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        03-16-2013, 10:03 PM
      #11
    Yearling
    The day I sold my one gelding, Zayn, (we were moving) we went and hung out in the pasture for an hour, then when I loaded him up he was hesitant and when the new owner drove off Zayn cried/whinnied the whole way down the road. This was a horse that wasn't herd bound and loaded well into whatever trailer. I didn't cry right then, because crying is looked down on in our family, especially about an animal. I cried later when no one was around.
    I would say that Zayn and I had a strong relationship, and I would even go to say that he loved me almost as much as I loved him. I miss him a lot!
         
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        03-16-2013, 11:52 PM
      #12
    Weanling
    I love hearing the stories and theories! At least I know I'm not alone I have second thoughts about selling him all the time. Probably was a good thing I stayed away for so long. His new owner really likes him and I knew he wasn't right for my level, so it was certainly the right move for now.

    Was that Copperhead's story about selling to the youth camp and then having to hide in the crowd? That was hilarious!
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        03-17-2013, 12:16 AM
      #13
    Yearling
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    Originally Posted by Kelli    
    I love hearing the stories and theories! At least I know I'm not alone I have second thoughts about selling him all the time. Probably was a good thing I stayed away for so long. His new owner really likes him and I knew he wasn't right for my level, so it was certainly the right move for now.

    Was that Copperhead's story about selling to the youth camp and then having to hide in the crowd? That was hilarious!

    It was He was a sweet horse. Did everything his little rider wanted until he saw me behind the fence. After the show and the kids said their goodbyes, I got to take him on a trail ride. It was wonderful.
         
        03-17-2013, 12:41 AM
      #14
    Weanling
    I believe that horses are capable of their type of love towards us. My Hawk and I finally have a great relationship. I think he enjoyed my company before but now I can really see the difference in his eyes when he sees me and responds to me when I whistle his specific whistle. He has always been affectionate but after 5 years together I feel our bond stronger than ever and he can almost read my mind. He puts his head close to mine and hugs me in his own way.It's really heartwarming. I can seemingly feel the love in his eyes when I'm grooming him.
    My NSH, Joey first of all loves himself-Ha Ha Ha, but I love him for that too! He's jealous if I go over to my other horses before greeting him. He dislikes my Paint horse and would go out of his way to chase after him just to prove he's numero uno. He's not as warm and fuzzy as Hawk but he gets all mushy after he has his bowl and will give you a big wet horse kiss on demand. He always waits at the gate when I leave and watches my car pull away. It makes my heart melt and I love him for it.
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        03-17-2013, 12:45 AM
      #15
    Yearling
    The first day Clementine walked up to me in the pasture I was SO happy. When I moved her to school with me, I sadly didn't get out to see her as much as I should have - maybe once per week. But it got to the point that when I drove out there, she'd look at the car (cars didn't pass much, so when they did it was exciting) and by the time I got to the gate she was there waiting for me. I always thought, putting her back out to pasture, that she must be so upset with me when we had a bad work day for some reason. And then the next time she'd be waiting by the gate, just like always. It made me happy.
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        03-17-2013, 01:48 AM
      #16
    Weanling
    I don't know if they love, but I do think they connect with certain people. I think that it is based on their trust in the person, and feeling secure with that person. My older guy always comes over to me and hangs out with me. I move to scoop poop he is right there beside me. I move again he moves again. If my younger horse comes around he moves him off. I guess I am his, which is fine with me, as he has my heart totally. I had a horse for about 6 months that was food agressive, which I could deal with, but also aggressive on the ground by himself. On a lead or saddle he was great. Took him to an experience trainer to work with him and said it was a total lack of confidence and he needed a leader. I finally established a bond with him and he respected me, but because he had bitten in the past and kicked out and the fact I had three younger kids at the time I found another home for him that was experienced and could handle him. One day I stopped by there to see him, probably about 3 months later. He came running over the fence screaming and I gave him a good rub over the fence and talked to him. As I left he ran the fence line screaming. I was in tears when I left. He looked good but he remembered me that was for sure.
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        03-17-2013, 01:51 AM
      #17
    Yearling
    I have a appy gelding who is going to be 10 this May, I've had him since he was 6 weeks old (his Mom was here for awhile too). When he turned 3yr. I sent him to a trainer north of us. I drove up there with my friend to drop him off (I heard good things about this trainer, only to find out they weren't), anyways.......we had to go around a small lake on the road to get to the place, I stayed with Chips for about an hour, the guy threw him out with a herd of about 20 other 2 and 3yr. Olds. Chips had never been in a big herd and wasn't an aggressive horse. When I went to leave he ran along the fence line following my truck/trailer whinnying at me but he could only go as far as the lake....I remember looking in the mirror and seeing him standing there staring at me drive off....I told myself to be brave, it's like taking a kid to their first day of school. A week later, the guy phoned me and told me to come pick Chips up that he was going to kill himself! He walked right into the lake that day and kept walking towards the other side where he last saw me driving away, he got into the middle and kept going under, the guy had to go out into the water and hollar at him, he finally was able to turn around and went back. When I got there, Chips eyes looked empty, he stood with his head hanging on the ground, there were bites all over him from the other horses and around his ankles were rope burns where the guy hobbled him because he kept opening the gate and coming out into the yard :( I didn't say a word to the guy (never did pay him either), said "come on Chips, we're going home".......it took him a while to get back to his old self.....I ended up just training him myself, I was worried I would wreck him but he's turned out to be a great boy!!
         
        03-17-2013, 02:51 AM
      #18
    Green Broke
    You are all killing me with these stories!! I have read that horses have a fantastic memory, up there with Elephants! They remember! And I do believe that they feel love in their own way, or a preference for certain people.
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        03-17-2013, 03:32 AM
      #19
    Trained
    I believe horses are highly intelligent, much more so than dogs. There is no scientific reason for them to not be capable of "love". I know mine love(d) me, some seemingly more deeply than others...but hey, I love some humans more than others - myself.
         
        03-17-2013, 01:39 PM
      #20
    Foal
    They love, most definitely!
    No question about it.

    That's what's so incredible about these animals. Unconditional love,and forgiveness. Honesty.

    Horses are just awesome animals.
         

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