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post #331 of 1323 Old 10-20-2015, 10:08 PM
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Well hells bells, I wonder what people think of me. I keep a camp chair at the barn, and show up with a cooler of adult beverages along with my book.

Did you enjoy your time? Did she respond to you in a better way? Who cares what folks think!
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If the trainer/BO don't mind, I'd recommend you use some of your time at the barn to observe lessons or watch people work their horses. You'll learn a lot just watching other people.
The trainer and BO dont mind. This is something I try to do as much as I can. Whenever shes teaching, ill just stop and stand and watch for a bit.

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Try to identify any other boarders who look like they ride well and whose horses seem well trained. Observe and make friends with those people as they can be great resources and potential riding buddies.
The only thing is Im not sure if im really compatible with the other boarders. Im the only guy there and Im the 2nd or 3rd youngest id say - Im 34.

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If the BO or trainer is doing something interesting, ask if there's anything you can do to help.
I always observe this and havent noticed anything yet. Just the norm - feed, etc. Because the BO is handicapped and has a prostetic leg, the good thing is that people are always sitting with him on his quad helping out doing feed, etc. Every time I go there, I always see someone different helping him out. Its a pretty touching story really. Everyone there cares so much for the BO. The trainer helps with the feed a lot, the boarders and even some of the kids who do lesson there.

I would love to offer to help but it seems he has more than enough hands helping him, plus I then remember how at the old barn I was too focused on feeding everynight (since i ran the feed there) and it really cut into my learning time. Its such a breath of fresh air at this new place not having to feed 30 horses every night, then check the waters, etc.


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There's lots of things you can do at the barn to improve your skills and knowledge, that don't have anything to do with your horse.
True and im open to this, always observing and keeping my eye open.

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Whenever the vet or farrier are out here, I'm always hanging around watching and asking questions. I don't think it bothers them; they seem to like teaching people who are eager to learn.
I do as well. I had my farrier come last Sunday and we chatted for a good half hour after. He was telling me all about how he feeds his horses hay cubes now and no longer square bales. Interesting. I never even knew hay cubes existed but I do now.

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It's really good to give your mare days off. But that doesn't mean you have to take a day off from improving your self. Try to find ways to broaden your knowledge by getting involved with other things going on at the barn
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Well it wasnt until today (Sarah mentioned) that I found out that even just bringing in your horse into the barn and grooming her was considering working in the horses eyes. So all those days where i went and just planned on grooming her, I thought they were days off for her but turns out they werent?!

My guess is that its the "leading and putting on the halter" that makes her see it as being worked. Now if I brush her in her paddock with her free, thats not seen as work is it?

If thats the case then that means the last time where I didnt ask anything from was 2 weeks ago where i took the night off from seeing her and that was the ONLY day since ive had her where i didnt halter her at least once. i always thought that she loves to be haltered everyday cause she gets to leave her paddock, see new surroundings etc.

One reason why I see her everyday is because shes alone and horses get bored in their paddocks. So by me taking her out of her paddock at least once a day, I would think it would be beneficial. Plus I do still believe that it helps her that she sees me so much and spends a lot of time with me.

When she is finally in a herd, at least if I take a day off from seeing her, she will have friends to keep her company, play with, etc.


Like I said, since Ive gotten her just over 4 months ago, Ive gone every single day to see her BUT one day (and that was 2 weeks ago). Once shes in a herd, I do plan on taking 1 day off every 2 weeks.

I got to the barn today, was pulling in and as usual I was looking to see if shes still in her paddock. I couldnt see her and all of a sudden got a bit excited thinking she was FINALLY put in the herd. But nope, was dissapointed.

Im getting a little impatient, I hope they put her in the herd this week. This Friday will be 6 weeks. Remember the BO said quarentine is 3 weeks.

I dont know what the hold up is. Theyre going to first put her in a small area right next to the herd they want to put her in, so they can all get more acquainted and sniff each other over a fence etc. They will do this for at least a few hours, if not half a day just to make sure they are fine. Then if all is well, they will put her in the herd and watch some more. I want to be there for it, cause Im so curious how my mare reacts when put in a herd finally. But i know chances are they will most likely do it in the day time so im gonna be at work. :( I just want it to happen, put her in the herd already!
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We only have one guy that boards where I board. He is like my BFF! Lolol. The male perspective is so refreshingly different from all the woman perspective. He it's greatly loved and teased for being male. And the brunt of many man jokes.

