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    07-08-2008, 12:02 AM
Ming spooked at a pheasant hen that flew out of the tall weeds, right next to us. I have to tell you I spooked, too! She doesn't like mud, but will go through it - with her nose to the ground, checking out every step.
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    07-08-2008, 03:31 AM
What about those dangerous monster things that only horses can see? There seems to be a lot of them around here... according to my mare anyway! It must have been a good year for them this year lol
    07-08-2008, 09:28 AM
Toby's arch nemisis is a fat momma cow. But that's completely my fault. When I was breaking him, the neighbors offered to help gather some cattle to work my colt on a little. Wellllll, they failed to mention they had just calved...
Long story short, we got charged and Toby had NO QUALMS about leaving town if a big cow approached him to keep him away from her baby. :roll: He's normally quite lazy and his biggest spook will be to stop and twitch in place. He hasn't tried to run away from a cow in a couple of years, as he's in field next to a bunch of them now, but he doesn't TRUST them.

I used to have one that would crawl inside out of his skin over a plastic bag. And he like to buck when he spooked. He would do a 180 rollback, run and buck. (back when I was a teenager) .
    07-08-2008, 10:36 PM
I think you're right about the dangerous monsters that lurk in the tall weeds and bushes. You never know when they'll attack, although I've never actually been attacked. But you can't be too carefull!
    07-13-2008, 03:27 PM
The last horse I took regularly on trails was my big TB gelding. We would go for gallops in a big pasture next to my house. The one thing that was quite a bit issue for him was birds. As we would go on our trail every other ride we would end up running into these huge flocks of tiny little birds that would be on the ground then suddenly all fly away. You could not see them and it would really scare him.

Always fun trying to handle him while he spooked.
    07-13-2008, 07:45 PM
Ive never been on a trail. I just ride around my yard, and in open feilds around us. And I can't wait to do it again after practice in the round pen. Other wise my mare isnt afraid of anything. She is fine with cars coming by (live next to a road) tractors, motorcylcles, bikes, other people, dogs, and all that. She loves fireworks. Yep im pretty lucky lol! The only thing she don't like is ropes. Well when they are waved in her face on accident, she just keeps moving her head around till it is gone. She is an very good girl!
    07-13-2008, 08:14 PM
My three year old isn't scared of anything except big rocks, like boulders... :roll:
    07-13-2008, 09:29 PM
Haha my horse is scared of bulldozers!
    07-13-2008, 11:42 PM
I found out yesterday, that she doesn't like mail boxes. We'll work on that. It was really windy, though. That's probably part of the trouble. 3 dogs ran out at us, and she didn't even bat an eye. Good girl!

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