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Join Date: Dec 2010
Location: South East Texas
Sorry, didn't mean to make it sound like I beat the horse everyone! I worded that awfully. I didn't make her bleed, but she did have some good welts on her after I was done. I agree that I came at things wrong, I truly have never experienced a horse who would not respond to me whatsoever and I had no idea what to do. I've always been taught by the rule that you never back down from a horse, so when she bit me in the stomach and I lashed her HARD across the chest, I expected her to jump backwards and let that be that. Instead she just pinned her ears, threw her head up, and stood there. I gave her two more good thwacks (this was with a yatch rope lead- pretty tough material), and she still just tensed her body and didn't move. I tried marching her off and gave her one more good thwack but she still did nothing and that is when I gave up. I don't know why she was the way that she was...but clearly she needed someone much more experienced than me. The problem was, there WAS no one more experienced than I was at that farm, and I was her last chance. I honestly feel like I let her down, but I didn't know how to reverse her behavior. What I think happened to make her the way that she was, is that she was handled pretty roughly for a while before she became a therapy mount. She came to them 'broke' but with dead sides, so their solution was put her in a mechanical hack and put a big guy on her, and make her run. However she only ran when she wanted to and only if you were ultra-alpha on her, so they decided "well hey, she's a dead head- lets use her for therapy." And she was great with the kids...until the lead liners started letting her bite, then cow kick. That is when I stepped in. I never even considered that she'd shut down like that, and that was my fault. It was how she responded to everything. It could very well have been my body language that was confusing her, but I don't confuse other horses. She is the first and only that I've had just freeze like that with pinned ears. To this day I think she still bites- she lives in a pasture with a bunch of cows now.
I honestly don't know WHAT she needed. I'm open to suggestions though, because I sure as heck feel bad that I couldn't fix her. Gentle coaxing, treating, etc never worked for her either. The girl who tried that with her ended up kicked in the leg which was the last straw.
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