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        06-22-2011, 09:41 PM
      #11
    Foal
    You know, I actually do think that horse can feel attachment to people (nice people anyway). I don't have enough experience/knowledge yet to confirm whether that's true.

    But I definitely think my first lesson horse has an attachment to me. Whenever she is in the pasture and I have to get her, I call her name and she saunters over to me. I like to think she does that because its me lol.

    She is a quarter horse mare and although I've been told she doesn't have the best conformation for jumping, I would definitely buy her when I can afford to. Other horses I've ridden just haven't given me the same vibe she does. My new lesson horses are great too but there's just something special about the first horse who taught you how to ride.
         
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        06-22-2011, 10:45 PM
      #12
    Foal
    I do believe that there can be a special bond with a specific horse. I was actually talking with my mom about this tonight. She asked me who my favorite horse has been over the years, and I had to say Linkin who is my current horse. We talked about all the horses that I have had and none have them had been as special to me as he has. They all served their purpose and taught me different things that I needed to know, but there is just something different when it comes to Linkin. I felt like the people I got him from really didn't understand him or listen to him. The first thing I did with him was try to build up some sort of trust. I have seen several different people ride him, but he doesn't respond to them the way he does to me. I swear I think he does trust me and he knows what to expect with me which makes all the difference to him. I like to think that we have a special bond and that we really do understand each other.
         
        06-23-2011, 02:24 PM
      #13
    Foal
    I'm with you. It is VERY possible to have a special bond with a horse. I had a trainer who used to think that was an unrealistic "Disney" type of expectation... But it's true. There aren't many people who can get their hands on my mare's ears - but I can rub them up and down anytime I want. I know she trusts me. It's TOTALLY possible.
         
        06-23-2011, 02:34 PM
      #14
    Foal
    I was actually talking with my mom about this last night. She asked me out of all the horses I have had over the years, who was my favorite. I had to say Linkin, who is my current boy. She listed off each one and like I told her I believe they all taught be something along the way but it hasn't ever been like it is with Linkin. I truly think that he trusts me and I trust him. We are just GOOD for each other. There is really something to be said for matching up the right horse for the rider. They are out there, it is just a matter of finding them.

    And no I don't believe in the "Disney" idea that if I went missing he would try and come and find me or some scenerio like that, but I do believe that I have a special bond that not everybody could have with him. He knows me and I know him.
         

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