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  • Originally posted by Beck View Post

    Is there sage in the fire? Maybe the horse is possessed.
    She could be. She is the meanest horse out in the big pasture

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    • One rider would come to the barn in full gear, including helmet, breeches, boots AND spurs to longe her horses. She didn't ride them.

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      • BO here -

        I'm sure our boarders would share the weirdest thing they've ever seen is goats getting AI'd in our barn one Saturday morning. We had the lab set up in the tack room and were doing AI in the wash stall. Goat hoo haws were everywhere. One of the assistants would whisper sweet nothings to the goats as the goats were inseminated. I know one of our farm helpers arrived about 45 minutes into the adventure, saw what was going on, and left. Didn't saw a word to anyone. This is the same farm help that had to help me place vaginal suppositories on his first day of work with us. I think he was still scarred from that ordeal. Usually we would haul our goats in to be AI'd, but we had about 40 to do, so it had to be done at the farm.
        #JusticeForSunshine

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        • I want to revive this thread, telling a story to a friend today.

          In my stint as a freelance instructor, I was teaching someone who had a mare at a barn that, in addition to its liveries (boarders in American), had a Gypsy cob stallion. The cute part of this was that the BO kept her stallion behind a thin, single strand of electric tape hooked up to a car battery, supported by some plastic posts, and that was it. Even better, you had to lead your horse right past him when going from the stables to the arena. Needless to say, when my student's mare went into season, the stallion was standing on his back legs and charging up and down the fenceline, the mare was going nuts, and I looked at my student and was like, "This is not cool."

          My student, a novice, assured me, "Oh, BO said he's fine. He won't touch the electric tape."

          Uh-uh. Sure. Until he finds that one mare...
          Help me keep my horse in peppermints and enjoy a great read! My New York City crime novel, available on Amazon.

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          • I would have my mare in the trailer and gone so fast she would leave her shoes in the parking lot...

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            • Well...if he was a nice stud with a good show record and I was looking to breed my mare....free sperm! Otherwise I'd be out of there licketysplit!

              Craziest thing I've seen at a barn was Crazy Helmet Lady who was absolutely convinced that no matter what you could never ever get hurt in a helmet. This included things like broken bones- a broken arm etc.

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              • BO putting humane live trap at edge of driveway, with a toy stuffed dog in it. Asked BO's boyfriend what was the purpose. Told it was to catch a hawk seen flying around, and BO was worried it would get her chickens. I mentioned that hawk wasnt going to land, and walk into trap. Then said, you know you cant kill hawks. What would she do if she caught it. He said drive a few miles away and release it...i said ,"she knows they FLY long distances, right???"

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                • I haven't actually seen this but heard about this one lady at my barn who has a saintly warmblood she attempts to ride dressage on. The lady, for some reason, leans so far to one side on the horse, the horse, who is about 16.2 and stout, has to compensate by leaning the other way to keep his balance. She even takes lessons with the resident dressage trainer who can't get her to stop leaning to the side. Maybe she has inner ear problems?

                  A friend who has a young horse who every time you adjust his tack, put on his boots, anything that involves ground working with him, drops his junk and lets it dangle. It even picked up the moniker "Dirk" LOL

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                  • Originally posted by 16 Hands View Post
                    I haven't actually seen this but heard about this one lady at my barn who has a saintly warmblood she attempts to ride dressage on. The lady, for some reason, leans so far to one side on the horse, the horse, who is about 16.2 and stout, has to compensate by leaning the other way to keep his balance. She even takes lessons with the resident dressage trainer who can't get her to stop leaning to the side. Maybe she has inner ear problems?

                    A friend who has a young horse who every time you adjust his tack, put on his boots, anything that involves ground working with him, drops his junk and lets it dangle. It even picked up the moniker "Dirk" LOL
                    Ahahahaha!!! Dirk...

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                    • Ok so here in Oz what I guess you guys call 'mare motels' are fairly common living quarters for many horses. Was tending my horse one day at one of these type of facilities when a teenager came to ride her horse. She didn't bother grooming, just threw the saddle and bridle on, dragged the horse out of his yard, mounted and immediately kicked the poor horse into a gallop! Galloped all the way down the driveway, about a mile, turned around, galloped back, pulled the tack off her horse, put him back in his yard and left! I am still left dumbfounded!

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                      • Originally posted by Renn/aissance View Post

                        I used to do this in college when the fields were flooded- I'd take my horse on my morning run in between classes. I'm sure it was to the entertainment of everyone who drove by, but it got both of us exercised. I came back later that evening to ride.

                        We know a Shetland who's owner was told by the vet he needed to loose weight. A friend of hers was training for a marathon and started taking him with her as her running buddy. People probably thought it was a huge dog trotting along with her!

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                        • We went to look at a horse and getting there saw they had a round pen right by the house.
                          The horse was saddled and tied to a tree by the house.

                          When talking to them, I commented we could try the horse in their round pen.

                          The lady thought for a bit and then seemed to apologize for the roundness of the pen?
                          She said they thought the panels would stand better as a round pen, not square.
                          That is where they kept the horse.

                          Lovely horse, even if he was feeling very good and tried to hump up a bit.
                          We had him for many years and kept him in our rather square pens without a problem.

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                          • Doesn't really compare to others but...

                            This one lady bought a young Freison filly as her first ever pet (didnt even own a fish before buying this horse) beautiful mare but so young.

