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post #11 of 131 Old 11-29-2012, 07:19 PM
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wow that sounds scary! I get nervous just walking my two up from the field together! I couldnt imagine having to get them through two huge tractors!
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But I got scared too. Remember one evening when bringing my trio in, a horse was free in the arena, a dog chasing it, it jumped out, didn't quite make it and landed on it's back right in front of us. 50' further towards the barn, a group of kids on bikes, screaming and waving plastic bags. A couple of steps before the barndoor the fallen horse came running. I got all three in their stalls, halters off, doors closed, then I had to sit down, I was shaking so bad. Thank heavens my trio were Arabs, prancing and snorting, but never got out of hand or lost their mind.
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post #12 of 131 Old 11-29-2012, 09:49 PM Thread Starter
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The two answers given so far surprised me - my response is quite different. I would say that I like my horses to be used to all different kinds of machinery and to be able to ride past them without them spooking - so I'd honestly treat this as a training opportunity to teach the horse not to be afraid of this particular monster.

However - I don't think I can ever remember a scenario where a horse was so scared of a piece of stationary machinery that the above wasn't possible I can imagine getting the response you describe if the machine was full of squealing pigs..... but not just a standing 'thing'.
I understand what your saying but I don't think its the thing actually sitting there that makes scary but it be being driven right through the field to get it where it is and no training method is worth getting killed over.

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Who knows who or what was hiding behind it or it has moving parts.
Machinery doesn't belong where horses are eating, IMO. For desensitizing it can sit somewhere out of the way. Works just the same.
Agreed and no telling what kinda noise that thing made being driven through the field.

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I guess I may have a little different take on it...is the thing really dangerous and truly keeping the horses from feeding and watering OR is it just something that is making them nervous and they are wary of it. If the latter is the case then it may be a great opportunity to do some desensitizing to scary objects and help him to learn what to do when something cares him...particularly when he is with you.

I think sometimes our first reaction is to take away things that make them nervous when instead (as long it is safe to do so) we should use that as an opportunity to train on them and get them over their fear. With my daughter's horse we had a tendencies to avoid things that scared him (which seemed to be everything) when once we started exposing him to more things and teaching him how to handle his fear, he got much better. Horses will always be wary of things but if we can teach them to look to us as to how they should react, we make it safer for both us and them.


Saying that, if whatever they are storing is truly dangerous to the horses or is really blocking the feed / water bins then it does need to be moved for safety reasons.

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It is blocking the hay. Its one of those esganvating (sp?) things with a digging claw on the end. Shaggy is not a horse that gets scared of stuff like this. So if this thing scared him enough he was physically shaking then he is was petrified of it. So teaching to him simply not be scared of it is something I'm not capable of doing with out a professional.

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post #15 of 131 Old 11-30-2012, 01:45 AM
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The two answers given so far surprised me - my response is quite different. I would say that I like my horses to be used to all different kinds of machinery and to be able to ride past them without them spooking - so I'd honestly treat this as a training opportunity to teach the horse not to be afraid of this particular monster.

However - I don't think I can ever remember a scenario where a horse was so scared of a piece of stationary machinery that the above wasn't possible I can imagine getting the response you describe if the machine was full of squealing pigs..... but not just a standing 'thing'.
I tend to agree......horses should have as much expossure to all kind of things. Any time something is moved or different in their pasture they are leary of. But you want the horse not to be spooked by a tractor parked somewhere too. I also think it's a good time to teach the horse.
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I tend to agree......horses should have as much expossure to all kind of things. Any time something is moved or different in their pasture they are leary of. But you want the horse not to be spooked by a tractor parked somewhere too. I also think it's a good time to teach the horse.
My horse isn't afraid a tractor theres on one the other side of the barn. The horse hang out under the overhang right beside it.

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It is blocking the hay. Its one of those esganvating (sp?) things with a digging claw on the end.
It's just a front end loader then?

If so, leave it where it is - they will move around it when they are hungry or thirsty enough.
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We tied to tractors wheels before use what ya got. I see a perfect desensitizing situation ya got with this
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It's just a front end loader then?

If so, leave it where it is - they will move around it when they are hungry or thirsty enough.
Honestly Idk what it is. I just know its one of those digger things you see in road construction all the time. They can't get around its huge and taking up the whole area next to the hay.

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We tied to tractors wheels before use what ya got. I see a perfect desensitizing situation ya got with this
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Without a professional to help I see perfect situation to get killed. And don't say go find one cause i've looked before none in my area.

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