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post #121 of 164 Old 03-11-2012, 04:05 PM
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In Canada, the politically correct term is "First Nations People".
Yeah, that term came up on another board recently. I had never heard of that term before. I don't care for it that much, but it is better than "Native American"...at least it makes sense, as modern Indians arose at least partly from Paleoindians, which were the first humans to migrate here. All men migrated to this country - man did not originate in this hemisphere, and is a (relative) latecomer here, so no man is "native", but the Indians were at least first. Funny thing is a lot of people think people are native to North America and horses aren't, when it is actually just the opposite. Man migrated here, but horses evolved here, so are truly native, even though they became extinct here till they were reintroduced. Just my play on things...
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post #122 of 164 Old 03-11-2012, 04:11 PM
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It's not racist if it's true...?

[fyi it's impossible for me to be rascist. My bloodline is mutt enough that not even the animal shelter would take me ]

Pssh.I didn't pick up the wrong lead
It's called a counter canter...
...A very advanced maneuver.
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I personally think the horse was upset because the African-American gentleman was jumping/dancing around in what would have appeared to be shadows in the arena. An indoor arena generally has light and dark spots, depending on the doors and windows being open or shut. Anyone hopping around would definitely catch the horse's attention, and if he was spinning, he wouldn't be able to get a good look at the gentleman. Finally, this is unpredictable behavior from a 'human' in the horse's experience - so he is on edge and watching and half spooking in anticipation of the next dancing outbreak. If anything to do with the color of the man's skin, I think it was just a matter of not being able to see facial expressions as well in the dimmer light.

If this had been a small child hopping and dancing around, waving arms, etc. -- how many of us would have simply asked the child to stand still and not squeal with delight because we didn't want to scare the horsey?
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Except that the OP said that the fellow danced in joy when watching the horse spin, and that the horse exhibited this odd behavior just upon seeing this new person, before the fellow "danced".
However, something like dancing around could certainly upset a sensitive horse. I wonder what our horses would do if I dance around them? Probably laugh!
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Different is different, and horses just react to things that are different. One of the funniest things I have ever seen was when my son's dog Stoney, since passed away, had a cancer removed and had to wear one of those big plastic cones. Now he crossed the pasture from my son's place to my place all the time, and the horses knew him perfectly well and never paid any attention to him. But when he went under the fence into the pasture with that cone on, the horses went ballistic. After snorting and prancing around for a couple of minutes they all took out after him when he was half way across, and I mean they were serious. He ran under the fence barely ahead of them, and I never saw that dog run that fast before. I wish I had a video of that day, and still laugh when I think about it...
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Except that the OP said that the fellow danced in joy when watching the horse spin, and that the horse exhibited this odd behavior just upon seeing this new person, before the fellow "danced".
However, something like dancing around could certainly upset a sensitive horse. I wonder what our horses would do if I dance around them? Probably laugh!
My horses would either a) die of embarrassment or b) Parasite onto someone else and pretend I wasn't their momma.

Kids these days. Pfft.

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It's called a counter canter...
...A very advanced maneuver.
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post #127 of 164 Old 03-11-2012, 06:19 PM
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I've also seen horses scared of Paint/Pinto horses.

So have I. Let's face it, horses are pretty much programed to be afraid of anything new. We have managed to dampen that instinct but it's still there.
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When a barn I used to board at acquired a mini Shetland to use in their equine assisted therapy program, quite a few of the "normal" horses went nuts every time they saw it, at least until they got used to it. In fairness, it really did look a little bit weird, a sausage with legs. Imagine the characteristics of Shetland, only exaggerated.

The other horses all said, "Whatever has happened to that horse, I don't want it to happen to me!"
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My horse is afraid of Drafts with excessive feathers and miniature horses. As well as meeting strange horses/people on a trail.

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My horse is scared of guys in Big Bird costumes. I told the story on another thread, it's good
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