Originally Posted by Horseangels
My 2 year old BWP filly doesn't grow a fuzzy coat for the winter and I would like to blanket her to keep her warm. The problem is she thinks the blanket is going to kill her! She is fine in her stall but hates being outside moving around in it. In fact she runs from it and thinks its chasing her. Any suggestions anyone??
Desensitize her to it...have her stand in a calm quiet place and bring in the blanket...just sit it on the ground and let her check it out. Pat her and/or treats. Then once she's accepted that, pick it up and hold it up to her nose. Repeat with the treats and such. Then next try rubbing it on her neck or legs. Repeat. Eventually you can get to the point where it's laying on her back and she doesn't care. Try flapping it around until she no longer cares. The whole process will take awhile but eventually you'll get to where I got my mare...you could literally throw a tarp or blanket over her head and she would just stand there, no big deal. But last year she wouldn't go NEAR a tarp with a 10 ft pole!!! ;)