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Author Topic: Zenyatta's Dance Moves  (Read 879 times)
Darin Z.
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« on: November 08, 2010, 12:19:55 AM »

If you don't think that this is an extremely intelligent animal, with a full of understanding of who she is and what she is doing.  The posing and the dance moves are so reminiscent of Forego, that it is scary. 
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« Reply #1 on: November 08, 2010, 07:23:25 AM »

While it is entertaining and fun for 'non horse people' to watch.....the 'dancing' is nothing more than nerves......I've seen many thoroughbreds do it, both on and off the track, and in paddocks and even in their stalls at feeding time, when you turn the clippers on, if there is a scary plastic monster tarp you are leading them past, etc,....we had a jumper once that walked to the trailer 'dancing' and got so keyed up to jump that at shows, he 'danced' his way to the in gate....the riders loved it.....felt like they were riding a talented dressage horse switching between piaffe and passage.....but once in the ring....he was all business, like zen on the track.....and after his trip over the jumps, he walked out like a school pony! The posing....alot of horses and dogs and cats, 'pose'....i have one cat that if he sees me pointing my cell phone at him, gets all 'cute' and turns his head to the side, etc.....conditioned response...he turns his head, i take his picture and pet him and make a fuss over him.....he sees phone , thinks he'll get a petting/fussing if he turns his head....if you noticed the walk over from the 'tunnel', as the crowd got louder, zen got 'dancier'....pure nerves...and mrs moss knows that, which is why she attempted to  'ssshhhh' people with her finger to her lips...
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« Reply #2 on: November 08, 2010, 08:12:18 AM »

Most of the time in the stall, they kept Zenyatta's nose in the corner.   I had the feeling she was nervous, people were screaming for her (likely at her) to encourage her but it probably had the opposite effect.

Like a school kid needing quiet time, putting her nose in a nice quiet corner and stroking her mane was how they calmed her down.

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« Reply #3 on: November 08, 2010, 08:16:17 AM »

I've heard Zenyatta is outwardly very friendly and responsive to people.....She even tolerated T.O. being around her......Not many things human or animal could handle that......Im sure its partially nerves but certainly not all nerves......I have owned many horses with behavior problems and high strung issues.....Not one of them ever danced......And if it was all nerves she would be broke out and really washed out.......Ive never seen her get overly washy before a race.....Although last year at the gate of the Classic she threw a crazy prolonged fit.......That made her performance even more incredible then it already was
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« Reply #4 on: November 08, 2010, 08:45:52 AM »

It is partly nerves, partly that she is a good feeling horse and part actually playing to the camera.
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« Reply #5 on: November 08, 2010, 09:04:12 AM »

Been around lots of horses and she certainly would have washed out if nervous.  I really think she is playing to the fans and camera.  Think it is a game for her and maybe that is nerves but it never badly affected her.
Animals 'show' us things all the time if only we would 'listen'.
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« Reply #6 on: November 08, 2010, 10:12:16 AM »

Alot of horses don't wash out when nervous..with zen i think it's a 'good nervous', like our old jumper, who just wanted to get out there in the ring and when he saw the trailer 'knew' he was going to go someplace and jump, and the in-gate solidified that 'thought'......as zen 'knows' she is going to race the day her feed/water is changed and she gets her lasix....and the closer they get her to the paddock/track, the more 'anticipation nerves' on  both her and the jumper's parts from what i have experienced....
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« Reply #7 on: November 08, 2010, 09:00:36 PM »

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We had a little horse who would get so excited after his lasix and drawing his water, he would rear and buck and squeal in his stall. Twice he banged his head in his stall and had to be scratched due to a bloody nose. One of which was a handicap race. He never washed out nor got the tremors. He was just full of himself.
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