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post #1 of 21 Old 10-03-2010, 02:10 AM Thread Starter
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Are some horses just like this?

I've always figured that when horses, of pretty much any breed are sitting..well.."stagnant"...and not being riddern or entertained or stimulated somehow, they manage to charge up alot of energy so the next time a genius gets on them they want to GO GO GO or do their own thing or get barn sour.
We have a 5 year old paint for my sister, who hadn't been ridden in a month, and idiot me took him out, and he was beside himself like the engerizer bunny. Generally a very sweet boy, but he wanted to GO (I don't blame him. He had a lot of pent up energy. Poor thing)
But I test rode another 5 year old paint (half arab) this week, and she hadnt really been ridden much in a year..Granted, it was like 100 degrees out, but when i rode her she DID NOT WANT TO RUN. She wouldn't. She neck reigned great, and walked stopped backed, etc. But she wouldt trot or run..Then her owner put spurs on, she knew they were there and was very generous in trotting cantering, etc. I was thinking, "no way. something's got to be wrong with her. She's too mellow."
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post #2 of 21 Old 10-03-2010, 02:26 AM
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It sure is!!! I once had a aussie pony that could have three years of and be fed striaght oats and walk to a tree and stop he that was enough for him..He was healthy as could be.. I mean every horse is different and there are lazy ones out there.

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post #3 of 21 Old 10-03-2010, 06:23 AM
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But I test rode another 5 year old paint (half arab) this week, and she hadnt really been ridden much in a year..Granted, it was like 100 degrees out, but when i rode her she DID NOT WANT TO RUN.
Where I come from and it's that hot, we call that a smart horse, not a lazy one.

How 'fresh' a horse is can very much depend on the weather (or impending weather), if they've been running around in the pasture playing, if they just spent an hour grazing and it's 'nap' time, time of year, etc.

With our mares, the temperature is the major factor. They love the crisp spring/fall days in the 45-55 degree range.

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post #4 of 21 Old 10-03-2010, 07:03 AM
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I had a lovely TB cross mare who was like that...she could "sit" for awhile and was always a doll to ride. She was never "hot" or lazy..just steady. Great mare. I miss her
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post #5 of 21 Old 10-03-2010, 12:30 PM
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My mare, Sonya is a appy/welsh. I could leave her for months, weeks, or days without being ridden, and she is the exact same as she was when I last was one her, she just can go for longer. I had to stop riding her for almost 4 months when she was in the last months of her pregnancy, and she was perfect!
I think it has something to do more with the horse, not the breed.

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post #6 of 21 Old 10-03-2010, 12:46 PM
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Absolutely. Just like there are some people that can sit on a couch everyday of the year and when asked to go the gym or running, they don't want to do it. lol.

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post #7 of 21 Old 10-03-2010, 01:23 PM
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I agree with PaintHorseMares that it was probably the weather. I don't know if any horse that would want to run around in the heat, unless you hose them off. :P
On the other hand, I have a 4yr old mare that almost never changes. I could leave her for a month and pick up almost exactly where we left off with no fuss. However, if I chose to go out on a day when it was really windy or relatively cold she would probably be a bit more of a handful, throwing in a few crow hops, etc.

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post #8 of 21 Old 10-03-2010, 02:02 PM
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Yep, it's all in the individual horse. My draft cross was so easy to train but until he was about 4 1/2, I did have to lunge him before I got on, unless he had been ridden the day before. Now he's 6 and I can just get on, even if it's been 2 wks. off. Our POA is the same horse, no matter how long he's has sat in the pasture. My daughter's paint is a little more spunky, will throw in some crowhops when you canter for the first couple times after a week or so off. I think it also depends on how they are kept. My horses are out in a pasture 24/7 but if you are taking a horse that is kept in a stall or a 24X24 corral, they might have more energy to burn. Most Arabs I have ridden have a lot of energy and stamina, QH's tend to be more energy-conserving.

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post #9 of 21 Old 10-03-2010, 10:33 PM
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When I bought my mare, she hadn't been ridden in at least six months. She had a little energy, just a bit of spunk, so I bought her thinking that she'll be a fun little prospect.

I rode her a week later, could hardly get her to trot. She was so mellow I was tempted to ask for a novel to read while she trekked around the pasture. She wasn't lame, or sore, or lazy, just really really...mellow

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post #10 of 21 Old 10-03-2010, 10:43 PM
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Training can play a very big part in that too, along with the temperment of the horse. My old QH Denny spent about 4 years turned out to pasture with nothing more than health care and the occasional scratch for human companionship. My main horse had surgery and was laid up for about 2 weeks and I had cattle to work so I caught Den out of the pasture, threw my saddle on, got on and loped off with no fuss and no warm up. Other horses will throw a fit if you try that after 2 days off regardless of how much or what kind of training they have. If you have a horse that rides off with that mellow attitude on a cool, humid morning, then you have found a gem.

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