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How long can your horse have off and not forget EVERYTHING??

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        04-26-2008, 11:41 PM
      #11
    Green Broke
    If your horse was stalled for 2 weeks with only some hand walking, I'm thinking that he hasn't forgotten everything, he just sounds fresh! When they're feeling good "whoa" isn't always on their minds, even if it is in their vocabulary. I say give him a few more days of work and as he settles down to his new work routine I think you'll find your 'uber-lazy' horse again.
         
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        04-27-2008, 02:07 AM
      #12
    Showing
    LOL, I wouldnt worry about 2 weeks. When I first started reading the post I was expecting months not days

    The amount of time off a horse gets and what he/she will actually forget really depends on the horse. I think the breed has a lot to do with it to. For years I owned thoroughbred and those things I swear never remembered what he had worked on the day before. Always had to start from scratch.
    The other horses I had on the other hand always remembered what they were taught no matter the amount of time off they had. I rode this little quarter horse who was fantastic that way. It didnt matter how long he was out for, all you had to do is get on and he remember everything every time. Great animal.
         
        04-27-2008, 12:32 PM
      #13
    Trained
    Our qh's were pastured for a whole YEAR without ANY contact..no brushing, lovings, nadda, zip, zero! They were fed over the fence and saw a new bale of hay once a month thru winter. Then we got them...And saddled them up and rode the 1st weekend after getting them. They were spunky but they didn't forget squat. 8)
         
        04-28-2008, 09:45 PM
      #14
    Weanling
    Follow up:

    This past Thursday was first time I rode my gelding after his vacation and he OBVIOUSLY didn't do well, hence my original post. Unfortunately I didn't get to follow up at all this weekend due to family, 4-H, etc.....SOOOOO, I figured today when I went to the barn after work that I would find the same gelding from Thursday...playing dumb. Lucky me, he decided it would be best to remember all those things he had pretended to forget. He had whoa and easy down pat again. And good for him had an easy workout! Yeah, he is back!
         
        04-30-2008, 03:35 AM
      #15
    Foal
    Humph. My OTTB forgets everything in a matter of days, or so it seems. Omagod! A pole on the ground! I have to JUMP it! The next day...his brain is usually back. Forgetting? I've never had a horse forget. Usually just need a reminding.
         
        04-30-2008, 05:34 AM
      #16
    Showing
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    Originally Posted by Dumas'_Grrrl
    Our qh's were pastured for a whole YEAR without ANY contact..no brushing, lovings, nadda, zip, zero! They were fed over the fence and saw a new bale of hay once a month thru winter. Then we got them...And saddled them up and rode the 1st weekend after getting them. They were spunky but they didn't forget squat. 8)
    When we bought our girls it was the same story. We jumped on them and took off down the road. They were great No goofyness at all.
    I think it depends on the age of the horse. The younger they are the faster they forget. The training hasn't had a chance to sink in if their young.
    Vida had 3 months off this winter. She was a little fresh the first time out but I don't think she forgot anything.
         

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