Sunday, January 6, 2013

Shenanigans

Happy New Year!!!  I hope everyone had a great holiday season.  I was hoping to get more riding in while I was off work in between Christmas and New Years, but it was not to be.  Some family obligations ate up a few days after Christmas.  Then I came down with a head cold that made me want to drill a hole in my head to drain out whatever was in there creating the pressure behind my eyes.  Of course, because my eyes were puffy, I was unable to put my eyeliner on and had to miss work.  :-)  I did manage to sneak in a trail ride with DH's Mom in between the family stuff and my cold.  

I may not have been out to the barn to keep Gem entertained, but he's been doing fine with entertaining himself......

LA:  Gem gave my (77 year old) mother quite a fright the other morning.
Me:  Oh, dear!  What happened?
LA:  She walked into the barn to do morning feed and Gem walked up the aisle to greet her.
Me:  What!?
LA:  Yep.  He got out of his stall, helped himself to hay from the storage area, pulled all the blankets off the hangers, and pooped up and down the aisle.
 Me:  Good grief.
LA:  Yep.  We are going to have to make sure that the top part of his stall is closed when he's inside so he can't reach the latch.

Now, three things came to mind when she told me this story.  One:  Someone forgot to lock his door.  Two:  I am glad that the sweet feed is locked in a separate room.  Three:  I am glad that he didn't eat any string/twine when he was chowing down.

Christmas Day I received a Facebook IM from the mother of a young lady who has her horse with LA.  

RR:  That Gem of yours should be named Houdini.  LOL
Me:  What's going on??
 RR:  The girls came back from riding in the the arena and he was enjoying his own Christmas dinner.
Me:  You mean he got out again??!
RR:  Yes.  And Kal was loose with him.
Me:  You can't mean that Gem let Kal out??!!  Really??
RR:  He's smart.....
Me:  Sigh

Geez, could Gem really be opening his stall latch??!!  And, was he now asking others to join his party?!  WTH!  I reminded the barn help about keeping the top door of this stall shut.  

A few days later, when I was tacking up to go on my trail ride, another boarder came up to me and Gem and started laughing.

She:  That boy of yours is hilarious
Me:  Really?? 
She:  I was helping bringing in the horses last night and your boy came trotting over to 
   me looking all beautiful and full of himself and as he got closer I saw he was dragging
   something behind him.
Me:  Oh.  What was it?
She:  Half of the electric fence.
Me:  Great.

Fortunately, Gem wasn't hurt.  Unfortunately, the ball of fencing he created couldn't be salvaged. Sigh.

We have had a lot of snow over the last couple of weeks and when we went out over the holiday break, we were breaking new trails.  DH's Mom and I were joined by another boarder.  Although it was -10C and windy, it was so utterly beautiful and pristine that we suffered the frigid temps for an hour and a half.  Gem was happy to be out.  He pranced a few times, he was curious at how different everything looked.  It was a good work out for him, plowing through the snow.  The trails in the forest were a bit tight due to the tree branches being lower from the weight of the snow.  

The first time it happened, I thought it was just an accident.  The second time it happened, I took notice.  The third time it happened, DH's Mom, who was behind me, cracked up.  As we walked through the forest, Gem would grab a cedar tree branch in his mouth and then let it go.  Not only would I get smacked with the branch, but the snap movement would cause a mini avalanch from the branches in close proximity, which would end up on me. Gem continued to use me as his source of amusement for the duration of our ride through the forest.  DH's Mom was having quite a good laugh at my expense.  

