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    09-24-2009, 05:45 PM
Grooming an inexperienced horse

How would I go about grooming an inexperienced horse (not clipping and pulling or anything extravagant) Just curry, comb, brush, scrub away the mud and eye gooeys. She is about 9 years old but still is in the I must sniff everything you bring near me with my eyes bugged out stage

P.s. Why do some posts come up bolded and others do no?
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    09-24-2009, 07:25 PM
Dont mean to bug, but anybody have an idea?
    09-24-2009, 11:37 PM
    09-25-2009, 12:41 AM
Teach her that grooming feels good. My appy used to hate being groomed, and I think that was just because he didn't have anyone groom him so much until I came around haha. It has taken about two years but he eventually has learned that hey.... that feels good when you do that.

Show her what you have in your hand, then find a good spot to curry. Try to find her good itch spot so she clicks that grooming is good.

If you can't approtch her with anything yet, then you simply still need to gain her trust before you take the next step.
    09-25-2009, 08:00 AM
Ok, thank you! And after that I guess I should keep sessions short? And work my time up? Or go as long as lets me?
    09-25-2009, 09:51 AM
Just talk to her, brush her softly and slowly, patting her to rewarding her every time she relaxes. If she's got mud caked on her that could cause pain when grooming maybe use a wet towel to soften it up before your curry it. You don't want her to associate pain with grooming. She's probably never had anyone show her love in this kind of way. Personally, I think grooming is crucial in training and gaining trust. It's a happy time between horse and owner.

As far as time sessions, you've gotta work with her and adapt to what she can handle. You could start off with short sessions, just going until she's calm and then add on 5 minutes or so from then on.
    09-25-2009, 04:19 PM
Alright, thank you! She has never been mistreated in anyway to be afraid, but no one has personally taken the time to really bond with her this way I think
    09-25-2009, 04:26 PM
I definitely agree with the above posts. My boy wasn't groomed much either, and did not want anything to do with it. I brought the brush up to him and let him get use to seeing it and how it felt. Once he finally was ok with seeing it the best place to him oddly enough was his head. So I began there and then just kept going. He still has some issues on his back end but will at least stand still. Only problem is now he loves the brush a LITTLE to much LOL
    09-25-2009, 04:28 PM
Unless she is going to try and get away from you (pull on the cross tie, etc) just groom and ignore her. I have a boarder who constantly gives in to every snort her horse does. As a result - the mare is going backwards in her manners and is getting dangerous. She actually ran her owner over the other day.

Yes it is the owner. The mare gives me no grief what so ever. I ignore her and she follows me anywhere I ask her to go. Stands tied quietly, etc.
    09-25-2009, 04:49 PM
That will be a good thing to keep in mind.

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