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There’s an old adage that says, “Horses are scared of two things: things that move, and things that don’t.” While some horses are slightly less spooky than others, this phrase probably describes the majority of the equine population at one time or another.

Take Dorado, my fairly level-headed eventer, for example. In reality, he doesn’t spook at much. He raced for four years, and is quite well-travelled (having journeyed up and down the East coast last year), so not much fazes him anymore. And still, despite the fact that he quite happily jumps over whatever is in front of him, he firmly believes that the very same jumps are plotting to eat him if he has to walk by them. And when a deer happens to rustle in the woods as we jog by, naturally, he thinks that it might be–well, is more than likely–out to get him too.


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Erica Larson, former news editor for The Horse, holds a degree in journalism with an external specialty in equine science from Michigan State University in East Lansing. A Massachusetts native, she grew up in the saddle and has dabbled in a variety of disciplines including foxhunting, saddle seat, and mounted games. Currently, Erica competes in eventing with her OTTB, Dorado.

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