View Full Version : Your ASBs Amusing Antics?
07-20-2010, 07:59 PM
So, while my horse is on stall rest for the rest of his life (exaggeration, I hope) he has taken up a new hobby that has made his nose look ridiculous.
I caught it on camera today.
So, I know everyone has heard bad things about the saddleseat breeds. I have even heard they are crazy and don't have personalities. Things like these prove that they all have personalities of their own!
Feel free to share what your horses goofy antics are. Pictures and/or videos are a plus!
07-20-2010, 08:04 PM
Of course they have personality! I've seen a couple other horses play with their fans like this. One of my mares likes to run her nose over the mesh stall divider to get the attention of anyone around her. I had another when I was a kid who used to take great delight in playing with the velcro closure on his blanket.
they do have personalities.......
on another note;
if he is this inquisitve that powercord looks awefully tasty and as agile he seems to be with his nose......turn the fan upside down so the cord is out of reach, also him trying to stop the blades can burn out the fan motor and cause a fire. Electrocution CAN kill a horse!
07-20-2010, 08:38 PM
Haha, that's precious.
My boy likes to smell my hair whenever I just get done with a shower (and gets dirt and boogers all over my nice clean hair). If he likes the way the shampoo smells, he'll lick my hair while he's at it and won't stop until I walk away... such a weirdo. LOL
07-20-2010, 09:44 PM
I'm with Anke, Fred will turn his attention to that power cord at some point and one good bite and it could kill him. I hate to spoil your funny video, but having lost a nice 3-Gaited mare when she bit into an extension cord that video scared me! Please move the cord so he can't reach it.
07-20-2010, 09:48 PM
My boy smooches me on the lips- and he makes out with our 80 year old barn owner all the time.
He's definately a barn favorite for personality!
07-20-2010, 09:49 PM
I had a NSH that would bump my daughter everytime that she looked away. She really loved attention from kids. Boy I miss her!
07-20-2010, 10:48 PM
My 15yo half Saddlebred Phantom:
Morning routine: take rug off, put feed in, open gate. Phantom gallops through gate to his rolling spot, rolls both ways, gets up bucking and galloping, and then goes to eat breakfast.
If you try to lead him without a halter and lead he gets really upset and runs off. Put a halter and lead on and he is back to a lamb.
Loves his can of coke at the end of a workout session and blisses out slurping it up.
Gives you his 'grandfather look' lifts his head and then looks down his nose at you. Usually when you have done something stupid.
Hates having a rug on and will kick at it constantly until you remove it. However she always waits until you have finished putting it on and have walked away a reasonable distance before she starts, so she doesn't accidentally kick you.
07-21-2010, 07:39 AM
i'm with the others about the fire and electrocution warnings. my chief did this too. took a long time to figure out what that noise was, cause no one saw him do it, he'd wait til your back was turned etc. but....
he got to where he would push the fan screen all the way in and stop the blades. he destroyed two fans before we knew HOW.
i had my electrian redo the wiring on my barn: horse bites wires etc, it'll zap the horse, hopefully not enough to kill??? but then will immediately cut power to whole barn, to cut risk of fire.
had to switch to large pedistal fans in the aisle just so chief can't get it!!!
07-21-2010, 08:03 AM
We got Joker when he was 2 and not yet with a true name or barn name. My husband named him Joker, so he thought he needed to live up to the name. At the time, he was still with his breeder and learning a few more lessons, so he was stalled. He was skilled enough to take the covers off the lights and then remove the flourescent bulbs without breaking them. The barn owner wasn't amused after the first couple of times. But he got kicked out to the pasture when he realized the stall he was in had a removable partition and he started removing it. The horse in the stall next to him was terrified! Now at our home and out most of the time, he likes to turn over water troughs just to let you know it was getting low, he can rub his halter off on a tree, and he used to get his pasture-mates fly mask off. Don't leave any rakes, etc within his reach when he is stalled - he will find something to do with them. Such a goof!
