Most ridiculous thing your horse has spooked at?

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dopeysheep Thu 03-Oct-13 20:33:32

Today mine went all jelly legged and snorty becausea bunch of daddy long legs flew out of the hedge at his face height. Sigh.
A bit later on he sauntered past a lit up fire engine and some council workers in hi viz with petrol strimmers. Absolutely fine.

ExitPursuedByABogieMan Fri 01-Nov-13 16:24:22

I love that Select I am going to print it off and show it to my DD who has a new horse who is the biggest wuss going. Except when he is scared he jumps up banks or on top of walls.

We have great hope for his Cross County abilities!

shootingstar1234 Fri 01-Nov-13 15:49:37

Definitely has to be when we had the surface changed at work. Was sat on one of my boss's horses, who decided to rear at the black line that had appeared at the entrance to the school. Said horse then leapt about three foot over it however was more than happy to walk round on the new surface- which was bright red and blue shredded carpet :/

SelectAUserName Wed 16-Oct-13 16:44:27

My first horse (Arab mare) mainly spooked at things which were no longer there. So - haylage bale in field: fine. Next day, haylage bale gone from field: major spook at space. Cows in field: fine. Next day, cows gone from field: major spook at empty field. It made a sort of sense; I assumed that she was spooking at the fear that whatever was big enough to eat an entire haylage bale or field of cows in a day was obviously big enough to eat her too and might still be lurking.

My last horse, before I had to give up due to health problems, was an ex-racehorse so he was fine hacking in company but took a LOT of work to get him confident hacking alone. His hacking week went something like this:

Monday: Hello trees, hello sky, hello wheelie bin, hello carrier bag, hello cows…EEEK! Purple flowers! RUN!
Tuesday: Hello trees, hello sky, hello carrier bag, hello cows, hello purple flowers…EEK! Wheelie bin! RUN!
Wednesday: Hello trees, hello sky, hello wheelie bin, hello cows, hello purple flowers…EEK! Carrier bag! RUN!
Thursday: Hello trees, hello sky, hello wheelie bin, hello carrier bag, hello cows…EEK! Purple flowers! RUN!
Friday: Hello trees, hello sky, hello wheelie bin, hello carrier bag, hello purple flowers…EEK! Cows! Run!
Saturday: EEK! Trees! RUN! EEK! Sky! RUN! EEK! Wheelie bin! RUN! EEK! Carrier bag! RUN! EEK! Cows! RUN! EEK! Purple flowers! RUN!
Sunday: Hello trees, hello sky, hello wheelie bin, hello carrier bag, hello cows, hello purple flowers. Ooh, are we home already?

Wickedgirl Wed 16-Oct-13 13:23:42

My dd pony loves donkeys. When we first got him he used to hang around the bottom field as there were donkeys in the next field over. He is scared of pigs though....he heard them (rather than saw them) and freaked out at the noise.

Pixel Tue 15-Oct-13 14:26:50

Oh and I remember the first time my old pony met a donkey. We were in the middle of giving pony rides at the primary school fete when it turned up. That was er..interesting!

Pixel Tue 15-Oct-13 14:24:26

We had a hot air balloon crash-land in our field once, the horses weren't all that bothered considering. A stray child's balloon (one of those metallic character ones) caused chaos confused.

Another Donkey fearer here. Absolute, jelly legged terror followed by the "I'm big and bad, I am, I am" act with nostrils like saucers and dramatic snorting.

This from the horse who watched, with an expression of speculative disinterest, a British Army Chinook sweep in overhead about 20 feet up, land just inside the next field and deposit a large number of camouflaged men clutching rifles. Twin rotored helicopters are apparently ten a penny whereas little grey donkeys are beset by demons. hmm

Schooling, my lesson was always followed by a rider who every week would pop up unexpectedly at the gate (despite being repeatedly asked not to). I lost count of the number of times I swooped across the school on different horses. She was the amazing popping up woman. Even the most bombproof would end up with springs on their feet.

Love all these. My mare would jump over sunbeams. But completely ignore an inflatable house being blown up in front of her.

Millie2013 Sat 12-Oct-13 21:43:39

Our old cob spooked at nothing and I mean nothing.
Until the day a man popped out from a manhole when I was merrily hacking along the road, as relaxed as you please, reins on the buckle. He went from 0-60, with sparks flying off his feet and I think we ground to a halt about half a mile down the road. And I can't say I blamed him either

Current ridden mare spooks at everything, but the most notable was the time that I was schooling and she objected to two pheasants getting down and dirty behind the muck heap and I very nearly hit the deck

And the only thing that oldie (31yo, ex childhood) pony has ever objected to was a pig!

