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        11-24-2011, 12:34 AM
      #1
    Green Broke
    For those who board....

    So I was thinking alot about this lately since I board at a farm about 15 minutes from my house and sometimes it's hard for me to get out there especially in the cold.

    Now do you ever feel guilty if you cannot get out to see your horse? I've had my boy for a month yesterday and there has been three days I didn't go out to see him (today being the third) and I feel super guilty! I don't know why but I feel like he waits for me to come by and give him his evening treat.

    Anyone else get like this?!
         
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        11-24-2011, 12:39 AM
      #2
    Trained
    LOL, yes! And I feel guilty just for being LATE. And trust me, they can tell time, at 4 pm they are lined up tapping their toes for dinner. Horses live in the moment though, and when the time passes that you normally come out and he gets distracted by something else, he forgets you didn't come. He'll be just as happy to see you when you come out the next time.
         
        11-24-2011, 01:19 AM
      #3
    QOS
    Green Broke
    My horses are boarded about 8 minutes away. I try to go out there every day but sometimes things get in the way and I don't make it.

    I don't feel guilty per se, as they are boarded in a very nice facility. They have a run in shelter, a 3.5 acre pasture with just my 2 horses in it but horses are boarded on either side of them too. They are fed twice a day no matter what and the ranch employees are there in case there is a problem.

    I MISS them when I don't go out there!!! I personally want to put my own eyes on them everyday and make sure they are ok...no cuts, boo boos, no runny eyes, nose, rear ends. Ok...I am a spastic about them. I bought them so they could make my day so to speak so when I don't go - I am the one losing out!!
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        11-24-2011, 10:24 AM
      #4
    Green Broke
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    Originally Posted by Dreamcatcher Arabians    
    LOL, yes! And I feel guilty just for being LATE. And trust me, they can tell time, at 4 pm they are lined up tapping their toes for dinner. Horses live in the moment though, and when the time passes that you normally come out and he gets distracted by something else, he forgets you didn't come. He'll be just as happy to see you when you come out the next time.
    They live more then in the moment. I had a job take me to NM for 3 yrs. I was moving back in the winter and didn't want to haul the horses over mountain passes in the winter. So I loaded them up in Oct and drove them to my parents place to avoid the snow. I finally moved in Dec and you know what my horse did? HE SNUBBED ME!!! This is the horse I've raised since he was 18mos old, you could tell he was pissed at me. Now the snub didn't last more then 5 minutes but it was a snub. They do live in more then the minute.

    Now, since you have full care you don't have to go see your horse every night. Yeah you'll feel guilty but you still have a life to live and if you don't make it out you don't. Trust me, if you had your horse on your own property there would be days where you quickly toss them their feed, check the water and gone again. Less then 5 minutes spent with your horse out of 24hours.
         
        11-24-2011, 10:54 AM
      #5
    Trained
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    Originally Posted by Darrin    
    They live more then in the moment. I had a job take me to NM for 3 yrs. I was moving back in the winter and didn't want to haul the horses over mountain passes in the winter. So I loaded them up in Oct and drove them to my parents place to avoid the snow. I finally moved in Dec and you know what my horse did? HE SNUBBED ME!!! This is the horse I've raised since he was 18mos old, you could tell he was pissed at me. Now the snub didn't last more then 5 minutes but it was a snub. They do live in more then the minute.
    Was he an Arabian per chance? I had a mare who absolutely threw a tantrum when I'd ride someone else. One day, I came back from a ride after riding my QH and started cleaning stalls. Since they had a fenced yard, I just kicked everyone out of their stalls into the yard and started picking. As I backed out of a stall with a full wheelbarrow, I bumped into something. I looked back over my shoulder and here was Lady B's big white butt in my face and she was looking back at me over HER shoulder as if to say, "Are you getting my point here? You can kiss my big white BUTT!" and then she sort of flounced off. I swear I heard her say, "HMMMPH" as she was walking away. ROFL, I don't think I've laughed so hard in years!
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        11-24-2011, 11:05 AM
      #6
    Weanling
    My horse is boarded about 15 minutes away from my house. Sometimes when I can't get out there because it's gotten dark or it's extremely windy, I do feel bad. And I'm bouncing around when I finally get to go see him. :) As for him, he's probably not too worried about it. I think he'd rather be left alone to eat rather than have me interrupt his grazing time to ride him. Haha.
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        11-24-2011, 11:15 AM
      #7
    QOS
    Green Broke
    Horses do have a good memory or they wouldn't be trainable! Yes they know their owners. They know people who are "theirs".

