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post #1 of 7 Old 07-08-2018, 10:41 PM Thread Starter
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Weird Thing Happened

Yesterday, at the barn something weird happened. I was alone down at the barn because we had just gotten back from a trail ride and the people I was with decided to go grab lunch at a resturant. So I was alone. We had to keep Justice stalled up by himself during the day because a younger girl was coming later on in the day and I had to teach her to groom and tack up.

Anyways on to the incident. So I was hanging alone by his stall. My phone had died and I was just playing with his face. That probably sounds weird, am I the only one who could stay entertained for hours by just petting my horseys face and playing with his lips? Then I decided to clean out his stall and put in new shavings, because I'm wasteful and I spoil him. So I decided to move him to another stall. I was keeping his halter on because I didn't feel like taking it off every 5 mintues when I needed to do something else with him.

So I didn't bother to put on a lead rope either because it was 5 steps at the most. He has always been a strong walker when being led. We're working on it. But for some reason he did his normal walk fast thing and I let go and quickly walked away and hid behind a post in the aisle way. I have NO idea why I did. But when I tried walking after him to get him a picked up a lead rope, which is also what I use when he won't get out of the barn when I turn him out. So like normal, he trotted away. Not aggresivily. When he saw the gate was still closed he trotted back to the other side of the barn. I put the lead rope down and backed away. I have NO idea why but at the time I was scared of him. He turned around as I backed away. He slowly walked up to me with his ears forward. Once he got to me he lowered his head, like he does when he wants me to rub his head.

I was still scared about him but I petted his head and walked him back to his stall. I didn't end up putting in new shavings. I sat down on my tack box and tried to go over what had just happened.

Its not like me at all to get weirdly scared of him. I felt like my stomach had dropped, like on a roller coaster. and I could feel my heart beating in my chest. Even after he was back in his stall I felt nervous about going up to him. He has never bitten me or even tried to. He has never kicked me or had any incidents with kicking. He has NEVER been aggressive or had problems with anything like that. Has anyone else ever had a weird incident like this? Anyone know what to do in situations like this?
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post #2 of 7 Old 07-08-2018, 11:11 PM
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It sounds like you got scared. But other than trot away, I'm not really reading anything that sounds concerning about what the horse did? Maybe I missed it. It sounds like he tried to trot away, realized the gate was closed, turned back around and then came back up to you? When you were backing away?

That almost sounds like what they call "join up" when round penning. When you back away, it is in invitation for him to come up to you.

Horses are big and it is easy to get intimidated by them just when they do normal things. It sounds like maybe you got a little intimidated by him but it doesn't sound like he did anything to on purpose to intimidate you. Just based on what I read anyway.
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To be honest? No. I've never have an "incident" like this.


There is an active topic (https://www.horseforum.com/horse-riding/fear-fatal-injury-792039/) discussing the fears people have. You are not alone.


I cannot recall a time when I've been scared of horses. I know what horses are capable of. I have been nervous of what they can do, but I also I have respect for what they can do. I've never been seriously injured by a horse. Maybe I've just been lucky? I've been bit, kicked, and fallen off - all my fault, of course.


I am careful of what I do with horses. I don't do stupid things. I, personally, feel like I don't have time, nor can I afford, to worry about the "what ifs."

Horses are extremely perceptive to what we are feeling. The horse always knows. How can we expect our horse to be fearless if we are scared? Note: I am taking about everyday, practical horses - not super old, seen-it, done-it, "bomb-proof" (I don't like that term) beginner lesson horses that'll usually take care of you. Regardless, even those horses can feel when you are scared.


I expect my horse to be paying attention to me and be in the "now." That being said, I must be paying attention to my horse and being in the "now." I cannot have my mind a million miles away worried about all the "what ifs."

"What is I fall of?" Falling off, as they say, is not a matter of "if", it is a matter of "when."

"What if they bite/kick me?" You don't give them a reason to bite/kick. You teach them not to bite or kick.

"What if the horse spooks?" Horses spook - even the old, "bomb-proof" desensitized, seasoned seen-it, done-it horses. Horses are prey, flight animals. It is a natural reaction for them to want to run away. It is not the horse's job to not spook, despite what a lot of people say (I'll get hate for this. LOL). Horses want to live. Horses will literally kill themselves trying to save themselves. It is my job. I must be the leader - no exceptions. I must teach the horse not to spook. I have to convince the horse that I am smarter - that I know what is best. I must tell the horse what is and is not okay/safe. When the do spook, yes, when, I must re-gain control of the situation.



Everything come back to me. I cannot be scared of the horse or myself.
Don't get me wrong, though. I've had doubts and I've been scared, but in these cases, the "fake it until you make it" works.


We can eventually get desensitized.

The odds.
It's funny how you are more likely to get in a car accident than win the lottery, yet people think they'll win the lottery and never get into a car accident.
The chance of dying in a car crash is fairly high, yet most of us are not afraid of driving/riding, in fact - most of us do it almost every day.
You can be "adrenaline-junkies." Live a full, very exciting life and die, old and happy. You can, nowadays, literally never leave your house. You'll live inside, "safe", just to die because lighting struck your house.
There are people who over-eat, smoke, drink their whole lives and have little to no health problems and die at ninety. There are people who eat mega-super healthy, exercise every day and drop dead from a brain aneurysm at the age for twenty-seven.



Be realistic.



Thing happens. We can't control everything. Just as you could fall in the shower and break your neck - a horse could kick your head off your shoulders.



Even it you wear a vest, gloves, helmet, boots, etc.. and bubble wrap a horse, [freak] accidents happen. Both of you can still get hurt - even seriously.



Horses can be dangerous, but not as much as some people think. Now, that doesn't mean I am trying to degrade someone's fear.




We are all going to die eventually.


Horses will be horses. Human will be humans. Everyone gets scared. It is what you do in the face of fear what really matters - not what you are afraid of.
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One more thing. haha Sorry. I'm having problems.


Most horse accidents are preventable.
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post #5 of 7 Old 07-12-2018, 09:42 PM
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Maybe it was just because you were all alone in the barn? Have you ever been all alone before? It’s definately different. No one there to help if an accident happens.
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I'm assuming when you say fast walker it means he is on top of you and trying to move past you while you lead him?

I can admit to having moments where I got scared working with a horse on the ground. Riley was a BIG baby and quite unruley. He used to test me daily and because I did not have a ton of groundwork experience I didn't know how to react to certain situations. I bet I started ten or twenty threads on this forum when he was being a putz.

Getting out of the way wasn't a "dumb" move if you were nervous or scared, letting him go if he was in a safe enclosed property, also wasn't a terrible thing to do. You may want to see if your trainer can give you some ground lessons with him. I know you've done some with Emily but she looks like a pretty well behaved horse on the ground. Maybe watch a few videos. John and Josh Lyons both have some cool ground work videos and so does Clinton Anderson. They move a little fast so it takes me a while to figure out some of the things they are showing and while I'm not a drinker of the Parelli kool-aide, he and his wife tend to move a little slower when they play their "games". So if you watch the three, you can glean things off them to try at home. But using your trainer to help you would be idea. I know she's at a different barn so that will be hard until you move him to her place... (Is that what you decided?)

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post #7 of 7 Old 07-13-2018, 03:48 PM
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Hmm, maybe because you were all alone? Not sure, I haven't had an incident like this but at least you were not hurt. :)

Hopefully it was just a one time thing & it won't happen again.

Ride more, worry less.
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