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        02-12-2013, 09:32 AM
      #11
    Weanling
    Sounds like you've got the start of a good little trail gal on your hands.
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        02-12-2013, 09:47 AM
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    As long as they're not looking for things to spook at, stay focused on going forwards in the direction I'm asking for and are balanced then it doesnt worry me at all.
    I don't want a dull robotic horse I might as well get a dirt bike if I want something like that.
         
        02-12-2013, 10:31 AM
      #13
    Weanling
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    Originally Posted by bbsmfg3    
    I would never let them look around. They need to pay attention to the trail and where they are going. That site seeing is for the rider, not the horse. Site seeing by the horse will lead to all kinds of problems that will be difficult to fix if this is allowed to go on for very long.
    I totally disagree with that! The horse that is curious and looking around on the trails is doing what it is suppost to do, especially when they are young, or do not have lots of experience out on the trails. There is so much more going on on a trail ride then in the arena, they need to see and get the experience of things that move and make noices and thinks that are new to them, at least in my opinion! Question, so if you ride in the arena and there is a chair in the arena that has never been there before and your horse is curious about it, do you just ignore it or do you go over and let it have a look and sniff at it??? I would rather have the horse checking it out and let it know that it is nothing bad and then move on with my riding.... I am talking about young inexperienced horses here and of course I agree that you as a rider should make sure that the horse also pays attention to you, but in my opinion it is a learning process for horses to get the chance to check out things and look at things!
         
        02-12-2013, 11:08 AM
      #14
    Green Broke
    A curious horse is fine. One that is looking for invisible monsters behind every bush... no.

    As long as my horse is paying attention to where they are walking, aware that I am on him and responsive to me, I am perfectly okay with them enjoying the scenery.
         
        02-12-2013, 11:16 AM
      #15
    Green Broke
    Letting my mare look around gave her the confidence she needed to go out alone or lead a ride. I was always in the back before I started riding her because I had a kicker..not anymore, I get tired of looking at butts all the time, haha.

    She get a "Pay Attention" if she starts getting too into it (rare), but she can now lead with one other horse or 20, she can be in the middle, and she can still bring up the rear when I feel like it. I can have a loose rein on a trail now, I absolutely love it. I have no doubt she'd still be balking non stop if I hadn't have let her look around a little and take everything in, not JUST me. She's always paying attention to me, but why not everything else as well?
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        02-12-2013, 12:05 PM
      #16
    Started
    I also have a greenie...and she's 15 this year (amazing how many green horses that age are out there). I got her early last summer. She had some pro training but trails were new to her. She is quiet and mellow and this is a new world for her. I want her look around and be comfortable. Look at the deer, tree roots, the creeks, whatever. As long as she is paying attention to me too she can look all she wants.
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        02-12-2013, 01:37 PM
      #17
    Green Broke
    I have found that the more intelligent horses are the ones that look around. I have one and loved to ride him since he was having as good a time as anyone else there, two or four legged.

    Just made things so much better, because he would see things that I had missed that were worth seeing.

    You are very lucky.
         
        02-13-2013, 08:48 AM
      #18
    Weanling
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    Originally Posted by Palomine    
    I have found that the more intelligent horses are the ones that look around. I have one and loved to ride him since he was having as good a time as anyone else there, two or four legged.

    Just made things so much better, because he would see things that I had missed that were worth seeing.

    You are very lucky.
    Hey that makes all of us with this type of horse feel better! Lol
    Seriously tho, I bet there is some truth to it, as the smarter horse is naturally going to be more observant. My husband's gelding is a steady eddy type, but not a big looker at all... And I wouldn't call him the brightest bulb on the tree.. sweetest, and kindest and biggest hearted, yes...
    But the intelligent one in our 2 is def. My young mare who thoroughly enjoys watching everything and would probably throw a fit if I told her to stop, esp. When it harms nothing. :)
    Yeay for happy, healthy, observant horses!
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        02-13-2013, 10:18 AM
      #19
    Weanling
    This past weekend my silly mare who is the looker, was really in good form. We went to the Cohutta mtns. Of North Georgia. It is a beautiful wilderness area. We were going down an old gravel road that is not traveled much by car but a lot of bicyclers use it.

    We were turned around going back toward the trailer after lunch on this gravel road. We had been going along for some time and my mare was doing great. She started looking back, at first I thought it was at hubbys horse, but she kept looking back for about 3-5 min. I heard a "hello" behind us and low and behold a biker was yelling to let us know he was there. Well I knew something was back there because my Maci told me several times in fact!!!!

    On this same ride we saw, two different groups of 4 turkeys and a huge woodpecker. The woodpecker was the woody the woodpecker type.. black body with red head. He was the first I had seen of this kind. At our house we have lots of the others but hadn't seen one of these.

    Overall it was a fabulous day to ride.. the weather was perfect... cold but not a cloud in the sky!! Horses did great and we had a great fire to warm up at lunch.

    Rhonda
         
        02-13-2013, 10:20 AM
      #20
    Weanling
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    Originally Posted by RhondaLynn    
    This past weekend my silly mare who is the looker, was really in good form. We went to the Cohutta mtns. Of North Georgia. It is a beautiful wilderness area. We were going down an old gravel road that is not traveled much by car but a lot of bicyclers use it.

    We were turned around going back toward the trailer after lunch on this gravel road. We had been going along for some time and my mare was doing great. She started looking back, at first I thought it was at hubbys horse, but she kept looking back for about 3-5 min. I heard a "hello" behind us and low and behold a biker was yelling to let us know he was there. Well I knew something was back there because my Maci told me several times in fact!!!!


    Rhonda
    That is awesome! Go Maci! She sounds like a wonderfully aware girl!
         

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