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  • raising a trail horse

    Each day is a new What's That as nothing is any more than a new toy.

    Having the horses at home means every now and then do a body count to make sure everyone is still here. Yesterday the count came up one short. Of course it was Socrates who was missing. Where was he? This place is not big, so look in the shadows as he is a Bay who disappears into the darkness ... not there or over there.

    Barn is closed but check anyway to make sure he did not slip in behind me... not there.

    But what is that over there?

    Sure enough, there is something in the greenhouse, just standing in the middle looking at everything. Nothing broken, nothing eaten just checking the place out. Out you go, and chain the door shut with a padlock this time.

    That was yesterday.

    Today.... while getting some hay off the round bales we store on the concrete pad I take the trap off the wind blows it away and to the rescue is Socrates who gallops (he goes no where at a walk) ...gallops over to stand on the runaway tarp..... what a goofball ..he was pretty proud of his capture

    get trap from him then its off for him to exercise the pony


    he is now a long yearling, standing just under 14.2h

  • #2
    I find once I start horses on tarps and obstacle work they will go stand on things for fun or to get my attention!


    • #3
      One of the best ways to desensitize a horse to objects like tarps is to drag one away from them.
      Horses can't stand it and have to chase it.
      Cattle also, many times if they won't drive thru a gate, drag your jacket at the end of the rope around a bit, let them chase it and ride thru the gate, all chasing it right behind you.

      Now, horses won't all go stand on one blowing away, that was your colt's little extra trick to catch it, neat!


      • Original Poster

        desensitization is not needed, everything is a toy for him

        Was unloading hay the other day.... had truck backed up to within about eight inches of the barn wall... he looks around the corner then hops over the tailgate (without touching anything ) then grabs a bale of hay... which he could not pick up


        • #5
          I had someone work with a young horse in a round pen and had all sorts of equipment on the round pen rails to use for desensitization. My horse went around when the guy wasn't looking and pulled everything off the rails including the tarp which he ran around with and dragged here and there before he could get it away from him. What a ham!


          • #6
            1. You need a helmet goPro, so we can view vicariously.
            2. Desensitized /curious/bold horses aren't easy on their humans. I've had stress, rapid heartbeats over some "just exploring" antics on the part of my quiet Houdini.


            • Original Poster

              Originally posted by Chall View Post
              1. You need a helmet goPro, so we can view vicariously.
              2. Desensitized /curious/bold horses aren't easy on their humans. I've had stress, rapid heartbeats over some "just exploring" antics on the part of my quiet Houdini.
              well it could be worse as back in the old days when the kids were young I came home once during a summer day to find daughter with her horse in the den watching TV ...but daddy it too hot outside for Foxie, who enjoyed watching TV especially the old Mission Impossible series

              Foxie was also a champion competitive trail horse

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                • Original Poster

                  Originally posted by Sansena View Post
                  those memories are really priceless, if I had not seen them I would think they were made up

                  The one that I saw but failed to photograph even though I had a camera in my hand was when daughter had her buckskin at a three day event... on the way back from the dressage part she saw this object off the trail that she thought Mulligan needed to see up close.

                  It was a concrete picnic table that was built as a WPA project back in the 1930s .... re-enforced concrete, top of the table was 42 inches above the ground .... she is riding Mulligan over to look at the table (he was also used as a NATRC competitive trail horse, those rides would have different things for the horse to work around)

                  Mulligan stops short of the table, daughter cued him forward wanting him to step closer.... I was watching and never saw him move one moment he was there on the ground then next there he was with daughter Standing on top of the table.

                  Looked just like one of those war memorial statues of a General on his horse ...

                  Daughter was saying What Did He Do?

                  Well I think he thought you wanted him up there, so that is what he did.

                  The next question How Do I get Him Down... (She is still in the saddle)

                  Let him have his head, so she dropped the reins then cued him forward again. He looks down at the attached concrete bench thinking about stepping onto that but just decided to "step" down directly to the ground... and there he was.

                  All the time I had a camera in my hand but was more concerned about what had happened that I missed the photograph of the time.

                  That guy could jump.


                  • #10
                    I'm glad you are continuing a legacy. Sounds like you have had some great horses.


                    • Original Poster

                      Originally posted by Moonlitoaks View Post
                      I'm glad you are continuing a legacy. Sounds like you have had some great horses.
                      we have had some interesting characters, Mulligan we learned could jump when we kept finding him in the paddock with Foxie. Daughter thought I was putting him in there and I thought she was, he was jumping the fence to get in

                      They all had a job and all knew they were to be good. Daughter ran her summer camp for five years or so using the gang as school horses

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                        back to Socrates... was cleaning the pony paddocks this morning. At one end is his training course of a bridge, a walk up on thing and other stuff.... of course he is with me pointing out things I was missing...there is some poop over here SEE

                        As the morning progressed there was no need for the long sleeve shirt so hung it on the fence. That did not remain there long as he grabs it shakes side to side up and down then brings it to me, almost. Catch me if you can began the game and he goes nowhere at speeds less than gallop. He did stop to turn to see if I was joining in on the FUN ..reluctantly

                        But he did return with shirt firmly held to hand it to me


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                          ^^^^ oH, HE'S READY TO LEARN THE "FETCH IT" GAME!!! Get a 1 ft. sponge ball that's soft and easy to pick up in his mouth. Throw a short distance then tell him to "get it". When he brings it back either click or treat, whichever you train with.
                          Then take it further, teach him to dunk it in a pale tied up high (like a basketball hoop but with a bottom.) Slam dunk!!!
                          My saddlebred would play these games and he loved it. Need to start doing it again.

                          Also teach him to "Bring It Here" by pointing to something. When he does it, click or treat.
                          Teach him one or two word phrases. They learn this real fast with their active brains.
                          My saddlebred at one time knew about 50 words.
                          "There is no fundamental difference between man and animals in their ability to feel pleasure and pain, happiness, and misery." - Charles Darwin


                          • Original Poster

                            Originally posted by Marla 100 View Post
                            My saddlebred at one time knew about 50 words.
                            we had to use hand signals around Foxie (well the kids were being taught sign language so started using signing when around her)... and she could to hear a peppermint being unwrapped from 1,000 feet

                            I took care of a saddlebred who LOVED Coke-Cola.... at a line up all you needed to do was to show her a can of Coke and it was Ears UP while all those others were banging on walls and cracking whips and doing stupid stuff

                            Regarding Ears Up... Foxie when she did her very first NATRC Competitive Trail ride during the first stage is a vet check (called a P&R) where the horse's condition is checked . Their pulse and respiration rate are recorded. Saddle was off, so this must be a line up for the championship so she squares up head up ears forward... Look Pretty... every one is asking What's she doing? All the other horses had their heads down trying to control their breathing .... and there she was thinking this must be the Championship Line Up.

                            She learned quickly (how I do not know) but I guess the others made fun of her, they must have had a good chuckle. But she had the last laugh as by the end of the years she learned the game winning her division in the region then next year was a national champ

                            Several of the other riders started calling her Foxy Lady as she was pretty


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                              What fun memories! Thanks for sharing.
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