A Horse With Multiple Personality Disorder?

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    03-17-2012, 10:34 PM
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Talking A Horse With Multiple Personality Disorder?

Today during my lesson , my new trainer (yes I finally started working with a trainer again) said that she thinks that Cinny has 2 distinct personalities and it's a toss up which one he wakes up as each morning.

Personality #1 is Cinematic Debut the dressage pony, ready to go to work and learn some new way to use his body or have a working cruise down the trails practicing our leg yields and bends along the river.

Personality #2 is Descendant of Man O War great racehorse, he only has one speed....go very very fast.

Today he woke up with personality #2 so instead of working on my stretchy trotty circles and my single loop serpentines during my lesson, we worked on canter circles for the entire hour. Cinny seems very pleased that for once we have a trainer that "gets" him. When we were done I turned him out to roll, but instead of rolling, he galloped for another 15 minutes on his own.... maybe he should be an endurance horse instead of a dressage horse.

I just hope that on show day I wake up to Cinematic Debut or the day is going to be a real live roller coaster :)

Anybody else think their horse has Multiple Personalities?
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    03-17-2012, 10:37 PM
My horse always has been like yours, except the speed part, he quite likes slow, it was getting him to open up his stride more and round his back, pay attention, etc. Anyways, as he gets older, his "undesireable" personality shows up less & less. He's becoming more Steady Eddy and I am smiling more.
    03-17-2012, 10:39 PM
That's too funny! My mare is JUST like that! What I found worked for her (though it may not work for your horse) is when she's in racehorse mode, I go into the arena (enclosed arena) and open her up on a loose rein.... When she's ready to stop, I keep her going for a while.... She's usually ready to settle down and work when I let her :) I also found that her 'personality disorder' doesn't assert itself as much if I take her out for a good, fast run after a really good lesson/training session. Have fun!
    03-17-2012, 10:40 PM
Any chance Cinny has two separate whorls on her forehead?
    03-17-2012, 10:43 PM
Haha, memories :p

We had a horse - Harley - that was bipolar. I swear by it. One day, we'd wake up for lessons, head out, and jump 2' bounces all day long, and he'd be as happy as ... well a horse!!

But then...
There was personality 2... this is when Harley will do anything in his power to get. You. Off. NOW. He literally fell straight down on me ... bucked me off many times ... reared many times ... jumped straight up in the air as I mounted... you name it ... it's happened. Watched Spirit before? Yea, make him a strawberry roan and BAM! There's personality 2, via Harley.
He was too much horse for this reason, and we sold him to a cowboy that gave him a good job. Plus person 2 was coming up waayyy more...

Now this is an extreme case, and I think your Cinny is ADORABLE and sweet (seen other vids/threads) ^.^
But you asked for experiances...
    03-17-2012, 11:10 PM
My mare can be like the decribed personaility number 2 now at times during spring I swear she is just all motor. Requires more lunge and ground work to get her to use the thinking side of her brain. Luckily this phase normally passes within a week or two and we have already passed it this year.
    03-17-2012, 11:13 PM
Yes, love the extra personality that shows up in spring. Have a similar thread on this one! Luckily my horse's other personality only shows up for about 2 weeks, and then he goes back to his old sweet self.
    03-17-2012, 11:14 PM
Green Broke
Originally Posted by MyBoyPuck    
Any chance Cinny has two separate whorls on her forehead?
Nope, just the one but it's off center, it's more on his right side than the center.
    03-17-2012, 11:16 PM
So just normal spring horsey syndrome?
    03-17-2012, 11:22 PM
Green Broke
Originally Posted by MyBoyPuck    
So just normal spring horsey syndrome?
Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter... He is like this all seasons ha ha. Lately he has been more Cinematic Debut, but about once every week or so he wakes up Decendant of Man O War. It used to be the other way around.

I open him up, let him run.... Previous trainers have taken the "MAKE him do what you want" stance with him which keeps me fighting the whole hour. I like my new trainer who just says "fine, lets work on canter." It was a very enjoyable lesson.

He may have been fired up too because today was the first day all week that we really did arena work. I've been keeping to the field behind our stable or the trail along the river this past week as we get closer to the show. It makes it harder to be over-serious when you work on your leg yields, bends, and transitions along a river versus in a stuffy indoor arena. I have a bad habit of over training and getting too wound up, tense and serious this close to a show.

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