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Old 10-04-2019, 07:10 AM   #11 (permalink)
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My little guy jumps and tries to reach the door handle to open the door. He's nearly got it, since it's a lever, but I double he'll be able to pull it open too
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I too had a Arabian mare. LOL Seems we all have something in common there. I actually had mine for my daughter, when she was young she was big into riding and liked to shows. This horse was trained for dressage though www didn't practice that. But my daughters trainer could and put her thru her paces occasionally. She was a very spirited mare, too much for me. Yet my daughter at only 8 could handle her well.
Yes, Arabians are often quite smart. My beloved mare, Ria, was just the best. She was spirited, but careful. You could put a child on her and she would be calm and quiet, but as soon as she sensed her rider was competent, she was all piss and vinegar. She bailed me out of several dangerous situations - for example when the saddle slipped while we were crossing a gully, she just stopped so I could get off and fix it. And once when we were on a very narrow trail in the mountains we came to a rock fall, so she just carefully backed up until there was room to turn around. When we had her at the ranch in Texas, the wrangler was riding her, leading some dudes, when they came to an area of slick rock - suddenly several rattlesnakes buzzed a warning. Instead of panicking, she just backed up slowly and carefully. I used to take her to our neighbor's arena and play a game with her that was like off-lead heeling. I coud speed up, slow down, step sideways and she would stay with me every step. An absolutely amazing mare! She is buried about 50 yards from where I am sitting right now - she will be my best-loved horse forever.
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I had an Arabian mare too! A long time ago. I got her because the guy who owned her was afraid of her and put some god-awful bit in her mouth and she hated it and would run right through it and he couldn't stop her. I put a simple snaffle on her and she was wonderful. Sensible, kind, went anywhere I asked without any fuss, stopped when I asked her to.

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I never put bits in my donkeys mouths. Used cross under bridles. The donkeys were every bit as smart as my poodle.
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Yes, Arabians are often quite smart. My beloved mare, Ria, was just the best. She was spirited, but careful. You could put a child on her and she would be calm and quiet, but as soon as she sensed her rider was competent, she was all piss and vinegar. She bailed me out of several dangerous situations - for example when the saddle slipped while we were crossing a gully, she just stopped so I could get off and fix it. And once when we were on a very narrow trail in the mountains we came to a rock fall, so she just carefully backed up until there was room to turn around. When we had her at the ranch in Texas, the wrangler was riding her, leading some dudes, when they came to an area of slick rock - suddenly several rattlesnakes buzzed a warning. Instead of panicking, she just backed up slowly and carefully. I used to take her to our neighbor's arena and play a game with her that was like off-lead heeling. I coud speed up, slow down, step sideways and she would stay with me every step. An absolutely amazing mare! She is buried about 50 yards from where I am sitting right now - she will be my best-loved horse forever.
One of my mares did the same thing. She was spirited but not as crazy as the other one. But when a child (my son or one time, my niece) got on her, her head would go down and she'd plod around the arena like an old nag. I'd get on her and she was full of it. They are incredibly intelligent and sensitive. I would call my girls to come to me in the pasture. It's give them a carrot and then say, "okay! Go play!" And they always did a little bucking and kicking up their heals when they were in that playful mood. So they'd turn to run off but never kick up their heals until they were well out of my reach. And when they would run to come see me, they'd run like lightening fast but always stopped in time before running into me. I could lie down in the pasture in the sun next to my Brisa, put my head on her shoulder and when she wanted to get up, she'd just shift her weight back and forth but not get up until I did and I was out of the way. My other one was sweet but very flighty and actually dangerous. She wouldn't mean to hurt anyone for the world but she was skittish as can be. I got both of these mares at 4.5 years of age from a 1700 acre ranch and they were unbroken. My Brisa though, was two weeks old when her mother was struck and killed by lightening so she was a bottle fed baby...exceedingly trusting of humans where the other girl took some serious work. But that one was amazingly gorgeous. Spanish (mostly) Arabians (with some Polish, Russian etc) with the big eyes and a pedigree that was amazing...Skowronek,

Those are some amazing examples you have there Johanna, of an Arabian horse's over-the-top intelligence. Wow!
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When my daughter was taking riding lessons we had a VIP come to stay at the stables. It was Khemosabi; he was well into his twenties, but you couldn't tell by looking at him. He pranced around the paddock like a young colt; it was a vision I still treasure. As for poodle brains... Sailor used to open the crate for our Jack Russell Terror, so they could play. He never let Wilson out, though. My old female poodle was the smartest dog I have ever had. She would run to the fence and bark at nothing, so the Airedale would drop her bone to go bark... then, Chante' would steal the bone. She, also knew the names of about a dozen of her toys. She was a challenge to work in obedience because she learned so quickly, and sometimes I erred in my training methodology allowing her to learn something I did not intend to teach her.
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