A regular horse?

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!

A regular horse?

Postby Juliane on Wed Nov 08, 2006 11:03 am

If you'd asked me 6 months ago if I thought I'd have Ace standing quietly in cross ties as I brushed and curried him down, I might have given you a look. Then again, I admit, I was pretty sure I could have him ready to start under saddle by the beginning of August. That was, until, I realized how impossible it was to get a halter on him. Since that time, we've taken things very slowly.

I have to keep myself in check as I tend to start treating him like he's fragile and can't be expected to do everything I expect other horses to do.

Last night, I brought him and groomed him down. His coat was in the worst shape. He has very long, very thick hair, much like a fuzzy shetland pony. After getting wet and then drying multiple times, his coat had dried in a 'wet' pattern. It took me quite some time to curry him up, fluff his coat and then brush it all down.

When I was done, I decided to clean out his feet. Much to my surprise, he was excellent, even letting me pick up and clean his back feet! :shock: Guess my big boy is coming around, eh? Time to start saddle training again! My farrier, Dan, is here with me right now as where he lives (Carnation) has been completely flooded and is not even accessible. So, he's my temporary roommate :) I'm so glad he's here to help me with stuff, like putting the boards back up on the round pen so I can actually use it!

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Postby cat_67 on Wed Nov 08, 2006 6:47 pm

He looks totally fine with it!

I think he's done amazingly well considering all the change he's had to deal with lately. But he's a smart boy. I think he's going to be extremely cool to ride! Bet he is one of those that will go up and down hill and through water and whatever. He isn't actually spooky at all - he's just careful about people (probably for good reason).
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Postby shayslilrunner on Mon Jan 01, 2007 1:39 am

he has seriously got to be one of the most gorgeous horses i think ive ever seen. :]

give him a kiss for me :wink:

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Postby ptownevt on Mon Jan 01, 2007 8:26 am

This boy just melts my heart. If he never does anything else, it is so great for him to be able to stand quietly, without fear while being brushed and pampered. He so deserves every minute of peace and companionship he finds with you.
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Postby Juliane on Tue Jan 02, 2007 11:03 pm

My goals for Ace have changed a bit. He will always be safe and have a home with me. And while I would love to one day be able to ride him, it is no longer that big of a goal for me. He will tell me when he is ready for the next step. For now, we are buddies. No pressure, no stress... just living life.

Every night, Ace gets a big hug and kiss as I tuck him in for the night. But other than that.. he's just enjoying being a horse. :) I love him to pieces! He's a beautiful pasture ornament!!! :)

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Postby triosmom on Sat Jan 06, 2007 2:20 pm

I have tears in my eyes! What a lucky horse Juliane. We tend to make our goals their goals and we need to take it one day/training session at a time. He'll let you know when and if he's ready for that. It may be next week, next year, or never! Either way he's safe with you and he's a very lucky horse.
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