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post #1 of 11 Old 08-11-2013, 12:49 AM Thread Starter
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Seen something new (to me) and I found it amusing.

Today while my grazing my gelding out in the field, out of the pasture, he pulled up a clump of grass. Roots and all, dirt included.

Being cautious, I started to walk over to remove said source of sand colic, only to see him stand on the roots and eat just the clean grass off.

Sounds petty, I'm sure. But to see the thought and intention was pretty cool.
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post #2 of 11 Old 08-11-2013, 01:07 AM
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That is cool. I have let my two out in the yard to only have them pull stuff out by the roots in the gravel driveway and leave it. Guess they didn't like it but thought it was funny they were helping me weed.
Who says horses are not smart!
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post #3 of 11 Old 08-11-2013, 01:15 AM Thread Starter
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I guess what I found the most interesting was how intentional he was about it.
They do things sometimes, and ya think how coincidence was that.
This appeared totally thought out and not his first time, if you will.

Amazing what they are capable of....
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post #4 of 11 Old 08-11-2013, 01:16 AM
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^^^^ I totally agree! I think what he did was so cool! Gosh I love horses!

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post #5 of 11 Old 08-11-2013, 01:31 AM
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Mine always twirl it around until the grass detaches from the roots...I bet though, they could learn a thing or two from that method!

Pssh.I didn't pick up the wrong lead
It's called a counter canter...
...A very advanced maneuver.
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post #6 of 11 Old 08-11-2013, 01:46 AM
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My gelding brings it over to me and uses my boot to get the root clump off. Or just smacks it on something.
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post #7 of 11 Old 08-11-2013, 02:42 AM
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Whiskey likes to pull up roots and twirl it around. Especially if we are free lunging! He then likes to run and buck while he twirls it around.

If Drifter is anywhere near, he chases Drifter with it hahaha
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post #8 of 11 Old 08-11-2013, 02:51 AM
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This is the sort of thing my mother is fascinated by. She'll often hand graze Dozer whilst I pack up and make his dinner etc, and she's seen some amazing things. He can pick every single blade of grass out of a clump of weeds, without eating any weed. It's really quite interesting to watch, once she pointed it out to me. When he pulls up roots he'll give it a shake - if it doesn't separate, he'll drop it and move on.
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post #9 of 11 Old 08-11-2013, 01:16 PM
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That's cool :). Such smart creatures, almost too smart sometimes ;).
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post #10 of 11 Old 08-11-2013, 01:19 PM
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Yep, it's a pretty common thing. I don't know whether the roots are bitter or something but I've seen mine do the twirly thing, they'll also rub/hit it on something until the grass breaks free from the root, or they'll just spit it out and go on to another bite.
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