Influence of older wacky horse on young horse

Influence of older wacky horse on young horse

Post by barbara1.. » Thu, 05 Oct 2000 04:00:00


I have a 4 yr old TB G who is quiet and sane except when I turn him out
with a wacky 14 yr TB G who is blind in one eye and was on the track
for 9 yrs.  The 14 yr old is skittish and always running from nothing
and of course the 4 yr old runs with him.  I'm wondering if this could
have a permanant effect on the 4 yr old, making him skittish.  Should I
keep him away from the 14 yr old and just keep the 4 yr old with my
quiet 26 yr old?  Thanks

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Influence of older wacky horse on young horse

Post by Laura Friedma » Thu, 05 Oct 2000 04:00:00

Sounds like a good way to get the young'un exercised.

Laura


Quote:
> I have a 4 yr old TB G who is quiet and sane except when I turn him out
> with a wacky 14 yr TB G who is blind in one eye and was on the track
> for 9 yrs.  The 14 yr old is skittish and always running from nothing
> and of course the 4 yr old runs with him.  I'm wondering if this could
> have a permanant effect on the 4 yr old, making him skittish.  Should I
> keep him away from the 14 yr old and just keep the 4 yr old with my
> quiet 26 yr old?  Thanks

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Influence of older wacky horse on young horse

Post by Bell » Thu, 05 Oct 2000 04:00:00



Quote:
> Sounds like a good way to get the young'un exercised.

> Laura

Ditto that!

Horses at play can be quite different than horses under saddle, but not
always.  I like the idea of turning horses out together to play,
however, pairing them up can sometimes be a challenge ;)  Sounds like
these two are just fine together.

As for under saddle with this guy, it all depends.  But if they are
buddies, chances are they will stick together to a certain degree.

Quote:


> > I have a 4 yr old TB G who is quiet and sane except when I turn
> > him out with a wacky 14 yr TB G who is blind in one eye and was on
> > the track for 9 yrs.  The 14 yr old is skittish and always running
> > from nothing and of course the 4 yr old runs with him.  I'm
> > wondering if this could have a permanant effect on the 4 yr old,
> > making him skittish.  Should I keep him away from the 14 yr old
> > and just keep the 4 yr old with my quiet 26 yr old?  Thanks

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Influence of older wacky horse on young horse

Post by Jorene Down » Thu, 05 Oct 2000 04:00:00


Quote:
> I have a 4 yr old TB G who is quiet and sane except when I turn him out
> with a wacky 14 yr TB G who is blind in one eye and was on the track
> for 9 yrs.  The 14 yr old is skittish and always running from nothing
> and of course the 4 yr old runs with him.  I'm wondering if this could
> have a permanant effect on the 4 yr old, making him skittish.  Should I
> keep him away from the 14 yr old and just keep the 4 yr old with my
> quiet 26 yr old?  Thanks

Watch the younger horse. When he runs off with the skittish TB does he also
look skittish, or does he look like he's enjoying an excuse to kick up his
heels?

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Influence of older wacky horse on young horse

Post by barbara1.. » Fri, 06 Oct 2000 04:00:00



Quote:


> > I have a 4 yr old TB G who is quiet and sane except when I turn him
out
> > with a wacky 14 yr TB G who is blind in one eye and was on the
track
> > for 9 yrs.  The 14 yr old is skittish and always running from
nothing
> > and of course the 4 yr old runs with him.  I'm wondering if this
could
> > have a permanant effect on the 4 yr old, making him skittish.
Should I
> > keep him away from the 14 yr old and just keep the 4 yr old with my
> > quiet 26 yr old?  Thanks

> Watch the younger horse. When he runs off with the skittish TB does
he also
> look skittish, or does he look like he's enjoying an excuse to kick
up his
> heels?

> --
> Jorene
> just moseyin' down the trail on a Paint horse
> from the CEOates Ranch in California ... ;)
> www.CEOates.com

> meet other Rec.eq'ers on the Rogue's Gallery:
> www.psnw.com/~jcdowns/RecEq/RecEq.html

> Jorene,

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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Post by Scott/SLS » Fri, 06 Oct 2000 04:00:00

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.

--
Scott
Stokes Landing Sport Horses

Quote:
> 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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Influence of older wacky horse on young horse

Post by Jorene Down » Fri, 06 Oct 2000 04:00:00


Quote:


> > > I have a 4 yr old TB G who is quiet and sane except when I turn him
> out with a wacky 14 yr TB G who is blind in one eye and was on the
> track for 9 yrs.  The 14 yr old is skittish and always running from
> nothing and of course the 4 yr old runs with him.  I'm wondering if this
> could have a permanant effect on the 4 yr old, making him skittish.
> Should I keep him away from the 14 yr old and just keep the 4 yr old with
my
> > > quiet 26 yr old?  Thanks
> > Watch the younger horse. When he runs off with the skittish TB does
> he also look skittish, or does he look like he's enjoying an excuse to
kick
> up his heels?
> 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.

You're correct that a horse's behavior is influenced by his environment,
particularly younger horses. If the ex-racer TB spends the day spooking at
nothing, I'd put the 4yo out with the calm senior horse. If the ex-racer TB
just blows off some energy for an hour then settles for the day, I wouldn't
worry.  If the situation was somewhere in between, I'd prefer the 4yo to be
turned out with the calmer influence most of the time.

--
Jorene
just moseyin' down the trail on a Paint horse
from the CEOates Ranch in California ... ;)
www.CEOates.com

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Influence of older wacky horse on young horse

Post by Scott/SLS » Fri, 06 Oct 2000 04:00:00

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.

 --
 Scott
 Stokes Landing Sport Horses

Quote:

> > 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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