1. I am human. You are horse. What I say goes. Please
take that into consideration when you are standing on
2. Spilled grain is not “fair game”, especially when
it is spilled in another horse’s stall. It still
belongs to that particular horse. You have no reason
to go in and eat it.
3. Poop does not need to be hidden. I clean your stall
every day. I will find it. Do not hide it.
4. I do not need your help when I clean the barn, nor
do I need your supervision, or even your presence. I
have been cleaning the barn and stalls ever since you
lived here. I know what I am doing. Standing at the
door staring at me, will not make me clean faster.
5. There is no need to go into the barn and help
yourself to the feed. Meals are given at specific
times of the day. There is a feed schedule. You know
the schedule. I know you know the schedule. You know
that I know that you know the schedule.
6. Water buckets are not toys. Neither is the gate,
pitchfork, wheel barrow, whatever is in the wheel
barrow, fence, or the occasional dog.
7. The wheel barrow is there for a reason. Please do
not try to move it while I am cleaning your stall.
8. Just because I go into the barn doesn’t mean you
automatically get food. There is other stuff in the
barn. Stuff you don’t want. Like wormer and fly spray.
9. Sheath cleaning will NOT be enjoyed…by anyone.
10. Water travels through the hose. If you are
thirsty, do not stand on the hose. The water buckets
will fill much faster.
11. Not everything has to be high drama. None of the
following things will kill you: fly spray, plastic
bags, balloons, hoses, chipmunks and other small
rodents, or bright blue tarps.
12. Although I understand the need for you to go to
the bathroom, it is not necessary to hold it in all
day until the moment I finish cleaning your stall and
put away the wheel barrow.
13. Accidents happen. However, I’m not altogether sure
you’re not trying to kill yourself. Next time you
decide to impale yourself on some sort of object,
please try to do it when it’s not hailing, midnight,
the weekend, or Christmas.
14. While I appreciate your need to be clean, pooping
in your water bucket does not make my job easier, and
it deprives you of water. Please find a new spot.
15. Whinnying as loudly as you can in my face does not
make me feed you any faster.
This is cool, so Susie Hutchison is 58 years old and still jumping Grand Prix. I have been told in my life that because I am 42, I am “too old” to do things. I don’t want to live like that, I want to continue to grow and do things that make me happy, like ride, spend time with my horse and my daughter, and hey, maybe I will even take a few jumps now and then.
So, on May 11, my Bella is 2. She is about 14.2 hands, and tipping the scales at about 870 pounds, give or take as a weight tape is an inexact science at best. So far, she leads ok, works in the round pen, stands for grooming, bathing and general work, and is starting on accepting things like saddle pads, bridles, and other scary stuff. Next is more with that, saddles, starting true lunging work, and finally, the first mount. There is no time frame on this since I feel she will tell me when she is ready for this beginning work and she is still so very young.
Hi. This is my new blog where I will talk about that which is so important to me, horses! And maybe some other stuff too.