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post #21 of 46 Old 03-06-2012, 12:09 PM
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I'm fighting with a girl at the moment who's threatening to call the RSPCA on me. She is actually ridiculous, but I find it kind of amusing :P

Apparently it "makes her sick" to "have to see" my "starving and abused" nags. Um ok. Monty's never looked better and the yearling is fat, and I just shared a wonderful moment with her today where she was laying in the rolling patch snoozing and I just went up to her, sat next to her, and pulled her head into my lap. She wouldn't have let me do that if I abused her. And Monty would be just plain dangerous, he was abused in the past and he can't cope with anything resembling it.

I have been accused by a few people now of abusing my horses simply because I'm not afraid to be firm with them and do what it takes to make them understand that I'm the boss and they are to do as they're told. These same people, of course, are the ones with the naughty ponies :P the girl who's threatening me with the RSPCA, I bought a pony off a few years ago, and found that he was REALLY naughty. To the point where when I upped the ante and wouldn't let him be naughty, he kicked me square in the chest. I was flat on the ground so Mum caught him and hit him a few times, hard, with the whip... he never thought about kicking again after that, funnily enough. He wasn't a pony you could be subtle with.
Um.

He was a bucker, when we got him. Not huge, but he'd buck every single stride of canter and it could get quite unseating. He would never strike off on the correct canter lead and he didn't know his changes so I could never make him change to the correct one. He always had this nasty habit of dropping a shoulder, shying, and THEN bucking that got me off every time but if he was in work and therefore fitter he did it less. He would not jump when I got him, and I had to beat him up to get him into a canter.

By the time I sold said pony;

Nary a buck in sight, except when we galloped or if I was riding bareback
Jumping 3' at home, 2'4" in competition, and we never came home without a ribbon
Walk,trot,canter and jump bareback in a halter - barring the odd buck or shy because he knew he could get me off easy without a saddle on
Pretty good ground manners, though we never really did get the nipping completely licked
Flying changes, not on command but he finally understood the concept of actually doing them
And I never, EVER had to use the whip, I just had to have it with me. He was the best pony by the time I was done with him!

We sold him to a beginner and when we got him he was so NOT a beginner's pony.

So which is better? "Abuse" by occasionally harsh methods, or abuse by allowing a pony to be so fat he had chronic sub-clinical laminitis, by allowing him to get away with everything, by not using whips when this pony CLEARLY needed one... he was certainly a much better behaved, better rounded pony after I had him!

This particular girl actually used to be a friend and then she saw the methods I used, decided she didn't like them, and I snapped at her mother because Monty was being a fruitloop and ex-friend's mother was basically telling me to make him even MORE excited and hard to control, in telling me to return to the lesson and join everyone else in their canter work. Apparently, you don't snap at HER mother, because HER mother knows everything. Her mother is actually considered to be a really good coach but honestly I don't hold a lot of faith in public opinion any more because the ONLY coach who saw what I was doing wrong with Monty is the one I'm now using regularly, and said coach, although popular and a bloody good one, was actually banned from teaching at the pony club for a season or two because some parent or another decided she didn't like him. Sean is amazing, why deny your kid that amount of knowledge based on the fact that he doesn't take well to parents interfering when he's trying to teach? Honestly!

Bwahahahah now I sound like I'm all worked up about it. I'm not, I'm actually laughing as I type.

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post #22 of 46 Old 03-06-2012, 12:14 PM
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My neighbors have called on me because I had 5 horses on 5 acres. According to the rules in our area, I can have 7 if I really wanted to. They said the smell of the poop in the morning was just horrific..which I find hilarious..because the horses all poop in one small area. I was balling my eyes out because I thought I had to sell one of my horses, and my dad posted a big huge sign on our gate "Whoever decided to break my little girls heart, come pick out the horse we should sell." ( we found out after calling the AC that we were completely fine with our number, we didn't know at the time) No more calls!

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post #23 of 46 Old 03-06-2012, 08:09 PM
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Well-It smells like poo at my house today and I only have 2 dogs, on a piece of land barely bigger than the house. The farmers over the hill are cleaning out the barns.....maybe I should call AC......bahahahaha. I just figure that means it is really spring.

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post #24 of 46 Old 03-06-2012, 09:00 PM
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Op, I think you showed tremendous self control/restraint in how you handled that Loon! Anyone that enters someone's home/property and then proceeds to insult it/them has no class or manners.

I know this is off topic but the above comments have triggered a memory. Several years after moving to our property, a new person moved in from "away". They loved it, until the dairy farmers started to fertilize their fields.

They actually went to the town office and complained. When they did not get the results they wanted, they had the nerve to come to my home with a petition to prevent the farmers from fertilizing their fields any longer.

They no longer live here......
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post #25 of 46 Old 03-06-2012, 09:06 PM
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Our neighbor farmers are mostly Amish and Mennonites......the fertilizing is the least of our worries at the moment. THe puppy mill they want to build would be at the top of the list.

I never mind the "farm smell" some of my neighbors on the other hand........another story.

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post #26 of 46 Old 03-06-2012, 09:33 PM
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Seriously???? How did you not burst out laughing!?!?!

Some people are just wacko :P Nothing you can do about it!!

Your horses are obviously beaten daily, starved so you can control them and forced to live in terrible conditions. And what do you mean you don't have chandeliers in your barn!! The horror!! :P
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CRAZY PERSON ALERT!! CRAZY PERSON ALERT!!

Obviously your babies are SOOOOO starving, that's why they're so fuzzy
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CRAZY PERSON ALERT!! CRAZY PERSON ALERT!!

Obviously your babies are SOOOOO starving, that's why they're so fuzzy
All that fuzzy is falling out on them, and unfortunately some of them are quite a bit "heavier" than what I wished! I believe poor Whinney and poor Tempe could have a dinner plate placed on their back and go galloping across a field and never lose it!

Yep, thin I tell ya!

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post #29 of 46 Old 03-07-2012, 01:05 AM Thread Starter
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Did anyone else notice the red roan mare in the pic? I did not realize she was in it till now. Oh the humanity!
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the fertilizing is the least of our worries at the moment.
We have cow farm down the road... NOT sure what sh***t they use to spread on fields, but hmmmmmm I have to keep my windows shut and the climate control turned off (or set to the inside) while I drive by. Thankfully it happens only once/year for couple days, so not a big deal. I can only imagine how those who live next to them appreciate the smelt!

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