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post #1 of 4 Old 07-09-2011, 04:26 PM Thread Starter
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Anyone else want to help desensitize my mare??

This morning I thought I would bring Destiny in for some more work, she is doing ground work before I back her out. She is 6 but had nothing done with her before I bought her last year.

I was just getting her tacked up when my son asked if it would be OK if he used the chain saw on the other side of the yard, I said it would be OK, i like having things go on while I'm working the horses.

I take Destiny with little Wombat into the round pen and start work, and she is doing beautifully, such a good mare. Then the chain saw starts, and he is not just sawing up fallen branches as I thought but felling trees. She's still doing well, despite the noise of chain saw and creak and crash of the odd small tree falling.

Keep on working, and then we hear a quad bike running in the field behind us, that makes her little anxious but she is still focused. As she has done everything so well I stop her and bring her to the center to relax and do some stretches before we finish when another larger saw starts up, she is a little more alert, but still OK. This is a much larger chain saw, much noisier and a lot closer. She is just starting to relax nicely again when Mr G and the yearlings decide that they have had enough and start running round their paddock like idiots, and that finally makes Destiny decide that there is indeed something to be scared of.

I decide to call it quits and I'm just leaving the pen when gunfire start up over the road, there is a barrage of.22 fire as the neighbor and a few friends are out shooting gophers.

Poor Destiny, she was quite upset, but overall she did really well, she is fast becoming a favorite.
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post #2 of 4 Old 07-09-2011, 04:39 PM
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ROFL - I had a riding lesson like that last month - started with the horse wigging over the 4-wheeler harrowing the ring, moved on to the distraction of people working in the adjacent paddock, then a truck driving down the lane right next to the arena, then a butterfly flew on his nose, then there were yappy dogs, then the farrier showed up with a frightening trailer, then the local AFB held maneuvers in the air over the ring, then there was another yappy dog, a scary bunny in the grass, and more fighter jets. And that was just 35 minutes...

Horse held it together pretty well throughout, but I could feel him tense up under his skin every time something new happened. I considered it all to be a providential lesson in horsewomanship. :)
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You do have to look for all the positives, but it was unbelievable how things kept piling up, still I was impressed how cool she stayed for so long
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post #4 of 4 Old 07-09-2011, 10:01 PM
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When I started reading your post I thought that you were going to get to the part where she spooked and stepped on your foot and broke it or something like that, thus you were asking for someone else to do ground work with her. I kept waiting for the damage, but it didn't happen. Not that I'm dissappointed, mind you.
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