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    03-18-2013, 02:26 PM
My horse has seen it all - we've had to pass close by (and behind) all kinds of vehicles and farm machinery and he never blinks. We've had ATVs and dirtbikes go by while we're on the trail, we've seen hikers and cyclists and loose dogs and peacocks and geese, various wildlife. . .he doesn't care.

The biggest reaction I ever got out of him was one Halloween, when I was out riding while the nearby park did a special trick-or-treat event in the campground. We were crossing a road and a tiny little girl, no more than two or three years old, was waddling around dressed as a pink Care Bear.

My horse came unglued. . .prancing and snorting and staring like "WHAT is THAT??" It was several years ago, though, and I think he has managed to get over his Care Bear phobia.

The other thing I discovered he doesn't like is trail wagons pulled by a team of mules or horses. We ran into a whole freakin' caravan of them at Land Between the Lakes in KY and my horse was not amused. I don't think the wagons or teams bothered him, because he saw them around the campground and seemed unphased. I think he was more bothered by the fact that we got stuck in amongst the caravan and could not get around them, and had to keep stopping to wait while the wagons went down steeper sections of the trail.

Finally, the trail broke off into a smaller side-path and we took that to get around them. To this day, though, my SO and riding buddies joke that there is a wagon-sized hole in my horse's training.
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    03-18-2013, 05:29 PM
I could make a long list which is weird that we do ACTHA and he does well. When I was riding with Celeste, he didn't like the rocks on the side of the road. I have seen him look oddly at tree trunks laying on their side but not near trees that he doesn't like. But chairs on the trail that had most horses side step, he walked on by. He doesn't like motorcycles though in all fairness, it startled me too because they came up so fast. Just recently, he doesn't like things in the distance like cars or tractors but can be right beside them. Oh we discovered a new one this month, trains.
    03-18-2013, 06:03 PM
With Cody it is the excersize Ball .. you would think it is a horse eating monster!. If I am on him it takes all I have to get him to go close and on the ground he will do his ****dist to hide behind me.. he is so silly.
    03-18-2013, 11:45 PM
My gelding freaked out over crossing rail road ties. A group of us just got back from a trail ride, were we crossed logs went through water exctra... When we got back to the ladys house she had set up a little trail class that we could participate in if we wanted. I figured might as well. Aced it all but the one thing he had been doing all day, crossing wood. As soon as we came up to the rail road tie, he had never seen such long scarey peices of wood?? Huu well he now is good with the rail road ties( small logs lol)
    03-19-2013, 12:54 AM
Green Broke
The Care Bear spook is too funny. You would like to know what is going on in their brain when they see something that scares them.

Biscuit will look hardest at ...wait for it....wait for it......logs/wood on the ground. Like that isn't everywhere. Mostly he just goes along until a weird looking log comes along and he is certain it is an alligator waiting to rip his leg off. For the most part Biscuit is pretty bomb proof.

He is afraid of getting hurt by humans though. He was really roughly treated by a trainer. I went out to get the horses this past Friday. I am now walking with a cane and they had never really seen it. Biscuit went to the other side of the pasture when I drove up with the trailer. I walked out in the pasture and even Sarge was sucking back from me ... looking at the cane like it was a snake. I put it down and walked up to him with no problem then. I let him smell the cane and he was ok with it,. Biscuit was having none of it. He kept running from me even though I had again put it down. I finally had to walk Sarge up to the trailer and come back for Biscuit. I put the cane down again and talked softly to him and finally he let me get close with a handful of clover but took off when I tried to put his lead rope around his neck. Again I tried with the clover and he smelled my hands and looked at me like "you look like her...smell like her...but she normally isn't carrying a big stick!"

I let him smell it and he decided I wasn't going to swat him with it and he was ok then. Ugh. It took me 40 minutes to catch him when normally I just walk up to him.
    03-19-2013, 05:21 AM
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Snickers is generally bombproof, but apparently moose and birds taking sudden flight eat horses and are basically out there to get him. Apart from that, we can go over, under and through anything and, luckily for me, his spooks are mostly just freezing in place - I've experienced only a couple of times with him spooking wildly at something, but he always comes quickly to his senses.
    03-19-2013, 04:24 PM
Green Broke
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    03-19-2013, 06:07 PM
My old lady, Lizzie, is awesome on trails. We've encountered ATV's, people clearing trails with chainsaws, dirtbikes, regular bikes, rivers, bridges and assorted wildlife! Liz is great with most of it, but she hates foxes. She's completely fine with deer, turkeys bursting out of the bushes and doesn't even spook at coyotes. But should a fox cross our path, she's a frozen, shaking mess!
    03-19-2013, 06:09 PM
*spray spray*

Me - Golley, it's a spray bottle....It's not going to kill you.

*spray spray*
Brisco - zzzz..........huh? Who was that? ....zzzzzzzzzzzzz

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    03-19-2013, 06:15 PM
This describes Turly when it's windy out......


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