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post #11 of 21 Old 03-05-2013, 07:56 PM
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My pony is like this as well. She would fight to the end over stuff, bucked and reared, would not move, was just an over all PITA. A few times she has dumped adults or had put up such a fight they wanted to make her into dog food. She was an absolute saint with me while I was growing up. Although she did throw an occasional buck she had never made me feel unsafe. She would lower her head to be bridled, pick up her hooves for me, stand while I saddled, adjusted, resaddled and adjusted again as a little kid. She never flipped out over the accidental poking or prodding from me but a finger out of place with adults and she would make sure they knew EXACTLY what they did wrong. When I was progressing she would add a little more and more speed but only as much as I could handle.

She is a little less tolerant of my antics now but is still a saint. Has gotten even crabbier in her old age, if that's even possible lol. But Ruby is still amazing with kids and I would not hesitate to throw any kid on her or let them brush her. A small adult though, that's a different story...
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post #12 of 21 Old 03-05-2013, 08:13 PM
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Ever wonder why kids and horses get along so well? They both live in the moment. It seems puberty screws that up.



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post #13 of 21 Old 03-05-2013, 08:55 PM
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my paint before he was mine had a little kid on him probley 5ish and he was 3 to 4 years, he was walking around the arena on long reins, he wasnt the best broke when i got him and he was an angel with her!

my QH has always been a pain for me, 6 years ive had him. my sister is scared of horses and when i got her on him a few years after we got him. he never steped wrong even though her reins were messed up and she was kicking him, he didnt care and followed me and my moms horse around! he also wouldnt trot with a friend, i got off moms horse jumped on and had him trotting and cantering around he just knew she wasnt ready.
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post #14 of 21 Old 03-05-2013, 09:11 PM
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A friend had a horse who would test everyone. But the barn kitten could wander over and use his front leg for a scratching post and he just stood there. Go figure. : )

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post #15 of 21 Old 03-05-2013, 11:53 PM
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My sister had a lesson horse like this. If the trainer got on, he would put him through his paces, but if he had a child on him he was every inch a perfect gentleman.

One of my favorites growing up was very similar. When we were at home we would fly through the fields, be reckless and have all sorts of adventures. Off the farm though, be it a trail ride or show, he was a totally different horse. Every step was careful and gentle. He had the most perfect carousel canter. He went into super careful mode. It made me so mad sometimes. He would never have let any harm come to me on his watch. He was one my family raised and kept until the day he died.
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post #16 of 21 Old 03-06-2013, 12:00 AM
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My mare who is now 11 is so tolerant of the grandkids and behaves like a lady! They can ride double on her in the arena, hooting/hollaring, bouncing all over and she just takes it all in stride.
I used to take her over to a neighbor's place with another of my horses, she taught autistic kids and would have a BBQ for them at the end of the school year. I took the horses over there and gave the kids rides, just leading them....the kids were so thrilled, their smiles were well worth it!!
It's like Spice knows when it's kids or someone who needs to be watched.....

My horses are the joy in my life.....
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post #17 of 21 Old 03-06-2013, 11:02 AM Thread Starter
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It's so great to hear all these wonderful stories!
When my mare was back home at my parents, we had a dog. He would always come out with me to feed the horses, so he could get horse treats! He would steal them out of the horses buckets on the ground. The other horse couldn't care less, but my mare would get so mad, and chase him out of the paddock. But as he got older, and couldn't move very fast, she got way less territorial about it. She would still 'chase' him away, but only as fast as he could hobble away.
He would also come with us for trail rides, and always wanted to trot out in front. But he would get tired and slow down, and was getting kind of deaf, so he wouldn't hear us coming up behind him. My mare would always touch him on the back with her nose, as if to say 'hey, just letting you know'. Sometimes it would scare him, because he couldn't hear, but she never stepped on him, even if we were trotting.
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post #18 of 21 Old 03-06-2013, 06:06 PM
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I agree with you, I once had a horse that was a big heavyweight hunter. He was not the best with stable manners and would always try to charge out the stable door.
I was looking after a friends toddler whilst she rode.
I was doing afternoon stables and had just put his bottom kick bolt across as I was filling his water buckets. I heard a click and toddler had undone the door and opened it. She was stood in front of this horse with her face against his knees saying "Me ride, me ride now please."
The horse just stood there and looked at me as if to say "Please get this off my knees!"
Had he done his usual trick of barging out or even moved back he could have hurt her but he never moved an inch.
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post #19 of 21 Old 03-06-2013, 06:39 PM
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It's so great to hear all these wonderful stories!
When my mare was back home at my parents, we had a dog. He would always come out with me to feed the horses, so he could get horse treats! He would steal them out of the horses buckets on the ground. The other horse couldn't care less, but my mare would get so mad, and chase him out of the paddock. But as he got older, and couldn't move very fast, she got way less territorial about it. She would still 'chase' him away, but only as fast as he could hobble away.
He would also come with us for trail rides, and always wanted to trot out in front. But he would get tired and slow down, and was getting kind of deaf, so he wouldn't hear us coming up behind him. My mare would always touch him on the back with her nose, as if to say 'hey, just letting you know'. Sometimes it would scare him, because he couldn't hear, but she never stepped on him, even if we were trotting.
Pretty Pony. That has got to be one of the *sweetest* things I have heard. All the stuff the horses do for humans, yes is awesome. But to know also that the dog really wanted to hang with her and get treats, and she went to just his ability, and would let him know she was behind him... that is too cute! My mare loves to hack out with the dogs... and loves to follow the one... if he stops suddenly to smell something, even at a trot, she will throw on the brakes to avoid him. Won't go around him, but will just wait behind him... tho not super nicely, lol... ears slightly pinned, tail flicking, like '*excuse* me, thought we might be moving it along here?!' But doing nothing to him, just waiting to move it along. lol

I would just like to know what makes these horses like this?!
Def all worth their weights in gold!!!
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post #20 of 21 Old 03-07-2013, 09:30 PM
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my dogs can wonder where ever so my old dog, had her for 14 years she was 16 years old never had one horse go at her or do anything to her (my QH did smell her once and she almost took a chunck out of his nose, never tryed again!) even a 45+year old TB that didnt like dogs much didnt mind her wondering the pastures. my moms little horse chased her over and over when we were there with them, so we threw apples at him because she was deaf and a little blind. and he would stop. sometimes i had to go inbetween them when he tried. but he never got her!

now the TB that i was talking about he didnt like many dogs and he was showing his age he walked (never went faster) he did a rear once and had a dinner dance for his oats. other wise he walked and stood around. had a wolf/husky/collie mix he was a almost a year amazing dog never let a person (me or mom) be alone out back even if i went back home he would stay out with her to 'watch' her. we were playing while the horses ate and he got close to the Tb named Pharaoh, he actually kicked out at my dog a few times and pined his ears, other wise never hurt a fly. My uncle stupiditly put my cusin on his back when he was VERY underwieght and he didnt do a thing i knew it was too much for him he couldnt keep anything on him and he ate all day long! and i told him to get her off and he did i chewed him out and she didnt get to ride anyone that day. but he would walk around the pasture with me and nothing for me to control him and the other horses would run around. he was the best horse ever! so sweet and caring!
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