Mr. Sociable!

This striking 12 year old paint gelding was a bucking stock stallion for all of his life until a couple of days ago. He is now on the road to recovery and trust as he learns that not all humans are bad!

Mr. Sociable!

Postby Juliane on Sun Sep 10, 2006 10:54 pm

This weekend has been a very busy one as I spent much of the time with the generous help of many friends preparing my pasture for the winter. It seemed there was always someone out in the pasture doing something, from manure clean up to paddock installation to shelter assembly!

Pretty much the entire time, Ace was right there in the middle of it! He has a very unassuming way about him, though his presence is very magnetic :) I love having him around!

Today he curiously inspected the hardware, people and vehicles in his pasture, often times just standing there, giving his famous puppy dog look. What a cutie!

A few pics from today:

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Postby Rachelle on Mon Sep 11, 2006 6:23 am

LOL I love the last one. Talk about curiuos and cute! Horses are so great when they feel comfortable enough to check out new things..

My Saheib was so comfortable around the excavator that he tried to climb inside it. Poor Joe didn't know what to do. I had to go rescue him.

It seems like Ace has decided he belongs there now. It's so great to see him act like this. Great job!
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Postby Hay Man on Mon Sep 11, 2006 2:52 pm

Just to let you all know, while ace was looking in my truck I moved in the passenger side, while talking to him he kept smelling a bag of Life Saver gummies, when I picked up the bag he got really interested so I took one out and let him smell it, he didn't just smell it he took it and ate it by the look in his eyes he liked it soI did this again and that's when I called Juliane ove to take the photos, just to let you know he really liked the cherry flavored ones. Juliane has done an awesome job, I met ace in May when Juliane was in Oregon recovering, I was only able to get within 10 to 15 ft. of him then and I was the one bring him his hay now he's a whole new horse, it's been awesome to watch his and the others transform from non touchable to ridable in a short time, Juliane has way more patients than I've ever seen in anyone. Hay Man
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Postby Eileen M on Mon Sep 11, 2006 4:17 pm

Juliane, he's walking over tarps..can you say trail class?????? :lol: :P
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Postby Juliane on Mon Sep 11, 2006 10:37 pm

LOL Can you do a trail class from the ground??? :P I highly doubt I'll be on his back anytime soon! :)
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Postby RockinCircleC on Tue Sep 12, 2006 12:35 am

Juliane wrote:LOL Can you do a trail class from the ground??? :P I highly doubt I'll be on his back anytime soon! :)


Yes, there are Trail In Hand classes at some shows. I don't know what the obstacles are, though. When I get back from Kigerfest I will let you know what kinds of things were in the trail classes there. Here is the trail classes list for the 22nd (from http://tchc.home.att.net/attachments/kIGERSFEST06.doc):
17) Trail in Hand - Open/Mustang
18) Trail in Hand - Kiger
19) Trail Jr. Rider - Open/Mustang
20) Trail Jr. Rider - Kiger
21) Trail Jr. Horse - Open/Mustang
22) Trail Jr. Horse - Kiger
23) Trail Sr. Rider - Open/Mustang
24) Trail Sr. Rider - Kiger
25) Trail Sr. Horse - Open/Mustang
26) Trail Sr. Horse - Kiger
27) Trail Amateur - Open/Mustang
28) Trail Amateur - Kiger
29) Trail Green Horse - Open/Mustang
30) Trail Green Horse - Kiger
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Postby cat_67 on Tue Sep 12, 2006 9:18 am

Those are wonderful pictures! He reminds me of Foxy. He likes people, he's curious, you just have to get past the "hump" (literally and figuratively!) about being ridden.
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Postby schwung on Tue Sep 12, 2006 3:46 pm

Wow Juliane, this is an amazing change even from the end of July when I saw him at the clinic!! Remember, even then he had his "bubble" of personal space he wanted everyone to keep, and he certainly would not have approached someone on his own accord. Awesome!
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