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post #1 of 18 Old 09-16-2013, 02:28 PM Thread Starter
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Does your horse take care of you?

Like my horse, will slow down if I lose my balance and dead stop if he feels I am about to fall off. The ONLY reason I haven't hit the ground yet, is because he takes it upon himself to protect me. He is such a good boy, my nanny horse! I love him so much!
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post #2 of 18 Old 09-16-2013, 02:48 PM
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I have one of those.. I've made some silly rider errors over the years and my horse will do everything to keep me safe. I fall off and he stops immediately, I somehow managed to fall in front of him once and thought I was going to die via horse feet running very fast at me, instead he leapt over me and then came right back and stood next to me while the other horses ran off ahead.

Once we were in an arena with horrible footing and Max slipped while coming around a turn. Instead of doing the obvious gravity fall to the right side, he somehow pushed his momentum on to his chest and neck and rolled to fall away from me. I was too busy supermanning it off into the distance to notice, but a few people watching were very impressed with the lengths he took not to squish me.

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post #3 of 18 Old 09-16-2013, 03:00 PM
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I've ridden a few who would take very good care of me. The lesson horse I learned to jump on would feel me slipping and stop, so I'd just end up grabbing her neck and landing on my feet as I came off.

My horse now is not one at all. She feels you slipping and she mist just speed up to help you fall
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post #4 of 18 Old 09-16-2013, 03:17 PM
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My Lacey girl takes care of me! I've never fallen off her actually because of it! I've come close a few times but somehow she manages to get me back into place just in the nick of time.

For instance, one time I was riding bareback and decided to ask her to walk over a narrow [less than 1ft wide] but deep [1ft+] ditch. She must have misjudged the distance [she has some pretty severe vision issues that I was unaware of at the time] and basically collapsed into the ditch. Both front legs went in the ditch, one at a time, and left her hind end standing at her normal height on the "start side" of the ditch.

I still remember the ground coming up and thinking "Oh! Here's my first fall off Lacey!"...then all the sudden I was centered over her back again. The next day I had a PURPLE bruise on my lower thigh, right above my knee, from hitting her withers so hard - I was that far off!
I still have no idea how she managed to get me centered again, in the midst of falling into the ditch herself...but she did! haha
Then, without missing a beat, she carefully picked her way out of the ditch like nothing had happened.

I'm sure a video of that would have been interesting to see.

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Rest peacefully, Lacey.
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post #5 of 18 Old 09-16-2013, 03:29 PM
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Yes, I have had several horses over the years that would wait for ANYONE that might accidentally fall off, until you got up and re mounted. Even "Corporal," (1982-2009, RIP) when as a 5yo, he was scared as we rode towards the commander AND the cannons AND the gunfire--that was the day we both shied left, we both shied right, we both shied left, then HE shied right and I fell left--he stopped and WAITED for me to get back on. A horse's mind is SOOOOOO important and the ones with a good mind and a kind heart are the real keepers.
On the tape you hear a cannon go off, then I fall, so it looks like I got shot off my horse from a cannon. =b
When you FALL off the horse, you should get back on again.
When your horse BUCKS YOU OFF, don't get back on again. It's time for a trainer...or an auction.
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post #6 of 18 Old 09-16-2013, 03:35 PM
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He!! No!

My horse is out for one thing and one thing only**** HIMSELF!
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post #7 of 18 Old 09-16-2013, 03:52 PM
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Sage took care of me like you wouldn't believe. If I had pulled half of the stuff that I did with any other horse, I'm fairly certain I'd not be around to tell the tale.

In an 800 acre pasture of 13 other horses, I got on him completely bareback (no halter/bridle/etc) and turned around to lie backwards on his rump... and fell asleep there. When I woke up, he hadn't moved an inch, and all the other horses were gone and out of sight.

On 200 acres with 10 other horses, I sat on him (again, no tack). When the herd took off, I pulled a Spirit stunt and leaped off, running beside him. He slowed down, despite everyone else speeding off, until I let go and stopped. xD

Then on that same 200 acres I was on him with a halter with the intent of bringing in the herd to eat (I'm clearly rocket scientist material) and they took off down this really steep hill. They practically Man from Snowy River'ed it down this hill, but Sage was considerate enough to take a sloping trail down the side, and then the three slopes that followed he continued to be thoughtful and as safe as the poor guy could be until they got to their dinner and stopped. This exploit included Mudpie charging up beside us and bucking wildly as he took off down a hill, while Sage remained totally composed.

