Join Date: Jul 2010
Location: East Central Illinois
It's the behavior, not the calling. As you must know by now, "Corporal" (Arabian, 1982-2009, RIP) was my favorite horse. I spent so much time with him and he was soooo reliable, and fearless.
Every year our CW organization, "The Cumberland Guard" kind of owned an event in western Indiana, "Billie Creek." We would field about 2K reenactors total from both sides, and, every year, RIGHT BEFORE the battle, (like clockwork,) my commander would send me with messages, usually to companies that weren't on the field yet. I had to ride through people on the way to watch the battle. Funny, people don't see or hear you riding with them until you are right next to them. Corporal would usually call about 7-8x to his herd while we were making our way through the crowd. It always got a reaction and some laughs. He was ALWAYS obedient, but always attached to the herd.
You are NEVER gonna change that in a horse. But, Corporal was obedient, and wasn't ever fighting me. He would go where I said and for how long. He might stand and paw, but he knew his training and wasn't going to grab the bit and run back.
I wanted you to know that asking them to completely stop calling is an exercise in futility. Expecting them to pay attention to you and do their job can be accomplished. =D
Last edited by Corporal; 03-04-2015 at 10:53 PM.