Dixie was given to my by my blacksmith last April. She is 14 years old and all around a very sweet mare.
She has lived in at least three different barns that I am aware of, always returned to my blacksmith (1st time, she was his neices horse and the neice didn't want to ride... got interested in boys). 2nd time the folks who bought her got divorced and blacksmith ended up with her again. 3rd time she was homed in a pasture at a friends farm as blacksmith needed room in his barn for clients.
Anyway, to make a long story short, it is painfully obvious that somewhere along the line something dreadful happened to this little mare. If I make a sudden movement she gets "bug eyed" and tries to run away. (although, she's been with me long enough now that this rarely happens anymore). The other morning it was cold and rainy, I didn't even think of it and I used a bath towel to dry her off. She was literally a quivering mass of nerves.
To her credit she never reacts stupidly, is not spooky, and seems to have a good head on her shoulders and a brain to figure things out fast. She is not dangerous.
My question is, with situations like toweling her the other morning, should I make this an issue, a training thing, or just do what I need to do with her and leave it at that. In other words, should I go in her stall daily and sack her out with a towel, or just leave it?
She exhibits the most fear reaction in her stall.
Input please. Thanks.