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        01-24-2012, 09:23 PM
      #11
    Showing
    My horse has a lot of flaws, that make it difficult for him to be ridden by others. He's sensitive, he needs assurance constantly, he doesn't like beginners (though I am one?) he's scared of men and dogs, and he likes to jig around and be big and move his head away.

    But we work through, it. He's a champ, and he's getting more 'trusty' with people. He's not the type anyone can jump on, but he's a great ride and a wonderful horse.
         
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        01-24-2012, 10:23 PM
      #12
    Yearling
    I guess I didn't add my pros and cons.
    The cons of her being face shy were that it was extremely irritating to never be able to pet her face like I've always been able to do with my other horses. I know this isn't true, but I felt like she liked me less.

    The pro is that it gave me something to work on with her and bond over. I had a sense of accomplishment when I finally got her over it.
         
        01-24-2012, 11:15 PM
      #13
    Banned
    A perfect horse would be a bore. There would be nothing to fix, nothing to work through, nothing to improve.

    Having said that, I'll take a horse with a lot of go over one with a lot of whoa.
         
        01-24-2012, 11:42 PM
      #14
    Showing
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by mildot    
    A perfect horse would be a bore. There would be nothing to fix, nothing to work through, nothing to improve.

    Having said that, I'll take a horse with a lot of go over one with a lot of whoa.
    Mine's both! :P Makes for interesting days haha

    But yes, I agree. Same with people.. flaws make us who we are.
         
        01-25-2012, 05:35 AM
      #15
    Super Moderator
    My horse was considered generally "difficult" and "a jerk" in the barn from which I originally bought him, because of these cons:

    - He's extremely dominant and pushy;
    - Takes advantage of any riding or groundwork flaw a human might present;
    - Mouthy and chewy, had a tendency to bite;
    - Hard gaits;
    - Lethargic when uninterested, many weren't even able to get him to walk without stopping;
    - Occasional bolting and bucking in order to get what he wants;
    - Because of the mouthiness often destroyed different inventory, opened his stall box, stole objects and foods, etc.;
    - Had no respect at all for most of humans.

    Sounds like a total monster, doesn't he? :) I somehow still believed in him, worked with him, and this is what turned out of all of his cons -

    The Pros:

    + His dominance made me become more strong-willed and more of a leader. He is almost no more pushy around me (still takes advantage of anybody else, if given the chance, though ) and has become a perfect partner - and it appears that he's a one person horse only, which he lacked in the previous barn and thus learned to be ignorant against what all the different people wanted from him.

    + He takes advantage of any human flaws, because he is intensely intelligent and has to have his time with a human interesting and stimulating, therefore, I adjusted to this and learned how to stimulate his active mind with various exercises and now he willingly works with me at liberty, bitless, sadlleless, sometimes bridleless, and happily engages in every new thing I propose.

    + He is mouthy because he loves exploring and learning new things, so I let him do this in a controlled manner - he now knows a handful of mouthy tricks (for example, carrying and handing my whip to me) and I also value his curiosity.

    + Hard gaits were transformed into pleasant with hard training.

    + No more lethargic - he seems to enjoy every second he spends with me and goes around wide awake, playful, full of spunk and sparkles.

    + Discovered, that he bucked when he used to be a lesson horse because of poorly fitted saddle, so this has been resolved. I have experienced a couple of bolting episodes as a sign of dominance, but hey - we're working at it. It just means I have to be just as fast thinking as he is to prevent it.

    + Well, that's just his spunk and sparkles. I don't see it as destruction, rather as exploring and take it as a part of his character that I enjoy. :)

    + All in all, we're just a perfect match. I see his cons only as challenges, not as something completely negative, and I can deal with him, so he is no longer difficult or a jerk, he's just my spunky, mischievous and joful partner. I'd be bored if he was perfect!
         
        01-25-2012, 05:46 AM
      #16
    Foal
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by Saranda    
    My horse was considered generally "difficult" and "a jerk" in the barn from which I originally bought him, because of these cons:

    - He's extremely dominant and pushy;
    - Takes advantage of any riding or groundwork flaw a human might present;
    - Mouthy and chewy, had a tendency to bite;
    - Hard gaits;
    - Lethargic when uninterested, many weren't even able to get him to walk without stopping;
    - Occasional bolting and bucking in order to get what he wants;
    - Because of the mouthiness often destroyed different inventory, opened his stall box, stole objects and foods, etc.;
    - Had no respect at all for most of humans.

    Sounds like a total monster, doesn't he? :) I somehow still believed in him, worked with him, and this is what turned out of all of his cons -

    The Pros:

    + His dominance made me become more strong-willed and more of a leader. He is almost no more pushy around me (still takes advantage of anybody else, if given the chance, though ) and has become a perfect partner - and it appears that he's a one person horse only, which he lacked in the previous barn and thus learned to be ignorant against what all the different people wanted from him.

    + He takes advantage of any human flaws, because he is intensely intelligent and has to have his time with a human interesting and stimulating, therefore, I adjusted to this and learned how to stimulate his active mind with various exercises and now he willingly works with me at liberty, bitless, sadlleless, sometimes bridleless, and happily engages in every new thing I propose.

    + He is mouthy because he loves exploring and learning new things, so I let him do this in a controlled manner - he now knows a handful of mouthy tricks (for example, carrying and handing my whip to me) and I also value his curiosity.

    + Hard gaits were transformed into pleasant with hard training.

    + No more lethargic - he seems to enjoy every second he spends with me and goes around wide awake, playful, full of spunk and sparkles.

    + Discovered, that he bucked when he used to be a lesson horse because of poorly fitted saddle, so this has been resolved. I have experienced a couple of bolting episodes as a sign of dominance, but hey - we're working at it. It just means I have to be just as fast thinking as he is to prevent it.

    + Well, that's just his spunk and sparkles. I don't see it as destruction, rather as exploring and take it as a part of his character that I enjoy. :)

    + All in all, we're just a perfect match. I see his cons only as challenges, not as something completely negative, and I can deal with him, so he is no longer difficult or a jerk, he's just my spunky, mischievous and joful partner. I'd be bored if he was perfect!
    Apart from the hard gaits he sounds like a spitting image of my girl especially the mouthing and the won't move if she is not minded to!

    Here she is wondering why I want her to walk over a pole on a loose rope.

         
        01-25-2012, 05:53 AM
      #17
    Super Moderator
    Well, he doesn't have hard gaits anymore, because he's improved greatly over the last months - used to be with not enough go and on the forehand, but we've corrected that now, so they might be very much alike today. And that video of yours looks sooo familiar!
         
        01-25-2012, 08:03 AM
      #18
    Showing
    I can see only cons in having a horse with flaws.
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        01-25-2012, 10:32 AM
      #19
    Showing
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by chrisnscully    
    Here she is wondering why I want her to walk over a pole on a loose rope.
    She is so cute! "Nom nom nom pole, you taste good.. must be okay to step over!" hehehe

    Of course I'd never say such things in her presence.

    Quote:
    Originally Posted by kitten_Val    
    I can see only cons in having a horse with flaws.
    What do you mean?
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        01-25-2012, 10:40 AM
      #20
    Yearling
    Dont mean to sound weird.. but doesent every horse have at least one flaw... I don't think there is a such thing as a perfect horse
         

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