Join Date: Feb 2012
Location: Chula Vista, CA
I'm a lucky one too...my now three year old has been easy peasy. Not sure if it's the draft in her or not. Although she is so good, I always have in my mind still to be prepared if she is not. Maybe it comes from me being a mom of human teenagers too! Snickers is a very willing and uncomplicated horse. She probably had a brief tantrum that lasted a second a handful of times and then never again. Just tests, I believe, of our pecking order. But, they are all different. You can't change their personality, but can change them to redirect their energies....if they are one of those energetic types that have their minds constantly trying to figure out what they can do next to keep things interesting and test everything. It takes a lot of patience, time and persistence. I've had one of those TB's. He was a wonderful, comical guy....kind of similar to Snickers, but also seemed to have ADHD, was slick in his thinking and needed constant reminding that he was not in charge. He was like this not only with humans, but his equine pasture mates as well. If he wanted to play, you were going to play whether you want to or not. He would irritate a little donkey in our pasture until he played. Donkey was not interested, but TB would keep nibbling his butt until he moved. When the donkey moved, bucking the whole time, TB would just keep it up chasing him...that was the game. Even the few other horses in the herd he would do similar things to. And if you weren't the 'leader' type of human, he would just run circles around you with his antics. He was a drama king and very much like a human Dragqueen maybe? LOL.
So, you have to adapt to the horse type you have really. This TB would not ever be one of those 'stand still all day without getting into a lick of trouble' type horses. But he was always so much fun! Tons of stories.