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post #1 of 7 Old 08-20-2010, 09:46 PM Thread Starter
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Afraid of driving carts?

How come so many horses who haven't seen a driving cart flip out when they see one? I understand the fact that new things are scary, but what is it about carts that makes every new horse so nervous and scared?
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post #2 of 7 Old 08-22-2010, 03:53 AM
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I have stopped trying to figure out why my horse gets scared of the things he does. I can never figure it out. Lots of times he will be terrified of things that I expect him to ignore and totally confident around things that I think will be scary to him. Yesterday, we introduced my horse to the new baby goat at our barn. His eyes got all big and buggy and he started snorting and blowing like we were introducing him to a tiger . Did I mention that this was a BABY pygmy goat. If you can ever make since of it, let me in on the secret.
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post #3 of 7 Old 08-22-2010, 12:09 PM Thread Starter
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Haha thats soooo funny! I'm gonna try and figure it out!
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post #4 of 7 Old 08-23-2010, 12:04 AM
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I agree, who knows why one thing is so scary and others aren't. Ours have actually done pretty good w/ carts. I was prepared for a big training day w/ Gypsy, but she didn't even bat an eye, my brother in law's gelding was the same way. My project pony Genie wasn't to bothered, although we haven't let her get right up close. Haven't yet tested my sister's gelding or my neighbor's mare, truely no idea how they will react, the mare is a real been there done that type, so hopefully she'll be fine, the gelding is so mellow and laid back I 'think' he'll be ok. My dad's horse, I expect to need some training, but we'll see.

Over all we haven't had to many freak about the cart. But I use to ride on a drill team and I remember once being in a parade w/ just us and the chuck wagon people, several of the drill horses were prancing sideways, snorting and really bothered by having the wagons behind us, my horse was more bothered by a plastic bag that came floating down the road.
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post #5 of 7 Old 08-24-2010, 04:06 PM Thread Starter
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Hahaha that's so funny. I guess we'll never find out!
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post #6 of 7 Old 08-24-2010, 04:15 PM
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I think it has something to do with... "OMG what is that thing chasing that other horse??? RUUUUNNN It's gonna eat us!!!!!"
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post #7 of 7 Old 08-24-2010, 04:17 PM Thread Starter
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Haha you're probably right!
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