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post #1 of 23 Old 10-28-2013, 09:22 AM Thread Starter
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Question My horse doesn't play?

Does your horse play? I've never once seen my horse, Zeus, run around or kick up his heels. I even tried letting him run in the indoor arena, but he just stood there like..."What now?"
I tried getting the lunge whip out just to encourage some movement, but he just didn't seem to want to do anything.
Is this just his personality?
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post #2 of 23 Old 10-28-2013, 09:28 AM
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Does he have any buddies to play with?

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post #3 of 23 Old 10-28-2013, 09:28 AM
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My horse is the same way, lol. I think its just their personality...my gelding is more of the serious type and doesn't mess around. His 2 bffs out in pasture are 5 year olds so you'd think they'd entice him to play since they are just babies and they are glued to his side 24/7. The 2 babies play right by him but my guy just supervises.
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post #4 of 23 Old 10-28-2013, 09:30 AM
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We all don't or can't monitor our horses 24/7 to see what they are doing during that period.

Our horse lives in our backyard and a VAST majority of the time he is either grazing or eating hay or hanging out with the other horses on the properties around us (on the other side of our fencing).

Occasionally... Maybe every third day or so... We hear him galloping around like a fool on the two acres he has. If we make it out there to see his act, he generally stops and pretty much looks at us to say 'wattsup?!'.
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post #5 of 23 Old 10-28-2013, 09:31 AM Thread Starter
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He's new to a herd setting; The last place I boarded wouldn't let him be with other horses :( Now he's with 9 other horses, all geldings. He still doesn't seem to play. I really do think it's just his personality, but wanted to see what others thought
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post #6 of 23 Old 10-28-2013, 09:43 AM
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It may change over time. I know a horse who was a very serious type, never played in his last herd, but now, in a new place and herd, he's goofing around all the time, playing like a foal. And it is very possible that he's having short bursts of fun and games while nobody's there to see it. ;)

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post #7 of 23 Old 10-28-2013, 06:32 PM
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You bet my boys do...and they scare the bejesus out of me EVERY time! I have to turn and walk away and hope for the best when they get to bucking, running, and doing crazy moves lol. But they both are very playful in that way, some of our horses though don't and just look at them like they are aliens with their antics lol.

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post #8 of 23 Old 10-28-2013, 09:12 PM
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If he hasn't been in a herd setting for long he may just be still feeling out his place in the world. He will figure it out.
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post #9 of 23 Old 10-28-2013, 09:22 PM
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My gelding used to play with his two best friends (both Arab geldings that belonged to friends...which is why my big ol' draft cross now acts like an Arab when he gets it in his head that something is scary ). But when we moved barns, he stopped playing. He's the "boss hoss" in turnout, even though he's the youngest (and biggest), but he doesn't want to be boss. Even my "new" BO (we've been at the new barn almost a year) commented on the fact that my 4yo doesn't really play.
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post #10 of 23 Old 10-28-2013, 09:54 PM
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I have had my mare for almost 2 years. She used to be a polo pony and is the most "serious" horse I have ever met. I have never seen her play with her pasture mates. When they get all silly and start running around, she moves out of the way and just watches...she gets a little nervous, but i don't see any playfulness in her.

BUT, one of the barn workers told me that the feed buckets were turning up all over the pasture and they couldn't figure out what was going on and how they were getting off the fence and turning up in different areas of the pasture...until they witnessed Miss Isabella stealing them and depositing them throughout the field.

So, I guess she has her own ways of playing.
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