Thursday, March 26, 2009

Horses Make Good Coat Racks

I thought I'd hang my coat over the saddle and see how Lostine reacts. Nothing. I guess I can graduate onto taking my coat off and on while sitting in the saddle now. This is another activity my trail riding books recommend that you practice in the round pen at home before attempting to dress or undress while mounted and out on the trail. I knew I had to get a picture of this, so I tied her in the round pen, and went into the house to get the camera. When I came out, this is what I found:

Look at them... thick as thieves trying to free Lostine from her humiliating photo shoot.

Lostine was bored with it all...

...but in the end she took a bow anyway.

15 comments:

jane augenstein said...

How funny!!! I don't think you will have any trouble taking your coat off or putting it back on with her. She looks like she could care less about the whole thing. Gilly is so laid back that I have covered him with a plastic tarp when the wind was blowing; all he did was grab the tarp and fling it up into the air. then grabbed it again and gave it a good shake!!!

Katharine Swan said...

I've taken my coat off in the saddle before! It was a windy day so I knew I had to be careful it wouldn't scare Panama. I took it off very slowly, then purposely rustled it a little on the side, laughed a little so he knew it was okay, and praised him for not freaking out. Once I thought he could handle it, I tossed it to the ground several feet away. (We were riding in the pasture.)

He did pretty well with it, but I still like to purposely mess with him occasionally and keep him desensitized to it. For instance, if I take off my coat while I'm grooming him, I'll purposely flap it around. Actually, I do that with practically everything -- towels, his blanket, etc. It seems to help.

By the way, I LOVED the picture of them all untying Lostine. LOL! Bombay is quite the troublemaker!

Laura said...

Cute pictures - Lostine seems totally bored by the whole thing! That Bombay is a monkey - trying to untie her! lol

oldmanlincoln said...

I like the name of the horse. Makes sense to me. I wonder what they would all do if you opened the gate? I guess it would be like Christmas to them.

Horseypants said...

That was great. I like how her purple halter matches her purple boots. Very showy for such a performer.

Alex said...

Thats so funny that they wanted to untie her- it cracked me up! i love the dynamics in your herd-

Pony Girl said...

Great idea to practice this! It's one of those simple things you don't think of, but can really freak some horses out, especially if it's a raincoat that is large or makes a lot of noise.
I love the photos of the other horse's trying to untie her! Great capture!

Laughing Orca Ranch said...

Bombay! What a goofball!

Lostine! What a princess! heeheh

The jacket on her back reminds me of a camel saddle get-up. lol!

Thanks for the smile.

~Lisa

Cheryl Ann said...

How cute! Guess I'll have to try that with Beauty! Which book was that in?

Nuzzling Muzzles said...

Cheryl Ann - I'm reading a 3rd trail riding book now, so I can't remember for sure, but I suspect that piece of advice is in all of them. They just basically say to have someone hold your horse in an enclosed area while you sit in the saddle and take a jacket or raincoat off and put in back on. Start slowly with small movements and work your way up to spreading your arms wide, making noise and rubbing the clothing all over your horse. I actually added this initial step of putting the jacket over the saddle while lunging. That way if your horse has a bucking fit, you won't be in the saddle.

Nuzzling Muzzles said...

Also... I think the books mentioned this... the very first step can be hanging a raincoat or jacket from a fence post and letting your horse get used to it not being on a human. Eventually, (or in the case of some horses, right away) they will approach it to inspect it. Depending on how wild or skittish your horse is, you can break it down into smaller steps if need be.

smellshorsey said...

Bombay is a true friend. What a stitch!

I recently saw a video of somebody cantering around on a horse with no bridle while holding one of those "death by tarp" blue tarps above her head.

I'll do jackets but not tarps.

I think you've got the jacket lesson mastered. Now, for the "don't untie your friend" lesson...

manker said...

wow sometimes a "bored" horse is the best... great training lessons all the way 'round

gp

Andrea said...

That Bombay, he cracks me up!! What a good idea to put your coat over the saddle like that!! I will have to try that with my four year old.

Grey Horse Matters said...

What a good little mare, she owes herself a bow for how well behaved and cute she is.