Join Date: Jul 2010
Location: East Central Illinois
Ok. I've owned very few mares, and only 2 that I really liked, including my 14yo mare, "Warren's Cindy" (KMHSA.) She loves on you when she goes into heat and is very disappointed that my 2 geldings won't give her baby #5--the previous owner bred her 4 times.
Anyway, I train my horses to think for themselves. My KMH gelding knows how to push my 8 ft. Gates open, and we ride him out of my small training area by asking him to open the gate, so we don't have to dismount. My 6yo QH has had some fear of opening a gate, so I've worked him in the arena, closed but NOT secured the gate and figured that he would figure out how to open it by himself. Recently, I left him in there, and he called to the others, ran the fence and fretted. My mare walked calmly over to the gate and showed him how to open it from the other side and stayed there until he was out. Even though she is 3/3 in the herd pecking order, both geldings depend upon her for confidence.