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post #1 of 6 Old 07-29-2010, 01:37 PM Thread Starter
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Do I have the right idea?

Have a head shy mare, Getting the hackamore on is sometimes a big ordeal. I have finally got my schedule to where I can devote a couple hours everyday to her. I've ridden her 3 days this week, with no major issues. Just working basics. She fought a bit the first few days on the headstall, but today it was war. She would have nothing of it. So, based on what I have read, I took her into the round pen. I lunged her a little bit the tried the headstall, with each refusal, I lunged her again. I did this repetition until she finally gave in. She was pretty tired, so I only put the headstall on , praised her, walked away and left her alone for a few minutes. I didn't ride her today. I felt like I accomplished the task I really needed done, and didn't want to push her.
Is this the right way to get her to yield to me, or do I need to utilize the repetition method for this problem. She's darn headstrong, but I got the time now.
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post #2 of 6 Old 07-29-2010, 01:40 PM
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I think you are on the right track. You are telling her that all she has to do is put the headstall on and she gets to rest. If she doesnt...she has to work. It takes a few sessions but they do get it. Next session, try putting it on and taking it off and then putting it on again.
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post #3 of 6 Old 07-29-2010, 01:50 PM
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yeah it all sounds good, ^^

Horses are scared of two things... Things that move and things that don't.
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post #4 of 6 Old 07-29-2010, 01:59 PM
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Is there a reason she doesn't like it? Injury to head, ear, etc? Is the way it's being put on her making her feel claustrophic?

I guess before I lunged a horse down to being that tired, I would figure out the why. Horses typically react out of pain or fear.
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post #5 of 6 Old 07-29-2010, 02:27 PM Thread Starter
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She's been vetted. No teeth issues or ear issues. She's 11. We don't know her history and knew nothing when my wife bought her. I have no clue what her headshy issue is. It's much better since we got her and "understood" we had a problem. We handle her head as much as possible. Some day's she's not bad, others she's a complete freak.
I have just now got my schedule to where I can work with her everyday. I am hoping that the daily work will get her past the issue. She really is a decent mare under saddle. Just getting that headstall on is the obsticle.
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post #6 of 6 Old 07-29-2010, 03:01 PM
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Sounds like an ear infection-- they can come and go.
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