Join Date: Apr 2008
Location: Gallant, Alabama
The gelding I'm talking about, we could always tell when it was a real lameness, and he was getting older, so we were really careful with him. He learned that he could 'go lame' and get out or work, and he did, until we caught on.
Just like my mare, when I first got her, knew she could throw her rider, or otherwise intimidate me or whoever was riding her, and get out or work. Both problems were fixed.
Ater the gelding learned that his 'fake lameness' wasn't getting him out of work, but getting him worked more, he quit. After my mare figured out that I wasn't going nowhere no matter how she tried to intimidate me, she pretty much quit bucking and trying.
I do believe it is a learned thing, but regardless of it being something learned or trained, it is still 'faking'.
Horseshoe Loop Farm: Home of Gypsie (1994 TWH mare), Dakota (2006 TWH gelding), Jo (2012 TWH filly) & Minnie (1992 Paint mare)