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post #1 of 74 Old 03-07-2011, 11:31 PM Thread Starter
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Those truely dumb horses

So Lucas is special, he is the dumbest animal I have met, I have cats and dogs who have more smarts. Heck most humans I meet are more smart, even in a special needs school.

So there are advantages, he looks to me for every single answer. Well it is water Lucas, the same water you have drunk every day for a year.
It's a stall Lucas, you need to walk through the door to get to your food, the same way you have and looked at me this way every day for over a year.

It's a saddle Lucas, every time you freak out as I walk funny, then you smell it and you are fine with me putting it on your back.

At my old barn they had an electric fence, every single time he would run into the fence and get a shock when I arrived. Then he would push too hard to get to me. EVERY single time for over a year.

He lives in a la la land, I can almost hear him singing it. I seriously think my horse has an IQ of about 40. I have done a lot of ground work with him, so he knows when I tell him it's ok that it really is, but it is a never ending reminder.

Anyone else have a dumber than a box of nails horse?
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post #2 of 74 Old 03-07-2011, 11:33 PM
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Can't identify with your horse, but love your presentation of your horse's thought process. Very funny stuff!

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post #3 of 74 Old 03-07-2011, 11:56 PM
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There is a lesson horse at my barn that really doesn't seem to be aware of objects around him. Whether it's a jump, a wall, another horse... he decides he's going in this direction and if there is something else there, he's going to run into it. Not fun when you are on his back and he decides he wants to occupy the same space as another horse. Any attempt made to move him away from the other horse just causes him to move more quickly in his intended direction.
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post #4 of 74 Old 03-08-2011, 12:07 AM
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I know what you mean, there was a 3 year old gelding at my barn about 2 years ago that we were helping to break in. He thought he was a dog and was so laid back about it all that we got it done in about 2 weeks! But he was a sweetheart and would follow us around like a big puppy :)
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post #5 of 74 Old 03-08-2011, 12:40 AM
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That is cute. No, I have never encountered a horse that dumb. You should name him "Lenny". " Can I pet him now, George?, Can I? Can I?"

our cat is really stupid. My husband says he "has the IQ of a rake!" I love that expression. And I love Elvis the cat. But would I trust him with my life? NO way! ANd your horse takes care of you?

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post #6 of 74 Old 03-08-2011, 12:44 AM
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I don't know if I'd call her dumb, but our arab mare is definitely a dingbat. She's great in most every aspect (good ground manners, good on trail, great with kids, gentle, loving, etc), but she freaks out about the most idiotic things.

Transferring a backpack from one rider to another? SCARIEST THING EVER!!!!
Rider spitting out a wad of gum? SCARIEST THING EVER!!!!
Rider brushing against a leafy tree branch? SCARIEST THING EVER!!!!

Sadly all of those things pale in comparison to her evil arch-nemesis - the dreaded BLANKET! I truly don't grasp how she can be 100% fine while she's wearing it, and still flip out when you put it on and take it off of her. I've even spent time desensitizing her to it and she still tenses up like crazy for putting it on and runs away once you take it off. Poor little girl...

Another funny thing is that putting a halter on her transforms her into a different horse. No halter means you're not getting anywhere near her with that blanket! Halter, and lead rope thrown over a fence (not tied) means 'I'm gonna freak out with my feet in place!' In other words, her head goes sky-high and her eyes bug out, but she stays put. What a kook.
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I am on the other side of the spectrum. Gracie is too smart for her own good.

There was a therapy horse at the old barn that was quite dumb though. He had a permanent "derp" expression. He had the personality of a goldfish. He was sweet, but painfully vacant. Great therapy horse though, and a really fun ride. =]

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I can't truly speak on Froggys mental state but I would say he is 'very relaxed'...*laugh* He handles everything with a 'meh'.

Our first trail ride ever, I was expecting fireworks. Braced for impact. We top the hill and BAM! Big pile of garbage! Plastic bags EVERYWHERE. I swear, I think I may have peed a little. I was expecting the blow up. He sauntered by like "Uh...it is just some garbage...get over yourself woman!"

The first time we turned him out with the cows, I was waiting for him to pull a TB move and run through (or over) the fence. Nope, he walked up to that round bale like I walk up to a bar. "Hey guys, I am new here...got some hay to share?" I swear, he walks around like he owns the place.
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Nope, he walked up to that round bale like I walk up to a bar.

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I had a mare that would reach up and grab branches.. As soon as she had it in her mouth she would RUN backwards trying to get the scary branch to leave her alone. It wasn't very funny at the times she did it ! One time she came inches from running backwards into a plow, yes I just about peed...
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