Originally Posted by usandpets
Yes Cherie is right but do you know how to get the horse to think and not react? That is not exactly easy to explain.
Agreed, I dealt with one. My current.. his mind was in another galaxy.. he was highly reactive and it was hard to get through to him. But I have and I am and others are now too because he is now focused and willing to learn.
There is a place for pats, and there is a place for round pens. The OP said the girl spend all her time in the round pen. Maybe what happened was the horse thought it's new life was going to be work work work in a small pen that had no end to it. And now he's stuck in that mentality. I don't know cause I don't know the horse, nor the girl that was with him for a while.
For my horse, it was people. People were his trigger, so we desensitized him to people and all the things associated with people. Maybe this horse's trigger is the round pen. Maybe it's the halter (hence being headshy.) Who knows.
Honestly you need to tackle every problem one step at a time and eventually you'll see improvement and understand what to do from there. This isn't a one size fits all approach.
It'll take some time, OP. Just please be careful. I stress ending on a good note. Follow Cherrie's advice.