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post #1 of 4 Old 10-01-2010, 01:37 AM Thread Starter
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So proud of my old lady!

My little old lady was cuter than usual today so I wanted to share with people who would actually understand! Haha

Anyway, so her buddies left her ( their owners trailered them away to go on an overnight trail ride) and she was freaking out, galloping all over her pasture, bucking, and basically being a Krazy Ay-rab.
Well, I happened to be heading up to do my evening check, take off her flymask, and take her for a walk on the trails right as they left. I got over to the gate and saw how she was behaving and seriously considered just going home. She seemed to be in one of her really crazy states where she will run you over and not think twice because she's just so unhinged by whatever is going on, so I was worried that I could be tempting death. Haha
Right as I was about to leave, she saw me, whinnied (a very very rare occasion), and came cantering over to the gate. She stopped right at the gate and sighed like my presence made it all ok. Thankfully I had a carrot to give her part of (the other part was saved for once I caught her, haha) to reward her for coming to me which is something we've been working on.
I decided to risk my neck and go try to work her, thankfully I didn't die, but she did step on the backs of my heels a few times in an apparent attempt to be as close to me as possible. >.< Eventually I succeeded in chasing her off until I could grab her halter and get her under control.
It actually worked out well. I got to practice making her excitement no big deal by being as low energy as she was being high energy. I have a really hard time with that and that's the one thing that actually seems to work for her when she's in such a state.

But anyway, so I took her for our walk and didn't die! And then, when we got back to her field, I let her go and she just found some nummy looking grass and settled down to eat it! No more running around like headless chicken.
I spent about an 15 minutes lunging the silliness out of her until she was asking to stop (thank the lord for hills!) and then we walked for an hour and we totally won at life!
I guess I just need to remember that being afraid of her is not helping her. I mean, I'm sure you all probably understand about horses that are barely under control - not really something you can't wait to deal with! Haha

But anyway, I just thought it was cute how much she calmed down once I was there. She's really undemonstrative as a whole so anytime she actually acts like she likes me is a big deal! Sometimes I feel like an abused wife.

But anyway, that's my story! Haha

Fabio - 13 year old Arabian/Lipizzan gelding

Rest peacefully, Lacey.
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post #2 of 4 Old 10-01-2010, 10:01 AM
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I know how you feel. Its happened to me too. And great thinking in your energy. Does not help to get nervous around a nervous horse. Most of the time when my horse gets nervous or acts goofy, I laugh inside and keep calm and everything works out fine.
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post #3 of 4 Old 10-01-2010, 10:20 AM
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LOL!! loved the post, and good for you!!
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post #4 of 4 Old 10-01-2010, 11:19 AM
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Originally Posted by Wallaby View Post
Sometimes I feel like an abused wife.
Sorry, but this part made me laugh. I totally know the feeling. Except I'm the deadbeat dad, Deja is the ex wife, and Mana is just the caught in the middle little boy. LOL. Deja likes to "herd" Mana away from me and try to keep him from coming to me in the pasture. She'll stand right between us too. I think I'm allowed visitation at least!!? Haha.

It sounds like she was losing what she felt was her herd and the rest of her herd (you) made it all better. Those warm cuddly moments are great.

Proud owner of ~Mana: 6yo Arabian gelding~Pearl 13yo Arabian~Danzer 14yo Arabian mare~ Tiny mini filly
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