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  • HOW DO I TRAIN MY HORSE NOT TO BE SCARED OF TRAINS
  • My horse is terrified of trains

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    11-20-2012, 09:35 AM
  #11
Green Broke
We ride on the side of the road all time, that's how we get anywhere, busy highways too. She has no issues with semis, harleys or trucks blowing past us. I think the train hit his brakes or something because it made a aweful noise, worse than I'm used to hearing.

I could never get closer than I was as my dad has told me more horror stories than I ever needed to know. He smooshed too many things, animals, people, cars, that I am just terrified of trains up close. Too many things can come flying off and the smallest rock can cause a derailment. So trust me I will always try to leave an out for us.

My biggest concern is when the tracks are by a busy highway. She quite often turns off that self preservation button.
     
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    11-20-2012, 09:48 AM
  #12
Showing
You could come hang out at my place for a bit Poppy. We have tracks that run perpendicular with one side of our property, there are at least 2 trains a day. Mine don't even bother to raise their heads when they pass anymore. When I was younger the big fun was to race the trains on our horses ;)

It was always a benefit to have, the closest show grounds to us has an amtrak line running through it. There were always a handful of horses freaking out. Made me thankful for the trains even though I get really tired of hearing them honk, the road intersection is at the end of my drive...that gets kind of old.
     
    11-20-2012, 10:15 AM
  #13
Green Broke
Oh I could never live by train tracks that would get terribly annoying, well the honking anyway but maybeshe will like it over at your place lol. I really didn't think she would have an issue as semis will literally blow past us where it will blow us sideways a bit and she goes right along. We've had harleys rev their engines right next to us for fun, of course they don't realize my girl will kick them to the moon if she's close enough, but she never even blinks an eye.

But squirrles made her jumpy that day....

I've heard of people racing trains haha I just could never do it. Plus my girl would go all gimpy on those rocks.

We had to cross the tracks after the train passed and the tracks she has crossed dozens of times became horse eating tracks and warranted dinasour noises lol.
     
    11-20-2012, 10:24 AM
  #14
Showing
We always raced them on our side in the grass but my mom did make the mistake once with gravel. She was on her pony in shorts, started in the grass but her pony made the turn in our driveway towards the barn and my mom didn't. My grandma says she was picking gravel out of my mom's butt & thighs with a tweezer for days. OUCH.

They just make such a different set of sounds than anything else. The metal on metal sound, not much else like it to prepare them with. I am always on my toes with outside horses I have in or lesson student's horses when they come through. The worst though seems to be the maintenance trucks not the trains, not quite sure why.

Last Christmas eve there was an antique steam passenger train that came through, beautiful black with gold leaf - really cool. Horses didn't know that sound so they perked up a bit and acted like fools in the pasture, my daughter had her shoes & coat on in a flash certain that it was the Polar Express coming to pick her up.
     
    11-20-2012, 10:49 AM
  #15
Green Broke
Oh that would have been cool to see. I don't think we ever have anything like that around here.

I would like to be out in one of the fields as the train goes by as then we can get farther away but she can still see it. But I have no idea what time they go by lol. I usually try not to meet a train. Got to say the noise scared me as well a little. We were just standing there looking at it then next thing I know we are flying the opposite direction we started. She sure has given me a sticky seat lol.
     
    11-20-2012, 11:39 PM
  #16
Yearling
Gallop up alongside it, board it, and rob it.
     
    11-20-2012, 11:41 PM
  #17
Trained
I used to board at a barn that was right next to a train track. If you don't make a big deal of it the horses don't even care.
     
    11-20-2012, 11:46 PM
  #18
Green Broke
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Originally Posted by Ian McDonald    
Gallop up alongside it, board it, and rob it.
Now if I knew it contained something valuable this would be an excellent plan lol.
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