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post #11 of 14 Old 11-25-2010, 09:52 AM
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I think that sounds like the right thing to do but I'm not very experienced yet. After reading the first post I'm even more confident that you did the right thing. I should look into this more because being a beginner isn't all that great and you can use some helpful info. If it is the right thing to do then I should do this if Quinn ever freaks out on the trail like this.
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post #12 of 14 Old 11-28-2010, 05:55 PM
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Glad I'm not the only newbie in the world! I took my first solo ride about a month ago. Mr. Big (aka Shandy) doesn't get real excited so I haven't experienced the spin and bolt routine.

He DID, however, once decide that there were Horse Eating Monsters down by the creek on the farm. The Mrs. Was riding him that day and he just didn't want to go down there. I walked down and led him (with her on board) down along the creek. He was still freaked. So we went up to the barn and the Mrs. Tacked up her spooky Arab and rode him down there. He didn't find any Horse Eating Monsters and, after seeing the Arab handle it with no problem, Mr. Big no longer cared, either.

That is the one and only time he's been really spooked by anything. I had a pheasant fly up about 10 feet away from us the other day and he barely flinched. He's a pretty bullet proof horse, most of the time.

But, thanks for the tips on how to handle it if he DOES get spooky on me someday! I'd have had little to no idea what to do . . . But I'm learning!
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post #13 of 14 Old 11-28-2010, 07:29 PM
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Glad I'm not the only newbie in the world! I took my first solo ride about a month ago. Mr. Big (aka Shandy) doesn't get real excited so I haven't experienced the spin and bolt routine.

He DID, however, once decide that there were Horse Eating Monsters down by the creek on the farm. The Mrs. Was riding him that day and he just didn't want to go down there. I walked down and led him (with her on board) down along the creek. He was still freaked. So we went up to the barn and the Mrs. Tacked up her spooky Arab and rode him down there. He didn't find any Horse Eating Monsters and, after seeing the Arab handle it with no problem, Mr. Big no longer cared, either.

That is the one and only time he's been really spooked by anything. I had a pheasant fly up about 10 feet away from us the other day and he barely flinched. He's a pretty bullet proof horse, most of the time.

But, thanks for the tips on how to handle it if he DOES get spooky on me someday! I'd have had little to no idea what to do . . . But I'm learning!
I have read that if you go into places like a creek bed and your horse is just spazing then it's generally a better bet to get off the horse and lead it across places that you could get seriously hurt or worse.... I have also found out that sometimes if you have a couple of horses around a nervous horse the nervous horse will calm down
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post #14 of 14 Old 11-28-2010, 07:50 PM
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We didn't actually go into the creek bed--just rode along it. Because we have a bunch of new shrubs in there for erosion control we have a fence blocking it from the pasture. We stayed on the pasture side. The Mrs. Thinks the problem might have been the tall grass blowing in the wind spooking him. I think he was afraid of Horse Eating Monsters. Who knows?

We went down there a few days later and he was fine. Go figure.
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