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post #1 of 17 Old 07-29-2014, 10:10 PM Thread Starter
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Discipline Obsessed Horses

Anybody have a horse that's obsessed with a discipline? My horse, Rusty, is GLUED to jumping. He's normally a lazy horse that would rather plod around on the flat than do anything that works him too hard, but when he gets jumps put in front of him, he's all business!!

In fact, this horse loves jumping so much that he:

A) Tries to jump over EVERYTHING - including sticks, logs, trot poles, anything scary...we're working on not doing that...

B) Perks up his ears and his eyes light up when there's a difficult combination

C) Never ducks out. No, not even when you throw him in at a bad angle. Because running out or refusing just isn't as fun as jumping

D) Has as much energy as a young steed when it comes to jumping...then goes right back to plodding.

So, does your horse love a discipline so much that he tries to add it into every single workout if he can?
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post #2 of 17 Old 07-29-2014, 10:16 PM
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As I don't own any horses, no. But I see this all the time with horses doing cow work. They absolutely LOVE working cattle. I've seen a dull lazy horse brighten right up into a feel-y fresh horse.
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post #3 of 17 Old 07-29-2014, 10:21 PM
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My old gelding LOVED jumping. If a set of cross rails was set up in the arena when he was turned out, he'd jump it completely on his own. It actually made me sad because he couldn't be jumped under saddle. His owners started him too hard, too high, too young, and as an 8yo, he had severe arthritis in his hocks and pasterns.
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post #4 of 17 Old 07-29-2014, 10:49 PM
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It isn't a discipline but Molly loves to trail ride. She scared me a little the first few times taking her out because she was so excited. She perks her ears up and is so eager and well-behaved. She listens so well and responds to the tiniest, subtlest cues that she ignores in the paddock. Riding her inside the pasture, I thought she was hard-mouthed or I wasn't being a firm leader, but outside I barely have to think about something and she's doing it. Most horses have to be encouraged to ride out away from their barn and buddies, but it takes a firm hand to get her back in the gate at home. I think she'd explore the woods and fields around our house for hours on end if we could! She's never hot or out of control, and she isn't spooky at all, but the difference between the bored, lazy mare in the pasture and the happy, interested mare on the trail is amazing!
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post #5 of 17 Old 07-29-2014, 11:11 PM
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I knew a mare that would be, if I wanted her, the best darn endurance/trail horse going. She was a holy terror on the farm. Wouldn't stand still, jigged, danced, screamed, and just never relaxed. Set all four feet on the trail, and she'd just go all day long. As long as she was getting to go places, she was happy. She'd stand calmly, stop throwing her head, stop jigging...and hardly ever spooked. If she'd been trained properly and given a job, she could have really made a name for herself.
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post #6 of 17 Old 07-29-2014, 11:18 PM
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I had a little Morgan mare that never wanted to come home. Loved to cover country and used to try to turn away when the home place or trailers came into sight.

My polo horse spends time on ranches every year. He seems to enjoy moving bulls over anything. Cows and calves are okay, but bulls? He's all business and does a great job.

Many polo mares really get into the game.
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post #7 of 17 Old 07-30-2014, 12:20 AM
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Delete & Boots just described one of my mares. She wasn't really lazy just slow. We bought our farm down here a few years before we could build and move. We rented out the pasture to a guy for his cattle and then had a couple of corrals we could put the horses in when we came down to camp. More than once she ran through the 2 strand electrified drop gates we used on the corrals so that she could go cut the bull out of the herd. She'd be horrified to know that one of her sons is petrified of cattle. LOL She's been gone 4 years now and I still miss that mare.
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post #8 of 17 Old 07-30-2014, 12:44 AM
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Oh my gosh, yes, hahah.

My Dutch Warmblood, North, is the sweetest lady ever, so delicate and careful.. And then she has jumps put in front of her, and her elegance turns to hardcore jumping machine.

Then I have Baby, my moms Belgian x Percheron mare. She plots around, not ever in a hurry.. Until she gets on the Cross Country course, and its not even her main discipline! And this lady is bigggg.

And then Rocky, a Belgian x Paint cross, also my mothers. He is an older gentleman, he would rather stand still instead of do anything. Even during lessons he would be a lazy old fart.. Then it came show time(I put my lowest level riders on him) and he was ALL business. He would pull out moves that he wouldn't even try during lessons, which was NEVER ideal. But my students handled it well.

My husbands Quarter Horse mare, Misty.. There is NOTHING she loves more than barrel racing. And boy oh boy does she catch an eye or two being a cremello. When it isn't time for barrel racing? She would be eating or sleeping.
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post #9 of 17 Old 07-30-2014, 12:56 AM
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I have a Kentucky Mountain Saddle Horse named Ella who is crabby and annoyed unless she is eating or trail riding. She makes these little snorts with every step, for miles and miles! It's so cute! Her head nods and she moves out so fast the other horses have a hard time keeping up. Her enthusiasm and joy are contagious.
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post #10 of 17 Old 07-30-2014, 01:12 AM
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You all talk about your lazy horses becoming fresh and excited, but I've got the opposite story. It's not a "discipline", but my mare has a very strange penchant for children. Normally she's excitable and pushy (thanks to her old owners, I'm working on it and she's improving) but the second a child is within the vicinity she stands stock still. I am nervous with children around any horses at all but I've never seen the likes of this in my life. My BO has a 3 year old and yesterday a girl at the barn held her up to the gate where Angel was standing. Angel put her nose over the gate and let the little girl kiss her over and over again and touch her face and grab her ears. Normally she's very sensitive about her head being touched, especially by anyone aside from me. It's amazing to watch.

Oh, and today there was a younger girl (inexperienced with horses) visiting just to see the horses and I had Angel out to be groomed. She let this girl do EVERYTHING with her!! Hugged her all over, gave her kisses, touched her face and ears with no reaction and even though she had treats, Angel didn't move in on her a bit! (She's very excitable around food.) I'm not sure if there's an explanation behind this behaviour and I'm not willing to push the boundries in any way, but it's so great to watch when I feel comfortable that it's a safe situation.
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