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post #11 of 14 Old 01-29-2019, 06:32 PM
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I once had a little Appaloosa/Arab that a friend gave me because he was the spookiest horse and lost all his riders because he was lightening fast when he spooked.

when I started riding him he was high headed and stiff as could be, after a few months we had made a little progress and I decided to take a lesson with an old instructor from years previous. He watched us go around his paddock spooking at everything and he told me that the horse was disconnected at the wither no follow through at all. We had a lesson and did not make a lot of progress and when it was over and the instructor was walking away he said :if you can just get that horse to bend and follow his nose things will improve: A huge light went on and almost blinded me as I got the message. We worked on this for the week and went back for another lesson, instructor was very pleased with us.


Once we got working together I would take him to a show and put him in 9 classes and we came home with 9 ribbons. He was a fantastic horse, athletic and agile and could do anything I asked him to do. I had a room full of ribbons, trophies and awards that he won for me.
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post #12 of 14 Old 01-31-2019, 04:38 PM
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It took me 50 years to figure this out. You are trundling along and you come across a dark log or parked equipment or unusual shadow, and the horse suddenly jumps up a couple inches, plus/minus a snort. What, what you ask? I didnít see anything! Actually, the horse didnít either - the abrupt maneuver is meant to provoke a response from lurking predators. Which, if anything moves, hold on to your hat!
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post #13 of 14 Old 01-31-2019, 09:48 PM
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It took me 50 years to figure this out. You are trundling along and you come across a dark log or parked equipment or unusual shadow, and the horse suddenly jumps up a couple inches, plus/minus a snort. What, what you ask? I didnít see anything! Actually, the horse didnít either - the abrupt maneuver is meant to provoke a response from lurking predators. Which, if anything moves, hold on to your hat!



REally? horses just randomly jump up or down to see if a predator 'takes the bait" so to speak, and reveals themselves? I've never considered that.


However, I do know that they often jump when they're not sure they actually saw anything. They also startle and jump when they trip, accidently. Something about that provokes a jump. wierd animals.
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post #14 of 14 Old 01-31-2019, 11:01 PM
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However, I do know that they often jump when they're not sure they actually saw anything. They also startle and jump when they trip, accidently. Something about that provokes a jump. wierd animals.
To make sure their legs haven't been grabbed by a scary horse eating monster?
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