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post #1 of 13 Old 03-22-2010, 06:25 PM Thread Starter
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He can't be bonded already....Can he?

So as some of you know, I've recently brought home an Anglo Arab gelding (We thought he was a QH/Arab cross but the breeders say otherwise) named Rebel.

We've only had him for about four days and already he's following me. I can call him and he'll come running to me. He's acting like a skinny dark bay version of Jester o.o

It took me a while to get a good bond with any of my horses, let alone this brand new gelding that came from a not-so-good home where he was starved, unloved, and groomed only before he was worked. And now he's acting like an overgrown puppy. I can open his stall and he'll follow me right out and to the pasture. He'll nicked at me as soon as he hears the door to the house open...but it's only me. If Mom opens the door he won't react at all.

Is it possible for a horse to bond that fast to one person? He doesn't act like this with anyone else. Mom, Dad, Tony, Marg....no one. So why is it just me? Is it just a fluke or is he really bonding to me?

Pssh.I didn't pick up the wrong lead
It's called a counter canter...
...A very advanced maneuver.
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post #2 of 13 Old 03-22-2010, 06:30 PM
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That's really cute. Maybe he knows you "saved" him from a bad situation, or maybe you two are just "meant to be"? That's really exciting by the way, its like what all those horse books are written about :)
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post #3 of 13 Old 03-22-2010, 06:39 PM
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Yes it is possible. Horses have a sixth sense about people I think. It's the same reason why they can absolutely hate a person they've never been around. I've seen horses react really badly to specific people.

Unless it weighs a ton... it's just a horse. Draft horse motto.
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post #4 of 13 Old 03-22-2010, 08:20 PM
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The Arabian in him, and it sure sounds like there is plenty : ), NEEDS to bond with a human. It is his heritage. Also, he has been rescued and knows it. You are his person, he has chosen you!
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post #5 of 13 Old 03-23-2010, 04:43 AM
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Maybe you remind him of a person he got to know in his earlier life (that treated him well)?
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post #6 of 13 Old 03-23-2010, 05:46 AM
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I have this with my neighbours stallion negro he's jumpy and bites his owner but as soon as im there he will put his head on my shoulder lick my hands and just be lovely with me I also free jump him when I start to miss him :P if he's following me and I walk round it he will walk ound and if I go over he will but if I walk round and use my body language to let him no I want him to go over on his own he will but if his owner trys he wont do it :S
I think its just they know how you will be to them the first day they see you.
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post #7 of 13 Old 03-23-2010, 07:03 AM
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Love at first sight. I experienced it with my wife (of 40 years) and with a few horses over the years.

Just a couple of years ago I acquired a 6 year old mare named Alice. She was a little small for my liking but the young man who owned her from a yearling really wanted a gelding I had and we traded. I rode that mare everywhere and she was always a lady. She had great cutting horse breeding and a friend of mine wanted her for his breeding program. He made me an offer I couldn't turn down so I reluctantly sold her. Well, the first time he went to ride her, she started bucking while she was still being led out of the paddock - he hadn't even gotten on her yet.

We find out latter through some folks who knew the young man I got her from that Alice would buck him off regularly and anyone else who rode her. She is still like that to this day - except when I ride her.

I'm not arguing with you, I'm just explaining why I'm right.

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post #8 of 13 Old 03-23-2010, 07:30 AM
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Love at first sight. I experienced it with my wife (of 40 years) and with a few horses over the years.

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Not many make it to 40 years? Your wife must be a very patient woman Congratulations.

As some of you know I always always pick neglected 3 or 4 year old stallions for my horses. I find the same thing, they bond really quick. I suddenly showered them with attention, I resuced them from a dreary lonely life as a stallion isolated from all other horses. I have to teach them how to eat apples, pears, grain in some cases. They get groomed daily and they learn quickly they have a strong leader.
Of coarse I geld them the first full day they are home but they take to me like a puppy dog, calling, coming as soon as they hear my truck.
No sorrelhorse you showed your gelding a good thing and he is going to cling to it.

I feel this type of bond is stronger then the family pet who has never known isolation, neglect.
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post #9 of 13 Old 03-23-2010, 07:56 AM
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Not many make it to 40 years? Your wife must be a very patient woman Congratulations.
Thank you. Patient? More like a Saint! Similar to you, (you and I are the same age) it'll be 41 years in September. I just hope my kids make it like you and I did.

I'm not arguing with you, I'm just explaining why I'm right.

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post #10 of 13 Old 03-23-2010, 08:32 AM
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He's at least half Arabian, and they're specifically bred to bond with people. Most Arabs have a 'one and only' person their whole lives.

I'd had Conny for about a week, when he decided I was his. It took me a little longer to realize what he'd already known; we were meant for each other.

Horses like that can and do like other people, but they'll always be bonded to a particular person.

I know a horse who belongs to an acquaintance. Purebred Arabian gelding. He bonded with this person's friend, not her. He's good for her, but gets extremely animated when the friend comes to visit. It's kind of sad really, because he can't be with the person he really wants.
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