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post #1 of 7 Old 09-04-2011, 03:20 PM Thread Starter
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Advice on traffic issues

My mare is just nt great in traffic is really scared off buses lorrys vans i can walk dwn a quiete road with only cars on. Im just intrested in your thoughts on building her confidence in traffic ...
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post #2 of 7 Old 09-04-2011, 03:41 PM
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my mare used to be really frightened of cars, and yesterday an eighteen wheeler passed by (not sure what it was doing in my neighborhood lol) and she barely quivered. what I did was walk her by cars, let her sniff them, look at them, I opened the doors and she looked inside, just showed her they wouldn't eat her. and I just continually rode her around my neighborhood, and when a car would start coming I'd turn her around and she would watch it come, pass, and then leave. I think she eventually figured out that they were not charging her, just passing by.

that's just what I did with my horse. good luck :)

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post #3 of 7 Old 09-04-2011, 03:50 PM
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I like long reining them in traffic as I feel you have more control that way.

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post #4 of 7 Old 09-04-2011, 03:58 PM
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I like long reining them in traffic as I feel you have more control that way.

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Kate that is a good idea she just paniks whn a bus comes but if i get her complety settled in cars she will get confident with larger traffic. Its just getting to the quiete roads we need to cross some pretty busy roads. But i will give anything a go as it stops me taking her out as much
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post #7 of 7 Old 09-04-2011, 04:38 PM
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If you have a quiet and traffic safe horse you can ride with, that could provide a calming influence on your mare.

I always like "chasing" vehicles, if you have someone willing to help you out. Your horse is able to follow along behind, look at the vehicle and see what it's about, and things just seem to scare a horse a lot less when they are moving away from you.

The most important factor here, however, is what are YOU doing? Are you staying calm, relaxed and confident, or tensing up every time a vehicle passes?
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