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Join Date: Dec 2010
Location: South East Texas
I agree, its probably just his personality. We had a mare a who passed this spring (27 years old) who was the same way. She came from amish breeding and training, then worked as a ranch horse on a large outfit, so she just accepted riding as her job and did it. I never did figure out what she enjoyed the most...she did it all quietly and acceptingly. We tried ranch work with cattle, trails, obstacles etc., and she was always what we call a "yes ma'am." horse. She was a flawless ride, had the smoothest gaits you could ever ask for, transitioned and changed leads like a pro, carried her rider to exactly where they wanted to go. She was always quiet to tack up and opened her mouth for the bit as soon as she saw the bridle. She didn't like to be patted or fed treats, didn't care whether you spent 10 minutes of 5 hours riding her. She just did it. For a while we were just SURE that we had to 'fix' her and that there was something wrong, but eventually we realized that in her own way, she was enjoying herself. She just didn't outwardly express it.
I've never been the sort to LIKE that type of horse, just because I enjoy a challenging animal with a little sass, but sometimes it was nice to have a steady eddy like her when I just didn't feel like being on my toes 110% of the time. With her I could send her off at a canter down the trail on a loose rein without worrying once worrying that she was going to take off with me...or stop until I asked her to. She took care of beginner riders and never once let one fall off of her, but stepped up her speed for advanced riders if they asked correctly. Horses like her, and like your gelding, are worth their weight in gold. They're just not for everyone.
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