Join Date: May 2011
Location: Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
My mare is a walking disaster and she needs her very own roll of bubble wrap. Yet, I marvel at her intelligence. Just yesterday, I told her to 'watch her feet' as we were working over raised poles. I didn't expect much to come from that cue and it was meant more as an idle remark in my one-sided conversation with her, but she immediately dropped her head and appeared to 'watch her feet' as she carefully lifted them up and over the poles. I thought it was a fluke, so I gave the command again and she dropped her head to her knees again. Hm, I started thinking, and led her away from any raised pole. In the middle of her pen, I asked her to watch her feet again. She wasn't moving, she knew that and she knew she had no reason to watch her feet... but she dropped her head again. I don't know where she knows that cue from, but it was a surprise to me. She's constantly surprising me with the little things she knows, things that I wouldn't ever think were important on the race track.
Another thing she surprised me with... if I drop her lead to let her graze, she will never step on the line. She'll graze around the lead and when she wants to move to a new spot, she will pick up the line and carry it to the next location. Then she'll drop it, sidestep away and resume grazing. I don't know where she learned this habit, but it amazed me.