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post #1 of 10 Old 09-20-2013, 05:00 AM Thread Starter
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How has your horse looked after you?

I thought this would be a interesting topic to discuss and a bit of a boast about my horse. As today, I was out with my wonderful mare, after some very successful schooling over jumps. I was putting her back in her paddock, she is agisted with a very gate aggressive gelding, he was doing the usual thing of ears back but this time he kicked out at the gate which I was holding. I was getting scared and managed to get her in but left her halter on. After closing the gate, I went to take off her halter then she put herself between me and the gelding and walked me back to the gate so I could get out. So proud! I'm moving her closer to home and into her own paddock so we will be out of this situation soon.
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post #2 of 10 Old 09-20-2013, 05:56 AM
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What a good girl. As if she was saying "Go, I'll deal with him."

One day I finished an awesome trail ride with my horse. I ride in a large park with equine gates along a road. So I dismounted and closed the gate behind us. So as I was getting ready to cross the road with him, and he usually trots across because he buddy's know he is coming back and are calling for him. But this time he spins around at me, pushes me to the side of the road and stands back on the grass blocking me from the road. Well seconds later a car was speeding down the road and got startled that there was a horse there looses control of the car and hits a tree just feet away from us. There are several signs along the road that there are horse crossings and the road does bend where I exit the park but he was speeding and not paying attention. The driver was fine and as luck would have it someone saw what happened who was walking a dog from the other side of the road and said he saw what my horse did shoving me out of harms way. I guess he was returning the favor for pulling him out of a barn fire a few years before that.
Its great to have such a special bond with our horses.
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post #3 of 10 Old 09-20-2013, 08:14 AM
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Back when my uncle died I went through a severe bout of depression and thought deeply about selling my horses and never riding again. It seemed like every time I felt this way my horses were there to comfort me, be it just standing beside me and letting me cry on them for hours on end or seeing me in the yard and come running to the fence just to put their heads in my arms. I'm sure that had I not had my mare and gelding to help get me through my depression I wouldn't be the person I am today.
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post #4 of 10 Old 09-20-2013, 05:20 PM
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I bought Rosie in May when I was going through a hard time. I had been looking for a horse for a while before then but had since given up because I was missing the last quarter of school because of my ulcer. Then my teacher found an ad for Rosie and from the day she came she has been the reason I get up.
Unfortunately, I didn't get better in time for school so I'm basically homeschooling for this semester until my energy has gotten better.
Even though I don't always have the energy to ride her, she's always there for me. I'm pretty lucky that I have her :]
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post #5 of 10 Old 09-20-2013, 06:36 PM
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My QH Star, was my first horse - she was boarded for a short time when I became her owner, and had daily turnout in a pasture with 2 other mares. One was a mellow 29 yr. old, but the other was a mare from 'h-e-double hockey sticks'- (no manners/very aggressive). I came to groom/ride Star every day, and on one such day I went out with the lead rope as usual to get her, clipping it on her halter, standing by her side stroking her mane and talking to her for a minute, when all of a sudden....Bam!! Star bolted forward just as I heard a loud screech, and her shoulder knocked me (actually threw me!) a few feet to the side and to the ground. I got up and saw that evil mare was literally charging right at me, and Star (who was the alpha of the group) bolted forward to block the way....She stopped the mare from going forward and turned her body diagonal with ears pinned back and ready. By now I had assessed what was happening, and took her by the rope and walking all the way to the gate saying, "Good girl! That's my good girl!" Lots of extra hugs and carrots for Star that day :)
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post #6 of 10 Old 09-20-2013, 10:53 PM
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Bonnie, the cremello mare in my signature kept a psycho paint mare from biting me on the leg during a trail ride, and Cheyenne's daddy Seminole kept an eye on me when a scary looking stranger was eyeballing me one morning. He would've torn the fence down if that man would've took one step toward me.
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Being horseless is the pits!!
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post #7 of 10 Old 09-21-2013, 09:06 AM
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Two different instances stick out with my retired trail and all around QH, Terry. We were out riding through some high bush with a good friend of ours, you couldn't really see what was on the ground so I had a loose rein and was letting him pick his way. Suddenly he stopped, shook his head a few times then stood firm. I cued him to move but he wouldn't, could feel him lifting one hoof then set it lightly down. I got off and moved the bushes and brush away, he had stepped into the middle of a roll of old barbed wire, one piece was coiled around a fetlock. I asked my buddy if he had wire cutters and we got him out of the barbed wire. The whole time I was kneeling down next to his leg, one rein laying on my shoulder as I worked, he had his head down next to mine the whole time watching what I was doing.

The other time I was out riding with a friend of mine who was more bold and took more dares on his little mare than I would. We were out in a huge field when suddenly it became very boggy. My friend thought it was funny to continue on, when Terry stopped, so I told him I wasn't going to go any further, his mare was smaller and lighter, Terry is a big 16H QH and I wasn't going to risk him pulling a tendon or getting really bogged down and panic. I dropped my hand onto his neck, giving him more rein, took my boots out of the stirrups and told Terry to get me out of the situation. Sure enough, he did, taking his time to find solid or semi solid ground and slowly made his way out of the boggy areas until we were on solid footing.

So many other times he has been so steady and just a joy to ride. I cried when I realized I had to retire him last year at 19. He got Lymes Disease badly twice and the second time it really effected his brain and how he processes things now on the trail, he is so reactive and spooky, after having our vet and a trainer evaluate him, as I wanted to be positive it wasn't me, both said, he doesn't react as he once did and he could inadvertently and not meaning to, hurt me by how he reacts now.
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post #8 of 10 Old 09-21-2013, 01:04 PM
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This is not about how my horse took care of not me, but my 8 year old grandson. She was very thin, but he fell for her immediately, so we consented to a short ride around our pasture. We suddenly noticed, she had stopped dead still, and was very lightly kicking out at something. My grandson looked behind him, then slowly dismounted. He very slowly walked towards us, and when we reached Mystery, we saw that she was all tangled up in a very thorny vine, she stood perfectly still while we untangled her. We couldn't have been more proud of both of them!!!
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post #9 of 10 Old 09-22-2013, 12:35 AM
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Many years ago, I went out for an early morning summer ride with someone that I had recently met. She was sure we could find an old trail she knew of. July in Arizona can be awful so we started out about 4:30 am and intended to be home by around 10 or 11. Well, we got hopelessly lost and on the wrong side of a steep canyon wall. Out of water and getting heat sick I ended up dropping the reins and just said "home". It took him a couple of hours but Bart found the way out of there. He was stumbling tired and I was heat sick but he saved my life. We didn't make it back until about 3 in the afternoon. That old horse is 31 years old now and I still have him. He's my friend.
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post #10 of 10 Old 09-22-2013, 02:02 PM
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Sadly, my horse is not the caring type. I could tell you the times he scared me to death or injured me (fortunately, no broken bones), but I cannot think of one time he was nice that way.

Now don't get me wrong, he's a doll and always needing contact and he loves to be petted. But I have to care that he doesn't accidentally kill me
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