Weirdest Thing that Spooked Your Horse?

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  • AlmosFrosted61 AlmosFrosted61
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    My neighbor has one single black fence post, don’t know why it’s there. Every time Frosty and I go to the top of the pasture and the “Enderman” post spooks her. It’s not even close! She’s not afraid of plastic bags, the lead rope, the whip, the barn creaking, but she’s afraid of a post.
    I will never understand my mare.

    Or the goats that move a half mile away. She gets fixated on those too.

    Dressage is a dance, where horse and rider speak with silence, Where force is not necessary, and where the horse trusts his rider completely, even in the middle of the battlefield.
    -Amber Blyledge, 2016

    AlmosFrosted61 AlmosFrosted61
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    Or Frosty’s own poop. That one is even weirder.

    Dressage is a dance, where horse and rider speak with silence, Where force is not necessary, and where the horse trusts his rider completely, even in the middle of the battlefield.
    -Amber Blyledge, 2016

    Joe-Joe Joe-Joe
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    My mare is afraid of the turkey.

    It is never the horse's fault

    Joe-Joe Joe-Joe
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    Eggs. One of our peahens laid four eggs on the farm road, and my mare absolutely freaked out. It took five days to get her to walk quietly past the place where they used to be.

    It is never the horse's fault

    Saylor
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    My Quarter Horse gelding is terrified of donkeys. He absolutely freaks out if he sees one. Also white lines on the road!

    DRSGRider9
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    I’m going to sound like such a snob but nothing really “spooks” my horse. There’s no running away or bolting or bucking, once and a while he’ll spread his legs like a newborn deer if he’s feeling a little frisky and something startles him, but other than that he’s pretty bomb proof.

    He’s in his mid-20s (still going strong though! Acts like he’s no older than 10) and has basically seen and done everything as my instructor has a theory he was an eventer some point after his racing career (tattoos to prove that, but only his training speaks for the rest of it).

    Plastic bags, nope. Cars backfiring, nope. Loud, obnoxious farm equipment, no reaction. Riders falling off and horses loose, nothing. Flapping pieces of cloth, doesn’t even bat an eyelash.

    But what he does do? Stare. Like rigid, no movement, no breathing just staring straight at whatever he’s transfixed by. It doesn’t happen too often but the other day my instructor’s son was driving his mini toy tractor on the driveway that snakes next to the ring and all Jester wanted to do was stare at it. Even when it got really really close he didn’t freak out, he just wanted to stare at it like it was the most interesting thing on the planet lol.

    Joe-Joe Joe-Joe
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    Just standing and staring is a form of spooking – he is no longer engaged in whatever you were doing. You are lucky that he isn’t halfway across the country when he sees things like that! Sometimes I think mine are looking for something at which they can take a scunner.

    It is never the horse's fault

    patricia_pace
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    My mare, Blossom, is afraid of nothing except bears. My husband’s OTTB on the other hand has a few “issues.” At 24, he is now getting cataracts so he tends to spook more. When we first got him at age 9 he was calm and fearless but he had never seen a cow! He stood and stared what seemed like forever at cows in a field. He has always been terrified of round pens. It’s not worth your life to put him in one. Other than that he only fears cars that show up where there have been no cars in the past and horse drawn vehicles. He freaked at a hunt-pace because there was a car parked by a road crossing on a trail he had been on thousands of times. You cannot ride him (or control him in any way) anywhere near a horse drawn buggy or wagon. Other than that, he’s a rock solid trail horse!

    myhuckleberry
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    I’m pretty sure I got a hot headed Arab or TB wrapped in a QH package because my boy spooks at everything, I think part of him does it to get a reaction or get out of doing something/going somewhere, the other part in still trying to figure out. Ten years ago these spooks would amuse me, but now? After being thrown eight times in the two months I’ve owned him due to spooks; it’s no fun.

    Joe-Joe Joe-Joe
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    Two months is not very long – he may still be testing you to see how far he can trust you. Weather can also be a factor – mine both hate wind and go around looking for things of which they can pretend to be afraid (they are both Arabians, because I am apparently a slow learner).

    It is never the horse's fault

    myhuckleberry
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    ^^^^^ yeah two months isn’t long and I wasn’t expecting him to be a perfect angel the second he became mine, however it’s just insane the things he now spooks at vs before I bought him (knew him via my job and saw him work), so I know the nice brave quarter horse is in there, just gotta get to that layer of him.

    Weirdest thing he’s spooked at (so far); a jolly ball. You’d think it was a wild animal out to eat him, it sure was funny though.

    Joe-Joe Joe-Joe
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    It isn’t as weird as eggs.

    It is never the horse's fault

    jessica_monks
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    A frog I was riding in the woods and my Belgian put her nose down to sniff something I looked down and saw a little frog jump onto her nose she stumbled around in utter panic and took off with me. It took me 10 minuets to calm my unflappable mare. When we went back to the spot she was snorting the whole way. You never know when FROGS STRIKE!!!

    Joe-Joe Joe-Joe
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    Frogs are obviously more frightening than eggs. Eggs don’t move.

    It is never the horse's fault

    sunbleachedbay sunbleachedbay
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    Anything white.

    I am still under the impression there is nothing alive quite so beautiful as a thoroughbred horse - John Galsworthy.

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