In order to help my soon to be 6yr old QH get over his worrying problem, I've decided to try and desensitize him. I would just like some tips and precautions I should keep in mind. I would also love to have a list and idea's of different things to do with him.
Using a rub rag when grooming is the best thing I ever seen.
If this horse is already a worrywart? He could get worse if you overdo it.
Liken it to me hiding behind every door you walk through and screaming boo. How calm would you be?
If horse is nervous/worried, then I would look into feed being too hot, something going on at barn that is causing this if you board, or you handling of him.
Calm handlers make calm horses.
He only gets enough feed to put his vitamines in and is called "calm and easy". My trainer put him on this and I trust that she knows what she's doing. Akso im not going to scare him ****tless of everything he just needs to be exposed to more veriaty of things because he wasnt handled much. Also he's extremly calm when I lead him and such. He's and angel. It just when he spooks at something its not a very big spook but almost impossible to get him to focus. Posted via Mobile Device
I don't believe in sacking out. I understand wanting to do something with a worry wart of a horse, but I don't think that sacking out is the answer.
So you get them used to tarps, flashing lights etc, so what happens when they come across something that you didn't have on your list, like a pig, a kid playing football or any other of the million things that could happen?
I think you would do better gaining your horses trust, and just being their leader, so you can lead them through anything scary.
Sacking out is the thing of the moment because of certain trainers, but I am not sure it's common sense.
For us it's an ongoing thing. We just do stuff to them and around them. I set stuff on em, let em kick barrels around, the girls like having em wear things. There's quads and trucks driving by them all the time. We shoot around em. Whatever. The biggest issue I see is people being to tip toe and cautious around horses. Just Saturday we had mud trucks out and all the horses decided to lay in the sun as a dozen trucks with open headers ran wide open 300' away. Posted via Mobile Device