I had the opportunity today to desensitize my horse to gunfire while on a trail. A man who works at the farm and his daughter, sons, and their little friends were shooting rifles and shotguns. :) My boy didn't like it, but he did not charge or try to bolt. Just a lot of side stepping and spooky faces. When I am old enough, I want to get a handgun to carry along with my regular knife on trails. Yes, awareness is vital to survival, and if I can get away from a bad situation before it happens, I will. But when push comes to shove, I want to be packing, just in case.
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EDIT: I was about ten to twenty feet behind the little shooters, and everyone was keeping a close eye on me in case it got ugly, so that they could tell the boys to stop. The three dogs with me all ran back to the farm, but Winny pushed through it and I am very proud of him.