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post #1 of 85 Old 07-27-2011, 03:51 PM Thread Starter
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fearful horse?

i just bought a horse. He was a show jumper.The barn he was at had a bad fire.
He wasn't handled since, that was 7years ago. He wasn't handled because hewill lash out, rear goes to the back corner.He stayed in that stall 23 hours out of a day....they would put up panels to get him in another stall.He's far from the horse he use to be. My cousin learned to ride on him. Hes 15 years old, almost 16. Is there any hope? what are somethings we could do? right now hes in a covered round pen, he has his old halter on that hasn't been off in 7years.
any tips?
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Find someone experienced with handling horses like that. There are lots of things that people could recommend, but that horse is dangerous, especially for anyone who doesn't really know what they are doing and all it takes is a split second of indecision or hesitation and he could kill you. It's horrible that he's been through such an ordeal that it would effect him that way, but unless you are extremely experienced with handling horses with such severe fear and aggression issues, then you are just asking to get hurt.

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Find someone experienced with handling horses like that. There are lots of things that people could recommend, but that horse is dangerous, especially for anyone who doesn't really know what they are doing and all it takes is a split second of indecision or hesitation and he could kill you. It's horrible that he's been through such an ordeal that it would effect him that way, but unless you are extremely experienced with handling horses with such severe fear and aggression issues, then you are just asking to get hurt.
If i can getthe halter off.. he can be a pasture puff.I have worked with rearers, flipers and pawers, but they were all halter broke.
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I agree with SMRobs. There are a number of approaches I would try but it's a momentary decision, and it should flow as you get questions or reactions from the horse.

With the right people there is hope. I worked with a horse that had been set on fire in a riot and left for dead in a ditch.

Some incredible people brought him back and gave him a life again.
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Sounds like a page right out of a novel Maybe it is the Horse Whisperer that you need?

Why did you buy this guy??

What are his feet like if he hasn't been touched, how did they clean his stall out?
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His hooves are horrible..
I bought him because, the barn gave up on him and was going to shoot him.They would use penals and awhipsto run him into another stall so they could clean his. He was the horse my cousin learned to ride on. I couldn't let him die.
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Frankly, euthanizing him may end up being the most considerate thing you can do for him. If he is living his life in constant fear and is a danger to humans, then that is no quality of life.

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I have to agree with Smrobs here.

Being put down is sometimes a gift.
This sounds like it might be one of those times.
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Where is this horse located? State?
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Keep in mind because he has been cooped up in a stall might be the cause of alot of his aggression and explosiveness. Can you get him in a larger pen with shelter so he can get more exercise while you build some trust? If so I would hang out with him daily and see if he gets curious and starts coming to you and build from there
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