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Only Horse People Can Understand the Difficulty

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  • Only Horse People Can Understand the Difficulty

    ...of the situation in this photo. Only people who have sat on a horse and have felt the terror of a true equine freak out beneath them can appreciate this photo. The horse in this photo is a roo conditioned saint.

    I think most all of us, at some point in time have been in a situation when we know our horse may turn inside out and kill us both, yet we really can't blame them.
    Last edited by skydy; Dec. 7, 2018, 02:01 AM.

  • #2
    My usually brave mare saw a deer on the trail for the first time last summer. Meltdown. On the other hand kangaroos really are everywhere in Australia.


    • Original Poster

      Originally posted by Scribbler View Post
      My usually brave mare saw a deer on the trail for the first time last summer. Meltdown. On the other hand kangaroos really are everywhere in Australia.
      Apparently, according to the author of the article, the kangaroo exposure really depends upon where in Australia one lives and keeps horses. As is the U.S., Australia is rather large and diverse, so like deer exposure in the U.S. kangaroo exposure seems not to be ubiquitous, but regional.

      The cause of the meltdown does depend on the horse. Mine could deal with the deer but could not get over the terror of the poultry. A kangaroo would have turned him inside out.


      • #4
        Kangaroos dont worry them like emu's do.
        Something about emus freaks a lot of them out. Finding one in the bush on my spicy 4yo only contributed to my permanent limp when he went over on me


        • #5
          Pigs. Some horses just can't deal with pigs. Had one horse who refused to go by one house when we would trail ride because a pig lived there.


          • #6
            Finnegan hated pigs. There used to be 2 that would live on the farm.

            One day when I had only had my OTTB back under saddle for a month I had hacked him out around some of the horse fields. Somebody up near the barns managed to flush out a deer who was now running towards me in a blind panic. I am between two fields in an alley that is about 14 feet wide. I bailed. Deer jumped into the paddock next to us, ran through the paddock, crashed into the fence twice before jumping out. Carson was just standing there looking at the deer. It was like he was thinking "Hey Mabel, where are going? What's the rush?" The deer frequently grazed in his paddock with the horses. He probably knew that deer by name.
            Finnegan would have whipped around and left the scene.
            Oh, well, clearly you're not thoroughly indoctrinated to COTH yet, because finger pointing and drawing conclusions are the cornerstones of this great online community. (Tidy Rabbit)


            • #7
              Originally posted by kiwichick View Post
              Kangaroos dont worry them like emu's do.
              Something about emus freaks a lot of them out.
              I had to laugh at this! Years ago I moved my TB gelding to a new boarding barn in Colorado. He was unloaded without issue and turned out into his private pasture to stretch his legs and get a feel for the place. After about 60 seconds of trotting around he froze, and then absolutely lost his mind. He alternated between exploding and standing completely still, staring at something, head and tail both as high as they'd go.

              Turns out the homeowner next door raised emus, and the flock was visible to Will. It took several weeks before he stopped being startled/freaked out by them.
              "Dogs give and give and give. Cats are the gift that keeps on grifting." –Bradley Trevor Greive


              • #8
                I used to show at a barn that also hosted Exotic Animal Swaps.
                Generally in a tent & run-of-the-mill exotics like snakes & smaller marsupials.

                But, on the odd occasion a swap would be scheduled on the same weekend as a show & include some larger animals.
                Fun times turning your visiting horse out in a small paddock.... next to where a wolf or tiger was caged.

                I boarded at a barn that had direct access to trails that led to fields where we often saw deer.
                Offered to take one boarder out for her 1st trail ride on my King of Trails TB.
                We crested a hill & came upon a herd of deer - must have been near 50 of them.
                Now, my horse was nonplussed by individual deer, but for some reason this number Freaked.Him.Out!
                He became a Giraffe Statue, but I could feel his heart beating beneath my legs.
                I prayed he would not wheel & bolt & take Newb with us, but he was able to turn away slooowly & we got back unharmed.
                Her horse could have cared less about the Horde of Horseeaters
                *friend of bar.ka*RIP all my lovely boys, gone too soon:
                Steppin' Out 1988-2004
                Hey Vern! 1982-2009, Cash's Bay Threat 1994-2009
                Sam(Jaybee Altair) 1994-2015


                • #9
                  Harry appears to have at least half his attention turned towards Charmaine which is nice.
                  Rack on!


                  • #10
                    Ostriches -- same as emus. I got a backwards canter on my Arab a la James Fillis first time he saw those!


