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post #41 of 96 Old 06-15-2012, 03:35 PM
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if you dust all the flowers and fairy sprinkles off of this, isnt it the same basic principles as natural horsemanship?
Maybe if NH were on a really heavy duty acid trip!

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post #42 of 96 Old 06-15-2012, 03:37 PM
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Maybe if NH were on a really heavy duty acid trip!
Wooooo look at the pretty colors..........................

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Longshot - yeah I know! So I need to pull back my ears and chase the hell out of them. Bite them on the butt. Kick whenever they get too close. Squeel like a pig if they don't act quite right or they smell funny. I have to chew their mane and groom them with my teeth. Maybe it's like using dental floss????

Sorry, side track here, but who else wants to see DD pull back her ears? Show of hands?

My Vet and Farrier are currently splitting my childeren's inheritance.
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Longshot - yeah I know! So I need to pull back my ears and chase the hell out of them. Bite them on the butt. Kick whenever they get too close. Squeel like a pig if they don't act quite right or they smell funny. I have to chew their mane and groom them with my teeth. Maybe it's like using dental floss????
You mean...you don't do this already?

I find the key to a friendly horse is to bite about a 4" diameter section of hair off of the horse's rump about once a month. Unfortunately, the hair gets stuck in between my teeth, and it takes forever to floss out!

I also had mechanical rabbit ears surgically installed...toggle switch left for 'annoyed' and right for 'mad as hell'. Last week the wires got crossed, and my ears just started spinning - the horses didn't know what to do! So I licked their manes to calm them down, but now I have some weird stomach ache.

It isn't easy being a friend to your horse...but I wouldn't want to "blindly rape the intrinsic spirit of God's greatest masterpiece in the animal kingdom"!

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This got me rolling, seriously? Haha here are there so to speak "commandments"


#1. Every horse that was ever born was born a perfect horse. He was not born an obstinate, stupid beast destined to exasperate, frustrate or hurt humans. He was born a perfect horse.
#2. It is human intervention and the horse's reactions to that intervention by using traditional training methods that force him to resist, dislike, mistrust, despise and/or hate humans.
#3. If we use methods of training that are identical to the ones he uses to establish and maintain his herd rank, he will react accordingly.
#4. If we use methods of interaction that duplicate how two horses create an intimate, trusting friendship, he will react accordingly.
#5. There is no such thing as a bad horse. There are spirited horses that resist being forced to do something. There are abused horses that have learned to hate humans. There are horses that cannot tolerate the illogic of ground and mounted activities with humans. There are fair-minded, sensible horses that detest humans because their owner does not understand them. There are horses that do not want to leave the security of the herd because they have no trust or confidence in their rider's survival judgment. And there are horses that have never learned that a human can be a trusted friend. But there is no such thing as a bad horse.
#6. No two horses have the same mental capabilities, emotional capacity or personality. But all horses use the same sequential steps to establish a trusting, harmonious, intimate relationship that they do not share with any other horses in the herd.
#7. A horse cannot “be all that he can be” for us (or all that we want him to be) if his only motivation is being treated like a slave or simple beast of burden that was forced into submission and servitude.
#8. If you limit your knowledge to methods of dominance and submission, your understanding of the Horse will be limited to his reaction to those methods of dominance and submission.
#9. The key to a truly successful interspecies partnership with the Horse is respecting and understanding the emotions and instincts that govern every waking moment of his life.
#10. I have met the enemy, and it was not the Horse, as I had first thought. The enemy was my lack of understanding and compassion.
I have to say that I agree will all but #8. Dominance and submission are important, I have never seen two horses be "equal" in a herd. There's always a dominant and a submissive one. Oh and not every horse is perfect. Not even my favorite horse in the world is perfect. But the rest of it, I agree with. But I feel like Natural Horsemanship and the motto of "gentle as possible, firm as neccessarry" is the answer. My horse will never JUST be my friend, he is my partner. But I am a human and I'm smarter and therefore his leader!
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You mean...you don't do this already?

I find the key to a friendly horse is to bite about a 4" diameter section of hair off of the horse's rump about once a month. Unfortunately, the hair gets stuck in between my teeth, and it takes forever to floss out!

I also had mechanical rabbit ears surgically installed...toggle switch left for 'annoyed' and right for 'mad as hell'. Last week the wires got crossed, and my ears just started spinning - the horses didn't know what to do! So I licked their manes to calm them down, but now I have some weird stomach ache.

It isn't easy being a friend to your horse...but I wouldn't want to "blindly rape the intrinsic spirit of God's greatest masterpiece in the animal kingdom"!
Must find out where to get the rabbit ears installed....what a great idea

I hope you didn't get worms from licking the horses.....oh no...maybe it's colic!!
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I have mental images of everyone going home and biting their horses' butts and turning around to double-barrel kick them... Hahahaha:)
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I hope you didn't get worms from licking the horses.....oh no...maybe it's colic!!
Not just colic, but impaction colic from all that hair he swallowed. Quick, somebody get a jug of mineral oil and a garden hose! We need to get things moving for BSMS!
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My wife has offered to shove a tube up my nose and to pour into it whatever it takes...is cyanide & oil REALLY normal for colic?

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"1. Restriction of any kind is a mental, emotional, instinctual endangerment to the Horse."

They lost me right there. I quit reading.

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