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Going Over Water- So Proud!!!
So, a little background on my horse. Whiskey was abused by a "trainer" before I got him (2 weeks before, actually). You know the usual jazz- whip, spur, whip more, spur more, slice the tongue with a knife, etc. Which left me with a psychotic mental rearing, bolting, bucking, spinning, not moving forward, and overall scared sh!tless gelding... His owners were going to ship him to slaughter if I didn't take him.
That was a year and a half ago. And yesterday he crossed a creek for me!!! Oh, right, I didn't mention how he was trained to water. Well, you see, his old owners dug a pit, 5' deep, 10' wide, filled it with water then whipped him across with a buggy whip. hmmm.........
And today, we rode to the swimming hole again, just two horses/riders this time, and went bareback. We have to cross two creeks to get there- and he did- IN THE LEAD!!!!!!!! To top it off, he then SWAM, hooves off the bottom, in to the water at the swimming hole! You can see my avatar for a visual of this :D.
I love Whiskey. He is turning out to be such a good boy. He is moving off my leg, going bareback w/t/c/g, or saddled, going out alone, for as long as I ask him to, and barely refusing anything. At all. And he's not spooky. Such a good boy.
Just thought I'd share.
You CAN take a horse from slaughter-bound to trusty steed, it just takes patience.
Oh my gosh!
What a wonderful experience that must've been!
What a lucky horse Whiskey is for having you as an owner!!
He just gets better and better.
Honestly there were times I wanted to kill him, the ******* ( turning his head while I was mounted and BITING my leg and bruising it/breaking skin, for instance) but it pays off! I knew it would so I stuck to it.
Taking in a rescue is more than worth it, as long as you're ready for a war zone.
Your horse sounds wonderful, is your avatar a picture of you and him? it looks like fun!
He has a sad story but this next chapter sounds like it is going so much better for him. He trusts people again, because of you! It takes a lot of trust for a horse to cross water like that, any horse, let alone an abused one.
Well done and good luck with him! xxx
Thanks for your words of encouragement!
Yes, my avatar is of us swimming yesterday. I was too proud to wait to share it!!!
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