Tuesday, February 1, 2011

How The Mighty Have Fallen

Evelyn: You know, nasty little fellows such as yourself
always get their comeuppance.
Beni: They do?
Evelyn: Always.
— The Mummy (1999)

Stopped by Iron Ridge to drop off Poco's blanket, as well as payment for his training.

Oh my. 

Heather put Poco in the paddock with the young stallions. She said Poco strutted in, declaring that he was the boss. Remember Scorch, who stayed with us for awhile last winter when Jaz was sick? Scorch, now a huge 3-year-old Stonewall Sport Horse, said, "You mean, you used to be the boss," and whomped the snot out of my boy. 

Bwahahaha! Our evil plan is working!

See, Poco is a legend in his own mind. Up to this point, he has managed to dominate every horse he's ever been around, which pretty much explains his attitude. This is a very good thing!

Poco looked up at my greeting, but wouldn't come over to the fence to see me. He is sulking, big time. Finally, he walked over and I saw the nasty bite Scorch left on his nose. That has got to smart. Then — I admit it — Heather and I started laughing. I wish you could have seen Poco's expression. He backed off and turned his butt to us, which only made us laugh harder. My answer to his gesture of disrespect was to pick up a stone and chunk it at his fat ass, sending him shuffling off in a huff.

Got a text later from Heather than she and Poco went head-to-head in the round pen. He's already trying the old, "Aw c'mon, I didn't really mean all that" routine. What a suck-up! Heather said he was lathered and penitent.

[rubs hands together gleefully] I'm gonna enjoy this next 30 days way more than I should.


Sherry Sikstrom said...

Awe poor Poco! Tough on these guys when they find out they aren't aactually king of the world, and get their own A** handed to them .Sounds like a great start to adjusting his attitude

Dreaming said...

Ouch! On the nose?! How awful! Maybe that'll teach him not to stick his nose where it doesn't belong!!!

Fantastyk Voyager said...

Awww, Poor Poco, it's an unfair world out there! Deal with it.

Rising Rainbow said...

I'm afraid I have a littler version of Poco here. That would be Trouble, the gelding half of the twins. So far no horse I've put him out with has put the little upstart in line. Thinking I'm going to have to go for one of the big guns around here to make an impression. While I'd hate to see him get hurt, I know that he has to learn and he sure isn't learning respect from me.

Hopefully this round with Poco will be all you want it to be.

Laughing Orca Ranch said...

Woooeee! Sounds like, when this is all through, Poco may come back home to you a good little soldier. :)


Leah Fry said...

I have high hopes, since this is only Day 2!

It's a nasty bite on the nose, and I'm sure it hurts like hell, but in terms of what they're capable of doing to each other, it's nothing. As far as I'm concerned, it's a price I was willing for HIM to pay LMAO!

We never turn him out with the main herd because he gets all studly and creates havoc. He goads the senior stallions to distraction. I even hesitated at putting him with the other geldings and the junior stallions, because he's such a bully boy. I didn't expect Scorch to stand up to him — they've always been buddies — but I'm so glad he did. This has been a long time coming.

My challenge now is to be firmer and more consistent going forward with how I handle him. If I see his behavior starting to slip, I need to address before it gets to this point again. I also have to make more of an effort to work him, even if it's only on the ground. That horse NEEDS to work, or he turns into a monster.

Hopeful said...

poor poco! i feel bad for him. tell him he has a fan out here in california. thanks for the laugh!

morningbrayfarm said...

Sounds like you're having good weather while you're going through this. Lucky you!

C-ingspots said...

Poor Poco!! Don't be too rough on the old boy...he needs you in his corner, so someday when you need him, he'll be there for you. They get their feelings hurt when you laugh at them. :(

AareneX said...

Poco needed some come-uppencing! He'll be a much happier Gentleman Horse when he adjusts to his new place in the universe. Keep us posted.

Unknown said...

Awwww poor Poco! LOL! He'll get over it. I have done the same thing to a few of my horses, it ALWAYS been a good thing.

Zev said...

Glad he is learning from his new role as NOT king of the hill.


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