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post #1 of 24 Old 04-05-2013, 08:49 PM Thread Starter
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cheating on your horse

Anyone ever felt like interacting extensively with other horses would be like cheating on your own horse?
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post #2 of 24 Old 04-05-2013, 08:50 PM
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Nope. If they have a full hay net they're happy!
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post #3 of 24 Old 04-05-2013, 08:54 PM
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My horse glares at me when I'm with other horses, food or not. The next time I try to get him out, he gives me a hard time catching him.
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post #4 of 24 Old 04-05-2013, 09:12 PM
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I just don't like riding other horses, I've got my boy the way I want him

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post #5 of 24 Old 04-05-2013, 09:14 PM Thread Starter
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@Tarpan -- I know seriously!

When my horse was out of work, I rode 2 other horses, each once. When I thought about leasing one of them, my heart felt broken, I didn't want to. I couldn't stand the idea of being away from my horse and hanging with another. It's very likely that I'll never feel the same way about another horse and have the same bond that I do with mine... it's so special. <3
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post #6 of 24 Old 04-05-2013, 09:17 PM
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For the short period that I owned two horses, my original mare would start whinnying on the top of her lungs and attacking her stall door every time I led the new mare out of the barn. I started having my friend lead her out with us so she wouldn't hurt herself in her stall but she would fight to get away from my friend and come over to me. I started having to sneak the new horse away to work with her while the original was out in the pasture :P
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post #7 of 24 Old 04-06-2013, 12:54 AM
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Yep, I have felt this in the past and I grapple w it now. I got a filly to keep my mare company b/c she became a bit to dependant on me. I couldn't open a house door, window, or pull up in my vehicle for example, w/o her whinnying and carrying on - although I spent/spend a lot of time w her. She is possessive of me, and I knew that before I got the filly - so DH has "pretended" the filly is his from day one. But, DH isn't horsey, so I train the filly...and my mare makes it pretty plain she feels betrayed when I do. B/c of this, I always feel "under the gun" for time when I work w the filly, and I really hate to train under that condition. Then, I feel guilty about making sure my mare knows she is and always will be "number one"...I'll think "am I treating the filly like a red-headed step child?" Oh, the trials of being a parent!!!

In the past there was a stud that didn't belong to me but I dearly, dearly love him - and I ordinarily have no use for studs. So, every time I passed one of my own horses over to ride him I would feel guilty - and I am not even sure why...kind of like I was a bad mother, or something.

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post #8 of 24 Old 04-06-2013, 01:02 AM
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My horse is definitely jealous of any other horse I ride. He's gotten over it somewhat but if he can see me riding another horse he sulks, turns his butt to the arena and if there's something he can put his tail over (stall door, fence) he puts his tail over it if he's really upset.
I usually ride him first thing. Today I rode another horse before him and he was not pleased, nudging at the gait and stamping his feet.
If he's turned out with another horse I ride, he is mean to them and does not let them come to me. It's pretty comical actually. The poor thing :P
But he's "special" :)
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post #9 of 24 Old 04-06-2013, 01:54 AM
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Considering all the horses line up in the pasture and watch with the expression of "HA HA sucks to be YOU" to the horse that's being worked... no.

My horse will act like a moron and run around in circles if I am riding someone else but I'm sure that's more of him being convinced that I am handing out treats to this other horse and HE's not getting any.
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post #10 of 24 Old 04-06-2013, 05:00 AM
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I dont ride other peoples horses very often, just keeping my boy exercised is enough for me. But I did swap horses when riding with my neighbour the other day as she wanted to try out my treeless saddle. It felt SO weird being on a different horse, my boy is a clydie x and very broad and solid whereas her horse is a TB who has a very fine build and is slightly under-weight with not much muscle right now. She said she felt like she was sitting on a sofa riding my horse and I felt like my knees were almost touching on her horse, there was hardly any horse under me! But I wouldnt feel like I was cheating on my horse if I went out on the neighbours second horse instead of him - I know he would be perfectly content to stay home and let another horse do all the work instead
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