All work and no play?!

15+ year old Quarter Horse gelding. Old style QH with substantial bone and muscle. He is aloof, been through a lot of changes and needs someone to focus their attention on him.

All work and no play?!

Postby Juliane on Fri Oct 06, 2006 8:13 pm

I've been trying to keep the balance in my interactions with Cassidy - I don't want him to think that the only time I come to him means work! So, I took him out to a pasture I 'borrow' right down the road from where I live to let him romp and graze with Caleb.

It's nice to see him lowering his guard more and more and enjoying his time with me :) I hope that continues, even once I really start to push him under saddle!

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Postby supaloma on Sat Oct 07, 2006 8:03 pm

During the eleven months Cassidy was fostered here I don't recall ever seeing him play. Kind of a quiet, serious guy.

Our horses have two fields where they run during the day. Each is about five acres and there is a path through the woods between the fields. At least once a day they come barelling into the field in front of our house bucking and running hard. I never did see him go to the other field or respond when the crew came charging back.

He was in the barn most of the time or nearby.
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Postby Juliane on Sat Oct 07, 2006 10:25 pm

You're right, Geri. Cassidy is very much a laid back, wise older gentleman. He's not really interested in herd politics or drama. Though he does enjoy making sure everyone knows his position within the herd, which he has just recently accepted his place as #2.

While he doesn't buck and play much, it's nice to see him become 'younger' when he's turned out with Caleb, who is like a "terrible 2 year old". :)

He does seem very reserved and serious. I wonder if that's just his personality, or if I can draw some humor out of him?
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Postby seahorse on Mon Oct 09, 2006 9:41 am

WOW - he is a nice looking guy! I think if anyone can draw more personality from him you can! All of your horses seem to be allowed to have personality while still having boundaries- it would be fun to see him feel safe enough to loosen up a bit :D
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Postby cat_67 on Mon Oct 09, 2006 10:41 am

We just had a thread about this on COTH. I have had numerous horses who came to me with the personalities of a pet rock, LOL, and they got "cute" in time. Carrots, neck scritches, massage...I mean, look at Ace. He went from STAY AWAY FROM ME to being totally nosy and inquisitive and it really didn't take you that long! So I think Cassidy will get there too.
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