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    01-10-2008, 10:03 PM
I just like to hang out with my horse. We don't do any serious competing or anything. I just like to go to the barn and it's all quiet, just me and my horse. I talk to her while I'm brushing her! Hehe she's a good listener. :)
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    01-10-2008, 11:41 PM
Originally Posted by Avery
I've ridden in clinics and at shows with many elite dressage riders, and most of them are very affectionate with the horses.
That reminds me, has anyone seen the video of Blue Hors Matine (the Swedish Warmblood mare) doing her dressage freestyle ride?? At the end, the guy (Andreas something or other) gave her the biggest hug in front of thousands of people and was patting her so affectionately.

Talk about top level riding - I have never seen anything more inspiring in my life. It was like choreographed dance on a horse.
    01-11-2008, 07:51 AM
AK, you are talking about this one, right?

I'm not big fan of dressage, but that one is just great. Especially considering the fact horse is just 9 years old or so...

I often seen people hug and pet their really top show horses after the performance. And I think the loved horse will jump the moon to please the owner (although they have bad days too. Lol!).
    01-11-2008, 11:13 AM
Green Broke
As far as horses tool or pet. They are what you make them.
    01-13-2008, 03:16 PM
I believe horses are classified as a pet or tool according to the owner and what the horse is used for. I use my horses as show horses, so thus, horses to me are somewhat tools. If you are a horse owner who basically just has a horse to have a horse, then your horse is a pet, just like if your horse is nothing but a pasture ornament. I believe that a horse that gets worked regularly and has requirements and destinations needed to be met then that horse is a tool. Retired horses to me, are pets, even if they were tools at one point in time. Basically what I'm trying to say is if your horse is used and not just there for personal comfort then your horse is a tool.
    01-13-2008, 03:38 PM
I think horses can be both, and I agree with the statement that they are neither - more of a partner.

However, there are horses who are raised to be worked, such as farm horses were before they were replaced by machinery.
Now I think they are viewed more as pets by many, rather than working animals.
Now, it may just be the rider in me, but I give my car (a tool) a pat when it's done something good (like rev up to pass another car at higher speeds)... or I'm just insane...


I can understand both points of view, but my horses were both show horses and pets - I have cried into their manes when I had a bad day, played with them in their paddocks, and hung out with them "just cause," but I have also won many championships on them as well.
... maybe that was because I wasn't allowed a dog when I was a kid... :P
    01-13-2008, 09:14 PM
It depends on the person. I love spending just as much time with my horses as I do riding them and working. But working them also creates a bond and friendship as well. Both things do. Playing on the ground and petting and brushing is building a friendship that carries over to the saddle. And then through communication in the saddle, you build a different friendship/respect that carries over to the ground. Eventually you end up with a strong, loving friendship. Most people that I know whether they be hobbyists or seriously into showing, spend a lot of time pampering their horses with love and treats.

Im sure there are some that do treat their horses as tools but I think its like anything else in that there is always a small majority of people that don't do the right thing by their horses but the majority love and care for them :)
    01-13-2008, 09:30 PM
Originally Posted by kitten_Val
AK, you are talking about this one, right?

I'm not big fan of dressage, but that one is just great. Especially considering the fact horse is just 9 years old or so...

I often seen people hug and pet their really top show horses after the performance. And I think the loved horse will jump the moon to please the owner (although they have bad days too. Lol!).
Yeah kitten val, that is the video...I don't know how many times I have seen it, and it never ceases to amaze me! I would say you don't get too much higher level that, and I would say him hugging his horse at the end of the competition in front of all those people is not restricting his horse's performance in any way :) :)
    01-13-2008, 10:00 PM
I agree; they are also a companion. ;)
They say dog is a man's best friend; but horses are a woman's best friend! To me, anyway. LOL!! :P
They aren't a tool...or pet...they are more than that; most of us have such strong bonds with our horses; they are like a friend you can always count on. Working with our horses forms a great bond; & grooming is definitely a big part of it!!!
Just my take on it.
    01-13-2008, 11:48 PM
Well my horse is deffinately like a partner and is kinda like my baby to me. I don't want to see him in any pain whatsoever. Now I have not gotten to show at "top" levels because I am not good enough yet, but I do show Joe quite a bit and at shows its like he's a whole new horse. I can have full trust in him and I think he has trust in me. But none of that would ever be possible if I didnt have a "relationship" with him or w/e he wouldnt give me all that he's got. Everyday Joe has to put up with me :roll: lol. And when we jump well there are times where he saves my butt big time, and I don't think he would if I didnt give back to him. If that makes any sense.

Tools are things you "use" and throw away when you are done...A partner or a team (as is what joe and I are) is where one member gives what tehy have to offer and the other member gives what they have to offer, each member has to support the other or everything will fall apart. Sometimes one member has to pick up the slack of the other member (or help the other member). Without a horse, I am just a person, with out me Joe is just a horse, but together we are an unstoppable team! Lol

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