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        01-08-2011, 09:33 AM

    I have a 2 year old Straight Egyptian Arabian gelding. I got him as a yearling from a barn where the only handling he received was to get his feet done, wormed, and vaccinated. So, I've basically taught him everything from the ground up. He's a VERY smart boy and he's VERY well-behaved. In fact, he's better behaved overall than most of the adults at my barn. He's constantly surprising me.

    Well, I've discovered a new trick. A friend and I went put my horse and her yearling Friesian/Saddlebred filly in the arena to "meet" for the first time (my guy was gelded September '10, so they couldn't play before then) and my turkey of a baby started free-longing himself. No kidding I unhooked the leadrope, walked away, and he followed and proceeded to longe in a very nice circle around me. Now, when he longes, he's fast. I mean he runs as fast as his little legs will carry him. We couldn't believe our eyes. I just stood there and he ran circles around me. I walked out of his circle and he continued "longeing". When the filly came into the arena, he tried to push her into running in circles with him.

    I guess this is a true testament to his quality of training and how intelligent he is.
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        01-08-2011, 09:47 AM
    Green Broke
    How funny! He will be a leader.
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        01-09-2011, 12:59 AM
    Ha! That's kinda like my 4yr old Arab. If you lunge another horse in the paddock he's in, he joins in with them. I figure it's less work I have to do.
    Would love a video of that, sounds very cute and amusing :)
        01-09-2011, 01:05 AM
    That's cool. Just one thing to say is that make sure you let him run wherever he wants at times, not always doing circles.

    At my last barn a lady had brought a Friesian in and when they let him out into the arena he would just go onto the bit and go in circles. We tried so hard to just get him to run with the other horses but he just continued in the circles. It was quite sad really, even when in the pasture, he didn't know how to just run around like a horse.
        01-09-2011, 01:48 AM
    That is cute, and I too would recommend some free lunging in a larger enclosed space, this means a lot of running for you, which sucks, but might do him some good.
        01-09-2011, 02:47 AM
    Haha, I guess I should've given more information. This little boy has no problem running wild and being a "free spirit". He can easily outrun any other horse in the barn when he's out in the field, including the other 2 and 3 year olds. He has no qualms about running around, playing, and being silly. I've watched him fly back and forth in the large field at a dead run in seconds leaving his friends in the dust (another arab, a tb, 2 friesian/saddlebred mixes, a paint, and a qh - all bigger than him and roughly the same age),and he'll do it as long as someone will run with him. To him, it's all a game. I'm certainly not worried about him not being able to just be a horse. I've been working with horses of all types, training and pleasure since I was 11, and that includes lots of babies. I wouldn't be able to let him do something like that. I don't see any free-longeing happening in our future, though, since the smallest paddock is over an acre.

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