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        09-03-2010, 12:13 AM
    Horses we own so domesticated, that while of course they have instincts from wild, their whole thinking is very different from wild horses. Because of the environment. If you throw the grown up horse into the wild I'm not all that positive it'll be able to survive (and stay healthy) for very long.

    Perhaps "some" are overly domesticated and I have a big, big problem with people stalling for endless hours, blanketing when its in the 60's, only riding in arenas and letting horses in because "oh no" its raining etc...

    But I'd be willing to throw my hand raised colt out for a year to prove that wrong :) He'd survive just fine.

    Last spring (spring of 2009) a family in this town lost there jobs and let the horses loose. The horses ran loose in the National Forrest up until last month. I just found this out a few days back and have been fascinated. No one here cared, the four horses stuck around one general spot. They're alive and doing great. Still friendly, no more "wild" than they ever were.
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        09-03-2010, 01:54 AM
    Yep, in a place where grass and water are fairly accessable, most domesticated horses would do fine. Now, out in the badlands of Nevada in the middle of summer? I don't know.
        09-03-2010, 08:00 AM
    You guys can correct me if I am wrong...but aren't all the wild horses in America descendants of domesticated horses brought here by the Spaniards and other explorers who the cycle is kinda like domesticated to wild to domesticated again. Maybe if you turned a lone horse loose he would have some issues, but if there was a herd let loose...I think they would make it.
        09-03-2010, 07:45 PM
    I am always amazed by the willingness of my very intelligent quarter horse to work with me, and puzzle out that thing that will earn him praise.

    It is said that the first horse was ridden in 4500 BC.
    I think this confirms what I've always felt. Somewhere along the way it has become MORE natural to ride horses, predatory humans with eyes in front of their heads or not.

    I would also point out that horses are naturally social creatures, and many indisputably enjoy socializing with members of the human species..
    So define natural.

    I definitely feel a spiritual connection with my horse when riding or playing. And who can't say the same with their babies?

    Maybe it isn't "natural" for predatory humans to love and cherish flighty 4-legged vegetarians... but they do.
    And it certainly feels natural to me!

    As an endnote, I am also dissappointed by the insane marketing explosion with all the natural stuff. Just human nature to want to make lots of money, I suppose. And it sure works, huh?

    I personally would say just plain ol' riding is as natural as it gets!
        09-04-2010, 01:42 PM
    Green Broke
    Very nice post Clair!
        09-06-2010, 02:40 PM
    I agree very nice post Claire. I am always trying to get into my horses heads. They do this strange thing when we are trail riding. My husband rides a moped alon with us sometimes. He doesn't really ride horses, he has no interest in them. So he rides his moped and we all ride horses. The horses "think" the moped is another horse though. When he speeds up they try to keep up with him and if he goes out of sight, the call out to him, just as they would another horse. They assume I guess that because this "horse" has a rider on its back it has to be a horse. Maybe they think that is the natural way of doing things....I think it is rather funny.
        09-06-2010, 05:35 PM
    Hahaha! I love that story that is hilarious.
        09-06-2010, 05:47 PM
    Green Broke
    Originally Posted by New_image    

    But I'd be willing to throw my hand raised colt out for a year to prove that wrong :) He'd survive just fine.

    Id say where you let him go at would be the deciding factor on that one.
        09-06-2010, 06:03 PM
    Green Broke
    Thats soo cute herdbound!

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