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post #31 of 41 Old 03-18-2019, 08:43 PM
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Well, you know, @Avna , that's really just, "The more I see of people, the more I love my dog (/horse)."

But would you be even grumpier if you weren't nice to animals?

PS: It is not a fantasy, it is a preliminary study with anecdotal evidence, thank you very much. Admittedly, n could be larger, which is why I put it out there!

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Well, you know, @Avna , that's really just, "The more I see of people, the more I love my dog (/horse)."

But would you be even grumpier if you weren't nice to animals?

PS: It is not a fantasy, it is a preliminary study with anecdotal evidence, thank you very much. Admittedly, n could be larger, which is why I put it out there!
If I didn't have animals to be nice to, I'd be in the nuthouse. No lie.

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post #33 of 41 Old 03-18-2019, 09:51 PM
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I'm late to the party but will weigh in anyhow.

It depends on what I'm doing.

But I try, with every horse I ride, to give them some days when where we go and how fast we get there is completely up to them. It's often interesting to see their choices.

But even on those days, I don't let them bust up hills. Canter part of the way? That's okay. But not all out on the hills where I exercise.

And occasionally, even on days when we've done cow work, I'll point one towards home and let them figure it out. Some are efficient. Others take the scenic route.
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If I didn't have animals to be nice to, I'd be in the nuthouse. No lie.
Companion animals: Keeping humans sane in the face of excessive exposure to other humans?

PS: Did it work for me? Depends on your definition of "sane"...bwahahahaha...
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post #35 of 41 Old 03-19-2019, 10:51 AM
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I trail ride a lot, so sometimes if I'm feeling really good, I'll go 'ok, we can canter this hill'. But not every time, as I wouldn't want to create a habit out of it.
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post #36 of 41 Old 03-19-2019, 07:41 PM
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One time I read about how people tend to look for a good hunter, some are watching the blood lines and base their choice a lot on this, others look for a certain conformation that they like, another said, for himself he wanted a horse with brains as the horse would often have to do the thinking for both of them.

I like a horse that is surefooted, sensible and always will put their own safety first, if I can stay on them they will carry me through most situations.

I have seen a few horses that react to a situation and are not thinking about their safety just reacting mindlessly and to me this is a dangerous horse to be on.
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post #37 of 41 Old 03-19-2019, 08:40 PM
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One time I read about how people tend to look for a good hunter, some are watching the blood lines and base their choice a lot on this, others look for a certain conformation that they like, another said, for himself he wanted a horse with brains as the horse would often have to do the thinking for both of them.

I like a horse that is surefooted, sensible and always will put their own safety first, if I can stay on them they will carry me through most situations.

I have seen a few horses that react to a situation and are not thinking about their safety just reacting mindlessly and to me this is a dangerous horse to be on.
I once rode a horse who never looked where his feet were, just went on as fast as you'd let him. All the trails were narrow and steep there. Thought we were both gonna die a few times. Memorable ride.
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post #38 of 41 Old 03-20-2019, 09:07 AM
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I once rode a horse who never looked where his feet were, just went on as fast as you'd let him.
Mmmmm. This would be Oily. He came to me from a Dressage background; 4th level I have been told, and _not_ by his former owner, either, she just said she did Dressage with him. I don't think he had ever been ridden outside of an arena, or at least not very much / not on anything technical. I learned very quickly that you have to pay attention to the trail surface, because he isn't, _and_ that you really have to watch out for obstacles, as he would rather jump over them than sort out a way to walk thru. I have seen him fall on his butt _In the Pasture_, while showing off for other horses.
I say he is an "Arena Horse", and I have talked with other riders with similar observations about their animals. This is a really good argument in favor of cross-training your show horse on trails, BTW. Oily has gotten somewhat better over the years, but he still loves to run and jump, and he is a showoff; he will spontaneously do "trail-dressage" if he thinks he has an audience :-) I've had friends say "Oh; that was so pretty; how did you get him to do that?" "Oh, we're just good!" Yeah, right.

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In the general experience of everyone out there, is there a correlation between people micromanaging their horses and attempting to micromanage the humans around them?
Sue, I have issues with Modern Psychology generalizing human behaviors, and then attempting to apply the generalization to specific instances. This very much applies to Equine personalities as well, and doubtless it is appropriate in some, maybe even most instances, but it tends to become a . . . Well; a self-fulfilling prophecy if you will.
But it _is_ kinda fun to do. So, yea; I have observed the tendency to micromanage horses carries over, and also anger and fearfulness. What is the psyhco-babble term; "A Control Freak"? https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Control_freak

My personal philosophy is that "Less is More", and I try to adhere to this policy by offering the minimum input necessary to get the desired response. Maybe that is psycho-babble for "Lazy", whaddaya think?

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My mare never seems to be watching her feet like some horses will but she never trips or makes a misstep, very sure footed and when going into some rough or sloppy stuff she almost seems to float over it, this is how Sis describes it as she follows us through.
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My mare never seems to be watching her feet like some horses will but she never trips or makes a misstep, very sure footed and when going into some rough or sloppy stuff she almost seems to float over it, this is how Sis describes it as she follows us through.
I once a horse like that, a Sierra Nevada packer's horse. Man, that horse could thread his way through some nasty places, steep narrow, rocky, water, you name it, at a fast clip, never put a foot wrong. Just don't touch his reins or he'd break your nose. He knew his job and he didn't want any instructions.

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