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post #1 of 5 Old 12-20-2012, 06:11 PM Thread Starter
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feeling the fool/the jig is up

So, the jig is up for harry the horse as far as cars go. He spent the better part of the last 2 years convincing me that he was afraid of cars and more specifically trucks. He would get all kinds of ants in his pants around cars. So, I was working on desensitizing him to cars. This stopped about 2 months ago. It would appear that is not completely pointless to continue this work. Two months ago Harry followed a truck treating it as lead car (he is off track). I had my suspicion that he may not be totally honest in his truck fear.

Today, he completely blew that into the open. I look out the window at work (which looks out over his pasture). I see Harry settle himself down for a sunbath/nap near the fence line in front of the parked cars. I watch as my co-worker goes out to her truck, which is parked right in front of Harry. She starts the engine and a few moments later pulls out. Harry continues his nap. Then another, larger truck pulls out, followed by the UPS truck. After an hour Harry woke up from his nap and leisurely wondered off. So, I guess he is no longer afraid of cars Which means he gets to be treated like a normal horse without an weird phobias.
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post #2 of 5 Old 12-20-2012, 09:17 PM
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So he was faking.........
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post #3 of 5 Old 12-20-2012, 11:50 PM
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LOL seems he did have you fooled! Too funny!

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post #4 of 5 Old 12-20-2012, 11:59 PM
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Does he act up under saddle when in a group? Maybe he thinks those trucks are horses?
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no he acted up solo when a truck would go by. He would not want to stand still to the point where he would pop up and do small rears. He is better when you keep him moving; however, he still calls to the other horses and is not focused. Which I thought was he was afraid and wanted to run away from the car. He did semi-follow a truck back to the barn this fall which made me think that he was getting into racing mode and felt he had to run towards the car. He was even this energy intense when in hand near the road. He has spent the last few months out a pasture right next to the highway. I guess he has figured out that cars can go past and he does not have to worry.
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