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post #51 of 83 Old 09-05-2014, 05:39 PM
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I reassembled the original. Upside down. I attached the headstall to the opposite end that I should have...he looked like the bit was a bit
I have done this EXACT same thing...my first ride out on my gelding, and with a group of season horsey friends. I was mortified!! We were out on a trail and I had no idea what to do, my friend stood on one side while I stood on the other and he let us pull the bit out, readjust/flip around and took the bit right back in
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post #52 of 83 Old 09-05-2014, 06:26 PM
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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!
Okay, that is just awesome Endiku! So lucky I imagine that that the filly didn't freak!

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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.
I WISH my mare would ride in a halter. I have tried on our property, and she acts as if I am speaking a foreign language! Maybe we need more practice, or it's b/c she hates to work on our property (the only place I have ever tried halter riding).

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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.
"Your dopey son is at it again ..."
That is awesome ecasey!! We went to go visit family once when I was 16, the cousin in this story, he was 13ish? We went to the old horse farm where my stepdad had worked, so he could show us kids, I guess.
I knew near nothing on horses, having not been a horse girl. But I knew animals!
My cousin looks over at one of the horses, and then asks my aunt (his mom) why 'that horse over there had 3 back legs' Uh... lol


I have nothing super cool to add for my mare and I. I have lead her without a lead rope. And it was camping in the mountains no less!
Bit was backwards several times, but somehow I always notice before I even get away from tacking.
That is about it, I think. :)
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post #53 of 83 Old 09-06-2014, 03:48 PM
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I am notoriously forgetting to unhook the center part of my horses breast plates from their girth straps and then I go to yank the saddle of their backs only for the right strap and center strap to keep it from coming off. Thankfully it is normally after a nice long ride, so the horses are too wore out to care that their "mom" is an idiot.
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post #54 of 83 Old 02-12-2015, 02:20 PM
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...lol where do I begin? I'm only 5'4 and my horse is 16hh... I have to climb on my husband's tailgate to get on her and its still a struggle, she always stands so still and calm while I crawl and squirm trying to get on her...well this day I have no clue what happened but I jumped to get on her and over shot... and went head first off of the other side...THANKFULLY I was able to grab a handful of mane and saddle to keep me from falling on my face...and also VERY thankful my husband and his dad hadn't mad it to the pasture yet! very glad they were gossipy that day! lol my poor baby just stood there with a very confused look on her face like "momma...how did you get down there?" HAH!
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post #55 of 83 Old 02-13-2015, 04:32 AM
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looking all concerned, like "WTH was that?!? Did it get you too?!"
I can just see that!

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post #56 of 83 Old 02-13-2015, 09:52 AM
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I'll tell you the dumbest thing my SISTER ever did, because she is not a forum member and so will never know...

She was blanketing her gelding, Henry, and was dead tired after a long day, so as she was doing up the belly surcingles, she just reached under and grabbed the back strap without looking... only it wasn't the strap... Henry was just very relaxed. and pretty surprised, too!
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post #57 of 83 Old 02-13-2015, 10:39 AM
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Forgetting to take the phone out of my pocket before riding a green horse outside ... it was on loud and vibrate! During the ensuing spook, I came off, and the horse turned around and gave me this look like "That's the wrong way to dismount, you idiot" and then snorted and started grazing. To this day, the horse couldn't care less about phones and I'm really jumpy when one goes off!
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post #58 of 83 Old 02-13-2015, 10:47 AM
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OMG I have done too many ******ed things to possibly count!! One that comes to mind right now is when my horse had a crack in his hoof that needed daily treatment. I was scared of picking up his hooves and a friend showed me many times how to do it but he just would not pick it up for me. I had to have someone do it for me every single time and it got to the point where I was extremely close to giving him away to somebody who could take proper care of him! Finally, I got a different trainer to come and figure out what I was doing wrong. Blush. He was picking up his hoof for me all along and I didn't realize it! I didn't know that when he "picked up" his foot all he really did was shift weight off of it and it was necessary for me to actually lift it. There I was, for months, practically in tears for no reason and often not getting his hoof care done. He has forgiven me and the hoof is fine.
That's cute My mare has always picked her feet up for me: all I have to do is touch her knee and up the foot comes. So I've been really spoiled, lol But I remember trying to get the first horse I rode to pick up her feet...man, that horse did not want her feet cleaned! And when you finally got a foot up, she'd lean weight on you. I'm sure there would have been a better way to go about things, but I was nine at the time and hadn't a clue.

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post #59 of 83 Old 02-13-2015, 12:24 PM
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That's cute My mare has always picked her feet up for me: all I have to do is touch her knee and up the foot comes. So I've been really spoiled, lol But I remember trying to get the first horse I rode to pick up her feet...man, that horse did not want her feet cleaned! And when you finally got a foot up, she'd lean weight on you. I'm sure there would have been a better way to go about things, but I was nine at the time and hadn't a clue.
This sounds like my husband's gelding. He was 'so well trained' that when he lifts his foot to get it picked or whatnot, the thing goes flying into the air so fast, you swear he is trying to kill you. We warned the farrier on the off chance he didn't realize it, since JD uses such flourish.
... My husband was trying to adjust JD's hoof boot once... JD didn't realize that DH didn't want the hoof lifted, DH didn't realize the hoof was coming up... he had a black eye for a week or so. I was glad it didn't break my husband's orbital bone, as hard as he got nailed.

My daughter's gelding is the reverse- cement feet to the max when we got him! URGH. Took lots of work, and realizing he likes to start with back legs... go figure?!

My mare is perfectly in the middle. She evidently understands my body language so well that usually if I am not asking for the foot, she realizes this and keeps it down and lets me do what I need. If I want the hoof, up it comes quietly into my hand. :)

And thankfully no one is much of a leaner. :)
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post #60 of 83 Old 02-14-2015, 03:45 PM
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I have a few, and it was always with Sam, the barn's Arabian.

I like to use one horses grooming halter to move the horses- slips on fast and you can go. Well, I didn't realize the grooming halter was too big for the Arabian... and I am leading him- and the halter slips off completely! Sam, being the good horse he was- just stops, and here I am walking on until I realize I am dragging the halter on the ground.... duh.... So glad the horse didn't run off or anything! Just stood there with a look on his face like he couldn't believe it took me a bit to realize I was just leading the halter anong and not him.

Second one- same horse ( different halter tho...lol) The lead line I was using was broken- didn't know it at the time- someone just tied the rope to the hook thing. GO to lead the horse out of the stall- lead rope drops off. The horse just stops, and I was like 'why you stop?' Oh, lead line broke.... I jnow plenty of other horses in their excitement to be turned out would have just went for it. Sam had a heart of gold and patience.

One other silly mistake- putting my Bitless bridal on the horse I lease- I didn't make sure the bridal was wide to slip it on easily, and the poor horse thought the nose band must be a bit to go in his mouth because of how the bridle was going on. Horse opens his mouth and worked to get the 'bit' in his mouth....and the result-had to take the bridle off- and get the horse to let go of the noseband.

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