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post #1 of 6 Old 07-10-2010, 09:37 PM Thread Starter
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Haltering, Not Catching...

Well, one of my boys decided he's head shy today. I went up to him, and he let me pet him/treat him... but when I went to halter him he kept avoiding it by moving his head & he eventually took off.

Later in the day I tried again, this time with the lead around his neck. Same thing.

Now, since it happened so suddenly, I'm wondering if its from pain? He has a sunburnt nose that I've been trying to keep sunscreen on (before he decided not to be caught). Also, the other day he freaked out when tied and broke his halter, so I'm wondering if he got hurt then, or at least developed a bad association with the halter?

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post #2 of 6 Old 07-10-2010, 09:42 PM
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Is this the first time trying to halter him after he broke his halter when tied? If so I bet it is directly related to that.
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Yep.
How do you suggest I get it back on him without stressing him out?

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Can you bring him in with a rope around his neck and halter him in a stall? I am all for treats in the hand to offer as the halter goes over the nose. My guys go in the stall with a rope around the neck and than are haltered while eating hay off the stall floor most times. When you tie him again maybe try putting twine on the end of the lead rope so if he freaks the twine breaks not the halter or rope.
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I mean by twine my crossties are attatched to the wall with twine so if a horse were to rear or freak the twine snaps before the cross tie or rope or halter. When I tie to a post the twine goes around the post and I tie a quick release knot onto the twine. Had one of my guys snap crossties in half twice almost fell over backwards very scary I don't risk that anymore.
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Thanks for the twine idea! And I'll just go out and pet him for a day or two to get him to calm down.

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