                    • #11
                      My horse has apparently decided that deer walking, lying down and/or eating are just fine and non-threatening, but if they start to bound or move toward (rather than pass by) him - well, let's say it's an interesting way to school piaffe and passage.


                      • #12
                        My old horse has an orphan fawn living in the back of his shed at the moment... mine are not scared of deer or elk, but moose freak them out. I think it's the bulk and blackness. Now, they'll still startle at a deer jumping out on the trail, but that's fair enough.


                        • #13
                          We are friends with everyone. Cows, donkeys, yaks, minis, cats, dogs, , deer, horses pulling carts. We made a bison friend once. My horse lives for other animals. If we find deer on a hack and they run off, he tries to hurry up and follow them and will occasionally call out to them. I'm confident if he met a kangaroo he would try to be BFFs with it too

                          He did go through a phase as a baby where he didn't like butterflies or birds??? But he's over that now. He sometimes spooks at the barn cats when they're hunting and pop out from somewhere, but he calms down pretty quickly and wants to sniff/cuddle them.


                          • #14
                            Originally posted by Belowthesalt View Post
                            My horse has apparently decided that deer walking, lying down and/or eating are just fine and non-threatening, but if they start to bound or move toward (rather than pass by) him - well, let's say it's an interesting way to school piaffe and passage.

                            We used to have one field out on the trails with conveniently-fallen logs we called The Hunt Field & used it accordingly.
                            One solo ride I was followed by 2 young deer (no antlers) that came out & went right after us, jumping over the logs.
                            Same TB as in my 1st post & he was not bothered by being Leader of the game.
                            So onesies, twosies deer, fine. Dozens not so much
                            *friend of bar.ka*RIP all my lovely boys, gone too soon:
                            Steppin' Out 1988-2004
                            Hey Vern! 1982-2009, Cash's Bay Threat 1994-2009
                            Sam(Jaybee Altair) 1994-2015


                            • #15
                              A clunking, clanking baler just over the hill caused a complete lock up. Fortunately rein back, and turn on haunches still worked, allowing us to tip toe out of there, A new use for half halt every stride.
                              Some riders change their horse, they change their saddle, they change their teacher; they never change themselves.

                              Remember the horse does all the work, we just sit there and look pretty.


                              • #16
                                My previous horse was the born broke type. He thought MOVING heavy equipment was fascinating and wanted to go up and check it out. When I allowed other people to ride him on the trail, though, I had to point out one thing: He had the funniest "slo-mo" spook. If he saw something he didn't like, he would stop, do a slow-mo-spin and stand facing the other way. It was a move that wouldn't even get the most inexperienced beginner off. When he did it with me, I just made him complete the spin back to the way we had been going.....and then he would walk forward as if nothing had happened.


                                • #17
                                  When my girl came home to Australia from Spain, the dressage arena had some kangaroos in the afternoons. The first day we passaged. Everywhere. I had nothing but passage. The next day was fine unless they moved.

                                  But the sounds the cockatoos make? That still makes her snort and carry on and she's been here nearly 4 years now.

                                  Sheep are also terrifying. The clouds on the ground move and her brain cannot handle that.
                                  Not my circus, not my monkeys!


                                  • #18
                                    llamas. Almost died from damn llamas. Poor horse could barely keep it together. He tried to bolt into traffic about 17 times over. Thank goodness we had perfected the one rein stop. That rigid, trembling, snorting ball of terror is really frightening to be sitting on.
                                    "Do what you can't do"


                                    • Original Poster

                                      It is... Turkeys were my gelding's point of no return.


                                      • #20
                                        Oh Skydy, good thing you don't board in our region! We have gaggles of wild turkeys here. And they have a LOT of baby's. So when Mom turkey pops out of the woods, there may be about 14 little ones right behind her! The horses are mostly used to them, because they are often in the pasture with them---but when the Tom turkeys are trying to attract a mate ---they will fan their tails and strut around. That usually causes some hi-jinx in the herd!

                                        We have a lot of large fowl here! Sandhill cranes are always around, as well as Canadian geese. Some rides we run into all 3 of these oversized winged horse distractions!

                                        Years ago, my very sensible OTTB lost her marbles over a herd of sheep (which was across a field from us---we were schooling at a nearby barn). A dog took off and started chasing the herd---which made my mare realize they were there---and that was the end of our jumping lesson. She couldn't get her eyes popped back into her head after that. Even though we trailered home after the lesson, she was still wound up for a couple days. Worried about those sheep still . . .