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Hi!
So as some of you may know, ive recently been interested in a new horse. Well its official and hes all mine <img style="max-width:100%;" src="http://www.horseforum.com/images/smilies/biggrin.gif" border="0" alt="" title="Biggrin" class="inlineimg" />

We went on a 5 hour trail ride through the mountains today and it was both terrifying and exhilerating. Ive mentioned that im relatively scared of skittish horses and for only 50+ rides this horse made it seem like he was a seasoned trail horse. We rode through creeks, lakes, steep slopes, roads, fields and through some thick woods due to the recent hurricane blocking off some trails. I rode him in a 2 piece bit (big mistake) so he didht like when i held him back when the owner was breaking down trees, but i plan on switching him next time i ride.

i made a deal with the owner that i could board him at his place since he lives so close and no one else boards there. Hes pretty known in the local horse community and is the only licensed packer in my province so he does some pretty serious trail riding. So he gave me the oppertunity to come with when he goes as well as helping him break in some horses ( to an extent ). hes so unbelievably knowledgable and i feel like im going to learn a lot being under his wing.

Heres some pics! they may not be good quality but i wasnt able to snap any. a few are repeated from other threads but i feel like ill just throw them in for those of you who havent seen.
 

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And some more for good measure + a cute dog i met today
 

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He's a handsome fella alright! I think it's a great idea to keep him where he is so you can keep working with the barn owner to finish him a bit. It sounds like he could still use a little work, but that he has a good mind. A lot like my Rusty! Who is coming along very well. 5 hours in the saddle sounds divine! The most I've done was 7, and surprisingly, I tolerated it quite well. These days, I barely have time to ride for an hour here and there :(

Have fun with him, ride him as much as you can, and spend a lot of time just hanging out with him too! Congratulations!
 

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He's a handsome fella alright! I think it's a great idea to keep him where he is so you can keep working with the barn owner to finish him a bit. It sounds like he could still use a little work, but that he has a good mind. A lot like my Rusty! Who is coming along very well. 5 hours in the saddle sounds divine! The most I've done was 7, and surprisingly, I tolerated it quite well. These days, I barely have time to ride for an hour here and there 😞

Have fun with him, ride him as much as you can, and spend a lot of time just hanging out with him too! Congratulations!
thank you! ive read quite a bit of your threads and i can agree on them being a bit a like. Ive never been on a TRAIL trail ride before so it was definitely an experience.
 

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had an AMAZING ride on Pez today, youd never even knew he was green. He has the absolute smoothest lope ive ever been on and i look super forward to working with him. he also made a new friend today
 

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wouldnt be a complete thread without baby pics
 

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more pics! he was being very playful tonight. tried lipping me a few times but i quickly corrected him. his pasture buddy was also being weirdly aggressive to him tonight? Must be something in the air. Hes also starting to gain a bit more weight which im super happy about.
 

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Also what does it mean when a horse lips you exactly? Some tell me its a sign of dominance and others tell me its a sign of play.
 

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Do you mean that he just touches you with his lips? My Rusty does that. I will tolerate it a little, but I'm very careful not to let him overdo it. He's a super playful horse, much like a dog, and will walk straight up to me and sniff my face and hair, like he's right ON my face, touching my skin. He's even licked my cheek, lol. He's a giant dalmation. That said, I will not tolerate even the slight touch of teeth, even accidental. And if he's pushing on me a little too hard, I push him back and tell him no. He is not nippy, has never bitten me, but I'm always aware that it might come across as scary to a new person, especially a child. He's not very good about personal space, so after an initial greeting, I'll ask him to respect my bubble a little more. So I'd say it depends on the horse and the situation. You don't want to let him contact your skin with his teeth, ever, obviously. And too much lipping might be undesirable too because it could scare someone who doesn't know him and thinks he's going to bite.
 

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Do you mean that he just touches you with his lips? My Rusty does that. I will tolerate it a little, but I'm very careful not to let him overdo it. He's a super playful horse, much like a dog, and will walk straight up to me and sniff my face and hair, like he's right ON my face, touching my skin. He's even licked my cheek, lol. He's a giant dalmation. That said, I will not tolerate even the slight touch of teeth, even accidental. And if he's pushing on me a little too hard, I push him back and tell him no. He is not nippy, has never bitten me, but I'm always aware that it might come across as scary to a new person, especially a child. He's not very good about personal space, so after an initial greeting, I'll ask him to respect my bubble a little more. So I'd say it depends on the horse and the situation. You don't want to let him contact your skin with his teeth, ever, obviously. And too much lipping might be undesirable too because it could scare someone who doesn't know him and thinks he's going to bite.
yeah! like he doesnt use his teeth but its like a biting action without the bite. just his lips.
 

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yeah! like he doesnt use his teeth but its like a biting action without the bite. just his lips.
I would discourage this if it happens consistently. Touching, I'm ok with, even a little licking, but not picking at you with his lips. And I'm probably more tolerant than most about these things, but it's too close to biting in my view. On the other hand, I'll let Rusty pick things up with his lips and teeth, just not me. I taught him to hold a flag in his mouth for Canada Day using clicker-training. Might as well shape those behaviors appropriately! So he knows now that I won't get mad if he picks up the manure fork, but I will if he tries to take off my gloves (he might accidentally grab a finger on someone who is not careful). If I leave the glove on the ground though, it's fair game. ;)
 
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