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imzy12

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imzy12 says:

BIG TRACTORS AND LORRIES!!!

I've got  a bit of a problem with my loan horse, nancy is 6years old and is excellent to hack apart from one problem.

When her owner first bought her she was very very scared of things going behind her, she wouldn't even let people walk behind and was scared of gates closing behind her. She has now really improved and isn't bothered by any of that, but she is actually scared to death of tracters and lorries coming up behind her when out hacking. She doesn't do anything naughty she just gets so scared and shakes. We try to stay off roads as much as possible, but we do sometimes have to go on roads and sometimes we do meet big vehicles. She's okay when they are coming towards her it's just when they come up behind her, i think she will improve over time as she has improved alot over time but does anyone have any ideas of what we could do to help??. thanks

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marissa t

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marissa t says:

Re: BIG TRACTORS AND LORRIES!!!

hi there im not sure how much this will help but hopefully it will. i have 2 young horses and to de sensitise them to big vehicles i roped my fiance into helping me. hes a farmer and has alot of huge tractors on the farm. we started of by letting the horses explore the tractors while they wer switched off, when they were ok with this we switched them on but kept them stationary. again when they were fine we began moving the tractors slowly and they wernt phased in the slightest. perdie is 2 and fudge is 1 and both now walk out in hand even when my fiance is driving behind us down the lane to feed the cows r sheep.

im sure if there are farmers near u they wouldnt mind letting u borrow the tractor for this purpose as no 1 wants to be responsible for a horse and rider having an accident on the road. i hope this has helped a little

marissa t

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imzy12

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imzy12 says:

Re: BIG TRACTORS AND LORRIES!!!

Thank Marissa for the advice, the thing is Nancy is kept on a farm and all the work with the big tractors is done right outside her stable and she isn't worried and shes fine being around them its just when they come up behind her, we think she has obviously had a very bad experience in the past we just want her to get over her fear because its horrible seeing her so scared she's obviously been very traumatized  unfortunately. x thanks anyway though

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mandamae

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mandamae says:

Re: BIG TRACTORS AND LORRIES!!!

Same with my new horse charm, She'd not been on the road in 12 years (her whole life!). I've been training her on the road (she is a right brain extrovert  by the way) and she's done amazingly well considering how skitish she can be with the JCB that has been parked out side her field and driven around the yard since she was born there 12 years ago! I walked her out the other day and the 1st thing i saw in the distance coming towards us was a BIG GREEN BIN LORRY WITH FLASHIG LIGHTS! now we hadn't come across one of these before so i was bricking it to put it lightly! but remained calm on the exterior as of course if i'm frightened why shouldn't she be? so anyway she was fine it was like oh thats a bin lorry with flashing lights ???so what mum? pheeewwww! anyway we've not seen a tracor yet but it's inevetible as there's farms evrywhere and i know they come down where we hack as my last horse didn't get on with them either but was ok ish. So anyway i've noticed it's only when big lorrys or anything loud (like the cab of an artic without the lorry load) when she speeds up and trys to turn to see what it is, I just try to keep her moving forward and keep talking to her and she does seem a little better each day. I will let you know in a week or so to see if it changes her.

 

Manda mae

make your horse curious and reap the benefits!

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