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1 one last horse story on Thu Nov 10, 2011 8:34 pm

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Are you all sick of me yet?

When Horsey Teen was 12 I went to the auction and bought her a horse. The enormity of this mistake cannot be communicated. It was the very worst horse I could have bought for our fledgling rider who had experienced only well trained lesson ponies, then her first 'real' horse who was 34 years old when we bought him and 34 years old less than a year later when he died. Then I bought a horse whom we shall refer to as Satan. Satan was a professional rodeo horse with a job to do and no patience for small children who wanted to plod around on trails and have a happy, leisurely time. There were many, many bitter tears cried over the years. Many curses of an early and painful death heaped on that horse's head. We had people come evaluate horse and all said she was a push button horse, for the rodeo circuit, but not for a kid plodding around the trails.

I could have bought another horse, but refused. We were reluctant horse parents, in this against our will, this was the last horse I was ever going to buy so she either worked it out, or didn't, but no other horse was going to arrive. Suck it up. And she did. There are other more experienced horse people Horsey Teen would ride with and none of them would even get on Satan. SHe had a reputation a mile wide. But Horsey Teen rode that horse until horse was 27 years old! (19 when I purchased her)It was this horse, Satan, who never made one single thing easy, who never let one riding infraction slip without taking advantage of it, who gave that kid a fight every step of the way. That horse taught my kid more than the previous 4 years of lesson ponies. Now, the kid will ride anything.

This leads to story...Horsey Teen and I are driving down our road. Two vehicles are stopped on shoulder. One is a neighbour and he is waving us to stop. He introduces us to a lady, new neighbour, we had noticed two horses in a formerly empty field. She says. "we just moved in and bought these two horses for our 12 year old daughter. SHe has waited her whole life to have her own horses. She's taken years of lessons. BUt I don't know what to do with these horses. We usually can't get near them and when we do, we can't get a bridle on them. The one knocks me down almost every feeding time. If you try to lead one away from the other, they both freak out. Everyone told us to talk to Horsey Teen, you have to call Horsey Teen, she will tell you what to do." Numbers were exchanged and we drove away.

Horsey Teen groaned. She said, "I remember being so excited as a 12 year old to get my own horse, I remember exactly how I imagined our rides were going to be. I remember how I cried when Satan bolted and dumped me and then I couldn't catch her. I feel so sorry for this kid."

As a horsey mom, I know this heart break and admire this new neighbour for reaching out and tryng to find help for her daughter, who is up against a large hurdle. I only hope the girl has the will and drive and grit to stick it out, because if these horses are like I suspect, it's going to be along, hard struggle. But if she hangs on, if she sticks it out, one day she will be a confident young woman, strong, secure, knowing her own power. And when some fiesty young man attempts to push her into anything that she is not happy with, he'll have the spurs laid to him and be lunged in circles until his attitude is adjusted and he doesn't put a step out of line. Tough horses make our daughters safe. I think. I pray so, anyway.

2 Re: one last horse story on Thu Nov 10, 2011 8:41 pm

Arcticsun

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Awww, great story.

3 Re: one last horse story on Thu Nov 10, 2011 8:51 pm

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Horsey teen has sounded much like horsey wife from what I have learned of her. I feel for the guy that steps up to the plate...

4 Re: one last horse story on Thu Nov 10, 2011 9:06 pm

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Similar horsey story for me.
My parents were fairly new to horses, but with 2 older sister they had learned a bit. Obviously not enough to not hesitate to buy a 5year old (me) her first pony she doesn`t have to share with sisters. Not only buying it, but letting 5 year old choose own, unbroke pony. She was the devil herself. She would buck me off everyday! When I got good enough to stay on and she would then run under things, trees, rails what ever was low enough to knock me off. I got strong enough to stop that foolishness and she then started laying down and rolling on me. Lovely thing she was, very pretty. Rolling Eyes Older sister gave me wise advice to kick her in the guts when she does it. Well next time she did it was when we lined up at a show. I halled off and kicked her in the guts much to the amusement of the whole crowd.

I have to admit I was the same way as horsey teen, not afraid to ride anything after all the antics. I learned so much from that nasty pony that I would not have learned from a kinder horse. I wonder if horsey teen will feel the same way some day.

The funny ending to the story is when I out grew her, we sold her and she used to escape and make her way back to our place. She would have to go straight through town and over a busy bridge (5kms or so), but she made it at least twice a month for a very long time. People in town used to call us to let us know she was on her way again! Laughing

5 Re: one last horse story on Fri Nov 11, 2011 7:51 am

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Uno, nice story to read, yes, the firsts that parents get for their kids. Your horsey teen has grown strong and can ride anything, I could say more about riding, but then that might stray off...she will be strong as strong can be.

That reminds me of the first horse we bought our youngest gal. The older gal already had a horse, so of course the younger wanted one too. It was a nightmare horse too. It was wonderful when she tried it out at the purchaser, but old holy blazes broke out over the next while. This was a little Shetland pony, went by the name of Buster. And that he was. He was mean spirited, ran her under trees, everything like that. Buster went back to the people that sold him to us. Long story. The next pony she got was a little Shetland cross, Lady was her name. Lazy as the day is long and fat, oh she was so fat!! This was a 8 year old Daughter, by the way. I can recall at the Prince Phillip games my poor Daughter trying to get Lady to go and play the games, as all other horses were, nope....she just was too lazy, sigh. She had Lady for a couple of years and she became unlazy, she outgrew the pony and needed something bigger. We bought her a Welsh pony, Freda. Now that was the horse of her dreams, but the lessons that she learned from Freda certainly made her the strong rider that she too is. She can ride anything. And I attribute it to Freda -- Freda taught her to be patient, very skilled at staying on, and she went a long ways with this gal, until she eventually outgrew her and got the next horse. By this time, she could ride anything, with the skills that she had achieved with horses that were just very challenging, to say the least. To this day, you put this gal on anything, she will master anything that is put infront of her. Now she has a most gentle mare, going by the name of Tauntay -- and Tauntay carries that gal safely to wherever she so chooses to ride.

As parents we had made some mistakes with purchases of horses with our youngest gal, but honestly, would never have changed a single horse she had, this has built her to be a very strong and wise rider, aware of any challenge that a horse could offer to her. Nice stories to hear about the horses of days gone by. have a beautiful day, CynthiaM.

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