I evented a little QH gelding who was so smart it was scarey (much smarter than his owner). He could jump ANYTHING!
I hunted and his owner tried to ride him at the hunt. When he would drink at the pond, he would drop and roll every time. Being the trainer, I was convinced I could keep him from doing that. I know the signs of rolling, right?
I hunted him and we got to the pond. I was waiting for the telltail signs, and he knew it. Without so much as a flick of the ears.....he was down and over. I laughed so hard. He got me!
Then came the formal opening hunt. I was riding Scottie. We get to the pond (mind you, I am in formal wear). I decide to take bets from the field. If he rolls, you give my 5.00. If he doesn't I give you 10.00. Remember, he has NEVER failed to roll! I get plenty of takers, as they want to be amused.
We walk in and I wait.....and wait.....and wait. I am convinced that he KNOWS I want him to roll this time. He just stands there for the first time EVER!! Everyone is laughing (and getting ready to collect a lot of money!
Disgusted, I turn him to walk out of the pond. He squeals, tosses his head and drops and rolls. THANK GOODNESS! I was gonna be broke.
Good boy, Scottie!!
This is the notorious little guy;
BTW, don't mind the longer right stirrup...I was riding with a broken leg and I couldn't flex my ankle much so it needed to be longer. Not the most fun I have had at a show....