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post #1 of 17 Old 09-09-2013, 03:51 PM Thread Starter
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Silly Horses!

I had a riding lesson at my trainer's house this afternoon. Her chestnut gelding has so much personality it's ridiculous. Today he was very itchy. Well, he always likes to be itched actually. Lol I started by brushing him and really grinding the brush in. He was still very itchy. I then upgraded to a heavy duty curry comb and curried as hard as I could. Still not enough. I then tried to itch him with a shedding blade. Still not enough to satisfy his level of itchiness. I actually had to go find the pitch fork (don't worry, it's got plastic tines) and itch him with it before he was appeased. it was the funniest thing I have ever seen. He was practically falling over because he was leaning into the pitch fork so hard. I nearly peed my pants laughing. He is such a funny horse.

So just for fun. What silly things does everyones' horses do?
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post #2 of 17 Old 09-09-2013, 04:03 PM
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Sounds like it's a good thing you came to the rescue!
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post #3 of 17 Old 09-09-2013, 10:19 PM
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toby likes to hold things in his mouth. he doesnt do anything with them, just holds onto them. like the end of a hoofpick or a brush. he just picks it up and holds it with this "duhhummm, i gots it, lawwwl" sort of dorky face on. hes a goof :) annie looks like shes trying to flip her head upside down when i get her itchy spot....
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post #4 of 17 Old 09-09-2013, 10:23 PM
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Whiskey likes to carry halters, leadropes, buckets, and whatever else he can around. Today he had a branch in his mouth while he galloped through the pasture (and that cant be safe).

He also always holds up his front right leg while he eats. He does it the entire time he's eating, and it's always his right one. Its hilarious
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post #5 of 17 Old 09-09-2013, 11:47 PM
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We were out for a trail ride today, and had stopped for a snack break when I noticed that my saddle was a bit off to one side. So I said "Oh, darn, looks like my saddle needs adjusting", upon which, Ellie gave a good full-body shake, and voila! perfectly straight saddle
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post #6 of 17 Old 09-10-2013, 12:53 AM
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Well, let's source of amusement for today came as I was scoopin' poo in the lean-to. First Gamble walks back to an area I already had done and lets loose with a pile. I tell him how bad he is and that he should be ashamed of himself, he hangs his head and shuffles a couple of steps towards me and gives me a kiss. How can you stay mad??? LOL

Not a minute later TJ walks to the front and pulls the same stunt. He gets the same lecture but instead of being ashamed he gives me a look that says "HA! I carry your fat @$$ around on my back, the least you can do is clean up my $#!+." Him, I can stay mad at. He needs to take "how to get out of trouble" lessons from his older brother.
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post #7 of 17 Old 09-10-2013, 10:46 AM
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Hmm, my mare last year when we first moved here... my DH was doing some woodwork with the table saw and such... I was inside, I hear 'CRASH.... SONATA!!!!' I go outside.. yep she had decided to help by grabbing the table saw and managed to tip it all over and just sat and watched while he cleaned up- didn't even spook. She has gotten the feed can out so she could share with the 2 dogs (no worries, we were right there, and had been moving things around, not normally in her reach)... I was playing badminton with my daughter... my 900 lb dog, I mean horse, came and laid at my feet... bounced the birdie off of her.. nope she just stayed and watched us play. We have bell collars for our dogs... lost one... she found it a month later in the pasture and was happily ringing it as hard as she could. She is currently tearing apart my chickenwire pen fencing, much to my joy.. ugh... She likes to steal gloves while we tack up, or hold her lead rope. We went highline camping for the first times this summer... she untied herself during the night, fiddling with it... but fortunately my antsy 4 year old can't stand still, so she had carousel horsed herself a sort of knot, not that she would have left her new buddies. This could be a cool thread! I love seeing all the goofy antics!
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post #8 of 17 Old 09-10-2013, 10:22 PM Thread Starter
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Super funny! To this day, I still can't figure out why horses feel the need to put everything in their mouths. Lol

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post #9 of 17 Old 09-10-2013, 10:33 PM
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As embarrassing as it is, I've got 2 geldings that love having their sheaths cleaned. I'm exceptionally glad I've got a barn where I can do it inside and out of view of passersby because they both stretch out, lift a leg, and do that "OMG, it feels soooooooooo goooooooooddd" face .

Just to give you an idea, here is one of them scratching his belly on a weed a few years ago (and, no, all that junk in the background isn't in their pasture, we were in the middle of cleanup after a barn fire and he was grazing loose on the property).
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post #10 of 17 Old 09-10-2013, 10:55 PM
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Haha, I love these stories.

Sam is a huge goober. Some of his, uh, quirks:

*Biting everything he can get his mug on — not hard bites, but he'll give a curious little nip to any solid object in his path
*Similarly, he also grabs anything not bolted down — lunge whip, other horses' lead ropes, his own lead rope, the straw of my iced coffee...
*Rubbing his belly in the dirt after he rolls (which looks like he's worshipping the Lord of Mud):

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