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        03-19-2013, 08:11 PM
      #31
    Yearling
    LOL, my riding buddy loves to scare her horse when he stares at something and is a little edgy... she'll wait until his attention is completely toward the spooky object, then she'll grab his shoulders and shout BOO! LOL.... it's a little mean, but it is hilarious! LOL
         
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        03-20-2013, 04:42 AM
      #32
    Trained
    ^ BAHA I literally just burst out laughing.

    I used to have a pony that was utterly bombproof, I swear you could tie a firecracker to his tail and set it off and he wouldn't flinch. But apparently he wasn't bumproof. He would spook at farts. Didn't matter who did them. He would even freak out over his own farts.

    My gelding is convinced beach balls are terrifying, and hates sheep, even though my next door neighbour has a whole flock. And there's this one place on the trails that he hates, but there's nothing there. He just hates the place. [and it doesn't smell of death, or anything... he'll walk straight past a rotting roo carcass without batting an eye or even screwing up his nose at the stench]

    And my filly... sensitive little flower that one... is terrified of EVERYTHING that rustles or gets in under her feet. But for some reason isn't bothered by motorcycles? I was trail riding her and saw a motorbike coming up the road ahead, so, expecting a huge reaction because of how big she reacts to the little things, I immediately put her into a one rein stop, just in case. She didn't even flinch. I mean ok she stared at it [she turned around before she stopped] but she didn't even tense up her back.

    But the one thing she REALLY hates? People with backpacks on, people on rollerskates, people with padding in different places. I once tried to take off her rug one morning as I was heading out to go rollerblading, and couldn't get near her. Not until I'd taken off the skates, the backpack, and ALL the pads. She's funny XD
         
        03-20-2013, 08:30 AM
      #33
    Trained
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    Originally Posted by Oreos Girl    
    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 thought that Oreo seemed very brave.
         
        03-20-2013, 04:30 PM
      #34
    Weanling
    I try to get a reaction out of Bloo all the time. Any time I see something that we haven't seen before I ride him right over to it and sometimes I'll even cream or yell from his back at the new object. The only time he's ever reacted enough to knock me off balance was a basketball court painted blue. Rather ironic that the only color to startle is the one he's named after. But there were a series of courts painted all different colors and the only one that was convincingly a horse killer was the blue court.
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        03-20-2013, 05:34 PM
      #35
    Weanling
    My mare I had a few years ago that passed away that was nearly bomb proof. She didn't flinch at anything, cars, motorcycles, bikes, semi trucks, concrete trucks, guns, dogs, anything. She was fine. It was funny though because she would speed up when a car went passed her. I think she used it as an excuse to go faster.. lol. She only spooked at something once, and that was a concrete water tile under the road. OH, and cows. Scary things they are.

    Rose hasn't spooked at anything yet. My phone went off in my pocket while riding once and the noise made her raise her head and look around like "Where is that coming from?" but that is about it. There are a few places around the house she doesn't like to go to. Like she will leave the drive way going to the left and ride all way long, but if you try to go to the right when you leave the drive way, she doesn't want to go. And there is a scary barn across the road that she isn't very happy to walk passed, but she does it.
         
        03-20-2013, 05:58 PM
      #36
    Weanling
    Ok for real now, the thing that scares Turly the most are FOALS.

    He is absolutely terrified of babies. I guess he was put in with a mare & foal before I got him and the mare beat the crap out of him for going near the baby.. I thought he would have gotten over it since it was when he was about 7... when he was 15 I was riding at my friends arena, there were 2 foals there and he wanted NOTHING to do with being there, poor guy Now he's 21 and still terrified of them.
         
        03-20-2013, 07:35 PM
      #37
    Foal
    A wood pile & a bicycle.....LOL My new horse spooked at a plastic bag.....horses are sooo funny!
         
        03-20-2013, 07:53 PM
      #38
    Weanling
    I work at a riding stable, and the horse I ride (I also have lessons twice a week, which was how I came to work there) Pepe , is petrified of Gum tree branches breaking or snapping. I will be working him in an arena, and he will literally stop, ears pricked WATCH the tree snap, listen to it, snort, and stand there for about 10 seconds... then flip out (hes jumped and twisted.. bolted, bucked). He's such a goof, I love him.

    His reaction is pretty much "Oooh the trees breaking, wow that was loud..hmmm what to do, what to do... OH $h1t.
         
        03-20-2013, 10:16 PM
      #39
    Yearling
    My gelding is scared to death of moose. He lives with moose... yet he sees on the road and he flips out! He is also scared of his reflection. LOL! I think he is a 'thinking spooker'. Grouse can fly up beside him and he'll flick an ear and maybe flinch, but that one blade of grass moves wrong... we can jump (or slide) 20 feet in the other direction in 1 second! He sucks down shoots sideways. I always laugh that he has his ribs on one side of the road and left his head and tail on the other side. It's actually quite fun when you can stay on, but if I'm a little rusty... well, lets just say I usually end up with a death grip on the horn and my leg a little bruised from banging against the saddle-tree.
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        03-21-2013, 01:08 AM
      #40
    Green Broke
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by GallopingGuitarist    
    My gelding is scared to death of moose. He lives with moose... yet he sees on the road and he flips out! He is also scared of his reflection. LOL! I think he is a 'thinking spooker'. Grouse can fly up beside him and he'll flick an ear and maybe flinch, but that one blade of grass moves wrong... we can jump (or slide) 20 feet in the other direction in 1 second! He sucks down shoots sideways. I always laugh that he has his ribs on one side of the road and left his head and tail on the other side. It's actually quite fun when you can stay on, but if I'm a little rusty... well, lets just say I usually end up with a death grip on the horn and my leg a little bruised from banging against the saddle-tree.
    I am wanting to ride bareback more and this ^^^^^^^^^^^^ is not fun without a saddle,
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