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Have you ever had a spook that left you in a downright funny position?

Today was one of those days.

We started out with a little water desensitizing, just the hose on his hooves for fun, and to clean all the caked mud off so I could trim his hooves. I got a new rasp today so decided to give it a whirl and trim up his feet. He stood quietly while little Gracie held him. The trim took an hour or so, but his feet look amazing and he is walking so much better, no more tripping on those long:)oops:) toes! Yay!

Then we went for a little ride. Again, my horse is a freak of nature and started suppling himself as soon as I was on his back, bending to each side and sniffing my boots. We rode for about a hour before deciding to walk into this little clearing where an old gate and washing machine sit. He did great until we turned around, took a few steps and he decided the washing machine wanted to eat him, out of the blue.... And took a good few rearing leaps and galloped for all of 20 feet(lol) then decided to stop and chill. I just went with him knocked off balance, standing on one stirrup, other leg over the seat of the saddle...lol(isn't it amazing what positions you can get into during a god spook?).Thank goodness moms saddle fits him so well, I did not want to grab him in the mouth so I grabbed horn instead. Then just as calm as anything he walked off when I clucked him and we continued riding for another hour or so.

All in all, great day!
 

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WOW yes. your lucky! My first hrse spooked at a squirel droping nuts froma tree one day ona trail ride, long stor short she bolted nad i wound up 20 feet ina tree. that was a very intresting way to land. had to have 4 stiches in my ear and my friend who was with me landed in a bed o stinging nedle fromher horse tanking off to. got t loe those rides
 

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Funny thing is, he was completely unprovoked... nothing moved or made any sounds...wierdo...

You got lucky too lol.
 

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Hahaha I totally have had similar things happen.

I'm glad you're ok! =D
 

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^^By turning yourself into human velcro. Sure I could have easily just bailed out, but we were riding in an open pasture with only a few hundred yards to the highway, so that was not happening. I usually refuse to bail from a spook, unless I see myself being scraped off by a tree or a barn or something...
 

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Haha, great job sticking with him. The last one that really got me was that little paint filly I was riding for a friend. She is cow bred and incredibly quick on her feet. We had just been for a nice long lope and I was letting her go along in a nice easy jog to catch her breath when a jackrabbit jumped out of a bush to our left. It took her all of about .00004 seconds to move 15 feet to the right. I, of course, was riding along with my head up my butt and it took me by suprise. It got me in about the same position you ended up in but unfortunately, I watched as my hand missed the saddle horn as it flew by LOL. I ended up with just the right rein in my hand, the left rein hanging on the ground, way off to the left side of the filly. I was very fortunate cause it is a habit for most of her bloodline to absolutely freak when something goes wrong. After the initial spook, she trotted a couple of steps to her right and just stopped with her head cranked to the right cause I was holding the rein. She stood while I righted myself and reached down to pick the left rein back up. Then we just trotted off like nothing happened. She was a good girl. :D
 

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Hhm well quite a while ago, I was riding Lucky bareback in the round pen, and decided to go into the yard (this was before we started riding far). She was being really good until one of the blue tarpaulins covering the hay was hit by the smallest gust of wind. She wasn't very impressed by this...

There's a slope of unused grass opposite the stable block (it's difficult to describe) anyway, she cantered up that, and then down the other end, but didn't notice the buckets and wheel barrows blocking her way until the last second. She cleared them... I did not... I ended up in my wheel barrow... :lol: (luckily it was empty!)
 

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Yeah :) was riding a pony down a road spooked at the mulit coloured oil spill on the road Reared stuck to him when completely vertical slid of his bum and stoof beside him while my fellow hackers looked at me like :O what just happened meh he's just being a freak *jumped back on* :D
 

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my horse is so funny when he spooks, its as if he gets embarrassed that he spooked in the first place and trots off with his tail in the air!
Yesterday we walked past a cottage and a little tiny dog barked at him he jumped and went to bolt, but then he turned, saw the little dog and trotted off :p

sounds nasty though, i have ended up in a tree, the thing is i was still on the horse lol! had a few scratches!
 

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This fall when I was riding bareback, My mare spooked when she tripped, and my body, of course, shifted (she's really sensitive to body position!), and she took a couple of jumps forward...I was fine, went to shift back to a good position, and she turned out from under me...brat...:D

One year I was helping training a horse my mom had, and when his new family came to pick him up, I think he got worked up and upset with all the new sights, and sounds...he bucked my mum off, and then I went to work with him; worked him for a while on the ground, he calmed down, so worked him on walking up to the mounting block, got up and down a few times, and when he was relaxed got on. He was fine for a bit, but then spooked at one of the kids who came running down the lane, and started an all out bronc fest...I bailed and landed on the round pen panel...looked like a monkey! Lol! We did eventually get him worked out again, and he's been solid as a rock since...we're not totally sure what set him off, because he'd been ridden for over 6 months, without ANY issues, and then that day just 'blew up'...fickle critters horses are!
 

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That is a fantastic story haha!
I'll make sure to keep an eye out on future washing machines!
Don't want to end up having them want to eat me too :mrgreen:
 

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^^"Make sure you do 'cause those things are like ninjas! You think they are standing still and not making a sound but you turn your back for just a few seconds and then "HIYA!!" they karate chop your caboose!!" says Tom...
hehe
 
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