Redcliffe Pier

Tuesday, May 3, 2011

YOU CAN LEAD A HORSE TO.....

At the end of our walk on Sunday (see last post) we came to the gate of the conservation park. Only rangers can drive vehicles into the park. The access for walkers, horses and bikes is to the right of the gate. It had bright red and white tape hanging off the posts not yet removed from when the park was closed due to flooding.












I don't know why the access is designed like this with logs to straddle to get in or out. Maybe it is to stop cars and motor bikes from entering.









This horsey said, " No way ! I'm not going through there." 
The rider said.' Come on , you can do it."

"No! You can't make me."

"Look , I'll show you how easy it is. Don't be spooked by the red and white tape. Now we are going back and try again with me on your back."

" C'mon , that's a good boy . No, no, don't turn away you can do it."
"I'm still scared of that tape, I don't want to do it."
  
"That's it ! Good boy! Keep going. See we can do it together, trust me."

This rider had so much patience and skill to keep encouraging the horse to go through the narrow access adorned with red and white tape. The horse kept turning away and tried to gallop off, but no, the rider would bring him back time and time again until he finally did it.

24 comments:

  1. Wonderful storyline and great pictures, Diane!

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  2. Maybe he should have given it a run up and jumped the gate instead.

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  3. Well, did he??? We didn't actually see him going through. He told us he did when we saw him later on on the circuit.

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  4. I can imagine it is frightning for the horse. He could have walked, like he tried before and sit on him after that?

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  5. Poor horse, why did it have to go through this thing ? I agree with Biebkriebels above me !

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  6. OMG!
    Horses! It was the rider's incompetence, not the fault of the horse. For those who may know something about horse riding this fellow was as useless as &^%$#$%# on a bull! To lead the horse through the gate, then you lead the horse close to the head/bridle, not a mile off! - like this "learner". Good to see stupidity on a blog, Diane.
    My score is HORSE 10 - Rider 0!
    Cheers and great blog, Diane.
    "Hopalong Cassidy, Sundance Kid, Colin"

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  7. Lovely sunshine, and I can almost smell the country...

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  8. When I saw the cross-posts, I imagined how I bump my shins if I stepped over them, Diane. Perhaps the horse thought the same thing? It all looks so peaceful and warm. Great walk you took us on. Have a good week. Jo

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  9. LOL, what a set-up ... loved your narration though Diane, seemed to be just what they were thinking/saying ;-)

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  10. Lovely place. I wish I could be there. I also wish that I could remember to take my camera when I go for a walk.

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  11. They are trying to limit what can come in... perhaps animals (it looks similar to a cattle guard) or maybe motor bikes, because they would be too heavy to lift across.

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  12. I love to see people who work with their animals lovingly like this. So many would just take a whip to the animal. What a beautiful horse too. I like this man, did you get his name for me?

    Lovely pics (as always).

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  13. glad he got the horse to do it. i would have just led him through and went for a ride, i am sure he had a purpose for making him do it. beautiful horse and looks like i place i would love

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  14. Well..that IS one patient rider :-) Poor horse..wonder what had him so spooked about the red & white tape? Wonder of they can see in color? Wonder if they're not smarter than us!? HAHAHAA!

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  15. What a lovely story!
    At the end of my street there is a large caravan parked with "Adventure Before Dementia" written boldly on the back-end - I think of your lovely blog-site everytime I see it!

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  16. I like a series of photos like this that tell a story. Like my doggy one the other day.

    Re me eating a baguette.

    So ... picture this ... me on a park bench ... say in the Bois Bologne ... cut off jeans ... tee shirt from Bungle Bungles in WA ... purple Converse sneakers ... Harris Tweed cap ... caddie & walking stick ... munching baguette ... sipping water ... reading Bruce Chatwin's 'On the Black Hill' which is a family drama set in Wales from 1890-1980.

    What a sight!

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  17. Horses have minds of their own and that's for sure!

    Great story and photos Diane!

    Cheers,

    Cindy

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  18. Wonderful, Diane! I was just thinking, from the first photos, that a horse wouldn't like it, and there were the horse photos. Perfect!
    — K

    Kay, Alberta, Canada
    An Unfittie's Guide to Adventurous Travel

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  19. The poor horse probably thought he was going to get trapped in a pen. Made for an interesting comic strip though!
    And yes, you were born in God's Own County, the affectionate name we give to Yorkshire. Our exhibition is listed under Linked Events in the Arts Trail programme.

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  20. My sympathy is with the horse but a great series of photographs. He was a beautiful looking horse and that is another area I would like to walk through.

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  21. Nice series -- I wonder now if next time the horse will not hesitate, now that he's finally found out he can do it.

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  22. AWWW, the poor horse must have been scared. I'm glad all turned out OK. Nice story and pic's.

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  23. Some times animals have an instinct about danger where man may not. I am with the horse.

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  24. I'm sure the horse felt the barrier was there to keep him in. I just don't understand why the rider dis not!

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