The strangest one I've seen, no pic of course (it was over 20 years ago), was a gelding we had, who, are you ready??, would cross his front legs when the shoer was trimming his back hoofies! Not once or twice but about every time he was trimmed. One leg over the other. He wasn't overbalanced or anything, just stood there.
Last edited by goneriding24; Dec. 14, 2011 at 12:13 PM.
Seen it on a rare occassion, its cute! I also like the ones who lift that back leg waaaay up and scratch their ears. Makes me very glad they all have breakaway halters on lol
Rico does this... he's also very 'speshul', LOL. I don't think I've ever seen him stand on all 4 legs, even when being shoed. He's always sound as a tree trunk, but one of those back heels is always off the ground.
My goofy OTTB crossed his hind legs fairly routinely. The trick that alarmed more folks (especially BMs/BOs, til they got the explanation that 'it's just what he does) was how he would dunk his face into a water trough, up to the eyeballs, and blow bubbles (One BO frantically called and said omg, he's trying to drown himself!).
I just had this happen too! I tried it twice and had same results both times. I highly advise anyone on this thread that clicked on it to run a check.
ETA - I don't have Norton installed. I'm using McAffee (sp).
Well, heck, I guess it wouldn't surprise me that this doofus horse would somehow pick up a virus/worm on his photo...but I kind of wonder if it has something to do with the webshots site, or settings within a particular antivirus program. Odd that only a couple of folks have ran into a message like that. Just in case, I'll go back and edit the OP to take off the link as I don't want to contribute to the spread of anything.
I've been thinking about moving over to Photobucket anyway, so maybe this is a good time to do so.
My TB does this with his front legs. He is dufus but sweet, I always tell him step up, or careful when I am leading him over rough ground or a step. He listens to me with a humored patience. He is a very mental horse, often stares off into the distance when chewing his meal. He just isn't "in his body"
all the time, what is the word , it starts with a "p" - awareness of your body and where it is in space.
He does have osselets and ringbone.
This pony was standing on a somewhat steep creek bank as we hiked up to investigate a spring. While its little boy was doing laundry in the creek, the pony was dozing. It learned a way to reinforce the 'auto lock' equines have for their legs while they sleep. Heck, if you're built cowhocked, might as well use it to your advantage!
I have a teenaged Appendix QH gelding who does the crossed legs when he stretches, with his front ones. He stretches out, puts one front foot over the other, and sometimes when he straightens back up, slides the hooked foot up as high as his knee before unhooking. I've noticed he tends to do that more when he is contented and happy.
The mare I ride not only stands with her front legs crossed (only on crossties) but will also stretch into a full "downward dog" position, especially when she's in heat (for whatever reason). I call it her morning yoga. The "speshul" ones are the best ones...
I used to have a big, goofy, 18.1 hand WB gelding in training that did all kinds of interesting things with his feet. If there was a bucket or box nearby, he would back up and put one or both feet in it, or cock his foot up on it. I thought it was an "accident" the first time, but after 50 or so times, I figured out it was deliberate. He would back up into or on things and hitch his legs up until he got somewhere.
This is the horse that I had in a paddock one day and I kept hearing this "twang, twang" sound. I finally went over to see what he was doing. He had stolen the pitch fork from the side of the paddock, was standing on the handle with two feet, and picking the tines with his teeth to make pretty sounds.