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        05-03-2011, 10:43 PM
      #11
    Green Broke
    Don't forget a pinch of chaos and a dash of lunacy, a recipe for disaster nevers works out without them.
         
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        05-03-2011, 10:49 PM
      #12
    Showing
    Would you not spook if someone tied you up and started coming towards you with - for all intents and purposes - a large snake spewing venom out its mouth from outside the place you're tied?
    The fact you were spraying her from outside the corral makes me think that perhaps you aren't as confident and need to learn how to (re)introduce some things such as bathing. You want to be close-ish to the horse, not spraying them from a distance.
    Please get someone to help you learn how to do this properly so neither you nor your horse get hurt.
         
        05-03-2011, 10:57 PM
      #13
    Green Broke
    If you're acting afraid, your horse is afraid of you, not the hose. Standing outside a corral and aiming a hose at a terrified and tied animal is not good all around. As far as she's concerned, she's being attack - it doesn't matter that it isn't hurting her, you may as well smack her with a crop for all the confidence she's getting of it.

    I always hold my horses when I bath, slightly off to the side of me so they can have a little tantrum but I have control if their head and where they'll be forced to go. I always start with the front legs and work my way up. YES, a lot will freak out the first few times, but if you exude confidence and a level stern tone with them, they smarten up fast.
         
        05-03-2011, 10:59 PM
      #14
    Foal
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by JustDressageIt    
    Would you not spook if someone tied you up and started coming towards you with - for all intents and purposes - a large snake spewing venom out its mouth from outside the place you're tied?
    The fact you were spraying her from outside the corral makes me think that perhaps you aren't as confident and need to learn how to (re)introduce some things such as bathing. You want to be close-ish to the horse, not spraying them from a distance.
    Please get someone to help you learn how to do this properly so neither you nor your horse get hurt.
    I was close to her, right beside her, not spraying her from a distance. I'm confident, just my mom wouldn't let me inside the corral. I have an over-protective mother, and that's not an excuse, believe me. I'll try to get someone to help.
         
        05-03-2011, 11:04 PM
      #15
    Green Broke
    Sorry I meant I hold them the first time or two. Once they're used to it, I can ground tie them to be bathed if I don't have a rail to tie to.
         
        05-03-2011, 11:07 PM
      #16
    Foal
    Its better to hold the horse than it is to tie it up. When you tie up a horse they can't move and this often freaks them out more than the water because they can't escape. Get someone to help you if you need, someone holding the lead so that the horse can dance around if need be, you still need to be in control of her but this will give her the option to move and when she gets more comfortable and realizes that your still there for her and that while she can move its not going to go away she will calm down and be more manageable. Having a second person holding her if your too fearful will benefit you just as much as the horse
         
        05-03-2011, 11:13 PM
      #17
    Trained
    OP, you are back pedalling with every new post.

    I agree with Kevin... if you can't wash your horse, you should not be trying to ride it.
    Just out of curiosity, how much experience do you have with young/green horses, and horses in general?
         
        05-03-2011, 11:14 PM
      #18
    Foal
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    Originally Posted by Nokeen    
    its better to hold the horse than it is to tie it up. When you tie up a horse they can't move and this often freaks them out more than the water because they can't escape. Get someone to help you if you need, someone holding the lead so that the horse can dance around if need be, you still need to be in control of her but this will give her the option to move and when she gets more comfortable and realizes that your still there for her and that while she can move its not going to go away she will calm down and be more manageable. Having a second person holding her if your too fearful will benefit you just as much as the horse
    She tends to pull at the lead so hard and try to get away I can't hold her half the time.
         
        05-03-2011, 11:16 PM
      #19
    Foal
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by Kayty    
    OP, you are back pedalling with every new post.

    I agree with Kevin... if you can't wash your horse, you should not be trying to ride it.
    Just out of curiosity, how much experience do you have with young/green horses, and horses in general?
    Not much... But I have broke one other horse myself, bath, riding, and all. But he past away last year due to a heart failure and a stroke. And before anyone asks, no it was nothing I did to him.
         
        05-03-2011, 11:16 PM
      #20
    Trained
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    Originally Posted by xXWildFlowerXx    
    She tends to pull at the lead so hard and try to get away I can't hold her half the time.
    I thought she was very respectful of you on the ground?
         

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