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        05-14-2013, 12:40 AM
      #11
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    Chessie, here's something for you to ponder..."Don't tell me worrying doesn't do any good. Everything I worry about never happens."

    This works! Take it from a paranoid worrywart.

    Go buy a healthy supply of Deep Woods Off. I use it on myself and on the head, ears and neck of my horse. I don't like ticks either, nasty little bloodsucking monsters.

    Oh, and don't spend so much time worrying or being afraid that you don't enjoy your time with horses.

    What am I afraid of? I don't like to fly (but do), I won't take a cruise (I've seen the Posidon Adventure), and Bigfoot. : ) I also don't like trails with a steep drop of to the center of the earth on one side.
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        05-14-2013, 12:52 AM
      #12
    Weanling
    I was afraid of my skill level being too low when I first purchased my Paint horse, Hawk. I hadn't owned a horse or rode for over 20 years. Hawk, had a slight bit of training on him just to sell him quickly. I wasn't aware how green he really was at first. He was ridden western by the seller and he still neck reins really well by the way. He was super alert, fast moving and spooky at first but now those behaviours are better controlled. I feel a lot more confident with myself now as I've had a couple of trainers help me and Hawk. The only reasons why I think I kept him was because of his sweet personality and my own stubbornness or stupidity. I'm very proud of how far we've come in the last five years.

    By the way, I don't like snakes and large spiders. Snakes just move too fast and scare the heck out of me. It's the same for me with large spiders, they just surprise me when they're so big. I once uncovered a nest of snakes when I was landscaping at home. They all hissed as I uncovered the rock they were nesting under. It flipped me out! I'd love to get rid of these little phobias!
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        05-14-2013, 01:03 AM
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    I love spiders (they eat bugs). I love snakes (they eat mice).

    I'm scare a possum will infect my horses with EPM. I'm scared that I will injure my horses when riding, or trailering.

    Oh, and I've spent my entire life with them, so I can tell you from experience, not all fears go away.

    ETA: Armadillos. I HATE them. They're nasty little things that carry leprosy. Ick.
         
        05-14-2013, 01:12 AM
      #14
    Weanling
    The ticks bring me to my larger issue. I'm afraid of blood.

    Luckily I know that I'm not the faint at the sight of it, type. I'm the I must fix this as fast as possible so it isn't bleeding any more, type. But once I'm done dealing with a bad wound, I feel shaky and over emotional for a day or two. I'm worried about fixing up wounds because of that, even though I've proven pretty capable of dealing with some bad human ones.
         
        05-14-2013, 01:32 AM
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    My sister is fascinated by gory wounds in humans, and she can doctor cattle all day long. When it comes to horses... Let's just say that she can't even give them a vaccination shot.
         
        05-14-2013, 01:47 AM
      #16
    Weanling
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by aforred    
    I love spiders (they eat bugs). I love snakes (they eat mice).
    I love spiders, so long as they aren't black widows or brown recluses. And I love snakes so long as they aren't inclined to pump me full of neuro or hemotoxins. But I grew up in country that was full of all three, so I'm naturally suspicious of the little buggers.

    I know a black widow web by feel. If you break it, it makes this crinkling sound. That's when you know you're in trouble. Shudders.
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        05-14-2013, 01:56 AM
      #17
    Foal
    AVON SKIN SO SOFT! Its a natural wood tick repellent! I don't know how it works but I rub a bit of the oil on my mare when she's got a tick on her that I can't pull off or it would be bad for me to try and use a tweezers (for example her eyes) and its off in an hour! I also use it in a bath when I've been trail riding, one day I came home and there were 3 on me, I nearly had a heart attack!

    My biggest fears:
    #1. Not getting into vet school
    #2. Judgey people (until I say, screw you! It's a free country and I can stand out here in the parking lot all I want desensitizing my horse to pink mounting blocks, umbrellas and shania twain music!!!)
         
        05-14-2013, 01:58 AM
      #18
    Foal
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by Dustbunny    
    Chessie, here's something for you to ponder..."Don't tell me worrying doesn't do any good. Everything I worry about never happens."

    This works! Take it from a paranoid worrywart.

    Go buy a healthy supply of Deep Woods Off. I use it on myself and on the head, ears and neck of my horse. I don't like ticks either, nasty little bloodsucking monsters.

    Oh, and don't spend so much time worrying or being afraid that you don't enjoy your time with horses.

    What am I afraid of? I don't like to fly (but do), I won't take a cruise (I've seen the Posidon Adventure), and Bigfoot. : ) I also don't like trails with a steep drop of to the center of the earth on one side.
    My gramma used to say that!!!
         
        05-14-2013, 01:59 AM
      #19
    Weanling
    You go girl!

    Good luck on getting into vet school. Pay close attention to your math, physics and chemistry.

    Those are often the early "weeder" courses.
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        05-14-2013, 05:30 PM
      #20
    Foal
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by Chessie    
    You go girl!

    Good luck on getting into vet school. Pay close attention to your math, physics and chemistry.

    Those are often the early "weeder" courses.
    Just finished my ochem final! Now I just have to get ready to apply!
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