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post #1 of 14 Old 06-30-2010, 07:41 PM Thread Starter
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Talking When did you know you had bonded????

I know there are lots of little things like they nicker at you when you come, etc etc. But have you ever had something on a higher level happen and it made you realize "My poneh loves me?"

Today I decided to work Cin in the outdoor arena, which I know is bad ju ju for him. He just gets so excited outdoors and the arena is 4 times the size of the indoor. I want him to learn to relax and have fun with it not turn into a demon race horse. Anyway I got him to relax a bit at a posting trot when the dreaded Pony Posse show up, without their ponys. They had left bottles and trash etc in the back arena and came on foot to clean it up. Well, that was fine and dandy but they left the arena gate wide open. I didn't even realize, until I got to it and Cin decided last minute to try to swerve out. I got him to go back in but not quick enough. My stirrup caught the gate and off I went.

Cin stopped dead in his tracks and whirled around looking at me as if to say "OMG, you fell off me????? are you hurt, let me sniff you all over to make sure your ok." I looked up into his big brown eyes and I knew right then "My poneh loves me." Just the look in his eyes, the worry. And then for the rest of the ride he was Mr careful.
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post #2 of 14 Old 06-30-2010, 07:45 PM
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I guess it was our first schooling show that we actually won. His owner, my boyfriend at the time, had let me work him since he was so busy with training horses. My boy had a terrible habit of running off with people, throwing small bucks, just acting like a stud I guess lol. After they announced we won the class he lowered his head and shook it... at which point his entire bridle fell off in a class of mostly mares. I rode him out of the arena and to the trailer with just the reins around his neck and no issues. At that point I knew I loved him and that we were buddies. 2 years later I bought him for myself.
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post #3 of 14 Old 07-01-2010, 05:12 AM
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Today. (:
Tango was chasing (ears pinned, full on gallop) the new addition around the field, ignoring everybody else- I just got home from a 5 day trip, walked up to the fence, called his name, he stopped dead, turned and cantered, ears up to the fence and came looking for lovin, succesfully letting the other pony escape (her owners were surprised and happy =P)
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post #4 of 14 Old 07-01-2010, 06:42 AM
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Aww I love these posts !

I can tell you the moment I relised my mare was my daughters horse lol.

When my daughter was 4 she had her own little pony gorge , fat fluffy little thing he was always pretty good. I had 2 Arabian mares 1 of which ( Mahalima) had taken a liking to my daughter , loved her ! Always so gentle with her , Almost infatuated .

Anyway one day there like every other day we were feeding them all . My daughter standing not even a meter from me & infront of her pony , all horses are eating & Gorge spins and boots her in the head ! out of the blue decides he is a @#%$^@ Stupid @&#^$ !!!!

I freaked ! was instantly there ! Checking her over !

Mahalima leaves her feed.... Chases Gorge ........ Corners him !!!
& boots the crap outta him !! I mean the fur was flying off !!!

I couldnt believe it !
Needless to say the pony went that week & Mahalima Is still my now 8yr old daughters horse .

My daughter was fine went to doc straight away and only had a egg on her forehead!
So lucky!!! must have been the edge of the striking zone .

May we all see horses through the eyes of children
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post #5 of 14 Old 07-01-2010, 07:20 AM
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Im not a strong believer in the whole my horse loves me thing, i think its more of a trust thing, rather than 'love'

Our yearling we have atm, will hide behind me when i turn her out in the paddock (with our pony) Pony will go out of her way to pick on her and give snarky looks. She'll stand by me and follow me untill im out of the paddock. 'dont leave me here with her!'
ah its funny.

Shad trusts me well, even though he's very much his 'own' horse and can be a real pain at times he'll try hard in scareh situations. When i was younger I had an arab mare and this drunken (though fairly knowledgeable horseperson in her hay day) asked me if she'd "carry me through fire", at the time i rolled my eyes but thinking about it now i reckon Shad would try.

Anyway, when i was 10, maybe 11 ish i got my first horse, a 4yr old Egyptian arab gelding. When we got him he was very underweight, and had been used for joyrides by some boy, full speed here and there. When we got him home he was so tired he spent most of the first week laying down. Turns out the people we bought him off, didnt even own him.
Anyway, he turned out to me very much 'my horse' if you get what i mean. I cant remember when this was first realised but in the end he had to be euthanised because he had wobblers syndrome. The day he had to be put down my parents locked me in the house while the vets were there. All the horses went crazy, i suppose they knew? No one could catch him, so they had me come out to get him cause i was the only one who could get near him. He walked straight up to me.
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post #6 of 14 Old 07-01-2010, 07:36 AM
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I don't know if my horses "love" me, but they sure do look to me for leadership. When Walka is upset or afraid he will make a bee line for me ( nothing like 1000lbs of nostril flaring, tail straight up scared horse coming straight at you to test your "bond") LOL! T is always even keeled, but on occasion I have had to just growl "cut it out" at her and she immediately stops whatever it is. For other riders this does not happen.

They are both quiet, relaxed horses most times, and all I have to do is clap three times ( not kidding, programed response) and they will come to me from the pasture.

I believe they trust me, and I'd like to think they love me, but it's not something I'm really concerned about.

Oh and Cinny, loved your story. I know in my heart if that had been T, she would have been looking for green pastures! She's marvelous with a young or inexperienced rider, takes good care of them, but with someone she believes knows better, it's everyone for themselves!LOL!

Be the kind of woman that when your feet hit the floor each morning the devil says, "Oh crap, she's up!".
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post #7 of 14 Old 07-01-2010, 09:39 AM
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2 years ago. When i didn't tighten my western girth all the way, and we were cantering along the fence and the saddle slipped underneath jack, and I fell off. Jack stood still as could be and leaned down to sniff me. Before that, he would take off " Yipeee! She's off!" But, not that time. That's when i knew :)
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post #8 of 14 Old 07-01-2010, 11:35 AM
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I had been riding Spike for a few months, was working with him daily and was in the process of buying him. My friend who owned the barn was dealing with some health issues and asked if I would ride her horse for her a few times a week. So Spike was in the paddock, and I was riding Smitty in the field next to it. Spike was standing at the fence watching very intently. All of a sudden, he made the strangest vocalisation (sounded like "YyyyyyAA!) Very loudly, and took off at a full gallop across the paddock and back. Sliding stop back at the fence, where he blew very loudly at us. He was jealous!
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post #9 of 14 Old 07-01-2010, 12:19 PM
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I fell off during cross country because Remi slipped in the mud around a corner and I flew off over his shoulder. I cried out because I hit my shoulder off something and he stopped and waited for me to get up.
My instructor said that she was looking for a horse running around the woods but couldn't find one.
I don't know if horses feel love, but the way this horse acts around me everyday sure seems like it.
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post #10 of 14 Old 07-01-2010, 01:12 PM Thread Starter
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Wow, I just love all of these stories :)
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