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post #21 of 23 Old 10-29-2013, 09:08 PM
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I tend to disagree with that study!
My horses are not stressed, they play quite often.....I have an obstacle outdoor arena and they will chase each other over the wooden bridge, through the cowboy curtain........they don't play aggressively but playfully.........

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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 #22 of 23 Old 10-29-2013, 09:28 PM
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My horse isn't too much of a player like that. He likes to be worked with on teh ground and do bareback jumping and stuff - is he didn't like it he would she me that.

One thing him and I both enjoy, is liberty groundwork. He does very nice circles, he comes to a screeching halt from a lope when asked, he walks by my shoulder, he pivots without me having to touch him, he will back decently, his figure eights are good. And not only does he get a work out, but so do I!! BUt he is almost better at liberty than on the lead!

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post #23 of 23 Old 11-05-2013, 07:18 AM
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Both genders will run around and kick up their heels and be frisky. However, geldings will usually be more playful. They will nip or bite at each other and rear up at each other as in playful fighting. Mares don't usually do that.

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He's new to a herd setting; The last place I boarded wouldn't let him be with other horses :( Now he's with 9 other horses, all geldings. He still doesn't seem to play. I really do think it's just his personality, but wanted to see what others thought
I think this is what is happening. A new horse in a herd is trying to find his place. He has to figure out where he will fit in. In time, he may become more playful with the others. One horse that we have with our herd didn't get playful until a year later. Now, he is the instigator.

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