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post #1 of 3 Old 01-14-2013, 03:55 PM Thread Starter
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Horses and flares?

So, I have my good mare. I am trying to think of things to teach her riding wise that would be useful trail skills. Which lead me to thinking of training her/desensitizing her to road way flares. Its not a bad idea to have them in a saddle bag for an emergency. I have ridden a number of horses that were terrified of them and its not of benefit to need to use them but to first have to find something sturdy to tie the horse too.

The mare in question is my good trail horse. She is pretty level headed and is not afraid of fire. During her saddle training her trainer rode her through an area that was smoking due to a forest fire 24 hours earlier. I have gotten tangled in wire (not bob wire) on a ride and had her stop, and carefully lift herself out of the wire. She has also kept her head in many other "near disaster" trail situations. I trust this mare with my life on the trail. This is the mare I am thinking of flare training/desensitizing.

I am wondering if anyone has done this before and how they went about doing it? Is it too dangerous/silly to be worth teaching? Since we are literally playing with fire I would like opinions.

The plan is to start the mare off used to the flares on the ground from a distance and then gradually decrease the distance.
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I have a friend who does clinics for bomb proofing-she helps train police horses, and they HAVE to be used to flares. As I recall, that is how she does it.......I am not sure, however, how I feel about having them with me while I ride-I am not that into riding with things that can ignite...? SHe does all sorts of things in these clinics-

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Thank you I will investigate her website.
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