Ah...yes...I DO want a reaction from the horse when I shake the bottle. I've used this idea with three different horses...my old stand by at home....she pricked her ears up and then was like....OK, it's nothing.
Second horse, pricked up his ears, snorted, but quickly settled down.
Third horse...told to be "NO HOLES found in this one!" Spooked, backed up and shied away. This told me he was possibly greener than the seller was admitting....and I found out this to be true in the end of initial evaluation.
For what I want and need, I need a horse who will look at something new, but will quickly settle themselves. I have no desire for a horse who will spook at something small like my rattling bottle.
I put my horses to the test when they live with me....I live in the country, and we experience a TON of various stimuli in our environmnet....for example, .today we experienced Amish buggies (very loud and rattle), traffic, gobbling turkeys, loose chickens, pigs racing to the fence to check out who we were, and various farming implements ....this was all within a half mile of where I keep my horse. My horse I was riding just looked and kept on going.....
. She had NEVER been on this road before, and therefore had never experienced these situatiations with me.
This next horse I buy needs to be capable of dealing with all these different things.....that is why I am asking for HELPFUL and unique ideas to test for telling reactions!
I always take a second person with me, for various reasons......even if they don't see things I don't..they can read the seller while I am busy reading the horse.Or......better yet......I have someone to talk out my thoughts, which is really important to me and how I make final decisions.