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post #14071 of 17185 Old 01-21-2012, 10:53 PM
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I dream of the day that Sunny will be considered "old."

She's already about to be four, a mare. The thought makes me teary eyed!
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post #14072 of 17185 Old 01-21-2012, 10:57 PM
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LOL! Way too many great years ahead for you and her to get teary eyed just yet Sunny!

My "baby", Walkamile, is going to be 14 this spring! Good grief, time has zipped by!

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post #14073 of 17185 Old 01-21-2012, 11:04 PM
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I know, but my baby is growing up! I actually DID shed a tear when I saw the trainer working with her in the round pen a few months ago. She just looked so grown up, cantering in her tack all by herself.

Yeah, I'm pathetic.

Time surely does fly.
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post #14074 of 17185 Old 01-21-2012, 11:07 PM
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Not pathetic at all! I actually cried, and I never cry, when I saw my boy being a gentleman and loading lovely for the first time in 11 years! Long story , but just this past year, finally with the right trainer, and my boy after trying to kill the trainer, loads wonderfully. Yep, I shed some tears. Of joy!

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post #14075 of 17185 Old 01-21-2012, 11:28 PM
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Awweee..

I've had my share of trailer troubles! Sunny is in the middle of another 30 day training session, and one of the main reasons I wanted her trained some more was because of her not loading.

It is frustrating stuff!
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post #14076 of 17185 Old 01-21-2012, 11:34 PM
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I completely agree. Sadly, due to an accident involving a trailer and then my emotional attachment to him, progress got curtailed back than. Then, we made beautiful progress together, until the butt bar was put up and he EXPLODED! I knew I was over my head, and got the courage to speak with our current trainer about it. So glad I did.

Funny thing is, Walka is terrific in all other aspects, and trusts me. I just needed to be trained to NOT let my emotional attachment feed his anxiety about loading. My trainer says, and I'm sure it's true, that horses are easy to train, people are hard!

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post #14077 of 17185 Old 01-22-2012, 12:13 AM
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Amen!

That does sound like a rough experience.

When I first bought Sun she had minimal trailer training. I spent a few weeks working and working on it, and she was great. Loaded and unloaded like a doll.

Last Spring, when it was time to get her shots, we trailered her to the vet. Now, Sunny is very needle shy. I mean, VERY needle shy. So, I was scared that if I took her off the trailer to have her shots, she'd be too worked up and wouldn't load back in. So I let the vet give her vaccs to her on the trailer.

HUGE mistake.

From then on she has associated trailer with getting pricked on by a stranger, so she has none of it. I actually had to sedate her to get her to load when we moved. We spent six hours trying to load her to no avail. All it accomplished was a few broken lead ropes and utter frustration. (She also flipped over backwards when my uncle tried to get her on.)

So, a quick dose of Dormosedan and a butt rope and she hopped right on!

I'm hoping the trainer can undone what I've done!
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post #14078 of 17185 Old 01-22-2012, 12:34 AM
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Ya, it's so amazing to me to see how quickly they can overcome and progress with the right trainer. And equally humbling to see that I was the "weak link"!

I can sympathize about the needle phobia too. Poor Walka is extremely so, partly I'm sure to having been a pin cushion as a foal. Had to have surgery to correct a deformity at 3 mos old. But, even that has so eased with my vet. He , my vet , is very good with him and now Walka stands like a brave gelding (though he is so very tight I think he'll pop like a balloon every time the needle goes in ).

But isn't it these challenging/special horses that teach us the most? That's what I have found personally.

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post #14079 of 17185 Old 01-22-2012, 12:52 AM
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I might have to avoid this topic for a little while guys lol I really can't think of cheyenne...you know 'going'. I've had a couple nights where I heard that someone's horse dies from old age and I cry like all night. Not fun haha

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post #14080 of 17185 Old 01-22-2012, 12:56 AM
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I agree completely, Walka. Most definitely.
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