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post #1 of 4 Old 07-01-2011, 03:18 AM Thread Starter
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Spooky mare

I have taken in a pity case to train and I'm having some trouble with her. The first problem is that she went to a completely green rider with less than 30 days on her. She's managed to stay on so far but I'm not sure how. Second is that I think she has been abused in the past. She is EXTREAMLY head shy and is anxious about everything. She wont put her head down and just relax even when I'm just taking her for a walk or grooming her. When being ridden Shes pretty good with somewhat scary things on the ground but will freak out when any sound is made other than talking. For example I gently tapped my jaket and it made a soft smack sound, she thought it was the end of the world. Her owner doesn't really ask much of her and Is to green to help the horse. I realize she should probably sell her and get a horse more suited to her level but I don't see that happening anytime soon. So please help me bomb proof this horse in ways that won't just make her more nervous about life.
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post #2 of 4 Old 07-01-2011, 11:41 AM
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You should start out by just using the leadline and descentitizing her to the one thing that she is used to but try throwing it over her head and neck and then work down to the back and hindquarters, she may spook like crazy but keep doing it until she realizes that its not gonna hurt her and your not gonna hurt her. Throw it over her, rub her with it and use your hands as well and try touching every part of her body with it and then have someone help you with other things and try and get her interested in the sound ex: shaking a plastic bag (start softly and let her come to it, eventually she is gonna go and want to be interested in it.). Do this with a lot of different things and get her used to everything you can by making new noises and let her realize that those things arent gonna hurt her. Hope this helps.
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post #3 of 4 Old 07-01-2011, 05:25 PM
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IMHO, the best thing you can do with a spooky horse is ride them everywhere you can and expose them to life. I'm not one of those people who gets a horse into the round pen and throws everything but the kitchen sink at them to teach them not to be afraid. I ride them everywhere I can. I don't ask people who might be around to do anything special or "be quiet" around them when I am riding. I simply ride and work them through the spooks. The more spooks we get through, the more confident the horse becomes in not only me, but himself as well.
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post #4 of 4 Old 07-03-2011, 11:18 AM
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Get the green girl off the horse first and for most. This horse needs you to start at ground zero and redo everything...sounds as if this is a classic case of "hey I am mountable so sell me and make some quick cash". The green girl is going to be teaching this horse every bad vice in the book probably. If you are going to "train" this horse then lay a strong foundation in her. THEN take the green girl and train her too...THEN let the two merge and make sure she is doing what she needs to do with the horse. The horse is only being a horse without much training taking on a green rider. The spookiness will go away with a more confident rider taking control of her. Looks like your pity case is gonna be a lot to do :) have fun though and know if you do it right you will change both the horse and girls lives forever...which is a pretty awesome thing to do...
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