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    05-28-2010, 11:46 AM
  #1
Showing
How do you know horse likes what it does?

Just curious... How do you know?
     
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    05-28-2010, 11:55 AM
  #2
Foal
Their energy goes up but they don't get spooky - they get excited and alert but are still relaxed. They pay attention to the rider, ready to get to work at a moment's notice.

My gelding loves to bushwack. If you let him go in the middle of the woods he will take you through anything and everything. He also loves to go up hills. There was a dirt bike trail that went up at a 90 degree angle and my gelding wanted to turn off the trail we were on to race up it. He also likes to go around barrels. He doesn't require as much stimuli as my mare and generally likes getting put to work. He hates cows though - as in runs away, not charges.

My mare likes stimulus. People say her movements would make a wonderful dressage horse, but her personality (to me) says she'd hate it. She likes working cows. Her attention focus's solely on the cows when she cuts them out. They keep her mind busy. She also likes it when I set up an obstacle course in the arena when working her, giving her something to focus on instead of doing random circles with nothing but dirt to look at.
     
    05-28-2010, 12:05 PM
  #3
Trained
Yep, exactly.

Their personallity shows it.

When I do arena work, Nelson is just blah. He does it and is compliant, but he has no motivation. He just plods along quiet and .... blah. That's the best way I can explain it.

When we are infront of jumps - his personality changes. When we are doing Stadium, he perks up, and is forward and shows signs of enjoying it.

When we are out on the CC course - a different personality appears. He's even more "hot to trot" and chomping at the bit. He's all GOGOGO. I can hear him when we ride CC through his body language. It's like he's saying "WOO HOO! This is fun! Where's the next fence mom!"

AND then he is even more of a TB when we are out Fox Hunting - he is over the top in personallity in this situation.

It's all about their personality while doing the job at hand.
     
    05-28-2010, 12:19 PM
  #4
Green Broke
One of my TB's who I competed in eventing with would bear with me through dressage training with incredible patience although encouraging much 'pizzaz' from her in an arena was somewhat of a task.

Get her on the trails and into the bush however and her ears would constantly be pricked forwards and she would move like a Grand Prix horse - high energy but not naughty. Turn her around before she believed she had been out for a decent amount of time and she had no problems relaying her disgust to me at the lack of time riding out in the interesting scenery by being very reluctant to turn around. Always tried to take her on trails that were circular so she didn't know we were headed home!
     
    05-28-2010, 12:31 PM
  #5
Showing
It's interesting... I asked because I tried almost everything on my qh: trails, ring work (aka basic dressage :) ), cow work, and currently started little jumping. However she doesn't seem to be excited about anything much (well, she hated (not afraid though) the cows I could tell that even though she's ranch bred ). Don't get me wrong, she honestly works and tries her best to understand what's asked. But I can't say her energy goes up really with anything consistently. I mean sometime she looks curious on trail, sometime more energetic in ring, but I can't really say she's excited. And my jumping instructor as well as the guy I took lessons on cows with said she doesn't look like she cares much about it.

P.S. She gets excited about the bucket with grain!
     
    05-28-2010, 12:48 PM
  #6
Foal
Hmm...
I'd continue to do as many things as possible with her until you find something that she gets excited for. Or if she continues to be apathetic, do things that you find fun and exciting. If you're having fun then your mare might start thinking that 'hey, this isn't so bad' or so. If she gets curious on trails maybe take her on more trails further away from home so she gets new scenery?

I have to get my gelding excited sometimes when I want to do something different with him. Usually I do something stupid or play a joke on him. He's a bit of a jester so he likes that. (He's supposed to be a ranch horse too, so I dun't understand the cow thing for him either, lol. My mare on the other hand is a Quarter Horse x Clydesdale)
     
    05-28-2010, 04:03 PM
  #7
Green Broke
Very interesting question.

I had tried quite a few things with T, and she did everything I asked to the best of her ability. It wasn't until I rode a barrel horse whose heart and soul was into it that I realized that T was doing her best for me, not because she loved it. So, then I paid close attention to the "energy" she used to do what I asked. Definitely a trail horse. Also, enjoyed working cows. She's okay jumping, but heart isn't in it , so cross that off, except for the occasional downed tree across the trail! She's a practical, no nonsense gal, like her owner (haha), so that's that.

Walka, well, he will actually push T out of the way for me to get him and saddle up or work. He just wants to be with me, whatever I want to do. He's certainly showing that he is a good , sane trail horse. His movements are so comfy and smooth, that I would love to try dressage with him. Actually, I'd love to find a good instructor and learn beyond the very basics that I know and apply it to him. I suspect he will take nicely to jumping, but haven't tried it yet with him.

I love finding out what my horses enjoy, and mostly it's what I enjoy too. Right now, they are enjoying being pasture ponies, since I'm a bit challenged energy wise due to the chemo. But that's okay, they still like me hanging out in the pasture with them. Walka even comes right to me and will stay very close while I'm out there.

I guess, the main thing they like is me, and I'm very honored by that. They give me so much and ask for so little. Thank goodness for horses!
     
    05-28-2010, 06:15 PM
  #8
Showing
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Originally Posted by Jhinnua    
Hmm...
I'd continue to do as many things as possible with her until you find something that she gets excited for. Or if she continues to be apathetic, do things that you find fun and exciting. If you're having fun then your mare might start thinking that 'hey, this isn't so bad' or so. If she gets curious on trails maybe take her on more trails further away from home so she gets new scenery?
I wouldn't call her apathetic really. But yes, I'll keep trying... May be it's just personality. My other horse goes UP in energy on trail and on jump, and it's just very different.
     
    05-28-2010, 06:32 PM
  #9
Green Broke
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Originally Posted by Jhinnua    

My gelding loves to bushwack. If you let him go in the middle of the woods he will take you through anything and everything. He also loves to go up hills. There was a dirt bike trail that went up at a 90 degree angle and my gelding wanted to turn off the trail we were on to race up it. He also likes to go around barrels. He doesn't require as much stimuli as my mare and generally likes getting put to work. He hates cows though - as in runs away, not charges.

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oh im glad my mare isnt the only one who bushwacks!!!! Haha I thought it was weird when she tromped through trees, a surrisingly thick branch and kept on rompin' around in the bushes, haha I had plenty of scratches on me after...

Rena likes dressage, she goes into a 'all work' mode when I get on and start asking for collection. She doesnt really like collecting, but once she's collected she loves lengthening/exctending and stuff. Haha silly horse
     
    05-28-2010, 06:51 PM
  #10
Weanling
Lol my Quarter horse could care less about really anything but food. He will do whats asked. Learns fast like here is this what you want me to do? I did it wheres dinner. He perks up at "scary" things like bags, tarps, bikes etc. if it spooks the other horses he thinks its fun and will walk through anything if it is spooking the horses above him, but really food is his true love.
     

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