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post #1 of 4 Old 09-30-2008, 09:00 PM Thread Starter
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Does a horse choose the person?

So I'm just curious as to everyone's input/opinion on the statement.

You always hear that your "pets" choose you, you don't choose them.

I know with horses its a bit harder to say that, because a lot more factors go into buying one and finding a good one, but...

I have owned many many horses in my life, and trained many.
Of all the horses though, I think I only instantly bonded with one or two. The others it just took time, we bonded, but it was more a learning process, figuring out each other.

Where I am working, there is a young (6-7 years old) horse. He is absolutely gorgeous, a paint/arabian cross gelding.
I don't think he's been ridden in a while, since we can't use him w/ the kids. My boss has been looking for a home for him and a couple others that we can't use, but he's been there for 2 years now.

Everytime I go there, he watches me. Granted, I do favor him, and he probably can tell. I don't know what it is about him though. He is gorgeous, but I have never personally been a fan of Arabians. I've worked with a couple that have just burned me out on the breed. (Sorry to say!) but ever since I seemed to have caught his eye that first day I started, there is something about him that just draws me in.
I love this horse already, and I have no clue why.
He always nickers to me when he sees me. Or when I'm coming in he watches me like a hawk.
Just today, he was out in the field with all the other horses, and I started to walk that way to go say Hi to him.
He pushed past some of the horses to walk towards me, to meet me halfway. Then he just stood there and watched me, again.
I ran my hands all over him and rubbed his withers. All the while he just stood stone still for me.

I was told he is somewhat a jerk and can be a handful. But never once has he ever been "flaky" around me. Ever. He is extremely calm and just totally laid back.

It seems like he's just instantly bonded with me, and theres some sort of "connection", if you will, between us.
But its weird, because I've never felt one this strong before... and believe me when I say I've been around horses A LOT.
I've shown/ridden/trained many horses, as well as owned.

Does this sound strange to anyone? Or does it really sound like he has "chosen" me?

I am going to ride him this weekend with approval, and I will have my husband video tape it.
I am hoping that riding will be the give-away sign.
I've tested him before... while in a stall I've put weight on his back with my hands, then draped as much of me as I could over his back (He's about 15.2h or so, and I'm 5'2) and he just stood stock still and kept his head turned, watching me. It was as if he was like "Well c'mon, you going to get on or what? Let's go!"
I swear the look in his eye, he wanted me to ride him.

Is that totally crazy?!
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post #2 of 4 Old 09-30-2008, 09:35 PM
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Denny "chose" me. I knew the moment I met him that he was coming home with me.

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post #3 of 4 Old 09-30-2008, 09:48 PM
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Originally Posted by JustDressageIt
Denny "chose" me. I knew the moment I met him that he was coming home with me.
Same with me! But I dunno if Sonny chose me. But he sure wanted nothing to do with the seller, he wanted to see me. I knew the moment I saw him that he was coming home with me
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post #4 of 4 Old 09-30-2008, 10:21 PM
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I think that's a beautiful story and no i do not think you're crazy for thinking that :)
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