Monday, 7 June 2010

Paddy's tail

Owners feedback in red

How do you feel physically?
“My back legs give me some gyp sometimes, but it’s nothing serious – just old age!”

I guess he is a bit 'creaky' now but nothing too serious that I have noticed! I will take note though....and maybe up his joint aid....

2. How do you feel physically when you run?

“Oh I have the wind in my hair, I love the beach most.” I see him looking so graceful, galloping along the beach with not a care in the World.

Yes he does love to 'go' but I dont think he has ever been to the beach

3. How do you feel physically when you get up from sleeping?

“I’m a bit tired these days but that’s to be expected.”


4. How do you feel physically after eating?

“I get a knot in my stomach sometimes but it soon goes away”.

Yes, he does eat more slowly nowadays, despite having his teeth regularly done, but food is his great love!

5. How do you feel emotionally? What’s your character like?

“I can be a joker but I love my cuddles.”

Yes, he will stand being loved for ages and ages!

6. Do you like to play?

“Oh yes”. I see him kicking a ball with his front legs. He also says “I like to talk to people when they walk past my stable”. I see him making a funny face with his lips & moving his head up & down rapidly.

Not sure about this one - he hardly ever goes in a stable now as he gets a stable cough and hates being in there - if he is in, he spend all day/or night just standing looking over the door not moving and wishing he was in the field!

7. What do you find fun?

“Trying to knock my hay bag off the hook”. I see him nudging it with his head – the bag is suspended quite high from a hook in the far right corner of his stable (looking from the door).
As above, although, knowing Pads, IF he were in a stable, he would probably do that!

8. Where do you like to be stroked/scratched?

“Around my mane & the back of my ears”.

Loves his mane being stroked but not his ears - think he had been twitched by the ears in Ireland as a baby - he has a big scar on the base of one of his ears.

9. How do you feel about other horses?

“Oh I like them, I’m quite the sociable chap”.


10. How do you feel with people?

women – “I love them, they smell sweet, I like to sniff them”.

men – “They’re better at grooming as they’re rougher & hit the spot!”

children – “I like to teach them – I’m a good teacher”.

Probably quite true - he is so sweet with a little 3 years old girl who loves to sit on his back and walk around. He is so good with children although can be strong and fast when he wants

11. I repeated your name to get his reaction

He nays & moves his head up & down, he also trots up & down excitedly on his front hooves. He’s playful & excited!

Really good to hear! He always looks for me and waits for me to talk to him...

12. Is there anything/ any feeling you’d like to communicate to your human?

“Just that I’ve loved my life with them”.

Phew! Pads has been with us for a long long time!

13. Is there any way I can help you with through this communication?

“I want to be ridden more”. He thought long & hard about this one as I didn’t get an answer straight away. But when he said it he was quite certain.

Probably true - I ride him anything from once to four times a week now and the other day I took him with a friend in the trailer for a long ride somewhere totally different - he LOVED it and obviously remembered when we used to hunt all day, and go all over the place riding......he was like a five year old (bit tired next day!!)

14. Tell me something only you & your human would know

“When we ride I like to do a funny dance with my front legs – we laugh every time”.

Not sure on this one but we do certainly have a laugh!
“I like carrots & cucumber”.
Carrots DEFINITELY but not sure about cucumber - will try him tonight!

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