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post #11 of 19 Old 04-08-2013, 10:07 PM
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I like quiet horses with a bit of character to them who are well broke to saddle but haven't learned anything besides the basic walk, trot, canter, turn. I don't like silly horses, or those with not much personality.

My pet hate in horses (mainly lesson horses) is the ones that are really dead to the leg. They are just so hard to do anything with. You can't even focus on your own position because you're fighting to get them to move. And any improvement you make in your hour lesson is gone by the next time you ride.
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post #12 of 19 Old 04-08-2013, 10:56 PM
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I like MY horses! After waiting 30 yrs to have them, I find each one a joy every day. But of course I have trained them and appreciate their manners.

My paint mare is sensitive, smart, forward and hot. She's my favorite because she moves so well. The other day we were practicing full speed galloping, trying to get her calm and listening at top speed. She turned uphill into a tiny dead end and I sat back into my seat. She came to a full sitting stop, butt in the dirt, me bareback. It just made me LOL! Love her athleticism!

And my Kentucky Mt SH is super smart. I finally switched her to a heavy curb bit this week and she immediately gaited. She is really fun and yields softly to let and seat. Not a lovey cuddly thing, but lots of brains.

I feel lucky to have both to ride and enjoy their differences
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post #13 of 19 Old 04-12-2013, 08:10 PM
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Any horse that likes me.

That might sound weird, but I refuse to work with a horse that doesn't want to work with me. Any horse that likes me off the bat -and there haven't been very many at all that don't- we've already got an affectionate herd-like bond forming (me being the lead mare of course).

Other than that, I love horses that aren't lazy, or stubborn. But, I've had lazy stubborn horses that ended up fun to ride too :)
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post #14 of 19 Old 04-12-2013, 08:11 PM
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I like quiet horses with a bit of character to them who are well broke to saddle but haven't learned anything besides the basic walk, trot, canter, turn. I don't like silly horses, or those with not much personality.

My pet hate in horses (mainly lesson horses) is the ones that are really dead to the leg. They are just so hard to do anything with. You can't even focus on your own position because you're fighting to get them to move. And any improvement you make in your hour lesson is gone by the next time you ride.
Ugh! I hate that too. I've completely quit trainers solely because their lesson horse had numb sides. :(
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post #15 of 19 Old 04-12-2013, 08:32 PM
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I used to like the feeling when I had a contained bundle if nerves under me. A responsive, catty, exuberant horse that could climb mountains and go for days. Also one that could understand just the slightest shift in my seat, they'd almost throw me over their head sliding to a stop.
I dream about those rides.

Now I just want a sound sane mount, one that is moderately slow and wise, able to work for five hours without killin over. A no baloney, yes mam, okie dokie type. I'm getting boring.
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post #16 of 19 Old 04-13-2013, 04:13 PM
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I like the sensitive ones that let you know when you're not coordinated / concentrated enough, but that aren't crazy. And horses that are willing to try their heart out - I find that really moving.

I used to like "challenge", but I don't want that anymore. It's just much more fun to do something constructive with your horse than constantly working on big and small behavior problems and trying to stay atop the bad guys.
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post #17 of 19 Old 04-13-2013, 04:18 PM
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Willing and smart with a lot of grit and try. I choose Selena as the definite example of my perfect personality.

The horse can't be afraid to do what I ask for to do. A barrel horse has to be tough and brave, I don't have time to coax the fear out of them. I want them to understand what I'm asking, be willing to work with me, and have that drive to succeed. I like a horse with attitude, and Selena has a LOT of that. The ones with attitude are smarter and more drive, in my opinion and experience.

Pssh.I didn't pick up the wrong lead
It's called a counter canter...
...A very advanced maneuver.
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post #18 of 19 Old 04-13-2013, 04:40 PM
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When I was young I LOVED a hot horse. I have always loved a horse with way more GO then Whoa but as I get older, I like one that keeps 4 feet on the ground. Still like the go forward attitude though.
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post #19 of 19 Old 04-13-2013, 05:40 PM
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I don't want any "bad" surprises. I like a horse that has an attitude where she'll (mares are my favorite) test you/be stupid, but you now she's not going to to anything serious. My favorite mare was like that.
My now gelding is a slightly lazy, well-educated man who will test you because he knows he's smarter than you, lol. He wouldn't hurt a fly, and I love a horse where I feel like I can do anything because they are safe but have their own personality.
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