Originally Posted by Sissy
Thanks. Good points.
My friend was in his stall today putting some liniment on him for me and he just tries to get away....jumpy and scared. He doesn't seem to be a people horse....he doesn't know how to be close to people.
Did your friend have a halter lead on him when she went to put liniment on his leg?
We have a 5yr. QH paint gelding here boarded, two years ago he degloved his leg by jumping in/out of a round bale feeder. I had to change his dressing once a day, clean it and rewrap it for about 2 months. A lady was helping at first and he was very good but after about 6 weeks he started moving/lifting his leg on her, so I told her I would do it....she had him tied up. What I did was I draped the lead over my arm and when I went to go unwrap his bandage he started dancing around, I took the end of the lead and gave him a whack on the butt and pulled his head around to look at me.......I only had to do that twice and after that he stood perfectly still for me.......I had to clean his wound for months afterward and I could walk out in the pasture with the stuff to clean and he wouldn't move and let me clean it out there with the rest of my horses.
I also have a 11yr. Mare who when I got her she was scared of everything!! I could move my arm quick, cough and she was ready to high tale it to the hills! I did alot of desensitizing with her with ropes/stick & string/anything that wouldn't hurt her and within a year or so I could sit on her and slap the stick & string beside her and even shoot a cap gun while on her...it's well worth the time to take desensitizing.....