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    01-28-2013, 08:37 PM
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Foal
My horse is scared of everything!

I have a 6 yr old Tbred. He seems to be scared of everything. He is head shy and jumpy about everything. I don't know how to help him. What is really strange is that some days he is really bad and other days he is not that bad. I just don't understand! Any ideas??
     
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    01-28-2013, 08:43 PM
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I'd say first and foremost, don't tip toe around him. Be safe but don't worry about spooking him. We do silly things with em, toss your jacket or whatever up on him. Buckets etc.. What Evers handy. Heck we've had em wear hats, and gloves on their ears. The best way to get em over it is just act like its no big deal. And if you're nervous around him hell be nervous too.
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    01-28-2013, 08:56 PM
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Originally Posted by Phly    
I'd say first and foremost, don't tip toe around him. Be safe but don't worry about spooking him. We do silly things with em, toss your jacket or whatever up on him. Buckets etc.. What Evers handy. Heck we've had em wear hats, and gloves on their ears. The best way to get em over it is just act like its no big deal. And if you're nervous around him hell be nervous too.
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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.
     
    01-28-2013, 09:44 PM
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Experience experience experience.

Getting him over his fear is going to be more of a case of getting him to trust you than teaching him to tolerate things. Do lots of ground work with him, prove to him that you're trustworthy. Once he sees that you make good leader material, he'll trust you and transfer his worry to you. If he sees that something doesn't bother you, it won't bother him. It takes time but building his trust is a rewarding thing. Take him places that are outside of his comfort zone (but be safe about it), give him new experiences. He'll eventually see that the world isnt so scary after all. Its just a matter of getting him to think instead of react.

As for being head shy, start rubbing at a comfortable spot on his wither, neck, chest...whatever- and slowly work your way up. Drift your hand higher and higher, returning to his neck immediately after. Eventually you'll get to where you can rub his face. Praise him for it, and release the pressure. Release of pressure a good reward that any horse understands. Do the same with his ears after you get him going well with his face.

My mare was very ear sensative as well and just wouldn't get over it, so I was a bit mean xD I bought an eared fly mask and left it on her for a day or two so she'd get used to the feeling of her ears being touched. After that and a little work, she was just fine.
     
    01-28-2013, 09:49 PM
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Originally Posted by Endiku    
Experience experience experience.

Getting him over his fear is going to be more of a case of getting him to trust you than teaching him to tolerate things. Do lots of ground work with him, prove to him that you're trustworthy. Once he sees that you make good leader material, he'll trust you and transfer his worry to you. If he sees that something doesn't bother you, it won't bother him. It takes time but building his trust is a rewarding thing. Take him places that are outside of his comfort zone (but be safe about it), give him new experiences. He'll eventually see that the world isnt so scary after all. Its just a matter of getting him to think instead of react.

As for being head shy, start rubbing at a comfortable spot on his wither, neck, chest...whatever- and slowly work your way up. Drift your hand higher and higher, returning to his neck immediately after. Eventually you'll get to where you can rub his face. Praise him for it, and release the pressure. Release of pressure a good reward that any horse understands. Do the same with his ears after you get him going well with his face.

My mare was very ear sensative as well and just wouldn't get over it, so I was a bit mean xD I bought an eared fly mask and left it on her for a day or two so she'd get used to the feeling of her ears being touched. After that and a little work, she was just fine.
Thank you. I have been thinking alot of the same things but im still new in the horse world....still learning....wanted advise from more experienced horse people.
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    01-29-2013, 01:00 AM
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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.....
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    01-29-2013, 01:16 AM
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Originally Posted by Thunderspark    
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.....
She didnt have a halter on him at first but he wouldnt stay still so she put one on. He is the same way with grooming....every move I make he side steps and tries to turn away. Almost any movement in his direction spooks him.
     
    01-29-2013, 01:40 AM
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Originally Posted by Sissy    
She didnt have a halter on him at first but he wouldnt stay still so she put one on. He is the same way with grooming....every move I make he side steps and tries to turn away. Almost any movement in his direction spooks him.
we trained horses here for a year, if we had horses that wouldn't stand to be groomed, they were tied and I would move them over and then go to the other side and move them back, did that a few times and they finally got tired of moving back/forth that they stood still.

Try and stay relaxed when you are grooming him, they can read people so well and if you are nervous he will be too.
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    01-29-2013, 04:47 PM
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He's doing it because he can. Take him outside and groom him and if he starts to move away, make him move away. Get his butt moving in bigger circles than his front end and tap on his hip with a whip (out of kicking range) and keep him going. He'll want to quit, too bad, It's not his choice. Make him go another half circle. You have made him very uncomfortable by keeping him bent and moving. A horse is designed for moving in a straight line with a straight body. Do this each time he moves away. It may take two or three times before he figures it out maybe even a fourth so you have to stick with it.
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    01-29-2013, 10:29 PM
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Yearling
Are you sure this horse can see well? A seemingly stupid question but sometimes it's that one eye is blinding. If this is a change in him, that may be something to get checked out. If not, it's time for some tough love. I he wants to spook, he can circle. Make it MUCH easier, and more pleasant to relax than to dance around like a dork.
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