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The Misadventures of a Young Tobie

Day 1 Sunday October 30, 2016

A bit of background info:
Tobie is a 16+h Standardbred. He is 4 as of this posting. Tobie lost his equine Mom at less than 2 weeks of age. He is your typical no sense of space, walk on you, fun loving bottle baby. His Human Mom raised him to be a gentleman. He has decided the rebel life is for him. We shall see if he can grow into a steady, thinking, level headed trail horse.

I took a Trainer Friend with us to help load and ride behind as spotter. I knew she wouldn't have my same level of excitement and wouldn't feed in to the grief his Human Mom & I would be feeling. I know how hard it is to part with those 4 legged babies and my sympathies were all for her. She gifted Tobie to me after extensive discussions, a meet and greet for all of us, and an extended home visit. I laid out plans for upgrades to the pasture, safety measures I'd be taking since he has NEVER been without equine company, touched on training/trainer plans, and discussed farrier and veterinarian care.
She covered all of the bases in trying to insure he was being placed in a loving home and would be well cared for. She got background on my experience and on my most recent horse, Rascal. It's not been long since I lost my boy. In Tobies best interest she wanted to make sure I wasn't wanting him as a replacement for something irreplaceable..... Rascal. We made plans for me to come pick him up, changed them because I had a funeral to go to on our scheduled day and settled on a Sunday morning pick up.

On to our arrival at her barn Sunday. She was bathing Tobie as we pulled up. We had all gotten a later start than planned, but that was ok because she and I had agreed to take all the time he/we needed to load him up. We both wanted this to be as stress and pain free as possible.
Neither of us was sure how he would actually load due to a previous injury while being trailered by the trainer to his home. We had this covered. I had warned the DH and TF (Trainer Friend-TF Dear Hunny-DH) that this could go smoothly or it could be an all day affair. TF and I discussed, at length, viable options for getting him into the trailer and hauling him. We're on the same page right? Keep calm and re-introduce the trailer slow and steady, no fuss, no muss...right?
We HM and I, start discussing blankets and feeding blah blah blah. TF says she will walk him up to the trailer so he can sniff it out while we are getting his blanket and such. Both of us went up in the loft to get his blanket..... POOF Tf and Dh have him on the trailer and are shutting the front divider in less than 15 minutes. They are ready to roll. We however, were not. But we went because you could tell the longer he was in there, the more scared he was becoming. Move the horse, move the mind.
Fast forward through the scramble and me being seriously upset because we just bombarded the nicest person I have met in a long time, rushed her off her feet and out of her comfort zone. Mine too, for that matter. Zooming down the road and not being "gentle" about it. We arrive home and he comes off the trailer with a tiny cut oh his face, less than 3/4 of an inch where he was throwing his head around and some scuffed hooves where he was pawing. He is dripping sweat like he had run the whole way. And scared to death!!! For all of 2 minutes. He found that sweet spot of grass that Rascal loved so much LOL. It's hard to be terrorized when you're eye deep in some pretty green grass.
Time for a pasture walk through. TF takes him a walk around the fence line while Human Mom and I recover. TF comes back around and we are ready to let him loose and monitor him. He ran his *** OFF! Kicking his heels up and calling for his herd. The neighbors mini answered him and gave some comfort nickering back and forth. And he ran, and ran some more. Human Mom almost gets kicked while he is acting all crazy horse. So, it is time for me to step up and claim the people space. He'd zoom to close and/or kick out near us and I ran him off. He had to learn quick that kicking anywhere near me is NOT tolerated. I know he wil test this again, he is a kicker and I was warned about this.
In our pasture foray he shows me he has a mind and learns quickly. This is a plus. He also shows me just how bad his manners are. He is atrocious! In your face, kicking, butt turning, disrespectful, no concept of giving to pressure..... He's a mess and I already love him. ****. On to the feeding. For the next 2 weeks we are gonna let him figure out he can run off the energy and do some feeding adjustments. He has grass and will have free choice hay come Saturday. He is on sweetfeed right now and will be transitioning to something else SOON. He skipped breakfast so I fed him small amounts through the afternoon and then a light feeding for his actual dinner. He did well like that. Normal gut sounds and massive amounts of poo. He poos a lot when he gets excited.
I spend most of the afternoon hanging around and doing piddly things close by. Just keeping an eye on him at a little distance. Giving him the option to come to me slowly and calmly, or not at all. And he runs. Lord does he run. All day and into the evening. He called for his buds most of the night. Poor guy. I think he needs a pony, that is what I told DH. He says no. I am on the look out for a pity pony. Something youngish, in need of a better home and who will capture the soft heart of DH and make him want to give Pity Pony a better life. And he can keep Tobie company.
I left the bright light on. I checked him a couple times through the night. And he was still running in spurts. So ended day 1 of our misadventure. I am exhausted! Tobie is still running.

