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    02-15-2014, 07:12 PM
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Foal
Horse quirks

So I was out in the pen with my horses today (I was bundled up to take my Aussie dog out to play for a while so I thought i'd go spend time with tehm as well) And my horse did what she usually did.
My horse, Zee will eventually at some point, turn her butt towards me, and back into me. If I don't start scratching her bum she'll back right into me! I think it's a cute little quirk, though I'm sure it could be seen as a problem. Until it becomes one I won't bother with it, as she only seems to do it with me.

But I just thought it would be fun to have a thread to share our horse quirky moments or things they do often that are goofy or odd :3 Videos and pictures are totally a bonus!
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    02-15-2014, 07:23 PM
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Regardless of any thoughts on the correctness or not of this behavior, if she is doing this a lot (itching her tail area on "things", like you or a fence or ?), it might mean she has something makeing her itch, in that location or others.

Mares can do this behavoir when it's actually their bag that is itchy. They get a build up of something akin to the stallion's build up of smegma on his penis , between the teats, and it gets itchy. Or, they can have some kind of infection of the vulva, or lice on the dock.

Our horses get itchy there every year when they are shedding, and when the midges come out, they get itchy on their genital area, 'cause the flies bite the softer skin there.
     
    02-15-2014, 07:38 PM
  #3
Trained
Well it can indicate issues it can always just be that they LOVE their scratches. I have one filly that will to whatever she can to get a scratch wherever she can lol

The most quirky horse I own is an old girl name Ohio. She is just an over all silly mare, will throw her feed buckets in the air, escape gates, untie herself or other horses, and my favourite one is when she is waiting for me to feed her she is constantly doing something strange with her mouth that makes her look like she is smiling at ya.
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    02-15-2014, 07:52 PM
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Trained
Soda will lick me in the winter, not so much in the summer, but in the winter he will lick my coat, gloves, pants, etc. I could stand there for 15 mins and he would lick me with his eyes half closed the entire time. He also has to chew on his reins if we are standing still and he will randomly bite the barn or the gate or the water trough or my dad's brandnew tractor that he left out in the paddock unattended for 5 mins...
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    02-15-2014, 07:55 PM
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Foal
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regardless of any thoughts on the correctness or not of this behavior, if she is doing this a lot (itching her tail area on "things", like you or a fence or ?), it might mean she has something makeing her itch, in that location or others.

Mares can do this behavoir when it's actually their bag that is itchy. They get a build up of something akin to the stallion's build up of smegma on his penis , between the teats, and it gets itchy. Or, they can have some kind of infection of the vulva, or lice on the dock.

Our horses get itchy there every year when they are shedding, and when the midges come out, they get itchy on their genital area, 'cause the flies bite the softer skin there.
No worries. She's been doing it since she was little. We keep her cleaned up in that area, and she always makes a face when I itch the base of her tail, so i'm guessing that's what it is. She really doesn't seem to itch it on other things, I mean every once in a great while but its not constant. Just seems to know that I can reach that spot and she can't. :)

Haha FGRanch! How cute! Ah yes. Another quirk of Zee's is she throws her oat bucket off the fence line. We had to screw them there because of her!
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    02-16-2014, 12:01 AM
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Yearling
All three of my horses are quirky.

Casper: Loves candy. His favorite candy is a cherry Airhead. My sister fed him Red Hots once, and he loved those too. He is also enthralled with the fabric on a quilted coat. He will run his upper lip across the fabric over and over again. He also paws the ground every single time before I feed him. And he loves to cuddle after a good ride.

Rusty: Hates small animals. Two of our cats mysteriously had broken legs. Pretty sure it was Rusty. He will chase cats and dogs and kick out at them. He doesn't mind if my dog follows him, but if she runs with him and chases him, he gets very angry. He's also got a problem with being crabby with other horses that I am working on. Every once in a while, usually when I'm not paying attention and he is tired, he will kick out at another horse. Working through that. He also likes to try to bite the butt of the horse ahead of him on a trail ride. Rusty licks his lips every time before I feed him.

