Join Date: Jan 2009
Location: Tri-State (IA, WI, IL) area
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!