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    05-08-2011, 05:12 PM
Horse "bulging" into other horse

So we went trail riding yesterday in a park where everything was truck size dirt roads. Needless to say we cantered a lot. It's been awhile since we ran the horses in an area where we could be side by side, so I wasn't anticipating my horse being a goof about it. If we were on the left, he would bulge out his right side as if to block the other horse. I thought maybe he was being spooky about something in the woods, so I switched sides and he did it the other way. He raced for 3 years before I got him, so I know he has that whole competitive thing in. Problem was he had no interest in getting ahead. He just wanted to be a butt to other horse. I ended up cantering him practically in shoulder-in to keep him "straight". Has anyone's horse done this? He's always got something new up his sleeve.
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    05-08-2011, 08:08 PM
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They do get competitive. Usually easier if one horse is enough in front for it to be clear who is the leader. But bully to you for doing that. Sounds exciting.
    05-08-2011, 08:15 PM
Geez it just hit me. When horses are warming up for a race with a lead pony, they do tend to do that. Maybe when I put him next to his buddy, he just reverted back to racing days. What a goof!

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