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post #1 of 10 Old 03-30-2014, 12:46 PM Thread Starter
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Hi my name is sam I am 23 I have been around horses all my life well my fiance just bought me a 9 year old Tennessee walker she is a great horse but the only problem is I can't put her bridle on she even freaks out when I try to put her halter on if you have any advice please share
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post #2 of 10 Old 03-30-2014, 03:17 PM
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Honestly, it will just take time. Have you worked with stressed horses before? Take some time, a lot of time really, and work in a closed in space like a stall. Go slow, pet them a lot, talk softly and calmly to them, and slowly work on putting it on. Even half way, then take it off, praise. Work a little more, stop and praise. Go slow, be peaceful and calm, work on touching their whole face, just make it a really peaceful experience. It takes time and they probably have a reason its do upsetting, so don't expect to put it on and go riding right away. Spend as many days as it takes just reworking the basics and getting them to trust you to do that.
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Can you touch her ears at all?

Have your tried undoing the crown strap or a rope halter?
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I have been trying that for 2 weeks I can't get the halter near her face I think she was abused a 13 year old girl had her an I was told she sold her cause she was to much for the girl to handle
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I have been trying that for 2 weeks I can't get the halter near her face I think she was abused a 13 year old girl had her an I was told she sold her cause she was to much for the girl to handle
Is this a fact or assumption?

What's more likely is this horse has learned to get away with not haltered or bridled. Most 13 lack the know how and guts to actually discipline a horse.
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It is true a 13 year old owned her
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It is true a 13 year old owned her
You missed the question. Is it fact or accusation that someone abused her.
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post #8 of 10 Old 03-30-2014, 05:22 PM Thread Starter
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Its true she was abused im just not sure what they did
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Did you witness this abuse? It seems you didn't because you're not sure what they did. You are making assumptions which gives us an indication that you don't have a lot of experience. If you did you would recognize that the horse has gotten away with not being haltered/bridled and not necessarily anything anyone did.
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post #10 of 10 Old 03-30-2014, 07:01 PM
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Anyways, whether she was abused or not is irrelevant. The solution and patience requiredto get her over this will be the same in either scenario.

How exactly does she 'freak out', angelsam? Does she just throw her head up and avoid you or is she rearing up/running backwards etc?

What have you tried so far?

Does she flinch and overreact to movement around her head in general? Is she legitimately in fear?

Chances are this horse has just been allowed to get away with bad manners. Give us some more information and we can have a better idea of what this horse is about
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