Now, why on earth would anyone want to adopt this horse? She’s opinionated. She will occasionally rear up when she doesn’t trust what you are doing. She gains too much weight on lush pasture and she will try hard to convince you that she is the boss of YOU.
Sometimes that has worked for her, as she did indeed convince her previous owners that she was the boss of THEM. As a result, she was left to blow up like a tick on their pasture. And when we asked them if she’d ever worn a muzzle, they told us in hushed tones that they could “never, ever do that.” She would “just go crazy” if they tried that. But none of this was really their fault. She was sold to them as a beginner’s horse by someone who found her already loaded in the trailer they’d parked empty at a sales lot. She is many things, but a beginner’s horse is not one of them.
But this is what else we know about her: This is a really cute, halter type, foundation style Appy mare, about 15H and in her early to mid-teens. She has a surprisingly fluid, extended trot, especially given her body type. She is sound and has no health issues that we are aware of. She does respect the people who earn it. And even better, when worked with on a regular basis by someone who is firm and fair, she loses the old stink eye and begins to enjoy her job. The rearing seems to be idiosyncratic. She goes up, we just pull her back down and then she looks apologetic. She has never done this under saddle, rather it’s when you doing something else, like trimming her. She has no other vices, other than a skeptical view of the world (and hey, who doesn’t these days?).
Fancy is just longing for consistency in her life with someone she can bond with. She is not mean or rebellious, just untrusting of your opinion. We really think this mare has a lot of potential but she needs a home with someone who has a little experience and who will take the time to explain things to her.
She also needs some dietary control. When we put a muzzle on her for the first time, she went screaming around the pasture like a banshee for twenty minutes or so. I don’t remember what we did. I think we might have yawned and then gone in for dinner. But she learned quickly that “going crazy” didn’t impress us. Today, she is just super about wearing that muzzle. With a little time, we think she’ll be super at a lot of other things, too.
As you all know, I’ve been kind of lax with my weekend posting lately. I’ve (hopefully temporarily) lost my writing partner (have you seen her?! I’m going to post missing posters soon!) and have been going INSANE with all of this writing. Anywho, I came across a blog post a while back about blog carousels and it stuck with me. Not only do I not have to create original content (a huge personal benefit) but I get to increase the sense of community amongst horse bloggers (an even bigger benefit that benefits everyone!). So, without further adieu, I get you Snarky Rider’s first blog carousel!
Oh wait, for those of you not in the know, a blog carousel is where, instead of sharing new content created by yours truly, we share in the genius that is our fellow (horsey) bloggers.
First up is Helpful Horse Hints: They recently did a post on parrot mouth and reminded us to look all horses, gift or otherwise, in the mouth.
Next we have Adventures with Shyloh, a fellow ESMA nominee in the Best Blog category, the link is to a previous post that I think is a pretty good example of the awesome cuteness that you can expect from Shy
And then there’s the good people at Guiding Starbuck, a blog on a (former) beginner and the training of herself and her horse.
Be sure to stop in and check out 36 and Single – a blog on the single life with a side order of 3 horses and 2 dogs! I’ve linked to a recent post on feeding and supplements, touching on a subject that most, if not all, concerned horse owners have stressed about at one point or another!
To wrap up this weeks Blog Carousel, we have Horse Listening. She didn’t email us her link but she did feature one of our posts on her blog last year, which meant so so much to us! This most recent post of hers gives some good, and timely, tips for ramping up to show season.
I hope you’ve enjoyed the first blog carousel. I’d like to continue to do this once a week, or once a month, depending on the response. Blogging for the horse world is such a unique niche – it’s hard to write for specific demographics because we really are across the board, the only think linking us all, really, is the horses. I thought it’d be nice if we could encourage a sense of community and develop some relationships – maybe even some online friendships outside of horses (wait, is there such a thing?).
Seriously, watch the video and then tell me you don’t think most of those people were taking more than their fair share of the stupids and depriving others of the world theirs.
Let’s see how many idiotic, stupid, completely fucking brainless moronic things we can point out in that video, shall we? FUN!
