Monday, February 9, 2009

Shavings Bag Fun

Hey, Bombay! Come check out this empty shavings bag!

What's the matter? Where are you going? I want you to meet my little friend.

For some reason the horses started running when I was carrying this bag around. They were running...

and running...

and running. I got tired watching them. I left the bag on the ground and went inside the house. When I came back out, this is what I found:

22 comments:

ranchette said...

too funny. Looks like they decided that scared bag just might be a good treat after all.

Fantastyk Voyager said...

He certainly despooked that bag! lol!

EquineMan said...

They didn't get bound up with eating that bag did they?

I don't understand why some horses eat plastic like that. I haven't owned one horse that I have caught or seen evidence of eating plastic or other items.

It can't be good for the old gut?

Anyway I liked the shot of you holding the bag out and the captions.


Ron
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Leah Fry said...

OMG, I needed that laugh! That's great!

fernvalley01 said...

The winner and still Champion!

Meta Colt said...

I like to eat plastic too...

Nuzzling Muzzles said...

No worries. My horse didn't eat that bag. He was just shaking it around and trying to make music with it. I wouldn't have let him eat it if that was what he was doing.

strivingforsavvy said...

Great pictures! Horses are so funny that way. If you ever want to get them used to it, or anything scary for that matter, try walking away from them while making all sorts of noise or dragging it or whatever is appropriate for the object. It is amazing how much braver they are when they are chasing it rather than being chased by it. Once they are comfortable following it, stop and show it to them and rub or touch them with it. It works!!

Nuzzling Muzzles said...

Yeah, I spent all last year having my horses follow plastic bags, and only one of them graduated on to letting me pet her with them. The other two have only gotten close enough to sniff them, but still won't let me touch them with the bags. This was just supposed to be a humorous post, not a lesson in despooking. I have other posts that actually talk about the despooking process that all the clinicians teach.

Katharine Swan said...

Oh, heavens, I laughed out loud at that last picture. Bombay has such a funny expression on his face -- like he's been caught red-handed.

I've played the shaving bag game with my horse before, too. He did pretty well after the initial freak-out, but I haven't had a chance to do it in a while. Too bad. The practice was good for him...

Gecko said...

AHHH HAHAHAHA! Hilarious!

Andrea said...

WHUAHHAAAAA!! I laughed out loud with this one!! Oh my goodness!! That is great. Look at the look on Bombay's face there!! Like he is saying, "bag what bag? I didn't see any scary bag?" ROTFL!! That is great!! I love it.

strivingforsavvy said...

I just want to apologize to you. I didn't mean to give you unwanted training advice. I made the wrong assumption that the reason you had the bag out there and were interacting with your horses was that you were trying to make them braver. I just wanted to share a game I play all the time with my horses that has the added benefit of making them braver and more engaged with me. Again, I am sorry and it won't happen again.

Abraham Lincoln said...

I hope he didn't eat the bag?

Laughing Orca Ranch said...

Oh NM, you just made my day! lol!
The expression on Bombay's face with the bag in his mouth reminds me of a playful dog shaking a rope toy! hehe

I suppose bags are only toys when horses play with them...and not when we humans hold the bags instead. Silly equines!

And that photo of Gabbrielle is amazing. You captured her flying!

Will Gabbrielle or Lostine also play with the bag..or do they leave that up to goofy Bombay instead?
lol!

This was great!
~Lisa

Nuzzling Muzzles said...

strivingforsavvy - No problem. In fact, I'm glad you brought it up, because I didn't want anyone to think that chasing the horses around with plastic bags is the right way to desensitize them. So, I wanted to make it clear that the post was a joke.

Lisa - Gabbrielle played with the bag a little bit, but Lostine is way too sophisticated to play with toys.

Katharine Swan said...

NM -

Do I detect a lead-in for a post on the correct way to desensitize horses?

LOL ;o)

Denise- LessIsMore17 said...

OMG, that is hilarious. Good thing you had your camera, we wouldn't have believed you, LOL.

Mrs Mom said...

LOL NM< I love that last pix of Bombay! He knows EXACTLY what he is doing too! ;)

Silly ponies. Don't you just love how they keep you entertained?!

Lulu said...

OMG! I love that last picture of Bombay! How cute!!!

Shirley said...

Bombay, you're priceless! "Who, me?"

Breathe said...

That is CLASSIC.

He looks like he's say "See? I wasn't REALLY scared."