Playing with Ace

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!

Playing with Ace

Postby Juliane on Thu Apr 05, 2007 12:12 pm

My relationship with Ace has turned into a playful one. It seems we are always laughing or joking with eachother. The other day I curried him down - I think I pulled off about 5 pounds of winter hair :P Then, we went out on my driveway. I asked him to trot along side me, which he thought was absolutely crazy, though he did it anyway. The funny part was when I stopped abruptly and he almost ran into me. He skidded to a stop, snorted, tossed his head and backed up furiously. Goofball!

I also have a bunch of huge stumps in my yard. I brought him over to one, while I stood on it. He wasn't so comfortable with me being bigger than him and wasn't too interested in playing that game. So, I told him *he* had to get on the stump. ROFL

The funny part was that he seemed to understand and gave a couple half-hearted attempts at getting on the stump. I just love that horse and I love playing with him.

We also had a pretty cool moment the other day - it will sound fairly trite and not like a big deal, but it really was. I had headed out to the barn on Tuesday to complete my barn chores, though before leaving the house, I grabbed myself a 'Drumstick' ice cream cone. I started munching on it as I stood just outside the paddock gate, looking at the horses hanging out.

Ace was the only one that approached and seemed to be asking for a bite. This is pretty out of character for him, and after about 5 seconds, I decided to let him have a bite, sure he wouldn't like it. Well, he took a cute little bite, of course smearing mud all over my ice cream. He loved it, and asked for more. At this point, I was looking at the muddy ice cream, thinking 'so much for my treat'! So, I gave him another bite. This time, he used his teeth and no lips, taking off all the mud and leaving a clean area. LOL

So, we spent the next 5 minutes eating the ice cream cone together. He'd take a bite, then I'd take a bite and back and forth until the entire cone was gone. It was a very companionable moment :) I just love that boy!

Here's a funny, short video of us playing together that day with the stump, and some pics too:

http://www.serenitytraining.com/blogima ... -31-07.wmv

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Postby busted on Thu Apr 05, 2007 12:27 pm

That is the cutest video yet!! Ace is so adorable. You can totally see how far he has come in such a short time.
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Postby cat_67 on Thu Apr 05, 2007 2:46 pm

You know, you should work with him on the in-hand trail stuff and bring him to the SAFE show for that! I bet he would have a blast learning all of that stuff with you.
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Postby seahorse on Thu Apr 05, 2007 3:06 pm

That is a great idea!
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Postby Altanera on Thu Apr 05, 2007 7:30 pm

He is soo cute!! :D
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Postby schwung on Fri Apr 06, 2007 1:17 pm

He does look like he is playing right along with you! And actually enjoying himself also. A far cry from that horse you brought to the clinic...that terrified look in his eye is gone. That is so nice to see!
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Postby Hope on Fri Apr 06, 2007 1:43 pm

I've been waiting for an Ace update. He is so cute!!
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