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    09-20-2009, 08:19 PM
Question Does my horse like his job?

Well I was just do you tell if your horse likes his job? My boy is a hunter and while I know he probably isn't too crazy about arena work I'm pretty sure he likes jumping but...I'm not sure, that's why I'm posting this! We also have been incorporating trail riding and recently tried barrel racing! What a blast! I want to do a variety of things to just keep it interesting. I'm asking this because...shame on me...I took a break from jumping for a little bit and kinda enjoyed our time off, so I mentioned that some rules are dumb... ANYWAYS I was telling friends about our fun little barrel racing lesson and got this response: "Well maybe he just doesn't like jumping, he has been trying to tell you that." or "Well he is bred for it." So now i'm like GREAT good to know! NOT! Now that I've said a bunch of useless info hopefully you can give me some help and encouragment! Thanks in adv!

P.S. When we jump he USUALLY pricks his ears forward. Over the little jumps he is just kinda like, "eh" but over the big stuff he is like "Omg" *tucks legs, wide eyes, pricked ears, and soars over*
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    09-21-2009, 02:47 PM
Green Broke
He is probably happy doing whatever you ask as long as you don't drill him all the time, it is good to here you do different things with your horse so he doesnt go sour about jumping. You know when your horse is happy better then anybody. And don't worry if a friend thinks he's not happy, as long as you know your horse. I have seen a horse that seemed like she enjoyed NOTHING because she would pin her ears back at people and stuff, but I got to know her better and she was one of the happiest horses I ever met, she loved being grumpy but still having somebody that loved her no matter how grumpy she was.
    09-21-2009, 07:32 PM
Thanks ridergirl23! Nice of you to say =D
    09-30-2009, 01:19 PM
I think you'd know if your horse didn't like doing something. I think doing a variety is good and keeps them from getting bored!

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