I agree with corino; just because they are abuse/neglect cases, doesn't mean you treat them any differently than any other horse. Establish respect is first and foremost, especially if they are scared enough to want to fight, rather than run...just because they have been hurt in the past, doesn't mean you dwell there; you will get further by just treating them as if they have never been handled or trained before. With horses like these, I find I spend alot more time in the desensitization dept. Initially, mainly because they are afraid of everything that moves, or touches them. So I guess that's how I treat them differently...I don't want any horse being afraid of anything I am going to use on them, so for an abused horse, desesitization is HUGE. It may seem to take a while for them to go from being reactive to thinking minded, as well...but as far as behavior, and attitude, I don't make acceptions, just because they "may or may not" have ever been abused...kicking, biting, rearing, etc, is still dangerous to my health, just as much as it disrespectful from him. He's still a horse, treat him like a horse, not a broken china doll...he's already been "broken" once, don't keep him there.
Smrobs, I just have to say this...your avatar is adorable!!! Made my night...tehehe...
"The ideal horseman has the courage of a lion, the patience of a saint, and the hands of a woman..."
Last edited by mom2pride; 10-28-2010 at 11:35 PM.