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    05-06-2013, 08:48 PM

Okay, so now that Breeze is moved to a place where we have a round pen, and arenas to work in, I am going to be starting to work with her the way I did at her old place, but differently...

First off, I would like some advice on getting her into the barn... without another horse. The first day we brought Breeze there, we unloaded her, let her get settled a little bit, then brought her in the barn, another horse was already in a stall. It took about 15 minutes to get her to just take a step inside because she has never been inside a barn before. After we got her inside, she settled down nicely. The next day she went in nicely, just followed me in, no stopping a the door or anything, it was just me and her in there. I tied her up, groomed her, and she was a little nervous. I brought her out, took her back in, and then put her away.

Now... yesterday. We were going to groom her in the barn, maybe file her feet a little bit, and just let her get use to the barn, but she would not go in! She even pushed me over (she didn't mean to, and she stopped when I fell). We try and make it uncomfortable for her when she won't go somewhere, but yesterday it did not seem to work like it usually did, then we decided to bring a horse in and she followed right away (with a little pressure from the lead line) so I am wanting to work with her more on going in the barn...

What should I do to help her get over her fear of the barn?

There is also something else that I would like advice on... the round pen.
The first day we got Breeze there, I put her in the round pen, and tried chasing her around... she has never been in the RP before, so it was all new to her, but she was was turning around a lot, going in different directions, running through the middle, not listening to me trying to get her to move, etc. How can I get her to listen to my cues in the RP... I would like to teach her to lunge the right way, using the round pen, and do join up and stuff, so I need advice!!!!

Other then these little issues here, Breeze is in with 2-3 other horses (3 year olds) and she is getting better with her jelousy (she is not making a fuss when the other horses around caught) she is also settled in nice.

So please help! Ask any questions, I will answer the best I can!
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    05-06-2013, 08:50 PM
I am also looking for ideas on different activities to do while desensitizing, having the saddle on, obsticles set up for her, playing around, etc!!!
    05-06-2013, 10:20 PM
Make standing outside the barn, back over.... and give her a release when she moves forward into the barn. Make the right thing easy, and everything else hard.
    05-07-2013, 12:21 AM
That is what I have been doing, I will make her circle me, back up, move sideways, etc and when she takes a step, or a few steps foreward, I release all pressure... it seemed to work before, but yesterday it didn't. She would only go in the barn if another horse went in before her... once she was in, she calmed down a little...

I am starting to think she may be more herd bound then I thought... but then again, this is a new place and she has been there less then a week, so it might be more scary to her then I realize. I will keep on trying, and we will eventually get in the barn with no issues I hope!
    05-07-2013, 10:04 AM
Keep at it. Be more aggressive.
    05-07-2013, 10:25 AM
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Feed her in there. Get her in there once and feed her. After that if she doesn't go in, she doesn't get breakfast. I bet she will be nice and ready by the time dinner rolls around.
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    05-07-2013, 01:40 PM
I will try doing that, all the horses get there hay outside, but there grain is fed in the barn, I will put Breeze's grain in there too.

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