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    06-05-2013, 01:15 AM
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Weanling
Despooking on trails

Ok, so, my girlfriend and I both have new horses. We board together and ride together. Both out horses are around 10. Mine has been on lots if trails and hers never has. Hers does great and he is pretty bomb proof, so is mine. I guess not bomb Proof, but they don't bolt or buck. We've gone on about 20 long rides together other than in the outdoor arena, these20 rides are mostly on the roads around our pasture area, the last time we went out there was someone shooting a gun far far in the distance (there is no hunting areas so I'm going to assume it was a cap gun or target practice at a farm yard and we were no where near it), anyway, both our horses spooked, now our spook is a jump and freeze spook. That's about it. My girlfriend was like, oh the gun scared them, maybe we should go the other way. I told her its fine, lets keep going. Out of no where I yelled "BOOM, BOOM, BOOM". Both horses froze and I laughed, I told my girlfriend that if they were scared of the small gun sound then we need make a louder sound to show them its ok. We walked along some more and I did it a couple more times, the horses did nothing these times. About 10 mins in again the gun went off, our horses did nothing. After my girlfriend caught on to me barking the boom sounds I did give her the look before I did it the last couple times so she was aware I was about to do it.

So, what would you of done? Maybe what I did wasn't right, but it worked and it's what I could think of for despooking at the time.
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    06-06-2013, 08:13 PM
  #2
Yearling
Haha...I don't think you did anything wrong.
     
    06-06-2013, 08:57 PM
  #3
Trained
Good training is training that works. Sounds like you did very well.
     
    06-10-2013, 07:55 PM
  #4
Started
Good thinking!
It's like riding along and a small branch might be in the way so you snap it off and the horse jumps. To my way of thinking the best thing is to keep snapping off more so the horse gets used to it.
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    06-13-2013, 08:57 PM
  #5
Weanling
No one likes a nasty spook. I got the downside of one just today. The older I get the harder the ground gets. This was a green broke mare that I have been riding for 30 minutes and not even a start, then wham, a bad spook. One of those rapid sideways moves and off I went before I had a chance to do anything. Lay there in the grass a while, saying "helmet, helmet, why don't you use a helmet, stupid?". So tomorrow, a helmet, a less slick seated saddle and some pants that have some grip. Why don't saddles come with seat belts?
     
    06-18-2013, 09:57 AM
  #6
Foal
I think that you stopped the horse from spooking,so you did a great job:)
     
    06-22-2013, 10:36 PM
  #7
Yearling
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Originally Posted by G8tdh0rse    
No one likes a nasty spook. I got the downside of one just today. The older I get the harder the ground gets. This was a green broke mare that I have been riding for 30 minutes and not even a start, then wham, a bad spook. One of those rapid sideways moves and off I went before I had a chance to do anything. Lay there in the grass a while, saying "helmet, helmet, why don't you use a helmet, stupid?". So tomorrow, a helmet, a less slick seated saddle and some pants that have some grip. Why don't saddles come with seat belts?
I had an identical fall just a couple weeks ago :)

OP: Good Job... creative thinking :)
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    06-27-2013, 01:29 PM
  #8
Foal
Oh, boy!

Hi, there.
I'm glad you found such a simple and effective solution. It just goes to show that in addition to being fairly "bomb proof" your horses are now also "boom-boom" proof!
All joking aside, it just goes to show that you can never be too careful out on the trails. As Lainey says in an article I came across:
"Even the calmest horse can spook at the funny tree stump or the plastic bag. Being a confident rider with a good basic seat and basic skills can help keep you in the saddle when the unexpected happens."
     
    06-27-2013, 02:11 PM
  #9
Showing
Minimon, what worked was that you gave them a distraction. Horses usually settle fairly quickly with repetitive sounds, that of the gun. To help prevent spooking, don't allow the horse time to think about spooking but keep his mind busy on what you are asking so it's a constant serpentines, circles, backing, even partially doing these so you are constantly bending the horse and moving the hind quarters.
     
    06-27-2013, 11:29 PM
  #10
Weanling
Haha. Love it. Boom Boom Proof

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Originally Posted by saddleonline2    
Hi, there.
I'm glad you found such a simple and effective solution. It just goes to show that in addition to being fairly "bomb proof" your horses are now also "boom-boom" proof!
All joking aside, it just goes to show that you can never be too careful out on the trails. As Lainey says in an article I came across:
"Even the calmest horse can spook at the funny tree stump or the plastic bag. Being a confident rider with a good basic seat and basic skills can help keep you in the saddle when the unexpected happens."
     

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