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post #1 of 15 Old 07-02-2008, 05:18 PM Thread Starter
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Hardest thing to teach?

My Hubby and I had a conversation about what is the hardest thing to teach a horse to do. We both agreed that teaching a horse to carry something dead (an animal) is the hardest.
Here is a video that sort of speaks for itself.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K-o0-r5bClE

Any other opinions on what is the hardest to teach?


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post #2 of 15 Old 07-02-2008, 05:31 PM
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OUCH! I wonder if he lost any teeth over that? Yikes.

Hmm, I think most for most horses dead animals probably would be an issue,but I think laying down would be harder to teach. Packing a dead weight is a matter of desensitizing to a smell more than anything. If you put vick's vapo rub on their noses they can't smell it (or old timers I knew rubbed some of the critter's blood on there before dragging out the carcass and the horse couldn't tell the differenc supposedly). But laying down is a surrendering of self, there has to be some real trust there, (to teach, not force a horse down, of course!)
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OHhhhh... That made ME hurt!!

I would agree with barefoothooves. I would think laying down would be the hardest thing to teach.

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ok ok, But what about laying down with a dead animal on its back? I've seen them shoot across the back using the horse as a rest that might get a reaction ....but maybe the hardest would be not to pass gas when brushing the tail or cleaning the back feet....

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ok ok, But what about laying down with a dead animal on its back? I've seen them shoot across the back using the horse as a rest that might get a reaction ....but maybe the hardest would be not to pass gas when brushing the tail or cleaning the back feet....

Oh, I think we have the winner...NOT Passing gas? Impossible!
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lol yes! that has gotta be the winner! hehe this post is reminding me of something that happened to my sister a while back. Lets just say that the pony had a slight case of diarrhoea and my sister was brushing his tail at the time... And I just laughed and laughed.... then my sister cried. awww well she was only about 10 or 11 at the time!

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hahahahahaha.....he deserved that!
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ok ok, But what about laying down with a dead animal on its back? I've seen them shoot across the back using the horse as a rest that might get a reaction ....but maybe the hardest would be not to pass gas when brushing the tail or cleaning the back feet....
Vega always passes gas when i'm cleaning her back hooves. I always tell her "You better not poop on me!" Maybe i should start wearing a snorkle and hard hat when i clean her back feet
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post #9 of 15 Old 07-03-2008, 07:46 PM
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Hee hee---Willy does the same thing! And I always mutter -"don't you dare **** poop on me buddy".

I think Vida started this thread due to Willy's history of hauling kill (forgive me if I'm wrong ), but he still gets wiggy around dead animals on the beach...maybe that's why he hates riding on the beach! Bad memories for him? Can't be fun having a dead thing slung on your back

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Twister has had a gun (.22) shot off his back..well across his back. He did fine. He was wondering what the heck happened but he didn't freak out.

Hands Down...The hardest thing has to be the gas!!!!!!!

My farrier was out today and man o man... I don't know what I've been feeding these guys...maybe its the Apple cider vinegar but they S T U N K !!!! Maybe that's how the vinegar works...even the flies won't go there!

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