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    05-28-2010, 06:59 PM
  #11
Trained
My mare gets really 'excited' when we hit the trails...she is alert, but not goofy, and she loves to have me let her out a couple of notches and trot or canter along for long periods of time in the open air. When we are in the round pen, or other 'arena' type area she is less forward going, and although she does everything she is asked, you can just tell she is just doing it to please me...which to be honest, I would rather have that then a horse that fights it if he doesn't like it.

My Appy that I had last year was like that; if he didn't like something that you wanted him to do, he would argue about it, and he was one of those horses that DOES not take his or his rider's safety into account, so there were many times that we were both in danger of being hurt because of his "I don't wanna" antics. He still had to do what I was asking, don't get me wrong, but man there were days that he definitely reminded me how powerful even an 800 lb horse can be!

My horse prior to that, was another trail bum...he was a fantastic trial horse, although, like the mare I have now, he certainly tried his hardest, even if we did something he wasn't overly crazy about! He was the kind of horse who would walk through ANY kind of trail, and would go over brush, and everything, no matter how much it rubbed on his belly, or snapped at his legs.

I think for the most part you can tell if a horse enjoys his job by his body language; obviously if a horse is always sluggish, pins his ears, or is constantly arguing with you, he may not be suited for that particular job, so you may have to switch things up for him.
     
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    05-28-2010, 07:02 PM
  #12
Green Broke
We have one horse at my barn who really loves to jump. I was riding her once around the arena, going around some fences (not over them; just random trotting patterns), when her ears suddenly perked up. I was trotting towards a jump with all intent to go around it, but she suddenly started to canter towards it, refusing to listen to me as I tried to pull her away. That horse wanted to jump! I finally manage to rein her away from it. I'd never seen a more disapointed horse.
     
    05-28-2010, 08:44 PM
  #13
Yearling
I can tell my daughter's QH loves to pull things. For fun I got him used to pulling a tire around the arena, in case we needed him to pull something on the trail. I don't know how to describe the pleasure he seems to get when he digs in and pulls something! How long have you had your mare? I am having a hard time getting my horse to have as much enthusiasm for anything, as my daughter's horse. The trainer said some horses get a kind of shut down attitude when they have been over trained, over drilled, at some point in their lives, and they look like my horse does. Is that a possibility with your mare? I really think horses love it when they have a purpose and a job and I am trying to get that for the horse I have now. I am trying to ride him with consistency and keep trying to get him more enthusiastic too.
     
    05-28-2010, 08:51 PM
  #14
Foal
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Originally Posted by ridergirl23    
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...
Haha. Yeah, Red can't get enough of it. He has this really awful sourface when he does it though, like he hates it... but he's the one who puts himself in those situations. Lol. Surprisingly enough I somehow don't get many scratches when riding him through the bush.

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Originally Posted by kitten_Val
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.
Horses that try can be apathetic. >__>;; Haha. Bad wording on my part.
It could definitely be personality. As long as she tries, right?
     
    05-28-2010, 09:02 PM
  #15
Showing
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Originally Posted by Juniper    
How long have you had your mare? I am having a hard time getting my horse to have as much enthusiasm for anything, as my daughter's horse. The trainer said some horses get a kind of shut down attitude when they have been over trained, over drilled, at some point in their lives, and they look like my horse does. Is that a possibility with your mare? I really think horses love it when they have a purpose and a job and I am trying to get that for the horse I have now. I am trying to ride him with consistency and keep trying to get him more enthusiastic too.
I have her for 4.5 years since she was an unhandled yearling. And no, she's not over-trained or over-worked - that's for sure. :) She loves to roll the balls and barrels with the nose, but that's not a carrier I'd like to proceed with. Lol!

She doesn't look unhappy or anything, just no real "up", but more "ok".
     
    05-28-2010, 09:23 PM
  #16
Yearling
Hmmm, that is how my horse is. Very cooperative but never real "up" Maybe it is a QH trait. But our other horse is a QH and you can tell how enthusiastic he is about trails and pulling. You get to know your horse and can read them and it sounds as if you are like me, in that you want to feel that love for a task from your horse. If I come up with any ideas I will post them. Or maybe you will get a "light bulb" I can use :) How about trail obstacles? I know I need to explore that more with my horse because he does like working on opening gates and going over obstacles.
     
    05-28-2010, 10:00 PM
  #17
Super Moderator
Horses definitely have their preferences. One of my students bought a horse to event. I tried to advise against the purchase. I just felt that the horse did not enjoy dressage at all. We tried and tried to help him enjoy it...to no avail. I hate trying to force a horse to do a job they don't like. We took him hunting and he LOVED it. He was sold to one of the whips at the hunt and he had a long and happy life.

The stallion in my avatar would sulk a little when we tacked up in his dressage clothes. He liked it well enough and really tried hard for me. His heart, however, was over fences. He would be positively giddy when the jump clothing was put on him. The bigger the jumps were, the more he liked it. You couldn't give him a turn so tight that he wouldn't get. The harder it was, the better he liked it.

When his jumping saddle was on, he was much more likely to give a few "stallion squeals" to the girls looking at him.
     
    05-29-2010, 04:47 PM
  #18
Foal
Every horse is different. Each has its own distinct and unique personality.

The one thing that stays the same is that carrying a human is work. The better the relationship the more "fun" the work can be but it is still work.

Like humans some horses just have a knac for certain things and take to it like butter on a bisquit. Also like humans most just want to get the work day done so that they can relax and have some fun.
     
    05-29-2010, 05:32 PM
  #19
Foal
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Originally Posted by 5cuetrain    
Every horse is different. Each has its own distinct and unique personality.

The one thing that stays the same is that carrying a human is work. The better the relationship the more "fun" the work can be but it is still work.

Like humans some horses just have a knac for certain things and take to it like butter on a bisquit. Also like humans most just want to get the work day done so that they can relax and have some fun.
i'd like to think its slightly more than that! Surely you can't deny that horses clearly enjoy some types of 'work' and that at times they certainly don't want the work day to be over. After all, have you never sat on a horse that seems even more keen than you to, say, approach a jump, or gallop across a field etc.
I think if you haven't experienced this, you've never lived! And this is to say nothing of competition horses who would be neither use nor ornament (well, OK, maybe ornament) if they didnt enjoy or have a passion for what they do. Just watch for example the british open, and look at how happy the horses look and how excited they are when the crowd cheers.
I seriously doubt that horse riding would be as popular as it is unless people truly felt like they were sharing pleasure, not just making them work, work, work. But I see where you're coming from I guess, its not always easy to
Find something a horse loves.
In response to the OP, I find it always perks my girl up if she's feeling a little lack lustre if I go out with some of my friends and just have a good gallop or go on a hack or some XC - just anything new and exhilarating!
     
    05-29-2010, 09:56 PM
  #20
Yearling
I have to disagree that horses are waiting for the work to be over. Our one horse has such an active mind I can see he is bored without some challenge. Even in a huge field he wants to go do something. He likes to be ridden and work cows or travel out on a trail ride.
     

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