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post #11 of 61 Old 09-19-2011, 10:55 PM
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I've done it with my mare while she's on the cross-ties and I'm applying hoof dressing. Instead of walking around, I'll walk under her real quick to get to her other two feet. I would never do it while she was out in her paddock though.


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post #12 of 61 Old 09-19-2011, 11:23 PM
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I've done it to my horses, I don't consider it of that big of a deal tho or proving anything. They're just standing & behavin like they should.
I know that when I was younger, like 6... I "ran away." Well it was to the barn, where I fell asleep crying under my pony leaning against her legs for I guess like 3 hours & she never moved. She was an AMAZING kids pony tho. My dad still wanted to beat me for it tho, bc I could have gotten hurt "just sleeping there".

However, I do know now, that while I don't really do it just to do it, I have walked under my bigger horses just when it's easier. & one had a bad scrape under her belly where I use to be under there leaning pretty far to change dressing & clean & such. Thank god she was good about it haha.
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I do it alot actually lol. I don't do it to really prove anything just to get my horses to trust me anywhere around their body. And when im puttin hoof dressing on, or for horse shows- hoof polish, I squat under them while I paint. I trust almost all of my horses to do that but one or two

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post #14 of 61 Old 09-20-2011, 10:07 AM
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I would personally never sit under a horse, like others have said, this is rather dangerous. However, I think a quick 'from one side to the other' thing is alright. I've done it with my horse, and he couldn't have cared less.

When I was talking with a trainer / breeder friend of mine a while back, she told me that she did anything she could imagine a kid doing. ( as she primarily marketed her horses to beginners / kids). If you think about it, kids are a perfect height to just walk under, so it makes sense to desensitize a horse to that.

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post #15 of 61 Old 09-20-2011, 10:20 AM
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When I was talking with a trainer / breeder friend of mine a while back, she told me that she did anything she could imagine a kid doing. ( as she primarily marketed her horses to beginners / kids). If you think about it, kids are a perfect height to just walk under, so it makes sense to desensitize a horse to that.
Kids are the reason why I do it every now and then. A lady had stopped out at our farm one day to talk for a minutes and somehow in that time her son had climbed out of the car and into the pen with the horses. We had just turned to see him in there and going to get him when he walked right underneath one of the horses. Nearly had a heart attack, but thankfully the horse just turned and looked at him with the most baffled look ever. And he was a far cry from being a kids horse.
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Nearly had a heart attack, but thankfully the horse just turned and looked at him with the most baffled look ever. And he was a far cry from being a kids horse.
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post #17 of 61 Old 09-20-2011, 10:38 AM
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I've been under a horse before, but it was an accident. I was being silly and running backwards with Savanna (so I could watch her), and she was tolerating me as usual, trotting behind (in front of?) me. I fell backwards onto the grass and she ran over top of me, but she didn't step on me - she straddled me for a second and then leapt to the side. That's the first time I've ever seen a horse's belly button. :)


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post #18 of 61 Old 09-20-2011, 10:49 AM
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Bad examples of horsemanship are everywhere and I am sorry for that.
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Walking under their belly is something I just can't bring myself to do. No matter how calm the horse is, I just don't feel secure doing it. I'll duck under a horse's neck or walk behind it without touching it... but I just can't crawl under their belly.
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post #20 of 61 Old 09-20-2011, 11:59 AM
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My guys are about as quiet as they come, both have been in my barn for years now, and I know them backwards and forwards. Slipping under their bellies is just something that I don't do with any horse. Too much risk for no real reason that I can see.

I do pass things under them, gently toss things like brushes from one side of the barn aisle to the other underneath them, and generally desensitize them to items large and small moving under them ribs. I don't doubt in the least that I could go under their bellies without them freaking out. It's the unknown "what if something else spooks them while I'm in a very vulnerable position" that prevents me from doing it myself. Again, too much risk for no real reason.

Besides, I do plenty of other dangerous stuff around my own guys that I probably should get in the habit of not doing - ducking under their necks while tied, for example... probably just as bad, lol. Although, I become the poster-child of good habits when I'm around strange horses...
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