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post #1 of 8 Old 01-12-2009, 09:56 AM Thread Starter
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Question "Head shy" ?

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What does "headshy horse" means?
I'm newbie...

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post #2 of 8 Old 01-12-2009, 10:06 AM
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Headshy means they are afraid or nervous of having things (such as hands) get close to their head. This usually comes as a result of abuse or the horse being struck on the head by something.

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post #4 of 8 Old 01-12-2009, 12:16 PM
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It's also IMO one of the hardest things to correct so NEVER hit a horse on or around it's head.

I had a mare once that was so headshy catching her was near impossible. I could get the rope around her neck but then it would take me a good hour after that to get the halter on her face. After about a year of her being at my house she finally came around and she would allow you to catch and pet her face, but no sudden movements.
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It can be if a horse gets hit on the head with a bucket, headpiece (top bit of a bridle), loads of stuff, that's why you never hit a horses head, it will shy by throwing its head away and turning ect

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I had a horse that was head shy first of all because I think she had been "eared" before. That is where you grab and twist a horse's ear so that they will do what you want. And then she got a neck injury from having a chambon/degouge used on her, which made her even MORE head shy.
So in short -- use of gadgets can also indirectly cause head-shyness.
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post #7 of 8 Old 01-14-2009, 04:37 PM
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I had a horse that was head shy first of all because I think she had been "eared" before. That is where you grab and twist a horse's ear so that they will do what you want. And then she got a neck injury from having a chambon/degouge used on her, which made her even MORE head shy.
So in short -- use of gadgets can also indirectly cause head-shyness.
Hmm.. I haven't heard of that before, that may explain something.. I know two mares, am training one, and both of them wouldn't allow anyone or anything around their ears, and would do ANYTHING to get away from "evil ear snatcher people". The mare I am training has overcome her fear of having her ears touched after lots of trust and patience from me and her trusting me back, but that may explain why these mares had the problem in the first place. The two mares came from the same owner 2 years ago from Ohio area to here in Massachusetts and the women at the barn I help at that owns the barn and horses couldn't understand it and neither could I when I came down a year ago and began helping there. I'm sure I can use the same techniques I used on the other mare on the other one who is headshy when I can get time to work with her other life has interfered so much lately grrr.. but thank you so much!

I will look up more on that abuse type so maybe I can get the two mares totally desensitized to their possible previous problem.

Thanks a Bunch!!

Chelsea and Jewel (the two mares) and I appreciate this new info!
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post #8 of 8 Old 01-14-2009, 04:48 PM
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Yeah; a 'headshy' horse may not want to be touched on the face, anywhere on the head, ears, etc. ;) To make them 'un' headshy, it can take time, just gradually letting them know it's OK if they are touched on their head.

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