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post #11 of 21 Old 07-09-2013, 05:36 PM
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I definitely noticed some horses pay more attention to certain people than they do with others- could be she looks familar to him or just the body language- a studs picks up on it fast.

I can be standing on the fenceline with a few people looking at horses and there will always be one that comes to see me and wont pay any mind to the others-- because theyre trying to get the horses attention and ill ignore the horse- makes them curious.. that's one of my ways of catching a stubborn horse too, lol. Give attention to all the others and ignore the one- theyll be eat up with jealousy and have to come see me. 'natural horsemanship' right?

I do think the girl just wants the majestic connection with the stud like in the fairytales.. when I was younger I loved those kinds of horse books- maybe a book or movie inspired her?


Recognizing-- they definitely remember people other animals and horses- not just voice and seeing them but smell too- sounds funny but its true.. I used to try to trick horses by wearing a hoodie and covering my face-- they smell me every time-- I think its more than just one thing its a mix of things that says its who you are to them.
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I definitely noticed some horses pay more attention to certain people than they do with others- could be she looks familar to him or just the body language- a studs picks up on it fast.

I can be standing on the fenceline with a few people looking at horses and there will always be one that comes to see me and wont pay any mind to the others-- because theyre trying to get the horses attention and ill ignore the horse- makes them curious.. that's one of my ways of catching a stubborn horse too, lol. Give attention to all the others and ignore the one- theyll be eat up with jealousy and have to come see me. 'natural horsemanship' right?

I do think the girl just wants the majestic connection with the stud like in the fairytales.. when I was younger I loved those kinds of horse books- maybe a book or movie inspired her?


Recognizing-- they definitely remember people other animals and horses- not just voice and seeing them but smell too- sounds funny but its true.. I used to try to trick horses by wearing a hoodie and covering my face-- they smell me every time-- I think its more than just one thing its a mix of things that says its who you are to them.
That's awesome... I would have never guessed. I guess I under estimate horses:)

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post #13 of 21 Old 07-10-2013, 12:24 PM
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It's pretty well established that horses can recognise individual people and prefer some over others.

The girl at the OP's ranch, however, is probably somewhat (or possibly a lot) deluded in thinking that she has a special connection to the stallion. If the horse is calm and quiet for everyone who handles him, well, there's your answer.
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post #14 of 21 Old 07-10-2013, 04:20 PM
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Most likely this particular girl just fooling herself, but I see nothing wrong to let her have the dreams (as long as it's safe for everyone).

As for horses choosing a person - yes, it does happen.

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post #15 of 21 Old 07-11-2013, 06:51 AM
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Haha, I'm not sure if a horse would recognize every one of the kids who ride him, but I'm sure he remembers some. Your friend is thinking wistfully, so let her believe what she wants. I understand the way she feels. I also like to believe my pony works well only for me. Well, he is a little better for me than most people. The only one I know who rides him better than me is my trainer. The first time our family friend rode him he took off with her, haha. I understand your friend completely.
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I've only had my horse a month and he always greets me excitedly when I bring his food. I found out recently though that if my husband or son takes in the food, he doesn't react that way. He shows a mild interest in getting what's in the bucket, but he doesn't act the same as when I'm there. I thought that was quite heartwarming. ;)
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I absolutely believe a horse can bind to a specific person despite environmental cues (ie: feed or treats, etc.). My mare acts that way toward my little girl. My daughter is 5 and isn't yet old enough to do daily feedings. But anytime my kiddo is near Holly (my mare), Holly neighs to her and immediately HAS to reach down and touch my daughter's head with her nose before she calms down.

It's the cutest thing in the world. They definitely share a bond that's lovely. They'll have many many years together.

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Taming the wild beast, a romantic notion some gals get caught up in. I'm puzzled as to why the owner would keep a stallion that's not off limits.
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I boarded a gelding I had many years ago so was not the one who fed him. The barn manager and other boarders were always commenting on how they knew when I was coming before they could see me because although you couldn't see where cars parked, Sundance knew the sound of my car and would start whinnying and hanging over his stall door when he heard mine. No other cars then mine.

Horses in groups often pick out one or two they prefer to spend time with so if they can "bond" to other horses, the same can be said of bonding to certain people. Is it love or the same affection we feel? Maybe not, but having never BEEN a horse, I really can't say. Everything we as humans apply to animals, while based on "research/studies" is still speculation.
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post #20 of 21 Old 07-13-2013, 09:36 AM
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Horses recognize people and remember them, some more so than others. My horse remembered a vet he had seen last year. This vet came walking down the clinic driveway to meet us as I had parked on the street, there was other people around, but Indy spotted him immediately & nickered to him, the vet said hey he remembered me! My horse is weird, he likes needles and this vet gives him a shot of Legend IV right in the middle of the driveway with Indy nuzzling him!
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