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post #11 of 14 Old 03-14-2015, 12:40 AM
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Originally Posted by LittleBayMare View Post
Last summer I was out riding in the woods (no real defined path). My mare suddenly stopped and refused to go any further. We were going north. I could turn her and go east or west, but she would not continue north. Out of curiosity, I turned east and continued for a few yards before turning north again. Once again, the brakes engaged. I headed off ten yards west, tried to turn north again. But, you guessed it, hit the brakes again. Now, this was our first real trail ride together. She had never, in the three months I had had her at that point, refused anything. Sometimes she hesitated, but she never ever outright refused. I could tell that she was trying to tell me something, but I couldn't quite tell what. She drew a line for me the whole way to the tree line and very clearly declared it a no passing zone. Fortunately I decided to trust her. There turned out to be a bear living in there. Fortunately it has since been served its...erm...permanent eviction notice as that patch of woods is right next to where the new pastures need to go.
Mine knows when there is a cougar nearby, WAY better than I do. So I completely listen to her. Of course it helps that I *know* her. She's not sour, and would rather be adventuring, than home. So when she stops, I know something is up.

We often walk as a family (her just on a lead), and one day she was trying to run up to where the kids were(not usual for her, because she's really good). So I finally gave in and we jogged up to walk with them, and pretty soon we came on part of a carcass. She of course could scent it long before we did.

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post #12 of 14 Old 03-14-2015, 09:19 AM
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A week or so ago, I was at my sister's place (my horse is at an indoor arena right now, so not there) and I was cleaning the stalls etc. Her horse was outside in the barnyard. While I was working he very definitely told me he did not want to stay outside but wanted in the barn. There is a very good run in in the barn where he can get out of the weather and this was unusual behaviour for him. I called my sister and told her that he wanted in so I would put him and the ponies in their stalls for the night.
Later that evening a really strong wind came up and it was right out of the south which would blow directly into the run it and I thought to myself that this horse knew this and that is why he wanted in the barn for the night. I was glad I listened to him as he usually prefers to be outside.
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post #13 of 14 Old 03-16-2015, 07:07 AM
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Some great examples here of how animals are a lot cleverer than we often give them credit for. They have fantastic senses and I believe a strong intuition too.
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post #14 of 14 Old 03-24-2015, 03:49 PM Thread Starter
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Well I got a chance to put this into action today. I go to put the halter on lesson horse today to go get get groomed and tacked up and he tells me loud and clear something is up. He stomped the ground twice as I'm putting it on. He's never done that before and now finally I'm in tune enough to listen. Then it was difficult to get him out of his corral, and then even more difficult to get him up onto the tack area mat.

So at this point I know something is up and I didn't think the lesson was going to proceed. I groom him anyway and he does relax a bit but I hold off and tacking him up until my instructor arrives.

She does and I let her know what's going on. She takes a look at him, feels the pulse in his hooves and sure enough it's noticeable. She thanks me for being attentive and we head down to a tack shed to get him a shot of banamine (which was gone but that's another story). I take him back to his corral and let him go. He literally took a little jump with joy when he realized he wasn't going to be made to ride today.

I'm very glad this went down the way it did. A couple months ago I wouldn't have noticed, would have ridden him in pain and been disgusted with how poorly he performed. Slowly but surely. I just wish I had started 40 yrs ago.
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