Alli is my first horse (well technically I don't own her, but shes on loan to me for three years and I own her in every way that matters XD ) I first met her in November 2010 when I was shareing lifts with her owner so I could do my Stage 1. I was offered to ride Allis Dam and get her back into work. I did but what I really wanted to do was back the crazy filly :) So thats what I did!
Started leading + lunging and getting to know her. Got her saddled and bridled but didn't know where to go from there so I officially got her on loan in july 2011, took her to a trainer where I could do the work with her too and thats when her riding career started!! A year later, she is my heart horse and I seriously can't imagine life with out her <3
Country Boy, you say your horse bolts as soon as her sees the pipe come out. Could you leave it out for a few das so he gets used to its presence? Just leave it in a coil in the corner, feed him, groom him etc next to it. Then get him used to you touching it, then desensitize him once he realises it isnt a coiled snake or something. Don't try using water until he is happy being around it.
Or you could lead him back and forth past it, each time he should get closer and closer. When hes pratically walking on it,do the same thing with someone holding it, then with someone holding it and a gentle trickle coming from it. Get him to walk through a stream and go from his feet up from there. These are what I would try :)
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