Nervous horse - advice, please?
I am asking a question for a friend of mine who works at a horse rescue facility. They have recently taken in a new horse that's very skittish and nervous. She's 4 years old and is afraid of people due to abuse in the past. She darts around when led or sometimes just stands still with her nose in the air and refuses to move. When people come to her stall, she retreats to the back. She's nearly impossible to catch in the pasture.
My friend's supposed to be working with this horse to help it get rid of its fear of humans, but she's having a lot of trouble so I decided to ask you all for suggestions for her. What can she do to help desensitize this horse and help it become less nervous and fearful?
She does know what she's doing, as she's been working with rescue horses for several years, but if anybody has dealt with a horse like this before, ideas and suggestions are much appreciated. I'll pass on the advice to her. :)
Thanks in advance,
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