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post #1 of 11 Old 11-21-2009, 12:09 PM Thread Starter
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How to get a horse used to parrots?

Ok I'll try not to write a novel here lol...We run a theraputic riding program at my barn and at the end of the summer program we always do a special even like a show or something. Well my aunt is going to have parrots there and stuff (I'm not exactly sure what she will be doing with them yet). Anyways, we are not sure how the horses will act and 2 of the horses are kinda jumpy with things that they've never seen. It is basically my job to train them, which it is going really well with other things I am working on them with. I was wondering how I could get the 2 spooky ones used to parrots. I have one of those fake parrots that sits on a plastic log and repeats everything you say, and I was also wondering if that would work. Any ideas, suggestions, and advice is greatly appreciated!!

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post #2 of 11 Old 11-21-2009, 12:16 PM
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Tape a real parrot to a stick. This is called a Parrot stick and is used by all the top clinicians when they desensitize thier horses to talking birds. You just rub the horse all over untill they stop moving or you run out of feathers. You might also try crouching down and flicking the parrot stick at the horses hind legs so that the horse becomes curious about you.

Now the only problem you have after you have done this is the horse phobia your parrot will have.

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post #3 of 11 Old 11-21-2009, 12:19 PM
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I'd get some chickens and let them be around your horses. We use to keep our chickens by the horse barn and they could flap their wings and run under and around the horrses and they didn't care because they were so use to them.
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post #4 of 11 Old 11-21-2009, 01:55 PM
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I have a friend who is a falconer who hunts with his birds on horseback. I'll ask him what he did and get back with you...
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post #5 of 11 Old 11-21-2009, 11:06 PM
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Tape a real parrot to a stick. This is called a Parrot stick and is used by all the top clinicians when they desensitize thier horses to talking birds. You just rub the horse all over untill they stop moving or you run out of feathers. You might also try crouching down and flicking the parrot stick at the horses hind legs so that the horse becomes curious about you.

Now the only problem you have after you have done this is the horse phobia your parrot will have.
i didnt really appreciate this comment.
It is sarcastic, i realize that.. but i own parrots and horses... i dont know i found it rather unnecessary. JMO
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post #6 of 11 Old 11-21-2009, 11:11 PM
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The fake bird would help, but you never know what your horse will do unless you bring in the real bird. Introduce them. See if you can set up a bird in a cage next to it's stall.

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post #7 of 11 Old 11-21-2009, 11:13 PM
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^ i would suggest before even doing that to a parrot, is to REALLY research everything, and i mean everything.
There is so many things that are toxic and bad for there respritory system its not even silly.
Just a thought, A Horse could stress a parrot out really, but i would suggest doing research on toxic things etc, just so you know when they are there. I cant stress this enough
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post #8 of 11 Old 11-21-2009, 11:43 PM
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Well, as a horse owner and a parrot owner, I've ridden with my bird. Neither seemed to really enjoy it so it was shortlived, but just to say I did! Same with my old ferret!

ANYWAY, please don't go putting a parrot in the stall next to it. If the bird's not bald from plucking by morning then the horse will be exhausted from it's honking. My best advise would be to take your schoolmasters on a trail ride...find some birds to fly up from under them and calm them through it. I don't know where you'd find someone willing to donate their bird to your horse's training so that's the next best thing I can think of. Try the fake parrot, does it move at all? Or just talk? Either way it's a big perch with something loud and colorful on it!

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post #9 of 11 Old 11-22-2009, 01:35 AM
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Baha kevinshorses, I loled.
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post #10 of 11 Old 11-22-2009, 11:50 AM
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i dont think its a good idea to keep birds in the same place as horses, if thats what you mean your aunt is going to do.. the parrots and other cage kept birds drop a lot of dandruff stuff that could effect horses breathing, and there are diseases acssociated with birds that you should check out. i dont think the horses are going to like them screeching and flapping thier wings either- i think they would be better in thier own shed or barn in a different area entirely from the horses. maybe with a wired side so that the parrots have fresh air circulating, and can see out, and then you could lead the horses over to have a look at them, if you felt they needed to see them
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