Abused Horse Progress
This is just a topic I posted to keep you guys updated on my project. Tips are nice, but this isn't a help topic.
Ok, so this older man moved his 2 mares to our boarding facility(not ours, but my mom is the BM), and one was abused on her head. She doesn't trust, but she's super willing, and trys so hard. Here are her current problems-
Hard to catch- The lady he hired originally to work with her always "had some place to be, and didn't have time to be slow and gentle catching her" and chased her down with a 4-wheeler. Taday we led her buddy(she's slightly buddy dependant) into the round pen, and she followed, and then we let her friend go, and kept her. I lunged her out without a rope(she wouldn't let us close enough to clip one on), and eventually she settled down, I stopped her, and she came right to me(she reacts magorly from release)so then i just did ground work, touched her ears, etc. at one point i put a saddle pad on the gate. She flipped out. So I got her to sniff it, then flung it off the fence, onto the ground. She flipped out. Eventually her reaction got less and less severe until i touched her with it gently and inched it onto her back. She flips out if you grab her halter or touch her head. So she was obviously abused, but she's doing better. I'll get pics for you guys. Thanks if you read the whole thing!