So, as I was saying, my grandfather and grandmother came over today. My idiot grandfather who took care of horses of his own on a ranch he used to live on - he has years of experience apparently, was talking to me about the horse.
My horse, Epona(I have never told you guys her name, I apologize. She's beginning to respond to her name too, it's nice ^^) was mistreated by humans almost her entire life and in her last home she was extremely underfed and the woman would never take off her halter or lead, right? And since she won't let me touch her the most I've been able to do is take off her lead. I can't touch her halter.
So today we were discussing that. I mentioned to my grandpa that since I can't touch her she won't let me take off her halter. But I know if she would she'd probably be extremely grateful and understand that I just want to help her. My grandpa turned to me and said,
"Well what you need to do is when she's close to you like you said she'll do, you need to just grab onto her halter. She'll pull back and resist but you need to do it to take off her halter, it's the only way you can do it. So what you gotta do is just grab it and hang on."
Honestly, I seriously thought, "That would just upset her! She hated when I tried to tug on her lead, of course she'd hate it if I grabbed her HALTER!"
And so I responded with, "Iiiii don't think she'd like that..."
"that's why you just need to hang on and take it off."
"I really don't think that's a good idea, she'll just get more upset and I don't want to do it."
"It'll work. You said yourself that she's never tried to bite or kick you, she won't mind, especially if you take it off."
So I'm watching him and her, and he apparently decides it'll be a good idea to try it. He holds her some grass hay and reaches out to grab her halter.
She immediately pulls back and tucks her ears back. She rarely does that, except for when I try to touch her side.
But he decides to try it again.
This time, she pulls away, and he continued to hold her the hay but she doesn't take it.
Then, she REACHED UP and tried to TAKE A BITE OUT OF HIM!!! NO JOKE!!!
She was PO'D!!
And as soon as it happened my mom shouts, "OH MY GOD SHE JUST TRIED TO TAKE A BITE OUT OF HIM, DID YOU SEE THAT!? SHE has NEVER done that before!!!"
And finally he figured it out. He still held her the hay and she refused to take it. Even when he tried again later.
This says to me that it is clearly obvious that she was halter broken incorrectly, in a way that was uncomfortable, or where she was injured. And by someone like my grandfather. And she knew he was going after her halter.
What should I do? Should I continue like I am, trying to pet her, or should I find a way to get that **** halter off!? I can almost gaurentee that if I get it off, she'll be so much happier! And she may trust me more. I'm beginning to wonder if that halter hurts her, because if it does I need to get it off immediately.