07-21-2010, 08:16 AM
i also had to chain all my gates. not just chains to keep them latched shut, but chains to reinforce the hinges. chief knows how to take the gates off the hinges regarless of how they are hung. nothing funner than being interrupted in the shower: conditioner on, shaving cream on legs, with the news the horses are loose o CHRISTMAS day!!!
grazing muzzles... they are off/broken within minutes.
have to chain the stall door NEXT to him shut, because he lets that horse out of the stall.
07-21-2010, 08:48 AM
About the fire warning, thanks guys. I've seen horses do this before and it's never caused a problem, but I will keep an eye out and also check that cord. He actually can't reach the cord at all through the bars but I will double check. Our barn is also pretty much fire proof. Electric shock I could see, but our cinderblock and concrete keeps any fires to a halt unless they start at the roof. His fan also isn't on unless people are around.
He was skilled enough to take the covers off the lights and then remove the flourescent bulbs without breaking them.
That is great!
07-21-2010, 10:43 AM
My pinto Guy has one of the biggest personalities I have ever seen. He loves to play with sticks and will stick them in his mouth and walk around poking the other horses. He also used to play with his rubber feed bucket all the time and one day I caught him in the act. Here's the video:
And here is a picture with one of his sticks:
You can say he's my big puppy dog
A great horse was in the same barn with us and somehow really liked me (I liked him too and he knew it). I was sitting on a trunk one afternoon outside his stall chit chatting with people, but not paying any attention to him. He went to his water bucket and got a mouthful and sprayed it on me. It was just a mist the first time that I felt but thought was just rain blowing in through the gap at the roof. The others saw what he was doing, but didn't say anything. He went back and got another mouthful. The second time it was more of a spray. Everyone got a big charge out of it. So I of course got up and and held his tongue as he stuck it out between his teeth for me.
I had never been sprayed by a horse before or since, but I'll never forget this comical, but effective, way of getting me to pay attention.
He is still a winner out there in country pleasure and has as much "presence" (personality) as when he was WC yearling. His name is At First Sight and I consider him one of the greatest CP horses of all time -- certainly one of the most personable ones.
07-21-2010, 12:44 PM
I have one particular stallion here who is just sure he is the best comic of all time. There isn't much that he does that he does not infuse with his particular sense of humor.
He is a big fan of picking up any tool you might use in his vicinity, and he has tried to use a hammer, after first watching to see how it was done. He likes to pick up a longe whip, and shake it at people. He thinks that making scary faces at unsuspecting people is a hoot- and will instantly throw is ears up, when cautioned about his behaviour by someone (me) clearing their throat at him.
Several years ago, the manure pile was on the other side of his paddock, and you had to go through a gate with the wheelbarrow to get into it. Zoni would wait until he was sure that the hapless person with the wheelbarrow was completely involved with getting through the gate, run up behind them from all the way across the paddock, and push his way through- without touching the wheelbarrow. The person would generally drop the wheelbarrow, and grab jis halter. He would run up the manure pile, person in tow, drag them through, and come to a complete stop on the other side, by the barn door, hapless person still hanging from his halter. I know he was grinning. He would then meekly follow them into the barn, and go back out to his paddock, to lay in wait. We moved the pile.
He loves to sniff his flank, and then let out a little squeal, clearly saying, "gee, I smell GREAT!"
Another favorite pass time is teasing the gelding in the stall next door, by making faces at him, and telling him his parents were never married. This causes the gelding to kick the wall, which gets him yelled at, and Zoni sits and laughs.
07-21-2010, 12:45 PM
I hope I can get some video next time, but I took Dylan some corn on the cob that was "culled" from our crop and he ate the first one whole, but after that he refused to eat it that way...he wanted me to hold and turn it for him so he could eat just the corn like people do...silly boy!
