Join Date: Sep 2007
Location: Hatton Vale, QLD, Australia
i have a new warmblood who is a silly young fella and hates the brush, the hose, the fly spray, his rugs, having his hooves cleaned and basically anything that involves being touched or dealt with in any way lol
tonight i decided the mud needed to come off, his feet needed picked and there was a storm coming so he needed the rugs we spent $200 on but havent been able to put on him yet.
so i gave him his dinner and set about doing everything while he was occupied. i knealt down low near his head and started, (dont laugh) singing to him and patting his legs. a started slowly brushing his legs after a minute. normally by this point he would have his ears back and be swishing his tail at me. instead he was so busy listening to my awful singing and hoeing into his food, that he really didnt seem bothered.
i slowly worked my way up his leg to his shoulder and he still didnt flinch. mind you i was still singing the top 40 to him lol by the time he finished eating i had removed all the mud and put his rugs on. everything i did, i showed him first. if he didnt like it, id leave it a second, let him relax and start eating and try again. persistence finally showed him that it was all ok. the eating helped him settle and stand still too.
he still has a long way to go but it was further than we have got before.
"I whisper but my horse doesnt listen...So I yell!!...He still doesnt listen"