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post #71 of 86 Old 04-11-2013, 11:38 AM
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Mine aren't GENUINELY scared of much. On an excitable day they jump at absolutely everything just for an excuse to run. The only thing that is consistently an issue is water. There's a section of the road we ride on that goes over a drainage ditch which only SOMETIMES has water in it, and it still took me 2 years to get my mare past it. Ditto with creeks, the poor creature shakes like a leaf!
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post #72 of 86 Old 04-13-2013, 03:41 PM
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haha my horse just won't go past them, she just snorts and backs up!

Also, any type of bag.

Or if we've gone on the same trail two days in a row and something has been moved or removed, she'll stop and attempt to process the information.
The last time when this happened, there was a chair that was moved closer to the path and overturned and she looked at it, and if she could talk, she would've said
"the chair. It's coming to get me!"
and then she bolted. :) gotta love horses
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post #73 of 86 Old 04-13-2013, 04:05 PM
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Me. I don't take that monster out very often.
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post #74 of 86 Old 04-15-2013, 11:54 PM
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We've shared the trails with cyclists, snow mobilers, four wheelers and dirt bikes. None of that is scary. We've encountered a bear, willow just looked at it. Elk again she just watched them. I told her they were like big cows. But we were riding down the driveway one day to go on a trail ride, and the neighbor had moved his garbage can to the side of the road. We about came out of our skin. It was pretty entertaining. Shes fine with them now.
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post #75 of 86 Old 04-16-2013, 12:15 AM
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My horse is terrified of Llamas and sheep. Also afraid of this little white pony down the road that kinda looks like something from star wars so that one I understand.
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post #76 of 86 Old 04-17-2013, 06:16 PM
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The horse I lease is quite bombproof - we've encountered deer, big birds, ATVs, dirt bikes, cars, abandoned RVs in the woods, bridges, water, etc. He was once standing in the barn doorway and a piece of plywood fell from the hay loft and hit him (lightly, but it was still a big surprise and scared me!) - he stepped sideways one step and just stood there.

The one thing that'll cause him to spook a bit is when another horse spooks. He's still very good and doesn't take off, but he will either freeze or sidestep for one or two steps. Last weekend another horse in front of us spooked at some deer (taking off into the woods thankfully not far) and he sidestepped two steps and froze. He also didn't like the look of an overturned boat we ran across in the woods once. After we walked progressively nearer and nearer to it a a few times he got over the fear. It's wonderful to have such a brave horse for trail riding.
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post #77 of 86 Old 04-17-2013, 06:21 PM
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The extra wide white lines on the side of the road, puddles, and cross country jumps.

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post #78 of 86 Old 04-20-2013, 04:41 PM
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She'll spook when another horse does, otherwise the scariest thing for her is small children doing the whole *PONY! WE LOVE PONY!* thing.
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post #79 of 86 Old 04-20-2013, 04:48 PM
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Puddles and cracks in the asphalt. The horse that I always ride up to flag pole on Fridays at camp is the most bomb proof thing ever. Had a child on him throw a hissy fit and was screaming at the top of her lungs and being an all round pain and he stood there with his head lowered and ears droopy. We also have a carnival day at this cam and they set up all sorts of fun blow up things in the field with is right next to the arena. Again he just plods around like nothing is new. But on the trip to the flag pole on Friday if we run across a puddle or a small hairline crack in the asphalt he becomes a looky mess and will not, I repeat WILL NOT cross the crack in the asphalt!!! It will suck him into the depths of the earth and he will never get to hangout with screaming children and blowup bouncy houses ever again!!!!
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post #80 of 86 Old 04-20-2013, 07:15 PM
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We can add a new one for Quillay - that red and white plastic tape they use to fence off building sites or bits of road-construction. Does not like that at all, althogh to be fair she doesnīt spook, just walks around it in an exaggerated sideways manner with her head turned towards it at all times.

Oh, and they all spooked at a digger the other day. They normally donīt, but this one decided to drop a tonne of earth just as we were passing (cheers for that) and we both found ourselves a couple of metres further to the right

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