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post #3301 of 3483 Old 03-02-2020, 09:08 AM
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I just can hardly wait until you've had Hero long enough to write a book about him. I really enjoy reading your posts and thoughts about working with horses.
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^^^^Aw, thanks!!
Not sure if I'll ever get the "better" of Hero, ha ha. He hates head lamp lights, and so I have been tolerating some general grumpiness about it when I approach. Tonight, however, he swung his hind end around, and then he humped his butt up along with a hoof like "I could kick you."

I discovered something useful, which is that a body brush with a wooden base can be thrown effectively toward an offending rump, and be taken as a reprimand for kicking/threatening without having to approach said rump that could kick the snot out of you. The ability to throw gives us a level up from those creatures without hands...something Hero then had to take into consideration.
It did take two throws of the brush before Hero assumed a more appropriate posture and let me walk around with the light without protesting.
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post #3303 of 3483 Old 03-03-2020, 07:16 AM
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Are you still using the red lamp?
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post #3304 of 3483 Old 03-03-2020, 09:01 AM Thread Starter
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Are you still using the red lamp?
I couldn't see very well with it. :(
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I know. But my little house has 3.5 Watt led bulbs in all the lamps. My eyes are very light sensitive. I'm half blind outside without a full brimmed hat. Light is very uncomfortable to my eyes. I keep the house at the level of candles.


Maybe more red light so you can see with it? They make red led lamp bulbs also. I use green for my outside lights.


Red lamps are used (or were) on ships for going outside and inside during the dark for better visibility when no lights were allowed outside.


It's all for the horse?


Edit: I have complained strongly to people looking at me with headlamps on. Never have threatened kicking but the thought may have crossed my mind a time or two.
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post #3306 of 3483 Old 03-03-2020, 08:05 PM
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Wanted to share another thought. Maybe Hero was attempting to place his blind spot between the light and his eyes like someone putting their hand up to shade their eyes?
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I wonder if a green light would help you see better but be less worrisome to Hero? Green supposedly preserves night vision as well.

Regardless, threatening to kick is not ok whatever color light you happen to have!
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I really like my outside green lights. It does seem that I can see well without being blinded by the light. I do like them much better than red. Didn't know they preserved night vision but it does seem so. Hopefully Hero was just making awkward moves in trying to position his blind spot.
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That's an interesting thought about the blind spot.

Probably, I do a lot of ducking when other people shine their lights in my eyes. I don't hit them for doing it though, ha ha. Trying to be sympathetic to my horse but also sometimes I have to put a blanket on or clean out hooves in a hurry on my way to work, so need the light.

That being said, the time change here is coming in several days, and after that I shouldn't have to worry about it being dark on my way to work when I stop at the barn. It's quite possible Hero will be in another barn next winter as well, if we move somewhere, and probably it might be somewhere with overhead lighting, so my poor horse won't have to deal with the head lamps anymore.
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Another suggestions even. I have a 3 watt led lithium ion rechargeable spot light from Harbor Freight-$14. It lasts a really long time and recharges quickly.



I have set it up on something in my outdoor canopy/shed with the beam shining on the ceiling. There is ample light reflecting off the ceiling to allow me to see very well. And it's soft light being reflected.


This winter when the electricity was off for an extended time it was used as a house lamp. Worked very well.


If it does work out that you don't have barn lighting in the future, might think about trying that. When actually working on a hoof or whatnot, the head lamp could be turned on just for those things and then turned off.


Hero would then be licking your face rather than turning his bum toward you. I'm visualizing a cartoon about that.


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