On another trail ride I was taking my mom's boss for a trail ride and the horse he was on was in front (he's a moderately experienced rider and the MFT he was on was a very good boy) and must have disturbed it, but right after a rattlesnake popped up and started making a racket, and Sage spun away and graciously separated from his friend with little incident as we raced around some back trails to try to get to where my mom's boss and the other horse were without going past the snake.

At 25, I taught him how to jump, and we did (bad) courses up to 2'9 and he was just the most forgiving, sweet boy he could be after a lifetime of trail and cattle work. He also did gymkhana and a little bit of rodeo stuff with me, along with countless stupid things I'd pull.

Now Sage is about 30 and taking care of my friend, Danielle. :) He's still going strong, still ridden daily, and still doesn't know how old he is. xD

Here, have some photos of me doing stupid things with Sage while he kindly doesn't kill me! ^^

In the middle of the freaking Kaiser Wilderness~

Our first gymkhana~

Dismounting for goat tying~

Oh, and a video, too?

He's really just the greatest horse.
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The hills were bathed in moonlight, the shadows not so stark;
Silver light reflected off his brown hide as he held me in the dark
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post #8 of 18 Old 09-16-2013, 03:56 PM
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Mudpie, you should be named, "Cat." How many lives do you still have left? =b
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post #9 of 18 Old 09-16-2013, 04:24 PM
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My mare is like that. I took lessons on her when I was still in the early stages of riding. When she went up for sale my mom took great lengths to buy her and gave her to me as my first horse. We've done tons of stupid stuff. I remember when I was like 13 or 14 she gave a little buck because she was excited and I was stupid and after an attempt to stay on I landed right in front of her. My mom and family friend said that they had never seen a horses' butt actually hit the ground and skid in a sliding stop and the watch as the horse put it's head down and cover the rider to protect the (or in my theory, sniff them for treats lol). Another my moms horse threw her and bolted blind. My mare took me right to the gate of the arena and stood stock still, when he got close she gave her classic squeal (which sounds like a pig being killed) and pinned her ears; the poor guy avoided her all together and regained his brain to stand still at the other end of the arena. The barn where we were at had a 1/4 mile track and of course having a quarter horse this meant that on hot summer days when young people were feeling their oats races were had, not once did that mare, buck, bolt or spook or ever develop bad habits. I've thrown kids on her and total beginners and she knows what to do. My brother had absence seizures and whenever he rode her and seized she either stopped and shifted her weight for him to balance, or laid down completely. She's dealt with my stupidity, my learning, (and now the process of me training her how to drive) and has never once given me a reason not to trust her. She hits 19 or 20 this year and every time I'm on her I fall in love all over again. I never say this about horses but I trust that mare with my life, and she's irreplaceable. Of course....we wouldn't be complete without our moments of 'I'm going to kill you' which I think every rider/horse shares!
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post #10 of 18 Old 09-16-2013, 05:21 PM
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My mare will take care of me. We ended up up leading her across a stream (her first stream crossing experience). The horse I was riding with slid down the embankment and into her rear. She jumped forward and then hit the reins and turn to come back, she had the choice between running me over to get to the dry sand or jumping into a 1/2 - 1 inch thick sapling tree. She chose the tree.

On a ride she got tangled in wire. Before I could dismount to untangle her she had backed up and lifted her leg to shake herself out of the wire. We were in the middle of the woods and I was so thankful that she did not panic and really hurt herself. The next ride out she walked into a stump that rotted and she fell into the hollow beneath the stump. I was leaning forward to dismount and try to see what was going on. When Burt sighed and just hoisted herself out of hole. I could nearly see her rolling her eyes and saying "every time we ride you get us into trouble, now let me fix this mistake. Don't get up Heavens knows what trouble that would cause". She treats me like I am an intoxicated toddler who must be watched and monitored all the time and for that I am very thankful. Her half brother would leave me deserted on the side of a mountain without a second thought.
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