Wednesday, December 24, 2008

The fun never ends

I went back to the barn yesterday to reblanket Panama during daylight, and it's a good thing I did: He was still jittery from his blanket mishap in the morning.

Basically, when I brought out the clean blanket, Panama freaked out and pulled back, finally snapping the lead rope (which had been getting frayed from him doing that frequently). I didn't think it was that close to breaking, but I guess that goes to show how strong a horse can be, even a little 750-pound horse like Panama.

Luckily I have a spare lead rope, so I grabbed it and went and caught Panama again. Carrying the clean blanket (which is a different color and pattern) out the tack room door was obviously freaking him out, so I laid it on the ground across the doorstep and let him look at it until he decided it wasn't a monster. Then I picked it up and let him smell it. As he relaxed — a little bit; he was still pretty tense — I slowly lifted it and laid it over his back.

Usually even if he gets a little nervous when I bring out the blanket, he is fine by this point — but not last night. He remained tense even after I got him all buttoned up and untied him.

I'm not sure what made him so ridiculously jumpy yesterday, but I hope he gets back to normal soon. I don't want to have to repair or replace anything else right now!



At December 26, 2008 at 12:37 PM, Blogger Cheryl said...

My gelding, Sunni, did that, too. I had him tied and he pulled back, slipped out of his halter, and went running off. It took about a month of re-training for him to calm down. My cousin had to come over and help me with him, but he's fine now. I'm sure, however, that this summer he will need a "refresher" course!

At December 27, 2008 at 5:25 PM, Blogger Katharine Swan said...


It's good to hear that Panama and I are not the only ones who have had that problem. :o)

One of Panama's problems is that he is too darn smart sometimes. My favorite halter of his is a breakaway halter, but he freaked out and pulled back once about a year ago, and discovered that he could break out of the halter. Panama is like a kid, though -- when he learns he can get away with something, he keeps it up. Suddenly everything was scary, and he went through three leather pieces in one week!

I switched him to a regular halter (don't worry, he doesn't wear it during turnout) and after a while he stopped trying to break out of it all the time. Until recently, of course! I'm sure it won't be until I'm able to work him regularly again that he calms down, so keep your fingers crossed for me that we'll have a run of good weather here soon!

At January 17, 2009 at 10:24 PM, Blogger Laughing Orca Ranch said...

It's crazy how horses are always keeping us on our toes with their antics. The things you tghink will get them riled up...don't. And the things that you think are no big deal.....are.



At January 19, 2009 at 4:36 PM, Blogger Katharine Swan said...


Isn't that the truth. They always behave the opposite of how you THINK they'll behave!


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