Saturday, August 6, 2011

That'll do, horse. That'll do.

37 Comments:

Blogger DarcC said...

That's a trial pony right there! I double-dog dare you to get him to do that on command, and take him to a sheepdog trial!

Jasper is BRILLIANT! Does he do that to them all day, or just at feeding time? Getting them through the gate was priceless...

I haven't laughed that hard in days!

August 6, 2011 at 8:48 PM  
Blogger DarcC said...

Love the Babe reference too :)

August 6, 2011 at 8:48 PM  
Blogger Jenna said...

He never hurts them, but does like putting them in their place. I think that was dumb luck, him walking them through there, but darn funny!

August 6, 2011 at 8:50 PM  
Blogger Victoria said...

That's fantastic, Jenna! I was sort of half waiting to see Jasper swing the gate shut on them! Impressive moves!

August 6, 2011 at 8:51 PM  
Blogger Kristin said...

WOW, that's great!! Jasper's such a helpful horse :)

August 6, 2011 at 8:54 PM  
Blogger Sitakiana said...

That was really cute. And Jasper has such a pretty face marking, like a butterfly! Gorgeous, and funny. Who could ask for more?

August 6, 2011 at 9:27 PM  
Blogger doglady said...

Only you could have a horse that can herd sheep.

August 6, 2011 at 9:35 PM  
Blogger Karen said...

Loved that. Big smile on my face now.

August 6, 2011 at 10:38 PM  
Blogger Kat said...

Smashing! Thanks for the smile!

August 6, 2011 at 11:26 PM  
OpenID kindsofhoney said...

Oh my gosh, that is awesome! A herding horse and a new book to soon-be-available - you just made my night!

August 7, 2011 at 12:54 AM  
Blogger Dawn said...

That is priceless! My horses herd the chickens which is always a hoot to watch. Thanks for sharing!

August 7, 2011 at 1:41 AM  
Blogger Kelpie and Collie said...

Jenna, it's just a bad idea to encourage your pony to chase the sheep. One day, the outcome will not be good. Not sure you know it, but there are recorded cases of donkeys killing sheep- adult sheep. I know you don't believe it will happen at your place, but I am just saying..........

August 7, 2011 at 6:35 AM  
Blogger Jenna said...

Duly noted, Kelpie.

August 7, 2011 at 6:54 AM  
Blogger Rachael said...

That's the funniest thing! Perhaps I should be looking for Jasper at the sheep herding demos next month at the Mother Earth News Fair?

August 7, 2011 at 9:02 AM  
Blogger Karen said...

WOW, what a smart fellow! Does he watch you working with Gibson (to learn how to heard?)

August 7, 2011 at 9:26 AM  
Blogger Tara said...

Haha! Gibson had best watch out. Looks like Jasper is gunning for a promotion. :)

August 7, 2011 at 9:29 AM  
Blogger Jamie Elfrank said...

Too funny!! Thanks for the big smile!

August 7, 2011 at 10:08 AM  
Blogger katiegirl said...

I had a donkey kill 2 goats so I don't really think it's cute. Sorry to be a Debbie Downer, but I don't think him chasing them is a good thing. :-(

August 7, 2011 at 10:28 AM  
Blogger E said...

"Keeping Cold Antler warm since 2011"... I realize you need the $ but isn't that a stretch?

August 7, 2011 at 11:35 AM  
Blogger jenomnibus said...

That's fantastic! Smart horse - I think he really appreciates your having saved him from his former sad life.

August 7, 2011 at 2:23 PM  
Blogger Jenna said...

It's a woodstove I got in 2011 E, it will be keeping me warm, and I am grateful for it.

August 7, 2011 at 3:27 PM  
Blogger Sewing Machine Girl said...

ponies are smart ya know. They watch what you do, and see what is important to you and try to fit in when they are happy. If Jasper has seen you do this, it doesn't surprise me much.

August 7, 2011 at 6:58 PM  
Blogger katiegirl said...

I just wanted to expand on my earlier comment. It's pretty clear in the video the sheep were not having a good time. There's a good chance he's going to chase them and one of them is going to run into the fence or gate or do something stupid trying to get away from him. Who knows how long he's doing this when you're not watching Jenna. It's just a bad idea to let him chase them. He's not herding them, he's chasing. I especially would be careful when the ewes are bred or have lambs.

I would just hate to see something bad happen because the pony is bored. My donkey terrorized my sheep and goats. He'd chase them, then eventually he started biting them. He succeeded in grabbing several by the neck, even grabbed a calf that was in his pen and flung him. This was a small donkey, only 37" at the withers. He finally was re-homed where he had other equine companions, and no more smaller animals . Please be careful with Jasper and the sheep.

August 7, 2011 at 8:27 PM  
Blogger Jenna said...

Note as well, Katie.

August 7, 2011 at 8:41 PM  
Blogger Jenna said...

noted*

August 7, 2011 at 8:41 PM  
Blogger Tiffrz-N-Kidz said...

Funniest video ever.

August 7, 2011 at 11:03 PM  
Blogger Tiffrz-N-Kidz said...

ETA - Jasper's not a donkey he's a pony. Donkeys sometimes have a mean streak but theree did not seem to be any malice in his actions. Yes he's chasing, but his ears are up and he has a happy attitude. Ever watched a cutting horse? Looks like you got you a right nice cuttin' pony with some sheep sense.

August 7, 2011 at 11:07 PM  
Blogger Misha said...

This made me laugh out loud! Love the Babe reference. HELL, if it works, it works :)

August 8, 2011 at 12:20 AM  
Blogger daisy said...

How cool is that?

August 8, 2011 at 7:55 AM  
Blogger The Kelly's Adventures in KY said...

Jenna, that is awesome! Go Pony!

August 8, 2011 at 12:36 PM  
Blogger Lori said...

I had a quarter horse / Welsh pony mix that would "herd" anything - pigs,dogs, goats. If he hadn't been so old I would have rented him out as a kid's cutting horse! lol

My 2yr old gelding now runs with my dogs. He chases them , they turn and chase him...

August 8, 2011 at 1:42 PM  
Blogger katiegirl said...

I know donkeys aren't ponies, and don't you think ponies *also* have a bit of a mean streak? That's their reputation, and for a good reason. I still stand by my opinion, and hopefully all will be well.

August 8, 2011 at 4:24 PM  
Blogger Luann said...

loved it

August 8, 2011 at 5:33 PM  
Blogger Zelda said...

Are you sure he was just used as a cart pony before you had him? It looks like he knows how to pen livestock. Some horses and ponies just have good "cow sense" (in this case, sheep) and are naturals when working with livestock,and others have been trained. I would consider saddling him and riding him when you need to move your sheep. He is a natural!! : )

August 8, 2011 at 8:57 PM  
Blogger The Natalie that lives in a tipi said...

Jenna, I literally just lol-ed. As the words were coming out of your mouth, I was thinking "Oh damn, that little pony will cut a bitch!"
Geez, everyone seems to be drunk on Haterade today. Lighten up and have a laugh, just use common sense!

August 9, 2011 at 11:22 AM  
Blogger Michelle said...

rolf, Loved that:-D

August 9, 2011 at 12:50 PM  
OpenID T. Crockett said...

I'm so glad you had your camera handy to capture that. You really put a smile on my face.

I was listening to August 2nd's On Point (from NPR) and thought of you. They were talking about state fairs and one of the guests talked quite eloquently about watching the sheep herding events.

August 10, 2011 at 2:47 PM  

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