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post #1 of 41 Old 02-05-2012, 07:45 PM Thread Starter
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How smart do you think your horse is? (honestly)

I hear people say "They're just dumb horses. " all the time. But honestly I'd say my horse is pretty smart. He definitely knows how to convey a message. He knows a couple of cute tricks like how to give me a kiss and "tah dah!" (Bow). In emergency situations I don't have to ask for a **** thing from him he just does, and does so in the right way. A lot of times he cracks me up with his human like emotions. He gets jealous when my friends and I swap horses. He just stares at me like "what are you doing?" So what do you think? Think its like the idiot of the heard situations or all horses are smart or even all horses are dumb?

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post #2 of 41 Old 02-06-2012, 03:22 AM
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I intelligence level of my horses makes me very proud, and it also drives me insane at times :) That being said, there are very few people I consider more intelligent than my equine friends... but I do work retail so maybe my opinion is invalid.
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post #3 of 41 Old 02-06-2012, 03:47 AM
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I consider horses one of the most intelligent species with whom people deal daily. And I see proof in my horse every day - he is witty and imaginative, he finds his ways how to communicate with me, interacts with every object he finds and thinks of a way how to use it, and shows many other signs of an active and smart mind. He often surprises me with it, and, which is fun, his intelligence also goes with a sense of humour. But I also think that the level of intelligence differs among horses, just as it does among people - there are the smart ones, and there are some who have different qualities. However, those who treat horses as "dumb" just have no clue about how a horse's mind can really work.

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post #4 of 41 Old 02-06-2012, 03:48 AM
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Honestly, my horse is quite smart. Think about it - all horses are quite smart. By repeating ques with our legs or our hands, they learn to understand some of the most incredible dressage movements ever.

They learn what punishment is & what reward is - they can survive in the wild. That is a lot smarter then some of us humans. They have so many emotions which contribute to their intelligence - happiness, aggression, jealously. We can learn a lot from our horses if we choose to pay attention to them.

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post #5 of 41 Old 02-06-2012, 09:40 AM
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I consider each of my horses smart in their own way.

However, I consider Sassy so smart she appears stupid.
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post #6 of 41 Old 02-06-2012, 09:50 AM
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I think "dumb" is usually a synonym for "stubborn" which in my opinion isn't at all dumb, it's pretty darn smart. I have a couple "dumb" horses and let me tell ya, I am amazed at their intelligence.

I also love watching my colt grow and seeing the way his thought process is growing. How he notices the things around him and learns how to adapt to things. I think part of the reason people say they are "dumb" is because they figure out how to do things you don't want them to, they realize you don't like it, and the continue to do it just because a lot of horses have very "clownish" personalities.

Example, as I was tacking up my mare the other day, I saw the colt out of the corner of my eye working the gate. They have been getting out recently and he didn't know I was watching him so I just sat there and watched to see what he was doing. He somehow or another has learned just how the chain goes through the gate and that if he can release it, he can open the gate.

As soon as he did this and opened the gate, what was the first thing I said?

"You DUMB horse!"

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post #7 of 41 Old 02-06-2012, 10:08 AM
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Of course Bailey is extremely smart.... when she wants to be.

Actually she does catch on pretty fast. I think sometimes she doesn't let on that she knows what she is supposed to be doing. I think mainly it is simply resisting what she knows she is supposed to be doing!
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post #8 of 41 Old 02-13-2012, 01:45 AM
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My current horse is the smartest horse I've ever worked with...and I've worked with ALOT lol. Not just that he'll learn tricks or anything like that. It's hard to explain, almost like he seems to understand things a horse shouldn't. Oh sure, he's done some dumb things before (like freaking the hell out at a couple of mini ponies in a field haha!). I happen to get along very well with horses who are TOO smart-the kind that are so smart that most people don't get along with them. I cannot tolerate dumb horses, and there sure are ones out there! I don't think all horses are that intelligent, but most fall somewhere in the middle
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post #9 of 41 Old 02-13-2012, 01:46 AM
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too smart for her own good.
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post #10 of 41 Old 02-13-2012, 01:58 AM
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My horse acts like a brainless fruitloop sometimes but then at other times, he will blow me away with his brilliance. My previous horse used to open up the box that has his brushes and try to throw them at me when I wasn't looking. He actually successfully threw them at me several times lol. He is such a goofball. All horses are smart in different ways :)
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