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post #11 of 23 Old 03-22-2012, 08:45 AM
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Snazzy sounds kinda like Jack, he's pretty much a grump with most people, ears are typically half cocked. Definitely not a pocket pony lol. He is possessive of me, with people and horses both, which I discourage. He's a tester, will knock you down if you don't firmly set him back, will nip if you're not paying attention, and will purposely step on your toes. Buuut, with me he is loving and sensitive, has a great sense of humor(I swear he chuckles), and will try his heart out. He still occasionally tries his hyjinx with me but doesn't get far. I'm his and he's mine:)
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post #12 of 23 Old 03-22-2012, 09:40 AM Thread Starter
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I'm loving all these stories. Makes mine sound not so bad after all! The woman who is fostering him says he has 'personality'. Sometimes I think I have no business being around or ON him but I have heard all these stories about people working through the issues with their horses that I think maybe it's possible. The woman that fosters these horses has one that she adopted herself. He used to buck 'a lot' she says. She used to hate cantering on him bc that's when he would buck the most. But they've worked through it and now he doesn't buck anymore. She also tried to bring him to a show once and he reared and dumped her the two times she tried to get on and took off. She didn't ride him that day at the show but has been bringing him and schooling there and he's doing much better
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post #13 of 23 Old 03-22-2012, 10:00 AM
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after horses are miss treated they will go on the defence, you will have to work thought his issues I have done this with many horses It can be done just be careful they will hurt you there are very MAD

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post #14 of 23 Old 03-22-2012, 01:28 PM
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I volunteered at a barn for 8 years. And the man who owned the barn bought me my first horse, an older pure white welsh pony mare. I was in LOVE let me tell you. When we saw her she acted perfectly for the girl riding her, did everything she was supposed to, she jumped and wasnt scared of anything. Brought her home and WOW talk about a different horse. She would buck, lay down try to roll on you, rub you on fences/trees, we would go down the driveway (mile lone driveway btw) get all the way to the end and she would "hurt" her foot and start limping. So off I jumped to check it out and the minute my feet hit the ground she would turn and run home . All that said though I never really learned how to ride even from all the countless lessons and such until I got that pony. Man did she teach me alot. I loved her till the day she had to be put down. I have always been attracted to the brats
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post #15 of 23 Old 03-22-2012, 01:41 PM
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haha, among others, my mom always refered to my buckskin, now retired, as "that little jerk!". I was very defensive about it, too...since it was often followed by "I would get rid of that horse"! So, I banned that word (jerk) from my own vocabulary or what I allowed others to call any of my horses! He might have been a handfull, but he never let me down when the chips were down.
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post #16 of 23 Old 03-22-2012, 01:58 PM
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I did not own this horse but he was the most dangerous horse at the barn. His name was Sailor and he had massive trust issues. You literally had to hold onto his head for 30 minutes before you put a bridle on him, he was incredibely spooky, he reared he bucked, and he actually flipped with someone when he reared. But once you got over that he was the sweetest, kindest most "loving" horse.. Once you got to know him. Unfortantely he was sold before I had a chance to buy him. I had done leaps and bounds with his trust, I could bridle him in a few minutes and he nevr reared with me. But once he flipped with a girl who was taking lessons with him that was the end of his riding horse career. I don't blame him for what he did, he was being jumped when he was two and the used wrapping with him to make him overjump. I miss him terribly but I know he has a nice place in horsey heaven.
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post #17 of 23 Old 03-22-2012, 02:21 PM
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Rebel's a jerk. He used to bite me when I first got him. I'm still numb in a part of my shin from the first day I had him home. We quickly killed that habit. Since then we've shown very successfully and he's just an angel...Once you get on his back. For mounting, he has a learned habit of pinning his ears/throwing his head/moving around. He's such a grumpy old man. But he loves his job once we get to it.

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It's called a counter canter...
...A very advanced maneuver.
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post #18 of 23 Old 03-22-2012, 02:22 PM
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Ok so I started going out to this rescue place and I immediately fell in love with this tb that was there. He has the sweetest eye and was SO loving and kind. Now he's putting some weight on and feeling better and now he's starting to act like a jerk. He tries to bite at me (did once on my back), he pins his ears back and grinds his teeth when he gets mad about something, he has tried to kick forward at me with his hind legs when I reached under him for the girth...aaannnndddd...he pins his ears and makes an ugly face when I try to get him to move forward. Now, all that being said, I will say he's not 100% and I'm the only one that rides him and that is MAYBE once a week - bc his feet still aren't wonderful and he still has weight to put on. I used to think that I needed the PERFECT horse and anything less would be unacceptable...but the more I'm around horse people and see their horses 'quirks' they put up with, I'm thinking that there is probably a lot of you out there. So tell me your story and what your horse does, what your horse DID and you worked through...
honestly, this sounds like a horse with ulcers to me. maybe that's something you can have checked out?
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post #19 of 23 Old 03-22-2012, 02:24 PM
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I call Odie a crabby old man. I've had him for 18 yrs, he is the most stubborn, set in his ways, pain in the a**. BUUUUTTTT, his lack of respect when I first got him is a distant memory, and now he just has his quirks w/ me. He loves getting brushed, just not by me, lol = me brushing still means some type of work is in his future (at least he thinks so). My kids can brush him all they want, and ride him but he doesn't get crabby at them:) My dad just bought a nice hay feeder for the pasture, Odie likes his hay on the ground. He doesn't even wait for dad to get out of the pasture, and that hay rack in tipped over with Odie pulling the hay out.

Despite all his other crabby quirks, that horse will/has put himself between a horse that was kicking and me, taking the hits himself. He will then proceed to step on my toes later:)

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post #20 of 23 Old 03-22-2012, 04:15 PM Thread Starter
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He's so quiet when you get on him. He will walk right up to the mounting block and stand perfectly still and not move. Actually the first time I got on him I sid it from the ground, wearing my tight jeans. Could have been in the running for americas funniest home videos. I got my left foot in the stirrup and right one maybe a foot off the ground and was just hanging there, inching my way up with all my might. He didn't move or get mad or anything. So I know there's a good horse in there somewhere! And, yes, I know it's bad for their backs when you mount like that but there wasn't a mounting block or anything to stand on. Just that one time, now I make SURE there's a mounting block
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