It has been said that laughter is the best medicine. We need not look farther than the barn for this particular prescription! I'd like to share some funny things that have happened to me with horses, and hopefully you'll get a laugh or two from them like I did.
Once a student decided to cool out Buttercup bareback. Once she was finished, I had her bring Butter over to me because I wanted to see if the barn dog Harvey would jump up on her back. Harvey knows the jump command, so I thought he could do it. I patted Butter's back and said, "Harvey, jump". He took a leap and....landed flat on his back on the sand. I decided to lift him up onto her, knowing Butter wouldn't care. I did so and he seemed very pleased with himself when he was up, wagging his tail and looking around like a knight on a noble steed. I told him to jump down and he did, then proceeded to run around to the front where Butter's nose was and jump up and lick her straight on her nose! I laughed out loud and thought to myself that was his way of telling her "Thanks for not bucking me off!"
About a month ago I was teaching a student on Mickey. Mickey had been acting really good for her in her previous lessons, and he gave no intention of anything different that day. As she warmed up, he was relaxed, rhythmic, and obedient. She was trotting on a 20 meter circle and he was stretching and calm. All of a sudden, my two dogs (who frequently disrupt the peace of the barn) started wrestling just outside the ring. If you've ridden at Valley View, you know this is a common occurrence and the horses have learned to ignore it, Mickey included. But that day, Mickey didn't. Now I know you're expecting a tale of thrills and spills here, but not so. Mickey gave one HUGE buck, then immediately went back to stretching down and trotting nice and slow on the circle. I was rolling over laughing and the student had a confused look and asked what to do. I told her to just keep trotting, he had gotten the only buck he had in him out already! They went along and had a very nice calm lesson the rest of the ride.
The first time I saw Sam was when my mom brought him home out of the blue one day and told me she had bought him from the neighbor who lives about two miles away. I wasn't excited or impressed. He had mud in his mane and tail, long feet, and just looked scraggly. I decided to let him loose in the round pen to see what he looked like trotting. He kept running up to one side of the ring and stopping dead. I thought he just didn't know how to free longe, but turns out he had a plan to show me exactly how athletic he was. The 4th time he ran up to the side, he sprang up and jumped the five foot panels that enclosed the round pen clear! He then proceeded to gallop down the mountain, jumping any pasture fence that stood in his way, until he reached his former home two miles away. I was dumbfounded and stood with my mouth gaping open, thinking to myself that THAT was my next jumper pony! I hurriedly tried to get in the truck and get the trailer hooked up to retrieve him. As I was about to pull up, here comes Sam back up the road being ridden by the neighbor boy bareback with a halter. When he started to approach me, he yelled out, "I found something on my lawn that belongs to you!"
If you have any funny stories that happened with horses, please share them in the comments for all to enjoy!