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post #1 of 10 Old 06-29-2012, 10:33 PM Thread Starter
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Names for spooking

I am trying to figure out the proper names, or usual thing most people call different 'kinds' of spooks. For example, if someone says their horse 'bolted,' to me that means the horse got scared and took off running in the forward direction. If the horse 'spooked in place' I would think that the horse jumped/reacted but that the feet didn't actually go anywhere.

But what do you call it when the horse whirls about, regardless of they take off running after? Or if they seem to suddenly teleport sideways? Or, of particular interest to me, when they get low/drop out from under you first and then do either of the above? Do those have any good or fun names?

What's the difference between a 'startle' and a 'spook', if there is one?
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post #2 of 10 Old 06-29-2012, 10:37 PM
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I find spooking to be a general term, whether it be spooking in place, jumping sideways, any kind of startle is a spook to me. Bolting can happen with or without a spook. Some horses bolt just being naughty.

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Down + sideways spooks are special. It takes an exceptionally athletic horse to fly in two dimensions simultaneously. The official term is called "Fa-SHOOM!"

My horse is crazy good at those.
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Fa-SHOOM! I like it. I think my boy learned how to do that today. I nearly learned how hard the ground is (again).
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We used to call the spinning spook a rollback. They basically do the reining manouver...except its unexpected and a lot messier.

"My horse saw the paper bag, did a rollback and took off for the pasture"

Some horses I knew would rear and leap. We used to say that was jumping without an obstical, or the "sticky bomb" approach, where it looked like someone slapped a sticky bomb between their back legs and let it blow!

The ones who spooked in place but dropped about 4 inches were called "squatters"
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all i know when someone says careful he can BOOGER.. I usually decline the offer to ride em...LOL
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Oh, I don't have too many special names for the different types of spooks, I just generally describe what they do; spin, bolt, duck (the ones who drop and move sideways/forward/backward at the same time), dodge (when they just move to the side/forward/backward), etc.

I have much more fun names for the general temperament of different horses that are prone to spook. A horse that is very alert and watching everything in his environment, looking for something to spook at is "boogery". A horse that is very sensitive to the rider and has a proclivity to spook away from a leg cue or a bridle rein/latigo flapping in the wind is "squirrely".

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The moving forward at a normal walk, drop, and freeze = elevator drop, drop and sideways glide is the elevator drop + tango step, add a spin and it becomes the cha cha cha, LOL!
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The moving forward at a normal walk, drop, and freeze = elevator drop, drop and sideways glide is the elevator drop + tango step, add a spin and it becomes the cha cha cha, LOL!
Sounds more like a cutting competition!
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I can't even begin to name all the spooks that my horse has done..

I don't think bolting is a result of a spook though. It's just a very very very bad habit where the horse is 'not on the same planet' as in zoning out majorly and running blind.

But his most recent was the duck and scurry.. like a bunny rabbit on a high pursuit chase. Little bugger..

Squirrely is a word that I use to describe horses that are jigging all over the place and trying to do the hula. Spinning and pracing about.

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