Originally Posted by SarahRicoh
okay maybe I didnt explain very well....he has a massive girth scar and many scars all over him and an indent in his head where some1 hit hin with something very solid so hr was abused, quite badly from what owner saif.
Iv watched him been tacked up and it looked defensive 2 me.... every time she touched a place he wasnt happy about-eg girth. He turned around or swung head.
I agree he's ob learnt that doing that makes people leave him alone and this needs 2 be corrected but I don't think hitting him with a whip will help! Moving him is a good idea as I use that technique when trailering... any other opinions? Anyone know anything about breed?
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Blocking, the technique I mentioned, won't hurt his mind any further, and will protect you from a bite.
But again, as someone else mentioned, horses don't readily 'choose' to live in the past; we keep them there by the way we handle them...so when you handle him, try to look past what you know about his past and handle him like you would any other horse. Don't ***** foot around him, by any means. I also mostly work with 'problem' horses, and simply treating them like a normal horse is what helps them come around quickest; establishing respect first and foremost. Horses require a good leader, especially those who have lacked a good one from the start.
On the abuse...all I want to know is who watched the horse be beaten for an hour and did nothing about it? That sickens me to no end. If indeed he was abused, you still need to look past it, and help the horse get over it. Scars in and of themselves, also, do not mean abuse...he could just have easily have gotten in a wreck in the pasture, or in a trailer...