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post #1 of 8 Old 12-30-2012, 01:20 PM Thread Starter
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So my horse used to have so much energy and would prance around when I free lunged her. She LOVED showing off and getting the horses in the nearby fields riled up so they would gallop along the fence line to follow her when she was in the ring. I got videos but never a nice picture. She would do that as a foal, yearling, and as a two year old. Now at three, it's like all of her enthusiasm has drained haha.

I tried free lunging her the other day to get any jitters out since she's been in the stall a lot due to the weather. She had a bridle on but with the reins detached and her tendon boots (I was going to ride her afterward). When I asked of her certain gaits, she would do her casual working trot and canter. Before when I would do this, she would start prancing and having a grand ol' time. Doesn't make for a funny video/picture (since it would be hilarious watching her show off and flirt across the fence). The most she would do is extend her trot and be a little more floaty for the length of the ring then just drop back down to her casual/working trot.

There were also days that she would be moving so nicely but then once a camera came out, she lost all her energy and umph like 'Pfft.. You aren't going to document my special moves.'

Does this happen to anyone else? lol
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post #2 of 8 Old 12-30-2012, 01:26 PM
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Haha, yes, my gelding does that every time he pulls a face, but as soon as I bring the camera up to snap a picture he'll pin his ears and look away!
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post #3 of 8 Old 12-30-2012, 01:28 PM
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I would be happy my horse is finally listening to me. If you ask something of your horse and they respond by prancing around and not paying attention to you that is not a good thing. You want them calm and listening when you work them. If they play and act like an idiot out in pasture fine but when I'm working with them they better be calm and listening.

I have an older arab, when she starts getting prancy when I'm free lunging her (I typically always free lunge in the round pen) I will put the lunge line on. I don't tolerate her attitude when I'm asking something of her. When she calms down and is listening then I might take the line back off and let her free walk.
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Yes! Bunny is the absolute biggest show off I know. Haha. She prances and snorts and whinnies when its us alone but if I have a camera or other people with me she almost always acts as if she's too lazy to even walk, and give's the "mare (B****) face" nearly the entire time.

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post #5 of 8 Old 12-30-2012, 01:32 PM Thread Starter
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Oh, it's just in the ring mostly that she would have fun. It was a few times in the round pen as well when she was just learning what lunging is. I would let her get her jitters out. I would just crack the whip to get her going.. In the round pen now, she listens to my commands perfectly. Same with the lunge rope. She listens really well.

Just sometimes I'm like 'Go have fun so I can take a pretty picture or video of you!' and she just trots off, dum-de-dum xD

BornToRun, my horses do that too! Haha. I just stare at them and say 'Come on now, really?' And they give me a sideways glance then go back to not wanting to be photogenic lol
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post #6 of 8 Old 12-30-2012, 01:35 PM
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Perhaps she has learned to behave when you are working her. I don't care where it is I expect my horse to behave when I am asking something of them. If you want her to run around put her out in a large new pasture. That always works with mine.
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Does anyone have pictures of their sometimes-photogenic babies? :)
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post #8 of 8 Old 12-30-2012, 02:24 PM
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Nelly is usually photogenic, I think she likes the attention, and she has a pretty face :) But it's hard to get a nice one of Licorice when he puts on his "ugly" face!
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