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post #1 of 10 Old 06-08-2014, 01:00 AM Thread Starter
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Do diff breeds spook differently

I'm curious to know how a MO foxtrotter might spook. I ride Peruvians and when they spook, they sort of shuffle to the side and that's about it. I know a few people that got tossed off of mo foxtrotters but I don't know the riders' skill level. It;s my understanding, that how a horse spooks is somewhat part of their genetic make-up? I'm going on a trail ride on a MO foxtrotter and was just wondering? He is well trained , I am told.
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Breed does not affect how a horse spooks, whether or not he spooks or what he spooks at.

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post #3 of 10 Old 06-08-2014, 05:56 AM
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DancingArabian is right. Just what kind of move a horse might make could depend on conformation and/or way of going, but the "energy level" of any given spook will be related to an individual horse and their training, not their breed.

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I agree with the others, horses spook differently I suppose but I can't see how breed would have anything to do with how they spook. :)
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It can very well be breed enhanced and many exceptions to the rule. I agree about the Peruvians (they are one of the more intelligent breeds) and when a Friesian spooks they pop there head up far and fast and jump off to the side or plant there feet forward. Other breeds may have more variance
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N=1 AQHA: He spooks in one or a combo of the following ways, in descending order of frequency. This does not count 'fearful' behavior, just the OMG outtatheblue 'spooks.'

1. Shy
2. Bolt
3. Teleport sideways
4. Elevator/Spook in place
5. 180* reining quality spin

Pretty much all the horses I've ridden of any breed are capable of all of them, the only thing I've seen is that individual horses tend to have favorite go-to moves.
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N=1 AQHA: He spooks in one or a combo of the following ways, in descending order of frequency. This does not count 'fearful' behavior, just the OMG outtatheblue 'spooks.'

1. Shy
2. Bolt
3. Teleport sideways
4. Elevator/Spook in place
5. 180* reining quality spin

Pretty much all the horses I've ridden of any breed are capable of all of them, the only thing I've seen is that individual horses tend to have favorite go-to moves.
Hehe, I love the descriptions for these Sharpie!
And where do we class the horse who seems to find everything before the rest do (and I mean they are 'real' things- moose, deer, dude in woods, etc), then is a challenge and wants to use them to blow up at?! Lol
My friend has a running quarterhorse/Arab mare who does this. Usually my mare just looks up at what the spook was with a look of 'huh, whatever, let's go,' meanwhile said friend mare is still huffing and wanting to go.
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My Khrissy spooks by planting her feet, shoving her face forward and just about yelling"what's THAT?", just before attempting to get a good taste of it. Her first move as a newborn was to try to eat my jeans. Nothing changed.....
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1. Shy
2. Bolt
3. Teleport sideways
4. Elevator/Spook in place
5. 180* reining quality spin
Now my Appy could add one more, the 'Pas de deux' en pointe and tip toe elegantly sideways with an expression of total horror ( he was very theatrical)

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Now my Appy could add one more, the 'Pas de deux' en pointe and tip toe elegantly sideways with an expression of total horror ( he was very theatrical)

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The Awesome Mr Gibbs does this

Ha, your appy reminds my of my husband's BLM mustang when requested to go through a puddle- he will give you the best roll back ever, nearly fully reared, to avoid getting his dang toes wet!! I am hoping that the trip we just took him on which involved a few puddles and creek crossings, that he is more cured of this behavior! Lol
I just took my mare camping, and she did a couple stop in place, sorta hop sideways a bit away from the spook, but all quickly stopped by me, then all is well, 'let's continue on, sorry mom, I was day dreaming.'
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