By Anonymous - 10/04/2013 09:06 - United States
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#18, have you been around a wide variety of horses??? One of my dads team roping horses that could be ridden in parades, used in rodeos, cow cutting, etc, so in general pretty placid and socialized, had a weird thing about long waving grass shadows in the distance. it was just his quirk. Also horses can get startled or spooked just like humans when something unexpected and loud comes out of nowhere and scares them. They are not complete placid, unemotional drones. Any horse no matter how well trained and socialized is going to spook if say....someone hid behind a corner and suddenly jumped out in its face waving arms and screaming. person may get some hooves in face as horse rears, but horse will spook.
When my dad was young, around 6-7, his family bought a pony for them to ride. The seller didn't tell them that she was pregnant. My dad was riding her pretty far away and when he nudged her sides to go faster. It hurt her so she just took off super fast and bucked. Somehow the saddle wasn't on properly and it loosened. He and the saddle started sliding down under the pony. All my dad could think of is his father saying, "No matter what, you hold onto that pony!" So he just held on for dear life and was dragged a good distance. When the pony finally stopped he had no other choice than to walk her all the way back home. His mom had to help him remove dozens of stones, twigs, and other debris embedded into his back with tweezers. He still has the scars and it's actually caused a lot of back acne for him. Poor guy.
Gack! We don't know the OP's gender, so it's hard to make a fitting comment. This is why we stick to cars.
Ouch, FYL. Hope you feel better soon.