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post #1 of 14 Old 10-10-2019, 01:57 AM Thread Starter
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An exercise in trust.

I attempted something I’ve never done before. I was fiddling around in the barn, and the horse was being nosy.

I put a bit of string around her neck and hopped on board. We walked around the barn once and did a few small circles, left and right. No problems. She turns left easier than right, but she’s the same under tack.

Skippy was still hanging around when I finished fiddling around in the barn.

I hopped back on with the neck string, and let her carry me from the barn to the pasture gate, maybe 300 meters.

She occasionally needed a bit of tugging on the string, and some insistence with the inside heel on the turns.

I dismounted, and gave her some scratches on the withers, neck, and face. Then, she turned and cantered off to rejoin her buddies , the cows.
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post #2 of 14 Old 10-10-2019, 02:28 AM
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Compliant little horse!
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post #3 of 14 Old 10-10-2019, 09:44 AM
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And with grass all over! I would trust my mare enough to that but only because I am certain that there would be no shenanigans as her head would be firmly stuck in the nearest patch :)
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post #4 of 14 Old 10-10-2019, 10:11 AM
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She's a sweet little horse and seems to enjoy being with you, that's great and says a lot about how you handle and work with her.
Are you getting the other mare that you were looking at? I wonder if she will be as sweet
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post #5 of 14 Old 10-10-2019, 01:01 PM
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Aww, she seems super sweet. :) Glad you guys are making progress. Little wins!
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post #6 of 14 Old 10-10-2019, 01:26 PM
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That has got to be one of the best feelings!!

I did pretty much the same with my (then) 3.5 yo mare, decided out of the blue to use her leadrope around her neck in the field - we did w/t/c, simple changes.. it was an amazing feeling of connectedness and partnership :)
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post #7 of 14 Old 10-10-2019, 01:30 PM
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Love it! so glad you have come so far with her
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post #8 of 14 Old 10-11-2019, 03:08 AM Thread Starter
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She's a sweet little horse and seems to enjoy being with you, that's great and says a lot about how you handle and work with her.
Are you getting the other mare that you were looking at? I wonder if she will be as sweet
I suspect most of that is that she knows I keep the feed in the barn. Lol. But she was too young for much riding when I first got her. So we spent a lot of time grooming, tending feet, leading, and ground driving.

We decided against the little buttermilk dun. She may or may not be pregnant. She may or may not be trained to accept a rider. And the owner is now waffling on his price.

We will get the brown and white one in the latest horse shopping thread. Biggest concern I have on that one is the aggressive nature.

Then my sister said, “Sounds like every Shetland pony I ever met.”

Pending proof of ownership, we will pick it up the end of October.
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Oh, that sounds very promising! I missed the horse shopping thread about the brown/white.


The dun........how can one not know if their horse is broke to ride!? People are interesting!

There's a lot of stupid out there!
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Oh, that sounds very promising! I missed the horse shopping thread about the brown/white.


The dun........how can one not know if their horse is broke to ride!? People are interesting!
He uses them as broodmares. He said he found a neighbor’s stallion loose with his picketed mares one morning. Sounds a bit like one of @Foxhunter stories.

Around here, if some brave soul can jump on it, yell “heeyah!” And run around a bit without getting dumped, the horse is considered trained.

That’s what they want to do when demonstrating a horse for me. I have to stop them and explain that I want to see it walk calmly, turn left and right, and stop away from the people.

Here’s the brown & white one.
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