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post #1 of 8 Old 02-12-2013, 07:30 PM Thread Starter
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Mimicking Your Horse

Have you ever mimicked your horse? Like followed it around in pasture, pawed when it pawed, laid down when he laid down? Did whatever your horse did?

Well if you have, what did your horse do? Today, I went out and played around with Breeze once I took the halter off. It was fun because we were playing in the snow banks! Breeze rubbed her chest and head up against a snow bank, so I pretended I did the same, she stepped into deep snow, so did I, She sniffed around the straw, so did I...

Anyway's I did what she did. Evenetually, she was doing what I would do, I went over to the snow bank, I pretended to rub my head and chest against it, she did the same. I pawed the snow, she pawed the snow, I even laid down in the snow, and she came over, looked at me, and she bowed in the snow, almost laying down, but didn't.

Either way, she was mimicking what I was doing because I did the same to her.

Have any of you had the same thing happen? Tell your stories!
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post #2 of 8 Old 02-12-2013, 07:45 PM
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My mare tosses her head when she's impatient about her feed, so I just stand in the alley and toss my head with her until she's done. But she won't do it if I start doing it first. I can get my gelding to walk, trot and stop without a lead, though.

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post #3 of 8 Old 02-12-2013, 08:11 PM
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When I was retraining my heart-horse, he was scared to death of everything. Worst case I'd ever seen. When I finally gained his trust, he'd do nothing unless I did it.

I had him in the arena one day and he hadn't rolled since the day I got him in for training. When I was raking the arena (let him loose to play while I worked), he did the little dance like he wanted to roll but never did. He'd always stop and look at me.

So I started the dance and he would dance and I would lower my head to the ground, and he would lower his head to the ground..but he wouldn't go any further.

So finally I sighed and gave up and finally hit the ground and rolled. He followed suit and finally rolled.

Kind of opposite of "do you mimic your horse" but I thought it was pretty cute.

I don't mimic the horse I have now because like my heart horse, she needs a leader too much. If I mimic her, she'd be the leader and she'd have a meltdown.

And those who were seen dancing were thought to be insane by those who could not hear the music
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post #4 of 8 Old 02-12-2013, 08:28 PM
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My horse always snorts, blows and sighs when we're riding. I always copy him. It's sorta 'tit for tat', you want to grumble, I'll copy you and laugh. I think he does it now so that I'll do it. I have to laugh when I have a riding partner that isn't one of my siblings though. They always give me a funny look.

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post #5 of 8 Old 02-16-2013, 12:35 PM
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I do this all the time! My horse just stares at me like I'm insane. Obviously, I'm not yet fluent in horse-speak.
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post #6 of 8 Old 02-16-2013, 12:37 PM
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I copy any sounds they make...they give me VERY strange looks to say the least...not to mention anybody riding with me lol
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post #7 of 8 Old 02-16-2013, 07:54 PM
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ive done this with my horse. my paint and moms pinto will do this after longing and all three will do it after i ride. my horse will smell his leg when i move my hand down his leg to put on his boots, or polo wraps. i also got him to nose a ball from pushing it away with my hand.
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post #8 of 8 Old 02-16-2013, 08:02 PM
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I ask my horse to mimic me all of the time-- it helps him learn to trust me as a leader. Sometime I will set up obstacles in the arena (cavaletti, barrels, etc) and will have him follow me around and over the little course. It's cute.

I'm teaching him to depend on me when he gets nervous, so sometimes if something is freaking him out on the trail, I'll have to dismount, go over and touch the object so that he will do the same... and then we're over it. Funny!
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