Major improvement for the almost-untouchable Red Man
Red hasn't been worked with since he was a yearling (he's now 3). He won't halter. He won't let you put a lead on. He doesn't like to lead. He doesn't like being touched. He doesn't like eating with you standing/holding his bucket. I haven't even tried picking up his feet yet, or tying him.
But I've been trying 8D
When I first got him out to my pasture, he would throw his head up to avoid being caught.
Today? He came over to the gate. I caught him by the halter. No problems. No head tossing. Nothing.
You had to be lucky to put a lead on him.
Today? Clipped it on LOUDLY, not a fidget. Just a cute 'love me' look <3
Wouldn't come near the feed bucket with you there.
Now? He will come and eat. (after a little bit of circling you, of course, but he does relax and eat)
Didn't like being touched anywhere.
Now? I've been grooming him, petting his face, tickling his nose, giving him kisses.
He is certainly starting to settle down and learn to trust. I put him on a lunge line and worked on respect, body language, and being approachable with him, then let him nibble on the fresh grass in the field. Groomed him while he grazed. After a few minuets he would stop turning to face me, just relaxed and enjoyed getting curried and shed-brushed.
He has a ton of personality hiding under all that shy, do-not-want attitude. Bugger that I have to sell him T.T
Anyone else have any untouchable horse stories? It's amazing what you discover when you polish away just a little of that attitude, suspicion, and fear...
Wait! I'll fix it....