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post #1 of 24 Old 04-11-2016, 12:02 PM Thread Starter
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Do Horses Enjoy Groundwork/Rides?

I recently did a thread on how my horse is hard to catch. I learned that you sometimes have to just be around your horse, so it doesn't associate you with hoof picking, and other such boring experiences.

I was wandering: do horses enjoy being trained, ridden, led and so on?
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I recently did a thread on how my horse is hard to catch. I learned that you sometimes have to just be around your horse, so it doesn't associate you with hoof picking, and other such boring experiences.

I was wandering: do horses enjoy being trained, ridden, led and so on?
So do, some don't!

My horse wants to come with me when I go get him out of the paddock. And when I put him in there, he doesn't want me to leave! But mostly I think he doesn't like being alone, however, he will leave his paddock mates and even his hay to follow me. It's kind of a hassle to get him because there are three other horses who are trying to get out at the same time so we have this system where I go to one gate and all the horses come there because that's the gate where they are usually put out. My horse hangs back and I walk around to a different gate, bring him through while the other three are still waiting at the main gate. He caught onto that game in no time, but the others are still a little clueless, lol.

I think he's kind of a people horse though. He doesn't fit in a herd very well. And yes, I spend lots of time with him even when I'm not going to ride him. Sometimes I have a treat, sometimes not. But I usually give him something after he's done working. So he knows he'll get something from me eventually :)

As for the work itself, he definitely enjoys it. When we go a few days without riding or lunging, he can't wait to get going. I've taken him out into the arena on a lunge line and he immediately started going around without me giving him any cues. He couldn't wait. And once, the lunge line snap let go while he was trotting around and he just kept trotting in a perfect circle even though he was no longer attached. It was pretty funny.

In the end, each horse has its own personality and some are more engaged, while some are more aloof, some are happier around people, some (most) around horses, some like to work hard physically and mentally and some would rather sleep. It's hard to generalize.
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Every horse has a different "person"ality. Some love being worked and mental stimulation. Some enjoy being pampered and groomed. Some horses seem to merely tolerate human interaction of any sort.

For example, I have 2 horses who are both "people" horses but enjoy very different things. Cruiser LOVES being groomed and pampered, but acts indifferent about groundwork, riding, even trails. He is obedient and very well trained, but he doesn't get that spark some horses do. But groom him, and he melts in your hands like butter.
Chief on the other hand, follows me around the paddock and is in my face all the time, but gets very impatient with grooming and has a short attention span for ground work. But put his mind to work under saddle with transitions and figures and he gets super concentration powers. He also LOVES trails either in hand or under saddle. He doesn't just plod along, but he actively looks around and really seems to enjoy sharing scenery with whoever is leading or riding him.


Most horses I have worked with through the years has something they really seem to enjoy doing with people. There are a few who are grumps and while not being naughty, seem to want to just get done and let back to their peace and quiet. But most have SOMETHING they truly enjoy, and it is very much different from horse to horse and it can take a while to figure out what your horse's favorite thing is.
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Horses are just like people - some like to work and have a job, figure out challenges, and be with their humans. Some don't and would rather spend their life grazing.

But, just like all people, horses need a job, an education, exercise, and mental stimulation to be the best they can be. They live in a world where their primary purpose is to be used by humans, so the best we can do for them is to provide them with the tools to make sure they fit into that world as best they can.
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Some do enjoy being ridden I think, some would rather be left to the pasture with their herd.

As a for instance of the two extremes, I can tell my daughter's Caspian enjoys being with people over the other horses. When you walk into the pasture to get someone he will come right up to you and follow you around kind of like "Oh! Pick me! Take me! Oh please, please please!" literally trying to stick his nose into the halter to the point where you almost feel bad chasing him off. As an opposite there is Cowboy who was a working horse that when he sees you coming with the lead will move as far away from you as quickly as possible unless you say "Cowboy Whoa!"

Two horses trained and ridden in completely different circumstances. The first is a leisure horse who gets ridden out on trails three days a week or so for a couple of hours each, the other was a working horse who was worked hard most of his life every time he was saddled up. Halter=fun vs Halter=work. They also have very different personalities so that also plays a role.

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do horses enjoy being trained, ridden, led and so on?
Good and thoughtful answers so far. But let's turn it around. Do people enjoy physical activity, work, and learning new skills? You could say some do, and some don't, but you could also say doesn't it depend a lot on the boss, the teacher, the coach and whether they do anything to make it fun and interesting?

Horses are individuals, with individual preferences, but all of them respond better when you don't drill over and over on stuff they already know. All of them respond better when you make it fun and interesting. All of them respond better when you explain things so they can understand. All of them respond better when they see their human as a trustworthy leader.

One more thing: all of them respond better when you match them with their job. Some horses love the arena, some horses love the trail, some horses love working cows, some horses love to run. Just like people, horses are happiest when they are doing what they do best.
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most horses want the work to be over. really. they'd rather be back with their equine buddies, unless their life at home is really dismal and getting out with their human is stimulation.

but, some deal with this "how can I make the work go by faster" by baulking. some by working harder (to get to the finish line faster), and some really do enjoy the stimulation of being challenged, and having a leader that directs their energy.

any horse will be happier in work if he is NOT thinking about getting out of it, but rather just complying with it. that's why we make the wrong thing hard and the right thing easy. he will seek the "easy".
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Good and thoughtful answers so far. But let's turn it around. Do people enjoy physical activity, work, and learning new skills? You could say some do, and some don't, but you could also say doesn't it depend a lot on the boss, the teacher, the coach and whether they do anything to make it fun and interesting?

Horses are individuals, with individual preferences, but all of them respond better when you don't drill over and over on stuff they already know. All of them respond better when you make it fun and interesting. All of them respond better when you explain things so they can understand. All of them respond better when they see their human as a trustworthy leader.

One more thing: all of them respond better when you match them with their job. Some horses love the arena, some horses love the trail, some horses love working cows, some horses love to run. Just like people, horses are happiest when they are doing what they do best.
Really great post!

Another common mistake I see is that people don't understand the physiology of getting fit and treat the horse more like a machine than a biological creature. If you sit around for two weeks or a month and then go and try to run five miles, how would you feel? Horses get sore muscles just like we do. If you ask them to go out and use maximum physical effort every time you ride, they will see riding as a less than pleasant activity. It's the same if their hooves hurt, their saddle is digging into their back, or their teeth haven't been floated and their mouth hurts.
I've seen many times where a person takes the horse out for a very long ride and the horse becomes reluctant. That's why many people hate exercise too, they never stick with a fitness program so exercise always is difficult and hurts. But horses will enjoy exercise if their fitness is built up gradually so it doesn't hurt their muscles or strain their lungs. Try walking or running your riding route sometime and you'll appreciate how much work your horse is doing for you.
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I agree with Joel.

If a horse looks to you as a leader and respect goes both ways, they seem to like having a job to do.m

My last horse came with many problems including being very hard to catch.

He had only been ridden in an arena for quite a while. I only had him for a couple of weeks, we had sorted many issues in this time and I had never taken him in the arena. He was the first to come to the gate to be caught and was always a good fun, bold ride out and about.
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Agree fully with joel, gotta & fox! Unfortunately many, many horses think of their time with humans as Work, a Chore. If my horses didnt enjoy being with me, playing my games, then id be looking closely at what i was doing wrong & change that!
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