• More Horse Adventures

    From Arelor@618:250/24 to All on Thu Nov 25 04:34:29 2021
    Hello,

    so yesterday I returned home from work, making my way through snow, fog and darkness, with the intention of sharing the remaining of my day with the ones that make life worth living and cast a warm light upon the most nefarious of the shadows.

    You guessed right: I am talking about my horses.

    Anyway, I walked into the horseyard and found one of the two was missing and that the horseyard gate was torn open. It turns out the missing mare was just outside, trying to figure out how to return to the barn, which she couldn't because the gate was locked in a half-open position.

    Usually, when a horse finds herself out of their yard, they don't let themselves be caught, specially if they are not trained or anything (my horses were taught only basic manners and nothing else). I felt very touched because this one let me get her so happily and put a halter on her. When going back into the barn, she was so eager to return she was nearly pulling the leash. Imagine walking a dog who is pulling the leash, but instead of a dog it is a horse :-) The good thing is this mare is very well behaved so she was pulling just enough to let me know she was eager to go back but not enough to make it look ridiculous.


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  • From August Abolins@618:250/1.9 to Arelor on Thu Nov 25 07:27:00 2021
    Hello Arelor!

    ** On Thursday 25.11.21 - 04:34, Arelor wrote to All:

    Usually, when a horse finds herself out of their yard, they don't let themselves be caught, specially if they are not trained or anything (my horses were taught only basic manners and nothing else). I felt very touched because this one let me get her so happily and put a halter on
    her.

    Why bother with the halter? Wouldn't your animal respond to
    voice commands, or the sound of a bucket with grain inside?

    My family had a horse. Just one. It was allowed to graze in
    the fields with the other animals (goats, cows) ..but it
    responded to voice when called.


    When going back into the barn, she was so eager to return she was
    nearly pulling the leash. Imagine walking a dog who is pulling the leash, but instead of a dog it is a horse :-) The good thing is this mare is very well behaved so she was pulling just enough to let me know she was eager
    to go back but not enough to make it look ridiculous.

    Sounds like she realized that shelter and access to pampering
    is a good thing.
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  • From Arelor@618:250/24 to August Abolins on Thu Nov 25 07:33:13 2021
    Re: More Horse Adventures
    By: August Abolins to Arelor on Thu Nov 25 2021 07:27 am

    Usually, when a horse finds herself out of their yard, they don't let themselves be caught, specially if they are not trained or anything (my horses were taught only basic manners and nothing else). I felt very touched because this one let me get her so happily and put a halter on her.

    Why bother with the halter? Wouldn't your animal respond to
    voice commands, or the sound of a bucket with grain inside?

    My family had a horse. Just one. It was allowed to graze in
    the fields with the other animals (goats, cows) ..but it
    responded to voice when called.


    Actually, I tried halterless. She let me give her a good rub and she followed me back to the gate, which I had closed in order to prevent the other one for leaving. The problem is she got nervous while I struggled to reopen it and walked away again.

    I decided to come in for the halter. She was so happy to see me coming with it. I think the halter has a special meaning for them because I only take it out when I want to do something interesting. That was when she started pulling because she wanted to go back in.

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  • From Zip@618:500/27 to Arelor on Thu Nov 25 14:55:19 2021
    Hello Arelor!

    On 25 Nov 2021, Arelor said the following...
    nearly pulling the leash. Imagine walking a dog who is pulling the
    leash, but instead of a dog it is a horse :-) The good thing is this

    I can picture this! :-D

    Best regards
    Zip

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  • From August Abolins@618:250/1.9 to Arelor on Thu Nov 25 18:24:00 2021
    Hello Arelor!

    ** On Thursday 25.11.21 - 04:34, Arelor wrote to All:

    Anyway, I walked into the horseyard and found one of the two was missing and that the horseyard gate was torn open. [...]

    I forgot to ask about "torn open". Was the gate actually
    dammaged? How did the breach occur?
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  • From Arelor@618:250/24 to August Abolins on Fri Nov 26 04:12:29 2021
    Re: More Horse Adventures
    By: August Abolins to Arelor on Thu Nov 25 2021 06:24 pm

    Hello Arelor!

    ** On Thursday 25.11.21 - 04:34, Arelor wrote to All:

    Anyway, I walked into the horseyard and found one of the two was missing and that the horseyard gate was torn open. [...]

    I forgot to ask about "torn open". Was the gate actually
    dammaged? How did the breach occur?
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    I suspect the wind opened the gate up. It is a heavy metal one and the locks and the posts it is attatched too have not been in a good shape for half a decade.

    The posts are a bit leaned to the sides and the gates are no longer closing well. They scratch the door if you open them wide enough. Right now I am using a lot of rope to keep it together but it will need some repairs by spring.

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