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post #11 of 41 Old 12-22-2014, 03:33 PM
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LOL! I did something similar when I was a kid. I had been riding a really well trained horse named Jerry, chestnut Tbred with a small star and not another speck of white on him. We had just brought my horse, Boozer, home from the track but he had yet to be trained for me. So, unknowing, the barn help put Boozer right next to Jerry, in fact they got confused and put Boozer in Jerry's stall. Boozer was a chestnut Tbred with a small white star and no other white. That night, I go down and saddle Jerry up in the very dim light of the barn. Took him up to the arena and got on him for my lesson. My trainer kept asking me, "Pat, are you sure that's Jerry? Something doesn't seem quite right.". I'd been having a little trouble getting him to trot properly and he didn't want to whoa if I tugged on the reins. He never really did anything totally WRONG he just wasn't quite RIGHT. So, we put it down to the first somewhat cool day after a hot summer. We did some extra trotting and collecting and such before we tried to canter. He acted like he didn't know how to pick up anything but the left lead, which was weird because normally I just had to think about the lead and he got it. Jack, my trainer had Meniere's disease and was feeling a little dizzy that night, so he didn't get up on him like he normally would have. We did ok until it was time to jump. We started with a couple of little X's, like hunter hack jumps. I trotted up them and "Jerry" had a fit, ran out, bucked, bolted, you name it, he told me LOUD and CLEAR that he had no idea what to do with those jumps. Jack finally had a light bulb moment, and had me bring the horse over to him. He lifted "Jerry's" lip to check for a tattoo. Jerry had never run so wasn't tattoo'd, but Boozer had and was. Yep, "Jerry" had a tattoo, I was riding Boozer. Jack almost had a heart attack, if my parents had ever found out that I put the first ride on Boozer at 12 years old, they'd have skinned him alive.
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post #12 of 41 Old 12-22-2014, 04:15 PM Thread Starter
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That's so funny... I bet he was like-- "she wants me to jump over THAT, no way!!"
Good thing no one was injured-- that must have been scary!

Luckily, the horse I grabbed is a barn favorite and really safe kids horse my trainer uses occasionally-- so he was pretty happy to just walk right on out of the pasture with me and comply!
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post #13 of 41 Old 12-22-2014, 04:57 PM
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My husband got a call one night from the estray unit. It was about 2 am and he was wakened from a sound sleep.

They told him that our neighbor's horse was out on the road and they were unable to contact them, so knowing that we used to be her owners and frequently took care of the neighbor's animals when they were out of town they called us.

My husband yawned, got dressed and went the three miles down the road. Got the horse and hand walked her back in the rain and put her in our pasture.

The next morning I went down to feed and we have an extra horse in our pasture! Confused I called my husband. He tells me the story of the phone call and then says "I forgot to tell you that Gracy was in the pasture."

I told him, that Gracy wasn't here, but some other horse sure was!

It was a rainy, moonless night and she kind of looked like Gracy. Ooops!

(With the help of the county, we were able to find her owners eventually.)
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post #14 of 41 Old 12-22-2014, 05:01 PM
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That's so funny... I bet he was like-- "she wants me to jump over THAT, no way!!"
Good thing no one was injured-- that must have been scary!
Well, that's why my parents would have skinned the trainer. They knew I wasn't smart enough to be scared. It didn't bother me at all, once I figured Jerry hadn't lost his mind completely. But I was P*SSED that they wouldn't let me ride my own horse for about 3 months while Jack took some of the track out of him and put a few "buttons" on him.

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post #15 of 41 Old 12-23-2014, 04:02 AM
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When we were boarding our horses, another boarder had a horse similar to one of ours. She went to get her gelding one day and got frustrated because he kept walking away from her. My wife happened to be out there at the time and asked why she was trying to catch our horse. She took a double take at our horse and then saw hers. She said that she didn't understand why he kept walking away.
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post #16 of 41 Old 12-23-2014, 07:20 AM
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I did just about the same thing at a lesson barn. We would go to the barn and bring our lesson horse up to the arena ourselves. I got Lace out of her stall and immediately wondered why she was more frisky than usual. My non-horsey sister asked me if my horse was a *girl* ,but then accepted my "yes" answer without any further comment. Man, Lace was prancing up the hill, I had to turn her in circles to keep up with her. When we got to the grromimg ties outside the arena two little girls with alarmed looks on this faces exclaimed " that's not Lace". I was like....huh?...who is it then???
About that time the trainer walked up . some one had put one of the show stallions in Lace's stall and he is who I had brought up !!
Yes, you bet that I asked my sister why she hasn'tsaid more down at the barn and she said that she only got a glimpse of something and when I said Lace was a girl she thought it was her udders and didn't try to get a better look!! Yikes ....
I never did hear if the worker got I'm trouble for putting the wrong horse in the stall but I sure learned a big lesson to make sure what horse it is and not assume because of the stall and same coloring that its the right horse.
Guess my mistake was worse than yours....a stallion not even a gelding....how could I have missed that....errrrrr.....them, if you get my drift.....!

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post #17 of 41 Old 12-23-2014, 08:01 AM Thread Starter
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That's so funny, you would think it is completely obvious when it comes to the-- ahem-- anatomy, but...hey, mistakes happen!
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post #18 of 41 Old 12-23-2014, 08:06 AM
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I have a stallion that's so laid back that unless folks check 'under the hood', they frequently don't believe he's not a gelding, so I can see how you'd make a mistake.
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post #19 of 41 Old 12-23-2014, 08:16 AM
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Time for this story:
Two fellows bought horses that were very similar. To tell the horses apart, the one fellow cut his horse's tail short. Now they could tell them apart until the foal out in the pasture chewed the other horse's tail short. Next the one fellow cut the forelock of his horse. That worked until the other horse got his forelock caught in the fence and lost it. Next they decided that the back shoes were not necessary on one horse so they took them off. Now the horses were different until the other horse threw both hind shoes.

Totally frustrated they measured the two horses and came up with a fool proof way to tell them apart.

Yup. The Black gelding was 2 inches shorter than the white mare.......................

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post #20 of 41 Old 12-23-2014, 08:34 AM Thread Starter
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Right??!! I can't be the only one who's pulled the ole switcharoo before!

To my credit, they were both solid black, about the same size and in the same pasture-- the only difference ( besides the whole male/female tiny detail) was that he had a small white little star under his mane at the top of his forehead.

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