Help! I think I might be raising the equine version of the "Grumpy Cat" lol!
So I observed this interaction today, although, it's not unique to today. It's every. day.
Zack is a fat, white arabian in his late teens.
Lyric is a 10 month old mostly TB filly.
They are turnout buddies.
Zack: "Lyric, let's go PLAY! Whee!!"
Zack: "Let's go TROTTROTTROT and SNORT! Whee!"
Zack: "Let's play halters, and then LEAP UPUPUP into the air! Whee!!"
Zack: "Fine, we'll just stand here with our heads over/through the fence then
and stare at the house."
Forget Jeff Dunham's Walter, I am raising the grumpy meme cat... Poor Zack, he's trying so hard, and she just WILL. NOT. PLAY. I don't think I've ever met a horse that hated being turned out so much. She seems to feel that it is cruel and unusual punishment... Horses belong in STALLS. Preferably with FOOD in them. LOL! She's such a good girl, but the turnout thing is wacky.
My OTTB lease could be "Grumpy Gelding" using this definition - he never wants to go have fun & my poor young TB mare just sighs & agrees to stand in the boring corner with him.
I LOFF Grumpy Cat - getting the new pics on facebook every few days always makes me smile. But the owner says the real Grumpy Cat is very sweet & happy - it is just her face that happens to look perpetually "grumpy" (and adorable!)
Oh!! She looks as if she is attempting a Llama face!
I had a gelding who had emotions that he made quite clear by his facial expressions. I really wouldn't jump to thinking about ulcers.
I guess sometimes it depends upon how well you know your horse.
If my mare had started making the facial expressions that were the norm for my gelding, I would have been concerned.
He was expressive and quirky from weanling until he died. He always had an attitude that came out in his facial expressions. He was also much more interested in being ridden, learned more quickly, and was much more curious about life in general and people in particular than was mare.. ( He could also be a complete idiot about birds, but nobody's perfect). No ulcers about it.
He was expressive and quirky from weanling until he died. He always had an attitude that came out in his facial expressions. He was also much more interested in being ridden, learned more quickly, and was much more curious about life in general and people in particular
Yep. This is it. She wears her feelings on her face, no doubt about it! LOL!
Grumpyfoal is really only grumpy about turnout, and in particular turnout with horses that she thinks are acting "silly." At all other times she is sweet, fun, inquisitive, cheerfulfoal.
Her mother is the exact same way. Only horse I've ever met who would rather live in a large well bedded corral in the desert rather than in a 50 acre hay field in Colorado with her friends...
I wouldn't rule out ulcers, however she's been on probiotics and anti-ulcer stuff since weaning just for my own piece of mind...
The ninja monkeys are plotting my demise as we speak....