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post #21 of 63 Old 07-29-2013, 09:00 PM Thread Starter
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horses bite. dogs bite. cats bite. hampsters bite. lizards bite, some kids bite.

If youve been afraid of horses for 12 years, you have greater issues than the possibility that that one horse was rabid. Being someone who struggles with long term depression and anxiety, I mean that in the best of ways possible. You should talk to your doctor about options, and once thats done, go volunteer at a therapy barn or rescue. Then instead of pointless fear, you may accomplish something for yourself, and further your love of animals.

Also, a standard biology course or two would be very enjoyable to you, and may help assauge (sp?) some of your fears regarding things like diseases and standard animal behavior. Ita at least a good place to start.
Yes I have been on two types of medications but they don't seem to work as much on my OCD, everytime I get a fever (like right now I have a mild fever) I think about the horse. Sometimes I can be enjoying myself and then the picture of the horse biting me can pop into my head. It is agonizing. I know I have to fight this horrible anxiety I have, I was admitted to the psych hospital a couple of months ago and when I got interviewed with the psychiatrist there and told him about the horse bite even he thought it was strange.

I am going to take what you said into consideration. I have even been thinking of going back to the ranch and go horseback riding again after I recover from this. Sometimes it feels hopeless and I feel guilty because I have been waiting months to go to that class trip and now I regret ever going there. Keep thinking if I didn't go I would have still had the love for horses and save myself from years of psychological post traumatic stress torture.
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The more you read up in the forum here the more you'll find that a LOT of horses bite. I've been bitten when I was cinching up Clem because she didn't want to be saddled. I've been bitten by a horse in the field who wanted a treat. I was almost bitten by a dominant horse in the other pasture because he was being a dominant asshat (and boy did he get a dressing down for it).

Horses can't speak, so they use the other tools available to them. One of those being teeth. Just watch a herd of horses in a pasture and count the bites - you'll reach a dozen pretty fast!
And they bite so hard!! I can still remember how hard it was! It was a force that I can't remember anything else feeling like it. Maybe that's why I was so traumatized. I did go on youtube just now and looked up horse bites and I see that you are right and some horses do bite. All this time I thought horses were gentle beings who will never bite unless there is something seriously wrong with them (like rabies) or they are threatened.
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Get angry at yourself. Of all the moments in your life, you're letting this one stupid thing mess with your mind? You need to put on your big girl panties and tell yourself..."this is bull****. I DONT HAVE RABIES, that horse shoulda been smacked immediately for biting, he was being stupid, and its not my fault that horse is stupid".

then go get dressed and go to a petting zoo to see the mini horses, or volunteer at a rescue, go see a friends pasture puff or whatever.

If you're going to fixate on something, make it something like what some ******* did to you, or how Mcdonalds got your order wrong again.

And ooc, what animals do you know that NEVER bite?! logic this out for awhile....
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And they bite so hard!! I can still remember how hard it was! It was a force that I can't remember anything else feeling like it. Maybe that's why I was so traumatized. I did go on youtube just now and looked up horse bites and I see that you are right and some horses do bite. All this time I thought horses were gentle beings who will never bite unless there is something seriously wrong with them (like rabies) or they are threatened.
HUGE misconception! Horses are spooky, flighty prey animals who have limited means to defend or communicate. They aren't the gently noble creatures you see in movies! I work at a racetrack as an EMT and the sheer amount of horse bites I have treated is staggering. They have no way to tell the humans they don't like whatever is being done, and as humans we don't necessarily notice the body language every time. So... They tell us in the way that will get our attention!

A lot of people's horses know better. When my horse bit me she got a slap. A hard slap. And some yelling. And she's never bitten again. The horse in the pasture that tried to bite got chased across the pasture with a stick. It might SEEM harsh, but that's how horses in the wild do things. One horse wants another to move, he gets pinned ears and bared teeth. One horse is being disrespectful and the lead horse will chase it through the fields. So, as long as your horse sees you as lead mare (or stud) then you usually have nothing to worry about, because they know that if they bite there WILL be a 'come to jesus' moment and they WILL regret it.
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AND! If you're really worried about it, there's a 3-vaccine course of rabies shots you can get to be protected. Get bit, pop on over to your doc for the booster and you should be set. :) Look more into it if it would help you get over your fear!
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AND! If you're really worried about it, there's a 3-vaccine course of rabies shots you can get to be protected. Get bit, pop on over to your doc for the booster and you should be set. :) Look more into it if it would help you get over your fear!

I basically BEGGED my doctor to give me those shots but she refused because she is 100% sure I don't have rabies and she told me that horses don't usually carry rabies. Rabies is a rare disease in general and it is even more rare in horses that's why my chances of getting it is so slim.

So I went to the emergency room twice and even they didn't give me the shots, instead sent me to the psychiatric hospital to be evaluated by the psychiatrist. Everyone I told this to told me it was impossible for me to get rabies after all this time IF the horse was infected. Either I didn't get infected because the saliva didn't directly touch my wound because of my sweatpants or I am immune to the disease. But they all agree that I am not infected.

I just wish they gave me the vaccinations and let me rest already!
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Get angry at yourself. Of all the moments in your life, you're letting this one stupid thing mess with your mind? You need to put on your big girl panties and tell yourself..."this is bull****. I DONT HAVE RABIES, that horse shoulda been smacked immediately for biting, he was being stupid, and its not my fault that horse is stupid".

then go get dressed and go to a petting zoo to see the mini horses, or volunteer at a rescue, go see a friends pasture puff or whatever.

If you're going to fixate on something, make it something like what some ******* did to you, or how Mcdonalds got your order wrong again.

And ooc, what animals do you know that NEVER bite?! logic this out for awhile....
Trust me I tried everything, I started to give up hope. I am scared all the time because of this. I just recently went through a break up and instead of crying over that I am crying over this! I can't believe how bad post traumatic stress is. I am feeling a little better now. I just feel really bad for all the loved ones I have annoyed because of this.

Putting my big girl panties on right now..
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I love how you wrote about OCD because that is exactly what I have been diagnosed with! It's agonizing. For a decade I had nightmares about a rabid horse biting me. I asked everyone I know if they know why horses bite and they all told me it was abnormal and that horses usually don't bite. This fueled my fears. I started to dislike horses a lot. I would have panic attacks when I would see a real horse in front of me when I went to Times Square.

I even went far to call the ranch to ask if they vaccinate their horses, first they thought that was the weirdest question to ask and what made my fears worse was that the owner of the ranch that owned the place when I visited it isn't there anymore.
Whoever told you horses don't bite is not very knowledgeable about horses. One of the very first things you have to teach a baby horse is NO BITING, but if they're biting at each other, that doesn't always hold.

I could tell about the OCD from the fact that you're going over it and over it. I don't have any answers for that, but I know it's a driving force and making you miserable.
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See if you can find a therapeutic riding facility. I board my horse at one and they help people with physical and mental problems. Even though you're in a city, you should be able to find something with horses. Trust me, horses are really lovely animals, but you just need to know how they work to really appreciate them.
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I could tell about the OCD from the fact that you're going over it and over it. I don't have any answers for that, but I know it's a driving force and making you miserable.
You don't need to have the answers for the OCD because you as well as everyone else who commented on my post have given me the answers to the questions that have been haunting me for a decade. Thank you so much. I feel such relief now. I know soon I will find something else to obsess over but this one has to go already!
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