Friday, December 14, 2012

Friday Farm Fun- Jammer the Jumper

We acquired Jammer late August of this year. She's a sweetheart of a horse. Her disposition reminds me of the quarter horse mare I had as a kid. But Jammer is a tall, lanky, Tennessee Walker. When I say tall, I mean I have to stand on a bale to reach my stirrup to get on her. With those long legs she can stride out fast.
My poor quarter horse gelding Bud has a hard time keeping up with her long strides when my husband and I ride.

When I bought Jammer I was looking for a horse that my non-horsey husband would like to ride. While he didn't like her fast walking at first, he became used to it and liked how she responded to his commands, and her sweetness won him over.

Jammer walking over for a pet
When I walk through the field the horses are in, she always comes over for a pat but doesn't crowd. After I pet her and walk on she sometimes follows me. I mentioned it to my husband and he said there have been early mornings when he's walking through the field he'll hear footsteps behind and stops to have Jammer come up for a pat.

The other day as I walked through the field coming back from the barn from feeding the heifers, I stopped and pet Jammer. When I'd finished I started walking again and soon she was following me. I figured she'd stop and eat grass pretty soon, but she followed me all the way to the cattle guard by the house. Okay, she'll stop here I thought.

Gravel scattered and a thud sounded behind me. I whipped around to see Jammer standing on my side of the cattle guard. "What do you want from me?" I asked. She looked to the left and headed for the green lawn and started munching on the grass.

I left her thinking she'd just hop back to the field but when she didn't and the other horses were throwing a fit because they couldn't eat the green grass, I looped some baling twine around her neck and led her through the gate back into the pasture. It's been a couple weeks and she hasn't come back in the yard. I don't  know if that was a one time thing or if we have a jumper on our hands.


gtyyup said...

Oh my least she was smart enough to jump it instead of attempting to walk through it!!

Gerrit may become a horseman after all!

Paty Jager said...

Karen, Yes, I'm happy she jumped and didn't try to walk. I'd watched her stand at the cattle guard before staring over it.I wonder if she was getting a bead on how far she'd have to jump when she decided? LOL Yes, it would be good to not have to cajole Gerrit into riding with me.

Genene Valleau, writing as Genie Gabriel said...

Paty, she's beautiful! Sounds like she just wants to be close to you humans. :)

Paty Jager said...

Genene, she is a lovable horse. Very mild mannered and does know to not crowd. I'm thinking she is a human oriented horse. She tends to hang away from the other horses.

Hywela Lyn said...

She looks beautiful! I have a Quarter Horse mare and a Welsh Cob gelding. The mare often jumps over the electric fence into the other side of the paddock. not a real problem but annoying. I would have thought the gelding would be more likely to jump it actually, to get away from her bossiness!

Paty Jager said...

Hywela, Thanks. It is funny what a horse will do that you wouldn't think them doing. We have four right now and each one has such a different personality.