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post #11 of 16 Old 12-06-2018, 08:04 AM
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"Act a fool" xD
You made my morning!
Keep up the great work with your horses.

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post #12 of 16 Old 12-06-2018, 11:52 AM
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Glad to hear things are going well with Oops. :) It really is hilarious what they spook at sometimes. The silliest things.

It's good that the people are also laidback, that's how it should be. Even when the horses are acting up/spooking/anxious etc., it's not always easy to hold your composure or keep calm, but that's how it needs to be! That's awesome.

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"Act a fool" xD
You made my morning!
Keep up the great work with your horses.
Thank you. We're muddling through. It helps that we have a great network of good people who can advise, though.

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Glad to hear things are going well with Oops. :) It really is hilarious what they spook at sometimes. The silliest things.

It's good that the people are also laidback, that's how it should be. Even when the horses are acting up/spooking/anxious etc., it's not always easy to hold your composure or keep calm, but that's how it needs to be! That's awesome.
Well, y'know. Those porta potties are scary! It's big enough to actually EAT a human!

And they aren't something one of our horses normally encounter. Tractors, four wheelers, Rangers, random children, dogs, grocery sacks, water bottles, tarps, lawn mowers, weed eaters, yes. But not porta potties.

We also got a laugh out of my friend's horse, Peso. A smallchild, probably 2? was terribly upset about being reined in by her mom. Mom had little girl by the wrist, little girl had a Barbie horse by the back leg. Little girl was sobbing and crying and having a good fit.

Peso found that most distressing.

The truth is, it was a small human, having a meltdown. The sounds probably sounded to a horse like a wounded animal and it probably looked like a bigger animal was dragging the small wounded animal away... while it was holding a very small horse.

The joke was: Oh yes, I knowwww Peso. IT's a little girl and you've nevveerrr seen on of those and oh my! She's dragging that poor horse around by the leg!

Me: OMG HOW IS THAT POSSIBLE? SHE HAS HIM BY THE LEG! LOOK WHAT CHILDREN CAN DO TO US!?

We all got a big laugh, Peso got a good look at the scene, was worked through it by his rider, and we all enjoyed the moment.

It's stuff like that that I've found can defuse a situation with a horse. Rather than blowing him up and fighting him to hold still, my friend let him dance around and lookie loo a little. She talked him through it, remained in control the entire time. No one got hurt, the situation didn't escalate, we were all very relaxed the entire day.

Laughter, I've also found, is a great way to burn off nerves. LOL It's like when I let Trigger's brakes off the other day - and when we were doing our cool down circles immediately afterwards, I couldn't stop giggling. It was adrenaline and it was euphoric and so much better than being shook up and 'scared' of what MIGHT have happened if I hadn't been able to bring him back to me after that.

Learning to laugh and enjoy the ride instead of fighting and nitpicking my horses has been such a tremendous gift, and it's all because I chose a different crowd to start riding with. These folks have nothing to prove, they aren't trying to be 'punchy' and cowboy up, they're just there to enjoy their horse.

"We are here to laugh at the odds and live our lives so well that death will tremble to take us."
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Came home, J had her saddled up and in the pen. Today she had a rope thrown off her, the reaction was dramatic and filmed. I've uploaded a video. I mean she went NUTS. DRAMATIC VIDEO BELOW!

Also trotted her some, couldn't quite get her to lope. It happened, but I'll be darned... about the time I killed the camera.


She's not super pleased with a bit, but she listens.

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Omg...her reaction was crazy!!!!!!!! :O Soooo dramatic, I couldn't bear to watch past 5 seconds!


LOL! What a good girl!! She wasn't even phased by it. Yeah, she's probably just like 'what is this in my mouth?!'. She will get used to it the more she uses it, all the dramatic head tossing will stop eventually.
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Omg...her reaction was crazy!!!!!!!! :O Soooo dramatic, I couldn't bear to watch past 5 seconds!


LOL! What a good girl!! She wasn't even phased by it. Yeah, she's probably just like 'what is this in my mouth?!'. She will get used to it the more she uses it, all the dramatic head tossing will stop eventually.
Hahah, J even tried roping Bo, that big Aussie Shepherd, twice, while he was farting around inside the pen. BO was hopping around and having none of it. Oops did. not. care. She just stood there like a cow chewing cud. LOL

In fairness to Oops on the bit, she was started with a copper mouthpiece mullen mouth but it has shanks, so she really needs a loose ring snaffle. I have one. J just wanted to try her on a bit she uses on her work horse. She did okay with it, was just confused and getting bored. And when Oops gets bored AND confused, she gets agitated - understandably so. She got high praise for doing so well, lots of snacks and a good brush down afterwards.

So far, so good.

Now if I can get Hubs to stop pushing me to sell her. His excuse is he says he doesn't like her gate crashing - but she's not just bulling through the gates when you open them. She's sneaky and I remind him he has to be smarter than the horse he's working with (What he used to quip at me). His other excuse, when called out on Oops finally getting it and not sneaking out/beating you through the gate, is that she's never going to be a big horse.

Dude... she's not FOR us. She's for granddaughter. By the time grandbaby is 4 or 5, old enough she's outgrown old man Supes, Oops will be 6, almost 7. She'll be full grown and no longer green broke. She SHOULD be at least Supe's size anyway (14h-ish) so she'll do okay with grown ups putting wet saddle pads on her until then.

Grandbaby SHOULD get many years of riding out of her before she physically outgrows her, and who knows the grandbabies we may have by the time she outgrows her.

We're the only owner-type people she knows. We're part of her herd - she was born to us. Oops has a long future with us, and she's far too willing and people-friendly to sell.

What he's THINKING is we've had two different rodeo friends tell us how well proportioned she is, and that as a small horse, once she's finished out (We'll be sending her for actual training for junior/kids rodeo events) and has some trail miles on her, she'll be worth a chunk of change just because she'll be small and because she's so people-friendly.... lots of folks want small horses for kid's events.

Imma have to whack him a good one.

Some things are not for sale, no matter what they're worth. If she continues being so good a horse and I think she will, and she proves herself a good citizen and trust worthy with our grandbabies and kids in general - she'll be priceless.

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