Join Date: May 2009
Location: Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada
Spooking. I swear my Arab has ADD. I've learned to live with it, because she's just a freak. It's never ever violent spooks, but she's constantly flinching. I swear she does it to amuse herself, because if something ACTUALLY scary happens, she alerts me to it and trusts me to bring us through safe. She's completely level-headed when I actually need her to be, but when we're moseying down the trail, everything from a blade of grass to a funny looking rock (who am I kidding, ANY rock) has her fancy footing side to side down the trail.
Only other obnoxious behavior is 110% my fault, and that's going loco on a group ride. I used to race her a lot when we were both younger, so group trail rides mean she HAS to be beat whatever horse is in front. Only then will she walk nicely. Otherwise, she'll jig and prance the entire ride. I've had her turn my hands into raw hamburger from fighting her the entire ride, and it reached the point where she was only controllable with a hackamore. However, we are working seriously on that and she's coming around nicely. I suppose we'll know how well I've re-trained her when we head to the next big group ride in spring!
I hope God tells her to smash her computer with a sledgehammer.