Originally Posted by GhostwindAppaloosa
LMFAO! You know they always do! Honestly unless a horse has amazing ground manners I don't even GET ON THEM in the first 30 days. And I have YET to get a horse in with great ground manners.
You'll find its because those with great ground manners are generaly the product of people who know what they are doing and generaly break them themselves.
However My lad Reeco has brilliant ground manners, do anything you like with him on the ground but riding has been an ordeal! He has so much remembered pain and trauma that it has been absolute hell.
We are getting there now but he is still sharp, spooky and inclined to bolt as a first reaction and think about it later.
Originally Posted by Saddlebag
How long does he stay in the other stalls vs his. What about the horses on either side - are they emitting negative energy that he's sensing. The best way to get a horse to do something is to create a situation whereby he wants to do it. This is where a person has to get creative. Here's an example. Dreaded fly spray. As long as the horse stood still while I sprayed water well to my side, he got a treat. Working in increments the spraying gradually got closer. When it barely touched his leg, he departed (he was at liberty) three or four strides, stopped, turned to face me and stood for oh, 20 seconds. I think he was trying to figure out how to get the treat. He approached me. I started again only with larger increments and within half a minute I'd sprayed him all over and gave him his treat. He could have left at any time but it was his decision to stay. Since that day he's always been easy to spray.
Sorry but What a long winded twiddly way of doing something and what a load of nonsense about "negative energy" from other horses.
My lad accepted fly spray because I had a head collar on him and I sprayed it on him. No treats involved. If he shies away from it I continue to spray it untill he stands still. When he stands still I stop and the pressure comes off.
Took all of 20 seconds and now I can use aerosol sprays on his head (a cut above his eye to be precise) and he doesnt move a muscle for it even without a headcollar or restraint.
My horses accept clippers because I say it is OK not because they want treats.