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post #1 of 6 Old 08-28-2013, 06:57 PM Thread Starter
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I think I found my "Heart Horse"...

Oh yes, the dreaded double h. As corny as it sounds I really think I have found my heart horse. Yesterday I went to my lesson and he was amazong, he is finally beginning to listen to me and relax and put his head down. He also has gained his weight back and im in the process of getting muscle on him and engaging his hindquarters. Hes just so sweet, I had a friend ride him a few Weeks ago and he would not listen and wasnt happy at all but he was perfect when I rode him afterwards.

I just think that all this work and dedication is worth it, all the countless times ive fallen off, been scared and messing up. Hes always there for me. Even when I unsaddle him he will roll and come back to me and just follow me around like a puppy. Even after I give him his groceries he will STILL follow me around lol. I dont know why he does it but its cute. He also whinnies when I go by ect.. After the lesson yesterday (a very exhaustive one at that) he put up with my little brother as I led him around the yard. He's such a sweetheart <3

So what do you guys think? Is he doing this because he respects me as a boss or is it something more? Do you think there can be a bond between horse and rider? Many people have told me that "Oh he's just a horse ect.." But no, hes more than that to me at least, he's probably the reason im still sane right now.

Anyways, gimme your opinions guys!
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Aww! I personally think horses can have major attachments and bonds to people, and definitely vice versa. My horse is kinda like that. He behaves well for me, but anybody else and he turns into your typical, jumpy, flighty OTTB. I totally believe in heart horses. In Oliver's description I wrote that he's my heart horse. Most times I don't even need a lead rope. He follows me. Interested to see others opinions in this!
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I love my horses so very much, but am not ashamed to say that Star, my QH, (and my first), is my true Heart Horse :)
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Aww! I personally think horses can have major attachments and bonds to people, and definitely vice versa. My horse is kinda like that. He behaves well for me, but anybody else and he turns into your typical, jumpy, flighty OTTB. I totally believe in heart horses. In Oliver's description I wrote that he's my heart horse. Most times I don't even need a lead rope. He follows me. Interested to see others opinions in this!
Awe I love when horses just follow you with no lead or anything. I just think that sometimes you can feel it in your chest how much you love them lol. Its hard to explain but thanks for the reply :)
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Psh, of course horses have a bond with their rider and handlers. Every horse I've had personally (5 all together) and just about every one I've known has bonded with at least one person. The few that didn't were generally lesson horses that didn't have a set rider or a floater in a big herd belonging to 1-2 people that wasn't regularly ridden.

Soda, my QH will do things (both good and bad) for me that he won't do with anyone else. He nickers every time he sees me (they are free choice hay and no grain) and will regularly leave his food to come hang out with me if I'm reading in the barn. He licks me and "grooms" me if I'm hanging out as well.

Lily, my pony creature is the same way except not quite as demonstrative as Soda. She's really goofy about her face being touched by anyone but me. I can grab her ears and wiggle them around, flap her tail, stick my fingers in her mouth, grab her udder, etc. Anyone else tries? There is a major stink eye at the very least. She also nickers when she sees me and leaves food to hang out with me. Both of them are brats about being caught in the pasture by anyone but me.

My TWHs as a kid could only be caught by me when they escaped from the fence. People would be chasing them all over the place, but I could walk right up to them, put my hand on their shoulder and "lead" them back. They'd fall into line behind whoever I'd "grabbed."

Those are just a couple examples, but I could literally go on and on about horses I've personally known or ones that have belonged to friends or family. There was actually as study done about horses recognizing handlers years later.
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