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    07-09-2008, 04:52 PM
is weening bad habit?

My horse (Dakota) weenies at me when if I spend time with him and then leave to go inside the house. I can hear him in the house and then I look out the door and he he sees me and quits. Some times I go back out there and spend aliitle more time with him but I don't want to keep doing because I don't know if it is bad habit or a respect problem.
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    07-09-2008, 07:30 PM
Is this horse by himself?? Horses are a herd animal and he probably craves the company. Some horses are more vocal than others but I don't consider it a bad habit...... 8)
    07-09-2008, 07:51 PM
Personally, I only find it a bad habit if they are whinnying and looking around while you are trying to DO something, like ride, etc. Because if they are whinnying while you are on them, they aren't paying you any mind. But...when mine "talk" to me at feeding time or if I were to walk away, I would find that incredibly endearing.

Sometimes they really scream if you take them new places and there are lots of other horses,but it's more like "HEY EVERYONE!!!" so I don't think it's bad unless, like I said, you are in the midst of handling them and they ignore you in order to shout out.
    07-10-2008, 02:50 PM
Thanks , yes he is by him self right now next week i'm getting another horse. I think he likes me giving him pulled grass from the other side of the fence. He's got grass just not as much on the other side of his fence. I like it when he weenies at me because I think he wants to spend time with me also. Ijust didn't want it to a bad habit thing and I was making it worse.
    07-10-2008, 03:27 PM
Green Broke
Your no along my horse does it too :roll:
    07-10-2008, 04:32 PM
Since you say he's alone, it would be because he wants your company. Like aappyfan1 said, horses are herd animals and want to be with others. If you are getting another horse soon, I wouldn't worry about this too much because once he's got a friend who'll be with him all the time, he'll stop whinnying.

One thing to know when you get another horse. When you take one out to ride, the one left in the barn might go crazy (whinnying, pacing, etc.) while you are out riding one. Just keep that in mind.
    07-10-2008, 09:59 PM
lorgrad, your horse loves you! That's all there is to it.

From what you describe, he seems to very much enjoy your company, (being his 'herd') and is disappointed to see you leave. It shows me that you have a strong bond with him that many other horse owners do not have. I wouldn't consider this a "habit" -- more like a proper and sensible action that any horse would do if his beloved 'herd' left him behind.

When you get your new horse, I'm sure you will hear less of Dakota calling after you, since he will still have some companionship out there. :)
Horses are herd animals, and were not created to live alone.

I'm glad to see you're observant and ask questions! :)
    07-11-2008, 12:20 PM
Thanks for all the great answers, I forgot to add is that when he does call I go back out there and love on him he wants to leave and then turns his butt to me. I get a stick or something close to push his butt away from my direction sometimes he moves around and sometimes he moves off by walking away like I an't even there. Mixed thoughts agian
    07-11-2008, 02:44 PM
Originally Posted by lorgrad
I forgot to add is that when he does call I go back out there and love on him he wants to leave and then turns his butt to me. I get a stick or something close to push his butt away from my direction sometimes he moves around and sometimes he moves off by walking away like I an't even there. Mixed thoughts agian
I'd have to see him to give you an honest answer, but all I can guess is that he's content to have you back, and is going back to being about his business.

It's really all about what YOU want from him. If you're okay with him leaving you, then that's fine, just make sure YOU are the one asking him to leave, not him. If however you want him to stay with you, and he starts to leave, you need to do whatever it takes to keep him there. (Moving him back with your stick, rope, leading him back with your hand etc.)

Hopefully I'm making myself clear -- it's hard sometimes when I'm just typing it out on the forum! Let us know if you have any other questions.

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