Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Anky has a little "crazy horse lady" in her (yeah!!!)

I love this video of Anky talking about her old partner Bonfire. This horse is 29 years old and RETIRED, but when the ground is frozen Anky lunges him before turning him out,  because she's afraid he'll  break a leg. My kinda girl...



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  1. Whatever you think about her training methods, you can see how much she loves "Bonnie" by her commentary...

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  2. I disagree with some of her training, certainly. However, I very much like all I have seen/heard/read about her as a person. That's a woman who loves her horse.

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  3. I guess he is spoiled. It always surprises me to hear of horses that don't really like being "out in the field," but Bonfire is not the first. My horses much prefer out to in, most of the time--even when it rains. *S*

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  4. That just made me sad. His life for all these years is in a stall?

    :/

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  5. That just makes me sad. He has spent all those years in a stall?

    :/

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  6. That's not what I understood. He goes outside, and I've seen footage of him being turned out with a little pony -- but I know horses that do not fare well on extended turnout -- they get bored, they start running, etc. I like that the staff are so attentive to him and that Anky is so actively involved in his care. I was touched.

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  7. On the comment about horses preferring to be in - both of my horses prefer to be inside during our wet icky winters, but prefer to be outside during the spring/summer/fall. So, unless the weather is awful during the good months, they are out 24/7, and during winter, well... they're in whenever they want to be, which is generally 12+ hours a day. They let me know under no uncertain terms, that they want to be inside when it's icky out!

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  8. Despite some of her dubious training methods, her horses last and are healthy. IMO She is a GREAT horsewoman, who loves her horses in her way.

    I guess for some horses, if the field is just a boring square with not much nice grass to eat, they'd rather be in, with some hay, watching what is happening in the barn.

    I guess Anky's barn is busy busy. And perhaps Bonnie wants to supervise the Newbie ^-^

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  9. I am a strong believer in 24/7 turnout. If horses have enough hay or grass to keep them busy (which is the healthiest thing for them anyways) and have good shelter with protection from the wind, rain & sun they are happiest & healthiest outside. Every research study done shows that horses are healthier when turned out. Fewer colics, fewer ulcers, the list goes on. Barns with stalls were made for our convenience not the horses'.

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