02-10-2011, 12:05 AM
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I got the okay from the owner of a 2 almost 3 year old Arab gelding, to start getting him out and working him. The owner is too busy to come out, have no idea when she was last out, and the horse has horribly overgrown feet, he's been caked in mud since the rains in December, and apparently tried kicking both the farrier, and the BO last time the farrier was out about a week or so ago. Well I'm thinking I'm going to have a fight on my hands, so I'm prepared to go in, and have to show him I'm the boss, after arguing with him for who knows how long before he gives in. Well, I walk in, he just stands there looking at me, so I put the lead rope over his neck then try to put my halter on him, which ended up being a bit too small, so I put it on the last hole, leave it on, then go get my bigger halter of my car (about 5 feet away from his stall). Go back in, switch out the halters, put a stud chain on, just for safety sake not knowing the horse. Up to this point he's been perfect, so I decide to take him out. We exchanged some words on what direction we were actually going to go, and then I was able to walk him down to the roundpen rather easily, turned him out, let him move a bit, then took him back home, and he did AWESOME. I spent a good hour grooming him, and I'm not even half way done, but he was so amazingly good especially for not knowing me, and not having been out since who knows when. That totally made my day lol.