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post #11 of 14 Old 03-15-2016, 01:55 PM
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Originally Posted by loosie View Post
That's because, in MY opinion, a lot of horse behaviour also comes down to people's attitudes, and 'you get what you expect' tends to be one big (general) truth of the matter! Self fulfilling prophesies abound!

Also, there is horse behavior, based on what they evolved to be, that is universal
Factors like individual personality, up bringing, all apply, like in any living breathing entity, but a horse is still a horse
What modifies their behavior, learning curves, inheritance of things like 'cow sense', braveness, can be entirely broad topics on their own

When not recognizing a horse for what he is, treating him like a dog or an other pet, is when humans get into trouble
There has also been actual research done, by a neurobiologist, which shows that horses growing up, free to explore , versus those mainly raised in confinement, have an actual greater learning capacity, due to brain development

The pertinent facts , brought up by a vet that specializes in horse behavior, points out that horses do best, both mentality and physically, when they are allowed to live like horses, much as possible
That means the ability to move almost constantly, herd living conditions
At times, for our own good, we have to have horses able to accept some limitations, far as those conditions, and he states that horses have a great ability to adapt, but we must be sure to never exceed that ability!
Many horse illnesses, stereotypic behavior, lameness, are directly due to exceeding that ability to adapt
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Here is an interesting comparison. I have mules and horses, I ride my mules on trails, New Mexico, Wyoming etc etc.

I recently sold one mule because when she was following, she was absolutely a dream and great for new or inexperienced riders. Unfortunately, I don't ride much with new or inexperienced riders so she sat in the pasture 11.5 mos out of the year. She was just as good each time I got her out to use-BUT- I like to ride out by myself a lot.

When this molly is at the lead or alone she is a nervous nellie, she felt like she had to be on "watch" for danger I guess. Put her back behind one horse/mule and she is back to being good ole Ruby.

I sold her to a friend who never rides out alone because it just drove me crazy plus keeping a mule and only riding once or twice a year just didn't cut it.

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That is not unique to mules
Many horses are like that also, if they have always gotten their confidence form another horse
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imagree with a handler having a large part in how a horse reacts/behaves certain traits of a breed can shine through.

I have had little to do with QHs but when I have both ridden and seen good cow horses working I observed that they had a strong eye just as a collie has when working sheep.

Another time I had a dressage warmblood foal running with TBs still on their dams. The TBs played by racing around, the WB would also run but would also perform pirouette, show extended trot rather than cantering.
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