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post #1 of 5 Old 12-12-2011, 09:50 AM Thread Starter
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"You're horse's behaviour is directly linked to how many people are watching...."

Or at the very least WHO is watching.

Let me explain. The owner of the company I work for was at my barn this weekend for a sleigh ride with his family - my barn is a dude ranch. So after nervously saying hello - I've always found the owner somewhat intimidating - I offered to give him and his family pony rides.

So I go in the barn and saddle three "ponies" .. two were actually ponies, the third was my calm as an old nag OTTB. I saddled Nikki with his brand new saddle blanket, and brand new bridle and led him out to give pony rides.

I gave three pony rides with my guy, and he was his normal relaxed, if somewhat more interested self. Then I stopped once the last kid was off to talk to the owner. I was holding Nikki's reins, and he was being good... standing quietly and such.

And then he started pawing at the snow. It didn't much bother me at first - there's only a thin layer of snow on the ground and the ponies had been digging through it to eat the grass still underneath the snow.

And then the owner says "Oh!" and I look back at Nikki... and he is on his belly rolling gleefully.

I was SOOOO embarassed! I corrected him and Nikki got right back to his feet.... but then he shook quite happily, splattering all of us in snow.

The expression on my horse's face was probably the exact opposite of mine. Nikki was all pricked happy ears and wiggling lips - snuffling the owner's son with interest while all I wanted at that moment was to go hide in the barn or somewhere out of sight.

The owner wasn't terribly upset, and in fact is now thinking of doing our staff Christmas Party at my barn () but still..... Nikki how could you?!

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post #2 of 5 Old 12-12-2011, 10:04 AM
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hahaha :) that's one way to lighten the mood ... haha silly horse
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post #3 of 5 Old 12-12-2011, 10:07 AM
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Hahaha!
Bless, that's quite cute xD

I used to hate people watching me ride, made me super nervous. My new yard moved 18 months ago) has a viewing gallery which backs up as a bar.. so you have to get used to it. But they sure do pick up on those vibes!!!
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post #4 of 5 Old 12-12-2011, 10:12 AM
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My mum is my unlucky charm... I always mess up or fall off infront of her. I don't know why, because I'm not nervous or nowt haha. She always has a camera with her though, so perhaps its that... I have an epic picture of me falling of a 16hh black gelding after the pigs on the filler were too much for him to handle!
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post #5 of 5 Old 12-12-2011, 12:08 PM
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