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  • Little things that make you smile

    There are little things that happen day to day in my non-horsey world that make me smile...horsey related of course.

    Like reaching into my coat pocket on the way into work and finding a piece of hay, or finding a saddle pad that still smells like your first horse. Or seeing a little white pony in a trailer with a pink halter and glitter in it's forelock... knowing for sure some little girl loves that pony more than words.

    Share yours. Tis the season
    Strong promoter of READING the entire post before responding.

  • #2
    I love finding hay in my pocket or suddenly catching a whiff of horse from somewhere. (: I also wear my Middleburg winter boots (or sometimes my Muck boots, in high snow!) to and from school, because they're warm, and switch into teacher shoes there... but on Friday I felt horsey and left my boots on all day, which led to some jokes from fellow teachers. (: I also get so excited when I pass a horse trailer or see a car with horse bumper stickers; if I'm in my car with my own bumper stickers, I want to pass them and then slow down so they can know I'm horsey too, and if I'm in my husband's car with no stickers, I want to telepathically communicate with them. d;
    "Remain relentlessly cheerful."

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    • #3
      Not so much a smile but a smell:

      I got iron on patches to fix the horse blanket that became a toy. The smell of the suppsedly clean blanket got on the iron board. Now whenever I iron it smells like burned horse.

      Not particularly pleasant. The family complains. I just sniff.
      “Management is doing things right; leadership is doing the right things.” Peter Drucker


      • #4
        I was at the grocery store the other day and handed the cashier some crumpled bills from my pocket... and a Dumor! The cashier looked puzzled and I mumbled something about horse treats...

        Today my old man gave me this sweet, low-pitched, long-winded nicker when I put his halter on. It was absolutely adorable! It made my day.
        We couldn't all be cowboys, so some of us are clowns.


        • #5
          I was at work the other day and was trying to dig some change out of the bottom of my purse. Instead, I found some hay. That made me smile! And made my coworkers quite puzzled.
          Proud member of the Colbert Dressage Nation


          • #6
            I was out at the stable yesterday. I pasture board my mare that I've only had for 5 months. We are still getting to know eachother and I wouldn't call her an affectionate horse - at least not yet. She used to walk away when she saw me. But yesterday when she saw me she walked up to me. The other horses crowded around us as I was putting on her halter. She pinned her ears and attempted to bite the other horses and they backed away. She usually stops a couple times on the way to the barn because she doesn't want to leave the herd. This time she walked besides me up to the barn. When I turn her loose she usually quickly leaves to go back to the herd. But yesterday after I took her halter off she stood next to me for a few minutes and I scratched and talked to her. I felt she is beginning to trust me and wants to be around me. It was a great feeling.
            Moving on doesn't mean you forget about things. It just means you have to accept what happended and continue living.


            • #7
              My horses are keenly aware that I am preggo... and nothing makes me smile more than a soft nuzzle of the belly with a low matching nicker.
              If i'm posting on Coth, it's either raining so I can't ride or it's night time and I can't sleep.


              • #8
                I love it when I pull into my driveway and when my horses see my truck they come running to the front of the pasture and holler to me. Always puts a smile on my face, every time.

                I also love it when the cashier asks me, "Why are you buying so many apples, carrots, and sweet potatoes?"
                These are what I treat my horses with.
                I am trying to be the person my horse thinks I am.


                • #9
                  Since it's bitter cold today and I have no warm shoes, I wore my luxe winter paddock boots to work. Of course, they smell very strongly so I switched to work shoes and the boots are now imprisoned beneath my trash can in cubicle world, but while I had them on, I was striding.


                  • #10
                    I wear my Dansko clogs to work every now and again, and sometimes they smell a bit, well, barn-y. The heater in the car brings out the aroma on the way to work, and then I can enjoy the smell all day! No one has said anything...yet...but it sure makes my day to catch a whiff every now and then!
                    Riding: The art of keeping a horse between you and the ground.


                    • #11
                      I love the smell of my horses nose. Horse noses just have a very unique smell. I just love to rest my head against the side of his face and smell him, or blow into his nose and have him blow back at me.

                      I also love to sit in my barn and just listen to my horses munching their hay. I should have a CD to listen to at night with the sounds of my horses munching hay and my kitten purring!
                      Canada - where summer means that the ice is too thin to skate on............


                      • #12
                        the BF and i got back from a horse show on saturday, and he still smelled like horses the rest of the night. i spent quite some time with my face smooshed into his shirt, inhaling deeply.

                        and when horses stick their heads/noses out of stalls/windows and make that googly-eyed, silly "PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE GIVE ME A COOKIE!!" face. i can't help but laugh!
                        Proud member of the "I'm In My 20's and Hope to Be a Good Rider Someday" clique



                        • #13
                          We use pieces of cottonseed cowcake for treats and I too am always finding pieces in all kinds of pockets, would not leave the house without them.

                          Last year, my gray horse, that is the low man out there, when I had my arm in a cast and was extra cautious that no one bumped me, he took over and kept walking around making sure they stayed at a polite distance.
                          He quit once I was fine, but the last few months, my knee is giving up on me and I am back to being careful around them and he has resumed the watch over me, waiting to eat until I have spread all their hay and am out of their pens.

                          That it happened once was so sweet, that he is discerning enough to repeat is really heartwarming to see.