07-21-2010, 01:32 PM
Well, Grey drinks out of a glass or a can. Ace used to play with sticks and stuff, and actually brought one in to the barn with him one evening. I guess he figured he might want it to play with inside. Grey also like to pick up kitty kats. Not to be mean. Just because they're there... with his teeth of course. We spoil our horses too much an humanize them. This morning my mother emailed me that she has realised she's running a "motivational, education and recreational, on demand day care facility". Say that three times fast!
07-21-2010, 04:38 PM
My Zoom has a jolly ball hanging from a cross tie in his stall - he likes bouncing it off the wall. One day the assistant trainer caught him trying to poke the ball with a stick he found in the shaving in his stall :001_tt2:
07-21-2010, 05:27 PM
My gelding Kat believes that if you're in his stall with him it is for the sole purpose of hugging him. If you do not get to the hugging fast enough, he will hook your shoulder with his chin and pull you in to him. After an appropriate amount of lovin', he'll let me go.
My mare Bella is the joker. She waits patiently for the wheelbarrow to be filled with poop before grabbing it by the handle and flipping it over. She then looks at her handywork disdainfully and walks off to leave me to Mucking, Round 2. :glare:
07-21-2010, 10:17 PM
My mare is thoroughly convinced that she should be the center of attention at all times. The attached video is what she does if there are people in the barn having a conversation without anyone touching her. If we are working in the barn, she does not do it, just if we are standing around talking. I'm guessing it is her attempt to join in the conversation!
She has also had to have her stall moved due to her old stalls proximity to the whip rack. Every morning we would come in to every whip having been pulled from the rack and thrown as far as she can down the middle of the barn. She also developed an aversion to the dark so would turn on every light in the barn. She has definitely got a personality that sets her apart!
07-22-2010, 07:23 AM
My mother's horse will.not.go into his stall if it hasn't been picked. He looks in and says "my God, I've been out all day and you haven't got this done?" It's sort of like when you get back to the hotel early and the maid hasn't been by and you sort of recoil... "ack... the bed is unmade, and the towels aren't fresh... HOUSEKEEPING!"
07-22-2010, 08:34 AM
I take a portable fence camping. For a few years I was able to get away without a fencer, knowing full well the day would come when smarty pants Echo would be on to my deceit.
As that time was drawing near I purchased a battery operated fencer. Camping trip comes up, pack and leave, without the fencer. Gah! I tell my camping buddies beware I WILL have a horse out in the morning. Sure enough at dawn there is a knock on my trailer, "Your horse is out and I can't catch him". Big surprise.
I catch him put him back and immediately see he's going to bulldoze it down again so my friends graciously offer their fencer to use. We hook it up. Stand back and watch.
Echo is no dummy he deftly walks up the fence, stops stretches his long neck out and almost touches the fence with his nose. He jerks his head back to his chest. You can see the smoke coming out of his ears, the gears just churning. He backs stands for a bit looking very dejected. Then he approaches the fence again. Repeating his investigation. As if, "I must have been wrong, it can't be."
Again he jerks his head back, flounces to the middle of the pen and stands with an expression that just screams, "Dammit they took all my fun away."
We all laugh at him and resume our morning coffee around the camp fire. A few minutes later someone exclaims, "What is he doing now!?"
I turn to look and there he is, trying to pull the fence posts out with his teeth. They are fiberglass and slippery so he can't get a grip, thank goodness. The whole fence was shaking and the fence post was going, "boing, boing, boing, every time it slipped out of his teeth. Everyone was laughing and amazed.
My friend looks at me and says, "OMG I'd hate having a horse that's smarter than me!"
