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post #1 of 15 Old 12-29-2013, 04:31 PM Thread Starter
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Ways your horse has surprised you?

What is something your horse has done recently that really surprised you?

I rode my horse out on the dirt road today and he was a perfect gentleman, which was a nice surprise. I even talked to my horse savvy neighbor and she said she'd never be able to take one out while the other was calling (my second horse was making a fuss). :) I was very proud, and I know it doesn't sound like a big deal but he's a nervous guy and very used to enclosed ring riding. He snorts every time we go out, but he didn't even act any differently today. Baby steps! :)
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post #2 of 15 Old 12-29-2013, 04:35 PM
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My green broke mare who has never been in an indoor in her entire life, competed in a dressage test for the very first time and placed second with a score of 89.5 ... she also won't eat cheap, dollar store candy canes, just the expensive, organic ones

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post #3 of 15 Old 12-29-2013, 05:44 PM
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Against my better judgement, on Christmas day my horse and I rode 3 miles down an actual paved road with a speed limit of 55 mph. I was terrified. He was extremely calm and well mannered even in the face of a big rig, zooming motorcycles, and belligerent cars and trucks.
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post #4 of 15 Old 12-29-2013, 06:18 PM
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Townes laid down on the trail in the fresh snow last weekend. With me ON him. He was very slow about it and I basically just stepped off him in disbelief, but yeah I was surprised all right!
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post #5 of 15 Old 12-29-2013, 06:25 PM
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My horse viciously attacking his pasturemate/sire because he was wearing a blanket and a hood. Shocked me because I have never seen him this aggressive towards another horse and they both wore blankets together during the winter a few years back. He ripped a big section of Scotty's blanket before I could rescue him.

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post #6 of 15 Old 12-29-2013, 06:48 PM
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In my last year of 4H I took my extremely high strung/energy breeding stock gelding, Drake, (The 4h announcers even nick named Drake the Rodeo horse because of his crazy nature lol) and we were doing english trail class. It was an extremely difficult class for just a basic 4H class. Most riders a head of me barely could do half of what was asked. I thought "oh boy, this ought to be interesting". The girl who went after me had what I would call a "push button pony", and I jokingly told her that we were gonna make her look so good after our run. Well Drake and I enter the arena with his head tossing and prancing up to the start cone. Once cued to start Drake was a whole nother horse! He was all business and did everything I asked flawlessly! The only part we messed up was backing an 8 cone serpentine but I didnt care! We ended up placing Reserve Champion for that class and then we took Grand Champion High Point for gymkhana day! Could not have been more proud of my boy!
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post #7 of 15 Old 12-29-2013, 06:56 PM
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Originally Posted by waresbear View Post
My horse viciously attacking his pasturemate/sire because he was wearing a blanket and a hood. Shocked me because I have never seen him this aggressive towards another horse and they both wore blankets together during the winter a few years back. He ripped a big section of Scotty's blanket before I could rescue him.
It was a conspiracy, I'll bet! Scotty told him to do it and he'd give him some of his hay at the next feed time in return :)
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post #8 of 15 Old 12-30-2013, 02:28 PM
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Rowdy has never been a very cuddly horse. He will tolerate a hug now and then but other than that he hates to be cuddled. Well I hadn't had a very good week that Monday I put my truck in the ditch that I had had for less than a month. Tuesday I went out to take car of him and he just very calmly walks up to me and then stood perfect for grooming. Well when I went to brush off his face he just kinda put his head on my chest and looked me in the eye real calm like. I wrapped me arms around him and we just stood there like that for sevral minutes. He was a perfect gentleman the rest of the day(that's not normal he's usually a butt!) he was back to normal the next day but he really helped make my bad week so much better!!
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post #9 of 15 Old 12-30-2013, 05:59 PM
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On impulse, I stupidly bought 2 year old filly for a trail horse after being out of horses for 40 years. I was expecting fireworks, temper tantrums and hissy fits (not to mention bruises and possible broken bones). SHe has surprised me in the best possible way. No temper tantrums, no spooking, bucking, or bad behavior of any kind. SHe has been a dream horse since I got her.
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post #10 of 15 Old 12-30-2013, 06:51 PM
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I recently started working with a project horse (a pony my barn bought with the goal of her being a lesson pony one day). She's super sweet, but knows almost nothing under saddle. I thought it would be fun to teach her how to pony so that when spring came I could take her out on the trail with my gelding. I wasn't entirely sure how well it was going to go because I could see her potentially pulling back while figuring out being ponied, and I was warned that she has reared up when being pulled strongly on the lead rope. (She hasn't had a problem when I've been leading her or working with her on the ground, but I haven't found a reason to pull against her, either.) When I finally got to the point of getting on my gelding with her in tow, she did everything she was supposed to. It was pretty obvious that she had already been taught "the rules" of ponying!

TL;DR: Thought I was going to teach a horse how to pony; she already knew.
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