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post #1 of 68 Old 05-27-2011, 08:10 AM Thread Starter
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How well do you know your horse??

Just posted this thread to spark some discussion im bored lol!!
Just wondering how well you all knew your horse - and how well your horses know you? Do they have any funny habbits? or cheeky personalities?

I love the relationship i have with my 15 year old mare who i have owned for 7 years... i love her little habits and cues that i pick up that other people cant...

Such as when shes tied up outside her stable if she dances a bit with her back legs... that means she wants to go in her stable for a wee...

As soon as i approach her with hoof pick she picks up legs for me befor i ask in the same order.... Front Left, BL, FR, BR..

She always has a yawn when she sees the bridle...

She stretched her own legs forward when iv tightend her girth

Evertime i tie her up she has to have a 2minute tug of war with the bailing twine befor i tie her or she will untie her rope...

If Im poo picking the field ill bring a spare scoop and shell just follow me around with it...

If shes in a mood and doesnt want to come i just approach her field companion.... garunteed shell come trotting over chase them off then and follow me to the gate...

When we go on our 'fun ride' she always jogs out of the yard because knows... (because i change her bit)...

After shes finished eating she will stand in her bucket lol...

We always have a 10minute 'grooming session' in the morning.. i just stand there and she positions herself where she wants me to itch...

Her favourite itchy spots are her belly button and her hocks...

Shes like my best friend would love to her about your horses and ponies... and post pictures too....
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post #2 of 68 Old 05-27-2011, 08:47 AM
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Thats sooo cute!!!! haha ive never seen a horse do that kindof thing!!

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lol mines at the bottom :)

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post #4 of 68 Old 05-27-2011, 08:51 AM
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Me and my gelding have a great relationship (: When I go outside in the afternoon I tie him up and bring all his brushes out, set them down then, I will sometimes go into the house and come out with a peppermint. So whenever I go inside and then back out when he is tied up I am ALWAYS greeted with a nicker (:

I know that when I put a trotting poll down that I better beware, he isnt going to trot over it but hes going to jump 5 feet in the air to get over it... (It gets scary sometimes xD)

I know that if I scratch him on a certain stop he will look at me and nicker.

I know that whenever I try to get him into a canter the first time that ride tat he will try to unsuccessfully buck. (Bad, bad habit but he is very green broke)

I am the only one who can pick up his feet without him having a cow.

Hes the best horse ever (: Rescued as a ugly little brown horse and turned into the shiniest most beautiful red horse I have EVER seen (:

(I am not asking for critique on his jumping)
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post #5 of 68 Old 05-27-2011, 08:58 AM
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lol ive had angel for about 2 years! one of my fav things about her is that:

whenever i go around her food bucket at all she goes "BABABABABABABA"

When ever i go to the pasture she great me at the gate

when ever we are about to go inside from the pasture, she uses the restroom lol :)

and whenever I get ready to leave the barn and shut off the light she watches me to i close the door!

OMG i loveeeee your horse! thats sooo cute, ive never seen or heard of a horse doing those things!

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He is beautiful.... lovely colour! xx
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me and my gelding have a great relationship (: When i go outside in the afternoon i tie him up and bring all his brushes out, set them down then, i will sometimes go into the house and come out with a peppermint. So whenever i go inside and then back out when he is tied up i am always greeted with a nicker (:

I know that when i put a trotting poll down that i better beware, he isnt going to trot over it but hes going to jump 5 feet in the air to get over it... (it gets scary sometimes xd)

i know that if i scratch him on a certain stop he will look at me and nicker.

I know that whenever i try to get him into a canter the first time that ride tat he will try to unsuccessfully buck. (bad, bad habit but he is very green broke)

i am the only one who can pick up his feet without him having a cow.

Hes the best horse ever (: Rescued as a ugly little brown horse and turned into the shiniest most beautiful red horse i have ever seen (:

(i am not asking for critique on his jumping)




heeeeessss soooo preetyyyyy :d

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post #8 of 68 Old 05-27-2011, 09:03 AM Thread Starter
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Your mare is cute too.... Love the name (My sister has a mare called angel) i love the whole 'watching you leave' thing...

And thank you :) i wouldnt let her fool you tho she is BITCH to other horses so can only be turned out with 1 other mare! I think she thinks shes a person lol...
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Great thread shelleyb! What a cutie of a mare you have!

I have good working relationships with all 11 of mine, but have 2 heart horses.

