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Ok, my horse is a freaking rescue horse. He panics at the drop of a pin, I rescued him just a month ago from near death because of all the abuse he's been through. I'm currenty rehabilitating him and helping him through this rough patch.
By HOLYCOW - / Saturday 23 January 2010 01:01 / Canada
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Ok, my horse is a freaking rescue horse. He panics at the drop of a pin, I rescued him just a month ago from near death because of all the abuse he's been through. I'm currenty rehabilitating him and helping him through this rough patch.

As a professional equestrian, I feel I have the knowledge to suggest you take the time to train and desensitize your horse. If all it takes is for someone to scream to cause your horse to spook bad enough to kick or strike out, you've got a very green and/or traumatized horse. If you were flailing around in panic, this would be more rasonable, but just screaming shouldn't spook your horse to act out so dramatically. I would expect a jump off to the side, maybe even bolt if he or she is young,

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This happened to me once to but instead of a spider it was a fly and my horse freaked out and hit me on the head with his nose and if that wasn't enough he bit me to.

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Horse turns it's body out of nervousness and kicks. Or she/he was brushing the horse's tail or brushing the rest of the dirt and crap off of the horse's butt.

All I can think of is that one FML last year where the OP had a cockroach crawl into his ear, and they had to remove it piece by piece from his ear after it died in there. :C http://www.fmylife.com/health/1566049

As a professional equestrian, I feel I have the knowledge to suggest you take the time to train and desensitize your horse. If all it takes is for someone to scream to cause your horse to spook bad enough to kick or strike out, you've got a very green and/or traumatized horse. If you were flailing around in panic, this would be more rasonable, but just screaming shouldn't spook your horse to act out so dramatically. I would expect a jump off to the side, maybe even bolt if he or she is young,

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Well, lets think... if a spider crawled in your ear would you: A) Stand still and scream B) Flail at your ear and scream while jumping around Now, I'm not sure about most people, but for me, it would be B, esspecially for a person with arachnophobia. But I agree with you that a scream should not make a horse kick but it is highly unlikely that she JUST screamed

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I might yelp from being startled at the most, but I would just carefully flick the spider off. Seeing as OP has arachnophobia, I understand that she screamed. But you're missing my point entirely. It's not about how she reacted to the spider, it's about how the horse reacted to her. And the answer is dangerously.

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I understand as I also have been around horses for many years. My point is that she definitely flailed and screamed. Any normal horse, being a flight animal, would flip out. Since she was grooming her horse, he was most likely on cross ties and unable to run away so a kick would seem logical to me. And no, I did not miss your point: "But I agree with you that a scream should not make a horse kick but it is highly unlikely that she JUST screamed"

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I don't know what part of the planet you are from, because not every horse is quiet and peaceful. OP probably allready knows that her horse needs work to prevent said horse from lashing out and injuring other people, other horses, Op, or itself. OP was probably about to go out after she groomed her horse and school the horse, or what she had done it before. I know from experience that not all horses are the same. For example; my horse lives at my best friends house with her four horses. None

By  Sdras

I totally feel for you OP. Gotta say you're my hero for just screaming. I once had a huge spider on my back and it made me jump around like a total idiot in front of my classmates, and ofcourse no one helped out xD

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It feels like it, but the kick it usually doesn't break any bones. Unless they get you in the face or possibly the ribs. I've gotten kicked 3 times in the shin. No broken bones :D

#10 what the hell?! It's not OP's fault they have a serious fear of spiders. Get a life, I'm sure you're afraid of something too. And to OP, that just really sucks, I'm sorry, no one should have to deal with that.

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