Recently I bought an older appy mare and recieved her pasture mate as part of the deal.
The older mare is a dream to be around, leads great, super ground manners, tacks up and rides wonderfully.
The younger companion horse is not as great. She is a 7/8 year old appy mare...was saddle broke as a 2/3 year old but then left to sit in the field until we got her with minimal handling.
The big issue I am having with her at this point is haltering. When they were delivered they both came with their halters on, after settling down in the barn for a day they were set loose in the connecting pasture without their halters of course as there are woods and I didnt want anyone to get snagged on a tree or whatever.
A day passes and I go to collect them for some grooming and bonding.
Keep in mind that I have handled the older mare several times at this point, caught her in a paddock at the previous owners, lunged, rode her ect. Also had a trainer out to evaluate her as well as the vet to draw blood and a full exam was done. She is perfect for me. The younger mare was sort of gotten on a whim however.....the day I had the vet out the owners offered her to me as a companion to the older mare. I agreed, had the vet examine her as well (she was all set and healthy) and they were delivered to me the next day...
Anyways I go to get them for grooming and the younger mare (Lacy) will not let me halter her.....(the older was super behaved though) Eventually I get fed up, take the older mare (Pie) to the barn and head back to the field with just a lead. I was able to get the lead around her neck, and eventually after alot of todo gently get the halter on her.
I put a break away on her and it has been on ever since...I really want to get it off but am worried that I wont be able to get one on again...I am by no means a "trainer" I just have worked at a barn for a few years now and finally found myself in a position where I can own horses. I have helped halterbreak 3-4 babies a year for the past 3 years but this mare is proving to be a challenge.
She seems extreamly head shy when her halter is off....I can do pretty much whatever I want with her....but what can I do to get the halter on her???
Sorry for the long rambling post!