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    07-15-2012, 11:44 PM
I really REALLY do not like having noses blown on me, especially around my face. That and water kisses. You know when they take a drink of water and then run their muzzle up your arm.
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    07-16-2012, 01:05 AM
Mally is really buddy sour. She will just about paw the stall door down when I take Zanna out to work.

Zanna jerks her head back when it's time to take off her bridle freaking herself out when the bit hits her teeth. I have been quiet and calm about teaching her to bridle every step of the way and I have never been hard or heavy or quick with putting it on or taking it off so this habit annoys the crap out of me!
    07-16-2012, 06:57 AM
Love my mare to pieces. She is very herd bound though, so it makes it hard for my mom and I to go riding together :( and she's cinchy (due to ill fit saddle yrs ago.) Always been a little sensitive around her flank. But I prefer to think of all the great things about her, instead of dwelling on her annoying personality traits :)
    07-16-2012, 10:21 AM
Bloo- he is the greatest horse on earth although he does have his quirks. If I scratch him and stop but he wants more he won't leave me alone. He poops in his water like it's in door plumbing like he doesn't poop on the ground anymore just in his water. He will push me out of the way or he'll attack a horse if I'm leading him and it is rude to me, which I have started to work out of him. He'll work himself into a lather if his lead mare is taken from him. He doesn't stand tied, if I tie him to something he'll either pace or he'll untie himself but he won't go anywhere maybe a step over at most. It almost seems like he's offended that I think I need to tie him so he shows me he doesn't need it. The worst thing is that he only rolls after I've given him full bath, not when I hose him down or he's sweaty only after I've put the effort into getting him clean. I've tried keeping him in a stall or on the cross ties until he dries so it's not as bad, but I've never had a bath keep him clean for longer than it took him to dry.

Little Foot- he will take anything lying around and play with it like it's no ones business, hoses, pitchforks, brushes, clothing, tack, anything he can get in his mouth he'll play with. He is also a notorious pick pocket and if he gets your wallet you'd better pray there's no money in it because he will literally eat it cigarettes too, he loves those. He likes to knock over the wheel barrow and pee in the mess or he'll protect it like you're stealing his treasure. He also refuses to let me spray him with fly spray but will play with the bottle till kingdom come even if he accidentally sprays it himself.

They are more quirks that used to be cute but now that I've had them so long they're just annoying. Other people love it and tend to laugh when they 'act out' while I've learned to deal with it.
    07-16-2012, 10:49 AM
Koolio chews his lead rope. I hate chewed, slimy ropes, and own about a half dozen of them...
Sam, my old man, rubs his head on and then nose launches me. He's so big that he can really send me flying sometimes.
Himmy the pony is into everything. I cannot leave my grooming kit, saddle, gloves, anything within her reach or she will pull it apart or hide it in her mouth.
Sally is my daughters horse. She is generally pretty good, but man does she have "maritude". She can be the grumpiest girl ever at times.
    07-16-2012, 10:53 AM
Any horse that doesn't walk at my shoulder when I'm leading drives me crazy - whether they're pulling ahead or dragging behind. Also, difficult to catch horses, horses that bolt through the gate when you open it, and horses that don't have a clue how to steer bother me.

However I have to remind myself constantly that it's not the horse's fault - it's the lack of training they've had. So instead of thinking "Boy I'd love to beat the crap out of this horse!" when I'm frustrated, I think, "Boy I'd love to beat the crap out of whoever tried to train this horse!" :P It's a good way to refocus negative energy. :-D
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    07-16-2012, 10:54 AM
Oh and PAWING! Now there's a nerve-jerker!
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    07-16-2012, 11:43 AM
Misty bucks every single time we canter in a field. Every. Single. Time. It's not saddle pain, we've had that checked out. Just exuberance. Brat.
    07-16-2012, 11:51 AM
I hate pawing too. It's probably my biggest peeve but neither of my horses do it.
Another thing that Bloo does, and has taught Little Foot to do is unlock stalls and gates. They can get just about any latch open from any side even if there are clips on the latches. It's fine when they just let themselves out of their paddock or stalls but when they let the others out it's not quite as endearing. At night if they get out of their pasture and the barn is left open they'll go let all the other horses out and have a party. Although this is totally my fault because I taught Bloo how to do it, I did tell him to only do it in emergencies but I guess that part didn't translate.
    07-16-2012, 11:54 AM
I've never had a horse that unlocks gates, but I have had plenty of horses who have decided that the BEST place to rub their butt is against the gate, because sometimes it will magically open! :)

Another thing I don't like is a horse that can't stand tied or stand still to be saddled. Pacing back and forth and back and forth and calling, pawing, just downright being ornery (most likely wanting to back to the other horses) drives me crazy.

Again, training issues... but still. :P

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