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post #51 of 64 Old 06-28-2018, 10:41 PM
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More recently, I was putting wet saddle blankets onto a big black horse for the parents of a special needs kid. Nothing wrong with the horse, but the kids old horse was being retired and the parents wanted to make sure of the behavior of the new horse before they let the kid ride it.


The kid had named the horse Piggy for its habit of rolling in the mud and staying caked in mud or dust. One morning, I went to fetch Piggy. It was cold and misty, and I was the only one there. I went out and caught a big, muddy, black horse, cleaned it up, tacked up, and rode out.


I was pleased at how much better and smoother the horse rode than before, and commented on it when I got back to the barn. The BO said, "No wonder. That's not Piggy."


The one day that Piggy had decided to not roll in the mud. It's been almost 2 years. They still laugh about that at the barn.
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^^I just had one: “Why are they putting wet stuff on horses? Is that a new training technique?”. I imagined someone dunking saddle pads in water buckets and slinging them onto their horse. I should go get some coffee…
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One of my hunter liveries was owned by a busy farmer who would call me to say if he could Hunt the next day. One Friday, he wasn't sure about being able to follow hounds and asked me to get the horse ready, if he couldn't Hunt he would go down and untack him, if he could he would be late and would trailer the horse to wherever the Hunt was.
So Duke was plaited and tacked, I left for the Meet and about half an hour after we had moved off, Ron arrived with the trailer. He drove past us to park and as he did so I realised that he had totally forgotten to load the horse!
I think watching that and realizing before he even noticed would be pretty hysterical!
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post #54 of 64 Old 06-29-2018, 05:43 PM
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^^I just had one: “Why are they putting wet stuff on horses? Is that a new training technique?”. I imagined someone dunking saddle pads in water buckets and slinging them onto their horse. I should go get some coffee…
One gal in my 4H group when I was a kid perplexed us all by dunking her saddle blankets in a water tank before she saddled her horse one day at camp. Then she did it again the next day, and one of the instructors asked her what that was about, and that it was a good way to ruin her saddle with a soggy blanket against it, not to mention the horse....

Someone had told her that her gelding 'needed more wet saddle blankets' so that's what she had been doing...
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post #55 of 64 Old 06-29-2018, 05:47 PM
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@Horsef I just did the same thing, something about the wording.
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post #56 of 64 Old 06-29-2018, 07:20 PM
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^^I just had one: “Why are they putting wet stuff on horses? Is that a new training technique?”. I imagined someone dunking saddle pads in water buckets and slinging them onto their horse. I should go get some coffee…
OMG, same!! I got that exact same image in my head, lol

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post #57 of 64 Old 06-29-2018, 08:38 PM
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Lol, odd one out here, I got that one straight off.

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This morning I rode the wrong horse. I tacked up the one my coach had told me, last night, that I should ride this morning. Completely missed her giant, very obvious note in the barn telling me to ride a different horse instead. A different horse that she had kept inside just for me so I wouldn't have to go out and catch her from the back of the field... like I did with the one I DID ride.

Sigh.

It was a nice ride, anyhow!
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post #59 of 64 Old 07-03-2018, 02:19 PM
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We had a load of three and four year old horses arrive from the big National Hunt slurs in Eire. I am fairly sure there were sixteen of them from different trainers.

They were all 16 hands + and apart from the sales catalog we knew nothing about them. They all lunged, as they had to for vetting prior to the sales. What was written in the catalog was always taken with a pinch of salt as often it wou,d say, "Will be quietly ridden about the farm until the time of sales," and when you tacked it up it exploded and had obviously never had a saddle on before! Some had obviously been ridden.

A card was put up by their stable door saying their breeding and the (race) trainer they came from.

As with the norm there were several horses by the same sire, and one in particular, stamped his stock well.

I had been home for a wedding and on my return Mary, my boss, and another girl helping us with the breaking, had ridden two of the bunch out over e weekend. They went out on those two horses and I worked one of the others in the arena.

I finished working him and decided to rode one of the others that had been broken before arriving. I tacked him up, took him to the mounting block and mounted. His back went up a bit, then a bit more then an explosion, all the way down the drive onto the lane. This was encouraged by horses in the paddocks either some of the drive.

It was a tad 'hairy' but we both survived. When I got back Mary was laughing, un beknown to me she had swapped two horses over, I was on one that had only been lunged and not even driven out and about.

Didn't do him any harm, he was named Esther Ness, won several races including the Grand National that wasn't. (The race was stopped by the starter three times though some of the jockeys didn't realise the second time and continued.)

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Haha very funny thread. I laughed out loud more than once (pro tip: don't read this while drinking a latte or else you might choke on it like I did). When I first opened this thread I had many embarrassing stories on my mind to share, but after reading through all 6 pages of this I have forgotten most of them. Ah well. I'll include what I do remember at the moment...


I remember one of my very first lesson horses was named Si. One day when I went to go get him, he was in a different stall. I asked the owner if he was in a new stall. I had meant to ask why he was in a new stall but the question came out wrong. I was given a very weird look at my apparent unobservant ness.

Ha. This one was from a few days ago. I'm giving lessons to an autistic boy at my stable and was teaching him how to water the arena. Our sprinklers are broken so we water our huge indoor arena by hand. Anyways, his mother was watching too and I was telling them how you have to be careful not to spray yourself with the hose. Well, right after the words left my mouth, I pointed the hose up to see if I needed to open the nozzle any further or if it was just the water pressure and sprayed myself in the face. Go me.

Sometimes I've been so concerned with making sure all my tack is on perfectly before getting on that I'll get one and feel like I'm forgetting something...then spot my helmet hanging on the fence.

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