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post #21 of 33 Old 08-28-2009, 04:25 PM
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Constant little poops. Just a drop here and there but each time I have to get off and clean it off the trail. If he just pooped and got it over with I could clean up once but no, just a turd here and there.
I will not ignore it on a public trail. I carry a small dust pan to clean the trail.
Tracks are the only things I want to leave behind.
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post #22 of 33 Old 08-28-2009, 05:09 PM
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My only horse that has issues on the trail is Denny. He is hot and prancy kinda. I don't want to say that he jigs, it is more like he struts. He has his head up even on a loose rein and will stay in the walk but it is almost like an uber-walk and is terribly rough to sit. In a saddle, it will beat me to death but bareback, it is manageable. That is why the only time I ride him in a saddle is when I need him when my other horses are out of commission for whatever reason.

There is a really good example of it at 1:50 in this video.


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post #23 of 33 Old 08-28-2009, 10:50 PM
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2-Pak likes to look at things. If there is anything new on a trail he's been on many times, he has to go over and inspect it before we can move on. And then halfway through inspecting the 'thing' he'll decide it's scary and won't take his eyes off it until he's several feet away... even if that means backing up and side passing down the trail. My friend teases me that we need to put back up lights and a beeper on him, for all the backing up he does on the trail.

Ruby has to stop at stop signs and (occasionally) run after passing vehicles. That's the worst she gets on a trail.
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post #24 of 33 Old 08-29-2009, 12:57 AM
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Oh my.. Let's see............ Abe has meltdowns when the horseflies are out. Cinder is a little light in the front end now and then. Grrr, we are working on that crap. Heidi likes to have a fit about leaving the comforts of home. And Lightning is a pretty good boy. He has finally given his young owner(my granddaughter, Lanna) a test at the driveway entrance about going his way. *she won* Cheno is pretty good now, but in his day he was a stink about leaving other horses. Peanut can be stubborn. Gypsy has been a pretty good girl who really doesn't give her mom much grief.

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post #25 of 33 Old 08-29-2009, 01:08 AM
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constantly trying to eat. >_< ugh, my horse is such a pigface! Food is always the #1 thing on her mind.
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post #26 of 33 Old 08-29-2009, 02:47 PM
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Hmmm... Constant twitching and shaking from flies (I don't really blame him as he is really sensitive). Oh and he lurches and tries to race EVERY time we go faster than a walk... no nice enjoyable light canters here.. Oh no we couldn't do that. He used to try and bite other horses, but now he's picked up squealing from Flame (I guess that's better... right?)

Oh and this is his new favorite that just about drove me nuts the other day. We were parellel to the barn on the way home. His body was bent in a C towards the barn with his head away from the barn. If I would put even the tiniest amount of pressure to try and straighten his head out he would drop his shoulder and dive to the barn. On the other hand if I put any pressure to try and straighten his body out he would spin a tight circle and try to run to the barn... I wanted to scream.
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post #27 of 33 Old 08-29-2009, 04:30 PM
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On one of the rare occasions when I ride Deigh, my friend and I had taken her to a new field. She did fine, but we had worked a bit in her round pen before hand, so she was a little tired. Instead of bolting back or jigging or anything, we backed through that big field to the gate. I can't get her to back a straight line on purpose! LOL
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post #28 of 33 Old 08-29-2009, 09:31 PM
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Can't really say T or Walka have any behavior on the trail that is annoying or obnoxious. With that said, I have allowed them to stop when they need to "mark the trail". That may be okay when it's just us or with a few friends, but when riding with the trail club, and there's 20 plus horses and riders, well it is very inconvenient. So now I've had to get after them to "go" while they continue to walk. They caught on fast, but I feel a little bad for making them. Oh well.
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post #29 of 33 Old 08-29-2009, 09:50 PM
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^^ Are you talking about making them poop or pee on the go?

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post #30 of 33 Old 08-29-2009, 10:04 PM
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Poop. I don't think you can keep a horse moving and have them pee. (?)
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