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    08-15-2012, 11:04 PM
just out of pasture

Yesterday we brought our 3 year old out of pasture and in to a smaller pen so we can work with her before she went to pasture she was ground broke had saddles on her but never a rider now she will let us pet her but wont let us put on a halter or even a fly mask does anyone happen to have any ideas on how to get her to warm up to us again?
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    08-15-2012, 11:11 PM
Sack her out with it, rub it all over her, let her sniff it until she's comfortable with it. If she moves away from it just follow her until she stands still just using a relaxed movement. Hold a treat so she drops her head and slip it over her nose, give her the treat when it is on. If its not that easy - Hold it in place as best as you can if she gets nervous until she calms then when she isn't nervous proceed. Praise praise praise. When you are trying to get her used to it or put it on -if she is nervous don't push her, don't stop, but don't force her to let you put it on her nose if she's fighting it. Show her it is okay and no reason to be afraid. Same goes for the mask.

Hope that helps some
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    08-15-2012, 11:20 PM
Thank you kindly ill try whatever it takes she has always been a great horse but she does have some racehorse blood in her so she's a little hot anyways but I do appreciate the advise
    08-16-2012, 12:01 AM
Also, there is a herbal suppliment called 'Chill' I know some people who use to for very nervous horses. It doesn't make them different, just calms them and gets them through and ordeal they have been nervous about and they don't freak the next time without using it.
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    08-18-2012, 06:27 PM
Wow! The chill really works today we got a saddle on her and she did great but now the challenge is going to be mounting her with the saddle on her she wont let us on the sides of her and she hates the snaffle bit but that's an easy fix the problem im having is getting her to trust me with the saddle on her
    08-18-2012, 10:24 PM
Tried to put it better, but what I say below is rather blunt - please don't take it as having a go, just trying to say as best I can how this seems to me, with the words you have given....

You haven't told what sort of handling she's had. Eg. What does 'ground broke' mean? Was she just forced to put up with things when she was younger or some such? I'm presuming nothing has been done with the filly in some time - how long? What about healthcare? How have her hooves been dealt with? Worming, teeth, etc?

It sounds like you've just taken her out of a paddock where she's been left to be a horse & not bothered to teach her that being with people can be a Good Thing. Now you want to just do things to her that are unpleasant & scary, without considering how she feels & how you could *teach* her that things are OK & even Fun & Nice.

I'd personally forget about saddles, bridles, especially riders, until you've got a good relationship & understanding with the horse first.
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