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post #1 of 5 Old 11-21-2011, 10:01 PM Thread Starter
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Why is it that my favorite horse is so disagreeable with other horses? ;)

Dakota is such a good boy…
I wasn't going to ride today, but ended up and went and got Dakota anyway… I hadn't planned on riding far, but ended up and rode for a few miles bareback. I normally never canter on Dakota because he acts like he's going to buck bareback… tossing his head down or arching his neck and all… the big goof.

I'm not sure what came over me on our ride… maybe because he was being so good, but I asked him to trot (which is usually about the fastest I ride Dakota bareback), and then just asked him to see if he would canter without acting up… and he did! I'm not sure why he just decided to go all of a sudden without trying to act like a butt, but I think it may have had something to do with the way I was riding… I noticed that when I asked for a canter, I was holding the reins differently and was also sitting differently on his back… much more relaxed and I was trying to got grip too much with my legs (his trot can get very bouncy and most of the time, if I don't hang onto him at a bareback trot… well, he gets so bouncy at times that he could bounce you right off, haha…)…

I still feel like squealing like a little girl!

We cantered for about a third of our ride and he never once offered to buck or acted like he was unhappy. Before we went home I even rode him for a little while (at a walk only) with no bridle or any way to control him except for leg and seat cues, and he did great… until he spooked over a large dog running up to him and tried to bolt in the other direction, but he calmed down really fast…

Anyway… taking Dakota out for a nice ride just makes me so happy… he's a perfect angel when it's just me and him or us and Gypsie… but every single time we ride with other horses (even if it's the other horses in the pasture… not counting Gypsie) he's such a butt… If I don't watch him, he'll kick, bite, etc…

He really is my favorite horse to ride, and I don't ride him a lot lot because most of the time I ride with other people and would rather take a horse that gets along with other horses and doesn't try to attack them… Dakota doesn't really like trails that much, and would rather stay at a slower gait than what most of my friends like to ride (a lot of my riding buddies like to do lots of running, and I do too, but not when my horse seems to dislike it most of the time…), but put him on a flat, broad area (like an arena, just a large, flat area) and he'll happily walk, trot, and canter up and down it all day… He's just so… quirky…

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post #2 of 5 Old 11-22-2011, 12:41 AM
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Horses can be strange. One time, Casey was bucking and rearing all over the place, saddle/pad/bridle everything checked, it was fine, and the next day she was one of the calmest I have ever seen her.

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post #3 of 5 Old 11-22-2011, 11:37 AM Thread Starter
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Lol... yeah, they can be strange...

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post #4 of 5 Old 11-22-2011, 11:41 AM
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He's trying to show dominance, and he doesn't consider you in charge if he's not listening to you and trying to kick and bite the other horses.

My heart horse was a very dominant creature, and in charge of my small herd. He could make all the ugly faces he wanted at another horse riding close to him, but he was NOT allowed to act out in any other way.

It's not quirky or amusing, it's just bad manners from a dominant animal. You need to learn to control the situation, not let him get away with being aggressive to other horses.

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post #5 of 5 Old 11-22-2011, 02:04 PM Thread Starter
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Dakota isn't a dominant horse. Not in our pasture, and he does see me as his 'leader'. In the pasture, he's about fourth in the pecking order (out of six horses), and I don't tolerate him trying to push me around. He definately knows I'm the boss. He doesn't try to push me around, but he does try (and succeeds) in pushing other people (my family members) around because they don't get after him like I do when he does things.

He's also not this way with every other horse besides his dam. He does have a few horsey buddies who he isn't pastured with who he ets along with on rides... I don't ride with them too often, though.

The guy who owns his sire has said that it just seems to be a bit of his personality. Dakota doesn't want other horses around me when he's around me.

I also don't let him get away with the behavior when we ride. I get onto him and make him circle, pop him with the reins/a switch, etc... make him walk behind the other horses, make hm do what I want to do, etc.... He also only does it a little ways into our ride... once he seems to realize and get used to the fact that the other horses are going, regardless, he's ok and only gives them the stink eye every now and then.

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