The one day I spaced a helmet... my horse bolted when some deer ambled by along the hill. I got him under control (I am a very stern mother...) and then proceeded to talk to the deer. They actually came up close to the arena and both my horse and the deer sighed a huge breath.
I don't know which was more scared, but all I can say is I was pissed and kept on riding and went off to put a helmet on.
I would go Jackie Chan on a deer if it ambushed us like that!
When I was a senior in high school, I was driving at midnight in the middle of town when a small buck ran out from behind a tree and into my passenger door. It got up and ran into the park across the street. That day was the first day of deer season too.. bah. (Luckily, I was in an auto body class at the time and replaced and painted the parts myself for a fraction of the price.)
Then sometime else that year, one of the cross country girls got taken out by a deer during a meet. She somersaulted and kept running. Bahahaha.
I think, after hearing all these spook stories, that I'll just keep my mare. On a trail ride, a deer jumped across the trail right in front of our group. Some of the horses freaked out- rearing and/or spinning around. Dancer just looked at them like they were idiots. She did watch the deer run off, but she was just interested in the commotion - not scared/spooked.
That photo is amazing. Phoenix sometimes spooks at deer, I think if they startle him he spooks but if we just see them he's fine. He spooked up the side of a hill one day when one ran away from us, we ended up onto of the hill with a nice view so I wasn't too concerned.
The deer in the park we ride in are too used to people, they just stand there like "we were here first, get your own trail"
Deer seem very docile but they can be very agressive especially when protecting younguns. I once was nearly attacked by a doe. I was on foot and got too close to her family. She snorted and pawed the ground. I tried to intimidate her but she made it clear that she was the boss. If I had pressed on I think she would have mauled me.