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post #2201 of 3149 Old 09-26-2012, 06:31 PM
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Sorry for the double post, but I experienced something interesting today and maybe somebody here has a clue what was it about! I was trotting with Snickers bareback at a medium working trot, when he got excited for a mare leaving nearby pastures and went on to trotting faster. Usually his fast trot is uncomfortable, very rough and such, but this time it seemed that he switched from it up to another trotting speed that was even faster, reminding cantering by speed, but very, very soft and smooth! I had never experienced anything like that on him bareback and I am now a little confused how did he do the change from the fast, rough trot to this silky, fast gliding! Any ideas?

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Haha, such a show off, Snickers! Sounds like he was trying to get someone's attention Brock is a very slow plodder on the lead until he sees a pretty mare - then he lifts his head, arches his neck and really starts stepping out! He'll try a bit of "passage" if we're trotting around mares too, super comfy and springy but a lot slower than what Snickers sounds like he was doing. These geldings! No one told them they weren't stallion! lol.
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Thanks for the responses on my lesson question. I am the last lesson of the night, so usually the horse is already tacked up from the rider before me...I get that. After the lesson we just untack and turn out, no grooming, cool down or anything. I guess I was just looking for a little bit more 1on1 time with the horse that I ride. I think that I'm just comparing to the lessons that I took when I was younger, where I feel like I spent so much time before and after the lesson with the pony I was riding.

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Lol, Evil, yes, that might be true! Snickers is quite the macho man! And the mystery of his "gaiting" might as well be solved - I told this to one of my more experienced barnmates and she said it might mean that he managed to collect naturally at that moment - really engaging his hindquarters, lifting his shoulders and rounding his back. That would explain increasing in the impulsion and the gait becoming smoother - carrying the weight of the rider correctly.

Well, I sure hope her guess is right. :)

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Haha awww Snickers - he'll be so sad when he finds out he can't make lots of little Snickers and Snickerellas :P

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Well, I'd "love" to discover that he's a stud (he's not, lol, but he was a crypt before gelding him), because he's been seen mounting our two mares. One would give him very pretty miniSnickeys.

A little glimpse from our photosession - I haven't got all the photos yet, because the photographer has caught a cold and won't be able to give me the memory card with the files for a while, but the ones I got today are nice.

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Well, I'd "love" to discover that he's a stud (he's not, lol, but he was a crypt before gelding him), because he's been seen mounting our two mares. One would give him very pretty miniSnickeys.
Heh, Brock's tried that once or twice - vet said it's most likely he's just a randy gelding. The mares are such hussies though... I wouldn't let Brock *or Snickers) mount a mare, only because his stallion instincts may not be keen enough to tell she's not in heat and he could get badly kicked - also, I'd be worried about sexually transmitted infections. Whenever he thinks about it I would give him a light tap with a lunge whip and send him away from the mare - Brock got the picture pretty quickly, he still shows off and produces flehmen and drops, but he doesn't go flank-sniffing anymore, or herding them into corners. Star was more than willing on a few occasions but one time he gave her a quick sniff while my friend and I were walking them both and she nearly kicked me trying to tell him to **** off.
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Well, Snickers only shows this interest to mares when they are in heat and ready to have fun, and our lead mare is always happy to "entertain" our geldings in her special days. So I feel rather safe for his decisions, lol. As for sexually transmitted infections - that's some food for thought. But I'd have no saying in how he acts in the pastures when there are no people around anyway.

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Well, Snickers only shows this interest to mares when they are in heat and ready to have fun, and our lead mare is always happy to "entertain" our geldings in her special days. So I feel rather safe for his decisions, lol. As for sexually transmitted infections - that's some food for thought. But I'd have no saying in how he acts in the pastures when there are no people around anyway.
Snickers has more charm than Brock then But I know what you mean about how difficult it is to control what they do in their paddocks - which is why I'm paying hefty board so Brock is paddocked separately (that's partially also because I'm terrified of what he'd do to a colt or gelding in a one-on-one situation, or even worse if it were him, another gelding and a mare!). Sigh, these boys! They're already "fixed" so it's not like we can fix them again! But they make us laugh...

That photo is beautiful by the way - I'm totally in love with Snickers (especially his name, I just like saying it in my head lol).
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Thanks. :) And I'll let Snickers know he has a fan. :)

Well, that is true, horses can get pretty rough with each other in the pastures. But they sort out their hierarchies quickly and do not tend to seriously maim others, as it is against natural herd behavior. I also think that the pros are much bigger (and more of them) than any cons of pasturing horses in herds. Does Brock have a particular behavioral issue because of which he cannot be turned out with others, or is it just that you don't want to take the risk?

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