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post #21 of 25 Old 02-19-2013, 05:37 PM
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Originally Posted by Goulaisgurl View Post
Thank goodess it ended positvely! We had a similar incident sunday. We have a jumpy horse and he bolts on a good day the second is a follower. So one startled the other and they both were off. Unfortunately they were out of the pen and we spent 30 minutes roundng them up.Is there a way to train them not to or is that also a trust issue. My daughter is more fearless than I and i am afraid to take them on the trails out of a contained area!!!
I worked and spent alot of time with my mare when I got her 8yrs. ago......she was a scared/timid little girl afraid of everything! I did alot of desensitizing with all kinds of things, stick/string, lead rope, tarps, barrels (yes I even can put a big plastic barrel on her), I have a obstacle course we use with working with younger or older scared horses, it has a cowboy curtain, pedastal, wooden bridge, hoop (they can walk or jump through it), logs and I also play sound effects down at the pasture, desensitizes them to alot of different noises.......I haven't for a couple years now but I could shot a cap gun while sitting on her. I can slap the ground beside her with the stick/string while on her........I gained her trust, that's the biggest thing.....
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post #22 of 25 Old 08-02-2013, 11:44 PM
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Bandit is my six year old foundation quarterhorse that I have had since he was 7 months old. He is six years old now and just came out of sixty days training about 3 months ago. He was in training with a cutting horse trainer at age 3 for 45 days, but I was not able to ride him afterwards because of a car accident.

I was coming home from my yoga class and went in to feed Bandit like I usually do. I tied him up to the gate between his pasture and another while I filled the water trough, and the horse in the next pasture (mare) came up and nuzzled him as a truck went by and he spooked. He pulled a 20 foot gate out of its hinges and dragged it around the pasture, till he jumped a 5 foot fence and the gate came halfway over and the halter came loose (thank God). Then the other horse spooked and was bucking around me,I thought she was going to kill me. I had to gather Bandit up and put him in the now enlarged pasture with the other horse, and that's how I left them. Together. There wasn't anything else I could do. The woman that owns the property says her grandson won't be back till tomorrow to fix the gate. The gate is lodged over the fence, but I don't think the two horse can get through to the other pasture where the goats are. I hope not, because Bandit likes to kick goats. I'm still shaking. I could have been killed.
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post #23 of 25 Old 08-02-2013, 11:59 PM
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Glad to hear you are ok, that would have been extremely scarey!

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post #24 of 25 Old 08-03-2013, 12:30 AM
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I hate it, my horse bolts when he spooks too. I can usually see it coming, but he's caught me off guard a couple times.
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post #25 of 25 Old 08-03-2013, 01:05 AM
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Horses that are reactors like this should not be talked to quietly and petted, this is reinforcing the fact that they are correct in their reactions. They need telling, very firmly that it is wrong to react as they have,

You did we'll to stay on top but try being a lot firmer with her so she knows the spinning and taking off os a definite "NO!"
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