Tuesday, April 18, 2006


Whoa. A universal word horses (most of them) understand. Well, I should say, most properly trained horses understand the general meaning. They may choose to ignore it, but they understand it. "Whoa" is an important word. Whoa is the backbone of the equine or parenting vocabulary. It means “stop".

I've noticed in my years around horses and horse people in general, that horses react to thier owners quite similar to the horse owners interaction with thier own children or spouses. Take for example T.T. of a neighboring round-up club, she has 2 wild natured sons. These 2 boys are always running around wild, climbing fences, jumping around in the cattle chute, popping up unexpectedly out of truck beds-you name it. They think whoa' means get louder and more unruly T.T. is constantly reprimanding them in her screeching loud voice, usually from the back of her poor roan gelding. She also does the same thing with him. Her horse also thinks 'whoa' has a new meaning of keep on going. People in the next county can hear this woman, but her 2 maniacs and her gelding just turn her a deaf ear. She once approached me about helping her to teach her roan to ground tie like my old horse. "A cold day in hell your horse would ever willingly ground tie for you, and I dont blame him one bit" those were the first words that popped into my mind, not nice of me at all, but honest. I just mumbled something about being real busy and made a quick getaway. No way, no how! I dislike chaos, so I avoid this woman at all costs.

Another family I sometimes encounter are the B.'s. This family is the quietest family I have ever witnessed. They do not talk hardly at all. Even my hubby is starting to buy into my theory that they converse among each other with 'mental telepathy'. They have 5 kids, all close together in age. But, they all get along and are well-behaved, these kids put my 2 boys to shame (my 2 are 50%good kids 50% brats!). With 5 children, a normal person would think there would be a disagreement or 2, especially when this family is 'horse challenged'. I have yet to witness any kind of chaotic misbehavior from any of these children. When one of the B. kids starts to get out of line, all it takes is one look from mama B. and they are back in thier place. Thier 2 young horses are well behaved as well. Ive watched them go from barely broke 3 year olds all over the place to when asked to 'whoa' they are nearly sitting down. The B.'s dog is even well -behaved!

I know I would certainly benefit from a parenting class from mama and papa B. My horse is well- behaved most of the time, he is spoiled tho. My kids are probably the same way. But, the most important thing is they know what 'whoa' means!


Blogger Jake said...

I think I need to go ride a horse. Nice blog- found via cowgirl.

5:13 AM  
Blogger BarnGoddess said...

thnx for stopping by! my favorite quote:
The outside of a horse is good for the inside of a man
~Winston Churchill

7:06 AM  
Blogger Rude1 said...

I really like this post! I know a few T.T.s myself, and I don't blame you for being "busy" LOL!

9:58 AM  
Blogger BarnGoddess said...

Thnx rude1! I knew you would understand,lol : ))
for the longest time I thought T.T. was a single mother, turns out her hubby avoids going out in public w/ her!

11:05 AM  
Blogger Cowgirl said...

That quote is one of my favorite ones.

Isn't Jake a little hottie? Not that Rude1 isn;t...(waiting for him to blush). Glad they see what I see.

Anyways, I saw whoa to everything. Horses, dogs, kids, you name. If I say whoa to my horses, they bury their ass ASAP! No communication problems there.

3:06 PM  
Blogger Cowgirl said...

That should be "say whoa."

3:07 PM  
Blogger BarnGoddess said...

lol-I figured thats what ya meant, Jake is a hottie for sure : ) he can visit anytime he likes, same for rude1-I like the way that man thinks, and there are very few of them out there like that!

3:12 PM  
Blogger Rude1 said...

Dammit. I was all non-blushin today and you two go and ruin it! LOL

It's okay, I generally blush when gals are talking about me :)

3:29 PM  
Blogger BarnGoddess said...

what can we say rude1? we know a good one when we spot one, isint that right cowgirl? : )

3:33 PM  
Blogger Cowgirl said...

So true, barngoddess.

3:58 PM  
Blogger Rude1 said...

Aw shucks :) I gotta tell ya, it goes both ways darlin, both ways. ;)

4:35 PM  

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