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post #11 of 16 Old 06-27-2013, 12:11 PM
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Such a great article!
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post #12 of 16 Old 06-27-2013, 12:20 PM
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how do I give this to my BO to read without sounding like a know it all??
She needs this so bad.

she has a 3 yo filly "can do no wrong" who is a young Ill acting Brat ... I call her the Cat like horse. she is like that cat that you can give attention to for 5 minutes and she is purring and sweet. Then in the next breath she is taking a swipe at you with her claws. They Baby her and she actually baby talks both of her horses.

I should send a lint to her in a email to that page but she may not like me much after.

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Make another email address and.send it from there... She will never know....
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post #14 of 16 Old 06-27-2013, 02:34 PM
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Originally Posted by Saddlebag View Post
It would be interesting by what various individuals mean by spoiling a horse. To me, I think of spoiled fruit that no one wants. That is the real meaning of spoiled.
When I say I "spoil" my horses, I always put it in quotes because I don't think they are spoiled, I think I just take my responsibilities to them very seriously.

For instance:

They get fed before I will feed myself.

If they're sick, they go to the vet and every bill I have would be late rather than deny them care, if necessary.

If they need blankets, I'll buy blankets before I'll buy myself a winter coat or boots.

I will buy the very best blankets I can find for the horses, regardless of price but I'll shop at Walmart for my coat.

One year, one of my horses fell through the ice on our stock pond and got himself and his blanket soaking wet. I took him into the garage, draped a bunch of old wool Army blankets over him and gathered up the space heaters we have and set them all around the garage to warm it up quickly. I dried him off with my blow dryer. Our electric bill was GI-normous. My husband came home in the middle of it and said the he was actually SHOCKED that I hadn't taken the horse into the house to stand in front of the fireplace in the living room. The horse came through without a sniffle or scratch.

That's what I mean by "spoiled". I still demand respect and manners, but I take really good care of my critters, not just my horses. I don't spoil them the way people in the blog are defining spoiled.

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post #15 of 16 Old 06-27-2013, 07:31 PM
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Great article, so many people make this mistake with horses! Just like a child, or a dog, everyone is happier when boundaries are known and enforced!

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post #16 of 16 Old 06-27-2013, 09:26 PM
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I am guilty of that. I was fortunate enough to have a horse that didn't, take advantage, I guess. Bagheera was the only horse that I have ever somewhat "spoiled." Every other horse I have ever worked with/trained knew the rules and absolutely respected me. I hand fed Bagheera treats, gave in to him occasionally(usually when he would prefer to graze rather than hand walk) and pampered him. For some unknown reason, he always did every thing I asked of him. I think I got plain lucky with him. Lol I doubt I'll ever have another horse with that unique of a temperament. I have seen my fair share of nice horses turning dangerous due to "spoiling." I saw a once nice pony corner his owner in the stall and kick the crap out of her, causing her to be hospitalized. It only took six months for that nice pony to turn dangerous. Talk about scary as hell. I'll definitely be sharing this article on Facebook as well. Thanks for sharing it!

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