Saturday, November 1, 2008

The Spencinator On Video

I apologize for not posting anything about the Spenster in awhile. I get busy and get behind on the blogs. Not too much exciting news to report. He's been spending some leisure time lately, just hanging out with the other horses and feeling more comfortable with his "normal-horse" life. Oddly, he and Forrest (the one horse who is nearly his same size) are not getting along all that well lately, but they are pastured together with almost all the other equines now. The two of them got into a big hindleg confrontation which seemed to end in mutual respect for each other. Amazing to see two such big horses battling it out. It didn't last but a half minute, but the noise was deafening! I wish I would have had my camera! But I was screaming at them to STOP! STOP! STOP! Like I was going to put a stop to those two big boys going at it. It's something they had to get through and now they are being civil to each other. Spencer is so sweet and cordial to the other smaller geldings. He allows them to move him out of his food without a ruckus, unless he's really hungry. He's a bit of a chauvinist with the mares though. Mares don't get the same tender courtesy as the geldings. Go figure. Anyway, I took a couple videos a few days ago when I was out in the pasture goofing around with the camera. Do you remember that Spencer ran untouched in a field for 2 years because no one could catch him? I didn't mean to be a smartass in this video, but I guess I kind of am. I'm such a dork in this, but I still had to show you. I just can't help wondering why he was so challenging in the past. You can hear my hubby and our neighbor, Jim, working on the fences. They've been doing an awesome job.

Yes, his front foot was bothering him when I took this. I think he has another abscess brewing. But I'm still not making much headway with hoof handling. I figure if we work on it a bit every few days (that's all the time I get for him) and while we work on other things, the hooves and the trust that goes with allowing me to work on his hooves will come together. For now, he's maintaining his feet on his own as he always has. If his hooves ever were trimmed in the past, as I were told they were on a regular basis, he had to have been forced into cooperating, because he offers no cooperation willingly. So either most of what happened in his past was completely fabricated, or I don't want to guess what they put this guy through to get him to cooperate. On another note! Do you remember how I couldn't get near him while he ate his food? He would try to bite and kick me. Check this out? This boy is an eating machine! You can see, I'm still a bit jumpy around him at times. But he's getting SO MUCH BETTER!


Rachel said...


I have never seen a horse so intent on his meal!

Thanks so much for the videos - I am estatic to see his progress and so grateful that you gave him a chance to be SPENCER... not just the dangerous horse that didn't trust people.

allhorsestuff said...

I am soo happy to have you posting today...really missed you and your herd!

I am still smiling with the munch a munch a munch a munch chewing!!!
Hilarious Pat! look how calm he was for that preview eating video too!

Pat said...

Thanks guys! My hubby said I was hamming it up a bit too much in the catching video and I need an assistant for video taping. LOL!

Yes, I guess I was a bit hammy, and okay, Where am I going to find an assistant for video taping?"

LOL! Funny! Sometimes you just have to work with what you have.

OKfine said...

Hi Pat,
I've lurked for quite awhile. Have to say I'm so envious of you with Spencer. I'd love to have a draft in my life. Maybe someday..

I laughed at the first video with you talking. You were right on the money. Amazing what love and patience can do....And the second video, don't think I've ever seen a horse not look up at all while eating. And you touching him. How totally cool!

Great work!

LindaB said...

You are too hilarious!!! I love the video of you "catching" him. It is amazing to see how far he's come.

ezra_pandora said...

That was great, both videos. He looked like he was really enjoying the scratches and petting in the first one where you were putting his halter on. He didn't look hesitant about being there at all. Love the big dark eyeball right in the camera too. lol And his munch munch munching. Send that video to the feed company and tell them you have a spokesanimal to prove how good their feed is. lol

Good job and I love reading about the Spenster.

skatej said...

Hahaha...he sounds like a train when he eats! Amazing big boy.

Tina said...

He sure is doing good. I love that our girls, well Jill and Dixie at least, come up to me now. Sure makes life easier! If I have my 13 mo. son along, they come at a gallop. I hope he continues to improve.


bhm said...

Wow! Is Spencer ever doing well. He came right up to you and stood there while you put the halter on him. I don't think you sound dorky. I talk to my horse all the time and they love it. Spencer was clearly listening to you and liking it. I think I sound dorkier than you because I talk baby talk to my enormous draft horse. "Where's my fuzzy little cuddle pony?" Then, you hear the thundering in the distance as he comes running.

I can't believe how he inhaled his food. Trooper does the same thing but only with carrots and apples. I call him my fuzzy food processor because when he dig in there's grated carrots flying all over his stall. Also, if I'm not quick enough he splatters me with apple sauce.

I wish you lived near Toronto. I have a gorgeous purebred Shire that I want you to come out and ride.

OKfine said...

When I first read what you wrote bhm, my first thought was how in the world do I get up there. I would love to ride your Shire. I have always wanted to ride a draft bare back.
Thank you bhm, that made my day.

Pat said...

Okfine, I think you need to plan a trip to Toronto! That's a lovely invitation! Where are you located anyways?

Tina, Thank you so much for all your help. I printed your last email out with all those suggestions and I keep it in the book I'm currently reading to refer to from time to time.

Thank you Rachel and everyone and especially bhm for telling me I didn't sound dorky:0) You're all so nice.

Rachel did you still want to make an appt to trim your horses?:0)


OKfine said...

I am in California Pat. Your right that was a very lovely invitation from bhm, and is so appreciated too.
I am also a single mom of two teenage girls. Who by the way, I wanted to send to your Camp Grandma. Loved reading your stories about your grandkids.
You sounded great in the video Pat. What was obvious was how Spencer trusts you. I used to call my horse with the sing song high pitch voice. People would laugh, until they saw her running full out to me.