with. So, I decided to try using my voice..

I called him for a minute or so and he'd look my way, then he started walking towards my voice. When he got to me, he started walking past me, but he immediately wasn't sure of what was in front of him and started pacing. So I talked to him again and he stopped what he was doing and came to my voice. When he got to me, I put my hand on his neck and talked to him while I walked him over to his buddies. But before we could get all the way there, he smelled Macey and trotted over to her.

I don't know why, but I just thought it was so amazing that Chief followed the direction of my voice to safety. He trusted me enough to do it and everything. He's not my horse, so I'm not even around him that often. It was just really cool.

Anyone else have any neat stories of helping horses?
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    06-12-2012, 10:15 AM
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I have a few touching stories... all are with my oldies Cheyeene and Elmo

Elmo was a horse that was starved, beaten, neglected and dumped cause he was just too old to be useful. Anyway he came to live with us and became instant buddies with my old mare Cheyeene. Elmo had bad arthritis in his front legs and had a hard time with the farrier. Well one day it was particularly bad (god bless my farrier she had the patience of a saint) well Cheyeene was never far from his side and saw that he was having issues and slid up under his neck right up against his chest... this allowed him to lean all his weight on her so that he was able to hold his feet up.

Another day it was bath day at the farm but Elmo had a big cut on his butt and I just put meds on it so he was not going to get a bath. Well Cheyeene got her bath and she watched the other horses get a bath... then she look at Elmo just standing there, she goes over and nudges him till he is over where the hose is.. then she keeps nudging me till I pick up the hose and hosed him off (just hosed him a bit so the meds would not wash off). After he got hosed off she was happy and they walked off together.

But the BEST story ever was the day that I got the call from the vet that the horse was dead in the pasture.
I have my emergency numbers posted on the fence (just in case) one day my vet gets a call from the new neighbors that they saw her number posted at the property and the brown horse in the pasture is dead and she needs to get over there right away. Here is the conversation

Vet - Is there another horse near the brown one (i have 2 brown horses)

Neighbor - yes there is a black and white horse. We have yelled and yelled but he is just not moving

Vet - this may sound crazy but get a bucket and put some rocks in it and shake it really hard

Neighbor - not sure what that is going to do we have been yelling all the other horses are over here but that brown one wont move. But ok....OMG the brown horse is up now looking at us... that black and white horse just pulled on his ears and he sat up!!!

Vet - yea that is what I figured the brown horse is Elmo and he is completely deaf so the other horse is his hearing aid... she saw and heard you but you had no buckets so you where not there to feed so she was just letting her buddy nap

Sadly a few months ago we lost Elmo but at least after years of neglect and abuse, those last 2 years of his left he never missed a meal (when he went down and was not able to get up we knew that it was time and my daughter and I proped him up and held his head up so that he was able to eat, cause in the words of my daughter..."For 2 years he has not know what it is to go hungry I will not send him on his way without a full belly")

Here they are Cheyeene and Elmo



     
    06-12-2012, 10:35 AM
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jmc
Foal
That is amazing

Whenever I read stories, like the ones of Elmo and Cheyenne, I am reminded that there is a lot more that goes on between those fuzzy ears than most give them credit for. Cheyenne sounds like an amazing horse - not only a good nurse and compassionate, but also a problem solver: The fact she figured out how to help Elmo when he was having problems with the farrier is pretty amazing.

My young horse Yankee is also pretty bright. I missed this, but my barn owner passed on this story that happened early this spring (Yk is of course Yankee):

"as I left this evening, I had an apple and decided to give it to Sunshine and Yk over the fence by my car. I held it out to Sunshine for the first bite as Yk watched avidly for his share. Sunshine nuzzled it around and knocked it out of my hand. I was outside the fence and it fell inside the fence, and it had been a long day so I just decided, well, too bad, either they find it or they don't but I'm heading home for supper. I watched as Sunshine looked at me, then shrugged her shoulders and started grazing again, deciding I must have decided not to give it to her after all.

Yk meanwhile never took his eyes off the prize, watching the apple land on the ground. He stretched his neck over, but the apple had landed right under Sunshine's feet, and as she stepped forward grazing, it was under her belly. Yk circled around to the other side and stretched his neck out again, but decided it was too risky to put his head under her belly, so he went around behind her and contemplated reaching between her hind feet to get that apple -- no, not a good idea either. So suddenly he dashed over to the fence closest to where I was standing, which made Sunshine look up and step forward to see if he was getting something she was missing - and he dashed back around behind her, snatched the apple and charged away towards the run-in to eat it, Sunshine all oblivious to how she had been outwitted. Crafty li'l guy. "

We also have stories of his mischievous side. Because he gets so little feed, he was fed in a little space between two runins so he would not pester the other horses... in that space there is a wire that I believe is to a grounding rod. It isn't a real danger but does run slightly away from the wall...

Yankee would get bored waiting for the old man to finish his dinner, so he'd take to plucking that wire, making an annoying sound. We'd stick our head around and tell him to quit it, and he'd be looking at us, all innocent like. It became a game... he'd pluck... I'd stick my head around and he'd be, like, "what? I wasn't doin' nothing!" Never did catch him in the act!

My current amusement is Yankee's acting abilities. He is quite the Drama Queen! Due to an alarming gain in weight on the spring grass, he has been fitted with a grazing muzzle. He, not surprisingly, hates the thing. He's finally resigned to it, but in the beginning he would put on quite the act... standing close, poking me with it (Get It OFF!), giving me this pretty good rendition of "puppy dog eyes"... Once he did this "I Can't BREATHE!!! Act, breathing noisily and making a big deal about it, but as soon as my back was turned, he started breathing normally. He has also pretended that he can't graze in the thing and then going over to the fence to pout... I know he was pretending 'cause one day after all these histronics, I left, then had to come back just a couple minutes later, and there he was, grazing alongside his buddy.

Horses are amazing critters!
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