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        06-02-2010, 10:24 PM
      #31
    Green Broke
    Hmmm, wish the other two were as excited to see me each day. They are both fillies and I swear if they could roll their eyes at me when they see me coming they would. Hopefully they will learn to love it as we work together a bit longer!
         
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        06-03-2010, 05:23 AM
      #32
    Yearling
    The horse I had previously absolutely despised trail riding he became a nervous nuerotic mess. Put him in an arena and he turned into a totally different horse, a real show horse, confident and beautiful.

    Phoenix, the horse I have now, on the other hand is completely the opposite. She loves going for a ride and the more difficult the trail the better she seems to like it. Her perfect day is a jaunt along a track that she has never been on before. Phoenix is the only horse I have ever ridden that fights to avoid turning down the drive way toward home. Honestly I have to wrestle her to turn home. She gets so excited when we go for a ride and gets quite depressed if we just go for an amble down the road, she finds a road ride borrring!! We have a particular area for schooling and when I head her for that area she gets very snarky, her tail starts to swish violently and she kicks with a hind leg and does what I call "bum lifts" in protest of schooling. Once we start schooling she is ok and settles in alright but definitely has no enthusiasm for it. For Phoenix 15 minutes of schooling is hard work, a 6 hour trail ride isn't.
         
        06-04-2010, 04:43 PM
      #33
    Yearling
    "bum lifts" funny, I can totally picture that!
         
        06-04-2010, 09:15 PM
      #34
    Trained
    If my horse does something he likes or is proud of, he blows out a big ol' whale blow out his nostrils. It's adorable.
         
        06-04-2010, 10:51 PM
      #35
    Super Moderator
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by MyBoyPuck    
    If my horse does something he likes or is proud of, he blows out a big ol' whale blow out his nostrils. It's adorable.
    I hope you don't do anything he likes right next to the people (especially judges)!
         
        06-04-2010, 11:14 PM
      #36
    Weanling
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by MyBoyPuck    
    If my horse does something he likes or is proud of, he blows out a big ol' whale blow out his nostrils. It's adorable.
    The horse I ride does that when she knows she has pleased me. I love it.

    Its actually interesting you bring this up. This same horse doesn't really love being worked, but she loves me and loves to please me. She'll get really excited over a course I'm going to jump, but the same course with another rider and there is no spark in her eye and no enthusiasm. One trainer said to me, "This horse has a burning desire to please you, so when you ask things politely she will take kindly to it." I guess it's a good deal for me!
         

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