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        11-29-2009, 03:22 PM
      #41
    Foal
    ^^ We have the best laughs. Just not at that precise moment.

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    Originally Posted by toadflax    
    okay, what's napping? State side that means sleeping.
    When a horse won't go forward or past a certain point so they buck/rear/spin/freeze/plant ect. Napping is Dougie's specility.

    The first time Dougal ever napped [a couple of weeks after I got him] was probably my scariest ride for me, as I completely wasn't expecting it. We were going into the forest and he suddenly started spinning round, and then bucking. And before I knew it he reared up, almost flipped over and stepped backwards into a ditch. That was pretty terrifying.
         
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        11-29-2009, 03:54 PM
      #42
    Weanling
    Yikes, but you've stuck with him?
         
        11-29-2009, 04:49 PM
      #43
    Foal
    Yeah, we're getting there. He has improved dramatically, and when I took him out yesterday on his own, even though he was naughty and he bolted a couple of times, he didn't nap at all. Which is a total first. It's been a very long battle, but he's deifntly getting there. (:

    Another nasty nap, was in the days where he would plant and not move or respond to any cue, no matter how strong. And so I tried the "wait it out" method where you sit and wait for the horse to get bored and go forward.
    I sat on my pony for over an hour. And he only moved forward when my friend lead her horse past. As soon as the horse was gone, he planted again. Those were not fun times.
         
        11-29-2009, 04:57 PM
      #44
    Weanling
    Well, I just looked at his photos, he's young and you sound determined, he'll likely come along fine. He's a handsome boy.
         
        11-30-2009, 06:13 AM
      #45
    Foal
    There was this one time where I was riding a spooky horse, Cisco, without spurs, which isn't very smart but my riding teacher wanted me to control her. We were doing great for about 10 minutes until a rabbit hopped across the trail. Of course, Cisco being one of the fastest horses in the barn, took of, bucking and bolting. I got her under control after some time, but I'm now paranoid of Cisco.
         
        11-30-2009, 04:58 PM
      #46
    Weanling
    My worst experience, I was out riding with my friend and we had gone back through some woods and into this big open field, all surrounded by woods. We were walking around the field and could hear thunder but couldn't see where it was coming from because we couldn't see much of the sky. We wanted to get back, but we couldn't find the path back through the woods! We must've walked around that field 10 times, and it started to pour and lightning, and I was a wreck. My friends horse kept wanting to go into the woods but we couldn't find the path. Finally we realized that my friends mare knew where the path was (that's why she kept trying to go into the woods in the same spot). So we gave her her head and she lead us back to the correct trail through the woods! We got home safely, but I was drenched, even poured water out of my boots after I got off. What a ride!
         
        11-30-2009, 05:11 PM
      #47
    Green Broke
    My worst trail ride... I was in 6th grade on my first horse who was too green for me and I shouldnthave got her or at least had way more help. Anyways, a friend and I were on a trail and we had just pulled my horses mane so it was oober short, we had been on this trail before many times but of all things to spook at it was squirl, both of us heard the quirl and thot nothing of but the squirl jumped to another branch over us and either made somthing small fall or somthing idk! But my horse just lost it! She bloted off, I lost my sturrups and was just clinging on for dear life! The trail split two ways and in the middle... I thot she was going to go left and she went right and I was flung up about 15 feet into this huge tree and scraped back down while my friends horse took off and flung her into stinging neddles! But I rolled on the ground thot it wasa eathquake cause the ground was shaking, next thing I knew I looked up just in time to see my horses hind hooves smack my in the head. Idk how long I was uncouse for but when I got up my friend was creaming at me cause I was coverd in blodd, and couldnt walk and my horse was missing!, wound up to have almost sliced my ear off, hada branch stickout of my leg and had to pull it out and find my horse and when I did about 30minutes later had to walk along the road home. It sucked
         
        11-30-2009, 06:21 PM
      #48
    Weanling
    I'm terrified of lightening, we would have been two wrecks together. There's a moral to this story, too.
         
        11-30-2009, 08:30 PM
      #49
    Foal
    alligator!!

    So I was riding TW mare and my husband was on trusted QH. We were visiting down in the lowcountry. Hubby hasn't ridden much. Did you know they have the weirdest birds down near Charleston....they make some really strange noises. Freaked out the horses the first day. Anyway, taking hubby on a 'real' trail ride through the rice plantation. Just as we were coming up on a pond the mare saw a gator slide for the water and splash...she did a 180 and tried to bolt. Hubby was behind and told me later that he thought it was going to be the ride of his life back to the barn! Ha... no trust in me at all! We were all fine...and continued our ride through the rice fields.

    The first time we put saddle bags on the TW mare she bucked me down a hill until the leathers broke and the saddle (and me) came off. We put them back on her and went on with our ride.

    One time this summer we were on a trail ride with my 7 yr old daughter. She was having some trouble steering the QH and got stopped in front of a 3' fence (split rail). She was asking me how to get him to move and then whhoooppp - over the fence she went. From a standstill. I couldn't believe she stayed on.

    Another time last spring the 7 year old was trotting in field and the QH decided to head for the herd which we were standing on the other side of a large bon fire. She thought Jack was headed for the fire and jumped off of him while he was trotting. She was fine. I have never seen anyone jump straight up like that - in order to clear the horse.

    Fun days!
         
        12-02-2009, 11:07 PM
      #50
    Weanling
    Wow quite the stories people
         

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