I miss you Rascal. Every day, all day.
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Day 2 Monday October 31, 2016

Ah yes, good morning Tobie. Let's have breakfast. Whoa, don't crowd me. STOP! Enter pinned ears and shaking head. Super excited for food. Kick! Oh hell no! Enter lunge whip and the attitude adjustment.
I don't mind excited. I really don't. You can be as excited as you want to be, IN THE PASTURE! Not at feeding time and not in a cramped space. Now we change feeding places. Place the feed bowl on the ground beside the water (Oh YAY he drank almost 6 gallons through the night!) I made the feed bucket my bitch. It's mine until I give it to you. You kick, you no get the food. I chase you off, wait 15 and try again. And rinse and repeat for almost an hour and a half. FINALLY!! Head is down, no charging in right on top of me. And no biting! Calmness and feeding commences.
Tobies point of view: He bites everything! He nibbles and chomps. My gloves, the lead rope lying on the ground, the empty feed scoop, the shovel, the lunge whip, my favorite rake. The small limbs where we cleared out some trees and bushes. The chipper! Ohhhh look a gas can! Blech tastes horrible..... but Imma turn it over so we can play chase! Oh ****! She ain't playing! She is gonna kill me. OH LOOK GRASSSSSSS nom nom nom nom. Run run call for my girls and March answers talk a sec then run, GRASS! Ohhh what is that? Oh, lawn mower and wagon, let's follow and see where she goes.... Run and JUMP the huge limb. No, it is 2 feet of horse eating wood, not a 2 inch stick. Yay!!! Cat! Toss the cat is fun! Why you no come back in the pasture cat?? Come play! Ohhh birds! Run run run. Whoa, veer right, human in the way. Why is she so serious? Always gotta make me slow down. Run run runnnnnn. Run Tobie! Run! What's that noise? Must find the source! Phhhhttt neighbor dude cranked a truck. Calling him to bring me treats cause my Human says Nooooo, not until you learn some manner! GOLLY she is mean as hell! I am gon...gonna...
Let's go for another run. YAY! Whoooo WHOA what is that? Dogs! On the other side of the fence! Let's go stir them up and race! Yeah that's it. Whoa ****, human with a stick ABORT ABORT. Why can't I run and play dodge with her?? Dogs!..... WTH chickens??? For real? Let me see those! No, I will not step back. OMG she has that purple stick again! I never get to do nothing! Gonna go pout. Run run run... Lunch? For me? What you mean I can't have the tea? But I want it. OMG it's cold! She threw it at me and all I did was fly by and kick. She dumped it on my butt. I am dying! OMG runnnnnn! Hay look! Grass nom nom nom. Noise? Who, what, where, can I eat it? Run run run. Grass! Wind?!? Runnnnnnn.

And this was ALL DAY LONG! He can't stand still. I know he misses his girls. I know he is in a new place. But I swear, he didn't stand still, except to eat, for more than a minute ALL **** DAY! I have never in my life seen a horse with so much pure nervous energy. I feel bad for him in a way. He never relaxes, never. When you make him stand still he paws. Or twitches. Or chomps. Or pushes. Or gets ****y and stomps.
I wanted to give him a little hose off, sweat and sweet tea mind you. Umm NO! He exploded. He has one clean leg.... I won though! He has 1 clean leg! Pick your battles. Tea isn't gonna kill him. Neither is dirt. Thankfully I got smart and picked his feet before I tried to rinse him off.
Dinner was acceptable. We still had a 15 minute time out, but only the one.
Oh look, it's dark now and I still have to find things he ran off with. Cell phone has a bright light YAY! Ok safety is key. Remember this Pam. Safety first, yours and his. Exhausted again, but so is he FINALLY. Sleep for us both! Hallelujah.

I miss you Rascal. Every day, all day.
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Keep it up!! I am dying with laughter! I have a 2 yr old gelding very much like him!

