11-26-2012, 09:39 AM
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Rusty is 11 and I don't think he'll ever mature. I got him as a 9 year old, and let's just say that while he has grown up a bit, he still has the mind of a 4 year old in certain aspects. When he gets around another horse, his mind tends to go out the window. When he's scared, there's no calming him down...it's like the sense just gets knocked out of him. Fortunately, he rarely spooks. Rusty's the one that always somehow stupidly gets tangled or tries to jump something he's not supposed to.
It's so funny though, my friend has a horse, Sunny, that's 7, and Rusty and Sunny just GET each other. Both are on the high end of the totem pole, and they tend to try to show that even when they're being ridden (ears back, etc.). But nope, Rusty and Sunny just have this mutual understanding of goofiness.
It's nice to have a mature horse, but I like my goofy, immature one.