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post #41 of 72 Old 08-27-2014, 12:44 AM
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Two of mine would probably stand there staring at a smoke bomb going "what the heck is that?" another one would probably charge the thing and the other probably would run to the gate turn around and snort in the general direction of it and then take off like a bat out of heck...

The one who would charge it? The standardbred mare who thinks she is a mule and chases coyotes *eye roll*
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post #42 of 72 Old 08-27-2014, 12:58 AM
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LOL NB. Most of them were fine with it and then there are the 4 amigos. If one spooks they all spook. Once they could get outside and check it out they were like "oh, it's just smoke, no biggie".
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post #43 of 72 Old 08-27-2014, 01:08 AM
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They are such amusing funny critters arnt they? Sometimes I think they have over blown reactions just to amuse themselves lol
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post #44 of 72 Old 08-27-2014, 01:19 AM
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I think they like getting hubby in trouble.
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post #45 of 72 Old 08-27-2014, 01:24 AM
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Mine do too lol. My old girl I don't need to use a lead rope for when I'm taking her out of the pasture. Hubby keeps thinking he can do it with her and she takes off on him. Then needs me to come get her lol
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post #46 of 72 Old 08-27-2014, 01:55 AM
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I think our horses are related.
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post #47 of 72 Old 08-27-2014, 04:57 AM
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I have a list! Maybe some have already been mentioned:

1. Never let your guard down. Even the calmest horses can spook and you'll never see it coming.

2. Never forget you're always training your horse with every interaction. Make them good sessions.

3. Never take your bad temper out on a horse. It's not fair and he'll stop trusting you as a result.

4. Never make the mistake of thinking your horse is a human. Study herd dynamics and act like the lead mare. She always knows how to handle things and your horse will appreciate your clear communication.

5. Never forget to tighten your cinch before mounting. Flipped myself over onto my back once.

6. Never trust a horse buyer about what they say when they're selling a horse. Assume the worst and verify everything with caution.

7. Never buy a horse without doing a vet check (PPE) first. If there's any sign of lameness at all (flexion test), get xrays.

8. Never buy a green horse if you're green too. Any seller who tells you "you can learn together" is promising you at the very least some painful bruises.

9. Never assume a (new to you) horse is okay with being sprayed. Spray off in the distance before you get too close.

10. Never go out on a trail ride without telling someone where you're going.

I could go on and on! It's through reading this forum over the past 9 months or so that has taught me so much and probably saved me some broken bones to boot.

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post #48 of 72 Old 08-27-2014, 06:48 AM
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Don't listen to music while you're on your horse. I know schooling can be boring, but find creative ways to mix it up and make it interesting for you both. Tuning out on your iPod is just asking for trouble.
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post #49 of 72 Old 08-27-2014, 06:51 AM
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Never ignore your surroundings, don't tune out
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post #50 of 72 Old 08-27-2014, 09:06 AM Thread Starter
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All great suggestions!! Good to know some of this stuff :)

The essential joy of being with horses is that it brings us in contact with the rare elements of grace, beauty, spirit, and fire. ~Sharon Ralls Lemon
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