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post #1 of 27 Old 06-13-2009, 09:29 AM Thread Starter
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Help Make A List of to Desensitize

I need a list of things to desensitize a horse to, I realize you can do it with anything but I'd like a list so I can go out and buy, or find the items. Just give me as many items as you can think of, and try not to repeat items. I plan on starting out young with Romeo and getting him past anything he might decide is going to "eat him" and it's been awhile since I've done alot of desensitizing with a horse, as normally I am saddle breaking them. I will start out with what I was able to think up:

* Fly Spray/Water Hose
* Tarps
* Banners/Flags
* Squeaky Toys
* Plastic Bags
* Dogs
* Brooms/Pitchforks
* Banging Doors/Loud Sudden Noises
* Filling Water in a Bucket
* Picking Stall with Horse In It
* Clippers

I want to start working at them while he is home before I move him up to a barn to start working on lunge line, Romeo is 5 months old tomorrow.
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post #2 of 27 Old 06-13-2009, 09:59 AM
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riding helmet,cars, also good to walk him on hard surfaces wood, concrete...thats all I can think of now

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post #3 of 27 Old 06-13-2009, 12:42 PM
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I like to go to a Dolllar Tree or a 99 cent store and get my desensitizing stuff there, so you dont spend a ton of money. I got a bunch of party noise makers, balloons, and an umbrella there. Oh and a flag. I also use a tarp, clippers, make loud horse was super sensitive to loud sudden noises, so that is what we are working on.
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someone riding a bicycle
cap gun
blown up beach ball
walking on a matress
wind chimes
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post #5 of 27 Old 06-13-2009, 02:25 PM
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good idea rosy about going to the dollar store and getting stuff. How about chaps, a coat or people wearing hats? pretty smart coming up with a list like this...I think I will use it on my horse too.
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post #7 of 27 Old 06-13-2009, 04:14 PM
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I ride our mares a lot through neighborhoods where there are tons of horse monsters. Try anything a horse wouldn't see in a pasture.. besides the banner, balloons, etc, try mailboxes, bikes, grates, manhole covers, skateboards, strollers, joggers, any beach/pool toys, basketballs, tennis balls, swings, walking on wood, asphalt, concrete (different colors and feels)...the list endless. Try lots of different colors, too... yellow, red, and black seem to bother some horses, while other colors seem to be attractive to them (one of our mares loves anything pink, even pink horse monsters).

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post #8 of 27 Old 06-14-2009, 12:45 AM
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rugs, pets, whips

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post #9 of 27 Old 06-14-2009, 01:29 AM
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Can't do it all. I'd say take your horse for a walk around the block. Everything he shies at, add to your list. Even if you can't see what the heck it was that your horse is freaking out about(the invisible boogymonster) add it to your list. LOL
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post #10 of 27 Old 06-14-2009, 05:03 AM
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Prams, Letterboxes, cars, trucks, motorbikes, skateboards (hmm all mine have wheels)

washing on a line

Kites (Ahh yes kites - thats a good one)

Bouncing balls....

Hoola hoops (Cause that would be fun :) )

Raincoats going on and off while on his back


small animals (Chickens sheep etc)

Dog kennels with dos in it....

lawnmowers (Ride on and push)

Hmmmm (And most of the above are from experience LOL)
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