Shooting Off Zip’s Back


We won’t need to nickname her Spooky.

Trainer Mike Trader, shooting off Zip’s back. (Please know that real bullets are not involved in this type of exercise. It’s intended as a test/demonstration of a horse’s training under saddle.)

That is a horse you can trust with your baby.


  1. doodlebugroad says:

    ZIPPITY-DO-DA! That’s spectacular!

  2. Telynn says:

    Wow! She didn’t even flinch!

  3. Rose H says:

    Not even an ear flicker! Now that’s one good trainer. 8)

  4. amateisgal says:

    Amazing what a good trainer can do. Wow! And I’m so glad you won’t have to worry about Morgan with Zip. Now to get Patriot to do the same! ๐Ÿ™‚

  5. cabynfevr says:

    Rose, I watched the ears too! She couldn’t have cared less. Good girl!

  6. falnfenix says:

    that’s impressive training. ๐Ÿ™‚

  7. bonita says:

    Hopefully Zip’s regained training, the attention she will get from Morgan and others, and Patriot’s affection for her will encourage Patriot to relearn the ropes as well. Great job. It’s so cool to see a rescue horse brought back from oblivion.

  8. alba says:

    Wow not even a twitch, that’s the kind of horse i could ride… That’s if I could get up on said horse.

  9. lattelady says:

    From the time you got Patriot and you mentioned he was bothering the cows a bit, I have had a hunch you will find he has had cutting horse training.
    I have enjoyed watching the training of Zip, you and Morgan. ๐Ÿ˜‰
    Now, let us see what Patriot is made of. ๐Ÿ˜€

  10. outbackfarm says:

    Good horse! Now will he also test her with car horns and crazy shouting people in cars? And tractors?

  11. PattiLynn says:

    Outstanding! Sooo worth the time and money for that great result. Hopefully, Patriot will respond equally well to the same training.

  12. lesliedgray says:

    VERY impressive!

  13. Remudamom says:

    Good job. I think I recognize that saddle too. I’ve got two of them, they’re very comfortable.

  14. DancesInGarden says:

    Now for the sneeze test, and the “terrifying flying plastic bag” check ;). Amazing though, not so much as a blink.

  15. Country Blossom says:

    Hehehe You have an amazing trainer. Our horses are fine with firecrackers and gunshots … then one day a random plastic bag blew thru the field. I tied plastic bags all over the fence to desensitize them to that, LOL.

  16. silentgoddess says:

    I think you need to take Zip out and hunt down that damn mountain lion. Teach it to NOT mess with your animals.

  17. yvonnem says:

    That is one gorgeous horse! I’d still like to know if that’s the same Mike Trader that graduated from Nitro High School in ’79, I’m almost convinced that it is.

  18. Stephanie in Seattle says:

    I’m so sorry about Minnie Belle and the ram. With Zip and a gun, should we expect to see a mountain lion tail hanging from your deck soon?

  19. farmershae says:

    Wow – that is soooooo awesome. I flinch more than that when someone is shooting. Very nice!!!

  20. princessvanessa says:

    Zip is a beautiful horse and Mike Trader is a miracle worker–getting Zip to load/unload in a trailer and now to shoot from her back.
    I just have a feeling that Patriot has met his match with Mike and is going to be surprised that Mike is the BOSS and not Patriot.

  21. Leck Kill Farm says:

    I agree with princessvanessa! I can’t wait to hear about Patriot’s time with Mike.

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