Friday, October 12, 2012

Chance Encounter

And More Swimming

I slept crooked the other night and messed up both my neck and my back.  I often find that swimming helps and today was no exception. I swam 22 laps today, with perhaps a little less energy--only three lengths of butterfly and several of walking.

While I did feel better afterwards, I called my chiropractor and was lucky enough to get an appointment. While I waited to go there, I shopped again. This time I had a $10 coupon for JC Penney. Cool. Only trouble is, I spent more than $10 once I got there. (S-h-h-h...bought some new bras at less than half what the same styles cost at Kohls full retail price. Apparently Penney's is standing by their new image of what they call a "square deal" where items are marked down to the bottom price right from the start so there's no need for tons of sales. Amazing. I will put that into my memory bank next time I really need some undergarments.)

When I got home it was still a lovely, sunny, but quite cool day.  Since I do not routinely ride after a chiropractic adjustment, I decided it was time to take Chance out to see the fire truck "in person."  

Since the truck was well off the trail, he did not see it at once but when he did he shied dramatically, then stood there watching me as I approached it to move it out into the open.  As soon as I touched the truck, you could see him relax a little and in short order, he was quite comfortable around it, as you can see. 

 To further add to the lesson, I fed him some carrot slices each time he approached the truck on his own, and led him past it several times making sure we went back and forth from the blind corner so the truck "appeared out of nowhere."
All of this in hand work took all of about 15 minutes but it only took about two minutes for him to stop spooking at the sight of the truck.  He is actually a very level headed fellow (Unlike certain Tuckers I know.) and once he realizes something is not really dangerous, he settles pretty quickly.

I led him home, letting him stop to nibble on various leaves and grass along the way, just to make the whole experience even more pleasant.

I'm not sure I will be able to ride him out there before the truck is removed because it's the weekend and that's when the ATV's and minibikes are out, but we'll see. If it seems quiet in the morning, I may try a hack before the "wheel guys" are out of bed.

Otherwise, I'm pretty confident the problem is resolved. Chance just needs a lot of miles under his hoofs to become an "ace" trail horse--perfect for a retired gal like me.


  1. :-)

    good lad. these pics make it more obvious just how large this toy truck is! guess its child owner got tired driving it and parent couldn't be bothered to take it home... an expensive reject!

    it might take a while to do, but maybe you could place some random odd objects round your hacking route? would help him get used to the unexpected...albeit would require some walking on your part ....

  2. Looks like he's a sensible guy and your plan worked. Chance is definitely not afraid of the truck anymore. He may even want to be a fireman when he grows up!

    You really are a good bargain shopper. I don't like to shop at all and try to buy it all online and have it delivered to the house when possible.

  3. These pictures are great. Horses are so funny when they decide not to be afraid where two seconds ago they were snorting idiots. They keep life interesting. I have been putting treats on things that scare Dickie or giving a treat if he touches his nose on the scary thing. Now if he gets scared he charges up all snorty then touches it and looks to me for a treat still scared but apparently getting a treat is more important that runing from the horse eating item. These pics of Chance make me think of him. So cute!!

  4. haha - our herd acted like this when they saw COWS the other day. like they don't see cows often!
    - The Equestrian Vagabond

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