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    04-17-2009, 09:06 PM
I don't sit with my girls as much as I used to. I used to like to crawl up in the round bale feeder and have them munch all around me
I do like to spend quiet time with Vida before and after a ride. I think she appreciates it that I don't just grab her, ride her and toss her back in the lot.
I truly believe to understand a horse, you have to spend a ton of time just watching them interact with each other, become part of the herd and then become the lead mare.
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    04-17-2009, 09:40 PM
U guys have great ideas and I think its awesome that you do all of this with your horses I don't no many ppl that do
    04-17-2009, 09:49 PM
Originally Posted by dreamrideredc    
thanks everyone!!! by the way,if that is your stallion in the pictures he is GORGEOUS!!!!
yeah that is him and we have the strongest bond you could ever ask for.
    04-17-2009, 09:56 PM
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Dreamrideredc, you mentioned that there were other horses in the pasture with yours and should you be concerned or what do you do?

I can only tell you what I experienced. T , before I purchased her, was kept with anywhere from 15 to 25 or so horses in a pasture. She was the "boss" mare. Interestingly enough , she would pin her ears at another horse if they approached us and "kept" me all to herself. At least that's how it felt to me.

You need to be careful with a herd of horses, as they are constantly communicating with each other and trying to with us. If we miss a warning message one horse gives another, we could find ourselves in the escape path of the "offending" horse and could be injured.

While I made out fine with T and the herd, I also kept my distance to the herd and T would come to me. If any followed, she warned them. I was not "among" or "surrounded" by the entire herd.

I learnt so much from a distance watching how they communicated with each other and admired how T was a fair but very firm leader. Loved how the geldings tolerated with "unclely" patience the yearlings. So much happens but only if you are looking and wanting to learn.

So back to your OP, yes I think spending relaxed time with your horse is very important to your relationship. But you must also be safe.
    04-19-2009, 12:33 PM
I like to go out in the pasture and sit and think..take pictures and brush Splash. :)
I havent noticed a change yet. But havent have him very long yet. =)

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