Join Date: Jan 2013
Location: Saskatchewan, Canada
Sometimes horses a just born head shy. I bought a filly that was head shy. She hadn't had much work (and I knew the owners, they weren't abusive), just in a pen once with a halter put on her to see how she was. He told us that she seemed head shy. So I went with it. She was a wild yearling, in a pen of 6 other horses (4 weanlings, 2 other yearlings). I'd dab a lariat on her and then would go from there, using some John Lyons and some Monty Roberts stuff. I worked her for ages with just a rope around her neck. I got her so I could walk up to her and slip a rope around her neck, tie it in a bowknot and then work with her. She was so bad, if I tried to touch her nose she'd rear. I would pet up her neck and when I reached the spot that she'd react, I'd rub her a little and then retreat and do it all over. I would take breaks from working on her head and work with being able to pet her and pick up feet, then I'd go back to her head. In about a month of working almost every day she'd try and find the halter with her nose. It's all about being consistent, and a lot of approach and retreat.
I figure if a girl wants to be a LEGEND, she should just go ahead and be one. ~Calamity Jane