Join Date: Feb 2012
Location: The land of Enchantment
I found what follows interesting. It made me re-think "communication" dynamics. My old buckskin had a particular place on a particular trail that he was intensely against going through. It is only about 20-30 feet long. It has a lot of growth on either side, a lot of rocks, and a small arroyo in the center. Nothing remarkable, however, it is the type of place one commonly finds rattlers - in fact, if I were wanting to find one, I would look there first thing. My mare never had a problem w traversing this tiny stretch of that particular trail, ever. The two had never been ridden together on any trail. My mare was pastured w my buckskin for a good while. The first, and every subsequent time (a total of 3 times), that I took her through it after she returned from being pastured w him...she snorted and blew, got extremely spooky, and had to be urged through it. She is not a spooky mare. She can get "excited", upon seeing other horses on the trail for example, but she is not spooky. To date, she has never spooked at a rattler on the trail buzzing away, the buckskin absolutely did.
This made me think. Perhaps, while she was w the buckskin in pasture he spooked at areas that had a similar "pattern" as this little stretch in question. While he probably knew what the "danger" was (i.e., rattlers), she just knew he was afraid of it - and he was a sharp cookie that knew his way around, so she "took his word for it". It was a very large pasture w trees, streams, hills, etc., - the "patterns" available are/were endless.
So, anyway. I thought I would post my "possible explanation" for this odd observation as just something to consider when musing over "what it is" that spooks certain horses on the trail.
There is just as much horse sense as ever, but the horses have most of it.
Last edited by Missy May; 10-07-2012 at 06:05 PM.