Horse Power!

My baby is a feisty, almost two-year-old, part mustang stud colt. I’ve been calling him Nibble until a better name makes itself known to me; Nibble is cute, and undeniably descriptive, but as a general rule, it’s not good to name things (pets, children) after behaviors that you don’t want (I’m reminded of a friend of a friend who named his daughter Rebel).

Feisty is probably too mild a descriptor for this horse. He’s downright ornery and aggressive, and while my inclination is to look to a horse’s nature for clues and to avoid blaming the horse – unwanted behaviors are the result of perfectly natural traits and inclinations etc., etc. – it’s easy to lose patience with the little guy when he attempts to bite, kick and charge at me full speed.

Like most worthwhile things, training a horse takes patience, consistency and love. Some horses (and dogs, and people) are more difficult to train than others. So instead of throwing up my hands in frustration and declaring that I don’t care if he ends up in a can of dog food (which I’d never do, ahem) I’m going to accept the challenge with as much grace, gratitude and good humor as I can muster. I’m going to take this as a valuable opportunity to improve my horsemanship, increase my patience, and learn to set my ego aside. Most importantly, I’m going to remember what compels me to work with these beautiful, beguiling creatures in the first place.

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Reluctant technophile, immoderate lover of words, food, cogitation, the sensory world. We are not done evolving and there is no free will.
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2 Responses to Horse Power!

  1. Belinda says:

    My dear Abby I think you very brave and patience. I do believe you must have him cut at the first chance you get (SOONER THAN LATER) there is no reason to keep him a stud unless you are breeding him. As with my beautiful dog James when the balls dropped he became a different dog. I knew we were headed for trouble so Off they came and even with them gone Ive seen how he acts around my friends dog Chick who is not fixed and Iam very happy I did what I did. Un doing the start your colt had will test you in eveyway so for him to calm down off they should come. Have fun and stay safe:)

  2. emilya says:

    Yeah, I hear ya. I want to wait to cut him for at least six months so he can get some muscle development going. But I know that he will be more difficult until he is gelded, and I’m being careful! I saw the rest of “Buck” last night and it was incredible – especially the part where he talks to the lady who had the crazed colt. That was so heartbreaking and made me even more determined to do right by this horse and help guide him to a place where he’s not a danger to himself or others!

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