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post #11 of 32 Old 03-24-2009, 06:30 PM
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Sometimes me and my friend would let our ponies walk around the barn (just two at a time lol) and we would watch what they would do.
My pony would always head straight for the freezer (where we keep our grain), and he'd open it! It was so bad, since he's also a very good escape artisit, I've had to put a lock on the bottom of his door so he can't open it lol.

My friends x-racer would shake his head up and down all the time, he would grind his teeth, stick his tounge out sometimes while shaking his his head lol. He was a funny boy, he also drank out of a tim horton's coffee cup lol.
While he was at a diffrent barn, he was in for 23 hours of the day so he would stand with his head in a corner, and then he'd lift one back leg up, and proceed to bob his head lol.

He stretched alot too when she'd go to bridle him

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post #12 of 32 Old 03-24-2009, 06:52 PM
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My gelding chews on my fingernails (I found that out when I have long nails, and no, I don't let him do it).

He also likes to stick his head in water all the way up to his eyes and blow bubbles when we walk out into a creek to take a break while riding...

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post #13 of 32 Old 03-24-2009, 06:54 PM
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LOL. Up to his eyes?

My pony paws the water and splashes it everywhere!

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post #14 of 32 Old 03-24-2009, 07:06 PM
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LOL. Up to his eyes?

My pony paws the water and splashes it everywhere!
Yeah... literally up to where the water's just about two centimeters away from his eyes... I always tell him that one day he's going to 'blow bubbles' the wrong way and drown himself...

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post #15 of 32 Old 03-24-2009, 08:41 PM
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T, my mare, will lift and bend a front leg when eating her grain. If we're trailriding and stopped in a field, she will do this to let me know she wants to nibble on the grass.

Walka, likes to lift his rubber feed dish and fling it when he's done. As a matter of fact, he tends to like to "fetch" anything he can get his mouth on! If I leave my work gloves in my back pocket, you can count on him to remove them and fling them into the air.

Both horses will come in from the field to pee in their stall. I guess they don't like to be splashed from peeing on the ground!

When trailriding with Walka, if he has a fly on his face, he will stop and completely turn his head to me for me to swat it off............silly horse! Silly me, I do it!
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post #16 of 32 Old 03-24-2009, 08:56 PM
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Chance makes funny faces when he is begging for food or treats, he wiggles his nose and sticks his tongue out with his head low and swinging. Rooster side passes up to gates when he thinks its time to be done riding, he will squish you up to the gate like yeah we are soooo done lets go home.
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post #17 of 32 Old 03-24-2009, 09:29 PM
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Cliff is a tongue flapper. He sticks it out the right side of his mouth and then nods his head back and forth very quickly to flap his tongue. He is quite an entertainer at shows!

Someone stole my %&#*@&% Carrot!
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post #18 of 32 Old 03-24-2009, 09:55 PM
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Hmm Jeffrey has a few. He grinds his teeth when someone gets to close to him that he doesnt like. Haha kinda annoying sometimes and a horrible sound. Jeffrey also likes to stretch and yawn everytime I try and put his bridle on or take it off. He will stand there for a good minute or so and just yawn and move his mouth back and for like he's singing.

There is also a horse that I ride sometimes named Xander. He is my trainers horse but if you sing happy birthday to him he moves his mouth like he's singing. He also weaves his head(which isnt good) but is very funny. He will be the only one out in the pasture by himself weaving his head. There is just a couple.
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post #19 of 32 Old 03-24-2009, 11:33 PM
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Dante will tug on my hair if I turn my back on him and won't pay attention to him. He also likes to lick my arms, and if someone is wearing a hoodie and crouches down to work on his feet, he turns around and holds onto the hood. Any closed gate or tied rope is automatically a challenge to him. He's figured out how to open and close the center gate in our older stock trailer, and apparently enjoys locking Bandit in the front half, so we have to use bike locks to keep him from shutting the gate all the time. There's padlocks, chains, and more bike locks on almost all of our gates, trailer doors, and even the water pump, and any tied horses have to be kept away from his reach.

2-Pak believes that any food eaten in his presence is automatically better than anything he has, and is by default his. If you don't share, he comes over and drools on you/your food. He also has something against these green feeders we hang off the fence.... If they aren't wired to the fence, he'll pull them off and stomp on them until they break. He also ocassionally will get lazy going down this hill above the farm... he'll plant his front feet and propel himself along with just his back feet. He only does that if he has shoes on, and usually only for a couple seconds at a time. It's really strange.

Bandit likes to pick things up and hide them. I parked my car too close to the fence once, and he leaned over and stole the foam cherry thing off the end of my antenna, then trotted off into the woods with it. He's also stolen my friend's left boot, my dad's wrench, several halters and lead ropes, and he attempted to walk off with my dog's leash until he realized that my dog was still attached to it. XD

Ruby hates peppermint-flavored treats and apparently believes they should be drowned. If you try to give her one, she'll take it from your hand, turn around, and spit it out. One time she snatched a whole bag of them off the hood of my truck and dropped them in her water tank. (And then 2-Pak had to fish them all out.) She'll also chase cars if she's given a loose rein, and absolutely must stop at all stop signs. If there's a new road sign on our usual trails, she has to walk up really close to it and look at it before we can carry on.

Tanner and Magic apparently know that I have a hard time telling them apart, especially at a distance. I'll call to one, and the other will come over.
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post #20 of 32 Old 03-24-2009, 11:41 PM
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Jazz sticks her leg in the water trough to see how deep the water is, if it's not to her liking she will kick it relentlessly till it's filled. Also one time when she was a yearling I had went to feed them and our dogs well we had one dog that would lie down and "guard" his food bowl and nibble a little at a time. So this day I go feed them all and I look over and see Jazz laying next to her feed tub just like the dog and eating out of it, I about laughed my head off lol

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