                            She also would occasionally bring her kids who were at most 8 yrs old and small enough to walk comfortably under my horses belly. I dont really like kids but had to stop them from running around my horse or from walking under his belly. Even though i know my gelding wouldn't do anything, I didnt wantt there to be outlier

                            she left the barn because no one would groom ir walk her mare without being paid. We were happy to do it for pretty cheap and we would sometimes walk the mare out of courtesy but she was scared to handle the horse herself and didnt want to pay for anything more regular.

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                            • Update to my post about the leaning woman. Found out that the woman is unable to ride anymore and since she can no longer ride, she wants her horse PTS? For some godawful reason she is willing to euthanize a lovely, imported, beautifully moving, expensive horse because she can no longer ride herself. The dressage trainer is working with the horse and will try to place him with a new owner and is trying to reason with the woman. The gelding is only 15 years old and in fine health so this is just nuts!

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                              • Seen many things over the years but most recently:

                                - a hawk chasing a pigeon into the indoor where I was riding my loopy mare. It caught the pigeon, then stood over it and started eating it. Mare realized it was only a bird and came back to earth (literally) but kept an eye on it the whole time...lol
                                - the barn mini goat terrorizing stalled horses when playing/racing above their heads.
                                - a groundhog running through the indoor and being stomped to death by the big Tb I was longing
                                - a horse in full tack trotting by the barn by herself - turns out the kid riding the horse, needed to go to the bathroom and simply left the horse standing free in the indoor. Horse of course decided to go back to his friends in the pasture *roll eyes*
                                - old (old!) school horses free to graze the xc course while we riders are using the course.
                                Ottbs - The finish line is only the beginning!

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                                • Originally posted by sophie View Post
                                  Seen many things over the years but most recently:

                                  - a hawk chasing a pigeon into the indoor where I was riding my loopy mare. It caught the pigeon, then stood over it and started eating it. Mare realized it was only a bird and came back to earth (literally) but kept an eye on it the whole time...lol
                                  - the barn mini goat terrorizing stalled horses when playing/racing above their heads.
                                  - a groundhog running through the indoor and being stomped to death by the big Tb I was longing
                                  - a horse in full tack trotting by the barn by herself - turns out the kid riding the horse, needed to go to the bathroom and simply left the horse standing free in the indoor. Horse of course decided to go back to his friends in the pasture *roll eyes*
                                  - old (old!) school horses free to graze the xc course while we riders are using the course.
                                  Oh, yes, when the small circus boarded some of their animals in our riding center.
                                  We had an ancient lion in one of the box stalls right where everyone walked by every day.
                                  Horses could not see him, doors were closed, but they sure were smelling him and walked on eggs by that corner stall.

                                  The outside course field had a baby elephant and some llamas.
                                  That was before they became so common, so a whole new experience for all of us, humans and horses.
                                  Also some camels and zebras.
                                  Sure made for interesting cross country training, although most horses didn't pay those critters any attention.

                                  Circus people cared for and worked with their animals and would not let anyone even close to them.
                                  After a few weeks they left and we missed them.

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                                  • Bluey that must have been interesting to have all those zoo animals at the barn!

                                    We had a huge and noisy pig stalled at the back of the barn, once.
                                    My horse never saw the pig but was terrified to go near the back of the barn where all this awful noise /smell was coming from.
                                    I had to make a huge detour when hacking her outside.

                                    Ottbs - The finish line is only the beginning!

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                                    • Went to a barn to be a working student in North Carolina:
                                      -When I arrived, I was told the stalls hadn't been cleaned in three weeks because she fired her last guy. They were filthy and her horses lived inside them with no turnout. That should have been my first red flag.
                                      -She had TWENTY THREE dogs. Not newborn puppies that weren't weened yet either.
                                      -The trash truck stopped picking up her garbage because she told him "There's a reason the south lost the war" (she was from New Jersey but her barn was in NC.)
                                      -some of the horses' tails had been braided then neglected and so they were total matted rats nests
                                      -my room was a tack stall with no A/C but hey I got a box fan!
                                      -the well would run out if you watered all the horses so you had to do half, then wait an hour, and do the rest. It was so inconvenient.

                                      There is so much more but thats what I've got off the top of my head! I did not stay long and I had my trainer at home take care of my horses because there was no way they were being shipped to NC!

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                                      • Oh man, this thread made my day. I’m in tears of laughter.

                                        I kept my semi retired guy at a really cute boarding barn, nice paddocks, cleaned daily, fed well. We had a nice arena. We also had some totally off the wall boarders.

                                        The lady who ran this place had a turkey.. and she ran it over and the poor thing wasn’t totally dead... she had some old guy who boarded mini ponies whack the poor thing with a shovel and then it sat in a wheel barrow in the barn with a tarp over it so it could get a ‘proper burial’. Some lady who boarded witnessed the whole thing and called me in tears about how horrible the barn manager was for running the turkey over. I’ve always referred to it as turkey drama.

                                        My DH worked on a cattle farm and had a mini goat randomly show up, the thing wouldn’t leave him alone. The goat followed him around for weeks and eventually disappeared.

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                                        • Originally posted by fordtraktor View Post
                                          I once had a horse with nipples on his sheath. He didn’t have a uterus, though. He also had uneven nostrils....one was an inch higher than the other on his face. But da$# could he jump!
                                          Wtf, okay.... looking at my gelding, I swearrr his looks like that. He ALSO has uneven nostrils. Hes half QH half Appy. And he can jump real well for what his breeding and conformation is.

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