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post #1 of 54 Old 10-17-2012, 02:08 PM Thread Starter
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Your stupidest stunts growing up with horses...

I was ridiculously stupid growing up with my horses.

No helmets, we rode bareback mostly. ... there were a group of about 5 kids in the neighborhood and we spent all of our free time riding.

We grew up in rural Oregon and big farms and orchards surrounded our property. In the summer we'd head out and go swimming in the creeks on horseback, and got sick on blackberries and cherries and peaches and apples. (Horses got plenty of those too).

Our horses were well loved, well used, and well broke, which was great 'cause we did some incredibly stupid things with them... such as:

We tried jousting with pvc pipe as a lance, a garbage can lid as a shield, and a pillow as a chest protector. Of course when we knocked each other off and laid there in pain (while the horses looked at us like the idiots we were) that was the end of that.

Following a particularly inspiring episode of "Little House on the Prarie" we wanted to drive our appaloosa named Flit. We tied a little red rider wagon with lunge lines to the girth of a bareback pad. Then used rope for reins from the bit, through the handle of the pad, down to the wagon. Sat in the wagon and whacked the horse on the butt with the reins. Went well until Flit realized he was being followed - then the race was on. Luckily we did this in a pasture so when we finally fell out of the wagon he ran for his stall and we had to cut him free from the wreckage of the wagon.

Like I said, I was crazy stupid. But man, I loved that horse. He defined my life, gave me confidence, and left me forever a horse person. :)

So, let's hear your stories....
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I did not do this but my cousins did they stood on their
horses backs

I rode bareback with only a halter and lead rope

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It sounds like you had a good time though.

The stupidest things I've done involve barreling through huge pastures with friends, up and down hills where at any point, the horses could have tripped and sent us all flying. One instance in particular where we went galloping straight down a hill and suddenly I didn't feel the ground anymore..looked down and they were jumping a small ravine. O.O

My BO thinks I pull stupid stunts when I turned out horses with her one day this spring. Her little reiner (14hh..if that) was being a sh*t and decided she was going to do what she wanted so she yanked her head and got away from us. We tried to corner and grab her..I ended up just jumping in front of her a couple of times. Buuut being a reiner that loves her job, she does sliding stops on her own all the time. Sliding the mud..into me. Both times she stopped close enough that I could have reached out and touched her face. BO thought I was going to die.
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we used to get on my aunts gelding with no lead or anything and ride him aroun till he would tire of us and then Bump us off..

Also I took care of a stud horse and the only time the stable would allow me to ride him was in the middle of the night.. so I would take him out to the fields and we would Fly. he was so beautiful when he ran.. Nothing ever happened but I think back now and it was not so smart to fly in the dark.

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post #5 of 54 Old 10-17-2012, 04:30 PM
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yay you started it :)

stupidest stunts...way to many sadly

theres the usual racing which luckily always ended well with no injuries to us or the horses.

horse freeze tag

pretending to be trick riders - never ended well!!!

the sleigh riding behind the horses

shooting guns near/around/on our horses

jumping on them randomly in the field and riding with nothing (no saddle, bridle halter etc)

and so much more lol
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post #6 of 54 Old 10-17-2012, 04:43 PM
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I plead the fifth

There are too many to choose from so here's a few.

There was A.J. (Air Jordan - he earned that name) the auction barn special pony that had a love for rearing. My sister & I would take him back behind the barn (in hopes of not being seen) One would get on and the other would whack him on the butt. Winner was whoever rode him out the farthest on his hind legs. Neither of us really won though because we got caught.

I liked to "start" grandpa's horses as yearlings when I was little. I'd wait until they put their head down in the hay feeder and jump on loose yearlings bareback in the pasture. There were some fun rides and just as many that didn't care at all.

Roman riding, one horse was barely 14hh and the other 15.3... That's all that needs said, you can imagine the outcome of that one.

It's a miracle I have never had a cast or stitches from a horse incident.
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Love these stories! Haha.

I did a lot of racing. Still do, I'm just smarter about it now. Still young and probably a little dumb though. =P
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Racing through gopher-holed pastures.

Running at a "jump" consisting of tree branches, when my horse is not a jumper.

Riding the colt when my mom wasn't home because she didn't think I was old enough to ride him yet.
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Racing bareback with no helmet or shoes. Jumping a 36 in jump bareback, oh, and it was solid. Riding alone in the BLM all day with no one knowing where I was. Being around the horse without shoes on all summer ( me not the horse). Barrel racing without saddle or bridle. I came off a couple times doing that .
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Like others - to many to admit too!
First time I broke my arm was after seeing a trick rider standing on the back of two horses. I tried it, bareback when riding one pony and leading another - at a canter.
I did stand but the canter had become rather fast and fell between them when they swerved at the end of the field.

Possibly the most stupid was, after seeing a cowboy film was trying to copy one of the stunts.
One rider had galloped through a town leading another horse. The second horse's rider jumped off a balcony onto the horse. Looked good.

I had a friend riding her pony lead a young mare whilst I stood on the top of a brick building, about 8 feet high. Never thought to do it at a walk first.
She cantered past and I jumped. both horse shied and we were both on the ground.
It took me many many attempts to get it right and even then it was painful!

Another was jumping around a 2'6" show jumping course whist sitting on the horse backwards.
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