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post #1 of 21 Old 10-20-2019, 06:33 PM Thread Starter
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Favorite Things About Your Horse

I've been feeling appreciative lately

As I'm sure all people do at some point, I have small frustrating moments with my horse. But I have way more moments that really remind me how fantastic she is. I went on a trail ride today with the barn owner and a friend, and the friend didn't have her own horse and needed to borrow one. I let her borrow my mare so I could put myself on another boarder's horse who might not be so safe on the trail.

When I adopted my horse only five months ago, the rescue was adamant that she could only be handled and ridden by advanced horse people. They said she was pushy, spooky, commonly bolted and couldn't be trusted with a less experienced rider.

Yet today, my mare ground tied perfectly still to be groomed and tacked, was the first to go through the "scary" streams, didn't bat an eye at passing traffic, was never barn-sour, and overall was the perfect babysitter to a rider (although somewhat experienced) who had never ridden my mare and never ridden anyone on these trails or this property before.

My friend thought my mare was so much fun, and while we were untacking, my barn owner said my mare was the best-behaved horse on the property right now. I think I sometimes take for granted how reliable she really is, and all the training I've put into her! She loves people and won't ever test a new rider. Last month I put my boyfriend on her who had never set foot anywhere near a horse and she happily toted him around the arena on the buckle


What are your favorite things about your horse (or a leased horse or a lesson horse, whoever you like)? What do you appreciate most about them? Let's hear about all the things our horses do for us
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post #2 of 21 Old 10-20-2019, 06:56 PM
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My horse is beautiful, and I love just looking at her. I love sharing the beauty and adventure of trail riding with her, the back and forth conversation we have about footing, speed, direction, what that rustling in the bushes might be ... I love the way she smells. I love the whicker she keeps just for me, whenever she sees me. I love that we know each other so well, and trust each other so much.

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post #3 of 21 Old 10-20-2019, 07:12 PM
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I love how they are so big but so gentle, especially around children.

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post #4 of 21 Old 10-20-2019, 08:22 PM
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What a great idea for a thread!

1. Pony. Like @Avna 's horse he is beautiful. He is brave and confident. He's friendly. He's curious. He's calm. He's responsive. He's smart. He's forgiving. He taught me the importance of asking, rather than telling. He wants to be around me. He's always happy to see me.

2. Teddy. He is a worrier and is slow to trust, but he gave his whole heart to me (well, and maybe Moonshine LOL). He tries so, so hard. He wants to do whatever you ask. He's so gentle. He treats Moonshine like a queen. He is definitely the boss of the herd but is so kind to the others. He had a lot of anxiety and worry, but I worked him through almost all of it and he's a completely different horse than when I got him. It feels so good to be able to help a horse like that, especially when you're new to horses. He's also always happy to see me, and I'm told that he is much calmer when I'm around.

3. Moonshine. I'm writing this on behalf of my daughter since she is too young to contribute to this thread. She says she appreciates that Moonshine is calm, has good ground manners, enjoys learning (when there's food involved), is smart, and is food motivated. She loves that Moonshine is calm but also very happy to go fast. As a parent, I *so* appreciate how calm and level-headed Moonshine is. She is the most level-headed horse I know.
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post #5 of 21 Old 10-20-2019, 09:02 PM
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Oh, and one more thing I appreciate... my two guys have pretty different personalities. Sometimes one of them does something I don't like, but I can usually count on the other one to do the opposite thing that I do like. For instance, sometimes Teddy is just over-the-top anxious and I can't do anything about it. Then I appreciate how relaxed Pony is. But sometimes Pony is really stubborn and contrary, and I appreciate how willing Teddy is.
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post #6 of 21 Old 10-21-2019, 04:15 AM
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Well let's see--

I love Dante's big, pink nose and the way he so softly takes a treat from my hand. Oh and the way he searches all my pockets looking for more treats! He is gentle and safe, really no bad habits. Playful, kind--even the vet said he doesn't have a mean bone in his body.

With River I love his super outgoing personality and curiosity. He loves people and attention. Very sweet and sensitive. Cute how he backs his rear up to you for a butt scratch. Even lifted his own tail and held it to the side for the vet to put in a thermometer--what a good boy--lol!

Both are gaited, fun to ride, good for vet and farrier and nice looking. So yeah--lots to love about them!

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post #7 of 21 Old 10-21-2019, 08:16 AM
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Curiosity. Rusty is the most outgoing, curious, friendly, goofy horse I have ever met. He's the most interesting character, which makes every minute with him entertaining and fun. He'd rather hang out with me than other horses. Will let me hug and kiss him. Will shove his face right up against mine, smell my hair, give me kisses, lick my hands. I think he might be half dog. Dalmation, probably. :)
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post #8 of 21 Old 10-21-2019, 10:37 AM
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I love this thread. I have so, so much to be appreciative for with Neshama, my half-lease horse. First of all I just appreciate that I'm able to half-lease a safe, versatile horse at the pricepoint I am.

But about her: I love how she nickers in anticipation when she can tell I got her a treat (after each ride, once I take her saddle off). I love the white snip on her nose. I love how she hangs around the gate for a couple minutes before joining her "herd" after I put her back in her field. I love how she isn't girthy. I love how she's curious without being spooky - and how perky her fluffy ears get. I love how perfectly she stands for mounting (which was important for the first few weeks as I struggled in my transition from mounting a 13.2 pony to mounting a 15.3 TB!)
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post #9 of 21 Old 10-21-2019, 12:58 PM
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This is a great idea for a thread!

Ten years or so back, I took lessons on an old pony, Apollo. He was near retirement age and was used to a lot of different riders taking lessons on him, but even so, he was the gentlest little pony! He knew what you wanted of him almost before you did yourself, and he liked speed and could be a biiiiit hard to stop once he got started in gallop, haha So, I guess my favorite thing about him was his easy-going nature and willingness to cooperate and help the rider as best he could.
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post #10 of 21 Old 10-21-2019, 01:39 PM Thread Starter
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This is a great idea for a thread!

Ten years or so back, I took lessons on an old pony, Apollo. He was near retirement age and was used to a lot of different riders taking lessons on him, but even so, he was the gentlest little pony! He knew what you wanted of him almost before you did yourself, and he liked speed and could be a biiiiit hard to stop once he got started in gallop, haha So, I guess my favorite thing about him was his easy-going nature and willingness to cooperate and help the rider as best he could.
This reminds me of a lesson pony I used to ride frequently. She was more suitable for the people who were more intermediate riders, but she was truly fantastic. It's like you would think it, and she would do it. I frequently rode her through the entire ride on the buckle. She was a little Arabian mix, 25+ years old, and she made me love the Arabian mixes. She had so much life in her for an old horse and we still brought her to shows to do low level jumping. One time, she tripped on a patch of bad footing in the arena (an area horses frequently tripped on - eventually got fixed) at a canter, went down with me on her, and jumped up so quickly but didn't leave my side. Everyone who saw it happen said the only reason I walked away from that without a single injury because she fell in such a way that avoided putting her weight on me.

Here's a photo from an old show. It's been a couple years since I've ridden at that stable, so I don't know what she's up to today, but I hope she's still living her best life.
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