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  • #21
    Cause they make every flavor. They even sell Berti Bots Every Flavor Bean from HP. That even includes vomit and earwax. And no I've never tried those!


    • #22
      Originally posted by spotmenow View Post
      Revise this: The quality of care should be the same for ALL horses; my horses share the same pastures and use the same stalls as the boarded horses. I once boarded somewhere for a large sum of $$$ and the owner's horses got separate grain and hay because the crap they were feeding the boarded horses was not up to their personal standards...I didn't stay there long but it made a lasting impression on me. Just MHO
      agreed. I have two boarders here and they get everything my horses get. And I feed Nutrena XTN, which isn't cheap. If its too much $$ to feed everyone the same, then raise the board.
      "Perhaps the final test of anybody's love of dogs is their willingness to permit them to make a camping ground of the bed" -Henry T. Merwin


      • #23
        Originally posted by Couture TB View Post
        6.No amount of cleaning will get the horse manure and betadine out of my Gucci shoes
        I'm sorry, what is this "G-U-C-C-I" you speak of? I am familiar with Hermes, Devocoux, Stubben, and the only one of these that makes any kind of shoe is Hermes, who I hear also makes a thing called a "handbag" or "purse", but is Gucci a new saddler and bootmaker?


        My friends also speak of a "Prada", but I have yet to see anything in my tack, supplement, or other barn supplies by that name. *sigh* They must be of another world!

        Things I learned from my horse:

        When you think you've got everything figured out for them, they throw you for another loop.
        The more $$$$$$, the more they need it, until you stock up on it, in which case, they will no longer eat/ play/ fit it. However, if you do not stock up on said product, it will be changed or no longer available and so the search starts all over again.
        As long as the SO likes animals, they CAN be trained! (Mine is starting to be able to get all my tack and backup equip when at Endurance Rides and knows the difference between the dressage gear and the jump gear!)
        Standardbred Lover- owner of Studs Hooligan, aka Strider, ex- pacer, retrained for eventing and endurance
        Strider-OTSTB-, Gus-OTTB-, and Rio-rescued QH!
        Founder of the High Maintenance Horses Clique


        • #24
          Gucci also stands for - gift from guy who should have just bought me new tack or horse!


          • #25
            Oh Bluey..

            ...spinning around three times before lying down....LOL Why the heck do dogs do that, anyway?! It takes a lot to make me laugh out loud, but that did it.

            As for things I've learned because I own horses.... let's see....okay.. I can play.

            Just when two that I've carried are ready to go back to the track, they start gimping. In the past 7 months, nary a misstep, but as soon as arrangements are made to put them back in training.....yepppers....they're ouchy. I think they intercepted some phone calls and knew that their lives of leisure were going to be truncated. I'm convinced that they're psychic that way, just messing with my brain. Mother huckers.


            • #26
              Originally posted by eclipse View Post
              One minute you're on top of the world....5 mins later, you're ass is in the dirt!
              when I read this I orginally thought you said

              5 mins later, your an ass in the dirt.....


              • #27
                Originally posted by LovelyBay View Post
                Anything else you would like to add?

                Make sure I don't need a BO.
                The red TB mare (she who must be obeyed) is in charge.
                ... _. ._ .._. .._


                • #28
                  Crappy rides happen. Don't dwell on it, and the next ride is a new one.
                  Leap, and the net will appear


                  • #29
                    The biggest rewards are the ones only I know about - not the ribbons or trophies. Tonight when I went to handle a 4 year old feral colt who has kicked, front footed, bit and attacked, he leant into my rubs and let me put his halter on in the big yard.

                    The best steps are the first three steps a young horse makes with his first rider.

                    Learning is lifelong. I have always known this, because I am always learning new things. It took me a long time to realise that that's not the way other people are.

                    Life is fun. Laughing is good. Adrenalin is Gd!!!

                    I don't have to put up with people who don't control their kids or their ponies or who are nasty to their kids or ponies.


                    • #30
                      Coth Exists `

                      Coth Exists ~ enjoy this forum ~
                      Zu Zu Bailey " IT'S A WONDERFUL LIFE ! "


                      • #31
                        I've learned that a good nap in the sun can set the world right again.

                        I've learned that fresh water, good hay and a freshly cleaned stall is heaven on earth.

                        I've learned that just because it's raining doesn't mean I have to go inside.

