Making Progress with Topaz

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Making Progress with Topaz

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        12-05-2012, 09:24 AM
    Making Progress with Topaz

    As some of you know my Mother In Law took my horse money to auction and bought me a horse at the end of August from a "Camp Horse" auction. I didn't mind this at the time because she was going with a friend of hers who rehabs auction horses for use as pleasure horses. They picked Topaz for me. A horse who was so drugged in the ring that he let the handler do a headstand on him. Ever since I have been working with him slowly to both put weight back on him (he was a disgusting 700-750lbs) and work with his attitude.

    I have the assistance of a wonderful trainer who has the patience of a saint. Since day 1 Topaz could be saddled, however if he even saw the bit he'd freak out. If you jingled it he would back up, if you brought it to his face he'd rear.

    The trainer has gotten him to take the bit twice in the last month, both times it would take nearly a half hour. Yesterday I got it in about 10 minutes! I was glowing I was so happy! It's taken a lot of treat, love and practice to get him to let me bring the bit near his face. He's fine once it's in, it is the act of getting it on him that is emotionally terrifying for him.

    Every day brings me closer to riding him!
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        12-05-2012, 11:46 PM
    Congrats on your progress!
    Have you tried desensitizing your horse to the bite/bridle? You use approach/retreat with it, when the horse stands and doesn't raise it's head you retreat....until then you keep the bite/bridle up close and work at rubbing it's face with it, when he stops take it away and praise him.
    Does he have problems with his teeth maybe or was it that someone was too rough putting/taking out the bit?
        12-06-2012, 09:05 AM
    I have been slowly letting him get used to it with a few times of the trainer getting it on in between. I have gotten it on him myself two days in a row and today I'm going for three. I know he was abused so I think that most of it is bad memory because he's fine once it's actually IN his mouth. It's the act of getting it on him that he's afraid of. HOWEVER that said while trying to get it on him yesterday and getting my fingers in his mouth I did feel a sharp tooth so I'm having his teeth floated again next week.
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        12-08-2012, 08:48 AM
    Teeth were filed yesterday. His Canines were worse than I thought. I have only recently been able to manipulate his mouth, and just a few days ago has he let me really get my fingers in there. Topaz's teeth now meet up better, Vet and boarder friends think that he'll start putting on more weight and have a better attitude. I sure hope so. Going to try the bit on him again today, and maybe see if his attitude with lounging is improved any.
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        12-09-2012, 02:50 PM
    Good luck!

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