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post #11 of 23 Old 10-28-2013, 10:20 PM
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It can take a while for horses to adjust to being a herd situation. After a few months once the learn the "rules" they can become more playful - and some horses just aren't playful.

He's not going to play in the arena - that's a "work" area.

Also, you could just be missing the time they play. Sometimes in bed at night I hear the horses thundering around outside just being silly.
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post #12 of 23 Old 10-28-2013, 10:20 PM
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I have a 7 month old filly that does not play. Out of all the pictures I've ever taken of her (THOUSANDS), she is always standing, grazing or walking. No running around, no bucking, rearing, playing, nothing. The 4. Adult horses we have will be up at the barn eating, and she's in the back pasture WALKING up to the barn. Alone. At 7 Months.

Some horses just don't play.
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post #13 of 23 Old 10-29-2013, 12:26 AM
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I have a 11 yr. QH mare, 10 yr. appy gelding, 5 yr. old gelding and 4 yr. gelding (my mare's son)........the two younger ones play all the time, on cooler days they do manage to get the older two to run and play with them. My mare loves me to chase her, she will run around the manure pile and I will cut her off and she tries to deek me out LOL I had one boarded here and she was here for over two years.........took her a year before I ever saw her playing with the others......they all have different personalities......

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post #14 of 23 Old 10-29-2013, 02:47 AM
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One of mine does, he is a baby so naturally he should be more active, I don't see it a lot because if I'm out there he thinks he needs to be up my butt seeing what I'm doing, during that time, he's dumping buckets, and chewing on tack, and trying to wiggle between me and whatever I'm doing, and one day he was trying to climb into my nephews lap while he sat in a chair.

My other horse does not, because he has no personality.
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post #15 of 23 Old 10-29-2013, 03:23 AM
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My old horse was a stallion till. 3,5 then. I gelded him. In a field on his own, with other horses, he would be eating, then leap in the air, rip around the place for a few minutes then eat again. Very amusing!

First time he was turned out with another horse? Didn't bother with him.

The only time he changed was when he got his Shetland herd. The Shetlands were able to run around the yard and all five would hang out by him.. Loved it!
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post #16 of 23 Old 10-29-2013, 12:06 PM
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Don't worry - some horse never 'play' or want to interact with other horses. Willow enjoys a good scratch but she never joins in the mad run arounds with Jazzie and Looby - she just looks at them as if they're stupid. Looby likes to gallop about but hates any physical contact from another horse and the only time Honey and Flora ever gallop or buck is when they're racing up to me to come into the barn - I've had those two since they were 3 year olds and they've never been any different
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post #17 of 23 Old 10-29-2013, 12:18 PM
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Level of sillyness/playfulness can also be related to the weather and feed. The 7 year old gelding I ride is an angel in the summer but gets super frisky when it gets colder. You can't even lead him from the barn to the pasture without any sillyness (tried to nip the pony ahead of him in the butt). The owner recently reduced his feed and now he's behaving a little bit better again.
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post #18 of 23 Old 10-29-2013, 01:44 PM
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I recall an article in Equus not too long ago citing a study that it's "normal" for horses to not really play much in the field and that horses that do play a lot (especially the more aggressive play) tend to be the ones that are most stressed.
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post #19 of 23 Old 10-29-2013, 02:08 PM
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My boys are out 24/7 and they keep each other entertained. My yearling plays more than my 18 year old pony does, but they're both pretty lazy. When the other horses are ripping around in their paddocks or run by, my boys just stand there.

There is definitely a difference in energy level between my two, who get constant movement and mental stimulation every day, and the other horses who are stalled half the day and are rarely ever worked with.
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post #20 of 23 Old 10-29-2013, 02:17 PM
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My horse doesn't really play. At least, not that I have seen. He's a twenty year old gelding, and is perfectly happy following around his buddies, though doesn't typically kick up his heels.

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