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Post by Suzzzz on Tue Dec 06, 2011 9:47 pm

bpaquet wrote:I'm actually thinking of bringing him to school for weekend visits. I just need to make sure Sabi can make those trips too. He hates to be alone and panics if all his buddies are gone. I don't want to do that to the poor old guy. X's first job is to be Sabi's buddy. He does that very well, so I am not going to stress about riding him. If it happens, great. If he ends up being a stand-around pony, that's ok too.

Sounds like you've got your priorities straight, Becky! Very Happy
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Post by bpaquet on Thu Dec 08, 2011 9:31 am

He's happy as a clam standing around right now. He seems to want to just be with his buddies and have nothing to do with people. He is friendly, but I think the change in the weather has him a bit grumpy. He gave me "ears" last night when I was brushing the mud off while he ate. Maybe he's just being defensive of his hay, although he hasn't done that before. All was well this morning, so I assume he was just grumping because winter decided to show up after a beautiful summer kind of day.
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Post by Suzzzz on Thu Dec 08, 2011 9:29 pm

Don't blame him. I'm pretty grumpy about it, too.
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Post by Sue Short on Thu Dec 08, 2011 10:49 pm



Could be, well it's all a matter of time. Just time and patience.
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Post by fiffur on Fri Dec 09, 2011 1:24 pm

Sounds reasonable to me, it probably was the weather change and a bit of food aggression at the same time. X will come around in time.
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Post by bpaquet on Sat Dec 10, 2011 12:03 pm

He's like a kid who hasn't had good socialization. He just doesn't know that ears back at people isn't really a good thing. I actually think he's just asking what I want, but his ears are defensive. "I'll pay attention to you, but I'm ready to defend if I need to." He's never made an aggressive move, so we'll just work with what we have. I just love his personality. He has lots of energy and enough curiosity to make a great companion. We're going to play some ground games today, I think.
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Post by fiffur on Sat Dec 10, 2011 1:13 pm

What are ground games?
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Post by bpaquet on Mon Jan 02, 2012 9:28 pm

Ground games are just games you play with horses to get them to concentrate. I usually do "walk towards me/back up" and "follow me for a treat." It's kind of like a treasure hunt where the horses pay attention to what I do and get a food reward for getting the right answer. I have to consider the rewards for Casper X since he sometimes misses the treat and eats the finger. affraid

He was kind of bad getting his blanket on tonight. I had him in the cross ties, and he was fine for getting brushed. When I put his blanket on, he bucked up with his back end. That is UNACCEPTABLE. I told him to cut it out and made him back up. Then, he went back to the ties and got his blanket put on with no more fuss.

I think now that he is getting enough calories, he has decided that he has opinions. He doesn't hesitate to share those opinions. I'm not sure if he was unhappy with the blanket, or if something else was wrong. Since he calmed right down, I think he's testing the waters. No big deal. He was really good about getting his discipline and then was a really good boy. I made sure to tell him he was great once his jammies were on.
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Post by Sue Short on Mon Jan 02, 2012 11:16 pm



Your spot on with your assament of him. Time and consistency will do the trick. Still he has come
a long way since he came to you. When some one on FB posted what he looked like with that woman in
Tn, I just about died. I hope ARM has gotten all of their horses out and are pursuing charges.
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Post by fiffur on Tue Jan 03, 2012 2:12 pm

Yeah, he's like a child now testing the boundaries to see how far he can go and what he can get away with. hehehehe no wonder we call them furKIDS.....
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Post by bpaquet on Tue Jan 03, 2012 10:24 pm

Well, he's awfully glad to have that blanket on today. The high was about 35 and the wind was howling. The low tonight is supposed to be around 18 and still windy. He's tucked into his stall with his blanket still on. He and Sabi have extra hay so they can stay as warm as possible. They have chugged down a bunch of water. i guess they're anticipating that their buckets will freeze. The heater is plugged into the outside water tub.

He didn't even twitch an ear tonight when I checked on him and walked into his stall to make sure his clothes weren't twisted and that he was warm enough. (He was, but if he had been cold, I could have put a second blanket on.)

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Post by Sue Short on Tue Jan 03, 2012 10:42 pm



I've become frozen from reading your posts. Glad Casper is being good about his
clothing.
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Post by fiffur on Wed Jan 04, 2012 1:44 pm

Yesterday when I went to work it was a whole 9 outside, windchill -2. And I heard the east coast is shivering just as badly as we are here in IL. I have a feeling Casper will be needing another blanket for the next couple of days....
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Post by bpaquet on Thu Jan 05, 2012 9:56 am

Warmer today. I pulled blankets before work since it's supposed to be around 50 this afternoon. Both boys looked happy to be naked. I'll bet they will be covered with mud and hay when I get home tonight. Laughing
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Post by fiffur on Thu Jan 05, 2012 1:57 pm

I'd say that's a safe bet! Laughing
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Post by bpaquet on Thu Jan 05, 2012 10:40 pm

Well... Casper (of course the white one) was a mess. He had mud sploches in the middle of his stomach, in between his legs AND between his ears. He wallowed. Sabi didn't roll at all that I can tell. I guess he is saving his rolls for better mud.
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Post by Sue Short on Thu Jan 05, 2012 10:51 pm



Between the ears?!?!?!? Now that's atheltic.
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Post by jeanebellini on Fri Jan 06, 2012 2:32 am

aw sounds like he was really enjoying himself:) wait til the real mud sets in!
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Post by bpaquet on Sat Jan 07, 2012 12:20 am

He is pretty clean today. I guess he got his jollies yesterday and is letting me rest.
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Post by fiffur on Sat Jan 07, 2012 1:28 pm

Now getting mud between those ears takes real talent IMHO!
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Post by bpaquet on Wed Jan 18, 2012 12:23 am

I discovered that Casper likes 7-Up. I was doing bed check and feeding hay with the last of my drink can with me. (Diet no less!) Casper started BEGGING for a taste. I tilted the can to his lips and he licked up the fizzy stuff. He loved it! Who would have thought?? jocolor
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Post by Sue Short on Wed Jan 18, 2012 12:51 am



I would say silly boy, but I had a horse that loved beer, especially dark beer.
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Post by Suzzzz on Wed Jan 18, 2012 9:37 pm

Beer makes more sense than 7-up! (grains and all) Casper must have a sweet tooth! clown
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Post by bpaquet on Wed Jan 18, 2012 10:47 pm

All my horses like beer. Sabi likes Dr. Pepper and now Casper and his 7-Up. Envoy doesn't like sodas so much, but I guess the other two are just junk food junkies. Laughing
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Post by fiffur on Thu Jan 19, 2012 1:04 pm

That is funny! Maybe it's the fizz that makes it so good. ALL horses have a mouthful of sweet teeth IMHO.

I wonder what he'd do if he figured out how to grip a 2 liter bottle and tip his head up to drink? Drink down the whole thing, then burp?
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