What's the one thing that scares you?
Alright. I know we all have some type of fear.:) ha.. or maybe you dont.. Im talking horse wise. I know I have 2 HUGE fears that I NEED to overcome.
1. Loading multiple horses into a stock trailer- why.. I am claustrophobic and I feel as if the horses are going to squish me and get into a big huge fight and kill me:) haha.. anyone else have this fear? and yes.. I still do it.. but sometimes I rush it.. probably making the horses more nervous then they should..:?
2. If I am in the pasture with say 12 horses surrounding me.why- lol.. again.. I don't like that feeling.. If one of the horses was to kick one horse..and then me be stuck in the middle of it all..
I get fidgty just thinking about those outcomes.. are those wierd things that scare me? for the first one?
I can load one horse perfectly fine.. doesnt freak me out at all.. Unless the horse is freaking out.. then I do.. bad I know..
Do you know anything that I can do to overcome that fear lol? of # 1
I think that #2 will always be a fear.. and more of a precaution as well..
now.. along with advice.. what are your fears that involve horses?
In a herd situation, carry a stick or a line and keep everyone away until they calm themselves down. If there is a game of Herd Heierarchy going on, zip yourself a good distance away. Forget everything you know about "whoever moves first loses". Don't even try to get into that game. If they are being feisty, keep them away. Calmly but firmly. Dont freak out. Just tell them no, send them away, not aggressively, just "Not right now". Even if you went out to pet them, you have to wait until there is order. Knowing your herd helps a great deal. Know who is boss, who is testy, who will come when called, who is going to pick a fight. And know where everyone is. Stay alert.
My outside herd gets very excited when I come in the field. My broodmare leads the charge usually and it is nearly a swarm, everyone wants attention. I don't let them anywhere near me until they go back to grazing and stop obsessing and the energy level drops down to peace.
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No way in Hades will I get on a stock trailer. I teach the horses to load themselves and go in and stand. I NEVER EVER get inside once a horse is in there. I'm claustrophobic too.
In the pasture I always carry a whip of somekind, even if it's only an old branch. That way I can enforce my personal space, which is about 25 feet, and make them all stay at least that far out. Mine also get in trouble and run out if they even give stink eye or caca ears at another horse while I'm out in the pasture. The #1 Rule is: I AM ALPHA, PERIOD. So any infraction on my authority gets punished and sent running.
My fear: Indoor arenas and crowded warm up pens. I'd rather ride down the middle of I-10 in Los Angeles at rush hour than go inside.
DA had the same advice I would. I never go in a trailer with them aside from getting in to close the slant dividers. I toss the rope over, tell them load up and then take off the rope via window and clip the trailer ties. Pasture, carry a whip. Don't give them any choice but to respect your space.
My fears: Ending up under one that flips over (have lost a friend and have another that can't have children from flippers) I did a one off ride awhile back for friends and horse was a known "chronic bucker", they asked me to ride him out, I'm cool with that. I didn't even get my butt in the saddle and he literally launched himself back & over, no warning at all just went. I got my leg pinned but no injuries. Have no desire to deal with that again. Ever.
My second, getting hung up in a stirrup & dragged. I've went 25+ years riding without that experience and I'm good with that.
Breaking my neck. I don't know why, I don't think I'm a terribly fearful rider most of the time (I didn't wear a helmet until this fall - wasn't worried about my noggin, just my neck!).
Also afraid of the flippers - I've never had a horse that rears, or sat through a rear and I hope that streak continues. That's a perfectly logical fear in my mind, though!
how could I teach my horse to load in a stock trailer like you all are saying?
I start out with basic sending exercises for loading. My youngsters start out learning to move away from me with a wiggle of the rope and point of my finger in the direction I want them to go with my other arm and a stick for extension as the driving force at the hip, then they are sent into a stall, between temp dividers in the arena and a wooden platform (trail class bridge) to step up onto, I use barrels for one side and the arena wall as the other with an added smooch & a "load up" verbal command.
I am with MHFoundation; horse flipping or tripping over. and being dragged. For me, it's more of the horse tripping when galloping along and going arse over teakettle, with me underneath.
I understand your anxiety about the herd situation. you are right to be uber aware when out and amoung a group of horses in a pasture.
Yea.. When I take a horse out of my bosses pen there is another pen I have to take the horses threw.. Oh god.. I about wet myself everytime.. because the horses in the other pen want to come over and see the horse..:/ lol
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