He loves it...lol.

So, you never know how you will get along with others until you try.

Oh, and he didn't get into horses until he was 54!
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Well hells bells, I wonder what people think of me. I keep a camp chair at the barn, and show up with a cooler of adult beverages along with my book.

Did you enjoy your time? Did she respond to you in a better way? Who cares what folks think!
The only thing is whether or not my BO will be okay with me hanging out with my mare once she is put in a herd. Because I will be in the same area and very close to 3 other horses that arent mine.

Yes I enjoyed my time, whenever I get to see her it makes me smile and be so happy. I wake up every morning already looking forward to seeing her and shes always on my mind, everyday, throughout the day. Hope that doesnt sound obsessive but she means a lot to me.

She seemed very happy to see me. But again, it could have been that she was hungry and she associates me with food.

She came up to me and when I went in her paddock to set up my chair she followed me and came to check out my chair and book. I had a seat and she was very curious and walked by a few times to see whats up. But after 15-20mins she was too busy hanging out at the fence because she knew it was close to dinner time and was waiting for her food. Cant really help this, when a horse is hungry, food always comes first on their mind. All the horses there will stand and wait at the fence for dinner.
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Have you asked your BO why after 6 weeks she is still in quarantine?

Does anyone know of a contagious horse sickness with a gestation period this long?
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Well hells bells, I wonder what people think of me. I keep a camp chair at the barn, and show up with a cooler of adult beverages along with my book.

Did you enjoy your time? Did she respond to you in a better way? Who cares what folks think!
I have deck chairs I leave in my paddock and bring books to read while my horse eats. The paddock is nice and I find my horse gets used to me more just hanging around then actually asking him something.
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Have you asked your BO why after 6 weeks she is still in quarantine?
No but if shes not put in the herd by this Friday Im going to be pretty upset about it. Yes shes young, yes shes the newest horse on the property, but its not like shes dangerous and has never been in a herd. He even asked me what kind of horses she gets along with the best and if she tends to be a dominant horse.

I told him that she is dominant and she generally doesnt like dominant horses - she stands up for herself and doesnt let higher up horses boss her around. She will always have something to say about that. Shes sassy, shes cheeky. But she knows where she stands in a pecking order and accepts it. At the old barn, there have been a couple mares who would be mean to her by trying to charge at her through their paddock fence and my mare would squeal and kick out or turn her butt to them.

Btw, I got all this info from the previous owner because she was the one who has truly seen her in a herd. Ive also picked up a lot of this from just observing her since ive owned her. I have done a lot of watching her in how she interacts with other horses, different types of horses, mares, geldings and what her tendencies tend to be.

She gets along with horses very well who are gentle and/or older. According to the previous owner, she said that she gets attached to her friends really fast, just like with her owner. Ive noticed this as well. I feel a big reason why she gets along so well with older horses is because she looks up to them for protection, as a mentor and as a teacher. There is one at the barn now (12 year old mare, very sweet and calm) who is in a paddock but every now and then the BO will let her loose to roam around freely. Guess what she does? She comes over to my mare and hangs out with her just outside her paddock. Its so cute. They obviously have bonded in the very short time that theyve known each other. When I have seen this, soemtimes I would have my intention of catching my mare but then I just kinda step back, observe and hold off on catching her because I like to see my mare enjoy her time with her friend.

At the old barn, she became friends with two mares. One was a 5 year old Norweigan pony (I love them!!!), very intellligent mare, and they bonded within a day. But the pony is very aggresive and had very bad manners, would always nip people for food, very aggresive horse when it comes to her food (owner didnt teach her manners). It was funny watching my mare and the pony get to know each other. They would always greet each other when one would come back to their paddock, but they would always be kicking at each other through the fence.

