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post #1 of 25 Old 01-24-2012, 06:53 PM Thread Starter
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Pros & Cons of having a horse with flaws

I don't mean anything crazy but for me, my horse has ear problems (he used to be abused so now, he won't let anyone touch his ears..he does tolerate me a little better though)

I usually find myself thinking about the pros and cons of his ear problem :)

Cons~
-Harder to tack-up (takes longer than usual)

Pros~
-Other people don't want to ride him ;)
-He is unique, gets special treatment lol

If you can think of anything else, reply down below!!

Sorry if it's kind of a weird subject but was just thinking about it :P
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post #2 of 25 Old 01-24-2012, 07:06 PM
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The only thing you can do is to keep playing with them whenever you can. Take the pressure away when he relaxes.
My mare had a similar issue with her face, ironically she had no problem with her ears. It took only a few days to get her over it when she had an infection and NEEDED to have ointment rubbed on her face. I went into it with no special technique other than to take the pressure away when she relaxed. I ended up holding her head over a fence while I stood on the other side because she liked to smoosh my up against whatever was closest on the side I was working on.
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My boy's really lethargic... Which is really frustrating when I'm trying to ride, 'cause it takes an aweful lot of coersion to get him to start moving. However, since he's so lethargic, he rarely, if ever, bucks. So while I'm sitting on his back trying to get him to go, I can rest assured that he won't kick me off! =P
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I often think about the pros and cons of having a mellow horse vs. an energetic horse.

For instance the pros of my Mustang who is mellow:

-anyone can ride him (he's honest and does not try to take advantage)
-when other people's horses are bouncing off the walls or even if someone were to run past us, he just doesn't care. He totally listens to his rider!
-you can park him for a lunch break out on the trail and he will stand patiently tied or eats grass without leaving you
-in the winter he can sit for weeks and is good as the day you last rode him
-matches up well with the Quarter Horse crowd
-rides well by himself

The cons of my mellow Mustang:

-He can't keep up with the gaited crowd unless he trots, which upsets the gaited crowd
-he is built like a haflinger and gets tired more than other horses and sweats more on long rides
-In the summer when you ride him a lot he can get almost too laid back, which is not quite as much fun as a horse that likes to go

Pros of my energetic Fox Trotter:
-Matches up well with the gaited horse crowd and generally will slow down for the Quarter Horse crowd as well
-Lots of fun and lots of energy- great for summertime rides!
-it's nice to have a horse that will move out willingly and has plenty of energy for faster rides
-she has all kinds of cool gaits that make me giggle!

Cons of my energetic Fox Trotter:

-Barn sour and hyper in the winter when she sits due to bad weather
-Not as good being ridden alone (hyper, spooky)
-will run off and leave you for dead if you get off to pee and drop your reins

Really, the mellow horse is perfect for winter riding and the energetic horse is perfect for summer riding.

Heck, I love them both!
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Oh, to dream of finding a horse without some problem :))

Ears are not too bad. Have had that before. My current filly for example. Took over two months of daily work, but I can gently run my hands over her ears after I've given her a forehead rub and a light scratching along the base of hte ears. She doesn't shy away from the halter anymore (that took over a month), but a bridle is still out of the question. It takes time and patience but you can win them over.

With every horse there is always something. Might be a very small and insignificant :) but there's always something.
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Oh I forgot the pro.

Dealing with the flaws of a horse teaches patience......lots and lots of patience :))
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Hmm a con of a floor - it hurts when you fall off! LOL!

Sorry for the poor joke! :p
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Hmm a con of a floor - it hurts when you fall off! LOL!

Sorry for the poor joke! :p
It's not the falling off, it's the landing that hurts
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It's not the falling off, it's the landing that hurts
LOL!

Falling is a pre-req to the landing unfortunately!
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I don't mean anything crazy but for me, my horse has ear problems (he used to be abused so now, he won't let anyone touch his ears..he does tolerate me a little better though)

I usually find myself thinking about the pros and cons of his ear problem :)

Cons~
-Harder to tack-up (takes longer than usual)

Pros~
-Other people don't want to ride him ;)
-He is unique, gets special treatment lol

If you can think of anything else, reply down below!!

Sorry if it's kind of a weird subject but was just thinking about it :P
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I forget who it was, maybe Clinton Anderson that was working with a horse that hated his ears touched. He actually took a carrot stick and had the horse on a lead and would just stand there and rub the carrot stick right at the horse's poll. The horse threw a hissy fit but as soon as he stopped ducking his head away, he stopped touching him and patted him on the shoulder with his hand. Have you ever tried this with your horse?

"The greatest pleasure of a dog is that you may make a fool of yourself with
him and not only will he not scold you, but he will make a fool of himself too."

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