Join Date: May 2011
Location: Chino Valley, AZ
Aires is acting more and more studdy, so Cam is going to call the vet tomorrow to schedule an appointment to get him gelded. It's nothing major that he's doing to act like a stud, but the little things are getting annoying (tried to bite me AGAIN today, when he hasn't tried to bite in quite a while!). He's still really good about his front feet being messed with, but is a jerk about his back feet. He does well in the round pen now, but if I'm lunging him, I have to use the whip to keep him away from me. My friend has started helping me by turning Aires out during the day or lunging him for a little while (nothing strenuous since his feet aren't trimmed), and he does wonderfully for her (aside from his studdy behavior in his stall). I am not opposed to other people working with him because I don't want him to be one of those horses that only one person can handle at all and with everyone else he's a complete jerk. I want him to be okay with other people messing with him, but he still knows that I'm mom/boss.
You don't have to read this part if you don't want to...it's just a little rant about a friend of mine...
On a slight side note (that is also a mini rant)...I have another friend with a 16yo arab/QH gelding that she got as an untrained 2yo. I appreciate that she is trying to help me and give me advice and support, but I really wish she would stop trying to act like Aires is the same as her horse, Tam. She seems to think that Aires has the same personality that Tam did at that age, but he doesn't. Tam was (and still is) VERY hot and somewhat difficult to work with, even as a gelding, and spooked quite often. Aires is insanely level-headed (I've had older horses spook on me more/harder than Aires has in similar situations) and easy to work with. I mean, seriously, just because it took them a year to break Tam doesn't mean it's going to take a year to break Aires, but she's acting like it will. And when I say it took them a year to break Tam, that was from the time they started working him on the ground/lunging him until the time they had a saddle on him and riding him. She keeps trying to convince me that it'll take AT LEAST six months to get Aires under saddle at all. Keep in mind that she hasn't met Aires yet and she apparently doesn't believe what I have said about his personality. It's just frustrating when she asks about his progress and I tell her (I have two horse friends that I can talk to: her and my other friend that boards at the same stable) and she starts off on some tangent about how it took this long to do the same thing with Tam and how they had to do this and this. I get that, but Aires isn't Tam. And she keeps insisting that he'll have shoes on eventually. I'm sorry, but if my horse's hooves can handle it, I MUCH prefer them to go barefoot...and Aires has proven that his hooves are hard, slow-growing and durable (last trim was four months ago, they haven't chipped at all, and I've seen horses with the same amount of grow-out after eight weeks that he has after four months). It seriously just frustrates me that she can't stop comparing her horse to mine. It's like someone comparing their child to yours (another pet peeve of mine). I've tried explaining to her that she can't compare Tam and Aires because they're totally different breeds and personalities, but she won't listen. GAH! *end rant*
Do not tell me I can't...because I will show
you that I can.