I actually managed to halter Red today without a huge fight. He still does not like the flap by/around his eye so I slid it up his neck as usual and he was a bit weirded out, but stood okay without panicking. I also did yesterday, but it took a few tries before he would stand for it.
When I got him you couldn't even approach him. Forget about even putting a lead on him!
Now, I am able to touch his face, neck, and shoulder and daily am able to touch a little bit more, or for a bit longer. I ran my hand down his leg just to try it and he was perfectly fine with it. PLUS he let me pet him without bribing him with a treat first. Major roadblock demolished! I did have to bring a gift of grass to halter him though
This is really huge progress for him. I am VERY pleased with how my can't-do-nothing-with-him three year is turning out!
With progress also comes a HUGE new roadblock.
I had my dad hold him for me, he is a very brave man. Very, very brave.
I started on the neck with little problem, but I sprayed very, very closely. Then I moved to the shoulder and gave him a squirt. Still close, and slowly. He completely flipped. Tried to bolt and rear. I got his shoulder, hindquarter, neck, and rump on both sides. Nearly got ran over twice, almost got kicked in the head. Dad faced being squished several times over.
He's not afraid of the bottle, but of being touched by the spray itself. Same with water. Augh.
I'm going to try later to get his belly and around his parts later this evening...with gloves this time. My dad has some rather ouchy rope burn now on his hands
But, after a few tries at it I expect he will be wary and a bit spooky of it still, but not nearly as bad as today. I'm going to be using a spray bottle filled with water to work with him to becoming more and more used to it. It will take time, it will be dangerous, but he will improve with patience and consistency