Every Colt Needs A Hail Storm - The Horse Forum
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post #1 of 3 Old 05-27-2013, 08:42 PM Thread Starter
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Smile Every Colt Needs A Hail Storm

Not being able to be with my horses during storms has always freaked me out, Since I board my 3 boys instead of having them at home. Although, today was quite an experience. My Appaloosa and my 10 month old quarter horse colt along with my dad's rocky mountain gaited horse were let out to graze. When we got there we grabbed their halters to catch them and let them graze in hand while I sat on round pen fence and took pictures of the beautiful foggy morning we had. After that, decided to groom my colt and put the rest of the boys away. We went inside since it started lightly drizzling. He doesn't like being alone without other horses because he hasn't been alone a lot. So I put him in hand and just walked him around to calm him down. All of a sudden, huge crashes came from above and poor little Spade about broke in two. The indoor arena has a tin roof which made it very loud. We walked and walked and walked. He was hopping around and whining to all of the other horses and completely losing his little mind. I hadn't been able to do a huge amount of training with him but we had enough to get his brain back to where it needed to be. While I was doing this my dad was in my horses' pen attempting to chase those little dorks back under the overhang that is in their paddock. After Spade had calmed down the hail slowly stopped and we walked outside. Ping pong sized hail completely covered the ground. So, the training part of this story is that this is a very respect and bonding "exercise". Colts tend to get pushy when they get scared so making them calm down and get off of you is a round about way of getting their respect. He seems to be a lot more cuddly after this event. He probably sees me as more of a herd leader now. This is a great way to start the summer. Also, there is the obvious desensitizing effect of the extreme amount of sound being produced in this hail storm. So, I believe that having this circumstance to start the summer was great for me. I think that the training this summer may come a bit easier now.

My best friends are beautiful, smart, athletic, and goofy. They stole my heart and left little bits of hay there. They take more work than school and everything else combined, but they are worth the price we pay. Horses are my best friends.
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post #2 of 3 Old 05-27-2013, 09:25 PM
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Isn't it weird to be getting hail this late in the year? Glad you were able to be w/him while that happened.
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post #3 of 3 Old 05-27-2013, 09:36 PM
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we had some hail a week or two ago. I think they said golf bass sized. One of my horses got bonked in the head with one and he looked at me like I did it. It was amusing and it 'trained' him to go to the barn in bad weather. :)
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