Idk about you guys, but the barn I ride at has a sheet metal roof that angles down, and the indoor arena is in this barn.
In the winter the snow piles on the roof, and as soon as the temperature warms up it comes sliding off the roof, and the noise is horrible, like the sky is falling!
Now this is an absolutely dreadful situation to be riding during, and thankfully my area has had little snow at all this year, and when we have it hasn't stuck to the roof. But today we had a good 6 inches on the roof, and it was 35 degrees out and muggy.
This is my first winter where I haven't been in a group lessons [I've been doing privates for a long time]. The last time I was in a group when the snow came off there were about five of us, and as soon as the snow started sliding off every single one of our horses bolted, people fell off, and a horse who was getting hay thrown into his stall ran out and jumped into the ring to join the bolting horses!
Everyone tells the stories of there horses flying into the air when they hear the noise, setting off other horses, causing chain affects.
Now do to the condition today I got on my incredibly spooky horse prepared to handle him exploding at the noise. Surely enough 15 minutes into my lesson the show comes sliding off the roof with a loud crashing noise. I'm not going to lie I got slightly nervous when I heard the noise and slowed my horse to a walk. My horse didn't even flinch.. of all the things that scare him the sound of the sky falling didn't even catch his attention! I've ridden veteran bombproof school horses for 6 years who have literally exploded at the noise and my chicken looks at me like "What are you so nervous about?" It was especially surprising because of how much more easily he spooks in the indoor arena as opposed to outside!
So I wanna hear your guys stories, of snow falling off the roof and making noises and how your horses act to this.