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    02-01-2012, 09:29 PM
  #21
Foal
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Originally Posted by arrowsaway    
I enjoy stories where the horses in question spook at their own farts...
I've yet to experience the hilarity but I look forward to it.
Spirit and I enjoyed a nice trail ride when she spooked of her rather loud fart and almost took off with me, LOL!
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    02-02-2012, 01:34 AM
  #22
Foal
I had the lunge whip leaning against the side of the round pen a few days ago and my gelding went over to sniff it. When his nose touched it it fell over and he totally freaked out! He took off with his legs kicking up in the air and once he realized it wasn't going to attack him he turned around and looked at me as if to say, "What just happened???". I was laughing so hard and I think he got mad at me. LOL. It's hilarious when horses scare themselves!
     
    02-02-2012, 01:42 AM
  #23
Showing
A candy wrapper that fell out of my pocket. He'd refuse to go anywhere near it. He'd duck and curl his neck and start honking even at the trot. Very frustrating.

A barrel he had rode by for a few weeks without concern. One day he decided it was trying to tickle his stifles and leaped sideways every time we passed it.

Another time he shook vigorously when a man was carrying a western saddle, walking towards him. I've never seen him do that ever.. and I pulled him off of the crossties just incase. He seemed to hold his breath until the guy disappeared. Poor thing..

Dismounting off of the other side. He always jumps back worried. It's a work in progress :P

Another horse getting their blanket put on, it's like he's worried they're being abducted by aliens or something.

When you shake the cookie jar, he goes from curious and seeking to backing off and hiding back to seeking back to shunning back to curious. It's quite silly to watch, but I always made sure he stood still and waited before he got anything.

My horse currently spooks at dogs running around, but I don't blame him.

And if your toe catches on a fence and makes a noise, we spend 90% of the time trying to get back on the rail. He'll use anything to get out of being on the rail. He truly does not like being there.
     
    02-02-2012, 01:56 AM
  #24
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My guy is generally fearless, except for cats. They obviously lurk around the outside arena with one sole reason - to hunt him down and purr him to death. And, if we go to the trails alone, then the most horrifying creatures are people, who are picking herbs, berries or mushrooms in the forest or the swamp. But here I agree with him - those hunched figures between trees can get quite creepy, especially, when they suddenly rise from the ground to see the horsey-shmorsey.
     
    02-02-2012, 03:08 AM
  #25
Yearling
A water trough that she drinks out of every day and rides past, suddenly its going to eat her!
     
    02-02-2012, 04:26 AM
  #26
Weanling
Lines in the sidewalk. Yep. We ride on a bridle path that is along side a 50mph road. She doesn't mind honking, motorcycles, trash trucks, dogs, waves, or those insane hoards of cyclists that come out of nowhere but the LINES! Today we were crossing a road & she took one look at the "stop ahead" painted on the ground and stopped. My mom was like "well, it's always good when you have a horse that reads!" she's so ridiculous, she's about as bombproof as bombproof gets but the little things that get her are hilarious. Depending on what day of the week it is the mesh boxes that protect pipes that stick out on the sidewalk sometimes are obviously going to trap her and steal her soul. Obviously.
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    02-02-2012, 04:44 AM
  #27
Weanling
Smile

My horse LOOOVES kitties...although one day we were trotting in the arena and we were trotting toward the wall that you can lean over to watch and one of the barn cats jumped up on to it - Quito saw, but you could see he was very upset...then 1.8 seconds later he did a massive spook to the side. I couldn't help but burst out laughing.

Silly ponies!!
     
    02-02-2012, 04:45 AM
  #28
Weanling
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Originally Posted by TKButtermilk    
Lines in the sidewalk. Yep. We ride on a bridle path that is along side a 50mph road. She doesn't mind honking, motorcycles, trash trucks, dogs, waves, or those insane hoards of cyclists that come out of nowhere but the LINES! Today we were crossing a road & she took one look at the "stop ahead" painted on the ground and stopped. My mom was like "well, it's always good when you have a horse that reads!" she's so ridiculous, she's about as bombproof as bombproof gets but the little things that get her are hilarious. Depending on what day of the week it is the mesh boxes that protect pipes that stick out on the sidewalk sometimes are obviously going to trap her and steal her soul. Obviously.
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    02-02-2012, 10:13 AM
  #29
Foal
I love reading these stories! It makes me not feel so bad about my horse.

The things that I think he'll spook at, he doesn't and the things I think he wouldn't spook at, he does.

Two dogs tearing up behind him through leaves playing and growling and cutting in front of him, simultaneously with gunshots going off in the background, he doesn't flinch at. But a chirping bird, OMG SO SCAAAAARRYYY!!!
     
    02-02-2012, 10:25 AM
  #30
Foal
Yes, cats! My horse lives with barn cats, but when one of them suddenly runs across the yard, he freaks out. But then he's been spooking at everything lately, birds, wind, sunshine. He had a deer jump out in front of him once, right in front of his nose & he was fine, but a barrel he walks past all the time is suddenly scary. Those 180 turn bolts are quite scary for me!
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