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post #61 of 64 Old 04-05-2012, 07:29 PM
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New spooks...just dancing sideways or backing up...

Pansies...especially yellow or purple ones.

Dark colored splotches in the dirt. At the time I ride one corner of the arena is in shadows. The tree nearby is starting to leaf up so the shadow of the branches hits the arena and in a breeze the leave shadows are moving. A second part of that is that the large arena lights make these round splotches on the ground..we dance around it sideways for a while. Also, after the guys have watered the arena with the big firehose, of course you get some small areas where the dirt got hit too hard and it makes a little wall..about an inch or so high. We won't walk through those either and we stop two walk strides in front of them, drop the head to snort at them and then back up.

Trucks, backhoes, trailers, kids running around and screaming, no problem...but that dark dirt is going to swallow us whole.
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post #62 of 64 Old 04-05-2012, 09:19 PM
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When my Curly was a 2-1/2 year old. My mom was riding him and he kicked up a butterfly that decided to land on his nose. He flipped out and my mom ended up getting crow-hopped off. Funniest thing I've seen.

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post #63 of 64 Old 04-05-2012, 09:39 PM
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When my Curly was a 2-1/2 year old. My mom was riding him and he kicked up a butterfly that decided to land on his nose. He flipped out and my mom ended up getting crow-hopped off. Funniest thing I've seen.

Oh, those scary butterflies!

Was riding my fav boy one morning and as we were trotting down the hill a butterfly flew in front of him and the next thing he did a massive leap over it. but I think we may have ended up squishing the poor butterfly instead.

Had another three year old that tried to run away from butterflies. There must be something about butterflies that evoke fear into horses.
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post #64 of 64 Old 04-06-2012, 11:35 AM
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I don't have my own horse but I have been on plenty of horses that decided to spook at some stupid things (to me as a human, haha).

The most common one: wind when we were in the indoor.

This is my cousin and not me, but she had horses she was on spook at hay. Once she was leading a horse to his stall and he spooked at a halter.
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