Originally Posted by ConfusciusWasAGreatTeachr View Post
< I think that depends on the situation, horse and how you deal with it.
I think what's more important like most of these 'help me' threads is understanding why it happens in the first place instead of how can I...
I think it's more beneficial to learn to prevent instead of correcting or treating the 'issue'.
Agree. But a lot of times, the damage is already done. So you could have a PhD in prevention, but that still won't get you the treatment. As for the OP being an "amateur" trainer, I wouldn't be as concerned at this point of causing any further set-backs for this horse.
They seem like they are willing to listen to advice. Understandably, they are looking for tools that will shorten the length of time it will take to get the horse to trust them (I'm in the same situation, but a few steps ahead of the OP). I've noticed that the ones that ask questions, are most often the ones that in the long run will do fine. Maybe just in a round about way:) It's the ones that don't who typically make things worse.
To the OP: I was in the same situation starting last Oct. Let's just say I froze my toes quite often just standing by her in the field. This was my timeline(IN NO WAY AM I SAYING THIS IS HOW LONG IT SHOULD TAKE!, just an example) Oct.- could not get near Dally, especially in the field. She would run away when I got close to her and shake when she saw a halter.
End of Dec. - was finally able to walk up to her anywhere & pet her as long as I didn't have anything in my hands.
Mid-Jan she would walk away when I would approach with a halter it brush, but only a few steps. So we would do our little "dance", I wouldn't go away, but I wouldn't corner her either. Usually it only took a few min for her to let ma pet her. I still couldn't put the halter on.
Early Mar - finally able to get halter on. Usually took about 30-60 min of "dancing" (her letting me get close, then feeling anxious. But instead of running as far away as she could, she would either take a few steps away or stay put, but tense up & pull her head away.
Mid-late Mar to now - she's to the point where she's not afraid of me & trusts me, but there's still a lot of baggage she has to get over. Most days it's a game for her now, which at this point I'm fine with. As long as I don't have anything resembling a halter or lead I can walk right up to her no problem. If I have just a halter, it takes about 2-10 min to get her to let me put it on. If I have a halter & lead, figure anywhere from 5-30 min depending on her mood.
Interesting enough, once tacked up, she is ALWAYS an arms length away and will follow me everywhere.
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