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post #11 of 24 Old 04-06-2013, 07:43 AM
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No and that's because I have had 2 - 4 horses my entire life.

They all get equal play and work time.

My heart horse knows he's my heart horse but he is also a standoffish strong alpha-dominant and it's beneath him to have a hissy fit about anything. Unless I take his BFF of 20 years out of the pasture without him. HE can leave the pasture and his BFF behind, and life is great, but don't reverse that - lol lol

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post #12 of 24 Old 04-06-2013, 07:51 AM
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Originally Posted by Delfina View Post
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.
This definitely. I don't think it's jealousy as in THAT'S MAI MOMMA riding another horse, it's more like HEY DON'T GIVE HIM MAI TREATS
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post #13 of 24 Old 04-06-2013, 07:59 AM
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I have two horses. And the more horses that belong to other people that I can ride, the better!


Because I have the eventual aim of being a professional horse trainer, and the more different issues I know how to handle, the closer I get to that goal. [edit; my gelding gets jealous, and it really is "HEY THAT'S MY PERSON LEAVE HER ALONE" - I don't give treats - but my filly really couldn't care less because the whole time she's been broke, she's had to deal with the fact that I do have another horse to ride]

Of my two I have the bipolar gelding who literally can switch from dead slow and sluggish HUGE flying kick every stride to keep him moving lazy to just about bolting forward in a heartbeat. He is a challenge but a lot of fun! And then I have the very smart, very sensitive, cold-backed breaker filly. They couldn't be any more different in how they move or how they need to be handled - gelding needs a very dominant, occasionally rough approach [he ALWAYS has the option to respond to a light aid before I get rough] and filly needs softly, softly, sweetness and light.

Both can be difficult travellers. My gelding is good to load [but WAS absolutely impossible due to the trip that caused his ongoing issues, I had to fix the loading thing] and will on the odd occasion self-load, but scrambles. My filly is just a nightmare to get onto the trailer, then she travels ok until you stop [at traffic lights, to get gas, whatever]. She doesn't back off easy either. She basically just needs a huge amount of positive trailer experience, because she doesn't have much experience at all and what she DOES have has been forceful... she CANNOT be forced.

I'm also presently dealing with owner expectations, being that I'm trimming my neighbour's horses' feet [I'm the only halfway decent trimmer she knows, I volunteered to do it for free because of the state of their feet but she's insisting on paying me], and a friend who has one of her horses on box rest in my "barn" is on my case to be her "farrier"... slowly collecting clients I haven't even gone looking for... must be doing something right with my horses' feet!

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post #14 of 24 Old 04-06-2013, 08:17 AM
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I've often wondered about this. My daughter is the rider and has her own horse, but when Acey had an injury and couldn't be ridden, we went out to her trainer's barn and took lessons on one of her lesson horses Chloe.

FF to our next show where Kitten is riding Acey and another student is on Chloe. Every time Chloe would get anywhere near them, Acey would pin her ears and kick out at her. If Chloe was even within her range of vision, she would give her the "mare glare".

Acey had been to shows with Chloe before and never had issues (with her or any other horses), so this was new and startling to us. It's been over a year since this happened and Acey still has it out for Chloe whenever we see her at a show.

To add another layer of complexity, we sent Acey to our trainer's barn for a tune up. According to our trainer, Acey and Chloe got along fine...until my daughter arrived to check on her horse and then they went from buddies to Acey chasing Chloe aggressively around the field.

I guess Acey doesn't want that little buckskin brat anywhere near her little girl.

Kitten now feels a little guilty if she rides another horse and worries that Acey will get jealous. It's actually kind of cute listen to her talk about Acey getting jealous when she goes off to horse camp and rides another horse.
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post #15 of 24 Old 04-06-2013, 08:22 AM
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Nah, if I felt that way I'd never get anything done. Currently riding 5 of my own (and one waiting in the wings to be started late fall) and ride for others for a living. Some days I do think it would be nice to just have one to ride but then I snap out of it ;)

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post #16 of 24 Old 04-06-2013, 09:37 AM
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Bandit does get into a bit of a pout when I handle other horses. When I have helped kiddie with ponies, it's a few kicks on the door and when we are in view we have a constant supervisor, see example below:

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Now.. if it's ME he is interested in I don't know, he may just automatically assume i have a packet of polos in my pocket

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post #17 of 24 Old 04-06-2013, 09:54 AM
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I think it is the other way around for me! I don't feel bad riding other horses and as someone has said, my horses are more like "sucks for you, you have to work today!" I do feel a little off if that makes sense. Normally I just don't gel with the horse like I do with mine and even though it is very fun because I am still on a horse I don't enjoy myself as much as I would if I was on one of mine.

However I feel bad when someone else rides my horse. A thousand things run through my head, like "what if they mess up and weeks of progress are gone?" Or "what if he likes their style of riding more than mine?" Most of the time I end up feeling better about our relationship because Skip won't work as hard or with as much enthusiasm for someone else. He also tests them and sees what he can get away with.
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post #18 of 24 Old 04-06-2013, 10:21 AM
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I used to feel like that with Drummer, but I have enough horses to ride in a day that are in training, that I would not make any money. Drummer does get upset, but Cristo could care less.
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post #19 of 24 Old 04-06-2013, 11:13 AM
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I have 4 horses in my field currently and so they are used to me working different ones. The only one that seems to pout by the fence when I'm working another horse is Rascal and I'm quite convinced that is because he is worried the other horse will get treats, feed, or grazing time on the front lawn that he will miss out on.

All I pay my psychiatrist is cost of feed and hay, and he'll listen to me any day!

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post #20 of 24 Old 04-06-2013, 01:03 PM
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I buy and sell at least a couple colts a year, and take horses in for 30 days of training, have ridden lesson horses, and will always take an opportunity to ride even if it is not on my horses. This being said I have owned the same mare since I got her as an unbroke 2 year old. She is now 11. I think riding and working with horses other than your own is a great way to build your own riding skills as well as learn techniques to train your horses. Horses really don't care if you ride other horses, I can guarantee that my mare does not get mad or upset when I pull out one of the other horses to ride, if anything she enjoys the day off.
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