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post #1 of 4 Old 03-28-2013, 02:04 AM Thread Starter
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When horse isn't the same horse anymore.

I hate how my horse isn't the horse I knew before. :/ When I got my horse he was a very in your face kind of horse. He always wanted to be around me, I used to hang in his pasture for hours and he always wanted to stick by my side. Whenever I went to leave him he would always follow me to the gate and just stare at me as I left. I used to have a calling for him and he used to always come running. We HAD a very strong bond, I guess not as strong as I thought.

After the summer ended I left for college 3 hours away to get a degree in Equine Health. My parents were taking care of Hero. At first Hero was the same horse when I came home, he acted the same and what not. As time went on he became less interested in me. When I came home he stopped hanging with me, and being in your face and he even stopped coming to his calling. The other day he ran from me for an hour. This has never happen. I called my friend to help me catch Hero, and he walked right up to her with no problem. I don't know what his deal was. I guess I knew this was going to happen because I'm not around as much/ not giving him his feed, but I was hoping some way our relationship would of stayed the same. :/

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post #2 of 4 Old 03-28-2013, 02:25 AM
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I hate how my horse isn't the horse I knew before. :/ When I got my horse he was a very in your face kind of horse. He always wanted to be around me, I used to hang in his pasture for hours and he always wanted to stick by my side. Whenever I went to leave him he would always follow me to the gate and just stare at me as I left. I used to have a calling for him and he used to always come running. We HAD a very strong bond, I guess not as strong as I thought.

After the summer ended I left for college 3 hours away to get a degree in Equine Health. My parents were taking care of Hero. At first Hero was the same horse when I came home, he acted the same and what not. As time went on he became less interested in me. When I came home he stopped hanging with me, and being in your face and he even stopped coming to his calling. The other day he ran from me for an hour. This has never happen. I called my friend to help me catch Hero, and he walked right up to her with no problem. I don't know what his deal was. I guess I knew this was going to happen because I'm not around as much/ not giving him his feed, but I was hoping some way our relationship would of stayed the same. :/
You left him, he did not leave you, but the will to survive has taken over and he now sees someone else as his meal ticket. He may also be giving you a hard time because you don't spend the time with hin. Another reason he may be running from you. A horse is honest with their assessment of any other animal that enters their paddock and quickly decide to run away, or to walk up. Now he has directed his effection to another you may inadvertantly be demonstrating your anoyance at the situation. It will be seen in your body language and he will act accordingly. He reads you as a threat.

I did the same with my horse she would run around me I would get annoyed and it would show in my body language and the horse would be harder to catch. Then my wife would walk on up to her and no issues.
My solution was to go back to the start and not react when she ignored me or ran away. I have even sat down in the paddock and waited for her to walk up then I would just give her a pat and walk away. It takes time.

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Whenever I leave Rosie to go wild for a week or so in the paddock she's tricky to catch, fussy and doesn't want to be there. Horses require constant work. If I see her everyday she comes, hangs around etc.

They are not people. The bond you experience is different to the one they do. He doesn't understand college. As far as he's concerned you just stopped coming and then his life went on.

Don't over think it when you start seeing him everyday things will go back.
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Thanks for your guys input. I tend to forget Hero is a horse at times lol and doesn't understand that i'm at college and that I didn't just desert him. I'm hoping during summer that I can get him back.

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