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I have got a theory about spooking over rocks, and spooking in general.
You must realize something about rocks, and this is something all horses know
instinctivley: Rocks sometimes levitate and smash horses, and their
unsuspecting riders! So your horses are spooking in order to ensure YOUR
Of course this applys to most spooks, our horses do it in order to protect
us. Arabs are of course, more sensitive to dangers, being raised for
generations around people which makes them much more aware of how delicate us
A little story for you: This weekend I rode with two freinds who are
relative newbies to the whole trail/endurance thing. Both of their horses
are relative newbies too. (One is a Paso Fino/ Arab, the other a old-style
Morgan) We were riding at a trot, just crossed one bridge (easily) and
coming up on another, I was in the lead on my nearly unflappable Appy/Arab
mare, when a grouse hen flew out of the brush and actually hit my horse in
the belly, right behind my left foot! It then flapped alongside of me until
it managed to crash back into the brush.
Not one of the horses broke stride.
So, where does this all fit into my spooking theory? Well, everyone knows
grouse aren't dangerous to humans, right? : )
Julie, Rayna, and Jynx
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