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    02-06-2012, 02:08 PM
  #1
Foal
Unhappy My horse is scared of the rope when dragging on the ground

I have a nice Paso who is very scared of ropes. We think that he have might had experience with snakes before we got him. It has been really dangerous having him around when he is so scared of it.
One time I dropped the lead rope and he went bolting off, through a fence!

I really would like to get rid of this problem. I have dragged the rope all around him in the round pen, but it doesn't really help. He is used to it touching him and being on him. But when its on the ground he is completely scared.
Is there anything I could do to stop this problem?
     
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    02-06-2012, 02:23 PM
  #2
Trained
Horses usually respond better if they can follow things they are scared of, so I would enlist a friend to walk in front of you dragging the rope and let your boy follow it. Once he got used to that you can progress to dragging something beside, and then behind him.

Patience and tact, advance and retreat
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    02-06-2012, 02:29 PM
  #3
Foal
Thanks! I will try that and see what happens. I just cannot have him keeping this dangerous problem :)
     
    02-06-2012, 02:53 PM
  #4
Showing
Put the rope in the middle of the round pen and place a pan of carrots, feed, etc in it and place it about 3' from the rope. Put him in the pen and remove his halter and you step out. Let him deal with the rope laying there. He'll want his goodies and will have to make the choice. When he's finished he'll either check out the rope or move away from it. If he still seems fearful, place more goodies in the pan and move it beside the rope. Let him get over a rope lying there first. Eventually tie a string to the rope and barely move it while he's eating and wait for a reaction. If none, good, if he does wait until he's eating again. I think you have the drift of this. Progress may be in inches but that's what makes it solid.
     
    02-06-2012, 04:12 PM
  #5
Yearling
Another trick in the roundpen is to put some pool noodles, lead ropes, and a few other toys in the round pen and leave him there for a couple days. Feed and water him, but don't let him out of there til he gets over it. Then, when he is used to things being still and in the same spot, move em all around and mix it up, then do the same thing. Last step was already mentioned, have him follow a rope dragging on the ground and progress to where he can have one drug anywhere around him without taking off.

My friends use my horse and I as guinea pigs and rope my horse's hind end and butt, but they don't pull the loop tight and let her walk out of it. Its pretty awesome because she is getting used to something touching her out of nowhere and not reacting to it!
     
    02-06-2012, 08:34 PM
  #6
Trained
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Originally Posted by Saddlebag    
Put the rope in the middle of the round pen and place a pan of carrots, feed, etc in it and place it about 3' from the rope. Put him in the pen and remove his halter and you step out. Let him deal with the rope laying there. He'll want his goodies and will have to make the choice. When he's finished he'll either check out the rope or move away from it. If he still seems fearful, place more goodies in the pan and move it beside the rope. Let him get over a rope lying there first. Eventually tie a string to the rope and barely move it while he's eating and wait for a reaction. If none, good, if he does wait until he's eating again. I think you have the drift of this. Progress may be in inches but that's what makes it solid.
Most horses are very food motivated and trying something like this typically works well, but remember to take your time and be patient. Spooks like this don't go away in a day or even a week.
     

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