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        06-16-2009, 03:06 AM
    Please Help

    Ok first things first I am new to horse forum so I hope I am doing this right

    Ok so I just got a horse
    He is almost perfect he doesnt spook at anything except ropes that are lying on the ground I have tryed countless things to try to show him that it is harmless and try to fix this quwirk

    Any advice would help please and thank you
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        06-16-2009, 03:21 AM
    Firstly Hi and welcome to the forum

    All I would suggest is to keep repeating what you are doing - he should get used to the ropes eventually. Be careful not to tense up yourself when doing this as you will be transmitting this to your horse and telling him there is something to be afraid of.
    Also bear in mind that to a horse a rope may look like a snake so it is quite natural for him to be wary. He also in the past may have gotton tangled up in one and is remembering this.

    Patience is needed, use lots of various objects spread around an arena ,traffic cones, plastic sheets , umbrellas , just about anything you can think of and the ropes as well , and lead your horse to and around all of them. This will give him something other than just the ropes to think about.

    Good luck.
        06-16-2009, 10:35 AM
    Welcome, foreverandalways!

    Definitely keep exposing your horse to the ropes. You could lay ropes out on the ground and "send" o lead him over them like ground poles. I would lay a rope across the threshold of his stall or pasture (or any other place he likes to be), so he gets an instant reward when he goes over it. You could let a rope drag the ground when you lead him, but be sure that you and your horse can't get tangled up at all. Find a buddy to drag a rope in front of your horse and let him follow it. Allowing him to "chase" the "snake" is a major confidence builder. Anything that involves rope and is safe.
        06-16-2009, 10:47 AM
    Hi there =) Welcome to the forum. Do you have access to a round pen?
    Here are a few excercises that may help. I would suggest doing rope work on the ground for a while... untied or held by a friend with a lead rope (maybe with a curb chain)
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        06-19-2009, 12:51 AM
    Thank you everyone
    I started talking to his previous owner and finnally found out that to punish him as a colt they would basicly hog tie him for an hour at a time

    I talked to many profesionals and they said that this may be unfixable
    So...i will keep trying and doing what im doing and trying what you guys suggested and hopefully he will over come this
    Thank you so much
        06-19-2009, 07:05 AM
    Good grief! No wonder he doesn't like ropes!!

    Don't lose hope. His fear may never completely go away, but with time and patience he can become more comfortable. Keep up with the desensitizing, but be sure to go at his pace. Since this is not a "natural" fear issue, but one that he has learned to associate with people and punishment, it may take some time. I doubt that he would ever be a roping horse, but I have no dout that, with time, exposure, and patience, he can improve.

    Good luck!
        06-28-2009, 12:50 AM
    Ok I have a break through
    He is do SO good
    Now the only thing he spooks at is if the rope is on the ground and its connected to him (like if I drop a rein or the lead rope
    Thanx everyone
    I will keep you posted
        06-28-2009, 07:19 AM
    Great job! Glad to hear that things are going so well! Kudos for a job well done!

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