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post #11 of 25 Old 12-21-2013, 10:10 PM
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I am curious if she has any other vices? As this is a pretty big one .___.
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post #12 of 25 Old 12-21-2013, 10:30 PM
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Only feed her in the barn. Put up a temporary fence so she can come and go out of the barn on her own (either horse proof it so she can't get into things, or stay in the barn all day.) Put her food and hay in the barn where she can see it. When she is hungry enough she will tempt herself and push her own limits.
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post #13 of 25 Old 12-22-2013, 01:30 PM
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Backing her into the barn is what I would do. We had a horse who narrowly escaped a barn fire when she was young. afterwards she was terrified of going near a barn or stall for months. What finally worked was A LOT of positive reinforcement. And food, lots of food.

Back the horse until she won't go any further, then turn her to face the barn and reward her. don't ask her to walk forward, just turn her around again and back up another step or two. turn her to face the barn, reward her, and repeat.

If the horse is comfortable and responsive when lunging you can try to get her to lunge at a walk in front of the barn if there is room. Every few laps you should take a step towards the barn and force her circle in that direction. If the ground is dirt or grass, then keep her focused on you by changing between a trot and walk regularly.

If you can approach the barn from angles besides directly towards the door, you should try this as well
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post #14 of 25 Old 12-22-2013, 03:35 PM
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As others have asked, how is she walking into the barn during daylight hours. And have her eyes been checked recently?
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post #15 of 25 Old 12-22-2013, 05:58 PM
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Thank you everyone for the ideas! I have listed them all! Will update if there is any improvement with this mare! I will note that I am not with this horse on a daily basis, but I am wanting to help the owner and the young/ inexperienced handler with her when I can.
It would be nice if you addressed the unanswered questions so we can get useful information.
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post #16 of 25 Old 12-23-2013, 04:27 PM
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Have you tried leading her in with a confident buddy?

Act like you have 15 minutes, and it will take all day. Act like you have all day, and it will take 15 minutes.
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post #17 of 25 Old 12-25-2013, 09:23 PM Thread Starter
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As others have asked, how is she walking into the barn during daylight hours. And have her eyes been checked recently?


unfortunately, the owner does not want her in the barn during the day for any reason... I have tried to explain why this should be an exception, but he's set in his ways. I have no idea if her eyes have been checked. Sorry.
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post #18 of 25 Old 12-25-2013, 09:24 PM Thread Starter
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As others have asked, how is she walking into the barn during daylight hours. And have her eyes been checked recently?
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Have you tried leading her in with a confident buddy?

Act like you have 15 minutes, and it will take all day. Act like you have all day, and it will take 15 minutes.
Yes. Works some days... doesn't for others. And that is a good thought.
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As others have asked, how is she walking into the barn during daylight hours. And have her eyes been checked recently?
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Have you tried leading her in with a confident buddy?

Act like you have 15 minutes, and it will take all day. Act like you have all day, and it will take 15 minutes.
Yes. Works some days... doesn't for others. And that is a good thought.
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post #20 of 25 Old 12-25-2013, 09:36 PM Thread Starter
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I am curious if she has any other vices? As this is a pretty big one .___.
Good luck with everything!
Thank you! And not from what I have seen..
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