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post #1 of 7 Old 02-28-2012, 10:03 AM Thread Starter
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Got stuck in the Snow ... lol

Got my taste of really deep snow yesterday and gained a new appreciation for my horse.

A friend and I were out trail riding and had taken the trail onto the road. We decided to try to get off the road and spied a snow machine trail just five or so feet off the side of the road. The snow looked solid enough, and we picked a spot to get onto the trail where a snow machine had recently passed, packing down the snow. I went first, and we got all four hooves onto the middle section when suddenly my 16.1 hh TB shrunk to instant pony size. At first Nikki - surprised - struggled to get out, but after a few leaps we both realized that the snow was only getting deeper.

So I asked him to "whoa" and clambered off him, pulling the reins off his head and easily standing on the snow that had just swallowed my horse. Nikki waited oh so patiently for me to decide on the best route out and it took only a moment for us to find the shortest route to the road. It wasn't that far back to the road, and I stepped over to it. Then I asked him to follow and my boy made a gallant leap out of the snow and back onto the road.

You know, there are always things to work on when it comes to horses. I don't know about anyone else, but I have a list of things I want to accomplish with my horse... but at the same time if we stayed stuck in the moment we're in - if he never learned another skill - I wouldn't be upset. Sure my horse may not be good at cantering on a lunge line. He may not be a jumper, or a perfect dressage horse. We don't know true western pleasure, and we make fools of ourselves when we game... but truthfully all of that pales in comparison to what we have. A working relationship of understanding and trust. We're still learning, and I don't think we'll ever reach a point where I say "okay, we've learned how to do it all now" but that's the beauty of horsemanship.

A canter is a cure for every evil. ~Benjamin Disraeli
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post #2 of 7 Old 02-28-2012, 10:08 AM
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your horse must really trust you to have not started thrashing around :) that really is quite special dear!

that happened while we were on a trail ride last summer- we were riding in the middle of nowhere badlands of ND and came upon an area where we couldn't go back, there was only forward, only forward involved either taking a flying leap with our horses then sliding down a slipper slope or going through some mud that didnt look to deep..SURPRISE! the lead horse (a 3 year old QH gelding) went through the not so deep mud and ended up belly deep. He didnt thrash, his rider got off, and the horse looked at his rider with a face that i swore meant "please just get me out of here".

Moot point is, you and your horse have a wonderful relationship :)
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It's amazing how deceptive those mud puddles can be! I've thankfully never gotten stuck in one, but I had a friend who did with her Clydesdale, he wasn't quite so nice about it and ran home after she got him out. :P can't say I totally blamed him.

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bahahaha! thats so funny! I can only imagine what was going through both their minds at that moment...
literally LOL'ing :P
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You know, there are always things to work on when it comes to horses. I don't know about anyone else, but I have a list of things I want to accomplish with my horse... but at the same time if we stayed stuck in the moment we're in - if he never learned another skill - I wouldn't be upset. Sure my horse may not be good at cantering on a lunge line. He may not be a jumper, or a perfect dressage horse. We don't know true western pleasure, and we make fools of ourselves when we game... but truthfully all of that pales in comparison to what we have. A working relationship of understanding and trust. We're still learning, and I don't think we'll ever reach a point where I say "okay, we've learned how to do it all now" but that's the beauty of horsemanship.

You said it all!! I'm glad you both are okay.
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Haha thank you! And I'm glad he was okay too!

Love the clyde in your profile pic btw!

A canter is a cure for every evil. ~Benjamin Disraeli
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The same thing happened to me a couple winters ago. A friend and I were out for a ride and we decided to go off the road and onto the trail. Needless to say snow engulfed my horse to her belly she stood froze for a minute and then we turned around. Snow can be very deceiving! I was out for a solo ride just a couple weeks ago and we were just walking along, before I knew it both my horse and I were on the ground. There was ice under the snow and she fell. I was just grateful she was ok. Took us both by surprise. Though I love and prefer riding outside I have been sticking to the indoor because of this.
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