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        05-29-2010, 10:12 PM
      #21
    Banned
    I guess I'm lucky....my horse just likes to go forward! I'm also lucky in that he's a gorgeous mover, and he only gets better the faster his gait is; a decent walk, a gorgeous trot when he wants to work with his body, HUGE powerful canter, and he's a racehorse, so his gallop is obviously really fantastic. Whatever I ask him to do, he's so willing to do it, except maybe stand still.

    Today I was braiding his mane in the round pen, and I decided that rather than thinking of the mane braiding (resting) as the reward for working hard, the working hard was a reward for standing still, at least in his mind.
         
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        05-30-2010, 02:25 AM
      #22
    Foal
    Talking my experience with what horses like

    My little pony likes the stimulation of the arena, he would much prefer to do some dressage or jumping rather than hit the trails, where as my big boy is bored stiff by dressage and would much rather jump or go for a ride out, and i'm kinda with the little guy, I love jumping and don't mind dressage
         
        05-31-2010, 04:41 PM
      #23
    Weanling
    My mom's horse LOVES to game. If he sees a barrel or pole in the arena he gets all dancy and just can't wait to get running around it. When we show he will do the performance classes but you can just see him waiting until the end where he can run as fast as he can, spin around those barrels or weave around the poles.

    My horse on the other hand just loves to be ridden, period. He loves to go on trail rides, he loves to game, and he love doing performance classes like trail, horsemanship, and western pleasure. When we get into the trail ring (competative trail) you can just see him thinking about what his next move is going to be. In horsemanship he loves to do the best he can, if I ask him for the pattern he just perks right up, settles into that nice western performance frame. And it's the same for the western pleasure. He just turns right on. But the funny thing with him is, if I ask him to game he starts doing the little dance waiting for the gate to open (I think he learned that from my mom's horse lol) and let him in so he can run it, then when he is done he goes back to his spot, falls asleep, and waits for the next thing on the list :)

    With my horse I will know when it's been to much because he will stop coming to the gate for me. We showed yesterday, it was crazy hot, he had to work a lot (3 performance classes and 1 game). This morning when I went out to get him so we could do some work he ran right up to the gate (he is in a HUGE grass field which he just went into for the summer). He was on the other side of the field when I got to the gate, and he still ran to see me.
         
        05-31-2010, 04:46 PM
      #24
    Foal
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by Silvera
    My mom's horse LOVES to game. If he sees a barrel or pole in the arena he gets all dancy and just can't wait to get running around it. When we show he will do the performance classes but you can just see him waiting until the end where he can run as fast as he can, spin around those barrels or weave around the poles.
    That made me imagine a single pole in the center of the arena and him getting excited just to run in continuous circles around that one pole.
         
        05-31-2010, 05:04 PM
      #25
    Weanling
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    Originally Posted by Jhinnua    
    That made me imagine a single pole in the center of the arena and him getting excited just to run in continuous circles around that one pole.

    Lol, sorry I guess I didn't explain that one very well. It's when the pole bending course is set up. 7 poles in a row that you have to weave through. He LOVES that one. He loves running and weaving through the poles, he never has to slow down to a trot. Most of the time he can go pretty much full speed through that course.
         
        05-31-2010, 05:24 PM
      #26
    Trained
    Listen to the horse. They will always tell you what you need to know.
         
        05-31-2010, 07:12 PM
      #27
    Foal
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by Silvera    
    Lol, sorry I guess I didn't explain that one very well. It's when the pole bending course is set up. 7 poles in a row that you have to weave through. He LOVES that one. He loves running and weaving through the poles, he never has to slow down to a trot. Most of the time he can go pretty much full speed through that course.
    Haha. I'm still going to draw a horse going 'Yippee!' and galloping around a single pole though. XD
         
        05-31-2010, 07:15 PM
      #28
    Weanling
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by Jhinnua    
    Haha. I'm still going to draw a horse going 'Yippee!' and galloping around a single pole though. XD
    lol...that would be really funny
         
        06-02-2010, 07:05 PM
      #29
    Green Broke
    Perfect example of knowing a horse likes what it does has been illustrated beautifully to me this week:

    I am currently breaking in two paddock mates, both 3 year olds. One is an Arab stallion, the other is a QH gelding. They are the best of friends, it's pretty cute actually. I have been working with them for two weeks now and they are both progressing well, behaving very well under saddle and a pleasure to handle on the ground.

    This week they have started to race each other to the gate when they see me coming with a headstall as they each want to come and be worked first, it is so cute. The QH will actually try and put his nose into the headstall before I have even opened it to put on him ha ha. I guess they are enjoying the routine of being brushed, having their feet played with, being saddled/bridled, going for rides then having a nice cool bath at the end of it all.

    Little do they know it is all part of their training, I guess everyone is a winner.
         
        06-02-2010, 09:42 PM
      #30
    Yearling
    You must have the touch! Wish you could send some through the computer to me :)
         

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