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Your horses unique quirks

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Everybody's horses should have their own unique quirk, or pretty unique anyway.
So everybody talk about their horses's unique quirks, and pictures of them if they are gestures if you have any!
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More quirks of my horses:
Castillo... maybe not a very un-common quirk but he loves to bite and lay his ears back at cows that aren't behaving themselves to his standards 馃槅
he also has a habit of trying to kick or bite any horse that crowds him from behind or the side, snaking his neck out to nip if beside or being ponied or trying to kick them if behind him... I am trying to stop this but it is also funny if he doesn't do it too violently.
When he wants the bit, he opens his mouth and wobbles his upper lip to help it go in.

Comet: loves picking up a feed bucket and throwing it, or dropping it with a clatter. He pretty much sees a feed bucket, if there isn't any food in it he picks it up and holds it for a second then drops or throws it with a jerk of his neck.
hates blankets

Ginger: when she doesn't want to be caught she walks away, then p.ricks her ears and lowers her head for the halter like a good mare 馃槉 lol only sometimes..
the other horses I can't think of any very ' them' quirk.. lol it seems like only Comet and Luna have a very ' them' quirk the the other horses is more common 馃榿
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Oh I have a photo of Comet's bucket trick if I can find it....
Horse Working animal Liver Sorrel Sky

Ha! Found it! Took me a long time but here it is.... He also takes the bucket if I hold it up for him, he takes it, looks at me, then throws it like... GIMME FOOD
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you'll try to give him a hug or a kiss, and he pins his ears and turns away. Next thing you know, he has his head over your shoulder begging for love 馃し鈥嶁檧锔 He also paws the ground when he eats, but that's because he's a rescue and had to fight for his food. Chews on everything and everyone, and I have to be careful about how much rein i give him, or else he has it in his mouth and won't give it back. It's the same with lead ropes, lunge lines, whips, cross ties, shirts, hoods, helmet straps, etc.

Not mine, but one of the lesson ponies loves fishing out grooming brushed from the box. You've finished with the hard brush, and he's got your hoof pick in his mouth ready to go :LOL:
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We have a herd of 3 horses that come into their stalls for feeding but also have 24/7 access to their pastures. Morning feeding can be anywhere from 6-8 am depending on my schedule. My gelding will wait patiently in his stall with his head over the gate until I feed him. I've been tempted to delay feeding just to see how long he'll stand there doing nothing but waiting for me. His two herd mates will be out in the pasture grazing and will come in when called.
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I made the mistake to teach one of my mares to kiss, but the full blown lift your upper lip type of kiss.....the problem now is during parades and public events, anyone that comes close(which they should not), she starts kissing people in the hopes of cookies. Hilarious because I can always pre-warn people, but super wet and messy.
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Finn [he's not mine, he's a schooling horse I ride often, but I don't have my own horse, so-] always puts his head down /after/ you get the bit in. Not before. Not when you get on. But while you're tightening the throatlatch and noseband, he'll keep it down. Pretty helpful lol-
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This is a cute thread :D @younghorsetrainer!!
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@My Salty Pony thanks!! 馃槉馃槉
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I've tried braiding the long mane on my mare. I gave up because it turns into a rats nest in 2 or 3 days. It seems like more hair is lost trying to undo it than if I just left it alone. Any tips? I would like to save the mane from sun damage. Horses out 24/7
braid the hair into smaller width braids. get some of the no tear coated bands used for little girls hair, and nad teh strands into a diamond patterns. It leaves it so air gets in , and if still can help with bugs . Braid the hair when wet, then fly spray the mane and neck .
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Buster, who used to live at the barn with my horse, enjoyed nibbling on clothing. Once he grabbed the hood of my coat which snapped off and he ran around with it in his mouth, waving it like a flag!
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