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        12-29-2008, 04:28 PM
      #1
    Foal
    Now what do i do?

    read my other thread for bckgrnd info, then if you can please help me

    My horse I got hasn't been ridden in 9+ years... ?

    Ok, so I have started putting her halter on her while she is eating. Do I need to <every other day> when she gets done eating try leading her? She is a bit head shy.

    I plan on doing ground work with her, but I only have an open pasture, and I do not want to take her out of the pasture yet. So can I lunge her in the pasture.... don't know if she has previous experience with it.
         
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        12-29-2008, 04:39 PM
      #2
    Showing
    Out of all the DVD trainers I love Frank Bell. Here is a really good article on bonding with a horse. Give it a read, let it soak in then give it a try. Leroy Learns To Let Down
         
        12-29-2008, 06:00 PM
      #3
    Foal
    You just need to keep up with lots of leading and groundwork first. If she is truly headshy you should maybe lead her with a lead around her neck instead of attached to her halter for a while until you and her have bonded and have a trust then maybe work on getting a halter on her.
         
        12-29-2008, 08:07 PM
      #4
    Showing
    Okay, first what do you mean by headshy. Does she not like to have anything on her head or will she just not let you touch her head? If it is the latter, then I would start with standing at her shoulder. Rub her on the shoulder or neck where she is comfortable and slowly work your hand toward her head. At the first indication that she is no longer comfortable, move your hand back to her shoulder and keep rubbing. It will take some time but this should work. If she doesn't like having anything on her head, then start in a stall or small round pen with her just loose and do the same. After she is comfortable with you rubbing on her head, put the halter in your hand and start over. It is definitely worth your time to work with her and good luck. Keep us updated and welcome to the forum. :)
         
        01-04-2009, 05:26 PM
      #5
    Foal
    She turns her head sometimes when I try to touch her face, but im working on that and I can rub her face now, with little to no shyness. I was able to put a halter on her, and the other day I lead her around. I started rubbing her all over every day, and giving her a good brushing.

    I really just need to know where I go from here: what kind of ground work?, when should I try to lunge her?, ect.
         
        01-04-2009, 05:46 PM
      #6
    Showing
    I would wait to lunge her until after she is completely comfortable with the halter or bridle on her head and being controlled by it. Until that time, you could try free-lunging in a round pen (I suggest you get one if you can afford it). As for groundwork, I have always liked the desensitizing exercises. Expose her to unusual items, trash bag, blanket, things that make noise or could be considered scary and let her sniff them before rubbing her all over with them. If she gets scared, just stop and wait for a minute then let her sniff them again and move slower to her body. You can also start training her to yield to pressure on her side using your thumb as a precurser to leg cues for when you are in the saddle. If she has already had these things done to her in the past, it will only be a refresher course. When she gets comfortable with you, go ahead and put a saddle on her and start over from the beginning. When she is responsive the way you want and remains calm all the time, go ahead and start riding(with someone there) in a round pen.
         

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