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post #31 of 83 Old 08-05-2014, 12:49 PM
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Originally Posted by Endiku View Post
I once caught and saddled the wrong horse where I worked! The made I was supposed to Gert was a 15 year old dead broke trail horse. I came out with a 3 year old completely unbroke filly. She was totally quiet as I saddled her, and took the bit fine too. It wasn't until I led her into the arena and mounted her that I realized she had her legs splayed out like a cat because she didn't know what to do with my weight.. Poor little mare!
Bahaha!! That is GREAT, Endiku!! Sounds like something I would do.
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post #32 of 83 Old 08-05-2014, 01:18 PM
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Let's see....so many things...lol

Tried to open a gate while mounted and it swung open faster than I anticipated and hit my mare on the butt. She took off running but I managed to stay on. She was really hot after that probably because she didn't see it coming.

I thought I was doing her a favor and switched her regular bit with an apple flavored bit - she hated it and acted almost offended that I would put something like that in her mouth.

The dumbest thing so far was when I took her into the wash stall for the first time and didn't anticipate the amount of water pressure coming from the hose. I was like a cartoon character trying to wrestle with the hose while my poor mare freaked out. Totally my fault. It took 6 weeks of training to get her into the wash stall again. She still gives me dirty looks if I get the water to close to her head.
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post #33 of 83 Old 08-05-2014, 01:46 PM
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I accidentally put the bit on upside down and then put it in his mouth.

He just stood there with it in there while I tried to figure out what the heck was wrong. Then he let me take it out and fix it and he just KIND OF looked at me like I was a total moron.
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post #34 of 83 Old 08-05-2014, 02:09 PM
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Definitely when I used a saddle that didn't fit on my fat mare....she was so big and the saddle was so narrow....it was a brand new Western saddle my trainer said I could ride on if I tried a horse it fit on....oh my gosh it was so wobbly and shaky and I don't think my horse liked it at all. She was shaking her head and nipping me and flattening her ears. I was 12 at the time so I didn't think it was too bad. She didn't get any injuries but I know she definitely didn't like that experience.

I don't really have any DUMB things I did....it was just that I didn't know it was wrong or something. I think something pretty stupid I did was walk barefoot through the herd. There were 11 horses there, and they were all pretty buddied-up with me and friendly, but if someone stepped on my foot it's be shattered O__o
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post #35 of 83 Old 08-05-2014, 02:40 PM
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We were on a trail ride in pretty rocky and steep terrain. We came to a cattle guard and it was a bit iffy to go around it. I had to open and close an old, rickety barbed wire fence, so I got off and unhooked one rein to use as a lead rope. Went on our way and after about 30 minutes, I realized that my left rein was still attached to Montana's rope halter, instead of the bit. I would have not known the difference the way he rode - he was perfect and took good care of me.

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post #36 of 83 Old 08-05-2014, 06:19 PM
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This wasn't done to a horse, and it wasn't me who did it, but it was so funny hearing my son's offended tone on the phone today, I had to share.

My horse's paddock was filled with these prickery weeds, and my son was looking to earn some cash, so I was paying him to go clean the paddock out. He had to use a pickaxe to get the roots out and was getting pricked for hours. The sun was blazing hot and the humidity very high.

He called me a few hours into the job very upset. I asked him what was wrong. This is pretty much what he said:

Son: "Thanks for telling me Organdy's in another paddock, Mom!"
Me: "What's the big deal?"
Son: "I just spent 3 hours cleaning out the wrong paddock, that's what's wrong!"
Me: "Uhhh ... didn't you see that the horse standing next to you wasn't my horse?"
Son: "No! Not until I looked sideways at it and saw this giant wiener hanging down!"

Organdy is a mare.

She was standing in the paddock directly across from where he was working, staring at him the whole time, probably wondering what the heck he was doing in there. I'm sure if she had known how to use a cell phone, she could have texted me this message: "Your dopey son is at it again ..."

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post #37 of 83 Old 08-06-2014, 12:24 AM
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I really wish along with the "like" we had a "done this!" button on this thread. lol soooo many. Also done this in public lol.
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post #38 of 83 Old 08-06-2014, 01:13 AM
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When I first started riding (I was about 9) I was taking western lessons in groups. I always rode the same horse in every lesson, and we owned him for a short time too. My trainer would say "Squeeze your thighs!!!" but being a shy 9yr old I wasn't quite sure what he meant and just took a guess instead of asking. So every time he would tell me to squeeze my thighs, I would dig my heels into my horse and hold them there. Even though I was only 9 that was a dumb mistake for me to do, although the trainer never showed me exactly what he meant either... My horse though, Oakie, always put up with it and tolerated it every lesson like the good ole bombproof kids horse he was

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post #39 of 83 Old 08-06-2014, 04:42 AM
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Boy I have a few to share.

My worst one would have to be a saddle experience. I had saved enough money to buy a show saddle online. Bought it and was ecstatic when I got it. I was going to a state show soon and was wanting to use it. Sadly though it was too narrow. We didn't know a whole lot about saddle fitting at the time. Someone we thought we could trust said "Don't use a pad just throw a saddle blanket under it. It will be fine."
The show comes along and we did just that. We led Angel out of the barn and I went to get on. She wasn't liking it at all, but we just passed it off as her being antsy since it was a new place and stuff. Well then she reared up. Not a little one, but a full on rear. Cleared out the barn pretty fast. Any ways long story short that was the last time we used that saddle, sold it like 4 years later, and she has forgiven me.

Another one is a bit experience. I got Angel a new low port bit. It was a 5 inch like any other bit of hers. I first put it on and thought it seemed a little tight at the purchase, where the bridle attaches to the bit. I was at a horse camp so I asked the leader and she said it was fine. Well after a couple days of riding I noticed the area becoming pink and raw. Again I went to the leader and she told me it was just sunburned since her muzzle is pink. A few weeks later I found out it really was too narrow and it was pinching her. Poor Angel just went with it and never gave me a hard time about it even though it was pinching at her face. Angel has put up with so much from over the years I almost feel bad for her.

This is not my horse, but I found it fitting. That horse is something special to put up with all of that..
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post #40 of 83 Old 08-07-2014, 07:47 AM
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Originally Posted by ecasey View Post

Son: "Thanks for telling me Organdy's in another paddock, Mom!"
Me: "What's the big deal?"
Son: "I just spent 3 hours cleaning out the wrong paddock, that's what's wrong!"
Me: "Uhhh ... didn't you see that the horse standing next to you wasn't my horse?"
Son: "No! Not until I looked sideways at it and saw this giant wiener hanging down!"

Organdy is a mare.
OMG thanks for the laugh, haha, this is GREAT!!!
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