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View Poll Results: Do you believe horse can be just "one person horse"?
Yes 31 83.78%
No 6 16.22%
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    06-23-2008, 04:54 PM
One person horse

Do you believe horse can be just "one person horse"? :)

What is your determination of "one person horse"?
Any examples to share?
How to train "one person horse"?
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    06-23-2008, 05:07 PM
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I do believe that you can have just a one person horse. I personally don't like the idea. I did. I thought wow wouldnt that be cool? My horse Pistol is what I would consider a one person horse and he pretty much got that way because I never let anyone else ride him. He's 24 now, I got him when he was 3, back then anyone could ride him as long as they could ride a rear and a buck... once he was mine I never shared him... finally one day I decided to let someone ride him, I think he was 10 or 12 then and he just said no. I've put people on him, he will tolerate a timid girl rider that is within 10 or 15 lbs of me but only for about 10 minutes... he will not tolerate a male rider at all.. He's not a bronc, he's just really smart and knows how to put people on the ground... I don't recommend the one person horse idea....
    06-23-2008, 05:31 PM
Yes, I've seen it several times. My friend's filly, for example, though she's not really overt about it. She just works better with some people in others (she's very good with her owner, and better with women overall). A woman I used to work for had a reining stallion who was definitely like that. He loved her and no one else, and he wasn't shy about letting you know it.
    06-23-2008, 06:27 PM
I've been fortunate that over the past 30+ years I've had two. By my definition, a horse that will do anything for you so willingly that all you need to do is think it but will only tolerate another rider, is that kind of horse.

The first one is coming up on 30 now and is a therapeutic riding horse. The other is a 6 year old mare that a friend begged me to sell him. I did sell her and she is still at my farm but when he is working her I can't be around or she stops working and just digs her heels in until she can see me. She had a reputation as being a difficult horse and one that liked to buck. She never offered to buck with me or is she ever a problem. However she has bucked and carried on with her new owner.
    06-23-2008, 06:32 PM
I would sort of say Gem is a one person horse,, but the one person is really categorized into nice, caring, soft spoken, good energy people. Any one that is loud, mean, or has bad energy he just doesn't like, and you'll know it. If you approach him in a soft manner and don't push his buttons, he's a great guy.

I thought Vega was a one person horse. She liked me and "opened" up to me as soon as she was mine, and also became very lovey dovey with me, but since we've moved them, I see that I am just someone to hold her hand if she gets nervous or if something doesn't work out with her. She's opened up to the new barn owner and her friend that stops by, and she's quite lovey dovey with Tom too.
    06-23-2008, 06:45 PM
I know there is. I have only ridden one horse who was that way.

I know with the mare I have in mind, was a really misunderstood horse by riders. No one trusted her and would always try to over-control her and try to decide everything for her.
When I came around and started riding her I realized if you let her be, she would carry you and care for you over everything. You just had to give her head, give her some rein and let her help you. She was the best horse I have ever ridden. For a year I had to share her with another rider, a girl my age. That rider had a different riding style which was proper but that mare could not stand her.

I think with some horses they might become one person horses because of History of abuse or mishandling?

I have only met one horse who was that way, so my guess will be as good as any other.
    06-23-2008, 08:31 PM
My horse is a bit like that - I didn't do this intentionally, its just that she was abused when she was young and then another owner (who was nice to her) didn't do much work with her and left her out in the paddock for a year without doing much work with her. I've heard that people lost their tempers with her and whacked her on the head with a metal bar when she didn't behave

I think that because I've had her for 4-5 years, she has learned that there's one person she can trust. She is afraid to have other people saddle her - we were trying saddles on her at PC and she wouldn't let anyone get near her with a saddle. They ended up giving the saddles to me and she stood perfectly still for me to put them on. It really makes you wonder what people must have done to her.

When someone else rides her, she isn't nasty, but she looks really worried and confused. I guess she's so used to me and still remembers the bad stuff that happened, she gets rather nervous having someone different. I'm starting to let my sister ride her, but only very slowly so my sister doesn't get hurt and my horse doesn't totally get freaked out.
    06-23-2008, 08:34 PM
Dumas is a one type of person horse. Loud and jumpy and super duper high energy people he dislikes...a lot! He needs you to be slow and easy, he wants you to talk to him in almost whispers like you are the only 2 on the planet. He will try his heart out for that type of person.
    06-23-2008, 09:22 PM
I think it comes from the horse's experiences of people in general. If they have learned that people aren't very nice, but then meet someone special, of course they'll have a preference for that person over others. But that 'one person horse' will still have just as much capacity to bond with others who bother to make the effort & show it that they are nice people too.
    06-23-2008, 09:30 PM
Green Broke
I think there can be one person horses

I think a one person horse doesn't respect but one person and won't perform for any one other than that person.... I think it's bad, because a good horse should listen well to any person and not just one

Sorry, no examples at the moment

I would do ground work, lots of ground work to gain the horses respect at first, and do this as long as it takes to get the horse to respond to someone else.... and then it should be the same after that

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