I was wondering if anyone had any great ideas about how I can get my horse to let me brush his face.
Also, while i'm at it, anyone got any ideas about how to give worming paste to a horse who doesn't like it?
Does he allow you to touch his neck? If so then slowly work your way closer and closer to his face. Stop before he freaks out and everyday you will get closer and closer to his face until he will let you pet and groom it. The apple sauce should work good for the deworming trick.
Dumas was like that for a very long time. We just kept touching his face...lol. It sounds mean but we would touch him and stay calm when he pulled back or swung his head away. Talked to him calmly and gentle. We just kept at it..first we would touch his cheek, then maybe we would rub across his nose very softly. He would pull away but we had already touched him. So score 1 for us. It was over before he could really get upset. Now like 7 months later he will walk up to us and sniff us and offer his face to rub. He still doesn't like it as much as other horses do. He prefers us to burry our hands in his forelock and scratch away.
That's how we did it. Good Luck on your guy!
ETA- We use feed-on wormer rather than fighting about it with a paste.
I know very little about horses, but most of the horses I've met (admittedly all boarded at a riding school where good manners are taught to every hores) love being scratched on their forehead. While helping a friend groom her horse, the lady in the box opposite was doing hers, and her horse doesn't like the body brush around his face. So she scratches with her knuckles and then goes over the same place with the brush to associate yay-scratching-and-love with the grooming.