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    04-09-2009, 05:54 AM
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desensitising my horse!

I have a now 17 yr old standy whom I love and would do anything for me but is petrified of wire. When I first got him he would touch it and bolt now he's either better about it or I am just more confident but he still freaks when he touches it. Any ideas? He's fine with me flicking rope round his feet and his not too touchy about that but its physically wire...any help is much appreciated...also I want to train the same horse to carry a swag on his back behind the saddle and suggestions? Thanks
     
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    04-09-2009, 08:43 AM
  #2
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Originally Posted by cheethamz17    
i have a now 17 yr old standy whom I love and would do anything for me but is petrified of wire. When I first got him he would touch it and bolt now he's either better about it or I am just more confident but he still freaks when he touches it. Any ideas? He's fine with me flicking rope round his feet and his not too touchy about that but its physically wire...any help is much appreciated...also I want to train the same horse to carry a swag on his back behind the saddle and suggestions? Thanks
What kind of wire? It almost sounds like he is scared of hot wire?? Do you know what he was kept in before?

I keep my horses in a high tensil wire, and its all hot. Needless to say they are cautious about it but they are not spooky. Some horses I have seen and have owned one who was spooky of it, will act like your boy and once kept in a hot fence will become leery of any wire, hot or not.

ADD: If your boy is scared of hot wire, what I did with my mare was took a 4' piece of wire, bent both ends so it would not poke me or her and used that piece of wire to desensitize her until she was comfortable. It worked quite well, eventually after she was ok with that piece of wire I started working with her next to a hot fence (that I turned off) until she would calmly walt trot and canter by it without freaking out.

Even if its not a hot fence he is scared of, the teqnique should work for him. I hope this may help you out.
     
    04-10-2009, 03:53 AM
  #3
Foal
Well he's not scared of say fences or the wire on the fences he's scared of pieces of wire on the ground. I live on a farm and there is often alot of stray pieces of wire around. He jumps at the noise and can't stand the feel of it near his feet or legs. When he is at home he is in a paddock with a normal ringlock fence and when he is at school the fences are electric but he doesn't worry about them.
     
    04-10-2009, 09:44 AM
  #4
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Originally Posted by cheethamz17    
well he's not scared of say fences or the wire on the fences he's scared of pieces of wire on the ground. I live on a farm and there is often alot of stray pieces of wire around. He jumps at the noise and can't stand the feel of it near his feet or legs. When he is at home he is in a paddock with a normal ringlock fence and when he is at school the fences are electric but he doesn't worry about them.
I see now what your talking about. I am sure that what I posted above would still work for you. Just get a 4' strand of wire and start desensitizing him to it. After he tolerates it standing, then desensitize him while his feet are moving. I hope this helps you out.
Any ideas? He's fine with me flicking rope round his feet and his not too touchy about that but its physically wire... He is fine with the rope because its softer (I'm assuming) the wire is a lot smaller and its hard, that's y I think you should try with actually a piece of wire to desensitize. Also if he hits the wire with his hooves then it would rattle or "ting" making a sound were as a rope does not.

I too live on an old farm, and evey year more and more junk works up out of the ground. The people who used to live here would bury crap instead of hauling it off. SO I am constantly picking up wire, melted tin and everything else.
     
    04-12-2009, 04:48 AM
  #5
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Thanks heaps for your help I will try that when I get tha chance
     

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