QUOTE (CenturyOak @ Apr 9 2008, 08:01 PM)
When I went for training in Washington I left Jasoor with a boarding stable that I trusted (my daughter was the manager) and heard of how bad behaved he was while I was gone. When I came back he was oh so glad to see me and it was obvious, people that had seen him all week kicking the wall and just in general raising hell saw him standing, hip shot, head in my arms with his eyes closed and me hugging his face. Brought him home and he's back to being the sweet little angel that he is to this day.
When I told this story to a trainer friend of mine (she can chime in if she likes
she told me that he had bonded to me like Se's tend to do and he would quite cheerfully murder anyone (or anything) that threatened me. I have seen this over and over with him. He also has a very strong sense of FAIR and I've learned to handle him softly.... firmly and disciplined, but I can correct with a much softer touch than I do any of my other Arabians.
These are warhorses... with a velvet touch
I love your description, "These are warhorses... with a velvet touch". You write too, if I remember correctly from a post a couple of years ago. Beautiful analogy!
So true about the SE bonding with one person and about their having a very high sense of fair. This is a mantra repeated over and over by long time breeders as well, and we also know first hand the truth in this.
RE: Bonding - We recently moved to a new, bigger farm last August. Up until that time, Curtis had been doting, grooming and riding one of our SE stallions regularly - checking fence, riding through all kinds of terrain, including swimming through slews, etc. Sheikh, the stallion, is Curtis's horse and they are very attached to each other. Anyways, once we were in the chaos of moving everything, Curtis couldn't ride and dote on Sheikh for a few days, so we sent the stallion temporarily to my brothers farm. That stallion went down hill fast in that week. He refused to eat and drank very little. Curtis was just sick about "his" horse being in such a state, as we thought Sheikh had got a very serious illness. Needless to say, Curtis took him to the University Vet Clinic. After blood tests and an examination with over night monitoring at the university, Sheikh perked up with the attention. The conclusion by the vet was - depression!!! Nothing physical at all!! So, after a "nice" vet bill, Curtis ensured he doted on that stallion no matter how busy we were with the move.
That stallion will also sulk and pout if Curtis switches gears and rides/trains other horses here without riding him.
With Warm Friendship,
PS - About your: "Quite cheerfully murder anyone (or anything) that threatened me". That brought a smile to my face and a hearty laugh!