Scary experience(sorry its long)
So I was enjoying a nice trail ride on my little bay appaloosa mare starlight yesterday and I had a bad experience, but also a good one because of how my horse reacted. My little mare is the best trained of my 6 horses, with one very scary habit, when she spooks, sometimes she bolts, and there is no stopping her after she takes off. But im learning to catch that before she bolts, most of the time I can. So we went for a ride, it was a bit windy so she was a little anxious. All of a sudden she tenced and I knew she was about to bolt so I immediatly got her attention on me making her do circles and touch my feet with her nose, then I made her go through a small pond back and forth back and forth. All the while I was trying to figure out what she was nervous about, finally a flick of her ears told me that the wind was moving those tall stickers with the brown thorny shells on top, not sure what they are called.
So after she calmed down about those things blowing in the wind we went up the hill, she was scared of all the squirrels running everywhere as usual. When we got to the top I did something unexpected, I took a very steep trail, which is unusual because im terrified of hights but iv been working on that.
As we bagan comming down the other side I was thinking o no.. but then I calmed myself, I trust my horse even though it was super steep I knew she would take me down it safely and she would have if something hadnt happened next. All of a sudden starlight unloosened a rock and it went tumbling down the cliff bashing into other rocks, she spun around ad rared up and I knew she was going to bolt, I held on for dear life knowing there was a steep drop on the otherside followed by a half mile of downhill, I knew she would head straight for home.
As I held on I could feel her heart pounding, I held her back for as long as possible knowing if I gave her just a little bit of rein she would take off. We stood there for five minutes, I started talking to her, calming her down, finally I loosened the reins a little and told her to walk, we went down the hill, taking a less steep trail and when we reached the bottom I walked her across a log, and looking down I saw the rock and told my horse how much I loved her and stroked her neck.
Thankfully she didnt bolt, and im posting this wondering if anyone else has a spooky horse that bolts, and what you do to calm your horse? Im pretty good at catching starlight before she takes off and iv been getting her used to all sorts of new things. The last time she bolted was when a school bus went by and honked at me because I wasnt looking at the lady when she waved. Starlight usually holds her ground for a minute after whatever scared her and then she takes off like a rocket.
If your horse thinks your the greatest person in the world dont seek a second opinion.
Last edited by Animallover707; 02-18-2013 at 09:14 PM.