Join Date: Aug 2010
Location: Southeastern PA
Wow!!! I've taken about 10 mins to think about how to respond to this. Never in my life am I left speechless, you just left me that way.
Firstly you are creating your own issue by being nervous around the horse because of the breed. I've repeated this a few times, and I wish I knew where I read it, but I don't recall. There was a study where horse handlers were told to walk a horse around an arena a few times. They were told on the third time passing an area that someone would jump out and open and close an umbrella violently. Every single horse spooked, not one person jumped out and opened or closed an umbrella.
We cause our horses to freak out more often than not.
I understand that you are working at a barn, and so can't dictate, but these horses would be better off being out except for severe weather.
Do you know who the alpha is in each herd? Are you letting them out first?
Are you doing things like having the gates open ready for the first horse, so you are not holding a crazy horse while trying to open the gate?
What are these horses fed?
How long are they in for?
do you use a chain under the chin?
And then if you are not comfortable, you shouldn't be doing this job. If you are experienced, then you just need to toughen up.
My horse is a TB, if he's not been out a while, he will prance on the line, and usually he is a complete dead head. All horses want out. And the reason why your QH would not do that, is the reason why I would never own a QH.