Horses at play

Elaine over at Pear Tree Log contemplated about whether horses play and I thought I would share times I caught them in the act.

A client's herd showed their enjoyment of the cooler weather by running madly, bucking and jumping.
A client’s herd showed their enjoyment of the cooler weather by running madly, bucking and jumping.
Running for the joy of it. (Muddy horses from a recent rain)
Running for the joy of it. (Muddy horses from a recent rain)
A few moments later, the bucking continued...
A few moments later, the bucking continued…

Then at my barn:

Honestly they are playing.
Honestly they are playing.
Moments later they are doing this.
Moments later they are doing this.
Then starting up again.
Then starting up again.
From a different day: the percheron and pest. The palomino is pestering the draft, just because he can.
From a different day: the percheron and pest. The palomino is pestering the draft, just because he can.

Many years ago I had a quarter horse who had a high play factor. A sheet of the newspaper had blown into the pasture and we watched him pick up the paper, shake it around a bit then let it go. He would buck over the paper and when he stopped would pick it up again and repeat the same actions. On a different day he did the same with a small wicker basket. There’s no telling what he did when we weren’t watching.

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8 thoughts on “Horses at play

  1. Thanks, Janet! Wonderful photographs, and I love the story of your quarter horse at play. Now I know for sure that the horse was having a great time, showing off dressage exercises to his companions…just because he could and he felt like it. I like that!

    1. I wish I could find (and am still looking for) the video I have of one playing with a ball attached to a rope. He’d get the rope in his mouth and swing it then let it go. He’d prance over to it pick it up and repeat.

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