Afraid of Own Shadow??
how do you train a horse to not be scared of his own shadow. my horse is DEATHLY afraid of his own shadow and like if a tree sways in the wind and he sees it in the shadow he freaks out. how to i train him to be okay with his shadow "following" him?
the only suggestions that I have, would be to feed him under scaring moving trees that have shadows, so he can get used to them and know they won't touch him
okay thanks i will try that! :D
Purhaps getting a vet out to check his eyes might be worth concidering. And purhaps his ears/ hearing aswell.
Something has deffiently gone wrong somewere in his life to create such a fear otherwise. Im not sure what else to suggest.....if it isnt a health issue? Maby wearing heaps of black to kinda imitate a shadow :roll: :P
I agree with what people suggested. Make sure your with him though when he feeds so you know what's wrong. Maybe next time he spooks keep a log on what he and you did before and after, that way, you can identify what is making him spook, as I don't think it's just the shadows itsself...
a few post back there was a bombproofing post
Bomb proofing, sacking out or densitizing to many things should help.
I also agree with feeding under tree.
Also you could hang some plastic bags, balloon, tarp and streamer on the fence all that make noise and move around.
All great suggestions. In particular I would rule out the physical first by a good vet exam.
Couple of questions, Has this been going on for as long as you've owned him? Do you know if he was like this with his previous owner? What feed are you giving him, and how much? Is he turned out 24/7 or always stalled or somewhere inbetween? Is he better sometimes or always like that?
Re: Afraid of Own Shadow??
i do not know if he was like this with his previous owner. i got him when he turned 4 and he was just being used as a ranch and roping horse ...so im gonna assume there are lots of shadows on a cattle ranch lol
um i am not sure what type of feed we are feeding..it is a grain corn oats type thing mix....just a genaric brand from the feed store..might be called evergreen?? i dk
and he just gets one scoop of those horse feed scoopers twice a day
he is in the pasture all the time and only comes in in the morning and afternoon to eat and then goes right back out. or if there is a storm with lots of lightning we might bring them in
well i am going to sound like im talking about a mental patient but he has good days and bad. somedays he has really bad behavior and bucks and kicks other days he is an angel....sometimes i bring him out of the pasture and he is spooking at a fan...you never know with him he is very irregular and inconsistent
hope this helps to answer some things
by the way i had a friend i run barrels with tell me to get his eyes checked. i didnt know that they could get problems with their eyes to make them see different!
Re: Afraid of Own Shadow??
i didnt know they could get those problems!
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