Join Date: Oct 2007
Location: Alberta, Canada
• Horses: 0
About the grocery bag thing - BIG WARNING!!!!!
DO NOT attach a grocery bag firmly on a horse that is spooky.
In fact, I really don't recommend it on any horse.
I knew a person who tried to de-spook their horse that way, and attached the bag to the saddle, and started lunging the horse... the horse flipped his lid, broke free of her, jumped through the fence, and literally ran himself ragged.
He was drenched in sweat when she caught him and he had cut up his legs bad from not clearing the fence, then running all over the place trying to lose the bag.
It did not work, in fact it backfired; that horse is as spooky with bags as he was on day one, if not spookier.
I will NEVER forget that day, it's burned into my mind; the horse crashing through the fence trying to get away, his legs cut up when he came back to the stable.
I cannot imagine what would have happened if the bag had been attached to his halter!!!
So, it may work on some horses.... but I think it lacks common sense to tie (!) it anywhere near a horse's head.
Bells are one thing, bags are COMPLETELY different.
Please think twice before doing this.
One method of de-spooking USING a bag was this:
Attach a grocery bag to a dressage or stock whip, that way you have the ability to touch the horse all over with the bag and still stand at his head. Start by having the bag close to you and start at the shoulder, gently rubbing and not making too much of a racket. Praise the horse for standing quietly. Once he's okay with the bag at the shoulder, you can start rubbing from farther away, using the stick, and working slowly around the horse's whole body.
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