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Liver 07-22-2013 03:17 PM

Hilarious end to a Lesson - Shadows are Scary
So today me and my mom took our horses and went out to a nearby EQ center for our lesson with our trainer. It went really well, and was a Dressage-centered lesson where we practiced our tests in the indoor and also let the horses have a different bit of scenery. Caspian was really good, a bit freaked out but nothing too major. He's rather skittish at new settings, but yet also wants to puff out his chest and look manly, which ends up in him being this silly hodgepodge of lion and chicken. But he was and is very good, even if he was a little concerned he still listened very good.

So we did our patterns, got him nice and worked out and schooled, and then began to exit the arena. Just as Caspian gets near the exit, he starts to prance a bit. This arena he'd had a bad experience at the first time, in short, it included him spooking and then a drunkard yelling "GET HIM OUT" around 50 times and causing the poor little guy to nearly have a heart attack. We went back a week or two later to school without drunk idiots, and he did a Lipizzaner style jump out of the indoor. First, I thought it was because he was scared that scary yelling man would poof into existence and start being all monsterish again(which probably is part of it, that guy scared me too). But now, I think I've got it figured out. Because this time, he started to spook as soon as.. he saw his shadow.

I kid you not. As soon as his ears and head poked out in that shadowy form on the ground, he started to prance. And then he did a little tap dance when he was about three quarters outside, but chilled out when his barn mate walked by without a care. No Lipizzaner style jumps this time.

TL;DR, my horse is scared of his shadow.

Here's a picture of the silly guy in question. Lovely horse, a bit of a head case now and then, but he sure gave my trainer a pretty awesome laugh today. I would have laughed too if I had not been focused on trying to keep his hooves on the ground. I don't think I'm quite ready for airs off the ground yet, even if he thinks he is.

CJ82Sky 07-23-2013 12:01 AM

haha i can relate! i had knee reconstruction in feb, and my first official ride back (i was on a horse 3 weeks post op) in june i was on my mare. i took her on a hunter pace and she was as solid as ever. a little high strung to start, but she is always high strung so that didn't bother me. we even trotted and cleared the 3'3" large coop with ease. then we got to a field. oh, about 30 minutes and 10 fields into the hunter pace....

cantering alone la dee dah dee OMG SPOOK LEVITATE ABOUT FACE! yeah i came off, laughing, with my knee/leg in the air so as not to land on it haha. she stood there and looked at me and blinked, embarrassed... like whoopsie. sorry mom! the best part? she spooked at nothing. no shadows, no birds, no wildlife, no one else in the field, no breeze, no noise, no NOTHING. just whee! levitate! lol

ahh horses and the things they do!

existentialpony 07-23-2013 12:59 AM

Your horse is so handsome!! *drool*

Today we were cantering in the arena when some kind of beetle flew past us. Mid-stride, my horse leaped into the air and kicked out at it... before cantering on without missing a darn beat. :shock: I'm glad I was sitting deep! :lol:

Liver 07-23-2013 01:29 PM

Bahaha, they are indeed quite silly! This guy once got so sick of the horse flies that he just decided that he would run away from them. Only one problem, we were in a state forest, and I was on him. It originally was a harmless trot/canter, as we normally do when he is getting bitten to shake them off, but this time he took me too seriously and decided it was time for a good gallop. He stopped, though, once I resorted to bribing him with a cookie. Cookies are magic, and apparently function as emergency brakes.

And then, my first and only true fall off him, he refused a fence out of nowhere and I flew past his head. (This was a long, long time ago when I was less experienced.) He was not really apologetic about it, though, more terrified that I flew past his head that fast.

And thanks! He was a rescueish horse that we got from a friend, no known breed, virtually untouched until he was 9, but I can't say I'm not surprised that he turned out this pretty and nice a horse once he was put into training. (:

rideverystride 07-23-2013 04:40 PM

What a silly boy ;P. He is incredibly gorgeous though.

EdmontonHorseGal 07-23-2013 09:25 PM

he is beautiful :)

this reminds me of my ejection moment not long ago........ my lease horse executing an absolutely perfect sidepass to the right without me....... and why i now will ALWAYS check for longe whips being left laying around the arena before i ride! lol

horseperson4 07-23-2013 10:36 PM

What a gorgeous boy! My mare is absolutely terrified of plastic chairs and puddles... the other day we were trotting around the ring when she stopped all the sudden and started to huff and puff at... a few tall weeds! OMG she is quite a goof :P

waresbear 07-24-2013 01:29 AM

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There's drunks hanging around lesson barns now? Crazy! Anyways, Caspian is a handsome devil.

JulieG 07-24-2013 02:28 AM

I was riding my lease horse once near the "scary" part of the BOs property (where the coyote's hang out) when the sprinklers kicked on.

I managed to stay on, but man, she did a spin and bolted like I have never experienced before.

boots 07-24-2013 09:03 AM

That's pretty funny!

A few of us brought some ranch horses to try on the polo field. No great expectations, we just need more school mounts and low goal ponies. Polo fields have grass cut at 3/4" high. That's it. Every ranch horse spooked at shadows. They had never been in a situation where they could see them moving before. Shadows had always been broken up by sage brush and bunch grass. It was a lively first couple of evenings.

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