Silly horse, that's more work! - The Horse Forum
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post #1 of 7 Old 05-30-2013, 02:49 PM Thread Starter
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Silly horse, that's more work!

Arab owners may be able to relate.

I went for a trail ride a few days ago thinking we'd just go for a brisk walk and see the forest. Can my horse just BEHAVE and do that? Goodness no. If he's not working hard then he's not having fun. I ended up setting up a mini course in the arena and cantering him through with countercanters, lead changes, bend changes, etc etc and THEN he was a happy, properly back to front relaxed horse.

Silly Arab - you could have just gone for a walk!

Anyone else have workaholic horses?
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post #2 of 7 Old 05-30-2013, 02:55 PM
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I know how you feel. I have an ArabxSaddlebred and she is all work work work. If she isn't working she isn't happy. lol
Silly horses. :)

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Mia isn't a workaholic, but she behaves a lot better if I keep her thinking about what I want on a trail than just let her walk in peace. And because she has taught me that is the way to ride, I annoy the hell out of Trooper (1/4 Appy & 3/4 Arab), who takes a relaxed approach to things and doesn't want a busy rider. Mind you, Trooper can and will haul butt on a trail if asked, but he likes minimal guidance. That is why he adores my daughter. Mia, OTOH, doesn't believe in relaxing :


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post #4 of 7 Old 05-30-2013, 03:29 PM
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My wife's horse is part/mostly Arab. He's definitely not a workaholic but he does love challenges. A walk down the road isn't much fun. Going up and down hills, crossing over logs, etc. is what he likes. He really can be a pain for her walking down the road. Give him obstacles and he behaves.
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In his defense, there was in fact a horse eating blue barrel hiding in plain sight that almost jumped up and ate him.
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post #6 of 7 Old 05-30-2013, 05:29 PM
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Yes, those things that hide in plain sight are real horse monsters.
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post #7 of 7 Old 05-30-2013, 09:08 PM Thread Starter
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What we see:


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