Monday, May 4, 2009
Peanut's Freak Out and Rodeo Pictures
It seems like every weekend that we have a rodeo I have the same pictures. The same two kids on the same horse. But this time, I have a fun story to go along with the same pictures. The morning started out like any other. Mr. Cowboy went to feed the horses while I got lunch and snacks ready. While I was outside washing out the cooler (because I am a procrastinator and didn't do it earlier) I hear Mr. Cowboy yelling at Peanut. It was loud. Mr. Cowboy yelled a few choice words and there was a lot of ruckus. I waited for all the yelling to stop until I called MR. Cowboy's phone to see what was going on. Peanut was so upset because Mr. Cowboy let Pearl and her filly out in the big pasture and left Peanut in a stall. Well, Peanut jumped, from a stand still, over the four foot divider wall between two stalls. Mr. Cowboy told me Peanut was in the wrong business. Well, Peanut then was loaded in the horse trailer where he proceeded to freak out. Mr. Cowboy had to cut his front feet out of the hay bag and out of our feed trough that is in the trailer. Peanut was mad! The then tried to get out of the trailer window. So, Mr. Cowboy aced the Peanut horse and stood by his window while I loaded the kids, food, and dog into the truck. It was a mess. Peanut was fine as soon as we were moving. We even loaded Ozzie with him in the trailer but he just wanted Pearl and her baby. While at the rodeo, Peanut was fine. Not a single thing wrong with him. He was his angel self. So, now Peanut is kept in the stud pasture, far away from any mares and foals. Today, is day one of Peanut learning patience, being tied to the breeding pole. I am also going to get me a better pair of hobbles and the horse is going to learn to stand still with no rearing or pawing. Mr. Cowboy told me that he was going to sell Peanut if he kept this up. I told him to calm down and that I would fix the problem. Mr. Cowboy also said, "I bet I know why they got rid of this horse!!" Which I don't think he was sent to the sale barn because of his obsession with foals. I think Peanut just got attached and didn't want to be separated. Horses with separation anxiety do crazy things. So far Peanut is doing fine. Like I said, Peanut was a total angel at the rodeo. My sister in law did offer to buy Peanut from us. It was kind of her to offer. I told her that if she had called this morning Mr. Cowboy would have dropped him off at her house. On Friday, I got Ozzie back from the trainer. I rode him Friday night. He was okay. A bit chargey. We took him to the rodeo with us and he was a super star all day long. Mr. Cowboy rode him and didn't like him and swears Ozzie is not fixed. Mr. Cowboy just doesn't get along well with Ozzie. So, I am just going to have to break out my eventing vest and helmet and just get on that horse. I will pad myself up. Maybe that will help with my confidence. I am also just going to ride him in my English saddle. I figure if I am going to fall off or if Ozzie is going to take off and I am destined to hit the ground then it doesn't matter what saddle I am in. Right? So, with my Tipperary Vest and helmet I will be armed and ready. Ozzie was really jumpy when I brought him home. But it seems like he has calmed down a bunch now. I think he gets scared of the trainers because they are kind of aggressive. And this might sound really weird, but Ozzie is emotional. For example, he cut his ankle one time, nothing serious, and he acted like his hoof was falling off. He really is a big baby. Plus he is four years old. And I know that in the western world four year olds are supposed to be super broke and ready to show, but Ozzie is just a big of a slow learner. I love that picture. The lady in the orange shirt is Ms. Cathy. She gives kids riding lessons. She is always out there helping her kids and yelling helpful things to them while they are riding. She is very good. She also only charges 15 dollars an hour for lessons. She says she thinks parents and children should be able to afford lessons. Big Cowpoke doesn't take lessons with her and she still is helping out. I would have Big Cowpoke take lessons with Ms. Cathy, except the child doesn't really want to ride. He won second place in ground roping and he won a ribbon in every class he rode in except flags, because he dropped one flag. He rides really well, he just would rather ride his dirt bike. Then there is Little Cowpoke who informed me the other day that he doesn't ride Peanut any more because he only rides Sheep. I finally found a great kid's horse and both my boys want to do something else. I sure do hope Little Cowpoke gets all that rough stock riding out of his system. I had to tell him that if he wants to ride sheep, then he has to finish this summer of riding Peanut. We need to work on goat flipping. That poor goat is going to end up breaking it's front leg. Big Cowpoke needs to grab the two front legs and the flank on the back of the goat. We need to practice with Joe. This is the flag event where the flag flipped out of the bucket. But Big Cowpoke was trying to go fast. He got the second one. Does that look like a wild and cray stall jumping horse? I just don't get it. Little Cowpoke tired to ride by himself. So, he put on his helmet and headed to the arena. But Peanut was so tired Little Cowpoke's legs just couldn't get Peanut to go. This is Cowpokette doing her PeeWee Herman laugh. She sounds just like him. It's hilarious. Mr. Cowboy helped out and flagged the last two events. That man would love to have a job where he would flag or judge rodeos. It's all business with him. The rodeo finished a bit earlier than normal. We were out of there by 6:30pm. Plus we were at an arena that was only 25 minutes from our house. It was nice to get home and get clean before 10 pm. If anyone has any suggestions for Peanut's behavior let me know. My plan is to tie him for a few hours a day and then teach him all about hobbles.