Wednesday, April 8, 2009


Recently one of my favorite horse blogs, Nuzzling Muzzles, has been working on bombproofing her horses for the trail. Not too long ago, she was working on desentizing her horse to her jacket.

I've taken my coat off from Panama's back before, and even tossed it to the ground next to me. This was all done slowly, so that he had a chance to get used to the coat fluttering before I threw it down. However, one thing I've found is that just because you've worked with them on something before, doesn't guarantee they'll remember it months later.

So today when I got too hot hanging out in the pasture with the horses and the barn owner, I took my sweatshirt off and decided to harass Panama with it. I flapped it around, flung it over his back, and covered up his neck, all with him untied. At first he wasn't crazy about this exercise, but then he realized I was just messing with him.

WTF, Mom?

Bombproofing my horse - desensitizing him to my sweatshirt

Does this sweatshirt make me look fat?

Bombproofing my horse - desensitizing him to my sweatshirt

I think Mom is making fun of me... AGAIN...

Bombproofing my horse - desensitizing him to my sweatshirt

He even let me cover his eyes with the sleeves (one at a time, I haven't tried completely blindfolding him yet). When I took these pictures the breeze was picking up, causing the sweatshirt to flap and flutter, and he still wasn't bothered. Mommy is so proud!



At April 8, 2009 at 4:58 PM, Blogger Nuzzling Muzzles said...

Panama looks too cute wearing a hoodie. I think you've invented a new style for horses.

At April 8, 2009 at 7:29 PM, Blogger Katharine Swan said...

LOL. They actually do have hoods to go with horse blankets and keep their necks warm... Have you seen them? But they're not nearly as cute as Panama wearing my clothes. :o)

At April 8, 2009 at 11:10 PM, Blogger Reddunappy said...

LOL the horse in a hoodie LOL sounds like it could be a cute childrens book! hmmmmm LOL

Cute pics!

At April 11, 2009 at 2:21 PM, Blogger Katharine Swan said...

Thanks Lisa! :o)

At May 6, 2009 at 5:41 PM, Blogger jane augenstein said...

He looks like he doesn't care if he is wearing your sweatshirt, good. I covered Gilly with a plastic tarp to see what he would do; grabbed it in his mouth and flung it off, then picked it up and shook it! He doesn't scare very easily!
~Jane and Gilly~


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