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post #1 of 15 Old 11-10-2011, 05:13 PM Thread Starter
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Appaloosas and there quirks.

So I thought this would be an interesting thread. Tell me about your Appaloosas stubborn/funny quirks. I'll start. when I rise moose he will usually turn his head around and bite my boots when we are standing. Of corse he gets reprimanded every time but I think thts just his "thing". Also if hes nervous or doesn't want to do something he will nip my arm. (I know it's more a behavioral problem then a quirk but I think it's different)
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post #2 of 15 Old 11-10-2011, 05:49 PM
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I wouldn't say either of those things are quirks. I would say they are lack of respect from the horse.
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post #3 of 15 Old 11-10-2011, 09:10 PM
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Ghost likes to go forward with his nose close to the ground. In the beginning of training him, he did it before he bucked so he got corrected everytime. Then I thought to let him commit to the buck and then correct. He still occasionally throws a buck when we first canter but otherwise he just likes to have his nose to the ground. When going through water he does it too and blows bubbles. Just think of all those people that work so hard to get their horse to carry their head low and he does on his own. LOL
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I understand that and as I said before it may not be a quirk but it's interesting and different ...
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post #5 of 15 Old 11-12-2011, 03:22 AM
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My appaloosa I actually just sold a few weeks ago was a rather quirky one. He liked going with his nose practically on the ground. Arena, trails, it didnt matter he was wanted to sniff his way around. I of course made him pick his head up. No way I want a peanut pusher but it was an obnoxious quirk. Then he would also open his mouth wide open whenever I rubbed my hands on his cheeks. And would always yawn whenever I did. I would always play with his tongue when he did yawn, which he wasnt so fond of, but he could never resist the contagiousness of the yawn...

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post #6 of 15 Old 11-13-2011, 09:55 AM
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Another quirk Ghost has is licking. He licks everything. Gates (even freezing temps), hitching posts, us, other horses... Anything he can put his tongue on. I made a video of him licking the gate in the middle of winter. My wife's glove stuck to the fence from being wet from the snow. He comes over and starts licking the gate. He must have some good antifreeze in him, lol.


He also likes to play with his bowl.


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Every Appy I've known is quirky... The one boarded here now likes to pretend it's opposite day from time to time, anything you ask, he will do the opposite (and the more people watching the more he plays it up)... It's not really a training issue, because most of the time he is a good horse, it's just something he seems to do to break up the mundane schooling activities.

My first mare was a excellent Houdini... There wasn't a single stall, paddock, knot or door she couldn't get open to escape... Though she rarely went far. There was one Day at a 4H show when she untied herself, and every horse there while we were eating lunch (and sneaky too... We were keeping half an eye on the horses)... Next thing we knew she had stampeded all the horses around the yard, then let herself into the gated picnic area and was happily eating the Zesty Doritos. :S

She would also go out of her way, if you weren't paying attention, to walk under low hanging branches when she was ready to go home while on a trail ride... She never did it on the way home, or in the beginning of the ride....

I own her son who is only part Appy... But he's got full Appy personality. He thinks he's funny... Steals things and runs with them (but only if you play... If you stand there and glare at him he'll drop it) he waits for an experienced rider to get good and comfortable, then starts popping in odd manuvers to see how well they fly (and more than one person has said they are SURE they heard him laughing)... He is normally very safe for beginners, but if you think you know what you're doing... He'll prove you wrong. He doesn't exactly buck, or bolt... But this odd little jumping dance paired with a good sprint, often from a completely solid "whatever you were doing".... His favorite is to lull a rider into thinking he's feeling mellow on the trail, pretending to spook (very little really spooks him) then putting in a hard deek to the left, and a bounce (always to the left). He then will stop and wait for the rider to get up, get on and will carry on like nothing happened.

I had another Appy colt who LOVED coffee... It just wasn't safe to set your mug anywhere near him, he could even get open the sliding tops on travel mugs..
Without spilling. He was also a gate latch opener... And a genius at untying himself.

Appies are the one breed that, as a whole, I'd say has more than their share of marbles rolling around in their heads...Though not always used for the most useful things... And memories like elephants.
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I used to ride an appy that was perfect to do anything with unless you were the farrier. I was quite amused to watch this horse suddenly decide he had no leg joints and hold his legs rigid. Poor farrier ended up trimming his front feet with his legs straight. After he'd finished I went round and he picked up all four feet beautifully. Farrier got me to lift them after that and hand them over to him lol
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We have had an appy mare since she was 6months old. She has been the most stubborn horse ive ever known. She taught me a lot though... Like not every horse can be trained the same way. My mom and I probably did more wrong to that horse than any other. We tried to trailer her from one place to another, and I always got horses in by waving a lunge whip behind them. She would not go. We ended up getting too aggressive with her and she got smacked in the eye with a rope. She was standing there with tears welling out of one eye. I felt awful, and that made us research different methods of training. She responds well to a "mule type" approach. Now she is 19 years old, and ridden by my 73 year old mother. She breaks the ice with her hooves when it freezes, tears down balloons we put up for desensitizing, digs holes in the pasture... And still stubborn as ever if she doesn't want to do something.
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well my horse is little weird he loves to poop in his water bucket hes the only horse in the whole barn that poops in his bucket everyday. and when hes in the cross ties when i walk by he'll try and bite me not my skin but my top then he holds on like its a game hes got smack lots of time but wont stop. oh then when we ride i jog him over poles instead of going over them he step on them i think that what he think he has to do. but hes only 4 years old he'll figure it out
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