Weirdest Thing that Spooked Your Horse?

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  • panache
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    A fence board lying on the ground, cows an inch to close to their gate, a truck backing into a garage and a little girl in a yellow coat, she hates yellow

    Life is not about waiting for the clouds to pass, its about learning to ride in the rain

    Joe-Joe Joe-Joe
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    My fruit bat is afraid of dirt which is a different color from the other dirt. Also, parked (but not moving) tractors, tall grass, the house, empty fields that had horses in them yesterday, and on and on and on. But, I think the dirt was the funniest.

    It is never the horse's fault

    Joe-Joe Joe-Joe
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    How about the weirdest thing that never spooks him? Rocket launches. We are a few fields away from Wallops Island, so he doesn’t mind rockets shooting off into the stratosphere.

    It is never the horse's fault

    Mapale Mapale
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    I’ve enjoyed reading the comments on this topic. I trail ride so my horses have just cause to spook from time to time, and I’ve learned to give the benefit of the doubt, it’s usually a snake, a dead animal, or a recently fallen tree, but even then it’s just a stop, not a jig or an effort to unseat me. I’ve learned that anything all white is the enemy, or all black. Many times my mare has stopped and it’s been a good thing, as when there was a bear on the trail, or a snake across the tree branch ahead. She once wouldn’t go down a trail we later discovered had a horse recently buried beside it. She froze once when a big wind blew across the field, making a moving beast of the shifting tall grasses. I was fine taking a moment for the beauty of the ‘thing’, and my sigh of contentment moved her onward. For all I know she saw something I didn’t. Of course my neighbor’s newly painted white mailbox was Satan, no matter we’d had six years of riding past it – so there’s that. It merited a snort, a high head, and big round eyes. My gelding is a bit more sensitive and will move sideways at a big spook – but his worst spook was when he decided the bulldozer working in one of our pastures was not going “to get us” so he turned on a dime and bolted. A quarter mile later he stopped and I honestly think he expected praise for getting us out of there. He still hates them even when they are sitting idle in the field. Both my horses hate bikers and balloons, and so do I.

    Alois Podhajsky: “When I hear somebody talk about a horse being stupid, I figure it’s a sure sign that animal has outfoxed them. ...

    kenya_mmoore
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    He absolutely hates the snowmobile the kids were riding around the farm this winter but the thing that truly scares this fairly unflappable horse is that height measuring stick! First I measured myself and then when to measure him — you’d think I was holding a cobra.

    Joan Fry
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    All my horses are/were trail horses too. One horse, an ASB, was terrified of a big, beige rock in a dry wash. He would only go past it if he faced it the entire way, side-passing around it. Another ASB saw three buzzards sitting in a dead tree and just knew they were out to get her. Then there was the time I was boarding her next to a small farm that kept steers in the front pasture. In the afternoon, they’d stand and stare through the fence at all the kids taking jumping lessons, and those of us heading out to the trails on the other side of the road. One day one of the steers charged my mare, who swapped ends and almost lost me. Another boarder said the steers would do it on purpose–they were bored. They knew the fence was there. But the funniest one, to me, was my first nice horse, a QH/TB cross. I was riding him in the ring and I sneezed. He bucked me off.

    Joe-Joe Joe-Joe
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    Perhaps he thought you might give him a cold?

    It is never the horse's fault

    Joan Fry
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    I don’t know what he thought! He was only three at the time–he grew out of it.

    meg
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    Its been many years since I had my horse. Oh boy the things that scared him! When he was older he was afraid of the guys that put up the snow fence. The owner of the barn knew the guys so they were very good about it. All bicycles. Oh boy are they scary.
    I noticed that a lot of horse are afraid of mini’s Tim lived at a breeding family and was gelded late. He just loved babies and mini’s. I could hardly drag him away. He would hang over the fence and have a great time until the mares came running over.

    meg
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    Remembered something else. I could give my horse a bath – not problem. But he was afraid of the rain.

    Girly3323
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    I must say that my horse can’t compare to a few of the stories of you other riders! I remember one time when my gelding (OTTB) were in the arena along with someone & their pony. That pony was a speedy little guy, jumping fences, absolutely fearless. When the pony was “coming towards us” (not really close at all), my gelding jumped in his shoes, and side passed about 4 strides away. It was hilarious. He was just sure that pony was going to run him over.
    Another time was at a show. My gelding was sure there was something particularly spooky about one corner of the arena. It was the same as all the other corners, and there wasn’t anything or anyone standing on the outside, but he avoided it like the plague. Thankfully it happened during the warm up.
    Can I include one more story? lol This would be the time when my gelding freaked out from a little bird. It had flown “nearby” and spooked my horse. When we came around the arena again, the bird was perched on a fence post. My gelding tried to take a very wide detour around the creature. lol

    pheets pheets
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    I have nothing exciting to offer. My ponees are dull….they make up for it in other ways ; )

    Sure there's right and wrong but mostly there's just a whole lotta different.

    jess_n_jazz
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    my horse is virtually bomb proof, except for the large cows. NOT the small roping calves but the full grown heffers and bulls. Also lacrosse players with their shiny helmets and sticks. He is so strange 🙂

    pheets pheets
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    HA! Funny you should say cows… My first Arab was fine with cows of any size. Until they mooed. Gave new meaning to the phrase “up and outa here!”

    Sure there's right and wrong but mostly there's just a whole lotta different.

    jess_n_jazz
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    pheets- I just don’t understand it! The barn I’m at currently used to have camels, a zebra, emu’s and TONS of cows and he could have cared less back then. Now for the last couple of years whenever they have the big bulls and heffers come in and out for livestock dealing, he starts with the stud blowing, spinning and has to stare at them constantly as if they’re going to come into his stall and attack him. I used to get mad at him and now I just ignore it lol he’s is so strange.

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