                          • #14
                            I have two that seem to think that screaming at me in the house from the top of the hill will make me get out their faster. I just laugh, as they know I'll be up there eventually because there is no set time for anything.

                            And one of the yearlings that thinks it's funny to bang on the stock tank to get my attention, again when I'm in the house. He does, gets yelled at and that's the end of it. I think he does it to make noise cause it gets topped off every day and is rarely empty (I can tell by the sound.)

                            My stallion has this really low nicker that he does just before I bring him feed or give him a treat. It's really cute and I love it. Much better than my screaming appy mare that has to announce my and her presence to the world every time I go up there, even if it's not to feed. She's funny anyway and always good for entertainment.

                            Hay in pockets, I can so relate. Also found bands, screws, nails and other various farm related small items in my pockets that I've forgotten to take out. I think I carried around a hoof pick all winter once before finally taking it out. Can't find it now, but I digress. I have others.

                            Reading Blueys post reminded me of another thing my stallion does that makes me smile. He's my protector by far. I use him to carry the bucket to the tire for the group to eat. He keeps the mares away from me and will wait until I'm ready to go before even heading up. I put my hand on his shoulder or grab mane and hang on while we head up there. It's very sweet. He never tries to dip into the bucket either, he knows better. He also feels the need to protect me from the tractor whenever the hay guy comes. He places himself between me and the tractor. This just started this summer so I have no clue where it came from. I've not had any bad tractor experiences and neither has he. It makes the process slower, especially when it's time to drive out and I have to open the gate. He'll leave the feed to come and protect me then I have to move him out of the way and reassure him that all is well so he can get out w/out running Ben over.

                            All of these things made me smile. Thanks for sharing everyone.
                            A Merrick N Dream Farm
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                            • #15
                              Watching my SO ride Chester my sometimes a little crazy Saddlebred and my SB actually taking care of him. Only giving him enough crap to keep my SO from getting too cocky and both of them enjoying every bit of the ride.


                              • #16
                                I had a whole pile of those moments over the weekend! My BO bought some round bales so I volunteered for the job of taking the strings off. Boo (my "big horse") stayed VERY close to me as if to make sure that nobody crowded me too much - all anybody could see was the top of my head in a mass of bay gelding-hood! Then, my second gelding decided to play a game with me....I shook the fistful ofthe string at him, and he sprinted away, and came back - several times! First real laughter I've had in a long time.
                                Then, the other night at feed time, my newest gelding stood for a LONG time just breathing against my hair and touching my face....I've been sick with a really nasty respiratory infection, and it was almost like he was comforting me. Then, last night, Boo gave me a shove between the shoulder blades to encourage me to HURRY UP! DINNER'S READY MOM! I forgot to warn my BO about that, and the first time, she had to run to catch up to her feet! He is by no means rude with it - he just makes his presence VERY much known.
                                Happy riding, all!
                                Founder of the I LOFF my worrywart TB clique!
                                Official member of the "I Sing Silly Songs to My Animals!" Clique


                                • #17
                                  I do one of those Things You Should Never Do with my favorite guy, and we manage to get away with it. I soak beet pulp in the house (on my kitchen counter, no less) and carry the bucket to the barn at feeding time. In the morning, he will meet me at the gate, and he is allowed to have a couple of mouthfuls before I go into the paddock. No one else is allowed to, nor do they try. After he has his couple of mouthfuls, I take the bucket and walk into the barn; he does not follow and try to grab any more. He only is allowed to do this in the morning; he will occasionally try in the evening, and I just say "only in the morning" and he backs off.

                                  It's just a little thing we do, but it is so nice how he understands the parameters and isn't pushy or rude about it.
                                  "One person's cowboy is another person's blooming idiot" -- katarine

                                  Spay and neuter. Please.


                                  • #18
                                    Originally posted by allpurpose View Post
                                    I wear my Dansko clogs to work every now and again, and sometimes they smell a bit, well, barn-y. The heater in the car brings out the aroma on the way to work, and then I can enjoy the smell all day! No one has said anything...yet...but it sure makes my day to catch a whiff every now and then!
                                    I do the EXACT same thing! Wow...I'm so glad that I'm not the only one!
                                    "I was not expecting the park rangers to lead the resistance, none of the dystopian novels I read prepared me for this but cool."


                                    • #19
                                      It is terribly windy and tumbleweeds were tumbling and everything rattling and moaning.
                                      Our farrier just left after trimming our horses.
                                      He called the next stop with seven horses and told them it was too bad to work today, so they put it up for another day.
                                      He then told me their horses are so terrible to work with that he didn't think it was fair to the horses or himself to have to fight them today.
                                      He said that some owners have well mannered horses he can work on any time, even if sick and other owners have wild, spoiled things he has to be at his best to work with and today would have been a day for bad actors there.
                                      He then thanked me for always have well mannered horses to work with.
                                      He said that he thinks horses take after the temperament of the people that handle them, the quiet ones have quiet horses, the loud ones jumpy horses.

                                      He was in a talkative mood today and it was sweet of him to share all that.


                                      • #20
                                        I used to love when I would visit home and go out to feed my dad's polo ponies and they both nicker and come over to the fence. I only get to see them about every six months and I know they are nickering and coming to me for treats, but it still makes me smile! (One crossed the bridge last week and the other lives at a horse "retirement" facility now but the memories still make me smile!)
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