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post #41 of 54 Old 09-08-2018, 02:01 PM
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Originally Posted by trailhorserider View Post
I handed my friend a plastic bag on horseback once. I don't remember what it was, or why I was handing it to her, but I remember her horse's reaction, it took off sideways for about 30 feet! I guess my horse was used to me doing dumb stuff like that, but hers wasn't. I try to get all my horses used to slickers and stuff. Some horses you don't even have to hold the reins, others act like they might get antsy even though you "know" they should be able to do it. Some horses seem like they are just one quick movement away from loosing their cool.

So anyway, don't hand your friend a plastic bag unless her horse is bag-broke.

Heck, some horses even need to get used to the sound of velcro. And some nylon jackets make horse-eating noises too.
I have that horse. Anything new can set her off. Heck if something used to be beside the riding ring, and was moved, it can set her off. Bags, jump standards, velcro, opening a pop can, a bird squawking, the sight of a haybale I threw in a field, the sound of a metal tape measure being shaken (just found out about that one a few weeks ago), the sound of thunder, name it. Suprisingly, some things don't bother her that much. I can carry a little folding stool with me so I can mount from the ground, pull it up with a lead rope, fold it behind the saddle, and she's cool with it. I can get her used to things like velcro, but something new will likely get a reaction. I try to introduce these things in ground work sessions, or using clicker training. Because I do new things with her every time, she knows it is a sort of game, and has come to expect that there will be a puzzle to solve each time. Oddly, when she's in that mindset, she's less likely to react.

But then I also have a gelding who is so chill, he can fall asleep in the middle of a horse show. Total chaos around him doesn't phase him. He once slept through an ice storm so violent it flattened our gazebo within minutes (he was safe in the barn, and I stayed with the horses).Though he does get a little upset when he sees the trailer. With him, I walk in front, behind, I don't worry too much. With my mare, I also do those things, but I keep my hand on her, make sure she is paying attention to me, not to her environment, and keep my feet far enough away from her hooves that if she spooks, she won't land on my toes. Learned that one from experience.

My point is that yes, some horses will always be somewhat reactive. I desensitized my mare to a lot of things, but if we bring in something new, there's a pretty good chance she will react. So don't get worried, but be prepared.
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post #42 of 54 Old 09-09-2018, 11:27 AM
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Originally Posted by tinyliny View Post
boy, at this rate it sounds like the best advice is to just steer clear of horses altogether.

Obviously, something none of us has learned.

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post #43 of 54 Old 09-09-2018, 07:01 PM
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Originally Posted by trailhorserider View Post
That happens to me more often than I should admit. I haven't been hit in the face YET, but I am always amazed the opposite leg can come within inches!
There was a farrier in this area when I was a kid who had suffered some sort of stroke or injury and was weak on one side of his body, and bull strong on the other. He would trim and shoe all four feet from the same side of the horse. The horses never seemed to mind once they figured out what he was doing, and he'd lean back on the near hind leg and take the off hind over his lap to work. Horses were just fine with it, and he did a good job, so it worked for him! If a horse had a physical issue and couldn't do it, he'd refer to you a vet or chiro because something was sore in the horse, and lo and behold if he wasn't right about that and after a workup the horse could be done easily.
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post #44 of 54 Old 09-09-2018, 07:46 PM
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Originally Posted by SilverMaple View Post
He would trim and shoe all four feet from the same side of the horse.
Dunno how I'd go trimming - not that co-ordinated maybe - but I generally clean & put boots on/off all feet from whatever side I'm on.
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post #45 of 54 Old 09-10-2018, 10:10 AM
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If you don't know how to do something, ask. If you are not comfortable with something, ask for help. Don't feel pressured to know everything - it's better to spare a minute to ask for help than get stuck in a bad situation or even just a confusing one, like an unfamiliar latch, or unexpected ice or deep mud.
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post #46 of 54 Old 09-13-2018, 11:37 AM
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Originally Posted by Shortyhorses4me View Post
Hey all, I've been wondering what are any "don't ever do ____" things you tend to tell new people or learn about horses, especially tacking up. For example don't tie up a horse by the bit cuz it could hurt its mouth if it tried to get away. Or don't hook the halter around the horses neck when bridling in case he slips he could break his neck.

Please no negativity or arguing. Just wanting common advice that new people wouldn't think of. Thanks!

Never do anything that is obviously unsafe for you, the horse or someone else.
Feed treats to horses not fingers.
Never treat a horse with meanness.
Never get in the kick zone of a horse unless it knows you are there.
Never ride for longer than thirty minutes without checking the Cinch.

Always end the interaction and evolution of you and your horse on a good positive note.
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post #47 of 54 Old 09-13-2018, 11:41 AM
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I was cleaning my mares hind hoof one day and she lifted her tail, I ignored that and then she dump hot wet green sticky manure on the back of my head.
The looked back at me as if saying Ha, Ha, Ha.
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post #48 of 54 Old 09-13-2018, 11:43 AM
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Originally Posted by tinyliny View Post
boy, at this rate it sounds like the best advice is to just steer clear of horses altogether.

NEVER steer clear of horses if you love or like them!

LOL you asked for that one.
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post #49 of 54 Old 09-16-2018, 07:37 AM
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CharlotteThePenguin: And definitely don't walk under their belly (I witnessed a very small child do this once!

Who knows why but this is popular with the drafts are such sweet teddy bears and drafts are so gentle and kind set and throw in any draft cross must have inherited those gentle, laid back, sweet natured vibes from the draft parent set and chills run down my spine. Having a child do this or allowing a child to do this is proof of your stupidity and lack of common sense not proof that the horse is bombproof.

trailhorserider: There was another family story about a woman in a buggy getting killed by running into a pole of some sort.

Or standing between and in front of a team and the team spooked. When they go forward you can be struck by the pole. Enough force in the right (well wrong) place will kill you. Think of a battering ram effect. It happened to someone at a draft event we attended and he was killed. Always stand to the side is one I am a firm believer in. That and never place a rope around any body part you intend to keep or need to function. Those would be my absolutes along with not having a child under a horse, any horse, ever.

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post #50 of 54 Old 09-16-2018, 08:13 AM
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Here's a new one on me, that I just saw last weekend:

If you are going to ride a narrow witherless pony down hill, put a crupper on it! This pony's saddle slid all the way over its neck, head, and forelegs, took the bridle off on the way down, dumped the rider badly. Yes, the girth was still fastened.

That was a weird accident.

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