Originally Posted by GotaDunQH
I'm not quite convinced that a horse is smart enough to associate peeing with getting out of work...and then being that calculated in their mind to do so. They don't have that rationale/reasoning capability. It COULD be some type of learned behavior, but not related to getting out of work...they just aren't that smart.
If he can pee that many times, in that amount of time...something else is going on.
I don't know... Clementine sure seemed to do that when we first got her. She HATED trotting, and hated me asking her to do it. She was a trail horse for a company for a while, and then when they stopped she sat in a pasture and got fat and didn't have to work. So, I would ask her to trot, and she would flatten her ears and throw a fit.
Eventually, it got to the point where, after the first time in a session I would ask for a trot, she would stop and dramatically set herself up to go pee... Wait a good ten seconds... Pee a tiny bit... Wait again... Start sauntering forward. A few times per session. Sometimes with pooping too. And it wasn't a medical issue - it ONLY happened when I asked for a trot, never if we just worked together at a walk, and never in the field or any other time. I am convinced she was trying to get out of trotting. If she had to stop to go to the bathroom, I stopped and waited until she was done. So, if she has to trot and doesn't want to, if she has to pee she'll know that I will stop and let her go.
Needless to say, I stopped that pretty quick. No stopping, if she slowed, she got some pretty good kicks and a whack on the butt. Now she loves trotting and cantering, now that she's more in shape. But we had that issue for a while, and I 100% think she just didn't want to go faster than a walk.