I'm convinced my horse is determined NOT to get over her fears. After 6 months of getting her not to be afraid of the halter (brushing her with it in my hands, putting it on & off, riding with one hanging off my saddle, etc.) she is once again petrified of it.
Thankfully, I can still walk up to her as long as the halter is at my side and not moving.
When I picked her up in Oct., she had "overcome" her fear of fly-spray. Well that went out the window as well. She is not only afraid off the bottle itself (just sitting on the ground), she is afraid of it on my hands, and scared to death of the spray sound. The flies were so bad last night, she had no choice but to deal with it
After a lovely & entertanaining (NOT!!!) hour and a half of trying to get the halter on, I took her into the arena, so hopefully she won't associate the halter with fly spray (yes, I know I'm dreaming).
I started by just spraying the air. That didn't go over well. To bad
Then I started spraying her legs, she was shaking, but eventually she stood there...sort of. Next came her shoulder, pretty sure she broke all land speed records backing up. Then I started spraying her body. I'm such a meany!! The only way I can describe her reaction is she thought she was part armadillo. She curled up so much, she actually fell over. I let her get up, walked her around a bit then sprayed her again. This time she did tense up, but no armadillo. AND THAT WAS JUST ONE SIDE!!! Same reaction on the other side
I sprayed some on my hand to get her face, after hitting me in the face twice, all of the sudden she just put her face in my hands and let me rub it around....until I had to add more to my hand.
Everytime we ride, she freaks out at the ground poles (they haven't moved). So we work on overcoming that fear. By the end of the ride, it's as if they don't even exist...until next time.
I have a blue brush, I bring that sucker out, OMG it's going to eat her!! Except that it's her favorite
she leans into that thing so much when I brush her face, and then she'll use it as a nose scratcher.
*palm hitting forehead, It's going to be a long summer