- The audiuence; no screaming at a horseshow! I know it may be difficult to contain yourselves in the presence of such awesomeness, but calm the frak down. Be respectful. You wouldn’t hoot and holler at the Queen of England, now would you? Welllll!
- Do not attempt to grab the reins of a panicking horse. Even if you manage to get hold of them, you’re not going to be able to keep hold of them! You’re going to freak the horse out even more and likely hurt yourself while doing so.
- Do not run anywhere near a spooking horse. If you can see a spooking horse, it can likely see you – in which case you shouldn’t be doing anything but moving slowly and methodically, if you must move at all.
- I find it surprising that the announcer had to tell people to take the horses to the inside of the arena – I’d have already been there and off my little buggy. But, then again, this is a video, things happen faster in real life (although, I can dismount pretty damn fast when needs be! Just sayin’…)
- Yelling “whoa” has never, ever, in the history of all that is horse, done a goddamned thing. What horses respond to is the soothing tone that typically accompanies words like “whoa”. Those western movies you idolized as a child were NOT based on reality. Did anyone learn how to saw or drill from Tim “The Tool Man” Taylor? I didn’t think so.
- Waving your arms also doesn’t work. You’re not communicating with a freaking seagull. This is a horse and that shit is scary!
- Goddamit you morons! Keep the horse out of the middle of the arena. They’re only job was to keep the horse on the outside of the arena at that point, not stopping it.
- Yes, run at it with a saddle pad flapping in your arm. Good decision making skills, you.
You know what, that’s enough from me. Time for some audience participation. I dare you to watch this video and NOT have something to say afterwards!
Today, I’d like to tell you a story.
Once upon a time, there was an asshole who thought he was smarter than genetics. He bred two horses with cute ears and out popped his little miracle baby. The baby that was going to save his farm and put food in his 10 illegitimate children’s bellies. Unfortunately, true to its nature, genetics produced this regrettably fugly creature. The asshole backyard breeder realized this horse wasn’t going to be a goldmine after the first prospective buyer came by and promptly turned around, making a hasty retreat, laughing so hard he almost drove off the road. Fancying himself a cunning businessman, he dumped the now yearling off at auction and skipped merrily away with his shiny new $5 bill in hand.
I desperately want to find this little guy and hug him and never let go. He is just about the epitome of fugly and gawd awful breeding, but… he’s so gosh darned ugly, he’s cute!
This little guy is obviously going through an awkward phase, and it doesn’t help that he’s standing on a hill. He’s not unlike the skinny, pimply, snot-nosed boy we all had in our class at one time or another. However, unlike that kid, this ugly duckling has no hope of ever turning into a handsome swan. He looks like at least three different breeds all mashed together!
The head: Draft. That one’s pretty obvious. The roman nose is a dead giveaway.
The skinny neck reminds me of the Thoroughbred babies I used to work with. We know that neck isn’t from a QH because they’d have already been fitting him! (Similarly, we know the hind legs aren’t QH because they’re not posty nor screaming “we’ll be useless past age 3!”) -although those are some upright pasterns!
You may find this shocking, but I kind of like his bum (not the first time I’ve said that today, although that is the first time to a non-human). Don’t get me wrong, it’s not great, it just seems to be the
best least horribly put together part of him. Which is almost horrifying as the point of hip, point of buttocks and stifle don’t form that equilateral triangle that the proverbial “they” tell us non-experts to look for. Furthermore, the stifle looks like it’s sitting pretty high, which could affect the range of motion of his hing legs. Keeping in mind, of course, that this is a young, still-growing boy. Some calcium, vitamins and protein shakes and he might just grow up to be a strapping young lad!
I can hope, right?
Here’s a link to a decent overview on conformation. It’s pretty rudimentary, but it’s always good to review the basics once in a while!
So, asshat breeders, as per usual, we’d like to thank you for continuing to cause horses undue pain and suffering, for helping to populate the clearly struggling auction houses, and for putting food on the plates of rich Belgians. Because without you, it would be nearly impossible to sustain these practices.