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  • Weirdest thing you've seen at a barn? Just for fun.

    I recently moved my gelding to a new barn (I had him at home) and absolutely love his new situation. I really like everyone at the new farm, but I have seen a few things that I hadn't seen before. Not hating on anyone, it was just... different.

    example: horse in crossties, owner flicking a whip very lightly against it's legs for "desensitization" for a good 10 minutes. I wouldn't have done that on cross ties regardless of if the horse was 'bombproof' or not, but luckily the horse had 0 interest in what they were doing to it/ wasn't bothered at all, but it made me giggle...

    What is the weirdest thing you've seen at a barn?

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    I was at a show when a horse got loose and fell in the pool. Never seen anything like that before!

    A mare with benign growths larger than soccer balls hanging off her legs (didn't bother her, she got around fine).

    A horse that was a hermaphrodite.
    ~Veronica
    "The Son Dee Times" "Sustained" "Somerset" "Franklin Square"
    http://photobucket.com/albums/y192/vxf111/

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    • #3
      We are looking at a horse for sale in this big, fancy barn.

      While there, in the large aisle, maybe 18' wide, this vehicle full of people drives in slowly.
      They stop and speak to the trainer about their horse/s, one stabled right where we are, for a good while.
      No one gets out to look at a horse/s closer or pat or give treats.

      They wind down their visit and slowly drive out the other end ...

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      • #4
        We had a feral sheep become attached to one of the horses in the pasture and started to follow him into the stable. We ignored it for awhile --it ate horse food and hay and drank water from the tank --just hung out with the horses --but sadly, it WAS feral and after it attacked the vet and the shoer --it had to find a different plane of existence. It was kind of cute, but at the end of the day, it was a wild animal and totally unpredictable.

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        • #5
          There's a lady that boards her horse at the same self-care place I do. In the summer, she'll trim the grass directly under the fence line of the pasture she rents.... with scissors. Because it has to be completely even.
          "You'll never see yourself in the mirror with your eyes closed"

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          • #6
            Originally posted by vxf111 View Post
            I was at a show when a horse got loose and fell in the pool. Never seen anything like that before!

            A mare with benign growths larger than soccer balls hanging off her legs (didn't bother her, she got around fine).

            A horse that was a hermaphrodite.
            Okay what barns do you frequent

            I never once considered the idea that a horse could be a hermaphrodite, before today. Thanks for that
            "The best of any breed is the thoroughbred horse..." - GHM

            http://www.mmeqcenter.com/sale.html

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            • #7
              Originally posted by vxf111 View Post
              I was at a show when a horse got loose and fell in the pool. Never seen anything like that before!

              A mare with benign growths larger than soccer balls hanging off her legs (didn't bother her, she got around fine).

              A horse that was a hermaphrodite.
              I am pretty sure I was at that show. If not it happened twice.
              Oh, well, clearly you're not thoroughly indoctrinated to COTH yet, because finger pointing and drawing conclusions are the cornerstones of this great online community. (Tidy Rabbit)

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                I was touring a barn that I was thinking of boarding at, and the BO waved her arm toward the barn and told me to wander around at will.

                While walking down the main aisle (empty, except for me), I passed a substantial pile of loose hay tossed up against the front of a stall. Didn't think anything about it, but just as I walked by, a very large pot-bellied pig lunged out of the hay and bolted down the aisle and out the far door.

                After my heart stopped pounding, I regretfully declined with the BO. Desensitizing my girls was well and good, but they would have accidentally killed me with a 200-pound rogue pig regularly popping up out of nowhere!
                "Dogs give and give and give. Cats are the gift that keeps on grifting." –Bradley Trevor Greive

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by SonnysMom View Post

                  I am pretty sure I was at that show. If not it happened twice.
                  You were there!!! This was back when I boarded at Reinbow's End. Same show!!!
                  ~Veronica
                  "The Son Dee Times" "Sustained" "Somerset" "Franklin Square"
                  http://photobucket.com/albums/y192/vxf111/

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                  • #10
                    At my own barn on a Friday the 13th. Went into the barn in the morning to do chores. All the doors were closed, and inside one of the stalls that was also closed and locked was a very very odd looking coyote. He obviously has mange, and he honestly looked like some sort of kangaroo, rat thing. I almost couldn't recognize it as a coyote. I have NO idea how it got in there.



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                    • #11
                      This is a sad one. I went to look at a place for retirement boarding and there was a pony laying in a pasture. You could count every single rib and I couldn't tell if it was even breathing. I actually thought it might be dead.

                      Otherwise the place looked normal and all the other horses I could see were in good shape.

                      As soon as I found someone I alerted them to the situation and was told it was the owner's daughter's 30+ year old pony. It couldn't get up but they didn't believe in euthanasia for religious reasons (?) they had been feeding it there, on the ground, and giving it water-- waiting for "god to take over" for weeks. Apparently it did rock itself up and move around slightly but it couldn't stand. And it had been like that for WEEKS.

