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post #1 of 17 Old 03-06-2013, 06:01 PM Thread Starter
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Horses never cease to surprise me

I have had a horse here for about 18 months. he is a nice enough stamp and as bold as brass when following hounds across any country.
He is, however a complex character. Not the nicest in the stable, will try to frighten a person with threatening to kick, barged around and difficult to bridle. I would not say he has been beaten up but more that he has been very unfairly treated and resents it.
Out riding he could go like a dream or suddenly switch off and just refuse to go anywhere.
I didn't have a lot to do with riding him but, recently have ridden him most days. We have had a couple of disagreements but, I never got angry with him, if he refused to go forward I would make him reverse past whatever was not there.

Anyway, he was turned out after work yesterday with his usual companion and a new horse. He was horrid to the new one, chasing him away and generally just being boss 'oss.
I went with the new horse's owner to bring them in. Her horse was near the gate and I passed her a Be Nice halter to catch him with (he has tanked away from her before coming here) She stopped and asked how it went on.
I was about to show her when boss oss saw we were there to bring in and he came charging along the side of the hill with every intention of chasing the new horse away. As he cantered around the outside of the arena so I warned him by saying his name in my 'very cross' voice.
As I did so, he tripped, he fell onto his knees, rolled to the side, then momentum and lie of the land he rolled right over - still sliding head first down the slope.
It was a very graceful almost slow motion tumble the sort that could of earned money if caught on camera! The best part was that when he got up he just stood there and never moved an inch. He looked at me with a puzzled expression as if the say "How the heck did you do that?"
I swear that he thought I had deliberately put him on the ground because it all happened as I warned him by voice.

It certainly seemed to have done some good because today he never once tried anything on!
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Lol. I used to work with an Arab who was a jerk on the lunge line. He'd fling his head up and run around like an idiot. He was never lunged without side-reins, not tight, just on, so he knew he was working. Well one day I forgot, and he took off. When he caught the end of the line, he knocked himself over. He was never an idiot on the lunge line again, he was sure it was my dark arts that swept his feet out from under him. Haha.
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post #3 of 17 Old 03-06-2013, 07:44 PM
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Haha great story!! I love it. I've always loved the crazy, difficult horses. They make riding..........interesting to say the least.
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Often times people will 'throw' a horse so they will respect them. It has it's place. I've done it on accident with a big Belgian/QH mare that was trying to take off while lunging, I set myself and she hit her knees. She never did challenge me again on the lunge line.
This however, does not work on cows! You can drop them and they will still try to run and generally pull you all over the place. LOL!
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post #5 of 17 Old 03-06-2013, 08:42 PM
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ahahaha! This made me laugh How funny our equines can sometimes be...
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Our pony for sure had been abused - the neighbors of the seller told me a few hair raising stories. I started the pony as tho he knew nothing and he was coming along fine but periodically he'd get vengeance on his mind and it was my 11 yr old son he chose. The pony, out of the blue would suddenly come at him teeth bared, intending to bite. I grabbed the slingshot and pellets. Now at the time I was dead accurate with one. My son stood in the paddock and the pony came at him. I let fly and got him on the shoulder. He stopped, looked at the mare and went after her. He tried to bite her but she promptly booted him lifting him off the ground. Now he was real mad. My son had remained still and the pony came at him again. Again he got a good shoulder sting and again he stopped. He didn't know what to do. We waited to see if a third hit was needed but after a few minutes my son turned his back (gutsy kid) and walked to the gate, the pony following like a gent. Never again did he go after my son.

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Last spring my grandsons and I let the horses out into another pasture, there still was snow here. They were ripping around through the trails in the bush in a line, come ripping around a corner to make a sharp right turn....the last one slipped, slid on his side across the snow LOL he got up, looked around like he was hoping no one saw it!! I was video taping at the time and I got it LOL
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you have to post that video haha

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post #9 of 17 Old 03-07-2013, 09:09 AM
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HaHa. If only we had powers like that.

Side note:Wasn't there a study done not that long ago that stated horses have no connection between loud, angry vocals compared to soft calming vocals?

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post #10 of 17 Old 03-07-2013, 09:23 AM
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Ooohh that would be a curiosity to look into...
For some reason though when I have a stronger voice it seems like the horse it is directed towards usually gets that "what did I do wrong" look. But could this be in the body language and not the voice? You should find that study and post it

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