Millie2013 Sat 12-Oct-13 21:41:42

Our old cob spooked at nothing and I mean nothing.
Until the day a man popped out from a manhole when I was merrily hacking along the road, as relaxed as you please, reins on the buckle. He went from 0-60, with sparks flying off his feet and I think we ground to a halt about half a mile down the road. And I can't say I blamed him either

Current ridden mare spooks at everything, but the most notable was the time that I was schooling and she objected to two pheasants getting down and dirty behind the muck heap and I very nearly hit the deck

And the only thing that oldie (31yo, ex childhood) pony has ever objected to was a pig!

MrsFuzzyBuzzy Sat 12-Oct-13 00:06:50

Cars, lorries, tractors, buses driving along the road = fine

Parked car = monster, must be given very wide berth

gordyslovesheep Fri 11-Oct-13 23:55:25

horse I sometimes ride - plastic bags and puddles ...although show him a pond or lake and all he wants to do is lie down ...with you on his back

kchapper5 Fri 11-Oct-13 12:20:51

I used to ride a polo pony that was terrified of butterflies if we saw one he'd just pirouette on his back legs and go full pelt in the opposite direction! smile
My mare on the other hand sometimes decides she's scared off the speed bumps on the road outside our yard. I have my suspicions though as she only does this with the young girl that part loans her while I'm pregnant never with me hmm

willyoulistentome Fri 11-Oct-13 12:06:42

My horse was eventuallypretty bomb proof, but did occasionally spook at random stuff. A flappy leaf , when all the other leaves on the hedge were still. that sort of thing. A particular corner would always worry her - I never worked out what in particular was scary.

One of the funniest things I ever saw though was a police horse who had won the 'Bombproof Police Horse' class at Windsor Horse show, FREAKING out at the rosette that was being handed to the policeman on top.

dappleton Fri 11-Oct-13 10:17:30

Yesterday, while being schooled IN A RIDING SCHOOL WHERE HE SEE'S CHILDREN EVERY DAY decided to spook at...yes you've guessed it...CHILDREN! hmm

Following on from Pixel's 'just a little bit of dressage', I used to school another of my horses in the evenings, there was often a rather novice rider waiting for her lesson. My horse was (and still is on occasion) a nut-case, he would spin and spook at everything. Found out after some weeks that lady watching thought DHorse was highly trained in dressage and we were doing all the crazy sideways spinning on purpose! grin

Pixel Thu 10-Oct-13 23:28:09

I used to ride with a lady who, if her horse did an unexpected shy sideways swerve would call out in ringing tones "just a little bit of dressage" grin.

Wolfiefan Thu 10-Oct-13 15:45:09

Rocks are the scariest thing on the planet!

Cantering up a field edge this morning dhorse slammed the brakes on for an emergency stop because there was........a clump of leaves which was definitely, without a doubt, no question going to swallow him up. I ended up hanging round his neck but didn't hit the deck whilst he pranced and snorted and said he couldn't possibly go past it.

I take all this as an encouraging sign that he's recovered from his surgery and is feeling very well again!

dopeysheep Thu 10-Oct-13 15:31:12

These are brilliant! I absolutely love Saki's "swerving sickness" and that's what I'm going to call it from now on.
"No he isn't spooking, he has Swerving Sickness."

elastamum Mon 07-Oct-13 20:59:01

At the grand old age of 13 elastahorse is completely unflappable. But it wasnt always that way.

As a youngster she was terrified of sheep and used to run backwards at the sight of them. During one such reversing spree I spun her round and she reversed 50 yards up a track past the flock of sheep looking rather confused. She was eventually cured when we moved to Derbyshire and she had to share a field with them grin

Chibbs Mon 07-Oct-13 20:46:41

my horse is scared of nothing. i have not found a single thing that she spooks at. even when other horses have spooked and shyd she does not bat an eye lid. i love her!

lovebeansontoast Mon 07-Oct-13 20:34:50

Riding near the Ridgeway a friend and I came across a group of about 10 walkers all with poles. The horses did full radar giraffe impressions, until I asked the walkers to put their poles behind their backs. All was then fine. Daft horses clearly thought the mad group of humans were going to beat them up confused

Equimum Mon 07-Oct-13 18:12:08

His own pee! Riding down a steepish hill, we stopped so he could have a wee and it ran down between his front legs - terrifying!

NoComet Mon 07-Oct-13 18:03:49

DF was driven demented trying to school a horse that spoofed at everything except huge lane filling enormous yellow farm machines.

Recycling boxes and bin bags were terrifying and he went nuts because I'd propped a big black plant tray up against my gate. It didn't flap, it didn't make a sound, it wasn't on the road, but it was terrifying because it wasn't there yesterday.

Neither was the huge tractor, but that didn't seem to matter.

DH used to ride a moped and he found horses weren't very keen on that, possibly both the strange noise or the smell of two stroke. He said his motor bike bothered horses far less.

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