Join Date: May 2009
Location: Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada
Tips for horse hating mane pulled?
Figures. The horse that you could put a bomb under and you still wouldn't deter her from nipping has decided she's too sensitive to have her mane pulled.
Anybody have any tips for horses who dislike this? It's nothing serious, you can still get the job done, but she just gets worse and worse as you continue. You can brush her mane fine, but as soon as you back comb, she knows exactly what's coming. We've tried multiple times back combing and then just brushing it again, which works if you do it a few times and THEN pull, but then she's right back to throwing her head and backing up when you back comb.
Should I just ignore her? She basically throws her head up, tries to back up (she's pretty much stopped this as I very loudly reprimand her with my voice and a nice tap on the side with the comb for moving in a direction I haven't asked for) and now that she's learned she has to stand still, she's taken to shaking her head everytime you grab a chunk of mane.
It's been an extended work in progress, over the last several weeks, doing as little as possible each time, as I have to ensure the chunk I'm pulling is tiny or she REALLY gets upset. It's almost there, as I said we CAN do the work, but is there someway I can make this easier for her?
I hope God tells her to smash her computer with a sledgehammer.