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    10-03-2011, 12:26 PM
  #1
Foal
Filly is too friendly?

I went to see this horse that I'm considering buying and when we got their my whole family and I(6 people). She came over nuzzled & said hi to all of us. The owners said she loves everyone & likes to say hello to everyone.

She is almost 2. Is it normal for her to be like this?
Will she grow out of it?
& Is it possible for a horse to bond with 2 people in a joint ownership?
Will this make her more likely to be stolen?

I have never known a horse to be so friendly.
     
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    10-03-2011, 12:30 PM
  #2
Showing
She is almost 2. Is it normal for her to be like this?
Yes. She's probably been handled since birth, which is good.

Will she grow out of it?
Not unless you mishandle or mistreat her.

Is it possible for a horse to bond with 2 people in a joint ownership?
Horses can and do bond with more than one person, but like all living creatures may or may not bond with their owners, or will bond more strongly with one over the other.

Will this make her more likely to be stolen?
Odd question. Why would being friendly make her more likely to be stolen? You WANT your horse to be friendly. Better than her being an aggressive witch.

I have never known a horse to be so friendly.
You've just not been lucky enough, then. I've known plenty of horses who are total love bugs.
     
    10-03-2011, 12:36 PM
  #3
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Originally Posted by Horselove96    
I went to see this horse that I'm considering buying and when we got their my whole family and I(6 people). She came over nuzzled & said hi to all of us. The owners said she loves everyone & likes to say hello to everyone.

She is almost 2. Is it normal for her to be like this?
Will she grow out of it?
& Is it possible for a horse to bond with 2 people in a joint ownership?
Will this make her more likely to be stolen?

I have never known a horse to be so friendly.

WELCOME to the forum! Glad to see you found us.

As for the friendly filly. The question I would ask, was she friendly to the point that she was rude?
A filly that has been handled since birth will often be very friendly, especially if she has never been taught to fear people. There is a fine line between friendly and pushy, sometimes. Unless she is taught to fear interactions with humans, she will remain friendly.Yes, horses can learn to enjoy two people if they share them.

A two year old will need competent and professional training. Since you seem new to horses, are you planning on having someone work with her? The better question might be...would an older, more thoroughly trained horse not be more suitable for you? Something you can ride now?
     
    10-03-2011, 12:50 PM
  #4
Foal
Thanks for the answers.

She was not rude.

The only reason I asked about being stolen is because we get a good amount of horse stealing over here and she'll run to fence for attention with anybody. I don't want someone walking up to the gate and she runs over they can lead her right out no problem. If they want they could load her into a trailer and drive off. She won't care.

She will be staying with the owners a couple more months until she turns 2. And I am willing to wait to ride her. The owners & I will be working togethor to finish her training. I and My family are up for the challenge of a young horse.
     
    10-03-2011, 12:55 PM
  #5
Green Broke
I don't know how much it pertains, but I will tell you about my yearling gelding. He is my first foal and I imprinted him at birth. He LOVES people and is always coming up to the fence, coming up to be haltered, if you clean stalls you constantly have to keep him away from your wheelbarrow, etc.

He did (and sometimes still does) have some mouthy issues where he wants to chew and/or nip in play. I do carry a whip and he knows a "smooch" means he better back away or he will get a swat.

The thing is, I like my horses to be friendly and easy to catch. I am always hugging/scratching them and don't really see a problem with them in my space unless they are being rude (in which case he gets a smooch as a warning and a swat if he doesn't respond quickly).

So I had a friend come over and she thinks he is just awful because he comes right up and sticks his head over the fence in her face. I mean, she thinks I need to send him to a trainer for a month! I personally think a trainer (at $550 a month no less) would be a waste of my money. I would rather save it for saddle training, because he does everything I want. He leads, ties, picks up his feet (including for trimming), lunges (at a walk only because I don't want to injure his joints, he's only a yearling), ponies, wears a bit and saddle, yields his shoulders, hips, backs, sidepasses from the ground, etc. Recently I've been bridling him and getting him used to turning, stopping, and backing to bit pressure. He does all that.

So even though he gets in a person's pace, is that a crime? It really doesn't bother me unless he gets chewy/nipping, and he definitely gets punished for that.

So I don't know. I like friendly horses myself, but some people think it is rude?

I think with a colt it is more of a gray area, because you don't want to teach bad habits, but with my adult horses, I definitely want them to come right up to be haltered and loved on. To me that's part of the relationship. I enjoy it.
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    10-03-2011, 01:00 PM
  #6
Green Broke
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Originally Posted by Horselove96    
Thanks for the answers.

She was not rude.

The only reason I asked about being stolen is because we get a good amount of horse stealing over here and she'll run to fence for attention with anybody. I don't want someone walking up to the gate and she runs over they can lead her right out no problem. If they want they could load her into a trailer and drive off. She won't care.

She will be staying with the owners a couple more months until she turns 2. And I am willing to wait to ride her. The owners & I will be working togethor to finish her training. I and My family are up for the challenge of a young horse.
I know in Florida things are all weird, because they are butching horses for meat, but I think in most parts of the country, a good, visible identification such as a freeze brand will deter thieves because they want to run the horse through a sale for a quick buck.

I don't know if that would work in Florida as much, but most places folks don't want to be caught red-handed with an easily identifiable horse. I am told freeze brands don't hurt the horse and the hair grows back in white so it isn't as much of a blemish as an old-fashioned hot brand. I really think they look pretty cool.
     
    10-03-2011, 01:12 PM
  #7
Foal
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I am told freeze brands don't hurt the horse and the hair grows back in white so it isn't as much of a blemish as an old-fashioned hot brand. I really think they look pretty cool
That is a good Idea. I'll definitely look into it.

We live close to the Ocala national forest. Where people are always doing strange things with horses. & its a forest so you can disapear in their and do whatever.
     
    10-03-2011, 03:41 PM
  #8
Foal
If people are stealing horses, make sure your property is fenced in and your pature gate is on the inside of your property, hopefully near the house/barn. I'd keep all entrances with a locked gate as well. If they're stealing horses they might be stealing horse equipment, as well as other things.


I prefer a friendly horse. I've taught my filly when its okay to be in my space and when I mean to get out. I have clear commands, but she's a stubborn little mama's girl and wants to ignore me sometimes to stay next to me. She doesn't try to be bad, though sometimes she does thinks that can be rude (she's just starting her cycle and is showing her appy-tude) and she definitely gets punished for it.
If you get her, just make sure you teach her space, and that you're the boss. That doesn't mean be a witch to her and be aggressive, that just means be assertive when you need to be :)

I think she sounds like a lovely filly.
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    10-03-2011, 11:49 PM
  #9
Yearling
I have to say that I am one of the people who would think it is "rude." I have a very large personal space whether it's people, dogs, horses, whatever. I do Not want them in MY space. So from my point of view the filly would not be a good match. - but of course, you need to consider your own personality and how she matches with it.

As far as horse theft... the barn where I board is really secure. Gated/code entrance. But beyond that, I still have no worries. My horse will not come to ANYone but me. She has perfect ground manners once she is caught - Anyone can handle her. But she won't let them catch her. Even in her stall. (I should say it took 3 and half years before I could catch her consistently.) =P
My mare is not "in-your-pocket friendly" but she doesn't have a mean bone in her body. She's so willing to work for me. ...That's My match. =)
     
    10-04-2011, 12:44 AM
  #10
Yearling
Never leave a halter on a horse when they are at pasture, Don't leave halters or ropes or buckets of grain around. Don't give thieves any tools to steal your animal.
     

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