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post #61 of 83 Old 02-17-2015, 11:26 PM
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Was washing my gelding outside one summer day and watched a horse fly land on his back. I forgot my horse was a living creature and whapped the fly with the flat of my hand. Oops! Luckily he just looked at me with wide eyes *wtf?
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post #62 of 83 Old 02-18-2015, 12:00 AM
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I think the stupidest thing I have ever done with a horse was when I was like 6 and I was at my grandparents who own 15 acres and had 3 horses agisting on the land. I thought I was best friends with the horses and one day I went by myself (totally against my grandparents wishes guess who got a smacking afterwards) The horses started to run around stupid but I decided to climb in the paddock with them. I went and sat by this tree when this huge chestnut he was 17.2 decided to lie down and roll on my legs, luckily the neighbour came and scared them off.
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post #63 of 83 Old 02-18-2015, 01:21 AM
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I tied my first horse to a barn door and he took it 1/2 off the hinges when he sat back. I am careful about what I tie to now.

My friend told me one time she was saddling a horse standing parallel to a tie rail and she cinched him right to the rail!

I have this knack for riding my green horse right into tangles of barbed wire. (A lot of the places we ride are areas with old ranching allotments so there is old fence laying everywhere). I have probably ridden him into barbed wire at least 5 or six times. Luckily he never panics. Sometimes I don't even notice until he refuses to move forward.

He's just like, "Um, I can't go forward. Let me try again. Nope, I still can't go forward. Can you take care of this stupid human?"

Thank goodness he has a good head on his shoulders and wire doesn't scare him. The best horse I had ever owned actually had the ONE fault of being afraid of the sound of wire rattling. But the greenie is a saint with it. Go figure!

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post #64 of 83 Old 02-18-2015, 05:09 AM
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Way to many stupid things have been done to my horse by me. To many to mention. But I did embarrass her real bad once. I hadn't had her 4 months and was having a dressage trainer out to meet us. She told me to go ahead and get on her etc. So I put my helmet on and was talking to her and then she said "What kind of helmet is that?" "Is that for riding?" I said of course it was. It was a nice helmet. I had just paid 80. for it. And then I realized I had put it on backwards. I wanted to just die. My horse just looked the other way.
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post #65 of 83 Old 02-18-2015, 11:41 AM
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Enjoying and relating to some of these stories I'd say the most silly mistake I've made in my 7 months of horse ownership is, during the winter, we were going through a period of time where there was no snow (freezing weather, but snow refused to free us from school), and I took my gelding out to a pasture so he could stretch his legs. I let him loose and started walking back towards the barn to get a grooming box, but when he saw that I left, he started galloping around the field—this is where my silly mistake comes in. There was a spot of ice in the field that he galloped over and he looked like a spider on roller skates Poor boy. I didn't think to check the field for ice. I ran back in to get him, and he walked over and snuggled me. He was fine, he didn't fall. Practically gave his mommy a heart attack :( Lol. That's my silly mistake.
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post #66 of 83 Old 02-18-2015, 12:49 PM
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My very Nervous Nelly little Paso Fine mare took several months of training to be accepting (not happy, just accepting!) of the water hose. Well, her brilliant owner shot all that work to hell when she accidentally let the hose get tangled around her back leg... Back to square one with the hose desensitizing!
P.S. - Yes, I am the "brilliant" owner
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post #67 of 83 Old 02-18-2015, 12:58 PM
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Well, I... Uh. I bought this green broke gelding who was cowboy trained. Same day I bought him, and I didn't have a saddle at the barn that sold him to me. So I figured, wth, we'll do a little tooling about in the arena bareback. Took it a little slow at the mounting block because we were still new to each other. Leaned over him, put weight on, slung a leg over, dismounted, mounted again, sat quietly, wiggled a little bit. You know the usual, took about 5 minutes of "getting to know you" then went ahead and asked him to walk off. Nothing complicated, turn left, turn right, stop, back, walk, that kind of thing for 30 min or so. He was a bit tense and goosey, but heck, he wasn't exactly Mr. Bombproof (being sold as "too spooky") so that wasn't a surprise. Finished up and went to my car when a staff member stopped me.

"You're brave."
"You know that horse has never had anyone on bareback before, right?"
Um. Well, no, I didn't. I guess I'm glad it went well? Oops.
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post #68 of 83 Old 02-18-2015, 01:06 PM
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I don't remember the stupid details of how I managed to let the bottom half of a stall door get between where the cross tie attached to the barn and Sonny, but he was trying to back up out of the way of the door and was prevented by the tie. He couldnt come forward (door) or go backwards (tied) and the door was swinging toward him. So the crosstie rope broke before I could get myself around the door to stop it and reassure him. He was fine, immediately settled, and I wanted to replace the tie,b ut the BO assured me it was old,frayed, worn and he insited on buying a new set.


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post #69 of 83 Old 02-18-2015, 01:59 PM
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well ive been riding forever and have and horses for 10 years! and this past summer i got a new bit for my horse and threw it on while talking to my mom and put it in backwards and my good boy rode for months like that with very little issues! i switched it and he rides even better in it! my other horse is 17 hands and im 5'8 1/2 tall so i got on him last spring and two other people were coming to ride with me, one has a 16hh horse and is 5'7 and another was about 5'5 and had a 15.1hh horse and i climbed on my horse no block, and they struggled and i just hopped on and my boy stood there and waited! my boys also let me climb ALL over them i can sit under them and slid off of them and throw things around and on them! they take what i give them and are becoming bomb proof!!!! my Quarter horse will let me ride him in anything and he does well! this is just a few of what my boys do for me!
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post #70 of 83 Old 02-18-2015, 05:04 PM
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The other day I got on my big ole paint and rode around for about 45 minutes. I noticed in the shadow a long strip coming off his belly and just thought it was the left over end of latigo from tying off the cinch. I canter a few more laps them have him halt. I reached down to give his chest a scratch as reward for a good stop. I see my latigo came untied completely and the strap I noticed was my cinch O.O
Luckily my saddle didn't budge the entire time. First time THAT has happened.
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