Bomb Proofing - desensitizing

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    05-30-2008, 06:56 AM
Bomb Proofing - desensitizing

What do you do to bomb proof your horse. Tools and tips. I have compiled a few things I have found. Has anyone ever used the "Spookless" audio cd of sound effects?

Flag on pole wave around and rub on horse. (like one you would see carried in a parade on a horse)

Tarp- Lay folded on Back of horse like saddle
- Unfold over horse
- cover horse with tarp

Walk over tarp on flat on ground

Bounce a big ball (like exercise ball)
-roll under horse

-fold un fold, twirl and stand under, through up in air

-Tie balloons on cones or helium on string along fence or poles on ground, lead through with them on both sides, then ride through

- strand of triangle muliticolor flags on sting like you see at car dealerships. Tie them up walk then ride around them

- ride with polo stick or broom swinging either side of horse

- hit stick on things like fence post or cones as you ride

-empty baby stroller, lead and walk around, then ride up to

- smack saddle on horse (empty) with a buggy whip to make a loud sound

- place trash bags over cones and lead and ride through them

-Plastic bag tied to the end of long sting on buggy whip or stick. Swing around on ground while horse is on long lunge. Then rub on horse

-noisy things, tickle me elmo or other toys with noise and lights, pomp pomps, horns, bells, leaf blowers, whistles, party noise clappers

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    05-30-2008, 07:22 AM
Crikeys! I'd be sure to use that when I get a horse! How did you make such a big long list? Man, I have some serious time I need to get on my hands.
    05-30-2008, 07:40 AM
Most of them I researched online or watched some on do a seach for bomb proofing, pretty interesting. Some I have done myself, some I have seen at Road to the Horse ( where after 3 hours of working with the horse the trainers have stood up on top of the young horse and shot a gun) Amazing. If you ever get a chance to go, GO. They also do filming and sell RTTH videos. I have seen parts of the videos they are really cool and fun to watch.
    05-30-2008, 07:49 AM
Today I tied bailing twine to an empty pellet bag and dragged it around the horses. They spooked at it for a while but soon got over it. Get them used to things moving around their feet because it will happen sooner or later on a windy day.

Also, I put an old rug on the ground and got the horses to walk over it. My horse likes to cheat and go around the side hehe
    05-30-2008, 09:14 AM
I have been using the Kids' yard toy so far. I'll just put them in their pen and let them get used to it. The Hula Hoop is still really scary to them. Currently that is the object in their pen. I also have a "scary pole" in their pen. I tie garbage bags to it and plastic wal-mart bags......They flutter in the wind and the horses just stare. They eventually end up playing with them.
    05-30-2008, 09:39 AM
Sounds like I good Idea using a "scarry pole in the pen" the neighbors are going to wonder what is going on with chicken dance elmo on a pole in the field. Sounds like fun, for me.. Hee Hee

Also to add:
Park the car next to the field one with one of those panic alarms, noise and lights. Those would certainly help if you ride in a parade those darn things are always going off.

Also use a whip with long sting to do helicopter circles over the head behind them and around. For the swirl noise. Or a rope would work. Also tap the ground.
    05-30-2008, 09:41 AM
Also: dragging a fence post or log with a rope in saddle.

Walk up on a sterdy safe reinforced pallet for bridge exercise
    05-30-2008, 11:01 AM
They were terrified of chicken dance elmo the other day. I left it in the field just this morning and made it play a few times by running in and pushing the button on his foot on top of a barrel. After a while all three horses came up to it and sniffed it.

Funny thing is Dakota our more silly paint goes up to it and pushes his nuzzle on the foot and turns it on. It has only been a few hours. Very funny to watch. I think he likes it now.

Another tool: kids cheep pinwheel. They are metalic and shinny so the light reflexs off of it in a bright way. Then they spin like a big saw blade.
    05-30-2008, 11:03 AM
I will also spin the end of a lead rope while we are walking somewhere... I have also used the end of an extra lead and swung it towrds their legs and let the end wrap around their legs and fall back off.

Oh... And when the horse is saddled up... and we are just standing there with them on a break or whatever, I'll pick up the stirups and let them fall back into the horse's side... let them know that things are going to bump them and so on. I also let the stirups fall onto the horse on the off side when saddleing, I being of shortness can't always manage to keep hold of the stirups or girth for that matter when I'm saddleing a horse that is as tall as I am with a 40-45 # saddle. I find its better to just let the horse know its ok and that it sometimes happens so they don't bolt with the saddle not cinched up yet.
    05-30-2008, 11:58 AM
Here is an interesting read on how cowboy mounted shooting riders get there horses use to gun fire. If a horse can get use to that I think they are qualified to say they are Bomb Proof. Hopefully I can work twoard that.

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