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looked like it was custom made for him. We all started laughing so hard. Finally I had to take it out of his mouth. Of course by that time the end was wet and chomped. But I put it back into my shirt and over the course of the event spectators wanted to buy it from me—even more when I told them it came straight from a horse’s mouth. Too bad cell phone cameras were not around then—no pictures but forever memories.

GLENDA VEE HERNANDEZ: Once there was a traditional Apache Crown Dance taking place by our door. We had four horses in the pasture nearby...the horses just stood looking...curious. T en one of the horses went closer...and turned around looking back at the other horses as if to say, “Come on over, it’s ok.” T en the other horses went over and looked at the dancing going on. It was funny and special all in one.


CATHY BRISTOL WICKER: My 25-year- old gelding is an easy keeper. When I feed the group he will act spooked to get the others to run, then he goes over and gets their food. It’s happened too many times to be an accident!

CAROL SAT ERFIELD: T is was a long time ago, but Rebel was standing beside the back door and the broom was airing out up- side down. He tried to eat it. He grabbed it in his teeth and fl ipped it up and it whopped him in the head. He dropped the broom and backed up.


BECKY OLDHAM: Our two-year-old Fox Trot er stud prospects were “playing” alongside the V-feeder. T e curly Fox Trot- ter colt, MO Windchester aka Chester, got bumped and somehow ended upside down in the feeder. When I went out to feed in the morning, all I could see were four legs stick- ing out of the feeder! As I got closer, I prayed that Chester’s neck was going the right direc- tion—no broken neck please! T e horse gods


were kind that day--Chester’s neck was going in the right direction! Even bet er, Chester had not struggled—no injuries, and he was calmly pulling hay from the V, and munching away—upside down! (Fox Trot ers and Curl- ies have amazing dispositions!) I took photos of him—nobody would’ve believed me! (To see photos, visit my blog at MO-foxtrot ers. Chester fi lled the barrel feed- er, I couldn’t budge him, so using my sweet tractor skills (thank-you honey for the awe- some tractor with a front loader!), I hooked the opposite top of the V-feeder and liſt ed it. T e weight of “Chester” made it swing so that he was dumped out! He lay there awhile, then got up and slowly moved around. As a pre- caution, I treated him for colic. He seemed normal—if he was ever normal—and re- turned to his old self. No problems! Hope I never see that again!

VIOLET TURLINGTON: One time in Mineral, Washington, Jit erbug went in the garage, turned around and got the hook and line from a fi shing pole caught in the base of her tail. Well, when I got up to go to work I never laughed so hard in my life! T ere was fi shing line wrapped around the whole house, around the shed up the driveway, around the trees and barn and around and around the house and the car. I had to cut it to get on my way to work! T e rest of the horses were just watching!


PAUL JACQUES: I used to work my polo ponies over white ground poles. First day of polo season, I’m playing in a game, hauling down the fi eld and one of my more brilliant ponies starts jumping each white chalk line on the fi eld. T e audience loved it!!


LYN LONG: I had a new horse I was riding for the fi rst time. She didn’t like riding in soſt sand so she tried to turn around. When I wouldn’t let her she bucked, then later she laid

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