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post #1 of 5 Old 10-09-2012, 11:49 PM Thread Starter
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Trembling Horse

It's only been a few days since I got my new horse, Preacher. Boy to I feel like I'm already digging into his past.

He HATES my English saddle and blanket - he thinks they are going to kill him. I blanketed him today and the poor fellow just stood there and trembled. I don't know how he was broke or if he was abused or what...

Preacher is VERY sweet and kind, as well as sensitive. I just want to build a trusting relationship with my partner and help him over come some of his confidence issues. <3

He is the low man on the totem pole and is fed alone. He's not mean and doesn't do anything wrong, but he's definitely scared. It breaks my heart. I have just been trying to get him use to his new surroundings and working with him on the saddle pad and saddle.

I'm open to any suggestions - I'm absolutely new at this

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post #2 of 5 Old 10-09-2012, 11:59 PM
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Was he ridden prior to your buying him? By the previous owner perhaps? Was he trembling when you (hopefully) looked at him before you bought him?
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post #3 of 5 Old 10-10-2012, 12:04 AM
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I would give him a a couple weeks to let him settle in. He should be separated from your other horses, so they can get to know each other over a fence. He needs time to get to know you as well, I would keep to the basics for now, grooming, picking up his feet. He has no clue that you mean no harm and is probably very affraid. Put your self in his shoes. Your intentions are good, but I would go slow for now.
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post #4 of 5 Old 10-10-2012, 12:22 AM Thread Starter
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Looked at

Yes, I looked at him and rode him twice before I bought him. It was mainly when we were blanketing him that he was trembling, so I don't think he's been blanketed before....

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post #5 of 5 Old 10-10-2012, 05:28 AM
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Go slow. Give him time to settle in. Treat scary things as no big deal and be confident, gentle and quiet. Do some ground work
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