But the other mare was a 12 year old gray. The friendship that her and my mare had was really something special to watch. I remember just spending an hour or so on a weekend afternoon just watching these two interact. They bonded instantly. The very first day they were neighbours, I was about to put my mare back in her paddock and the gray was getting impatient and started pawing cause she wanted to see her new friend lol.

Every time one was put back in their paddock, they would always touch noses through the fence. It was so cute. They talked all the time because they were always standing close to each other at the fence.

Just before I moved my mare from the paddock to a 1 acre paddock, the owner of the gray also moved her horse to a large paddock next to my mares. We were going to put them together but she said it wasnt a good idea because her gray is very dominant and that she would hurt my mare (plus she had shoes on her back feet) and didnt want to take the risk. I was dissapointed that these two couldnt be together but at the end of the day I was very grateful for her doing this for me.

He said about 1.5 weeks ago (when he said that theyre going to put her in the herd in 1-2 weeks), that she still has a bit of an attitude at times. I dont know if this was the hold up or what. But Im starting to get a little impatient here. Just put her in the **** herd. For the past 2 weeks Ive been eagerly hoping to see her in the herd when I get to the barn.

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Does anyone know of a contagious horse sickness with a gestation period this long?
What do you mean?

All I know is that I can tell she wants to be in a herd and is wondering why she is not. Even the BO said it the other day when we were talking. And the BO and trainer both said the #1 thing she needs right now is to be put in a herd and it will only do her good. WELL THEN WHATS THE HOLD UP?!

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If I were you, I'd keep asking them. I'd go to the BO tomorrow and be like 'so, I know you said my mare really needs to go in with a herd and I'm really eager to see her get out of seclusion. Maybe Ican help you do that today... or?' Maybe they just haven't gotten around to it or something. If he says no, not today, ask him what is keeping her from joining the herd and when she will be able to go in there.
Then ask him if he has any objections to you just hanging out in the field with the herd and observing them, letting him know that you are clear on the rules about not messing with or feeding the other horses.

Sounds like you've been bitten by the horse bug! We're all obsessed with horses... That's why we spend hours on the forums after getting home from the barn (or in my case after spending all day, everyday surrounded by them). Which is why you needn't worry about compatability with other people at the barn. You have something major, incommon with all of them, a deep love for horses!!


As for the halter equalling work thing, yes that's true in a way, but realize that haltering her and taking her in the barn to groom her is not hard work like her getting ridden. just as being ridden leasurely down the trail isn't the same kind of work as roping 30 head of steer.
There are days when I work a horse really hard, there are times when I give them easy days where we just go on a nice trail ride or I just sit on them and watch a lesson and there are days when the only time they see me is when I feed or clean their pen. I don't have a schedule it's just how I feel and if I have time to get to them. If one gives me trouble and we don't have a good ride they get put at thetop of the priority list for the next day and I make sure I get on them. We have more horses here than we can ride in one day, so not everyone can get worked every day, so the horses and their behavior can kind of dictate who gets days off and when. The days off are really as much for you as it is for them. And as you've learned you may plan to not doanything with them but lead them into be groomed and they throwa wrench in your plans and act a fool leading to/from barn so you have to get into it with them even though you didn't want to. So if youwant togive her a day off it's best to do like whatyou did today and not put yourself on a situation where you might have to get into her and do more work wiyh her than you wanted.
There have been times where I've given horsesweeks off at a time. If yhe horse has been driving me nutsand i feel like I'm at a dead end I might give us a break from each other for a few weeks, or if they've been super good and I'd rather put my time into other horses that need it than keep pushing one that has been really good for me. I also think it's great to take colts thay have been started and have like 90 days on them , and put them in pasture for half a year or so to grow up. In all those situations I almost always find that the horse comes back off the break better than they were before.
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I think your BO is reading the situation quite well.....as soon as she goes out with the other horses, she is going to get beaten up, and you are going to be quite upset.
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I think your BO is reading the situation quite well.....as soon as she goes out with the other horses, she is going to get beaten up, and you are going to be quite upset.
What makes you think this? He hasnt even seen her near the herd over the fence. Do this first, then judge. I could understand if he put her in the area right over the fence from the herd and got the feeling that he should allow more time. But to not even have tried it yet and make that judgement is a bit premature.
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