07-22-2010, 12:34 PM
Sky has a whole bunch of tricks. He used to be able to reach the wire fence to the Jack Russell's yard and would pull it loose from the barn and let all the Jack Russells out. He can take a show shoe off in a heartbeat and even a regular keg shoe since he hooks it on the bottom of the metal gate and carefully pulls it off like opening a bottle. He can't get his head out of his stall because he steals anything he can reach but even now managed to pull some stuff through the wire and get it hooked in his tail. He learned that the black plastic handle on the electric fence (attached to the wooden fence) was where you pull if you want to take the electric wire down. If you leave a stool within reach in the aisle he will stand on it. If you shake a plastic bag on a whip at him he will run up to it and try to play with it. It goes on and on. lol But the best part is that he's really a good looking horse and goes in the ring doing very well until that last pass by the judge then does something stupid like switch to a rack, buck a little bit and makes sure the judge is looking. He sometimes also waits until the lineup and then curls his lip back when the judge comes up like he thinks the judge smells funny. No one else would give him stall room, good thing I love him.
07-22-2010, 02:26 PM
If you shake a plastic bag on a whip at him he will run up to it and try to play with it.
All these are cracking me up, but this one made me laugh right out loud 'cause I can just picture it! You're standing out there shaking things up to get him going and all eared up, and all he thinks is "it's time to play!" -- just like Rover with a ball - LOL!
I've too have been fortunate to be surrounded by ASBs with goofy personalities and antics -- isn't that why we love them so! :wub:
07-22-2010, 09:22 PM
I have been blessed to have several horses with great personalities. Dusty, (Endeavor's Wild Child) is our current resident clown. He knows how to unlatch all of the stall doors to let everyone out. He can open the paddock gates, so now all have chains and snaps on them.
He will pick up towels and rags and chase the other horses with them.
But his favorite activity is dunk the squirrel. He will sneak up on squirrels drinking out of the water trough and push them in. It's actually quite funny to watch. We keep a rope hanging from the fence for the squirrels to climb.
Another mare we had, not a saddlebred but a paint, loved to have her butt scratched. My daughter was cleaning the water trough and Jody backed up to her and literally pushed her into the trough head first. Leslie was leaning over the trough at the time and didn't see her backing up.
My current show horse loves her jolly ball. She doesn't play with it, but uses it at a pillow when she naps.
Dunking the squirrel has to rank up there pretty high.
We're in an multi-breed barn now and sometimes I use a short whip with a bag on it to let my horses air up when they are loose. The first few times, a few of the other people sort of gave me dirty looks. But if I drop it, more often than not, the horses pick it up and run off with it or sometimes bring it to me. That changed the dirty looks to ones of amazement!
When one of them was younger, he went over and picked up the bag and ran off airing himself up with it.
Dem Saddlebreds is funny!
07-23-2010, 02:55 PM
I usually wear flip-flops to the barn when I'm not planning to ride (spare me the lecture please, I've been stepped on many a time!), and within the last three weeks Duke has started to nibble on my feet when I'm checking his!
We also have another horse that will walk around the barn taking all the halters, leads, and blankets off the stall fronts, and one time he snatched up an entire harness and booked it out of the barn!
07-29-2010, 03:56 PM
My ASB seems to be potty trained?? He never poops or pees in front of me.but only by himself in the stall? As soon as I lock the door and walk away he starts.Wonder if I am mistaken but he was an Amish carriage horse.Don't know if he was trained not to "do it" in front of people
07-29-2010, 05:48 PM
Impulse had a few that I'll share.
1 - loved to have his tongue scratched. Would flop it out, lol it around until you would do the deed for him. Then, he rolled his eyes back in his head and tugged backwards at the same time as the scratch.
2 - hat stealing. You'd be cleaning the stall. Off with the hat. Whip around to look at him and he'd be on the other side looking at you with "who me?" all over. Pick up hat. Put it on. Moment you'd turn your back, there would go the hat. He could do this for hours.
3 - the goodbye game. I always, always asked for his permission to leave. If it was ok, he'd either turn around or go back to what he was doing. If it wasn't? He'd reach over and push the stall gate shut so you would stay - and then ask for a hug. Never failed.
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