The first is our oldest stallion, Hondo. He is 29 this year & I am 31. He was born here on our family farm so we have had a lot of years to develop a true bond. I have been riding him since he was a 4 yr old & I was 6. He has always acted more gelding than stud :) Let's see...here's a few of his quirks
-It doesn't matter if he is ridden every day or once a month, every time you ask him to lope the first time in a ride he gives a little crow hop and then goes straight to working like he was in the spotlight.
-If I'm having a bad day, he's my therapist. I spent a lot of my teenage years sitting in his stall or pasture crying with his head rested on my shoulder saying "it's okay".
-He does the feet thing too, picks them up for me in order.
-He comes when I whistle, but only for me, I guess he knows the difference in whistles...annoys my husband a little lol!
-He is the ultimate babysitter, my 6 yr old daughter rides him frequently and he won't go any faster than he thinks she can handle. She has been trying for months to get him to lope for her...he says nope, not yet but I will jog as much as you want.
-He always stays laying down if I catch him dozing, he LOVES to have his belly scratched like a dog.
-I counted down the days until I turned 18 and could show him, so for my 18th birthday he handed me my first AQHA All-Around Championship. We earned 4 more that summer :)
-I can ride him bridleless/bareback & he does anything asked. Same with showmanship, he never misses a beat.

The 2nd is my youngest stallion, Woodstock. (my avatar) I got him at 3 yrs old, a rank, aggressive stallion who had never been outside of his box stall, never met another horse or eaten a blade of fresh grass. He was born here & sold, I bought him back after I learned of his situation. I carry a great deal of guilt for selling him in the first place. It's been a very long road with him, I've been bit, kicked, had him come at me with both front feet. Pretty much any dangerous or bad behavior, he has tried it. I am proud to say he is now a totally different horse and we have developed a very strong relationship working through his fears and issues. Some are quirks, others are just things we worked through..
-He had to be tranq'd to have his feet done, he now stands ground tied half asleep.
-He was barely halter broke, we now do leadless showmanship patterns as part of our daily routine.
-He plays "fetch". He will get his feed pan and meet me at the stall door, pan in mouth and drops it for me to fill. We also play fetch in the arena with pool noodles, a soccer ball, tarps, etc.
-There can be 10 people in the barn and he watches every step I take and could care less about anything or anyone else around.
-As soon as he hears me open the pasture gate in the morning he is calling out to me. Everyone else waits until they hear the grain buckets.
-He drags a tarp around like a kid with a "blankie". I like that he chooses to desensitize himself!
-His best friends are the barn cat, Oreo & my husband's hunting dog, Dell. I find the cat sleeping on him quite often. Then he & Dell are play buddies, they romp together in the pasture.
-He's Harry Houdini reincarnate. He figured out how to unlatch the chain to the indoor arena gate when he was loose in there, he then went in the stall barn & turned on all of the stall lights, had brushes & my daily use stuff in a pile by his door and was standing at the ring I tie him at.
-He had a bad tendon injury last fall and is still not cleared for much more than light riding so we have gotten creative in our exercise plan. His favorite, along with my hubby's hunting dog, is to trot along behind me on the 4-wheeler, no lead on either of them. We cruise thru the pasture & woods every day for a 1/2 hour.

First pic is the old man, Hondo. Second is Woodstock.


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I've had Cinny for about a year now and we've gotten to know each other pretty well.

When I put him in the turn out he just likes to relax and sunbathe and doesn't really run much but when I go to get him out I always approach the turnout from the back side where he usually is and say "on your mark, get set, go" and then I run alongside the turnout to the front and he trots behind me and lets me think I'm going to win but last minute with spurt forward in a canter then buck and crow hop at the gate as if to say "ha ha, beat you again, mom!"

If Cin doesn't race me I know his sacroiliac joint is stiff again and he needs an extra long warm up time and doing his vet prescribed stretches twice through instead of once each.

If I want Cin to really get his "spunk" out I turn him out in the indoor arena where he pretends he is his great great great great grandfather Man O War for about half an hour.

He likes to get hip massages and will stretch his neck out and wiggle his lips

Itchy spots are his forehead, his back right in front of his hips, and the top part of his back legs where he gets sweaty.

He likes to "play" with the carrot stick after working on ground work, and likes to carry it back to the barn for me...flipping it around. He conked me on the top of the head with it once. I think this might be a bad habit though because once I was doing a Sherry Jarvis clinic and we were doing ground work and he grabbed the carrot stick in his mouth and started flipping it at the other horses who in turn freaked out! That didn't make him very popular at that clinic lol.

During bath time he must always be allowed to drink from the hose first, otherwise he will constantly try to grab it from you the whole time and get you more wet than him!

He loves to eat snow!
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