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post #11 of 22 Old 06-18-2013, 11:39 AM
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Not at all I talk to the whole barn full of horses!.. But Cody and I "talk " the most.

I just wish I knew what he was saying

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post #12 of 22 Old 06-18-2013, 02:37 PM
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I don't know about "conversation", but I always talk to my horse when I'm riding her, or doing just about anything with her. I don't know if she's actually understanding my words, or whether the process of saying something unconsiously sets up my body language in a way she can perceive. I just know that telling her what I want/expect her to do seems to work a lot better than just yanking the reins and kicking her sides.
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post #13 of 22 Old 06-18-2013, 02:43 PM Thread Starter
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Ha! I don't feel quite so crazy now. After becoming aware of it last week now ive tried adding a little more human ineraction.
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post #14 of 22 Old 06-18-2013, 02:47 PM
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The only talking I do to my horses is either vocal commands while riding or lunging, or a "hey boy" when I first see them for the day. Maybe a "that feels better, huh?" after fly spraying them on a particularly bug filled day or getting a rock out with a hoof pick.

I enjoy the peace and quiet being with my horses provides, and I know he's an animal, not a friend. (This doesn't mean that I don't love them to pieces and pamper them)
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post #15 of 22 Old 06-18-2013, 04:59 PM
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Talking to a horse or a pet is not bad. Its when you start shutting yourself out of potentially positive experience that it becomes a problem. I think that people have a way of getting what they need (granted there are cases where its not true). The best explanation is I heard about a woman who ran a newfoundland dog rescue out of her New York City apartment. She has something on the line of 8 or 9 dogs. Some had medical problems and she had had a pretty traumatic childhood/adulthood. Her brother said the dog rescue was less about rescuing the dogs and more her trying to rescue herself. Animals are a great media for healing and if you have a conversation with your horse and it helps you than thats a good thing. You are not hurting anything talking to your horse and those ladies probably had a laugh about it. No harm no foul.

That said, I talk to my horse but most of it is not worth "human conversation" and thats a really good thing ie I walk out to pasture and say "Hey jerk face, come here I want to do stuff to you." The horse comes over but if he was a human he would come over and deck me. I talk (or sing) to the horse when I am nervous, if all is good its mostly hand talking (petting, and soft movements).
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post #16 of 22 Old 06-18-2013, 05:50 PM
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When is this a sickness?

When your horse starts answering back
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post #17 of 22 Old 06-18-2013, 06:33 PM
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LOL! My horses initiate the conversation and answer me back all the time!

"Can I pleeeez have an apple wafer?"
"No, not til we're done."
"Pleeeeeez!" Snuffle, snuffle, in my pockets.

"Hey Beauty, should I feed you first?"
"YES!" She's a head bobber, any question you ask she nods up and down emphatically.

"Cloney? What are you doing?"
Shuffle, Shuffle....."Nothing" as he walks away from whatever mischief he was into.

"If you don't behave I'm gonna beat ya til your fur falls out in patches!"
"OK OK If you're gonna be that way about it."

They all line up at the gate and look expectant at 4:30 pm. I can "hear" them all saying, "Where is she? Doesn't she know it's dinner time?"

Anybody who says animals can't communicate isn't listening.

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post #18 of 22 Old 06-18-2013, 06:45 PM
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Originally Posted by rookie View Post
That said, I talk to my horse but most of it is not worth "human conversation"...
OTOH, the conversation of a number of my human acquaintances seems limited to things like spectator sports and the activities of Kardashians. I really prefer what my horse has to say - and the dogs, can't forget them.
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post #19 of 22 Old 06-18-2013, 07:08 PM
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gah you make a good point my horse has never shown up at the pasture gate asking "so what is going on with the Kardashians." They day he does is the same day I take him out behind the barn and one of us shoots the other. Which ones gets shot and which does the shooting I will leave up to whomever is the fastest draw.
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post #20 of 22 Old 06-18-2013, 08:03 PM
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I talked with Sky when I'm around him, but we're mostly silent. I try not to be selfish in thinking about the future and 'being without him' because that isn't fair. I just enjoy the time I have with him and know that, to me, he is special.

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