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post #1 of 42 Old 11-11-2009, 12:17 AM Thread Starter
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Silly Horse Quirks ?

LOL, share your silly horse Quirks (sp?)
Today when i was picking out the horses hooves, and bend up, because my back has still been in horrible condition and is still really sore and stiff etc, anyways i was picking marshmellows hooves and than i sat there patting and rubbing him and i look at him and he picked one of my cats up by the end of the tail !
i was laughing but i immediatly got him to open up his mouth and let the cat drops lol, its still funny regardless and so cute XD
I had the camera and really wished i tooken apicture, but at least my cat still has his tail !
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post #2 of 42 Old 11-11-2009, 12:41 AM
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I don't know if it is a common thing or not but I have never seen it before. Sometimes when Dobe is grazing, he will prop a front hoof. Like horses prop a back foot when they are relaxing, only on the front. I will have to get a pic someday.
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Ever since 2-Pak learned how to flex his neck to either side at his last trainers, he simply won't stop. Now, whenever I'm getting ready to ride, he'll bend his nose back if I pull on a stirrup or act like I might get in the saddle (I bend his neck to keep him in place when I'm mounting.); if we're standing around while I'm in the saddle, he'll just randomly flex to look at me, and will sometimes even rest his nose on my boot and fall asleep. His most recent one is, rather than get to refusing to do something, he'll flex his neck back and refuse to straighten it -- i.e., I direct him towards a particularly scary bridge, and rather than spook or start backing up or whatever, he'll flex his neck, and nothing short of sitting and waiting him out will get his neck straight again.
He also has discovered that front shoes are slick on cement, and make 'fun' noises. There's a particularly long cement hill that we travel down sometimes, and if it's been a long ride, he'll sometimes plant his front (shod) feet and propel himself along with his back legs, shooting up sparks and making horrid screeching noises the whole way down.

Magic has this odd quirk where she gets extremely pissed if she knocks over a barrel. She's not spooking at it -- I've tested that theory by attempting to desensitize her to it. And she doesn't care is another horse knocks down a barrel near her, or if I kick it over while I'm on her. She'll only throw a fit if she hits the barrel and knocks it over while we're running barrels. She's been known to kick barrels halfway across the arena for 'daring to fall'. Her most famous moment was when she tapped one during a show, and as it started to fall, she kicked it upright again. XD

Bandit is convinced that he's meant to be the one riding in his own cart, and perhaps I should be pulling it -- every time I leave him unattended near it, he starts climbing into the footspace!

Dante has this compulsion where all knots in his presence must be untied, all snaps undone, all gates opened, etc., etc. If I have him tied up, he'll try to pull free the knot; if that fails, he'll rub his chin until he gets the snap undone; failing that, he'll somehow manage to get his halter off. It's near impossible to keep that brat in one spot!
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post #4 of 42 Old 11-11-2009, 01:02 AM
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I don't know if it is a common thing or not but I have never seen it before. Sometimes when Dobe is grazing, he will prop a front hoof. Like horses prop a back foot when they are relaxing, only on the front. I will have to get a pic someday.
Lacey did that the other day! I was surprised, I mean, I've seen goats go totally down on their front legs to eat (while keeping their butts in the air) but horses? Haha

Lacey has lots of quirks... My favorite one has to be how much she loves to have her ears scratched. She loves it if you scratch around them, squeeze them, scratch their insides, pull them, anything as long as you're messing with her ears. When she gets tired of you scratching one she'll turn her head and present you with the other ear. She'll keep going back and forth all day if you don't leave. Haha Interestingly enough, a year ago she was rather ear shy, she rather violently didn't want anyone touching her ears. So I made a point of touching her ears all the time and now she loves it! haha What a horse.

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post #5 of 42 Old 11-11-2009, 06:44 AM
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my first pony did this

if you gave her a treat of any description

my current horse has to sniff, and chew anything I take into the stable (and he's never been fed a treat in his life - yard rule!)

"Did I not just use the word 'puzzling'?"

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post #6 of 42 Old 11-11-2009, 07:04 AM
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Ricky loves testing all electric fences.
I don't know why but I think its like the adrenaline he gets from managing to get his head under and eating the lush green grass.
And even if he gets zapped, he'll go away for 5 minutes, then come back and test it again to see if its off.
And he knows how to un-do knots, gates, everything. So his paddock is now securely fenced and the gate latched like a fort.
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Scout likes to take each bite of his hay ration, carry it from the corner where I drop it down from the hayloft to his water bucket, and dunk the hay in his water, bite by bite. And he's a real slob about it, too. I always have a pocket of soaked bedding under his water bucket.

My sister taught her gelding how to "smile," and rewarded him during the training process with treats. Now, if he even smells a treat, or grain, up comes the lip. And that trick's worn off on other animals, too. Rio taught a calf how to smile for his milk replacer! He (the horse) picks up cats, too, on occasion.

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post #8 of 42 Old 11-11-2009, 07:22 AM
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Caleigh will quietly come up over my shoulder and take the lettuce out of my burger and shake it as hard as she can.
She grunts if I refuse her animal crackers
she used jumps standards to sit down and rise back up repeating to scratch her butt and hocks. I'll try to get a picture sometime.

My friends horse Sissy likes to push horses into the hot wire by butt bumping them and Bob the one she normally pushes likes to lick the hot wire and scratch his butt on it.

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post #9 of 42 Old 11-11-2009, 08:08 AM
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Diego likes to blow my shirt up and lick my back when im cleaning his hooves
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post #10 of 42 Old 11-11-2009, 11:18 AM
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Shaymus crosses his front legs when he is relaxing and Dallas puts his own brushes back in my grooming box for me. My boys are silly like that.
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