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post #1 of 13 Old 09-12-2009, 11:19 PM Thread Starter
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What is your opinion on this??

One of my horse friends told me that some trainer told her that when you take out a horse twice (to lunge, ride, whatever) in one day, the horse just thinks it is a completely different day. What do you think about this?? I can't decide whether this could be true or not... Do horses even know what days are? Hm...
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post #2 of 13 Old 09-13-2009, 12:35 AM
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I disagree. Just in my personal experience, my horse(s) are always in a state of "Holy crud, again?!" They certainly seem to know (and are disgusted) that they are being wirked twice
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I disagree. Just in my personal experience, my horse(s) are always in a state of "Holy crud, again?!" They certainly seem to know (and are disgusted) that they are being wirked twice
This.

King Victor gets quite cranky when he schedule is interrupted twice in one day.

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post #4 of 13 Old 09-13-2009, 08:06 AM
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Now, I haven't done this often, but if I ride my greenie in the morning and he's a little full of himself, and things don't quite click, I'll not work him for too long or too hard, untack him and let him be for a while, and later that day saddle up again. Almost invariably things are better the second ride.

Sometimes they have off days (or off moods within days) just like people (I hate to anthropomorphize, but in this instance I think it may be justified...). I won't let him get away with being disrespectful, or not doing as I asked, but once I get it, if I can tell he's in a mood, I'll get the response, and not torture him further about it, and try again later. Sometimes, especially with youngsters and greenies, a couple of short sessions a day can bring concepts over better than one hour long workout.

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post #5 of 13 Old 09-13-2009, 11:12 PM
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I believe days are done according to light cycle. Correct? I don't see why on earth a horse would consider being pulled out of a stall twice, 2 days. If so the horses at Dixie Stampede went through 5 different days in one afternoon when they had 5 shows a day.

Sounds like a load of crap to me. LOL
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post #6 of 13 Old 09-14-2009, 08:21 AM
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^^ Yep, right up there with the goldfish having only a 30 second memory, so every lap around the bowl seems like he's seeing it for the first time.

Change of attitude within a day, yes, new day, nope.

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^I don't know if you were saying it's true or not, but a goldfish DOES have a much longer memory than 30 seconds. Mythbusters proved it, lol
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Sorry but that's so not true. If I try and work my horse twice in one day he's always grumpy when I catch him and complains when I tack him up and he's just a hassle to ride. They do know it's a different day. Like how they know when it's feed time. :)

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post #9 of 13 Old 09-14-2009, 11:15 PM
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Im going to have to disagree too.
Marshmellow and pepper definitally know when im going to ride them a second time in a day.
they get a bit grumpy with me lol and i'll have to chase marshmellow down, but once you finally catch him hes like.. " i have to work... again?"
because he used to be a lesson horse for most of his life and now our house is like retirement for him lol !
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^I don't know if you were saying it's true or not, but a goldfish DOES have a much longer memory than 30 seconds. Mythbusters proved it, lol
Ha ha, yep, I saw that episode. And I thought that training horses could be hard... I never even tried training goldfish, lol.

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