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    03-16-2012, 04:04 PM
Green Broke
I had a pony who used to spook on purpose. Back when I was very young and just learning how to ride everytime he spooked I would get off and put him back because I was scared. He learned very quickly that he could get me off that way. To this day he will randomly shy and jump at things that make no sense. It all depends on the rider too, he will spook, buck, and rear with me riding. But I put a beginner on him and he is a bomb proof well behaved pony -_-.

Anyways, his spooking ended up breaking my leg when I was about 14. We were cantering through some mud he spooked and slipped an fell ontop of me. Looking back I have no idea if he did it on purpose or he actually spooked. Guess I will never really know.
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    03-16-2012, 04:10 PM
My gelding is scared to death of white feed bags lol he freaks out
    03-16-2012, 04:11 PM
We've since sold him but when we brought home "Squirt" you should have seen my gang. They were certain that fuzzy little thing was going to eat them. My calm, laid back nothing bothers them mares ran around their pasture like absolute idiots! Snorting, tails up like Arabs, it was pretty darn funny. He was on dry lot that didn't share a fence line but got to go in one of the small stud lots for a bit each day that did, it took those darn mares months to decide he wasn't going to get them.

This was the horse eating monster (we still have the monster that's on him, though for the right price...)
    03-16-2012, 04:12 PM
His own poop.

Seriously, every time I take my horse out, he poops in the cross ties. If he doesn't, I know he's going to poop in the ring and then the next time we ride past it...."OMG wth IS THAT!??" and he will sidestep/canter piaffe as far away as possible in complete terror until I can get him to walk over and sniff it. That's when he figures out it's not a monster, just something that fell out of his butt
    03-16-2012, 04:19 PM
Neonpony...my dog is terrified of his own farts.

My mare Dee doesn't seem too skittish around anything. She was curious about the goats but other than just giving them the stink eye...she is pretty solid. But she is also the laziest beast I have ever met. It would be too much effort to shy away from something.

Now the new mare I might be bringing home...she is skittish of EVERYthing. When she wants to be. Last night she must have passed this white barrel 15 to 20 times. Nothing. No reaction. Zip. Then wham! All of a sudden it was the biggest baddest thing in the arena and she wouldn't go anywhere near it. Darn kids.
    03-16-2012, 04:21 PM
Many of you know I ride a spooky TB. It's also a joke in our house...plastic bags, dogs on leashes, and...snow. Yep, if it's snowing I know it's going to be a thrilling ride! Now, mind you, I don't even take her outside the INDOOR arena in the snow, so she spooks at it from the safety of the indoor!
    03-16-2012, 04:25 PM
Argh!! Them horses!!

My anglo arab literally does not shy at anything - EXCEPT other horses being ridden crossing our paths.
Especially if she cannot see them quite yet; they are obscured by trees or something.

She once nearly threatened to have a heart attack, while skittering on the driveway, dangerously close to falling with me on top at my trainer's, when all it was, was someone innocently riding past. They were hidden from view by a wall. Afterwards, I was literally fuming, that she would nearly kill us both over another HORSE?!?!

Another one: my neighbour always very haughtily (is that a word, haha!) complains that her fancy show cobs suffer from trauma when they see or hear my mule.
Please take into account, this occurs only while my mule is on MY property, turned out, and her precious cobs are on HER property, turned out. And the CLOSEST point that our properties are to each other is the 50m that the horse trail seperates us from each other..
They. Are. Dorks. (Apparently, they never get over it either!)
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    03-16-2012, 04:27 PM
I had a percheron stud that was afraid of himself not his shadow but himself. One day I took him into the indoor and worked him we were doing fine for like 45 minutes then when I asked for a trot we passed the mirror the same mirror that has been there from the start and he decided OMFG! MONSTER! Spun buck and ran from himself went around the arena and there he still was he ran faster . Dumb ass got more of a work out then intended lol.
    03-16-2012, 04:49 PM
That's funny TimberRidge! My old stud is the opposite and is head over heels in love with himself. Give him a mirror and he'll flirt with himself all day
    03-16-2012, 04:59 PM
We used to say Diamond saw dead people.
He has outgrown it but he used to look at nothing, he would spook in place, but over nothing, must be ghosts in them there woods...LOL

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