07-10-2012, 11:45 AM
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Sounds right. I only have one gelding who needs to be trained to gunfire, but the neighborhood fireworks has done a pretty good job of desensitizing him. The other 2 have been to CW Reenactments (before DH and I retired.) My 14yo mare is a Veteran, and my 6yo gelding is okay with them.
May I suggest that you prepare your horse for each shot by signaling? I like to use, "Ready, Aim," and say "Fire" as I pull the trigger.
Even my older CW R. Horses, who would graze next to cannons going off, could tell the difference between black powder and the real thing, when we have had to shoot opposums or raccoons around the barn. They knew it sounded different and scooted off into the pasture, so I reminded them of their earlier training, when they would hear an "officer" signal to the men.