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    01-17-2011, 03:34 PM
Deadbroke implies they are trained to do anything. That is not always the same thing as bomb proof.
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    01-18-2011, 09:51 PM
All my finished horses are jump on and go. Does not matter how long it has been. That comes down to good training. Even my fairly green horses are quite good.
    01-18-2011, 10:09 PM
Green Broke
My buckskin is my #1. She's been a been there done that horse. Up until about 2 years ago, I would have said that you could put anyone on her under any circumstance. Then we accidently got a little to close to a rattlesnake, her flight instinct kicked in, she spun right out from underneath me, & took off for home. Accidents happen, which is why I don't think any horse is truely bombproof.
    01-18-2011, 10:27 PM
Don't have one, but it's just as well. I would probably would be bored senseless on one.
    01-19-2011, 12:17 AM
Green Broke
I actually find horses VERY predictable.

If there is any object or animal out of the ordinary, there is a good chance they can spook. So I guess I don't believe in a totally bomb-proof horse either. All horses can panic- that's the nature of the beast.

But they are very predicable in that you know they can spook at any time, and after a while you get a feel for what is likely to set them off.

So I don't buy that they are unpredictable. I find their body language easy to read, and the things that tend to bother them are usually things that are not normal in their routine. You just need to learn to see the world as a horse. But I don't buy into the thinking that they just "snap." There is always a warning sign if you know what to look for. Sometimes it just happens too quick for you to prevent it.
    01-19-2011, 12:41 AM
Green Broke
Another thought I had, is that for a horse to truly be "bomb proof" he would have to have no sense of self preservation. In other words, for anything to happen around him, no matter what, and for him not to react, he would have to not care about his own safety. I don't know if that's really fair to ask of a horse. Just about ANY horse will worry and react given the right circumstances. I don't know if even the feeblest, oldest horse would not react to the right stimuli.
    01-19-2011, 09:43 PM
Green Broke
Trail you make a good point.
I leased an older gelding when I 1st got back into riding. One thing I could count on for sure is that he would always take care of himself. We had our moments & scares, but he always made sure both of us got back to the barn safe so I could feed him.

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