Join Date: Dec 2009
Location: Ft. Worth, Texas
He really has never done anything like this before. I have not found 1 thing that bothers him - he may looks at something and step sideways but I always make him walk past it and he is completely fine. He's never shied at anything in any trail course we have been through. The trail course at that show had a rain slicker you rubbed on the horses body. I've never done that with him but he never tensed a muscle and could have cared less about it. He's fine with tarps, banners, flags, tractors, motor cycles, dirt bikes, police sirens (he has been ridden in Sheriff's Posse), lawn movers, speakers, announcers, etc. Unfortunately, the arena where the show was held is not open to the public so no opportunity to go back for exposure and we have not encountered those big fans at any other arena open for practice.
My trainer thinks it could have been the noise / hum generated from the fans that made him nervous rather than the actual fan. We may try cotton or ear plugs next time we go there to see if it makes a difference. He was fine by the end of the show but was a bundle of nerves at the beginning.