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    07-27-2012, 11:15 AM
Green Broke
Unhappy I've hit a Road Block...:(

My Filly camo.. I used to be able to do anything with her.. then I put her and my 2 other horses out on pasture.. and camo is now a heard bound crazy filly.. She used to be calm and fearless.. now she wont walk over tarps/// or EVEN leadropes without hesitating.. and to make things worse.. she found invisible wire to get trapped in.. im not sure where because I checked the fences and then one day I was riding and she went crazy and I realized she got tangled.. but she ran herself out and there wasn't much that I could do except move the wire...

Now I can't put anything around her back legs... she freaks out.. I mean I can put a leadrope around her back legs but as soon as she starts to walk she runs and bucks and rears so I try to hold on the the leadrope until she stops and figures out its alright but its not working she just runs and runs until I loose hold of the rope...

What can I do .. to re desensitize her??? Any ideas?
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    07-27-2012, 04:56 PM
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You can either tie her solidly and use a long, soft cotton rope to get her used to having her legs worked with a rope. I have a 25 foot long 1 inch cotton rope (not cheap) but I have had it for years. I have un-twisted most of the rope and hand braided it back into a soft 3 strand hand braid. I use it for 'sacking out', getting a horse to accept things around their legs and to lift their hind legs for me. It has worked on many really serious kickers. When you tie one end around low on a horse's neck and use the remaining 20 foot, it is called a Scotch rope. You can get a horse used to about anything with one. They just MUST be tied and Must have to stand a 'take it'.

The other thing you can do is put her in a soft sandy area and hobble train her. I would recommend 4-way hobbles. Had she been hobble trained BEFORE, when she got hung up in wire, she would have just frozen in place and let you get her untangled. I have had to take wire cutters to cut more than one horse out of wire. The horse just stood there patiently waiting for me to get them out.
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    07-28-2012, 12:54 AM
Re the change in behaviour, without more details, don't know if it's because she's been left for a long time & wasn't trained well to start with, whether it's something you're doing, but I'd also consider it could be a physical or neurological problem, if she seemed to change inexplicably. Could be as simple as a vit. B deficiency, or she's put her neck out & pain is getting in the way of thinking....

Re desensitising, I think it's important to get them used to a range of stuff, especially things around their legs. I don't like to use 'flooding' type methods to force a horse to just put up with stuff though and instead use 'approach & retreat' exercises, to get the horse confident & trusting about you & your 'games' & such.
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    07-28-2012, 10:45 AM
Green Broke
Well I agree with loosie^^ with the approach and retreat way of it. And before she was stuck in the fence she had no problem with it.. I have not hoble trained her because I thought.. obviously I was wrong, but I thought that she was too young to do that just yet.?
    07-28-2012, 10:59 AM
Green Broke
Is she still out on pasture? I only let mine out a couple hours a day. The rest of the day they are in a larger secure "corral" area and at night separated into their stalls. Not only for feeding time, but it helps to keep me as herd leader, if that makes any sense. Maybe separate her from your other(s) and work on desensitizing all over again? I know its a lot of work, but important. And hobble breaking is a must!

My mare got caught up in a hay net one time. She didn't get hurt, but it was shortly after she came to me and it really freaked her out I guess. Even though there were no physical signs of injury, she was uber sensitive around her front legs for awhile. We just worked on it daily until she got over it.
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    07-28-2012, 01:47 PM
Green Broke
Yes she is out on pasture all the time. Hay is too expensive.. my dad wont let me take her away from the others for a while.:/ which makes everything harder...
    07-28-2012, 07:48 PM
Try moving her into a pen with either horses she is more confident with, or by herself. This happened with my mare as she was picked on really bad and got extremely anxious. In the ties she was nervous -nose out, under saddle nervoius etc. She was never like that. I moved her into a pen with some younger horses and she relaxed, now that she is older I have her back in with the same horses and she is fine. She was just too young in that pen and it didn't work.
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    07-28-2012, 07:51 PM
If you can't take her out, I would suggest going out there with a crop and enforcing that they leave her alone. I had to do it with my gelding as he was penning my mare and chasing her all day -he leaves her alone now for the most part
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    07-28-2012, 07:51 PM
Green Broke
The other horses arnt mean to her..
    07-28-2012, 08:04 PM
The dynamics of a herd can be really diverse. Is she is insecure in there, even if they aren't mean to her she could still be the bottom of the totem and lose her confidence. Its a thought anyways.
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