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PostSubject: Horse trouble   Sun 01 Apr 2012, 4:48 pm

Mizz, Beth and myself were out in the fields the other morning walking past some horses (public footpath) when one of them started acting up. It came charging over targeting Mizz, so I stood between Miz and it only to get a solid headbutt which sent back a few paces (and hurt a bit) and it appeared to try to trample Miz who was desperately trying to get out of it's way. I yanked her out of its way a couple of times and managed to get her behind me and kind of got the horse to run at me instead of her, whilst keeping away from it back legs. It bucked a few times trying a few kicks at us. Mizzie did her best snarling and snapping her teeth but the horse didn't care. I was impressed Miz didn't actually go for the horse, just tried to scare it off. We kept going round in circles, it trying to stamp at Mizz, me trying to interveen whilst keeping us all away from the back end, and eventually got near the stile and Beth made a break for it and got safe. Then the owner turned up and called it away, she shouted sorry and explained it was young horse (still about 5ft at the shoulders mind) then led it off sharpish. Mizz was pretty jumpy for a few hours after but was then ok.

My main question for anybody who knows about Horses is; what should I have done? standing still got me headbutted, shouting did nothing and running would (I assume) have been pointless. Mizzie had no joy scaring it off either.
I thought I remained pretty calm, after all it wasn't an angry Rottweilier, but when the horse stopped my heart was racing.
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PostSubject: Re: Horse trouble   Sun 01 Apr 2012, 5:18 pm

Very scary situation and difficult one to get out of. Glad you are all OK.

Used to ride when I was younger, had a coupe of bites and kicks from a grumpy horse on occasion but wouldn't have a clue how to cope with that. Not sure what you could have done - sounds like the horse has issues with dogs and as such shouldn't be left to roam where's there's a public footpath.

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PostSubject: Re: Horse trouble   Sun 01 Apr 2012, 6:21 pm

How scary for you all, hope Mizzie is OK now and not too traumatised.

Babybink owns her own horse, maybe she may be able to give you some advice

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PostSubject: Re: Horse trouble   Sun 01 Apr 2012, 7:11 pm

Might be worth reporting it, shouldn't be there if it's a problem to people walking past.
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PostSubject: Re: Horse trouble   Sun 01 Apr 2012, 8:04 pm

blimey I would have been so scared I dont know what I would have done, I think you did well to stay so calm.

I will be very interested to see what the people who have horses on the forum,s advice is
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PostSubject: Re: Horse trouble   Sun 01 Apr 2012, 10:33 pm

Blimey not sure what I would have done either? Probably the same as you but I don't think I would have stayed as calm.

We were once surrounded by cows in a field who were extremely interested in Ruby so we waved our arms and an umbrella at them and shouted at them. It seemed to do the trick. Not sure about horses though?

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PostSubject: Re: Horse trouble   Sun 01 Apr 2012, 11:09 pm

Scary :( I would have no idea, I really really dislike horses, I just don't trust them - the front bites and the back kicks! Thats enough for me lol.
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PostSubject: Re: Horse trouble   Sun 01 Apr 2012, 11:14 pm

http://www.equiworld.net/horses/horsecare/safety/index.htm

Some interesting info on here, though its from the POV of beginning riding, but a bit about vision, body language, etc.
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PostSubject: Re: Horse trouble   Mon 02 Apr 2012, 12:19 pm

Would have thought waving your arms around might have been enough to discourage any bad horsey behaviour.
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