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post #11 of 15 Old 12-05-2009, 07:58 PM
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What's wrong with wanting a laid back, non complicated horse? And how does that transfer to no personality?

Ben is laid back and fairly uncomplicated. But he is just as difficult as a horse with "spark". A laid back horse just has different challenges, such as getting the horse in front of your leg, motivated, and uphill. And he certainly has personality, he's a big goof ball!
I don't think it's necessarily about either being laid back or forward..they can be really laid back, even dead lazy, and still have spark. maybe the better word for it is personality. a mind of his own. rather than a horse who's clearly been beaten into submission and will, like in the example, blindly follow you off of a cliff.
what I'm saying I don't want is for my horse to be "stupid" and have no mind of his own. I actually have a horse like this and he's very hot and sensitive.
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post #12 of 15 Old 12-05-2009, 08:21 PM
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I don't think it's necessarily about either being laid back or forward..they can be really laid back, even dead lazy, and still have spark. maybe the better word for it is personality. a mind of his own. rather than a horse who's clearly been beaten into submission and will, like in the example, blindly follow you off of a cliff.
what I'm saying I don't want is for my horse to be "stupid" and have no mind of his own. I actually have a horse like this and he's very hot and sensitive.
Oh, that makes more sense! Yeah, Ben is fairly stupid (he's not the sharpest crayon in the box) But he has a ton of personality and certainly has a mind of his own!
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I don't think it's anything new. I've seen both types, and they seem to be two very different types of people, over all, down to the reasons they ride and what they want out of their relationship with their horses. One isn't particularly better than the other, or right or wrong, IMO. For my own part, I'm with you, from my first horse to my current horses, I have always had horses that are challenging. To me a horse that just goes where you point him isn't much fun. But then, I no longer compete, I no longer show and I ride just for the pleasure of riding. Back in my contesting days my challenging horse was the bane of my existence. I can look back on it and love her now, and don't get me wrong, I loved her then too, but I sometimes wonder if it would have been nice to do my learning on a horse I could stay on top of more often. But, on the other hand, I don't think I'd have half the appreciation, or be half the rider I am now, if I had had an easier horse. I can appreciate where a tough horse got me, and I'd have it no other way, now - a horse that didn't test my skills from time to time would bore me to death.
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post #14 of 15 Old 12-06-2009, 12:55 PM
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Some people have very stressful lives and don't want a horse that tests them, they want a bombproof horse that will just let them ride without mucking about. They want to enjoy riding their horse without worrying about it.

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post #15 of 15 Old 12-06-2009, 02:12 PM
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I completely agree with everything you said. That's exactly what I love about my horse; he's not belligerent or blatantly mean, but he has fire and a mind of his own. I never know what to expect with him, in that he doesn't always do whatever I ask and he keeps me on my toes. He's so intelligent it's almost unnerving, but that's just another reason I love him. The super obedient, puppy dog-like ones just don't do it for me.

It infuriates me when I come across people with the mentality that horses should be infallibly subservient. The kind of people who have huge egos and take pride in being their horse's "boss". There's no partnership or mutual respect in a relationship like that.

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