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He sounds like quite the character! I'm enjoying reading this, and hopefully he'll calm down a little soon. :)

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Day 3 Tuesday November 1, 2016

Today was let it be day.
Observe and see how he acts. Is he reactionary? How inquisitive is he? Bolt first or check stuff out? Observation, right? Sounds simple enough right?
NO no nooooo. He stole my chair, my book ( which he thought tasted rather bad but was LOADS of fun to tear apart), knocked my coffee over then pawed the Styrofoam cup it was in. If I had found my phone at the time, where he stole my chair, their would be video of him licking my coffee off his hoof. Stole my gloves again! Took himself for a walk with the lead rope I hung over my chair. So, I gave up observing/getting my **** back and gathered up bits of limbs and brush.......
LOOK new toys! He scattered more back out faster than I could feed the chipper. He thought it was fantastic fun to grab a limb and run off. So he did, over and over and over. Did I mention he did this repeatedly? So, I let him. He had a blast and it was good for him to play. He looked so much more relaxed and happy.
I get to gather brush again. Meh, it was worth it. None of the limbs should be big enough to hurt him. I had someone recommend leaving several piles so he had to think about where he was going instead of running full tilt. It worked! He was actually paying attention to where he placed his feet and slowed down from a flat gallop to a lovely canter.
He stays head high so his back is under muscled. He is under developed in the booty, but there is hope.
He isn't pawing incessantly like he was. The farrier is coming tomorrow JOY JOY. I called it a day and tried to catch up on some house work. HA HA HA I sat down for a glass of tea and a brief rest....

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Day 4 November 2, 2016

Oh, it's morning. I am on the couch. Cold and still dirty. WTH? Oh look my tea is still sitting, all melted. Ugh! Must have coffee and a shower NOW! Get DH squared away and off to work. Ancient dog out for the second time, BARK BARK Mixing ancient ones food. BARK BARK BARKKKKKK Ancient Dog in. Feed the other dogs. I starve them too, ya know.
Man!! Alright, who played in the water pan?? I have the sopping wet toy as proof! I shake it and tell them all "Bad Dog!" They munch away like no one knows nothing! Change water. Tobie is being amazingly patient or highly amused at me running around with no coffee yet.
Chicken time! Dumpling, my rooster, has taken the lid off the trash can that holds their food. YAY self service chickens! I wonder if I can teach them to wash and sanitize their drinkers? Hmmmmm. Fatty Hen is guarding eggs and does the fly by pooping thing. Chicken poop on my leg and shoe. Ugh already behind... I'll wash the drinker and refill it after I feed Tobie. His trough has to be washed today too. Feed the Little Chicken Gang. Punk Rock, white silky rooster, is in a mood and gets a whipping from Goldie and Chicken Nugget. Break up the fight. Nurse PR's bruised ego and tell him one day he will rule his roost, but today is not the day. Set him in his pouty spot in the sunshine.
Time to feed Tobie. Turn to open the door and see his face staring at me. I open the door step out, close the latch. Turn. He whinnies right in my face I mean. Loud. He almost made me have an accident of my own. (Explain this a bit later.)
Head back in the house for horse food and Pro Bios. I can hear him calling while I sprinkle his food. Out the door again. YES TOBIE I HEAR YOU! I know you are starving. Yes I know it has been almost 12 whole hours since you had grain. If you want me to believe you are starving, chew all the grass in your mouth before you nicker at me. *Hint Hint* No one is gonna believe you are starving when your muzzle is green Dear. Wash it and a half pound of grass off in the trough. Mom will clean that for ya. Feed Tobie the starving horse. I only had to pick the food up, not take it away. He turned around, walked 15 feet and wonder of wonders, he waited!! OMG YES! I am so proud!
Find the pitch fork where I dumped it last night.... Don't judge, I was tired and at least it wasn't left in the pasture. Pick poo spots 1,2,& 3. Rumble off with my wheel barrow. I can let this sit until I figure out where I am gonna make a mulch/poo pit later today. OMG it is 8:30 already!
I woke my Mom up and got her coffee, breakfast, shots and her meds. Started a load of laundry and promptly forgot about it.. ( Note to self: Must put clothes in dryer or DH is going naked tomorrow.) Run around straightening and cleaning. BAM!! My ancient one, Gidgette an almost 18 yr old mixed terrier, has had an accident. I go down in a puddle. Woo Hoo no harm no foul. Shower off, clean clothes, the mop and sanitize solution. Must give her a treat so she knows I am not mad at her. She in on the old vinyl flooring, so it is easy to keep clean and it doesn't happen often. Don't judge me, she can't help it. For 16 years she never went potty in the house. Now she is old and not in the best of health. She gets a pee pass on occasion. She earned it. 5 minutes of loving because she has a HUGE chunk of my heart. No, it doesn't matter that she slept with me on the couch, where she isn't supposed to be. She needs awake love. Now it's her nap time.
Tobie time! I can get stuff organized today! YAY! I stored everything horse related when my Rascal was laid to rest. I spent time yesterday washing and sanitizing everything, except his halter and baby brush, so I can use it for Tobie. Now it's time to groom Tobie really well and try the hose again. Right? Wrong..
Shoot, forgot the farrier is coming around 11:30. Must go grab cash and wormer ASAP. Explain to the Mom I will be right outside where she can see me so she knows Tobie hasn't killed me. Grab wormer, new halter, phone, brushes and curry combs.
WHERE IS MY HOOF PICK? OMG.... wait is it in my dirty pants? Yes! Grab my bucket and dump everything in.... fish out my phone. What am I forgetting? *Shrug* I got everything. Out the door. Tobie has finished eating and is playing with a limb. Cool :) He eyes my bucket of stuff. Got any treats in there? Ooops forgot those. I take my bucket with me. No time to clean up a mess he makes LOL. Treats in the pocket and GO. Grrrrr go back and grab said bucket. What am I forgetting? Check on Mom, sit bucket down and get her something to drink. Out I go. Back in I go and get the bucket. And dog treats *sigh* Give Ancient One her treat. Out I go. I slide to a stop at the gate. Breathe in. Breathe out. Calm. repeat 4 times. And one more time. Relax and chill. He is hyper enough without adding my disorganized energy in the mix.
And Tobie is calmer today than yesterday. I start with a damp rag on his face.... Nope, forgot my rag. I can wash face when I am done with the currying and brushing. Phone sounds off. DH is letting me know Farrier is almost here. Cool.... * note to self, put her number in MY phone so we don't bother DH while working.* Grooming can wait. Remove obstacles and decide where this is gonna happen....
Yes Mom! Be right there. Take my bucket in the house with me. Tend the Mom and give her a treat....um I mean get her some frozen berries. Listen to all the things we have to get done later. No problem. Dogs announce we have a visitor they do not know. *smack forehead* Farrier is here. Back inside in a bit Mom.
Take 5 seconds to remind myself it's a new day and a good one.

