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post #1 of 11 Old 04-16-2013, 10:37 AM Thread Starter
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Owning a horse with LOTS of personality

I seem to bring out the personality in animals. From day one Pickles was unique(thus the name). She was barely halter broke and she chose me, stood by my side in an open field and refused to leave me. She was quirky from day one, but it seems to get more pronounced as she grows up.

it started with a texture obsession. anything with an odd texture needed to be nuzzled, nibbled and picked up.

then, while the BO was fencing she stole her leather gloves from a post top, ran away with the, chewed them up and finally spit them out at the BO's feet

next time it was the hammer. she set it down for a second, heard galloping hooves and it was gone. she found it in the water trough.

yesterday she was finishing a section of pole fence on a corral. she had a bucket of screws on the tail gate. she turns around to find pickles, standing innocently with screws protruding from her lips. the BO tries to retrieve the screws, which pickles interprets as a game of chase. finally in a frustrated attempt to get her to stand still, the BO smacked her, at which point she, being the helpful horse that she is, spit the screws out in the snow! (The Bo closed to corral until the screws can be found)

what do you even do with a horse like this??

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post #2 of 11 Old 04-16-2013, 10:39 AM
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Curiosity is a good thing and I would encourage it. I would also get her some things to play with like a jolly ball
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post #3 of 11 Old 04-16-2013, 10:39 AM
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Be careful where you put things down and enjoy the shenanigans
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post #4 of 11 Old 04-16-2013, 10:52 AM
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You kick back and watch them grow up and laugh at how "helpful" they are! I have had 2 like that. One stole the hammer and tried to "help" nail the trim on the barn, the other liked to steal fencing tools and would run down a couple of posts and stand there with the fencing pliers in her mouth and stare at the pole like she was trying to figure out how to "help" repair the fence. She also liked to steal gloves.

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post #5 of 11 Old 04-16-2013, 10:52 AM
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I love horses like that! Sounds like my mare.
I tried a JollyBall for her. She could care less... the coyotes are the only ones around here who played with it!
Now a gallon milk jug with a few holes put in it with oats... give her that and it's on. I did that at night sometimes, and it was fully flat and dead when I went out to check her in the field in the morning.
She had tried to eat gloves, clothes, the tarp (I gotta train her to help carry it when it is a full load, lol), dog collars she finds, tools... etc
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post #6 of 11 Old 04-16-2013, 10:57 AM
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My friends FresianX is like that. There are some phone lines that run over a small section of a pasture and the cable guy had to bring his truck in the field to use his cherry picked to fix stuff. The Fresian was all over his truck, trying to open the panels to the compartments where the tools are and eventually settled on rocking the truck back and forth while the poor man was int be cherry picker. I watched it all from a distance - someone else had the four wheeler so I was on foot and it took me quite some time to walk over there and rescue the cable guy. Hilarious!!
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post #7 of 11 Old 04-16-2013, 05:04 PM
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Sounds like my mare Bert. I went out one day and she had woven a stall mat into the hay feeder. She tried to look innocent but it did not work (particularly when she grabbed the corner to try to pull it the rest of the way through the bars). She also unties knots of all sorts, safety knots, double knots and a few ones I have made up.

Our old gelding will play with rubber made food pans or sticks. He was out in the pasture swinging a stick around one day. One end of a broken stick his mouth, flipping his head around and the other half hanging on by some bark was swinging around. He would stop and watch it. There was a group of three other horses who were all watching him. I could almost see them saying "he is not normal that one".
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post #8 of 11 Old 04-16-2013, 05:43 PM
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This is the hubbys gelding!! When he sees us he hollers at us-- he likes to nibble things too..he will grab your shirt and play with it and never get your skin, he steals the hoofpick when we are clening the other horses feet, he steals the brushes too, he has to mess with everything!! Lol. If we are brushing our other horses he stands real close to them and grooms them with ya, lol. I love a horse with a silly personality! at least she isnt boring or the same as every other horse! horses like this are good for the soul!!

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A friend of mine, who has a horse with an "oral fixation" like this, actually has taught him to pick things up on command. He picks up her brushes, gloves and even helps her move the cones! (she usually has to adjust them a bit when he is done, but.......) Too cute!

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post #10 of 11 Old 04-16-2013, 06:11 PM
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Trade? The only thing our foster filly is interested in doing is redecorating her stall with stolen feed pans, brushes, halters, rakes, and shovels!

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