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  • Motorcycle sounds to get a horse used to it
  • Motorcycle noise + horse

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    03-12-2012, 10:16 PM
  #11
Foal
Definitely do not have your horse go up to the motorcycle and have him start it all at once. That is known as flooding and it can be very traumatic, your best bet is most likely systematic desensitization. So as one poster noted, have the horse about 50 feet away, but I would not force the horse to stay. If he wants to leave calmly walk him away from the situation and repeat the process gradually getting closer until he no longer freaks out and he is right next to the motorcycle. Also, bring some treats for when he is being calm so he knows he is doing something good, as well as calm him down AND to associate the noise with something good! :)

I'm a psychology major so I'm glad I can use that money that goes into school for something practical!
     
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    03-12-2012, 10:25 PM
  #12
Weanling
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Originally Posted by dejavuchicka    
definitely do not have your horse go up to the motorcycle and have him start it all at once. That is known as flooding and it can be very traumatic, your best bet is most likely systematic desensitization. So as one poster noted, have the horse about 50 feet away, but I would not force the horse to stay. If he wants to leave calmly walk him away from the situation and repeat the process gradually getting closer until he no longer freaks out and he is right next to the motorcycle. Also, bring some treats for when he is being calm so he knows he is doing something good, as well as calm him down AND to associate the noise with something good! :)

I'm a psychology major so I'm glad I can use that money that goes into school for something practical!
sounds good. I'm not sure I will be able to get the motorcycle training but I did use my 4 wheeler today to expose it to him and took it in the pasture and let him take his time and sniff it out and stuff. But I will surely as time goes on, expose him to louder and louder stuff letting him get used to it
     
    03-12-2012, 10:33 PM
  #13
Trained
Op, your idea of taking him over to the motorcycle & desensitizing him is a dandy one. All my horses don't mind heavy equipement like bulldozers or tractors or harleys, just by the being exposed to them constantly. In fact, my hubby's horse can distinguish the sound of his bike from all the traffic sounds on the highway.
     
    03-13-2012, 07:17 AM
  #14
Trained
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Originally Posted by nyg052003    
sounds good. I'm not sure I will be able to get the motorcycle training but I did use my 4 wheeler today to expose it to him and took it in the pasture and let him take his time and sniff it out and stuff. But I will surely as time goes on, expose him to louder and louder stuff letting him get used to it
The more, different things you expose him to, the better. One last thing to keep in mind as you do this desensitizing, though. We typically assume that the loud noise is the problem (and it usually is a big part of it), but don't assume that is the only concern to your horse. In my experience, I've seen horses get nervous by motorcycle riders with full helmets, the sun flashing off shiny chrome, seeing their reflection in car windows, etc. I've learned to never be surprised at what little thing that we don't give a second look to may bother a horse.
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    03-13-2012, 08:17 AM
  #15
Weanling
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Originally Posted by PaintHorseMares    
The more, different things you expose him to, the better. One last thing to keep in mind as you do this desensitizing, though. We typically assume that the loud noise is the problem (and it usually is a big part of it), but don't assume that is the only concern to your horse. In my experience, I've seen horses get nervous by motorcycle riders with full helmets, the sun flashing off shiny chrome, seeing their reflection in car windows, etc. I've learned to never be surprised at what little thing that we don't give a second look to may bother a horse.
yeah you hit it head on. Since I have had my horse and while riding him, I have noticed sometimes the least little things that might make him flinch. He has been much better as of late of not getting nervous with the little things. Some of them I have been able to see and say yeah I guess that could have made him nervous and others I couldnt. So yeah I can understand that never get too comfortable on your horse and think they are just fine to the point where they arent afraid of anything. I guess even the poster's horses that are around the heavy equipment all the time, you would think that they wouldnt be afraid of any noise at all but they might flinch at something wayyyyyyyyyyyyyyy quieter that might startle them lol
     
    03-13-2012, 08:35 AM
  #16
Trained
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Originally Posted by nyg052003    
I guess even the poster's horses that are around the heavy equipment all the time, you would think that they wouldnt be afraid of any noise at all but they might flinch at something wayyyyyyyyyyyyyyy quieter that might startle them lol
Exactly...doing a lot of road riding, I've actually found that groups of bicyclists bother horses more than motorcycles. Bicycles are very quiet horse monsters and sneak up on you from the rear ready for the attack....
     
    03-13-2012, 09:07 AM
  #17
Weanling
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Originally Posted by PaintHorseMares    
Exactly...doing a lot of road riding, I've actually found that groups of bicyclists bother horses more than motorcycles. Bicycles are very quiet horse monsters and sneak up on you from the rear ready for the attack....
another thing for me is me riding alone most of time. My dad is wanting a horse and will keep at my place but he has to get his financial situation up to par before I will be carrying the burden of 2 horses lol. That would help though as to I think mine or both of them together would be more comfortable riding along side the roads. I still want to get a trailer so that when we want to ride sometimes we can just go somewhere , park and go on a nice long ride away from road.
     
    03-13-2012, 09:25 AM
  #18
Showing
Nygo, put some grain/pellets in a pan on the atv when you go into the pasture. Leave it running. He'll quickly associate a noisy little vehicle with something pleasureable. I use mine for distributing hay. They greet it eagerly. I still think the motorcycle was an excuse for him to turn and go home.
     
    03-13-2012, 09:29 AM
  #19
Weanling
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Originally Posted by Saddlebag    
nygo, put some grain/pellets in a pan on the atv when you go into the pasture. Leave it running. He'll quickly associate a noisy little vehicle with something pleasureable. I use mine for distributing hay. They greet it eagerly. I still think the motorcycle was an excuse for him to turn and go home.
ok will try that
     

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