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Jaws in the Hay Field

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    Jaws in the Hay Field

    This came up in my Facebook memories this morning. One of my most memorable trail rides.

    A funny old memory I was thinking of this week as I drove by several hay-in-progress fields.

    A long time ago in this very same galaxy, I was out for a nice hack one day on Bam Bam, my half-Arab, half-lunatic gelding. He was my second horse ever, and to this day, he holds the record for dumping me. But I was a kid, more bounceable then, and I loved him.

    Bam and I were trotting nicely along a dirt road between two fields of full-standing hay, quite tall, ready to be mowed. I was just thinking how great it was to be out with just me and my horse in all this peaceful nature when . . .

    SNORT!!!! Bam, though only half Arab, possessed the full Arab snort. He followed this up with his patented spook-spin, which on that day I managed to stick with even though taken by surprise. When we completed our rotation and wound up facing nearly the original direction, I was still atop. His head was up, his ears pointed, and the SNORT!!!! continued to be blown at regular intervals. He was looking at the hay field to one side, but I could see nothing.

    I started trying to reason with him. "You silly half-Arab, half-lunatic thing, that's just hay. You like hay. There's nothing th. . ."

    Right then, I saw it, and I would have done a spook-spin myself if I were a horse. Way out in the ocean of hay, there came two shark fins. That is precisely what they looked like. The deadly triangles were pointed toward us and heading relentlessly our way. I could almost hear the theme from Jaws. Bam's head was on an elevator reaching progressively higher floors, and his SNORT!!!! still punctuated the silence. We moved on a few feet. The shark fins adjusted course as if equipped with radar. Trapped, we awaited our doom. Closer and closer they came, and then out from the tall hay stepped . . .

    A Shetland pony. Apparently out of his own pasture, he had found his way into the hay field and was having a private snack when he heard Bam's clip-clop on the road and decided to come be sociable. He was just the perfect height against that standing hay that the entire pony was hidden except for the black tips of his ears.

    I lectured the pony thoroughly. He didn't much seem to care and was quite proud of himself and eager to have a conversation. He followed us as far as he could along the road until a fence intervened.
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    ROFL! Pony is a 4 letter word for a reason, maybe Arab should be too. Great memories thse horse give us!


      Similar story, some 50 years ago, I was riding this three year old filly that had that teleporting act perfected, as the fellow that gave up on her and sold her to us as strictly a broodmare explained, she was dangerous.
      I was new and not told that, just told to ride her and bring her along in her training.
      What no one had discovered yet, one of her problems was flank cinches, if she grabbed herself and that cinch got tight, the rodeo was on.
      By chance, I was riding all young horses in my English saddle, so she didn't buck with me.

      We were checking and counting some heifers and I was riding down a draw, banks on both sides, thru tall vegetation and following a deer/cattle trail, when on a bend in the trail, we met, nose to nose, a doe.
      I think it was a doe, it was more of a blur, but seemed deer-like.
      Doe sprung ten feet up and landed running away crashing thru the vegetation, my filly did her graceful teleporting trick, was so very nice to take me with her, not jump out from under me and we both found ourselves fleeing back where we came from.
      I did miss my count that day.

      To this day I can feel her sides heaving trying to escape the monster, my heart trying to find it's proper rhythm after that scare.

      Those are sure moments that stay with you.




          I luff ponies!


            The day coming to my mind is seeing a kangaroo cross our path. Not a problem.

            But did it have to do a u-turn and jump out of the trees into Sim's side, who hubby was riding? I mean really!
            It is better to ride 5 minutes a day than it is to ride 35 minutes on a Sunday.


              My mare, for all her silliness, is not too bothered by carriages. Even carriages being pulled by minis.

              Except once, when the carriage was going down a dirt road in an adjacent corn field, and all that was visible was the horse's ears and the heads of the two peop!e in the carriage. THAT was completely unacceptable.
              You have to have experiences to gain experience.

              1998 Morgan mare Mythic Feronia "More Valley Girl Than Girl Scout!"


                Took a timid friend out on trails.
                I often went out solo, she was a bit nervous, not having been on trails with her horse.

                Barn backed up to Forest Preserve, so we could ride for miles without having to cross a road.
                A short, wooded trail led from the barn to a large open field, cross that and trails continued.
                This evening, when we crested the small rise leading to the field, we were greeted by a large - talking probably 30+ - herd of deer.
                We looked at them, they looked at us....

                And I could feel my TB's heart pounding in my legs as he stood, shaking.
                I was worried her horse would pick up the Terror, but he stood like a rock.
                Probably all that stopped my weinie TB from bolting

                Deer decided we were no threat, and disappeared into the edge of the field.
                Ride continued without further incident.
                I never told friend how close my horse had come to making that ride a bad memory
                *friend of bar.ka*RIP all my lovely boys, gone too soon:
                Steppin' Out 1988-2004
                Hey Vern! 1982-2009, Cash's Bay Threat 1994-2009
                Sam(Jaybee Altair) 1994-2015