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post #1 of 18 Old 01-13-2020, 11:36 PM Thread Starter
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Does your horse love strangers?

My mare April loves people so much that it actually becomes disruptive to our rides.

Yesterday was amazingly beautiful, 65 degrees F in the middle of January in Pennsylvania. Naturally, there were dozens of people on the nearby public trail, including myself on April. She tried to stop and say hi to every. single. person. Including a couple that were walking five barking hounds. And then when a jogger came up behind us and passed us, she started trotting - in perfect pace - in an attempt to follow him!

Today was a bit chillier but there were still people. We passed a mother carrying an older baby, and she asked if they could come meet her. April did not miss a beat, I dropped the reins and she changed directions and marched right over to them! They got plenty of pictures and April got to meet a baby for the first time, which was basically the best thing in the world to her. She was not rude, just stood relaxed with her face about a foot away from him while I chatted with the mother for a few minutes, and didn't even twitch an ear while cars were passing right behind her.

April loves the vet and never minds that he stabs her with needles, so long as he pays the peppermint fee afterwards.

She will practically spoon the farrier and it takes all of my effort to drag her face off of him without unbalancing her.

Every time we ride past one yard with a Dalmatian, she will stop at the fence on her own to reach her nose down and say hi to him.

What experiences do you have with a horse who loves to meet new people?
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post #2 of 18 Old 01-14-2020, 12:18 AM
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I used to exercise a polo pony that had a fun personality. And loved people.

The only downside was that I could be doing fast work and if someone called her name, even a "Go ________, Go" she'd get distracted and want to go see them. Almost unseated me the first few times.

We came to an agreement. She didn't veer off, just raise her head and look, and I'd take her to "See her public"as soon as we were done.
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post #3 of 18 Old 01-14-2020, 03:10 AM
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I have a people friendly horse too. He loves the farrier, the vet, the judge, the ring steward, the people in the stands, babies, etc. If somebody loves him back, he will start to lick them.
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post #4 of 18 Old 01-14-2020, 07:24 AM
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Rusty is like this. The other two are more standoffish, but Rusty spent hours standing in the corner of the paddock as close as he could get to our neighbors' house as they were moving in. He just started and stared for hours. If someone comes into the barn, he is the first to come check them out. Same with other animals. On trails, if we see animals, he wants to follow them. Squirrels, deer, turkeys, it doesn't matter, he wants to be friends with all of them.
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post #5 of 18 Old 01-14-2020, 08:25 AM
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We call my Chorro "a Labrador in a horse suit" because he just loves everybody. All my life I've started my own colts, and they live on my place. It doesn't take long before my horses are not great accepting other riders. In fact, some of them have been horrible when I try to let others ride them. But not Chorro. Although I got him as a yearling and have done every scrap of training on him, he's good with any rider--experienced or total novice. He's happy to go wherever you point him. And friendly to everybody. I take him every year to the veteran's home for loves, pets, and treats.
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post #6 of 18 Old 01-14-2020, 08:44 AM
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It depends.

If Iím in their presence, one will greet people the other will be standoffish.

If Iím not close by, they will go on high alert from afar in the pasture. Even they know about stranger danger:)

My horses are also fenced off from the road because I donít want them to learn to be friendly with people, unless we are in a controlled environment and I say itís ok.

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post #7 of 18 Old 01-14-2020, 10:22 AM
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Depends on the people, like if she senses any negativity, or 'bad' people, my mare will not be as friendly of course. She definitely knows I'm her person. But she's very playful in general. She's a silly, friendly mare.

She LOVES the farrier & vet too. Always tries to play with them/sniff them. I think it's quite cute. :)

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post #8 of 18 Old 01-14-2020, 10:26 AM
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My daughters horse Sawyer AKA The Squirrel loves people. Will leave her grain to greet you will walk toward voices. She is by far the most curious and friendly horse I have ever been around.
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post #9 of 18 Old 01-14-2020, 01:21 PM
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Out of the 9 I have 1 mini mare that hates having visitors, a paint gelding that likes everyone on the ground but gets nervous about having a kid on his back and another paint gelding that is leery of strange men but is fine with the ones he knows. Gamble, on the other hand, makes people nervous because he wants to claim them as his own and be right on top of them or maybe amusing himself trying to see if he can intimidate them.
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post #10 of 18 Old 01-14-2020, 02:00 PM
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Omg give me your horses, I want them! I love horses that love people! They are so fun! :) My friend her horse also wants to be a part of everything, haha.

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