    I am the "treat" lady to all of the horses we ride with. (with permission from their owners) My cousin's horse Elan will seek me out and will stand at the end of my trailer waiting for Biscuit to be tacked up. He is waiting for that treat whether I have them or not. They are also well aware of anyone who has mistreated them and Biscuit will have a meltdown if certain people come around him. He is terrified of them. He hasn't forgot bad treatment and he doesn't forget good treatment either.
         
        11-24-2011, 01:00 PM
      #8
    Green Broke
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by sarahkgamble    
    My horse is boarded about 15 minutes away from my house. Sometimes when I can't get out there because it's gotten dark or it's extremely windy, I do feel bad. And I'm bouncing around when I finally get to go see him. :) As for him, he's probably not too worried about it. I think he'd rather be left alone to eat rather than have me interrupt his grazing time to ride him. Haha.

    Hahahaha this is soo Hunter. I was just talking about this with my BO/Friend/Trainer/Farrier. Hunter used to be boarded half hour from my house and work so I would see him both days on the weekend and once or twice during the week. I really felt I had to be there as while they were well cared for they had little interaction with the BO at the barn. I loved my old barn I called it his castle HUGE stall with a HUGE paddock and seasonal turnout. Really nice barn which was great in the winter. Unfortunately I had to move him at the end of September due to the BO being afraid of Hunter. She was reluctant to take him in originally as he wasn't even two and all the horses there were older and pretty quiet. Things went well for a while but then Hunter and I had issues (was afraid of him) and he went to the trainers for a month and we have been working through a few issues since. He is now three and a half. As far as I was concerned Hunter was coming along nicely but apparently not with the BO. I went to barn one Sat morning in early Sept and all the horses were out except Hunter so I called BO. Apparently he had been in his stall/paddock since Thursday. He was rearing on her when leading to pasture, apparently this had been going on for months and she never said anything grrrr. Never done it to me. Long story (not so short) I moved him to trainers where he tried to rear once and I am sure will never try again lol who is now an hour away from work but still half hour from home. So at the moment I only go on weekends as I have to go through 2 rush hours to see him for a few minutes before it gets dark. I MISS HIM
    But at least I know he is well cared for, gets way more interaction with people and other horses and doesn't get away with anything - sneaky pony that he is he does try.
         
        11-24-2011, 01:54 PM
      #9
    Weanling
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by Hunter65    
    hahahaha this is soo Hunter. I was just talking about this with my BO/Friend/Trainer/Farrier. Hunter used to be boarded half hour from my house and work so I would see him both days on the weekend and once or twice during the week. I really felt I had to be there as while they were well cared for they had little interaction with the BO at the barn. I loved my old barn I called it his castle HUGE stall with a HUGE paddock and seasonal turnout. Really nice barn which was great in the winter. Unfortunately I had to move him at the end of September due to the BO being afraid of Hunter. She was reluctant to take him in originally as he wasn't even two and all the horses there were older and pretty quiet. Things went well for a while but then Hunter and I had issues (was afraid of him) and he went to the trainers for a month and we have been working through a few issues since. He is now three and a half. As far as I was concerned Hunter was coming along nicely but apparently not with the BO. I went to barn one Sat morning in early Sept and all the horses were out except Hunter so I called BO. Apparently he had been in his stall/paddock since Thursday. He was rearing on her when leading to pasture, apparently this had been going on for months and she never said anything grrrr. Never done it to me. Long story (not so short) I moved him to trainers where he tried to rear once and I am sure will never try again lol who is now an hour away from work but still half hour from home. So at the moment I only go on weekends as I have to go through 2 rush hours to see him for a few minutes before it gets dark. I MISS HIM
    But at least I know he is well cared for, gets way more interaction with people and other horses and doesn't get away with anything - sneaky pony that he is he does try.
    That would drive me crazy! I see Shamrock at least 3 times a week, if not more. He's very in your pocket (literally, I mistakenly put apple slices in my pocket one day & I went to his pasture to give him some, he saw me get them out of my pocket & ever since then he does a full pocket sniff down to make sure there's nothing in there for him) when I have him out and a complete social butterfly, so I don't see him going anywhere (until I move to Charleston for college next year, he's coming with me). Everyone adores him at the barn. Haha. I get at least one compliment every time I go out there about him and his silly antics. I'm blessed to have a horse with such a big personality. :)
         
        11-24-2011, 05:33 PM
      #10
    Green Broke
    I went a week without seeing Rodeo, and I felt awful!!! I wasnt feeling well at all, this was over 3 months ago. When I finally was feeling better and went back out to see him, he was horrid....then when I moved down to NC, I had to wait almost a month before I could bring him down here, the vet and farrier had the worst times dealing with him, he tried to bite, rear, and kick at them. When I got him down here, I didnt have a problem besides him being upset with me.

    Recently, I just went an extra day without seeing him, and he gave me a run for my money today, really testing everything that we have gone over since I have had him!!!
         

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