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  • Accidently shocked my horse trust
  • horse follows me but wont let me touch

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    02-05-2012, 08:57 PM
  #131
Foal
Okay so I have a question...to keep the new horse or not. About a month ago we bought a horse. She's between 3 and 5 yrs old. From the get go she was head shy but the previous owners had said that she just needs to warm up to you. Aparently the owner before had abused her. She doesn't kick, buck, or bite she is mainly slow. I have done daily exercises with lightly throwing a rope over her body and at the feet and she is completly fine with that BUT when you go to touch her ears she wants to shy away from you again. She's gotten to where she will let me touch her face and ears but i've accidently shocked her twice now and she emedietly goes back to square one. I think a lot of her because she has started to show a personality and be happy about life and she has made a point to want attention when i'm there. I have the time and want to help her be a great horse but do you think she'll ever get over the accident static shock when I pet her? Has anyone had this problem before?
     
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    02-05-2012, 11:11 PM
  #132
rob
Weanling
Missi,if you have the time,then take the time.after the trust and respect is there,this might be a one person horse,but if you really like this horse it will be worth it.
     
    02-05-2012, 11:45 PM
  #133
Foal
Even if she has been abused that doesn't mean she can't learn.. How much experience do you have missimagine? If you can't fix it seek a professional but either way I would never give up on a horse that easy... Try a different approach like working your way up to touching her face, there are so many variables of reason to your problem but I couldn't or wouldn't ever give up on any horse after one month, especially for being a bit headshy... Have her pole checked maybe she's telling you something? But don't give up so easy your next horse will probably not be any different, JMO.
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    02-06-2012, 11:10 AM
  #134
Foal
Im not that experienced but I am currently working with a trainor. Im used to horses that want nothing but attention so im a bit out of my cumfort zone. I don't want to give up on her but than you don't want to not be able to help her.
What is a pole check telly?
     
    02-06-2012, 11:49 AM
  #135
rob
Weanling
Missi,a poll check means having the area up on top of her head,between her ears vet checked for any damage or cracked or fractured bones.
     
    02-06-2012, 03:33 PM
  #136
Foal
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From the get go she was head shy .. She's gotten to where she will let me touch her face and ears but i've accidently shocked her twice now and she emedietly goes back to square one. I think a lot of her because she has started to show a personality and be happy about life and she has made a point to want attention when i'm there. I have the time and want to help her be a great horse but do you think she'll ever get over the accident static shock when I pet her?
Hi,

Checking her poll is a great idea. It would also be worth having her checked by a qualified horse dentist to rule out any problem with her teeth - a mare at my local riding school behaved similarly, the dentist found serious problems with her teeth and she changed amazingly within about a week of having them treated.

A month is a very short time for a horse to settle in IMO. If you are committed to her and mean to keep her for life I would recommend looking into Friendship Training - it has made a huge difference to my horse and we are developing a brilliant relationship. It creates a very deep bond between horse and person though, so not fair to either of you to do it if you aren't planning to keep her for life.

Regards
Frances
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    02-06-2012, 04:00 PM
  #137
Foal
A good equine chiropractor will be able to help with the pole, should be no need for the vet. I would find out the last time her teeth were done as well and if she's due get them done, I have my chiro out routinely, she works wonders:).
     
    02-06-2012, 05:53 PM
  #138
Foal
Sorry I guess I should spell it correctly lol its poll, just to used too spelling it the other way;).
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    02-06-2012, 06:35 PM
  #139
Foal
Okay thanks! Im glad you brought up a chiropractor because I was wondering if I should have one out because her neck is way stiff. I'll get her teeth checked as well. Thanks!
     
    02-07-2012, 08:51 PM
  #140
Weanling
It comes down to experience and fit. If it is someone's first horse and they are inexperienced and/or old they should look for something that is well broke and calm natured. If the rider is five feet tall they shouldn't be looking at 17 hand warmbloods. The horse will probably cost more because it already has training invested in it but not as much as sending a green or problem horse to a trainer at $500 a month plus. Another thing to consider is the cost of medical services. My wife broke her wrist a couple of years ago and the bill was $18,000. Her copay was $1500. An inexperienced rider would be well off to take lessons on a school horse first. A prospective horse needs to be ridden more than one time and long enough to really evaluate it and your own skill level. It might be well worth it to pay a trainer or competent person to ride and evaluate the horse. I have only sold one equine because I thought I wouldn't be able to fix it or I didn't want to spend the time and effort and that was a mule so it shouldn't count. I didn't think I would be able to find someone as dumb as me to buy it so I ran it through the auction at Mule Days in Bishop California. I sent another horse I had in training back because it was viscous. It bit, kicked and struck. I never got on it. I have never had a problem with buying a horse for myself because I have always bought a young unbroke horse and trained it myself. However, if I ever had one that didn't feel right I wouldn't have any problem at all selling it. I just bought an unbroke Qtr gelding to replace my horse that died in November. I had time for about two weeks of ground work before the ground got iced up. So far he has been a love; an affectionate puppy dog that follows me around. Nothing much seems to bother him. I'm really getting cabin fever looking out the window at the snow and slush when I want to be working with him. One corner of the arena has bare ground now. If it doesn't snow again it should be dry enough to use on pretty soon. That was a great post.
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