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HI Spy: What makes your horse unique?

Tell us about the idiosyncrasies that make your horse who he is.


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Just like humans, every horse has his own quirks. Sometimes these little idiosyncrasies are endearing. Take, for example, the horse who nickers for his owner's attention every time she visits with another horse in the barn, or the one who will make funny faces after being given a favorite treat. Other times, these quirks can be annoying, like a clever equine who figures out he can hinder bath time by stepping on the hose or the pony who digs a hole in the front of his stall and seems to laugh when distracted humans step into it.

Many times, your horse's unique traits are neutral. They probably won't land him a spot on the David Letterman show to perform a stupid pet trick, but they don't cause any harm, either. They simply make your horse a unique individual!

Is there a quirky equine in your life? Click "Submit a Comment" below and tell us all about him. Some responses may be selected for publication in a future issue of Horse Illustrated!

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Abbey    Mequon, WI

3/1/2015 5:28:51 PM

My horse.. I don't even know where to start, well okay so my horse is a big 17 hand chestnut thoroughbred gelding named Just Believe (JB) that has a interrupted sock on his left hind leg. He's related to secretariat!!! No one ever believes me but I've seen his blood line sheet. He's also related to 30 of the most famous racehorses in the world:) he loves speed and jumping so he's amazing at cross country!! JB makes sure we are seen where ever we go, sometimes not do nice comments are said about us; ( his show name is just behave because he really needs to learn his manners!! But other than that he's the best horse!!

Sarah    International

7/9/2013 3:48:15 PM

What makes my horse special? Well first of he is mine :) and he is a Appaloosa. Which really helps in the show ring because he makes sure that we get noticed. He is also extremely calm and nonchalant about almost everything (he gets excited over carrots apples grain and hay, but who wouldn't?) He is also part Quarter Horse and gets lots of attention every where we go, to the dressage schooling shows, the vet, & lessons. He is also just one year younger than I am and we have learned so much. I've brought him up through the green stage and we are working on being a level 3 team. He is special because he shows me how far we have come and how much further we can continue to go. He reminds me of how care free I am with my friends and how change is necessary and he is special because he reminds me of me and how to have fun

Allison    New York, NY

4/18/2013 4:43:40 PM

My horse, Homer, is unique because of his looks. He looks old because he has gray hairs and he just has a look to him that makes you think wow he must be at least 30. It looks like someone stretched him out when he was a foal(he's so long), his eyes are more sunken in looking than other horses and his mane is parted to the left but flips over to the right halfway down so it's always sticking up. Many people call him ugly but to be honest I think he's the cutest horse at the barn!

Tesla    Western, NC

12/9/2012 7:17:50 AM

My horse Chance is unique because I haven't quite figured out what he is! I know that one of his parent's had to be a Haflinger because his mane is blonde and thick, he's only 14 hands, and his coat is a light chestnut, but his other half remains a mystery. Every time he has an accomplishment such as clearing a high jump or prancing around with his gaits my mind immediately says, "Oh he's part Saddlebred, he must have some Thoroughbred in him." It's fun to have a special mystery horse!

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