Farrier and I have a discussion and a little back ground on Tobie. He tastes the hoof jack, her apron, her tools in her hand. He is being MUCH more respectful today. He explores without panicking. This is GOOD. She is calm but not taking any fluff. He seems to accept her and her touching him alright. She is not my favorite but she is competent and conscientious about her job. I accept her judgement for the most part. He is ok with her, so I will be. We'll see how it progresses.
We discuss the crack in the left front hoof. Pressure crack where his toes are long and he paws. It doesn't go all the way through the hoof wall. YAY. He shows her he is a kicker. She checks him. He is pulling and decides he wants the foot..... she wins. He almost makes himself fall and gives it up for now. She is calm and firm but fair with him. That's a huge plus.
She does a little trimming and cleans up a few tags on his frogs. I am good with this. We discuss his rear feet.... He decides to keep cocking that foot each time she reaches for it. Mutual decision to wait 2 weeks and let me get him over the kicking so much. I can clean his feet without much problem. I KNOW it ain't gonna be a cake walk, but I think I can handle this part LOL So we ended it on a good note. He was still calm but leery. He figured out she wasn't taking fluff from him nor could he bully his way around her.
I call this a win kind of day.
Lunch for Mom, dogs in and out, cat fed FINALY. Animal dishes washed, sanitized, and refilled. Now I am gonna eat some lunch and watch a few minutes of tv then go groom Tobie while Mom naps. AND it is only 3:15! I caught up and got ahead of the game!
DH wakes me at 6:00. **** it I fell asleep! Good grief I had forgotten how much goes in to a new horse when you have to totally go back to the basics. Time to make supper and feed critters.
Tomorrow is another day :)

I forgot to post this earlier LMAO. I woke up and had to take some advil. Sleeping on the cold couch was not good for my already sore back.

I miss you Rascal. Every day, all day.
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This is going to be one of my favorite threads!
But don't we get pictures of the adventures guy?:)
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Day 5 November 3, 2016

Picture by request. I'll do an actual post in a bit. I am actually drinking, yes I said it, DRINKING a second cu of coffee while I decide what to move where to reclaim horse area in the building. 3 sections and I can't even get a shelf!!! DH has tons of stuff stored for our do it yourself remodel. Yep we are making progress. Slow and painful progress LOL
*Note to self: Must find cord to connect phone to laptop to transfer pictures.*


ETA: No clue why this went sideways! The rest of the world gets a little off kilter, why shouldn't a simple picture. I''ll post an upright updated one later LMAO
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Oh, he is way too pretty!!!!
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He is absolutely gorgeous! I'm also loving this thread. Can't wait for more updates.
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