New Human/Halter Fear! (180 attitude change)
Tuesday night was a day of disaster.
We found a reliable Farrier on short notice (Bless his heart), and it was on reference from a semi-professional breeding facility. How can it be semi-professional? Friend of a friend. Don't ask detail.. I'm "D" on the Alphabet list.
My friend, "Annie" calls me, "What time is good for you?" "You and me can go before 5 pm. Or, I can go with my husband after 5 pm." -- What happens? She made the appointment for "around 5 pm." (The farrier would call her cell).
I'm not even going to get into detail about the fuzzy scheme because it was a FAIL that I didn't call myself. Long story short, I get out there at 5:35 pm after being hissed at by Annie and her friend, add in the 15 minute drive.
Drive up, Cerra is going NUTS. Annie is yelling and pulling on her face because she's afraid and dancing. When Cerra gets afraid, she does circles until she's calm again. Annie doesn't believe in this. (Annie also owns a horse.)
I overpaid the Farrier and apologized like mad for my absence. Her feet look so much better. Annie asked if I wanted to walk Cerra back, and I took the lead rope. She was good, although edgy. When I released her, she was her usual: polite. We ended on a good note. Next day I worked, but still came out to say hello and give her a treat/head scratch.
TODAY WAS TERRIBLE. Since then, Annie and I have had a huge scuff. And I go out to the pasture, jingling the halter as usual. Approach Cerra. She takes off. Okay, weird, but it happens.
Approach her again. She tears off again, circling just out of my reach. This happens a few more times. I can't even TOUCH her. When she does allow contact, it's without the halter in my hand. And it's brief.
Annie had mentioned that Cerra did not come to her initially, on Tuesday. She admitted to being forceful and "grabbing her when she wouldn't listen," and that "you wouldn't have wanted to be there anyways, I was in charge of discipline, and there was a thing on her gums that every time she misbehaved, I would tighten it."
Cerra's really good at giving her feet.. but she does like to be aware of what you're doing, so little acts of resistance and poking are what she does. Plus, she LOVES having her forehead scratched. I couldn't get half-way up her neck, let alone touch her face without her taking off today. (Overly head-shy) And brushing out her mane? Forget it. I used to walk up to her, scratch her forehead, play with her mane a bit, and then proceed to touch her all over. Today, gently clutching her mane caused her to run and attempt to buck. (Which, thankfully, I'm hoping her hind feet are simply 'stuck')..
What happened to my horse?! (My dad's opinion was that she had a bad experience with the farrier and has associated "halter/catching" with "bad experience".) How do I go about correcting this??
(Cerra was approached via 'she walks, I stop. she stops, I walk')