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For fun: a little too in tune with your horse

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    For fun: a little too in tune with your horse

    I stepped on the scale a couple of days ago and noticed that, despite being more active and eating better, my weight has gone up several (or more) pounds. I had also noticed that my mare has gained a few pounds too, her girth is seeming a bit too short lately. It made me laugh, because I swear our weights fluctuate at the same time (we lose it at the same time, gain it at the same time). My right knee also seems to act up when her right stifle does. Really, thinking back on all the times we have had similar injuries, it's pretty funny. Definitely just a coincidence, but still funny.

    Anyone else have instances of being maybe a little too in tune with your horse?

    We had some awfully hot days here.
    I have not been going to town for groceries forever, so we have not been getting watermelon.
    I cut one in fourths, eat the middle of a fourth and leave some for old horse's evening feed.
    He practically does a little happy dance and slurps and eats it rind and all.

    The other day, old horse let me know, it was time for watermelon, where is it?
    At the same time I was thinking, some would be lovely, so hot today.
    Guess a neighbor thought the same and here he came with a watermelon.
    All happy now, we had our wonderful, sweet and cool watermelon last three evenings.

    Now, that was three of us in tune at the same time, what a nice coincidence.


      Well we are all too fat here. Equine and human. Not sure I can blame it on being in tune with each other but we all do enjoy our food.

      Bluey that post makes me want watermelon. I have one growing in my garden that I am watching get ripe. I planted cantaloupes too and they are all splitting because of the rain we are having. That had better not happen with that watermelon! Nothing like a cold watermelon on a hot day.


        I've had a few nice rides on a little zippy grade gelding. Last trail ride I had pockets stuffed with the usual horsey treats- carrots, peppermints- and a ziploc baggie with dollar store iced oatmeal cookies for the human. You can guess what tickled horse tastebuds. He spit out the mints and carrots (Carrots! Never had a horse refuse carrots!) Soon as I take out the cookies he turned his head and looked at me. Horsey cuteness won out, and he got the cookies. I swear, when I eventually get a Dobbin of my own, it'll end up being a beachball on hooves.


          My guy turned up his nose at bananas. He will eat banana flavored Blue Seal Rounders. I treated him to watermelon one day. He took a look at it, possibly sniffed at it, then looked at me and asked me why I thought he would eat it. He did the same thing with molasses- and peppermint-flavored Horslyx when they first came out. It's a balancer from the UK in a plastic container. He loves both flavors. He looked at me and asked me why I thought he would lick the stuff in or out of the container. I gave them away to a few horses who loved them.

          My horse is a licker. He licks me most days when I start grooming. He licks the back of my winter jacket when I turn him out. He wants to lick people he is meeting for the first time. Little kids come up to him and he gives them a (supervised) kiss on the hand. He licks the spaces between the vertical bars on the stall panels when he finishes his grain, the sign he's ready head back out. He did a therapy lesson with a rider with severe MS one day and he licked the leader's shirt. She couldn't' stop laughing. You can tell by the look on his face that the good hormones are releasing. He's in heaven. Mooching treats is an entirely different presentation. A behavior expert at Cornell confirmed this is totally unrelated to nipping. In 50 years of studying equine behaviors I'm the second person to contact her about licking.

          He has always maintained his weight right where it should be. Me? A couple of years ago I lost a lot of weight after I got off a couple of medications that can promote weight gain as a side effect. So far so good. I'm also maintaining my weight where it should be and am having much more fun in the saddle.

          I figured I had all the right boxes checked when I bought the Horslyx. Doesn't it make sense that a licker would lick something that is designed to be licked and is one of his favorite flavors? I thought I knew him because we have been together for over 19 years. I guess I will have to stick with him until I figure him out.

          "With hardly any other living being can a human connect as closely over so many years as a rider can with her horse." Isabell Werth, Four Legs Move My Soul. 2019


            My boy will only enter the trailer easily if there is alfalfa hay in the manger as he doesn't normally get alfalfa so just a small amount as a treat (bribe). Once I had put just his usual grass hay in and he marched in took one sniff and shuffled it around and then gave me a look like (where's the alfalfa beeotch?) It was so obvious I apologized to him.


              Yup ugh. My left hip isn't nearly as mobile as my right one due to scoliosis. My mare is short-strided on the left hind leg at the walk, but as soon as someone else (leasor usually) rides her more often than I do (right now while I'm preggo), she evens out in the hind end. Semi embarrassing to be the reason my horse looks "lame" half the time lol.