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post #21 of 61 Old 09-20-2011, 12:43 PM
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I've been known to line up brushes on my horse's back, drape a rub rag over his ears and offer him a curry comb to "hold" while I groom him. Probably not the safest thing for me... as I've been beaned in the face by a flying curry comb after he flings it at me...

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post #22 of 61 Old 09-20-2011, 04:09 PM
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I don't see the point in it. I desensitize my horses in other ways that aren't *quite* so dangerous
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post #23 of 61 Old 09-20-2011, 04:19 PM
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When I went to look at the horse I bought over the weekend, the guy selling her did that while saddling her to show how not spooky she was. Except he got under there and bumped up againsy her belly a few times. It's not something I can ever see myself doing, but I was slightly impressed.
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post #24 of 61 Old 09-20-2011, 04:25 PM
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I have done it and I don't really find it all that impressive.

Walking under a horse is no measure of a horse's sanity or training. I'm far more concerned with whether or not a horse can trail ride alone, handle scary objects, and work correctly than I am with whether it will tolerate me sitting underneath it.

And I can guarantee that even the owners of the sane, deadbroke bombproof horses wouldn't be sitting underneath the horse when the horse is in a fit. Walking underneath it means that you happened to get the horse at a time when it was calm enough to handle it.

Horses tolerate chickens, turkeys, cats and dogs walking underneath them-why wouldn't they tolerate us?
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post #25 of 61 Old 04-19-2013, 04:28 AM
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One day I was locked out of the house during a thunderstrom wearing nothing but a thin school bouse and shorts. Shaking and practically numb, I climbed under my pony and sat snuggling againest her legs, her belly protecting me from the rain for over two hours until my parents got home and the key was found. Probably saved me a hospitable visit.

Very good I think, for a spooky Arab, at liberty in a storm.

I have never tried it since.
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post #26 of 61 Old 04-19-2013, 05:06 AM
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I've done it with my horse, keeping in mind all the precautions, of course. There's not much sense in it, but I wanted him to be ok with it just in case. And, being the sensible, calm self he is, he's ok with all my antics. :)

I have come a long way, to surrender my shadow to the shadow of my horse.
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post #27 of 61 Old 04-19-2013, 03:11 PM
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In all my years with horses, 99% of injuries are from folks doing things they knew weren't safe. Save yourself a trip to the emergency room and never let safety not be your #1 priority.
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post #28 of 61 Old 04-19-2013, 03:23 PM
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When I was in middle school and was in lessons three times a week sometimes I would be running late and would slip under my horse's belly to get from one hoof to another and then back again. I knew him very well and never stayed under for more then a second and never would have thought about chilling out under his belly. Looking back I know it probably wasn't the smarted thing to do but hey I am a little bit older and wiser and it isn't something I would do now unless it is to just reach under to do something or toss little things across the isle.

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post #29 of 61 Old 04-19-2013, 09:27 PM
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I have never gone under my three year old, but I regularly rub his belly and underside with my whole arm as part of our routine (same with rubbing ears/over eyes and such). I also rub the insides of his legs/thighs. I thank that for him being as easy going during sheath cleaning as he is.

I really don't think he'd do anything if I crawled under him real quick, but I am not about to find out whether I am wrong or right.

That being said, I did it a time or two with my 24 year old mare. Had to get to the other side of her and didn't want her to move. Not a regular thing at all.

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post #30 of 61 Old 04-19-2013, 10:06 PM
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I have seen it done as a sale yard gimmick, not something I would do myself just for kicks.
But I had an incident where I did have to do it.
I had a colt in to ride he was in a pen next to a gelding I had(who was a bit of a bronc), in the middle of night I hear a bunch a clanging and racket. I got dressed and went down to the horses to find the colt out in the pasture and my gelding wearing the panel walk through gate as a lovely ankle bracelet. He was hobble broke so he stood still while I went up to the shop to get a hacksaw. I had to get underneath and hold the flashlight in my teeth in order to cut the gate off of his leg. Have to admit to that being a little nerve racking.

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