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    11-08-2009, 04:15 PM
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So I worked with this 8y0 QH all summer long. She had been trained before, but just lived as a pasture pony afterwards. When I started working he, she was vey wild. It didn't take he long to remember what she was supposed to do. HAlting took her foreve to learn, but she did after many tears and hurt toes (When we did ground work). About 4 months after I started working with her, we were placing at shows, and I even began to teach her to jump! Well, off to college I went, and she isn't being worked with everyday. Whenever I go home it is rainy, and I can't do much with her. This weekend was the first clear one since august!!

A took her in a empty pen and lunged her. Once she remembersed to pay attention to me, I got all her attention, and all of her transistions were beautiful. No bucking at all. I worked on the ground with her, and after a few minutes she was backing, halting, trotting, and standing like an angel!! I was so proud, and couldn't believe she remembered so much!1 My bf even pointed out she was squaring up at every halt like I had taught her.

My question is, how long do you think a horse's memory is? I had known she would do well, but not that well. She was even doing the tricks I had taught her, without treats!! Would this be a bond that we developed and she still remembers, or does training "Imprint" into a horse once it is learned?
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    11-08-2009, 04:19 PM
Well I part loaned a pony who had been in a field more or less for two years and only had been hacked out a couple of times. There was nowhere to school at the first yard and then when we moved and went in the school he remembered his bending work, canter leads everything and we'd only spent most of our time hacking and jumping. So memory is at least two years.
    11-08-2009, 04:28 PM
She has been in the pasture for 6 years before even being worked with. She hasn't ever picked up a wrong lead. It amazes me how smart she is.
    11-08-2009, 10:06 PM
A horse can remember things up to 20 years but bad things are obviously remembered longer.
    11-08-2009, 11:05 PM
I've worked with horses who were trained at 2 or 3 years old, and then left alone, or shifted from home to home, without continued training. The majority of them have picked up pretty much right where they had left off, and it never took too long to get them back on track. They have great memories. And yes, both good and negative experiences are often there.

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