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post #1 of 51 Old 10-29-2009, 08:39 AM Thread Starter
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Help----Cant get headcollar on

I have been trying to introduce headcollars to my two new foals and im failing miserably, I know they have had them on before but I don't want to freak them out and they are rather skittish, I need the headcollars on so I can bring them down to the field, how do I go about this, I know the last owner used to corner them to do this and they were not happy with it at all, I want them to like headcollars or at least deal with them, need tips., asap as field is waiting
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post #2 of 51 Old 10-29-2009, 09:03 AM
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Have you tried offering treats or grain for them to stick their heads through? Like you put your hand through the noseband and as the get more of their face in keep pulling back till its on? That would definitely teach them to love their halters!
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post #3 of 51 Old 10-29-2009, 09:13 AM Thread Starter
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tried this already and they didnt even want to take the food
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post #4 of 51 Old 10-29-2009, 09:17 AM
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do they have a favorite treat ?

I would also just start petting them, then hold the headcollar out & keep petting & petting them & not do anything with it yet until they relax & forget about it. Also if you could get a rope around their neck that would keep them from going too far

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post #5 of 51 Old 10-29-2009, 09:19 AM Thread Starter
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I can get a rope around them no problem but would prefer a headcollar, got leather ones so they will be safe in the field. Have rubbed them and can put the headcollar all over their head but as soon as I try getting it on they freak out.
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post #6 of 51 Old 10-29-2009, 09:22 AM
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I don't have any baby experience, but when my guy was head shy I would grab a long lead rope, drape it over his neck, make a quick loop over his nose and clip it to itself on his neck. We called it the "emergency halter" and used it when he had lost his halter in the field. Worked great.
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post #7 of 51 Old 10-29-2009, 09:38 AM
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When they react, what - specifically - are they doing? (ie putting head up, thrashing about, etc) Knowing what they are doing will help direct possible "fixes".
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post #8 of 51 Old 10-29-2009, 02:04 PM Thread Starter
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one of them is putting head down and the other one is thrashing around, but he thrashes around a lot when I want him to be in other side of stable. But bailey is head down, ears back, white eyes, teeth bared. The other one just freaks out and tries to run away
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post #9 of 51 Old 10-29-2009, 05:59 PM
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You need help with these colts or they are going to end up badly. I don't believe you have the knowledge to raise these colts by yourself so you should seek proffesional help. I could try to make suggestions for you but I'm afraid if you did what I would do you could get hurt.

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post #10 of 51 Old 10-29-2009, 06:09 PM Thread Starter
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I understand your concern but there is no professional help anywhere near me, no trainers or stud farms. Just cows and sheep and farmers. I just want suggestions so I can work with them, I don't care how slowly it is just so I can get them to respect me and I can lead them, its the initial halter training that I am not sure about as I don't like to freak them out any more.
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