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post #1 of 26 Old 01-14-2010, 08:04 PM Thread Starter
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Update on Arie

Arie is still doing really well since his injury We are getting a lot of stall rehabilitation foundation work done, still some issues, but I have to remember that he's gone from being out 24/7 to now being cooped up 24/7, and he can be one cranky horse! He's had the cast on for a little over 2 weeks and he seems to be walking on his foot better and better all the time I hardly ever see him take a gimpy step, it does bother him for a minute when he gets up from laying down, but then he's fine. I'm also glad that he isn't chewing at it, which I'm surprised he isn't because he's such a mouthy horse by nature.

I spent the entire day with him today. Cleaned his stall, pulled his mane (it was really long!), banged his tail, gave him a full out groom and was planning on clipping him but my clipper didn't have any juice left So he still has his beard and fuzzy ears I enjoyed it and so did he. We did carrot stretches and worked on backing by the tail around corners which was a lot of fun. He caught on quick! I can tell he's dying to play and learn again.

I can't wait to start working with him again, I'm going through some serious withdrawl! I know I'm going to be nervous the first time he goes past a walk, but the vet isn't concerned so I shouldn't be either. I think he'll be really ready to play and stretch his legs. I'll need to have my video camera ready!
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Mutual respect at its finest.
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Having respect for him and his opinions is VITAL to having success with him. That's why no one could do anything with him in his "past" life....they didn't respect him. If you don't respect Arie, he will MAKE you respect him! lol. And it's not pretty, as the vet found out ;)
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post #4 of 26 Old 01-17-2010, 07:33 PM
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. If you don't respect Arie, he will MAKE you respect him! lol. And it's not pretty, as the vet found out ;)
He sure made that vet look like a dork. Way to go Spirithorse.
I will have to follow your posts on training and hopefully I too can learn
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Have you ever thought about what it does to the horse if you clip his whiskers ?? Would you cut off a cat's whiskers ?? He uses those to know where the edge of his water trough is, where the edge of the fence is, where any barb wire is, etc. If he does not have those, he may just bash is chin into the trough or onto the barb wire. Also, how do bugs stay out of there ears if there is no hair there to keep them out ?? Having no hair in their ears can also cause them to be very sensitive.

Just something to think about. Horses are so beautiful naturally, why do we have to clip all there hair off, so we think they are more beautiful ??
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Have you ever thought about what it does to the horse if you clip his whiskers ?? Would you cut off a cat's whiskers ??
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I agree. I will not cut the hair on my horses muzzle, his ears and his fetlocks. I feel the hair has a place in his welfare. I do trim a bridle path.
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It's amazing how such immature people can make a positive thread so negative. I never said I was going to clip his whiskers, I actually DON'T do that. I clip the hair under his jaw, the stuff that gets shaggy. I also only clip the hair that sticks out of his ears. I'm smart enough to know what horses use their hair and whiskers for ;)

And HAF, if you want to be like that, do it somewhere else. I don't have time for that kind of thing ;)
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Have you ever thought about what it does to the horse if you clip his whiskers ?? Would you cut off a cat's whiskers ?? He uses those to know where the edge of his water trough is, where the edge of the fence is, where any barb wire is, etc. If he does not have those, he may just bash is chin into the trough or onto the barb wire.

Horses have no problem when you trim thier wiskers off. I used to show when I was younger and I never liked trimming the ears but I never noticed one bit of difference when I trimmed the muzzle. Lets not exagerate things just for the sake of arguement. Unless Spirithorse is trimming the whiskers on your horse then why do you care?

Spirithorse: Please don't trim the whiskers on Alberta Girls horse. She is afraid it will bump it's chin or get cut on barbwire.

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I'm really glad that Arie is doing better. The stronger bond that you've formed with him during this time is sure to help in his training. Good Luck!!!!
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