                        I've learned that a foot of freshly fallen snow is fun to run around and snort in even though it's 10-degrees outside.

                        I've learned that hanging with my buddies under the trees is a great way to spend the day.

                        I've learned that there's safety and comfort in numbers and that being alone in the world can be scary.

                        I've learned that a good, long shower after a workout is sooooo nice!

                        I've learned that peppermints will make me sweeter, kinder and generally more fun to be around!
                        Riding: The art of keeping a horse between you and the ground.


                        • #32
                          What a terrific thread!

                          What have I learned by owning a horse?

                          1. I am certifiably insane.
                          2. I am far more comfortable in boots and breeches.
                          3. I am not judged.
                          4. I am not perfect.
                          5. I don't know everything.
                          6. I don't know the word, no, to humans.
                          7. I would do anything to ensure his well being.
                          8. I am more comfortable in a stable than in a house.
                          9. My stable stays cleaner than my house.
                          10. I have no concept of time anymore.
                          11. Underneath all my outward bravado to the world, I am just as sensitive as he is to a fly on his belly.
                          12. That I cannot choose between a man and a horse.
                          13. That the grief one feels when you lose a horse, is real.
                          14. And....every horse that comes thru my stable is a direct reflection of what I do not know.
                          Bethe Mounce
                          Head Trainer, AmeriCan Romance Equestrian
                          Brentwood CA


                          • #33
                            ---"14. And....every horse that comes thru my stable is a direct reflection of what I do not know."---

                            I like that one.
                            Every horse is oh so interesting ...

                            I have yet to met a horse I don't like, maybe because "liking" or "disliking" a horse is just not part of how I think about them.
                            Horses are very interesting and fun to find ways to talk with them, even the grumpy and less cooperative ones.


                            • #34
                              Have a really good job or marry rich.


                              • #35
                                things i learn beeucase i own more than one horse is how to treat them

                                a horse will re-act to how you act

                                to understand a horse 1st you must get close to the horse,
                                this one sentence has many meaning when you have learn1 there another round the corner
                                once you have learnt them all then you can say your a true horseperson


                                • #36
                                  Some of these have already been said. But boy, horses change our lives, don't they?! And I say its for the better, my horses have built my character in many ways.

                                  1. Patients patients patients
                                  2. Attitude is everything
                                  3. Its amazing what kindness can achieve
                                  4. Be consistent, be confident
                                  5. Never panic, never let them know you are scared, and BREATHE
                                  6. Don't react based on negative emotion (Breathe again!)

                                  These are lessons horses have taught me from a young age.
                                  APPSOLUTE CHOCKLATE - Photo by Kathy Colman


                                  • #37
                                    Love this thread!
                                    Read this somewhere...
                                    "why is it a woman will forgive a "psychotic" horse, but go ape s*** when a man leaves the toilet seat up"
                                    I forget exactly how it was written, but it was pretty darn funny.
                                    one of the many MANY things my horse is teaching me, is how to take a step back and LAUGH at myself, because he sure as heck is laughing his tail off at me sometimes.
                                    ....... pausing


                                    • #38
                                      I think doggies spin around before laying down to make sure "there aren't any snakes in the grass".
                                      Unfortunately I learned that some people involved with horses (especially in terms of a business) are not "horse people" and their animals are just a means to a financial ends. They don't know what they are missing....
                                      Those who say it cannot be done should not interrupt the person doing it.


                                      • #39
                                        Part of the memorial page when I lost my little Chance, it's everything he taught me:

                                        You taught me to never give up
                                        That boldness and gentleness go hand in hand
                                        That pockets hold treats and needles should be avoided at all costs
                                        That you're in charge of buckets and schedules

                                        Most of all, you reminded me everyday
                                        That trust has to be earned, but love is unconditional.
                                        You're entitled to your own opinion, not your own facts!


                                        • #40
                                          Originally posted by baysngreys View Post
                                          Part of the memorial page when I lost my little Chance, it's everything he taught me:

                                          You taught me to never give up
                                          That boldness and gentleness go hand in hand
                                          That pockets hold treats and needles should be avoided at all costs
                                          That you're in charge of buckets and schedules

                                          Most of all, you reminded me everyday
                                          That trust has to be earned, but love is unconditional.
                                          This brought me to tears. You taught me to never give up! So did mine......
                                          Bethe Mounce
                                          Head Trainer, AmeriCan Romance Equestrian
                                          Brentwood CA