Sooo, I know this is probably totally weird, but I was sort of hoping someone could give me advice here...
Annie just turned 3 this month, and while she is a sweet, gentle horse, she is sadly lacking in ground manners, and she seems to be afraid of everthing.
She just totally lacks confidence and doesn't seem to have been exposed to much. (I just got her in January).
The first time I bathed her, she got so horrified that she was actually trembling...even when I switched from the (low pressure) hose to just using a soaked rag.
The first time I sprayed her with fly spray...same response. On Thursday, I tried again, and the same thing. So I tried rubbing a rag soaked with fly spray on her face, and she flipped out so badly that I was afraid she would hurt me and/or herself, and then she stepped on the bottle of fly spray and crushed it...lol. It's funny now, but at the time I was EXTREMELY frustrated. This is really weird, because any other time you can practically yank on her ears, rub her whole face, pull on her mouth, etc., and she just gets a silly drowsy look on her face. She is never, ever mean-spirited...everything "bad" she does indicates fear, not bad temperament. And even when she's afraid, she doesn't kick, bite, or stomp her feet. She just tries to flee.
The problem is, she has
to have fly spray on her...she's absolutely covered right now. Any suggestions? Obviously, the long-term solution is that I need to build trust with her/work on ground manners/respect. But meanwhile, the flies are eating her alive.