Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Sonic Boom is sorry he was a bully.....

Mr. Sonic Boom has officially had a full week off from anything we would consider work.  Other than leading by the jaw and doing some flexing, he has got to hang out with the smaller group and do his own thing.  Well....you know what they say about idle minds......

Mr. Boom was trying to get to a food dish that was not his, so Brian was blocking the way.  Eventually Brian made a game out of it and Boom was transformed into a working cow horse!  That dude was rolling back and forth on his haunches...he looked sooooo good!  After Brian and I talked about how awesome Boom looked and how great he moved, we then talked about the problem - Boom was challenging him.  Brian still won, but Boom doesn't need to be doing that, so we need to plan our 'games' better.
Then yesterday morning he charged my older mare and I jumped in the middle to move him back and he puffed himself up and moved towards me sideways!  Okay, now I was mad!  It was dark, he chased my girl, and now he is trying to bully me.  As Jay says....MOVE THOSE FEET!!!!  Up until these two incidents he has been fine.

I got home last night and to the big pen we went.....WE MOVED HIS FEET!!!!!  We did all of our basic stuff, then I tied my two things of water jugs together.  I can throw those things all over him, under him, etc., but he doesn't like them draped over both sides.  So guess what?  That is what we did!

Here is Boom trying to escape the jugs....


Here is Boom slowing down, and licking and chewing....now I am sure he is NOT thinking that the jugs won't hurt him.  I am VERY sure he is sorry he was being a bully!  :-)



 Now this is what I was waiting for.  He calmed down and walking like this in both directions.  


 Boom wanted a picture of himself looking cute and NOT like a bully.....


 HA HA HA!!!!  Boom still doesn't get the self portrait thing.  I try and he drops his head, which is good, but not when I am trying to get him to smile.  I said "Fine, nose it is...."



  The sun was so pretty thru his eyes....



 Noses of Boom and Epona.....

 There must be some salt or something else good in the dirt...... Tripp (look at his dusty nose) and Nevada are trying to eat it....




Me waiting for Tandee to finish her food......




I mix up a mash for her so she can eat it easier.  It makes her very cranky because she thinks I am treating her like an old 'person', but I also know she appreciates it because she can at least eat.  Not to mention she gets some good stuff that the others don't get.  She does have most of her teeth, but it is hard for her to chew the hard feed.  I got her when she was 5, and she is 29 now, so I think she deserves the special treatment.  :-) 
Even if I did not have her for over twice of my life, I would still say she (or any other horse) is worth it!

As far as Boom, he is going to be one of these horses that NEEDS to stay busy, so I will have to stay on top of him (literally!  Ha ha ha!!!!).  They are all so different because some of these mustangs, or any horse for that matter, are like Boom and need to be kept busy to keep them out of trouble, and there are others like Tripp who just go with the flow and whatever happens is fine...he just might need to be brushed up on some things.  Either way it is all good....another way to learn new things (them and me).

Until later....Karen and Tripp, who still had a dusty nose this morning.  :-)

6 comments:

Brian said...

Ok, I haven't even read the post yet and I'm already thinking... "Yeah, he's sorry alright, he's sorry he got caught!" =-D

Anonymous said...

boom is such a great horse,,,,,he could not have found a better place to be than where he is right now,,,,,,,,you guys are the greatest!!!!!!!!!!

Tina said...

I had a fall off my usually quiet girl today. Every now and then she gets emotional out of the blue and when she does, look out! I was thinking of you when I got up and brushed myself off and got back on. Damn it gets harder when you are an old fart, though, doesn't it? Anyway, thanks for being the one that went (off? :) ) before and giving me the courage to get back on too. :) Time to cut her feed, methinks!

Karen C. said...

Thanks you guys! Well, except Brian who just doesn't understand The Boom. Ha ha!

Tina, I had to laugh...glad I could help by going off first. Ha ha! You are right, it does get harder when we are older farts! The landing just doesn't feel the same as it did 'a few years ago'. Glad you got back on. Sometimes I wish we could really get into their brain so we know why they thought they had to do what they did....then again, maybe we don't want to know. :-)

Tina said...

Yeah, I wish I could tell her that whatever it is she thinks I am going to do that causes these dust ups, isn't what I am going to do at all. Rather reminds me of how Boom was, actually. It is 'woah to go' and once she gets herself het up, it is hard to get her to stop and think long enough to avoid the drama. I haven't had her long and hope that over time we can get to a place where she trusts me enough to keep her cool. Most of the time we are doing fine. It is very odd behaviour for a normally very sweet and obliging horse. Glad you had a laugh over my fall as no harm was done after all. When we were young we used to joke about how other horse riders always laugh first when you hit the dirt, THEN say "oh, are you alright?" afterwards. :) We are a tough breed!

Jessi said...

Great Job with Boom Karen!!!!I LOVE the pic of the sun and Boom's eyes!! I think a job you can do is a photographer!!We actually might get to go to Izzy and Sky's Party!!!