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post #1 of 15 Old 07-08-2013, 05:54 AM Thread Starter
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Those weird fears...

My pony is scared of any ground that's a different colour. Shadows, road markings, tyre tracks, anything. Whats the randomest fear your horse has?
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post #2 of 15 Old 07-08-2013, 07:18 AM
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Kangaroos. And since they are wild animals I can't get her close enough to get used to them. I've had her almost two years, been on plenty of trail rides past them(50 or so meters is a close as we can get) and not doubt she'll stop and look at them EVERY time.
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post #3 of 15 Old 07-08-2013, 07:21 AM
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Oops one more, minis. There horse eating.. Horses.
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post #4 of 15 Old 07-08-2013, 08:33 AM
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Paints, yes as in paint horses. The OTTB was so afraid of cows that anything that resembled a cow became an issue.
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post #5 of 15 Old 07-08-2013, 09:16 AM
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Alpacas, drain pipes, vines, mailboxes, puddles and big rocks. Not deathly terrified (apart from the alpacas), but enough to make him stop, stare, and even shy. He does occasionally freak out over different coloured ground though :P

But I once knew a horse who was terrified of its own shadow, and it's own manure...
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post #6 of 15 Old 07-08-2013, 09:25 AM
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My friend once told me she went to a horse camp and if you tied up this one horse to a post, he would fall... But then one day they stopped doing it because the horse fell on someone...
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post #7 of 15 Old 07-08-2013, 09:32 AM
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My boy is generally fearless and bombproof, will go without batting an eyelid by and under heavy machinery, by, over and under anything that floats, bumps, rustles, pops, moves in any way or makes any sound...except for wild ducks and frogs. They eat 16.2hh, heavy built warmbloods, apparently. Spooks at them every time. just like I twitch and jump a little whenever I hear/see a toast popping out of the toaster.
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post #8 of 15 Old 07-08-2013, 09:51 AM
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Spray bottles.. Golley is afraid it will bite him and stuff.
Hey! Didn't you know that spray bottles eat horses? Duh!!

And one of my favorites for our new horse - crinkly water bottles. Deathly afraid of them.

If you want me to find something Brisco doesn't like, good luck. I haven't found his weak spot yet!! ...Actually I have NEVER found his weak spot in the 10 years we have had them!

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post #9 of 15 Old 07-09-2013, 02:25 AM
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It is so weird that horses are so afraid of alpacas and Llamas! I don't understand that at all....I've heard so many stories about people having great, cool and calm horses that never spook or are afraid of anything, but then when they get around a llama they just flip out completely. I've seen horses do that too personally, my cousins horse does it. It's strange...

One of my friends horses is afraid of every stump or large rock on the trail. She'll side step away from it and puff herself up.

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post #10 of 15 Old 07-09-2013, 04:40 AM
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There is one spot on the property where I ride that she just freaks out over.
They think the coyotes in the area bring their kills to that spot, because even the most bomb proof horses that board there get a little nervous when they pass it.

If we're not in that spot she's fine, but when we're around there anything could be coming to get her. Lizards, leaves. She once lost it when her own colt came walking around the corner!
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