I had no idea how much snow was on me until we got back to the barn.  Gem had a pile of snow on his butt and the snow was jammed into the crevices of my saddle.  As I rinsed off Gem's bit in the clean room, I got a good look at myself in the mirror.   I had a little mountain of snow on the top of my helmet, there was packed snow around my collar, on my shoulders, on the front and back of my coat and packed into the zipper.   There was snow in my pockets.  Not my best look.  :-)

Well, our weekly lessons start up again on Tuesday after a 3 week hiatus and I have to say that I am looking forward to getting back into the routine.  Perhaps regular activity will help curb Gem's mischievousness....  nah, probably not....  :-)



31 comments:

  1. This had me cracking up! Gem is quite the little (big) ham! He must be such a blast to have!

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    1. He can be a challenge sometimes, but I wouldn't want it any other way. :-)

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  2. Happy new year, I bet you can't awit to ride again! Gem seems very mischievous, we can safely say horses are very smart!

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    1. I am really looking forward to getting back into my riding routine, for sure!

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  3. LMAO! What an imp! He's just keeping everyone on their toes, isn't he?

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    1. Well, I was warned by two vets that he was a smart one....I just had no idea! It's the electric fence that really gets me. He must have a high tolerance for pain.....

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    1. I don't want to even think about it! :-)

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  5. I love a horse with a lot of personality! Just looking at his last picture you can almost tell he's thinking "What can I do to these guys next!" There's an old saying that goes "Be wary of the horse with a sense of humor" I think you might want to remember that one ;)

    Glad you got to ride even if Gem amused himself at your expense, it's still nice to get out on the trails.

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    1. "Be wary of the horse with a sense of humor" - I like that! :-) I believe that he does have a sense of humour...he certainly isn't malicious.

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  6. OMGosh. Gem is hilarious (and smart, too). I have fallen in love with Gem!

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  7. What a smarty pants - this post cracked me up!

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    1. You're laughing with me, not at me, right??? ;-)

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  8. Gem sounds hilarious!!! He's like the Dennis the Menace of the pony set!

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    1. Dennis the Menace! Yes, that's him!

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  9. Uh oh. Sounds like a bored Canadian :)

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    1. Bored, yes a little. But he gets into mischief regardless of what state of mind he's in. :-)

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  10. Ahhh I had such a laugh at this. He is a clever horse! It's a pity you end up being the butt of the joke though ;) Good luck getting back into it!

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    1. Yes, it appears that my role is to be the butt of his jokes..... :-)

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  11. People spend years trying to teach horses tricks, and Gem just comes up with a few good ones himself! He's a class act...

    Beautiful picture of the snow, I'd love to have a trail ride in the snow, although preferably without being buried in it :-) Happy New year!

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    1. Happy New Year to you! As much as I appreciate his capabilities, I just wish he would use his powers for good instead of evil! ;-) You would love winter riding here.....

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  12. Too funny! Such a naughty boy! But isn't it nice to know that he's level headed enough to get into what what be really big trouble for some horses and handle it just fine?! Dee managed to hook my grooming bucket on a back foot a couple months back (yeah, don't ask) and it was such a relief to see her just stand there asking "would someone please get this silly bucket off my foot?".

    Gem sure is a handsome dude! Happy New Year!

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    1. I like your positive spin on his antics! :-) What a good girl Dee is for not panicking! I have seen horses totally freak out when they get a small plastic step stool (we use them as mounting blocks) tangled on a hoof.

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  13. LOL Gem is quite the trickster. Are you sure he isn't part Haffie?!! He seems to like entertaining all of those two-legged folks!

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    1. :-) Love Haffies! Had one at the barn where I first started lessons and he was quite a character. I wonder if it's a "draft" thing..... It certainly is entertaining!

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  14. *ROFL* Oh Wolfie, Gem is a hoot!!! I loves him, I do!! The more I read, the louder I laughed! Wish I could have seen your Snow Queen look ;o) Personally I hope he keeps adding to his repertoire!

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    1. Oh, yes. He's a hoot.....sigh. ;-) My Snow Queen look actually made me chuckle when I saw myself in the mirror. When stuff like this happens, I have to wonder what is going on in his head. Does he plan stuff like dumping the snow on me or is it an accident that turns out to be funny to him?.... Hmmmm....

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