Horsing around  

puntachueca 105M
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7/15/2006 10:39 pm

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7/18/2006 5:21 am

Horsing around

The most amazing critter encounter I've had is with a horse.

As a kid I had a terrifying experience with a horse and vowed never to get near one again for the rest of my life. Fifty years later a neighbor called and said her husband was taking one of their horses to the "killer buyer" auction and would I consider saving the horse.

"Sure," I said, "if the horse runs up and kisses me."

So I went over and this giant creature comes thundering out of the woods, rruns up to me, and nuzzles me. I ended up with a horse called "Big" in honor of the fact at 17 hands, this is a big animal.

I boarded Big and figured, so now I got a horse, what do I do with it. One day I had Big out in the round pen, and he was standing there staring at me, and I was standing there staring back at him, and some tourists drove up and stopped to watch. I wave at them, and Big started trotting around to the left. Hmmmm. So I waved my hand the other way, and he reversed. I made a couple of other hand gestures, and he always responded, doing something different. One of the tourists came over and asked if I was a horse whisperer. I just tipped my cowboy hat, and Big came right up next to me.

Now, understand I know absolutely nothing about horse training except reading a bunch of Monty Roberts books.

After the tourists left, Big sent me a thought...'I made you look like a cowboy, so how about some carrots.'

The cowboys started watching Big and I work together, and they came to the conclusion the horse was smarter than me, and was training me.

This was true.

I finally realized Big wanted a lot more time and attention than I had, so I gave him to a kid who wanted a jumper. I told the kid Big would run up and kiss her. You see, Big had been trained to do that.
..and one day I asked my cowboy buddies if I was a real cowboy now that I had my own horse. Red asked me if I would take a broken down old nag he had. Yep I said. Buck then said, "You're a cowboy now." "Why?" I asked. "Because you're dumb as a box of rocks."

amoldenough 70F
16436 posts
7/16/2006 9:12 am

Big sounds like quite a horse. I hope he has a good home now. Your cowboy buddies sound very smart. (That was a funny story) Thanks for making me laugh.

"Don't cry because it's over; smile because it happened."

puntachueca replies on 7/16/2006 2:54 pm:
He's part of a mother daughter jumper team. Formerly a race horse, he really liked attention...and an audience. After a couple of times of jumping over stuiff rather than going through it we figured he was a natural...and he is.

(What the fuck is this shit..?? *rolls eyes*)

7/16/2006 1:37 pm

Real Cowboys are hard to come by these days....But sounds like you've got the make'en of one You listen to what a horse is tell'en Ya...Ready


puntachueca replies on 7/16/2006 2:59 pm:
Yep. Around here we have the genuine article...direct descendants from the vaqueros...from whence the American cowboys evolved.

There's two kinds of cowboys...there's the old style who is very polite, very considerate opf neighbors, sings, writes poetry, and sees himself as a stweard of the countryside. Then theirs the modern version with his F 250, and a kick your ass attitude. I like the old style ones much better.

In Indians around here were also whisperers....when they first saw horses, they wen't "what a great idea" and partnered with the horses. I hear them saying, "give us our Indians back" sometimes.

One day I had a flash of riding bareback on a much smaller horse across a plain with really high snow capped mountains on the horizon....turns out it was somewhere in the Caucasus and is probably a past life....anyway, opne day I just did it...jumpd on bareback, Big took off, and it was like I was born to ride.

duststormdiva 51F
6854 posts
7/16/2006 2:47 pm

Cowboys work hard. My boyfriend played cowboy for a few summers and he said it was some of the hardest work he has ever done. He is one of the hardest working men I know and to hear that come from his mouth was surprising.


puntachueca replies on 7/17/2006 8:21 pm:
People who work on ranches are sure not in it for the money. It is darned hard work.

amoldenough 70F
16436 posts
7/18/2006 1:52 am

I learned that song in school!

"Don't cry because it's over; smile because it happened."

puntachueca replies on 7/18/2006 5:23 am:
Bet they don't even have music programs in most schools now.

I did too.

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