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    02-16-2012, 11:58 PM
What has your horse done that you never expected?

I have to tell you guys I am absolutely mortified! Yesterday Phoenix behaved in a way that I would never have expected in a thousand years. The horse that I have always described as, being so laid back she is nearly in a coma, the best horse ever, she never puts a foot wrong, yadiyadiyah. Well, yesterday she decided to have a German tourist for breakfast.

A young German woman has been staying with a friend of mine and it has been her long time dream to ride a horse on a beach. I was asked if I could arrange this for her. Naturally I said sure, no problem I have the perfect horse. I had been riding Phoenny for about an hour before the people arrived, she was a little bit nappy ( she finally has a paddock mate) but was fine.

I had asked the woman three times how experienced she was as a rider, is she confident, has she ridden much. She kept reassuring me that she knew what she was doing. Long story short about 30 seconds after getting on she hit the ground and Phoenix was charging off into the sunset. I have never seen her act like that. I know that Phoenix is a big strong horse, I had explained this to the woman - again she reassured me she was fine. But I honestly would never have believed that Phoenix would deliberately buck a person off if I hadn't seen it for myself. I thought my horse was bomb proof, I would have sworn on a bible that she was bomb proof.

Has anyone else been caught out like this?
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    02-17-2012, 12:58 AM
I got something like this weekend before last... sort of

I have had my horse for 11 years now. I know him inside and out, he is 13. I broke him to saddle and have never gone longer than two weeks without riding other than when hospitalized for six months... see next sentance. When I had another horse toss me and crush my spine, it was my gelding that I mounted six months later when I got out of the full torso brace. I cried like hell for the five minutes I sat on him, but I was back in the saddle.

For the last six years since that day, he has been two-faced. When my daughter rides he is the galloping freakazoid who can't run far enough or fast enough. When I swing into the saddle I have the 'old gray mare who ain't what she used to be'. People comment all the time that they can't believe it is the same horse. He walks calmly and will take several minutes to spook to make sure my seat is set before he reacts. He has always been that careful to make sure that I don't get hurt - one more fall and I am paralized for life.

Two weeks ago, knowing that we were having saddle fit issues and compounding that with the horrible pain I was in (I had already two oxicotten that morning), I used the mounting block to slip up bareback. Now, the mounting block is tall enough that I can just lift a leg over and sit down. As soon as my butt touched his back he was GONE.

He flew in reverse away from the mounting block at a trot. I pulled back on the reins dammed if I was goign to be on a runaway, so the only way he coudl run was collected... so he did. He shifted into his collected rack at a canter and headed for the indoor arena. Well, the arena is down the asile way though the middle of the barn - a good 30 yards away. Luckly there were no horses tied! I screamed the whole why (like a little girl I am told) and the only reason we stopped is the stable owner jumped out of the stall she was cleaning and grabbed him by the bit.

Wth???? Don't know if I can ride again, I am not sure I trust him like I used to.
    02-17-2012, 01:28 AM
I've got one, but not a good horse w/ a bad day one, although I've got plenty of those too. This was awhile ago, but.... I hadn't shown my horse in over 4 yrs (we took a break to try other things & we were both burned out). Anyway, we were at a show & I had him tied to the trailer, nothing new, but he was acting like a complete moron! Pawing, pacing, the whole nine yards. Well it just so happened that my daughter started walking right before the show, and we couldn't get her to sit still either. Needless to say, I thought my husband was watching her, and he thought I was. It didn't help she could escape from the kid corral we had along. After we both did the "do you have her? No, I thought you had her" bit, I see her out off the corner of my eye standing UNDERNEATH my horse petting him in the spot on his belly that he absolutely HATES being touched. So obviously we start to panic when we realize he is standing perfectly still, bending around and rubbing her with nose trying to gently push her away. Well she fell down between his back legs. And the way she fell actually pushed his hocks out (kinds like being bow-legged), so you know it had to be hurting him. But he did not move a muscle! Not even a tail swish to get the flies until we got her out from under him. And to this day, he will be the biggest, most stubborn, pain in the a**, but when my kids are with him he is their guard dog.
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    02-17-2012, 02:21 AM
This is my girl with my 5 yr old on her. As you can see I have pretty much taken it for granted that Phoenix will be a good kind girl. Up until yesterday that is. Mind you having said that, I got straight on Phoenny after the girl took her tumble and she was very hyped up as you would expect, yet I never felt unsafe on her for one moment and she was still fundamentally very well behaved for me.
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    02-17-2012, 07:40 AM
Originally Posted by kiwigirl    
This is my girl with my 5 yr old on her. As you can see I have pretty much taken it for granted that Phoenix will be a good kind girl. Up until yesterday that is. Mind you having said that, I got straight on Phoenny after the girl took her tumble and she was very hyped up as you would expect, yet I never felt unsafe on her for one moment and she was still fundamentally very well behaved for me.
Maybe it wasn't your horse that caused it? She could've been reacting to something that person did. My first horse was like that, he wrote the definition for bomb proof (he was 32 when I got him). But he didn't hesitate to put me on the ground if I did something I shouldn't. Or vice versa, I saw him do the same thing to a trainer when she used spurs improperly on him, but I did the exact same thing and he'd look at me stupid. Horses just know. I wouldn't let one experience like that change your opinion so much. YOU know your horse, be confident in that. Besides, even Mother Teresa had her moments.
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    02-17-2012, 11:27 AM
Yes I agree with Busysmurf.....it could easily of been the rider. ONCE and ONLY once I agreed to let someone else try my horse in the round pen, just go round at a walk. It was a man who naturally thought he knew alot more than this woman lol well my horse is well behaved and like you said you know your horse and I know exactly how what to expect, same thing every time etc. Even so I first lunged him, then I got on and rode him at a walk, trot and canter around the pen to be extra sure all was normal. He was a dream. One thing I adore about him is his rock solid standstill for mounting under any circumstances. He just will not move. Until he is clearly asked to. I am not the most graceful mounter either lol More than once I have **** near pulled the poor guy over and even drug a spur across his butt on accident etc. Totally tolerant, never moves a muscle. SO since I normally don't allow others to ride my horse I was not super comfortable with the plan and I told the guy ok you can get on but at that point I was standing by my horses head and for some reason I took ahold of his head as the guy went to mount. Good thing I did. No sooner did that guy put his foot in the stirrup than my good ol boy threw his head up and went sideways like a crazy man. The guy would of went down had I not had ahold of my horse and was able to stop him. I was shocked! I told the guy I just really didnt think it was a good idea and sorry he wouldnt be riding. I then got right up as usual and worked my horse and he was perfect. No idea of what happened or why but it was definetely something my horse did that I did not expect.
    02-17-2012, 11:41 AM
Like I said, THEY JUST KNOW!! A friend of mine used to have this OTTB that was just enormous, he wasn't a spaz, but he definitely WAS NOT a beginner horse. Well her daughter who was about 4 at the time loved to walk him around. To this day I have NEVER seen a horse have so much respect, love, and fear for a person, let alone one that barely came up to his knees. I only say fear for lack of a better word, she didn't need to use a chain when she lead him or an adult with her (they both actually hated having company on their little walks), and when she said "Whoa" that boy stopped! Even if he was mid stride. She could bridle and halter him by herself, he would automatically lower his head until his nose was on the gound. It was so cute to watch:) He loved her so much, and she was like this little drill seargent with him, LOL. You could see it in his eyes that he would hug her if he could.

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