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Exercising Caution [Jan. 22nd, 2017|11:41 am]
Tony Grist
Placid beasts, horses- except when they lose their tempers- which tends to happen when there's competition for resources.  Offer them titbits over the fence and they jostle and make with the teeth and start kicking out at one another. If one of those blows landed it would do a lot of damage.

Witness the state of one of the water butts- which has been stomped into bits because it was frozen or empty.

Water is in short supply at the moment- and I've been out with watering cans full of hot water trying to unfreeze the tap and hose. They mob me while I'm doing it. I wouldn't say I was nervous of them but having seen how they can kick I'm a little wary and make a point of keeping away from their blunt ends.

I was walking in the fields the other day and they latched onto me and came galloping towards me- and I thought this is what the Battle of Hastings must have felt like from the viewpoint of the Saxons.
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[User Picture]From: heleninwales
2017-01-22 02:13 pm (UTC)
Horses are dangerous at both ends -- and I say that as someone who kept horses for about 25 years. It's not actually a good idea to feed titbits because as you've discovered, it can cause squabbles amongst the horses. Not only that, it can also cause them to become nippy and bullying to people who approach them. They start to expect that humans mean treats and if the human doesn't come carrying treats or doesn't hand them over fast enough, they can get very pushy and even dangerous.
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2017-01-22 04:07 pm (UTC)
This is rather what I'm finding. First time I went among them they ignored me but now we've started giving them treats they mob me whenever I appear.
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[User Picture]From: halfmoon_mollie
2017-01-22 02:37 pm (UTC)
When I was in Elementary School, an older girl was bitten by her horse. On her face. Took most of her cheek. She was known for a long time as 'that girl who was bitten by the horse...'
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2017-01-22 04:07 pm (UTC)
Ooh, nasty....
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[User Picture]From: puddleshark
2017-01-23 09:21 am (UTC)
Even my old mare - who was the gentlest of souls around people - once swung round to chase another pony, whapped me with her huge hairy bum, and knocked me flying... So yes, you need to keep your wits about you.

And since horses are very quick to read body language - it's how they communicate - you need to keep your own body language assertive, to stop them intruding on your personal space.
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2017-01-23 11:38 am (UTC)
I guess I'm learning how to "talk" to them. It's interesting.
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