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AndyM 03-22-2013 09:02 PM

Horse being scared of almost everything
 
Ive posted here before and everyone has been helpful. (Im new to horses, this is my very first horse) I know I shouldnt have gotten her (i realized that after the fact) So Im just trying to make the best of it.

P.S. - She's a Belgian Draft 16.1 HH Very stout and sturdy since Ive been working her.

Ive been lunging her at liberty, in the round pen AND in the large Arena. She is doing great. Following my verbal commands and hand signals.

When standing tied, if she gets spooked, the breaks whatever is holding her to get away from it. She doesnt take off running scared, just snaps the rope, the chain, the latch, whatever she is tied to, jogs away from whatever scared her. She lets me walk right back up to her, catch her and bring her back to the same spot (I tie her to a tree because she kept pulling the ring out of the wash rack)

We used a chain today and scared her on purpose. She needs to learn to stop doing that. So does anyone have any suggestions as to what I can use that she wont be able to break? Maybe 3 or 4 chains? lol

Thanks in advance for all the help!!! :-)

Phly 03-22-2013 09:19 PM

You Need something that will break or give. Or she'll break herself. There are slip rings for tying or you can just wrap the rope, not tied. No matter what you need to work on the spooking. Good leadership and desensitizing are key. That's Alota horse to have in a fight or flight state of mind. Age? Experience? Current and past living areas? Exposure to the outside world? Lotsa things can help or hinder.
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AndyM 03-22-2013 09:25 PM

She is 8 yeas old. Supposed to have been a PMU mare. So not very much experience at all. I havent been around horses until I moved to Florida about 18 months ago. I've only had Maggie for about 6 months. She has come a very long way in regards to trusting me and accepting me (likewise, we are both learning together, with guidance from my roommate who has broken her own horses from foals.) She knows what she is doing.

When I put the rope around the tree (not tied) Just wrapped around the tree, I go on the other side to hold it.....she breaks the rope, I hang on for dear life, trying not to give to much at once, but giving a little, however, she pulls hard and the rope or latch or ring always break first.
We are trying to desensitize her, but thats becoming easier said than done because I cant seem to find anything that will stop her from winning. Today was the 2nd day we've done it and she keeps breaking everything. I dont want to keep letting her win because then she will learn (if she hasnt already) I need to break her of that ASAP especially if Im wanting to ride her on trails....etc

Phly 03-22-2013 09:42 PM

Thing is you'll never over power her. Ever. You have to handle her so she looks to you for guidance. Where is she kept? Farm, stalled etc....... Exposure is the easiest thing to do in most cases. There's some really simple things you can do, but it depends on where she is
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DraftyAiresMum 03-22-2013 09:50 PM

Best thing ever for tying a spooky horse is the blocker tie ring. It's how I taught my coming 4yo draft cross (16.2hh Percheron/paint gelding) to stand tied. Now I can tie him to anything and walk away and not have to worry about him.

Blocker Tie Ring - Hardware/Fasteners from SmartPak Equine

Tie a knot in the end of your lead rope so that if she spooks and backs up, she has the length of the lead rope before she meets any resistance. Right now, the immediate resistance of being tied is freaking her out more, which is why she ends up breaking whatever she's tied with/to.
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AndyM 03-22-2013 09:52 PM

Then how do I desensitize her if she keeps getting away from whatever is scaring her. My roommate was walking around in the leaves today and that scared her. We have to teach her that she cant break away (or get away) from whatever scares her. She needs to look at it, deal with it and get over it. (I know its easier said than done)

She lives here with me. We have 12 acres. She is in a large pasture during the day. When I come home from work, I call her to the gate, she comes willingly (shes a belgian, so she doesnt get come very fast...lol) I put her halter and rope on, walk over to the round pen/arena/stalls/wash rack (Its all on the other side of the farm) Then I proceed to brush her, work her in the round pen, etc.....Whatever Im doing with her that day, we do.

AndyM 03-22-2013 09:54 PM

But the ROPE always breaks before anything else. So I need something that will be strong enough to keep her from breaking it.

DraftyAiresMum 03-22-2013 09:59 PM

Read what I added. The tie ring lets the rope slide through, so she doesn't meet resistance when she spooks. The resistance is what is causing her to freak out more and break the rope.

Think about it. Something scares you. You try to get away, but you're held fast (in this case, by a rope). Being restrained causes you to panic more. Same thing is happening with your mare. Letting her "get away" even a few steps will help her calm down more quickly. She's a prey animal. Being tied in one place means that whatever big scary thing is going to get her, can get her more easily.
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SnowCowgirl 03-22-2013 10:02 PM

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Originally Posted by DraftyAiresMum (Post 1997361)
Best thing ever for tying a spooky horse is the blocker tie ring. It's how I taught my coming 4yo draft cross (16.2hh Percheron/paint gelding) to stand tied. Now I can tie him to anything and walk away and not have to worry about him.

Blocker Tie Ring - Hardware/Fasteners from SmartPak Equine

Tie a knot in the end of your lead rope so that if she spooks and backs up, she has the length of the lead rope before she meets any resistance. Right now, the immediate resistance of being tied is freaking her out more, which is why she ends up breaking whatever she's tied with/to.
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I don't get how this would work?

River pulls back too occassionally - I've dealt with it by never using leads with snaps (only using ropes that attach directly to the halter) and generally use rope halters.

I just know that if she were to pull back on that thing, the caribeaner would just break lol

SnowCowgirl 03-22-2013 10:02 PM

...nevermind just read your above post

don't they then just learn to walk away whenever they get tired of being tied?


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