Join Date: Apr 2009
Location: Central California
I've done desensitizing in the traditional ways. But I talked with a trainer one day who told me I was going about it all wrong. And when he explained, it made perfect sense. He said not to introduce things to your horse, but to be introduced together as a team.
For example, instead of taking a plastic bag to the horse, before hand, you would tie the plastic bag somewhere and walk your horse up to it so you are both trusting each other to proceed. That way, it isn't YOU that is introducing all the scary, annoying stuff that makes them uncomfortable. Instead, you become the comforter and the trusted leader. No bad associations.
"All I pay my psychiatrist is the cost of feed and hay, and she'll listen to me allll day."