Knight: Whinnies shrilly when he feels lonely. Whinnies at me every single morning when I feed him. He has a very itchy head it seems and loves to be scratched. When he gets hyper and you canter him, he'll let out the cutest little buck. Just an all-around cutie pie.
     
    02-16-2014, 12:24 AM
  #7
Yearling
Spidey will come running (and I mean running) in from the back pasture as soon as he sees me heading towards the barn. I feel guilty about it if I am working someone else - so I always have a treat for him. He also watches me working the other horses very intently... he doesn't wander off. He is always, always in my business - and I love him for it. He likes people more than horses - he is my favorite.
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    02-16-2014, 12:28 AM
  #8
Foal
Rio has a thing about boots... whenever I go up to him and stand for a minute, or bring in other people, he immediately drops his head to their boots lol. He also hates water tough heaters... We've tried hiding them under guards, leaving only a small drinking hole exposed etc but somehow every few months in winter someone walks out to him bashing a water heater to pieces and having to pick up tons of tiny bits all over the corral. He's done so many other quirky things but these are the regulars!
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    02-16-2014, 01:14 AM
  #9
Weanling
My family's horses are full of quirks! My grandfather's Colorado Ranger mare loves to have her neck and the underside of her jaw scratched. She will turn her head nearly upside down, wiggle her upper lip in the air and nearly fall over when you scratch her. She loves it! She doesn't scratch herself on fixtures or seem itchy in any other way either. She just likes it when a person uses their nails. I will have to get a video of this someday.

This horse is also an escape artist. We have stalls with removable yolks so we can choose whether to allow the horses to put their heads out of the stalls or not. Foxy cannot have her yolk out. It only takes her about 5 minutes to jimmy her latch open. She manages to get out in the middle of the night once. We're not really sure how because her yolk was closed. The sliding barn doors were closed so she couldn't get out of the barn but she made quite a mess of the barn. She ate the bristles off one of the brooms, rearranged the stuff in the wash stall, and went at least part way up the stairs to the hay loft because the hay was cleaned up off the stairs. I have no idea what we would have done if she made it all the way up the stairs and ended up in the hay loft!

My grandfather's one OTTB is known to steal hats off people's heads and run away with them.

His other OTTB is notorious for playing in water troughs. We keep three water sources in her pasture in the summer, in the hopes that one of them will still have water in it by the end of the day.



My dad's appaloosa mare will sometimes try to mimic sounds. I just recall this one hilarious incident when I was waiting outside the arena at a show with her. I had my gloves in my hand and was slapping them back and forth in my hand. Queen then stuck her tongue out, slapped it back and forth on her cheeks and made the same noise. She did it more than once and looked so silly doing it. My mom and I were dying with laughter.

I'm pretty sure my horse's lower lip is too big for her. It's never tucked up against her teeth like normal horses. It's always hanging loose, like some horses do when they're relaxed but my horse is like that pretty much all the time. Her previous owner called it her "sugar cube drop box" When her lip is hanging particularly low I can fit my whole fist inside the space. The funny thing is, she'll let me do it. My husband has a habit of walking up to her and just grabbing her lips and playing with them, and she's completely okay with it.

Here's a typical expression on my horse's face. Note the gap between her lips. From the outside she almost looks like a monkey mouth but her teeth line up just fine. Lol.

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    02-16-2014, 08:03 AM
  #10
Foal
If I am drinking a bottled drink (and not put the lid back on it) or can drink while saddling my gelding he will pick it up while I am not looking and drink it. He puts it down where he got it and I go to pick it up while focusing on saddling and realize there is nothing in it. He also puts his head flat against my back and just stands there. Im not sure what he is doing buy he on the occasion does this when im leading him and he pushes me to make me walk faster he walks extreamly fast and I walk slow. :)
     

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