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post #1 of 7 Old 06-26-2014, 06:50 PM Thread Starter
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how to handle a spook

hey guys,
so long story short, i drive a miniature horse in his little buggy and he is very spooky. he likes to look at everything and when he wears blinders he gets worked up because he cannot spina round and see whatever, so i am wondering, when he gets spooked and tries to rear/run off, should i ask him to halt and wait for him to calm down or ask him to walk and cool him down a bit.

how do you guys handle spooks?

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post #2 of 7 Old 06-26-2014, 06:56 PM
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When I am driving I ask for whatever it takes to get them to settle. It may be a halt or a walk then halt. Either way we go back and inspect what caused the spook. If I have an issue then I do more ground work and desensitizing as my horses are used in and around the public at times and I would rather not deal with that with passengers or observers.
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I know this doesn't help, but this reminds me of the first time we used blinders on our pony, she freaked out and we didn't use them again.
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Firstly, do you NEED the blinders? Will he pull the cart without them? Some horses are better with blinders, some a worse because they feel the need to actually see and assess the situation themselves before they can feel calm.
All you can do is try and see what works. If it doesn't work or gets worse, then you know to try something else ;)

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No, keep the blinders. It is one of the big rules of driving- not because we just like being sticklers, but because those blinders serve a purpose. Your horse will not cease spooking without them. Chances are it will spook more when it sees the big metal contraption behind it, chasing it.

Miles miles miles for the spooking. The more he sees, the more he will learn and the less he will be apt to spook at silly things. Constantly work on your woah, always keep light contact, and make sure he and you are always paying attention.
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Endiku: if that's the case then why can I ride my mare in major traffic? How come I can side rein/ground drive her anywhere without issues? How come she pulls anything including a plastic sled? With no blinders? EVER!?... Its a matter of teaching a horse not using gimmicks. Blinders serve the purpose of avoiding distractions not to avoid spooking but to avoid having a horse rubber necking at every odd sight (which is every few steps in the city). IMO "being a rule" is not a very good explanation. Maybe I'm misunderstanding you... Can you explain how this is beneficial? I'm not experienced in driving except from the ground so I'm curious.... My instincts tell me its a poor excuse for not training well
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I do 110% agree with your second paragraph though
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