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post #1 of 21 Old 03-05-2013, 01:37 PM Thread Starter
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How some horses 'just know'

So I work with a young girl as part of my board agreement. Our job is to go get our horses, brush them and ride them. I am really just supervision, as the girl can catch and brush and tack up her horse all by herself. Yesterday, I had to admire just how patient this horse was. Her rider can reef the girth all the way up and this horse doesn't bat an eyelash. However, if I help do the girth up, this horse gives me the stink eye if I do one hole too much. :) Then, when she went to bridle her, the poor horse had the browband stuck on her eye for a couple minutes - the mare just waited patiently until her rider got everything all sorted out. Her rider also tends to make odd noises and movements, and hit things sporadically, but this horse is a total rock.
I just find it interesting that, while this horse is still very well behaved with other people, she doesn't exhibit this totally stoic side to anyone else. It's funny how some horses 'just know' who really needs them to be their best.
Just wanted to share. Some horses are just amazing.
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post #2 of 21 Old 03-05-2013, 01:58 PM
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My first horse was like this. With me he could be a total jerk ... but there was a handicapped kid that loved him and would brush him and eventually learned to ride him and Bucky was just a total and complete angel for this little boy.
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post #3 of 21 Old 03-05-2013, 02:06 PM
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i noticed this with a horse that me and a beginner used to both ride.
it was like she knew the wrong step would send him sailing, the horse also knew what he was capable of doing, and wouldn't budge if he tried to do something she knew he couldn't handle as a beginner-- she wouldn't move out faster than a trot with him, but would full on run with me.

i also noticed, this horse would kind of "babysit" him, and was always watching him, and was so careful, and would literally catch him from falling if she had arms.

we also put a small child on her, and you could see how gentle she was with this kid laughing, screaming, and having a good time-- if it was me, she'd have had a fit. Lol.

i miss her a lot-- she was such an awesome horse. :)
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post #4 of 21 Old 03-05-2013, 02:15 PM
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There's a little girl at my old barn whose parents bought her the most amazing gelding. Our BO had bought about a dozen horses from a ranch going out of business in New Mexico, hoping to find a few to use on his dude string (he ended up only keeping one). Blaze was one of the horses in that group. This horse is, for lack of a better word, perfect. He has the smoothest trot and lope, side-passes, ropes (head or heel), does rollbacks and sliding stops perfectly, and just has the sweetest temperament. We started calling him "Blaze the Wonder Horse" because, well, he is.

So this little girl was taking lessons from my friend who is the trainer there and falls in love with Blaze. Her dad (a doctor) buys him for $6k, then buys her all new tack for him. The best thing EVER is watching M (the little girl) tack up Blaze. She has to use a mounting block to saddle him (he's all of 15hh, but she's nine and kinda petite for her age), but he stands like a rock, even when it takes her a few tries to get the saddle on right. He drops his head to be bridles without being asked and will wait patiently while she puts his bridle on, even if she pokes him a few times. He does absolutely everything M asks of him under saddle and never gets all crazy/out of control.

The one day M's mom went to saddle Blaze up for M's lesson after school (M hadn't gotten off the bus yet), Blaze was an absolute turd for her.

Another story...
I went out to my old barn one day to mess with Aires and there was this little girl (not M) riding my trainer friend's Arab gelding. My friend was nowhere in sight, the girl wasn't wearing a helmet and she had a friend with her. Now, Rex is 15.2hh of crazy Arab that my friend will only let a few people (basically my best friend and I) even lead to turnout, never mind ride. He's hot, spooks easy and is completely unpredictable under saddle and on the ground. So, I was a little worried when I saw this little girl (who is an absolute beginner and one of those "know it all" types) riding Rex. I texted my best friend to see if anyone had permission to ride Rex (his owner was out of town and couldn't be reached, but this little girl "said" she had permission to ride him whenever she wanted). Then I start noticing that she's got the saddle cinched up wrong (it is an expensive custom endurance saddle with center-fire rigging), the saddle pad on backwards, and not only is she using the wrong bit/bridle, but she's got it on wrong (upside down)!! Rex never put one toe out of line with her up there, though. It was really like he knew he needed to take care of her, no matter what. Needless to say, the little girl got in SERIOUS trouble. Not only was she not supposed to be anywhere near Rex, but she lied to her mom and the BO about getting permission. Not the first (or, unfortunately, the last) time she's lied like that at the barn, either.
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I had my professor, too. OTTB.
Put a kid on him he'd be, literally checking if kiddo was still with him, wouldn't do a step to fast.
Adult beginner, scared type, he would stand in the middle of the arena for the entire lesson and not move, secretly laughing behind a hoof about the person above
Know-it-all, testosterone loaded cowboy, two minutes sharp and all that testosterone would be on the ground
Me...well, he never managed, but he sure tried....he would lope along and would, ever so slowly, lower his head until low enough to do a hearty buck, preferably in a turn.
He wasn't mean....just full of spunk.
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post #6 of 21 Old 03-05-2013, 02:59 PM
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Those horses that exhibit that kind of behavior are worth their weight in gold! I don't care about their confirmation, eye appeal or anything else, they are beautiful and priceless. Think about it, a large animal that can easily kill a human, allowing a child to learn and tolerating annoyances without batting an eye, truly remarkable and a hero in my eyes.
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post #7 of 21 Old 03-05-2013, 03:11 PM
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When I was pregnant a few years ago, I swear my gelding knew. I'd get bored with an easy walk and go to ask for a trot - he'd do about 3 or 4 very slow strides and slow up to a walk. Normally he takes quite a pull when out hacking, never threatening to take off, just eager - it was like a different horse!
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I've had a couple of horses that would do all they wanted with me (not bad, just spooking and running full out) I could put a kid on them for a little ride and the horse would walk gentle and quiet. Just two minutes before he had been jumping because a cat walked by. LOL! My other gelding wouldn't trot with a new rider he'd jog (he had a huge trot with me) and he wouldn't gallop, he'd do this really smooth canter. It drove my sister crazy because she was trying to test him out and see his gaits. He'd only do them for me. That and his new owner he took to him right away! I was so happy and sad at the same time.
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post #9 of 21 Old 03-05-2013, 05:53 PM
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My mare was like this. Would always test me and others but my dad has Multiple Sclerosis and he could lead her with one hand, the other hand on his walking stick. Or, on his bad days, she'd let him lead her from his motorized scooter! She even let him ride her without putting a single foot wrong :)
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post #10 of 21 Old 03-05-2013, 07:54 PM
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My one horse would let a beginner flap their arms and legs everywhere while on him. But if I was up there and reached over to grab my drink from the fence, his world came crashing down around him.
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