                      I have never run out of a place faster. I did call animal control when I left. I have no idea what happened.
                      ~Veronica
                      "The Son Dee Times" "Sustained" "Somerset" "Franklin Square"
                      http://photobucket.com/albums/y192/vxf111/

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by Rae89 View Post
                        At my own barn on a Friday the 13th. Went into the barn in the morning to do chores. All the doors were closed, and inside one of the stalls that was also closed and locked was a very very odd looking coyote. He obviously has mange, and he honestly looked like some sort of kangaroo, rat thing. I almost couldn't recognize it as a coyote. I have NO idea how it got in there.


                        I can't really tell size in the photo without something for scale but are you sure that's not a mangy fox?
                        ~Veronica
                        "The Son Dee Times" "Sustained" "Somerset" "Franklin Square"
                        http://photobucket.com/albums/y192/vxf111/

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                        • #13
                          A boarder who arrived and got out of her car wearing her helmet, boots and gloves. Apparently she put them on at home before she left. Every time.

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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by vxf111 View Post

                            I can't really tell size in the photo without something for scale but are you sure that's not a mangy fox?

                            Nope it was a coyote...

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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by chestnutmarebeware View Post
                              I was touring a barn that I was thinking of boarding at, and the BO waved her arm toward the barn and told me to wander around at will.

                              While walking down the main aisle (empty, except for me), I passed a substantial pile of loose hay tossed up against the front of a stall. Didn't think anything about it, but just as I walked by, a very large pot-bellied pig lunged out of the hay and bolted down the aisle and out the far door.

                              After my heart stopped pounding, I regretfully declined with the BO. Desensitizing my girls was well and good, but they would have accidentally killed me with a 200-pound rogue pig regularly popping up out of nowhere!
                              That happens all the time at the barn we go to and none of the horses react- the people do though!

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                              • #16
                                Thought of another good one- same lady who cuts her grass with scissors. She thinks that because her horse is gaited, it can only lunge in squares (seriously WTF right, how does one even do that???) She runs along side the horse and stops it before each turn, pivots a quarter turn and goes again.
                                "You'll never see yourself in the mirror with your eyes closed"

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                                • #17
                                  Originally posted by tabula rashah View Post
                                  Thought of another good one- same lady who cuts her grass with scissors. She thinks that because her horse is gaited, it can only lunge in squares (seriously WTF right, how does one even do that???) She runs along side the horse and stops it before each turn, pivots a quarter turn and goes again.
                                  Please tell me you recorded this on your phone!
                                  "Dogs give and give and give. Cats are the gift that keeps on grifting." –Bradley Trevor Greive

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                                  • #18
                                    Originally posted by chestnutmarebeware View Post

                                    Please tell me you recorded this on your phone!
                                    If only lol!!
                                    "You'll never see yourself in the mirror with your eyes closed"

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                                    • #19
                                      The guy that refused to clean his horse's stall. The horse would only poop inside, never outside and the poop was up to the top of the half door and well up the walls, too. It had to be 5 or 6 feet deep in places. When it go so full, the horse could no longer go out the back door, then he moved to another stall and refused to clean the one he had just left. BO saw him starting to trash another stall and threw the horse out in the pasture.

                                      I think that it's mostly the people that are weird, not the horses. Unless you are at vxf111 's barn.....
                                      "Cats aren't clean; they're covered with cat spit."
                                      - John S Nichols (1745-1846,writer/printer)

                                      Don't come for me - I didn't send for you.

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                                      • #20
                                        Originally posted by chestnutmarebeware View Post
                                        I was touring a barn that I was thinking of boarding at, and the BO waved her arm toward the barn and told me to wander around at will.

                                        While walking down the main aisle (empty, except for me), I passed a substantial pile of loose hay tossed up against the front of a stall. Didn't think anything about it, but just as I walked by, a very large pot-bellied pig lunged out of the hay and bolted down the aisle and out the far door.

                                        After my heart stopped pounding, I regretfully declined with the BO. Desensitizing my girls was well and good, but they would have accidentally killed me with a 200-pound rogue pig regularly popping up out of nowhere!
                                        I leased a horse from a barn that had a loose pig. His name was Bacon. The horses were all very used to him, even their racehorses. My issue was that he would get into all my stuff in the aisles, if I left my grooming box on the floor while I rode he would rummage through everything and throw my brushes all over in search of treats.

                                        Very few things make me go "wow what a weirdo", as I myself am a rope halter and flag toting, clicker training weirdo!

                                        I did come across a horse at a backyard barn while horse shopping for a friend that had apparently gotten hung up in the improperly tensions hi-tensile wire fencing. The horse had a lower leg as big around as a basket ball with a still open wound from an incident that had happened over a year previous. "Oh its gotten better!" ... no, no thats not better. Just because its not bleeding doesn't mean its better!!

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