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post #1 of 22 Old 05-03-2009, 12:12 PM Thread Starter
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What age did you notice....

At what age did you start to notice your horse's personality/attention span really start to stay consistent? Just curious as I have a three year old QH and one day he is a champion and will settle down and work for a good solid 30 minutes...the next day he has ADHD and stares at all the "shiney objects". LOL It definatly keeps me on my toes...I never know what day today will be!!
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post #2 of 22 Old 05-03-2009, 05:08 PM
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My barn owner has a QH she raised as a foal. At 3, he was starting to pay attention a little, but for the most part was all over the place. Very unpredictable. He actually got worse as he approached 4, but then suddenly showed up for work. He's now 4 1/2 and a very willing boy. It was actually quite a sudden change. He just stopped acting like a youngster and turned into a horse overnight.
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post #3 of 22 Old 05-03-2009, 05:12 PM
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My horse will be 19 in July and I'm still waiting....

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post #4 of 22 Old 05-03-2009, 05:22 PM
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Originally Posted by EternalSun View Post
My horse will be 19 in July and I'm still waiting....
^^ how funny!
My mare has always been a steady betty. I got her when she was 6 and she is now 10. Her foal who is now 3 is very much the same way. Her half sister is the same age and is still a bit shy of strange things. Makes me wonder if its more of an individual thing.
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post #5 of 22 Old 05-03-2009, 08:10 PM
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i think it does vary on horses i have had rebel since he was 7 months old and i do truelly belive horses have terrible twos also his were late and got them a t three he was an air head tell about 6 then he was just alittle scatter brained and in the last three months now that hes 8 its like he flipped a switch and wants to do good and is so consistent and loving he isnt spooking at the dumbest little thing like he normally would he just finally grew up some and i am really starting to enjoy it lol dont get me wrong having my first colt and starting him was good experinence but now that i can just go out and ride not having to worry so much on the constent training i enjoy every minute of it.

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post #6 of 22 Old 05-03-2009, 08:25 PM
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I think T has always been "there", Walka, well this year is looking good and he's 11! My boy has always been a slow developer, however, he has always been way too curious for his own good!
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post #7 of 22 Old 05-05-2009, 01:14 AM
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we have a three year old and a 16 yr old and they hv the same attention span! she has major ADHD!! =P

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post #8 of 22 Old 05-05-2009, 01:35 AM
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Mine are 2,3,7 and 12, my problem child is the 3 yr old I correct her she bolts off bucking and kicking comes back does the same thing I just corrected her for I keep thinking one of these days she's gonna figure out I am as stubborn as she is

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post #9 of 22 Old 05-05-2009, 02:04 AM
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I have had my horse since she was three and she had the same problem... one day she could walk by something and not even care and the next day it was like something she had never seen before. She is now 8 and at around 6 was when she really started to get away from it and when she hit 7 she was rock solid...

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post #10 of 22 Old 05-05-2009, 07:23 AM
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To me, it all seems to depend on the horse (and sometimes their bloodlines). I have seen some that were steady and calm thier whole lives and others who stay spastic their whole lives. Some of it depends on training but you can't train the personality out of a horse. :)

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