Just curious, I noticed in the original post that the 14 yr old is an
ex-racer. All of our ex-racers will run, and run hard (sometimes a couple
miles worth) when first turned out. I believe that at least in part that's
due to their previous conditioning, and in part due to TB's tendency to like
to run. I wonder then if the 14 yr old is actually being skittish, or is he
just acting like a racehorse? If the latter, then the youngster is probably
just playing follow the leader. Watch the older horse's body language. If
he's showing fear, then the youngster may eventually pick up on that
behavior, due to the prey/herd instinct.
Stokes Landing Sport Horses
> The 4 yr old runs scared, which is why I'm concerned about this
> skittish behavior rubbing off. When he is not with the wacky horse, he
> rarely gets spooked. This is my first YOUNG horse and I'm not sure how
> easily a horses behavior can be permanently influenced. The wacky
> horse has no nice qualities. Thanks.
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