Join Date: Mar 2010
Location: Western Pennsylvania
While I actually use blindfolds myself (notbjust tying one and all of a sudden think they will follow me like a shadow, but as a trust game type deal), you're just begging for a death sentence if you try to blindfold your horse to get it into the arena.
Also..I see nothing wrong backing a horse into the arena if it wants to back all day. As long as the horse is performing a forward motion (not directional, mental), then it's no worse than walking into the arena. But, I would NOT suggest that for this horse, seeing as he's been rearing, it isnt a good idea, at all.
But as I stated before..lots of outside arena work such as trails..I had to gain my old mare's trust, respect, and leadership before she could walk into an arena and be excited rather than the testy attitude that she use to have.
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