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post #1 of 8 Old 04-14-2013, 08:16 AM Thread Starter
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Can they remember???

ok so im going to visit n friend in a few days and she has one of my old horses, shes had him for about a year now and ive only seen him once since ive shes had him him, I was just wondering if he would remember me? when we got him we pretty much rescued him, he was beat with barbed wire, had an injury to his hind leg which the guy said didn't bother him and they were running him on barrels every weekend! when we got him we couldn't afford the surgery that he needed for his leg and a friend said shed do anything to help, so we gave the horse to her and he is now used as a jumping and trail horse, and his leg is completely healed, anyhow would he remember me?? also my friend, when she took him, changed his name, if I call him by the name I had for him would that help him remember me??

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post #2 of 8 Old 04-14-2013, 09:07 AM
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How long did you have him? If it was less than a year, then probably no. If longer than that probably, but don't call him by his old name. That's completely insensitive to his owner, since she's the one who put the time, money and emotional involvement into getting him well.

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post #3 of 8 Old 04-14-2013, 11:04 AM
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Maybe, maybe not. I always like to believe that they do remember you, but sometimes I don't know. A few months ago I went to see what was my favourite horse that I had owned. This was about a year and a half/two years after I sold her. I had spent everyday with her when I owned her, I taught her many tricks and we worked through a lot together. When I went there she didn't know me. It was kind of heartbreaking but I don't know if it was her fault. She started being used as a public trail horse and a lesson horse and saw a lot of strangers come and go, so she might not care who is there anymore. :(
So I think it depends on the situation, maybe your horse will remember you, maybe not.
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post #4 of 8 Old 04-14-2013, 11:46 AM Thread Starter
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the new owner is ok with me calling him by his old name, she told me its fine, i just hope he remebers me :/

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post #5 of 8 Old 04-14-2013, 02:45 PM
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A horse I leased for a year remembered me 2 years later, so it's certainly possible! Depends a lot on the individual horse, what you did with him, how long you spent with him, etc.
I taught Faro to trot jumps and spent a lot of time with him around the barn, and he most definitely remembered me. My friend came with me to visit him, and he said it was one of the cutest moments he's ever seen. Bring a camera :)
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post #6 of 8 Old 04-14-2013, 02:58 PM
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Ive seen horses that i havent been around for years and they definitely remembered me.

Youll know- if you see him light up-- he remembers.

I always call every horse ive rode 'buddy' so when they hear that its familiar to them.. plus im pretty sure horses recognize voices.. ive seen two mares seperated after being together for years holler at eachother and not even sniff noses-- just went on eatin grass like they never missed a beat, lol.
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post #8 of 8 Old 04-14-2013, 03:30 PM
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This also happened. When we moved up to Montana we had to leave one of our horses behind. SHe was mine. We spent my whole life together. Well about three or four years later we went down and visited her(she was staying at our friend's house.) Amber did remember me. When she saw me she whinnied and was trying to get to me. It was almost like I still had her. It hurt (again) to leave her.

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